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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We don’t often cook radishes, but they can be sautéed or braised easily. Most people prefer them raw, but for a change, braising them can be an exciting alternative.
This recipe braises them with raspberry vinegar or red wine vinegar, with sugar added to make a sticky glaze. It is rather interesting.
My radishes are home grown and quite small this year, so I reduced the cooking times. They are topsy turvy and not uniform in size, and I quite like the variation. We have round ones and long ones.
Are you looking for other Radish recipes? Try these: Jicama, Radish and Green Mango Salad, Slightly Pickled Cucumber and Red Radish Salad, Quick Pickled Radishes with Asian Flavours, and Spicy Radish with Coconut Milk.
Browse all of our Radish Recipes, and all of our many Salads. You might also like to browse our easy Late Summer Recipes.
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A surprising little tarte, intense in flavours, perfect Sunday Lunch or picnic food. Serve with a green salad.
This is an amazing little tart, layered with caramelised onions, oven dried tomatoes and feta. I make it as 4 individual tarts and serve with a green salad and a vegetable salad.
Not only does it taste sensational but it looks simply stunning and unusual.
The taste of the tomatoes is intense, due to the very slow drying of them beforehand. The pie is fragrant with fresh basil, sumac and parsley. Delicious!
Not a fast food, this one. It does take some time to prepare, due primarily to the slow baking of the tomatoes. Best to prepare the tomatoes, pastry and onions the night before and assemble and cook when you need it.
Also try Semi Dried Tomatoes with Pomegranate Molasses, and Halloumi Pizza with Semi Dried Tomatoes.
You might also like our French recipes and other Pies. All of our Tomato recipes are here. Or explore our collection of Late Winter dishes.
This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series.
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One more soup for the cold weather in the wintery regions. A French Carrot Soup, Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises. A very special soup, this one. Warming and buttery, sweet and luxurious, it deserves a place at your winter table.
This soup is a specialty of Nivernais, a former province of France, around the city of Nevers that forms the modern department of Nièvre, which ennobles the carrot in its coat-of-arms! Old recipes have twice the amount of sugar as carrots, but today, this amount is greatly reduced.
Are you looking for similar Carrot Soups? Try these other recipes too: Parsnip and Carrot Soup with Crispy Garlic, Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup, South Indian Carrot Soup, and Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup.
You can browse all of our other Carrot Soups. Or you might like to browse our Carrot recipes and Soup recipes. French recipes are here. Or check out our easy Late Winter recipes here.
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You will really enjoy this recipe. Softened eggplants are slit and fanned, and its slices interwoven with cheese, tomatoes and peppers. They are then baked on a bed of the sweetest caramelised onions, and the cheese melts. If, like me, you use mozzarella, it oozes everywhere! Cheesey Eggplants – who can resist?
If you use a cheese that holds its shape during baking it won’t form a bed of oozy cheese but rather stay in the eggplant, but we love this oozing aspect of the dish. It is perfect for Late Autumn.
It’s a French recipe, so I suggest some French wine and a green salad, for a light lunch eaten outside on a gorgeous Autumn day sitting under a gorgeously coloured tree raining leaves. Do enjoy!
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Pasta Bake with Cabbage and Cheese, Baked Eggplant Steaks, and Creamy Baked Sweet Potato.
Would you like more Eggplant recipes? Try Cheese and Eggplant Torte, Roasted Eggplant with a Garlic Sauce, and Persian Style Eggplant.
Browse all of our Aubergine recipes and all of our French dishes. Our Baked recipes are here. Or enjoy our Late Autumn dishes.
Feel free to browse vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006, in our Retro Recipes series.
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Henri Toulouse-Latrec was a fabulous cook, loving to feed friends in great numbers. His style was to use local, cheap produce, wine, and long slow cooking. There is a book of his recipes, and although it is heavy with non-vegetarian items, vegetable dishes and some soups are beautiful, French, flavoursome, vegetarian dishes.
This dish fits that mould, without the wine. It takes mushrooms, slow cooks them in butter, and then adds cream, and slow cooks that to thicken and sweeten it, for a lovely end result.
Are you looking for other Toulouse-Latrec recipes? Try Belgian Endive Cooked in its Own Juice with Butter (Endives au Jus).
Try our Mushroom recipes – Achari Mushrooms, the Perfect Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, Stuffed Mushrooms, and Mushrooms for Toast.
Would you like some other French recipes? Try Mushrooms a la Grecque, Du Puy Lentil Soup, and Slow Cooked Cauliflower.
