Green Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

I look forward to having green tomatoes from the garden – I love the tartness in salads, salsa, and topping other dishes (adding a real zing to them). Just occasionally my green grocer stocks them too.

This is a salad which is good with fresh mozzarella, either balls (big or small), plaits or long strings. We like to rip them open, roughly, spreading them over the plate, and topping with our other ingredients. Oh yum!

This recipes layers fresh mozzarella with green tomatoes and basil or other herbs. I know that you will enjoy it.

Are you looking for other Mozzarella dishes? Try Roast Red Pepper Salad with Mozzarella and White Beans, Mozzarella Salad with Crispy Tomato Crumbs, and Cheese and Eggplant Torte with Mozzarella.

What about other Green Tomato recipes? Try Marinated Zucchini with Tomatoes, and Green Tomato Salsa.

You can browse all Mozzarella dishes, and all Green Tomato dishes. All of our Tomato Salad recipes are here and our Salads in total are here. Or simply explore our Mid Summer dishes.

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Grilled Mushroom and Red Onion Salad

Summer is on its way!

Yay for warm weather! And as soon as the weather turns the slightest bit warm, I begin making Summery salads again. I find them the most healthy type of dish for Spring, Summer and into Autumn. As each year passes, we eat salads further into winter, roasting our ingredients, or incorporating barley, freekeh, quinoa and other filling and satisfying ingredients.

Today’s salad is definitely a Spring dish, a Mushroom Salad. Spring Mushrooms are grilled with some red onion and then dressed. It is gorgeous.

Similar dishes include Mushroom, Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad, Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Bean Sprouts, Mushrooms Baked in Vine Leaves, and Stuffed Mushrooms.

You might like to also browse our other Salads – over a hundred! Or just the Mushroom Salads. Have a look at all of our Mushroom recipes here. And explore our easy Early Spring recipes too.

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Simple Poritha Kuzhambu | A South Indian Lentil Based Gravy with Vegetable for Over Rice

A beautiful, flowing-textured dal-based dish perfect over rice.

Poritha kuzhambu  or Poricha kuzhambu is a style of kuzhambu that often includes coconut in its ground spice mix – this is the most defining characteristic of a Poritha Kuzhambu. This recipe is lentil based which can be made with either Toor Dal as we do here, or Green Gram Dal (Mung Dal). Although some Poritha Kuzhambu recipes can contain tamarind, this one does not.

This dish is not spicy, with very little spice added. It celebrates the taste and textures of the dal and the vegetable. You will enjoy it. It uses a per-prepared Sambar Powder, which you can purchase at an Indian grocery, or make your own.

Sometimes Poritha Kuzhambu is called a Lentil Vegetable Stew. That is not entirely accurate. There is no real equivalent in our cuisine – perhaps it can be described as a Lentil Based Gravy with a Vegetable, to eat over rice. It flavours the rice and the rice compliments the kuzhambu. I love kuzhambu so much, I will also eat a small bowl of it like a soup.

Are you looking for other similar recipes? Try Poritha Kuzhambu with Tamarind and Amaranth, Poritha Kootu with Sambar Powder, Pitlai, Poritha Kuzhambu with Chilli and Cumin,  and Chidambaram Brinjal Kothsu.

Or Drumstick recipes? Try Sampangi Pitlai, Race Kuzhambu and Drumstick Kadhi.

Feel free to browse all of our Poritha Kuzhambu recipes, all of our Kuzhambu recipes, and our Indian recipes. Drumstick recipes are here. You may also like to browse our easy Early Winter recipes.

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Kathirkkai Rasavangi | Brinjal Rasavangi | Eggplant and Toor Dal

Rasavangi is a spicy, tamarind based eggplant dish that is a wonderful change from a regular sambar. It is similar to a Kootu or Pitlay and is very common in South Indian households.

Rasavangi is a close cousin of the Arachuvitta Kootu/Sambar, but with different spices. It is also very close to Pitlay. It is a good example of how a small change in spices can make a dish taste very different. This has a wonderful flavour profile of coriander and coconut. All you need with it is some rice and perhaps a simple potato dish, papadums or a vegetable curry.

You might like to browse our Sambar Recipes or all of our Eggplant recipes here and here. Feel free to browse the Indian Recipes. Our Kuzhambu recipes are here.

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Mozzarella and Cucumber Salad with Caperberries and Lemon

The soft flavours of fresh mozzarella pair with the tang of preserved lemon and caperberries.

Fresh Mozzarella is ideal for salads, having a creamy texture but soft flavour, so it compliments strong and tangy flavours. It also heightens dishes like grilled fennel, or produces soft and gentle flavours when paired with other soft flavours.

This salad has the softness of cucumber and mozzarella, and the tang of caperberries and preserved lemon. Each level of flavour is evident. It is a great summery salad.

Are you looking for similar Salads? Pease try our Tapenade Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella. You may also like Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella and Beetroot Salad with Honey and Ginger.

Browse our other Mozzarella dishes, and our other salads too. Or explore our Late Summer collection of dishes.

