Mushrooms Baked in Grape Vine Leaves

Grape vine leaves add a subtle flavour to dishes that are cooked on them – even wood-fired BBQs using grape vine “wood” adds a subtle taste and aroma to foods cooked over that fire.

It is a wonder that we don’t use vine leaves more for baking foods. As well as the flavour, the leaves themselves can be eaten if you have baked in a low heat (otherwise, they go a little crispy).

Elizabeth David in her beautiful book An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, gives a recipe for baking mushrooms with vine leaves. She first saw the recipe in Edmond Ridhardin’s 1913 book L’Art du Bien Manger. It is as good today as it was a century ago.

Similar recipes include Grilled Mushroom Salad, French Slow Cooked Mushrooms, and Shiitake Mushroom Sauce.

You might like to explore other Elizabeth David recipes, or browse Mushroom recipes. This dish could also be cooked in a covered BBQ – have a look at other BBQ dishes also. Or simply scroll through all of our Mid Spring recipes.

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Broad Bean and Mint Mash | Broad Bean and Mint Dip

Difficult to stop eating this delightful dip

Our love affair with Broad Beans continues with some mashes. Broad beans mash very well – especially later in the season when the beans are not as young and tender as they were earlier in the season.

This is easy to make, but it is necessary to double peel the beans – first remove them from the pod and then peel each bean. For this recipe it is Ok to cook the beans for a few minutes before peeling – they are also easier to peel once cooked.

Similar recipes include Young Broad Bean Pod Puree, Spring Pasta with Broad Beans and Mint, Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread, and Avocado Smash.

You might like to browse our other Broad Bean recipes. Or explore our other snacks. Our Late Spring recipes are here.

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Gajar ka Achaar | Mustardy Carrot Pickle

A beautiful Punjabi pickle

Pickles are ubiquitous in India. Spicy green chilli pickles, Mango Pickles with Cardamom and Fenugreek, yellow Cauliflower pickle, even Quince Pickle and Cumquat Pickles. You name it, every Indian household will have big jars filled with freshly made pickles sitting in the sunshine. This is a method commonly used to develop the flavours of the pickle and let them mature.

Making Indian pickles is so simple. Some are pickled in oil, some in an acid, like vinegar, or lemon or lime juice. They may take some time to allow the flavours to develop, but all good things take time.

Oil style pickles are common in North India, and salt and oil play important parts in the pickling process. Salt adds to the flavour, draws moisture out of the vegetable and inhibits bacterial growth. Oil acts as a barrier and keeps the vegetables moist. Different oils produce different tasting pickles.

Today’s pickle is a beautiful crunchy carrot pickle, made mustardy with the use of mustard oil and mustard seeds.

Are you after other Carrot Recipes? Try Carrot Rice, Cumin and Ginger Glazed Carrots, Carrot Thoran and an interesting Carrot Curry with Crumble.

Are you looking for Pickles? Try Pickled Okra, Pickled Jicama, and Pickled Cumquats.

Have a look at other Carrot Pickles, and all of our other Picklesour Chutneys too. All of our Carrot dishes are here. Or browse our Indian recipes, and explore our Mid Spring recipes too.

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Black Gram Sprouts Sundal | Quick Urad Lentil Stirfry with Coconut

Urad Sprouts make a delicious Sundal

Sundals, from Tamil Nadu in South India, are quick, stir-fried lentils or beans with spices and coconut. Not only are they quick, they are delicious and healthy.

Sprouting the lentils adds another layer of nutrition and flavour. In this recipe, whole urad lentils are sprouted and then stirfried.

Similar recipes include Bean Sprout Sundal, Brown Lentil Sprouts Sundal, Sprouted White Pea Sundal, and Urad Dal Sundal.

Check out our other Sundal recipes for quick and easy snacks or side dishes. Sundals can also be used as prasadam and neivedyam for Navaratri or Ganesha Chaturthi and other Hindu Festivals. Click the links for other recipes for these festivals. Or explore our collection of Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here.

