Perfect for a light lunch.
While this dish can be cooked on the stove top or in the oven, it is the perfect dish for a weekend BBQ. Served with yoghurt and flatbread, it is a perfect light weekend lunch.
Use either hot or mild banana chillies. Hot Banana chillies contrast well with the more mild filling. Mild Banana chillies have a mild sweet flavour, despite their chilli-related name. They are not at all hot or spicy. And we temper the heat of the spices in the stuffing by using warming spices and only a little chilli, adjusted to your taste.
Bharwan means stuffed in Hindi. The stuffing is made from chickpea flour and spices, moistened with tomatoes. You can basically add any ingredient of your choice into the stuffing. The combination of the banana chillies and mild tangy stuffing is quite flavoursome and this dish makes a great light lunch or side dish. It is a recipe from Rajasthan in India.
Similar recipes include Stuffed Okra with Onions and Spices, Stuffed Mushrooms, and Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice.
Feel free to explore our Capsicum recipes, and our Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here, and Late Spring recipes can be explored here.
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This recipe comes from the Asparagus Growers in Victoria, and it is quite a Summer hit. It is the recipe attached to the bunches of Asparagus we buy in the shop. With the BBQ (Grill) heated to roast some eggplant, it seemed perfect to throw the Asparagus on too. The asparagus spears are coated in a yummy dressing with cumin and coriander powder before being quickly grilled on the BBQ hotplate. Straight to the table from there, it is a quick and easy recipe.
AND we put the leftover oil-lemon juice-spice mixture to good use in the Grilled Eggplant with Tahina (the reason the eggplants were being roasted). A perfectly timed coincidence.
Are you after other Asparagus Recipes? Try Asparagus Risotto, Asparagus Pesto, and Asparagus Soup.
Are you looking for BBQ’d Recipes? Try Stuffed Mushrooms, Spicy Potatoes, and Marinated Eggplant.
Feel free to browse all of our Asparagus recipes and all of our BBQ recipes. Or take some time to explore our Late Summer dishes.
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Cooking Mushrooms on a Sunny Autumn Day
On a sunny and beautiful day in Autumn or Spring it is tempting to fire up the BBQ on the balcony, and get the field mushrooms out of the fridge.
Mushrooms cook well on Aussie BBQs (I guess these are called grills in the US). Drizzled with oil, cooked over a medium heat until softening, topped with some fresh and beautiful ingredients, and served when bubbling and sizzling. Truly a taste worthy of an outdoor meal.
Similar recipes include Mushrooms Baked in Vine Leaves, Risotto with Mushrooms, and Slow Cooked Creamy Mushrooms.
Feel free to browse our Mushroom recipes and our BBQ recipes. Check out our easy Mid Autumn recipes.
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Smokey charred eggplant from the BBQ
It is really nice to come home from work, turn the heater on, and light the BBQ. With a bit of forethought, I had remembered to marinate some eggplant in the morning and left it to sit for the day in the fridge. Eggplant has a wonderful ability to absorb flavours, and the smokiness that cooking it on a hot plate on the BBQ makes a surprisingly divine dish.
While the BBQ is hot, cook some side dishes too – tomatoes, onions, fennel, asparagus, capsicum – there are so many vegetables that are also BBQ-friendly. And the aromas that surround you while they are cooking! Aaah, life is good.
Are you looking for other Eggplant dishes? Try Eggplants in a Creamy Peanut Gravy, Baked Eggplant Stuffed with Cheese and Tomatoes, and Aubergines in Coconut Milk.
Feel free to browse all of our Eggplant recipes. Or you might like to browse all of our BBQ recipes. Or explore our Early Autumn recipe collection.
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A simple dish with a lot of punch.
Tomatoes are very special fruits, very versatile ingredients that match well both with so many cooking methods and with a variety of other ingredients. Can you imagine a world without the humble tomato?
This recipe is very simple, paring it back to the basics. Yet the result, as so often is the case, is outstanding. Bake a double batch and use the left over tomatoes in salads, sauces and soups, using them whole, chopped or pureeing them for their intended use.
The tomatoes can be cooked in the oven or in or on a BBQ. It is a perfect vehicle for home grown organic tomatoes. In autumn, serve with grilled polenta and a salad.
Feel free to browse our Tomato recipes here and here. Our favourite is Tomato Kurma. Or you might like to browse BBQ recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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More’ish, this dish will not last long in your kitchen
Who doesn’t like tandoor-style dishes? Although we can’t normally have a tandoor oven at home, cooking tandoor dishes in the oven or on the stove top, even on the BBQ, is very possible. These Tandoor Potatoes are amazing – don’t expect them to last very long in your kitchen. A perfect snack, or a side dish for your meal.
Are you are looking for Potato recipes? Try Aloo Gobi, Potato Subzi, and Aloo Palak Subzi.
You might like to browse our other Potato recipes, and our Snack recipes. You will find all of our Indian recipes here. And explore our Early Autumn dishes.
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Vegetables carry us from Deep Winter to Transitional Spring
At last, a variety of fresh greens are available. How important it is in Early Spring to increase the intake and variety of fruit and vegetables. Try some bitter greens too.
Enjoy our Salad and Vegetable Inspiration for Early Spring.
You can also browse other Early Spring recipes:
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Inspiration for Healthy Living in Early Summer
As the Weather warms it becomes ideal for eating outside, on the beach and picnics in the park. BBQs are lit once again, and the days are long and enjoyable.