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Random Dosai | Indian Pan-Cooked Flatbread from Lentil Flours

I love dosa, that pan-cooked flatbread of India. I love it crispy and filled with a potato curry eaten with sambar and chutney. I like it meltingly soft and perfect for soaking up a wet curry with fingers tearing off chunks to sop up the wet dal or gravy and tease it into the mouth. I love the tartness that fermentation of the batter gives, watching it bubble and rise in the bowl sitting next to the stove. I love the vastness of the dosai repertoire, a dosa for every household in Southern India. I love pouring the batter onto the pan, coaxing it to spread with the bottom of the ladle. I love the telltale pattern that this makes. I love the ritual of making it. Dripping ghee on the top side, flipping it, eating the finished product. Continue reading “Random Dosai | Indian Pan-Cooked Flatbread from Lentil Flours”

Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemon Grass Creme Fraiche

Another Ottolenghi Classic.

One of our xmas lunch dishes came straight from Yotham Ottolenghi. Let’s be clear – most years we cook at least one dish from Yotham’s repertoire. Last year it was Potato Tartin. This year it was sweet potato wedges. They are surprisingly good.

The creme fraiche dressing was a bit heavy, I thought. Next time I might replace the creme fraiche with some thick yoghurt. Otherwise, the recipe was cooked mostly as detailed in Yotham’s book Plenty.

Have you also tried Potato and Sweet Potato Vindaloo or Madras Curry with Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach? Browse all of Ottolenghi dishes here, and all of our Sweet Potato recipes here and here.

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How to Make Perfect Roast Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in all weathers except the very hottest. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Here’s how you do it.

Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in all weathers except the very hottest. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Here’s how you do it.

The potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. They are so delicious that I forgot to take photos. Oh well, next time.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also like Easy Potatoes with Olive Oil, Grown Up Potato Salad, and Potatoes on the BBQ. Browse all of the Potato recipes here and here. Or explore our Roasted dishes here and here. Continue reading “How to Make Perfect Roast Potatoes”

Tomato Rasam

A oft-made rasam, the favourite rasam of many people.

Like a warming, comforting cup of spicy deliciousness, rasam is such special dish. It is no wonder it is a daily item in many Tamil households.

One of the most common rasams is tomato rasam. Full of spice, tangy from tamarind, and made with home grown organic tomatoes, it is not only delicious but healthy also.

We like to make rasams with the top water from cooking lentils – it adds flavour, uses the water that is usually drained off, and if some of the soft lentils actually get into the rasam, it just adds more flavour and a little texture.

I often keep home made tomato pulp and tomato juice in the freezer – even frozen whole tomatoes. These are perfect for making rasam.

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Keerai Poriyal | Stir Fried Spinach with Coconut and Spices

A quick spinach and coconut dish.

Poriyals are generally finely chopped vegetable dishes that are tasty and easy to make. It takes only a few minutes, and coconut is added at the last moment.

You might also like to try Spinach Curry, Spinach, Miso and Tofu Napoleons, and Aloo Palak – Potatoes in Spinach Gravy.

Perhaps you are looking for other Thoran/Poriyal recipes here and here, or other Vegetable Fry recipes. You might also like our Spinach recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

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Cumquat Chutney

A late winter chutney

Each late Winter or early Spring, cumquat trees are laden with fruits, and there are enough to make chutney and pickles for the year ahead. Sometimes a jam as well. This is my favourite Cumquat Chutney.

Are you looking for similar recipes? You might also want to try Pickled Cumquats, Easy Pickled Cumquats, and Cumquats and Gin. Or Ousbacks Roasted Red Pepper and Apple Relish, and Onion Marmalade.

All of the Cumquat recipes are here. Or explore our Preserves. For more inspiration, check out our Early Spring recipes.

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An Indulgent Baked Layered Potato Cake

A Friday Night dish.

There is something very comforting about potatoes. A bit of Friday night easy indulgence after a hard week – throw this potato dish into the oven with some asparagus in foil with wine and butter.

Melt bocconcini  over the asparagus. Make a large herby green salad. Find a good TV program. Welcome in a long weekend.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Are you looking for Potato recipes? We like roast potatoes on the BBQ, and Sweet Potato Wedges.

Or try more Potato Gratin dishes: Potato and Cheddar Gratin, Gratin of Potatoes and Zucchini with Thyme, and Potatoes Baked with Cumin and Tomato.

Browse all of our Potato recipes, and all of our Baked recipes. Explore our Late Winter recipes for even more inspiration.

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Du Puy Lentil Soup | Slow Cooked or Stove Top

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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Roasted Tomato and Sweetcorn Soup

It is almost soup time – the weather is certainly cold enough.

There is nothing quite like a roasted tomato for wonderful and intense flavours. Use them everywhere and all year around. Cooked in the oven or in the covered BBQ, they are delicious.

Roasted tomatoes make great soups, like this cold one. But winter cometh, and it is time for hot soups once again.

Are you looking for Sweetcorn dishes? Try Roasted Sweetcorn Salad with Avocado, Sweetcorn Sundal, and How to Roast/Char Grill Sweetcorn.

Or are you looking for Tomato Soups? Try Tomato Kurma, Creamy Tomato Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger, Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup, and Rustic Tomato Soup with Feta.

Browse all of our Tomato Soups, all of our Sweetcorn dishes, and all of our Soups. Or be inspired by our Late Autumn recipes.

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Baked Garlicky Eggplant with Feta

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”