You might like to browse all of our Mushroom recipes, and all of our French recipes here. Check for more Toulouse-Latrec dishes. Or be inspired by our Early Autumn recipes.
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A rustic mountain dish from France
Perhaps not a pretty dish, there I said it. This is a rustic mountain dish from Haute Savoie, a region of France. It uses vinegar and lemon to add real tang to the mushrooms which are eaten cold – they go well with some excellent bread. In modern times it is great as part of an appetiser plate or part of a mezze/tapas style meal. The vinegar gives it the characteristics of a quick pickle or chutney, and it will pair well with other small dishes.
Are you after Mushroom dishes? Try Mushroom, Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad, Caramelised King Oyster Mushrooms, and Mushroom Curry.
Perhaps you are looking for French recipes. Try French Cream of Pumpkin Soup, French Tomato Salad, and Fennel a la Grecque.
Please browse our Mushroom recipes here and here, and our French recipes here and here. Our Autumn recipes are here and here.
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A French Soup so good that your friends will request the recipe
In the days when my kids were growing up, I really was famous for this soup. People would request it if they were coming over for a meal. I would keep copies of the recipe handy for people. We make it still today, and it is still just as good.
I love the way that the colour of this soup mirrors that of the falling autumn leaves at my house.
This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.
Are you looking for Pumpkin Soups? Try these: Adzuki Bean, Barley and Pumpkin Soup, Italian Pumpkin Soup, Special Pumpkin Soup, and Pumpkin Soup with Red Peppers.
Or try some other Pumpkin recipes, like Pumpkin Couscous Salad, Caramelised Roast Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Cooked in a Covered BBQ.
Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series – vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006. You might also like our Pumpkin recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Soup recipes here and here. Check out our easy Winter recipes here and here.
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This is not a pretty dish. There, I have said it. But the soft, melting buttery endives sure make up for the lower visual appeal.
This is a recipe of Henri Tolouse-Lautrec. Tolouse-Lautrec was quite a foodie, often cooking for large groups of friends. Vegetarian he was not, but he did have a number of vegetable dishes that are worth trying. Instructions are minimal, so approach them with a little trepidation and experimentation.
This recipe cooks Belgium Endives, also called witlof, for up to an hour, or even more. They cook in butter and their own juice. The long, slow cooking softens them to a meltingly fine texture and sweetens them a little, just enough for them to lessen that strong bitter edge. I can’t get enough of them.
Would you like other Belgium Endive dishes? We have some coming, but for now, try Grilled Witlof Salad.
Perhaps some other French dishes to try? Gratin de Pommes de Terre et Courgettes, Courgettes a la Grecque, Perfect French Mashed Potatoes, and Concombres en Salad (Cucumber Salad).
At this time in previous years we were cooking ANZAC Biscuits, Unusual Herbal Teas, Gentle Autumn Vegetables a la Grecque, and a Greek Rice Pudding.
You might like to browse all of our Endive/Witlof recipes, and all of our French recipes here. Or be inspired by our Early Autumn recipes.
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Gratin – sometimes written as gratinée or au gratin—is a very flexible recipe where an ingredient is cooked in a shallow dish – a gratin dish which is an oval-shaped oven-safe baking and serving pan. The Gratin is topped with cheese or buttery breadcrumbs that will crisp up when the dish is baked in a hot oven or placed under a grill. Adding just cream will also produce a lightly browned crust if baked in high heat. Gratins are usually served straight from the dish.
Gratin originated in French cuisine. The best known gratin dishes are Potato Gratin and Pommes Dauphinoises. Many Tians are gratins too, only in disguise! Also Baked Pasta dishes! Often vegetables are covered with cheese, cream, and/or breadcrumbs and baked or grilled for a beautiful gratin dish.
This recipe is a beautiful, buttery, creamy gratin that combines zucchini with potatoes and flavours it with thyme. A wonderful match.
Are you looking for other Gratin dishes? Try Gratinéed Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes Gratinéed with Tomatoes and Cumin, and Endive/Witlof with a Cheesy Topping.
Would you like to try other Potato dishes? Try Cumin and Pepper Baked Potato Wedges, Perfect Roast Potatoes, and Surprise Potato Tartin.
Or try some Zucchini recipes – Zucchini Preserved in Olive Oil, Making Zucchini Juice, Zucchini Rice, Steamed Thai Eggplant and Zucchini, and Zucchini Fry with Spices.
You might also like to browse all of our Gratin dishes here, and all of our Potato recipes here. Or all of the Zucchini recipes here and here. Check out our easy Early Autumn recipes. Also, feel free to browse vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006 in our Retro Recipes series.