Enjoy some BBQ Inspiration for Early Summer. You can also browse:
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Late Summer and Autumn are the best times for BBQs.
As we launch into Autumn, every sunny day is precious. While the sun shines, marinate some eggplant and toss it on the grill for a smoky lunch with some BBQ’d onions, hot lentils and a salad.
You might also like to try other BBQ dishes, including Fennel on the BBQ, Baked Pears on the BBQ and Bananas on the BBQ. Browse our Eggplant recipes here and here.
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Perfect eggplants are a glory to look at. Shimmering purple, with a promise of so much under that sometimes tough outer purple layer. Then ther are the Thai globular eggplants, gorgeous again in their sheer perfection. It is rare that a week goes by without us slice or dicing, baking or grilling eggplants. Japanese cuisine, Indian dishes and Middle Eastern food are just rife with the best of ways to use eggplants.
Nigel Slater though, is generally purely British in his approach to food, and unashamedly so. He doesn’t like to steam eggplant, for example (one of my favourite ways with this vegetable. However I love his books and his one-eyed approach. At the moment I am finding Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries I and II very inspiring for evening supper-type meals. Quick to cook, open to adjustment, not too many steps or ingredients, his (vegetarian) food is my food at the moment. I am often home late-ish, so something quick and healthy is perfect for me.
And just to break the stereotype, this dish have overtones of, perhaps, a combination of Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern food.
Are you looking for other Eggplant dishes? Try Cheese and Eggplant Torte, Baked Eggplant Stuffed with Cheese and Tomatoes, and Roasted Eggplants with a Garlic Sauce, Pinenuts and Basil.
Our favourites are Brinjal Fry (Indian Deep Fried Eggplant) and a Persian Saffron and Rosewater Scented Eggplant.
You might like to browse all of our delicious eggplant recipes and other dishes from Nigel’s books. Or find inspiration in our Late Autumn recipes. Continue reading “Baked Garlicky Eggplant with Feta”
Another warm day, and cooking on the BBQ seems like a good idea. It is quite easy to cook these pastries in a covered BBQ.
Another warm day, and cooking on the BBQ seems like a good idea. It is quite easy to cook these asparagus pastries in a covered BBQ. But it does need good quality asparagus – stringy stalks spoil the experience. You can, of course, cook these in the oven as well, at about 200C.
Similar recipes include Tomato Tarte Tatin, and Potato Tatin.
Are you looking for asparagus recipes? Look no further. Or perhaps some BBQ recipes? Browse our Nigel Slater recipes here. Or explore our Summer recipes here and here.
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A perfect Spring day here, hot and clear, and smells delicious, as all Spring days should. We cranked up the BBQ and cooked up a feast.
A perfect Spring day here, hot and clear, and smells delicious, as all Spring days should. We cranked up the BBQ and cooked up a feast. You can make this Hot Tomato Salad in the oven or in the BBQ, your choice.
You might also like to try other BBQ dishes, including Fennel on the BBQ, Baked Pears on the BBQ, Garlicky Eggplant with Feta, Asparagus in Pastry and Bananas on the BBQ. You can browse them all here. Find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.
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Sometimes, only a pizza will do.
Sometimes, only a pizza will do. Sometimes the comfort of carbs and the take-away feel are the things that are required. When such attacks come, make a pizza. For ease, make it in a covered BBQ, such as a Weber Q.
You might also like to try other Vegetarian BBQ Recipes. You can browse them here. They include Hot Tomato Salad, Garlicky Eggplant with Feta, and Asparagus in Pastry. Do browse the complete BBQ Series of recipes, there are so many more recipes including Baked Garlicky Eggplant, Baked Apricots, and Hot Tomato Salad. Find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.
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The easiest way to use a BBQ.
The easiest thing to do with a BBQ, the thing that does not take any thinking or preparing, is simple grilled vegetables with, say, haloumi.
It’s for those nights when it is far too much to stir, cut, saute, blend, whiz, spice up, make tadkas. When the weather is nice it is perfect for a BBQ.
You might like to browse our other BBQ recipes here. Our favourites are Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses and Roasted Grapes. If you haven’t see it already, take a look at Part 1 of this BBQ series to see Grilled Fennel with Lemon and Parmesan and Grilled Broccoli with Preserved Lemon and Part 2 of this BBQ Series to see Melty Cheese and Baked Bananas. Do browse the complete BBQ Series of recipes, there are so many more recipes including Baked Garlicky Eggplant, Baked Apricots, and Hot Tomato Salad. Find inspiration in our Winter recipes here and here.
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The scent of bread wafting from the covered BBQ.
There is something so special about the scent of bread cooking – and when it is cooked in the BBQ the aroma floats from our balcony over to our neighbour’s. I am sure they wonder what we were up to.
Cooking bread in the BBQ does produce a different texture than when you cook it in the oven, but it is gorgeous and so good and easy. Cook the focaccia first, and when you take it out, cook your other dishes in the BBQ as the bread cools.
You might also like to try other BBQ dishes, including Baked Pears on the BBQ and Bananas on the BBQ. You can also make Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ, Fennel with Lemon and Parmesan, and Grilled Cheese on Sourdough Toast, all on the BBQ. Find inspiration in our Winter recipes here and here.
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