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Sweetcorn and Spinach Bhurji | Corn and Spinach Stirfry

Bhurji are pan-fried Indian vegetable dishes that are not quite dry, but not really wet dishes. They are dry yet damp dishes. The best known Bhurji is made with eggs and is somewhat like scrambled eggs. But we don’t cook with eggs, so the Bhurji that we make are pure vegetarian. They are similar to the Thoran of Kerala and Poriyal of Tamil Nadu. Bhurji is an Andhra dish.

This one is made with greens and sweetcorn, with spices. Spinach and Sweetcorn is a loved combination in India – the sweetness of the corn playing nicely with the spices against the slight bitterness of the spinach. This dish can be served as it is, a perfect side dish to a meal. Or serve it with cumin rice or some roti for a snack. It is also very very good as a filling for Toasties – Indian style toasted sandwiches. Use it as a filling with some cheese and perhaps sliced tomato.

Are you after similar recipes? Try Sweetcorn Sundal, Spinach Thoran, Cabbage Thoran, and Spinach Poriyal. You might also like Baby Sweetcorn and Green Bean Soup.

Browse all of our Thorans and Poriyals. Try our Spinach dishes and our Sweetcorn recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Or explore our Late Winter dishes.

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Ousback’s Grilled Pepper and Apple Relish / Chutney

I am not sure where I first came across Ousback’s recipe — he was very popular with Vogue Entertainment Magazine around the mid 1990, so perhaps it was there. Anders Ousback was well known as a lover of food and wine, and this relish of his was also well known and loved. He was influential in the Sydney food scene, and influenced many chefs and restaurant owners. This recipe of his has stood the test of time, and is as wonderful today as it was back then.

There were several variations of the Grilled Pepper Relish. The one below is the one that I love because of its freshness and the wonderful taste of the spices it includes.

I am sure the recipe that Anders used has provenance. You can see the origins in Elizabeth David’s Red Pepper Relish. And there are infinite purees and pastes of roasted red peppers, such as  Serbian Ajvar, an Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Relish.

Similar recipes include Harissa, Roasted Red Pepper Sauces, and Red Pepper, Eggplant and Tomato Pasta Sauce.

You might also liked to browse our Preserves recipes and our Capsicum recipes. Our Apple dishes are here. Or explore our Late Spring recipes.

This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006.  You can find other recipes from that blog in our Retro Recipes series.

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French Buttered Radishes with Herbed Salt

Radishes at their most soft and gentle

Growing radishes must be the easiest thing under the sun. They don’t need a lot of attention, and suddenly, they are fully grown and fully flavoursome. Sliced thinly and salted is our favourite way to enjoy them, although they go into  salads and sandwiches too, and sometimes they go into a quick pickle to have with rice or other dishes.

Today, we are treating them French style, cooked in a little butter. This removes the heated tang from the little bulbs, leaving them soft and tender in texture and taste.

Similar recipes include Braised Glazed Radishes, Radish with Coconut Milk, Quick Pickled Radishes with Asian Flavours, and Slightly Pickled Radish and Cucumber Salad.

You might like to see our other Radish recipes. Our French recipes are here. Or explore our Late Spring collection.

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Roast Beetroot Salad with Sweetcorn

A salad perfect for late Winter and early Spring – and the rest of the year too.

Salads, what wonderful variety they add to life. The number of salads on this blog (150 different salads either posted or scheduled to be posted) says something about our commitment to them. Hot or cold, cooked ingredients or raw, we adore the variety, usefulness, tastes and textures of salads.

Today, it is a Roasted Beetroot salad. We were roasting beetroot for risotto, and threw a few more into the oven to use in salads.

Similar recipes include Beetroot and Goat Cheese Salad, also Beetroot, Orange and Black Olive Salad, and Beets with a Yoghurt-Tahini Dressing.

You might also like to try Roast Beetroot with Cumin Seed, and Roasted Beetroot with Garlic and Walnuts.

Feel free to explore our other Salads, and to browse our Beetroot recipes. Our easy Mid-Spring recipe collection is available here.