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This soup is SO delicious – and makes everyone so happy when they eat it. The name comes from the 13 vegetables in the soup, and that wonderful warm, happiness feeling, but really it is from Provence in France. There it is a summer soup, but the addition here of potatoes, pumpkin and sweet potato gives it that wonderful warmth for winter and early spring, and introduces truly wonderful textural combinations in every mouthful.
My parents believe firmly that vegetables are the path to health, and so a normal meal at their place may consist of many vegetables. The record number of veggies at this time is 12, yes TWELVE, at once on a plate. But with this recipe, I think that I claim the prize. Thirteen in one sitting. Not bad.
Browse all of our Soup recipes here and here. Or explore the French recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.
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Du Puy Lentil Soup recipe with Parmesan Toasts or Middle Eastern Tafoon
There is a a Middle Eastern flatbread, fresh Taftoon – Persian flatbread. It can be found in any Middle Eastern store. A little like Naan, but huge, round and soft, thicker than lavash, yeasted and made from a mix of wholewheat and plant flour. Just right for soups. So to fit in one more soup before the end of winter, and to use up any du Puy lentils left in the cupboard, make a slow cooked Du Puy Lentil Soup.
Those little black disks are great in winter slow cooked soups (but can of course be cooked on the stove top too). Throw some into the slow cooker and then go to the office. Arrive home to wonderful soup and soft taftoon to mop up the juices.
You might also like to browse our other Du Puy Lentil recipes. Our favourite is Du Puy Lentils with Feta and Tomato. Have a look at our Slow Cooker recipes here and here. Explore our Lentil Soups here or here, or all of our Soups here and here. Find some inspiration in our Winter recipes here and here.
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Oh how seductive are Autumn mornings. Full of golden light, rayed so jaw-droopingly beautifully through the leaves. Plants in autumn reach up lovingly to the sun, after months of shrinking away from the heat of summer. Long tendrils holding flowers wave in the breezes and welcome your passing smile — they nod knowingly in that gentle breeze. Chives and spring onions are flowering. Geraniums as red as lipstick. Mint and lemon verbena. Bog sage. Curry leaf. Earlier, my Lemongrass flowered — the first time ever!
How fitting then to find a recipe of matching gentleness, a warm salad of wine poached baby veggies, needing nothing else but the magnificent flavours of plants, leaves, wine and the very best of oils. Yes, Ottolenghi, you understand Autumn.
Are you after other a la Greque dishes? Try Slow Braised Fennel with Chilli, Garlic and Orange, Zucchini a la Grecque, and Parsley Braised with Olive Oil and Tomatoes.
You might like to browse other Ottolenghi recipes and all of our a la Grecque recipes. Be inspired by our collection of Mid Autumn recipes.
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Use in place of cream and sour cream for a delightful difference.
If there is a secret to French Cooking, it is to be found in crème fraîche. Never be without it. I make my own regularly at home for those times when we eat more desserts – winter for baked dishes, summer for fresh fruit. It is a wonderful alternative to either cream (adding a little amount of soureness) and more flavoursome than sour cream.
Crème Fraîche is a heavy cream slightly soured with bacterial culture, but not as sour or as thick as sour cream. Originally a French product, today it is produced by a process similar to that of sour cream, with the exception that no ingredients are added. Crème Fraîche can be made at home by adding a small amount of cultured buttermilk or sour cream to normal heavy cream, and allowing it to stand for several hours at room temperature as the bacterial cultures act on the cream. It has several advantages in the kitchen. Unlike sour cream, crème fraîche can be mixed with air to form whipped cream, and it can be cooked without curdling.
In the North of India a similar product is made, called Khatte Malai. Often made with buffalo milk, the cow’s milk version is milder in taste. And the best ghee is made from cultured cream such as crème fraîche.
Try these recipes using Crème Fraîche: Sweet Potatoes with Crème Fraîche and Crème Fraîche Icecream.
You might also like to browse all our Creme Fraiche recipes here and here, and our How To recipes too. Our French recipes are here. Or check out our easy Late Summer recipes.
This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can find more of these recipes in our Retro Recipes series.
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A beautifully flavoured oil.
We use a lot of oils in our kitchen. Walnut, grapeseed, sesame, mustard, olive, chilli. You name it, we use it. Recently we added Garlic oil to our repertoire.
There is some concern about garlic and oil. Make sure you do your research and make a decision based on the data and what is right for you. In any case, keep everything well refrigerated and use quickly.
You might like to browse Garlic recipes here and here, and Oil recipes here. and here. Or find inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.
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