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Pomelo and Carrot Salad

Once again we head to Ottolenghi land, and again play with that delightful and under-used fruit, Pomelo. This time the pomelo is complimented by the sweet-tart pickled carrots and heaps of Asian green herbs. If you can’t find Pomelo (Asian groceries often have them), use Pink Grapefruit.

This is a lovely side for a vegetarian BBQ, a herby bowl of steamed rice, or some Japanese Noodles. Pair it with some freshly deep fried tofu or grilled halloumi. It is a very special salad.

Similar recipes include Pomelo with Avocado, Pomelo and Green Mango Salad, Glazed Carrots with Cumin and Ginger, and Three Citrus Salad.

Similar Carrot Salads include Chickpea and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Carrot Salad, and Carrot and Blueberry Salad.

Have a look at our other Pomelo recipes and our Carrot Salads. You might like to explore other Ottolenghi recipes. All of our Salad recipes are here. Or browse our recipes for Mid Spring.

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South Indian Green Peas Soup

Have you ever before seen serve hot with soy sauce as an instruction for a soup? Well, now you have. In this Green Pea Soup recipe from Tamil Nadu, South India, that is exactly the serving suggestion. South Indian soups are unspiced but flavoursome soups that are probably hang-overs from the British occupation. Somehow they have snuck into parts of the South Indian cuisine. This one has a slight Indo-Chinese influence – thickened with cornflour and topped with soy sauce.

In my experience, South Indian soups are served in small amounts. I have had them both before a main meal and after, so traditions must vary across South India.

This soup is made from peas, carrots and cauliflower, and thickened slightly with cornflour. It’s delicious, in a 1970’s sort of way. I love it.

Are you looking for other South Indian Soups? Try South Indian Beetroot Soup, South Indian Summery Tomato Soup, South Indian Baby Corn Soup, and South Indian Cauliflower Soup.

Or perhaps you are after other (more spicy) Indian soups? Try Mung Dal with Coconut, Creamy Tomato Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger, and Simple Indian Dal Soup.

Or some Pea recipes? Try Carrots and Green Peas with Green Coriander, Green Pea Pilaf, and Buttermilk Sambar.

You can also browse all of our South Indian Soups, and all of our Indian Soups. Or have a look at our Pea recipes.  Perhaps you would like to explore all Indian dishes. Or maybe all of our Soups. Or simply take some time to have a look at our Late Spring dishes.

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Pomelo or Pink Grapefruit Salad with Avocado

Pomelo is like a huge grapefruit without the tartness

Oh that huge fruit! Pomelo – citrus in the extreme. It tastes like a mild grapefruit with a hint of sweetness. The flesh is either pink or white – the pomelos that I have access to are the white variety. If you prefer pink you can always use pink grapefruit.

With a thick, pithy and slightly tough peel, it takes a special approach to peel. Luckily there is some YouTube help. Note how he removes the membrane surrounding the segments. The enveloping membrane is a little bitter and is best discarded. But once it is out of its peel and membrane, Pomelo can be eaten as-is, tossed into salads and salsas, used in marinades, made into jam, or juiced.

This salad is amazing! The tang of the Pomelo against the creaminess of the avocado is a perfect combination. This time, I dressed it with a cumquat olive oil that I made recently.

Are you after other Pomelo recipes? Try Pomelo and Carrot Salad, Three Citrus Salad with Chilli and Ginger, and Pomelo and Green Mango Salad. You will also love Pink Grapefruit and Sumac Salad.

What about other Avocado dishes? Try Avocado and Strawberry Salad, Roasted Sweetcorn and Avocado Salad, and Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Japanese Dressing.

Browse all of our Pomelo recipes and all of our Avocado recipes. All of our many many Salads are here. Or explore our Mid Spring collection of recipes.

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Seasonal Cooking | Don’t Miss these EARLY SUMMER Recipes

Coats and jackets are put away and anticipation is high for the warming weather. The capriciousness of Spring is steadying. The weather is beautiful, and food becomes lighter, as though our body is shedding its layers too. Thoughts turn to the bountiful Summer harvest.  Enjoy these highlights from our Early Summer classic recipes.

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Pomelo Salad with Avocado

I celebrate the Asian grocery near my new home. A surprise find, it is an amazing place – large and full of lanes and corridors stacked high with fruit, vegetables, herbs, tofu’s, sauces, noodles, condiments, cooking equipment and so so much more. The vegetables are those that you are unlikely to find in supermarkets or green grocers – tiny pea eggplants, the biggest variety of Asian greens, jicama, pomelo, cumquats, melons and squashes with only Chinese characters for names. I love this place and it smells and the buzz on every day of the week.

Oh how good it is to have those items that we love in our kitchen but have always had  a hard time finding – green mangoes, jicama and pomelo for example. Here they have them in abundance.

So today, we have a simple Pomelo Salad to celebrate this shop and the goodies that it contains. You can make it with Ruby Grapefruit, too, or with Pomelo, Ruby Grapefruit and Oranges. Enjoy!

The person who served me at the Grocery told me how Asian people treasure Pomelo for its health giving properties. Like bitter gourd, she says, it is good for a range of ailments and for normal health maintenance. She loves to eat it with chilli and salt, just like green mango.

Are you looking for Pomelo recipes? Try Three Citrus Salad with Green Chilli, Ginger and Almond Salsa, and Pomelo Salad with Asian Flavours. You will also love Pink Grapefruit and Sumac Salad.

Or Avocado dishes? Try Avocado and Cold Celery Soup, and Cucumber and Avocado Salad.

Browse all of our Pomelo Recipes and explore our Salad Recipes. We also have more Avocado dishes. Or spend some time exploring our Mid Spring recipe collection.

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Carrot Rice | Carrot Pilau

Mixed rice dishes are easy to prepare and quickly become family favourites. They are great lunch or tiffin dishes, and served with a raita/pachadi and a simple salad to make a delicious light meal.

Carrots have an inherent sweetness and it is emphasised when you sauté them in ghee. This recipe compliments that sweetness with the bite of the green chilli, the warmth of sweet spices like cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, and the crunch of onions and nuts. You will really enjoy it.

If you are looking for similar Rice recipes, try Spicy Eggplant Rice, Cumquats Rice, Rice and Cauliflower Pilaf, Lemon Rice, and Pepper Cumin Rice. Barley Pilaf is pretty good too.

Are you looking for Carrot recipes? You will like this Green Bean and Carrot Poriyal, Carrot Poriyal with Coconut Lentil Crumble, Carrot Thoran, and Carrot Sambal.

You can browse all of our Rice dishes here, and find all of our Carrot recipes here. Take some time and explore all of our Indian recipes. Or browse our Early Summer recipes.

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Jicama and Green Mango Salad

Crunchy and apple-like in texture and flavour, Jicama makes a wonderful addition to salads. You can cook it, but I love it raw.

This salad combines Jicama with green mango and optionally red or white radish as well. The green mango-chilli-lime component is a great set of flavours commonly found in Mexico and in South East Asia.

Jicama is rarely available here except in the best Asian Groceries and Green Groceries. Its season is Autumn through early spring, so I grab one or two when I see them. These past months I have been lucky enough to locate and exceptional Asian market and they have them regularly.

Are you looking for more Jicama recipes? Try Pickled Jicama, Vegetable Sticks with Spices, Spicy Radish and Jicama Salad with Coconut Milk, and Lightly Pickled Jicama Salad with Citrus.

Or Green Mango recipes? Try Pomelo, Green Mango and Pea Eggplant Salad with Herbs and Tamarind Dressing, Vermicelli and Green Mango Salad, Pomelo and Green Mango Salad, and White Peas and Green Mango Sundal.

You might like to try other Bittman Salads. They include Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Mozzarella and White Beans, Cucumber Salad with Capers and Ricotta, and Fig and Almond Salad.

Are you still looking for more? Browse all of our Salad recipes here, our Green Mango dishes here, and all Jicama Recipes here. All of the Bittman Salads are here. Or explore our Early Spring recipes here.

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