Pan Fried Broad Beans with Lime, Chilli and Salt

A quick, healthy snack.

I am here to tell you that these are delicious. A great snack, quickly prepared, is pan fried broad beans. You can use peas or edamame as well. You can even use peas and edamame in their pods. Simply suck them out of the shell between your teeth after cooking.

Broad beans, once out of their pod, still have a thick, tough coat on each bean. Removing this improves their flavour enormously. Yes, it is a little fiddly, but worth the effort. Take a small sharp knife and make a slit in the side of the bean, then coax the coat off. Sometimes they just pop out. You are left with tender, vibrant green beans.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Pan Fried Broad Beans with Tomato and Thyme, and Tawa Broad Beans.

Browse all of our Broad Bean recipes, and all of our Snacks here and here.  Be inspired by our Mid Spring recipes.

Continue reading “Pan Fried Broad Beans with Lime, Chilli and Salt”

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, 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.

Continue reading “South Indian Green Peas Soup”

Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises | A French Carrot Soup from Nivernais

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, 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.

Continue reading “Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises | A French Carrot Soup from Nivernais”

Pan Fried Broad Bean Salad with Tomato and Thyme

I admit it. I have had an aversion to broad beans since childhood. We seem to have grown them by the bushel as I was growing up, and we ate them with every meal, often in their pods, boiled and boiled and boiled. Over the ensuing years I have tried to fall in love with them. I have even grown them myself. But that taste, and the childhood associations would not go away.

This year, with a wonderful Italian green grocery near me, I resolved to try again. Putting a lot of effort into treating them properly, I double peeled them while watching TV in the evenings, ready to work with them in the morning.

The efforts have been rewarded. I am now loving these wonderful, short-seasoned beans. I will be quite sad when their season is over (but I have discovered that frozen broad beans are available, and they are particularly good).

Are you looking for similar Broad Bean recipes? Try Pan Fried Broad Beans with Lime, Chilli and Salt, and Tawa Broad Beans.

Try these beauties too: Glorious Five Bean Salad, and Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread.

Browse all of our Broad Bean dishes, and our Tomato Salads. All of our Salad recipes are here. Or take some time to explore our Mid Spring dishes.

Continue reading “Pan Fried Broad Bean Salad with Tomato and Thyme”

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 Three Citrus Salad with Chilli and Ginger, and Pomelo and Green Mango Salad.

What about other Avocado dishes? Try 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.

Continue reading “Pomelo or Pink Grapefruit Salad with Avocado”

Green Tahini Sauce | Dip | Dressing | Spread

Tahini, aah, such a wondrous ingredient, made from sesame seeds and not understood or used enough in this country. One of its properties is that it thickens in the presence of acid, so you can add lemon juice to it to thicken it as well as flavour it, and gradually thin it with water or milk until you get to the right conistency (depending on what you are using it for).

This classic green sauce includes garlic and parsley as well, for a great dip, spread, sauce or dressing. It is Middle Eastern in flavours, so pair it with pita bread, falafel, herby salads, or any flatbread. It is great in salad sandwiches and wraps. Dress vegetable salads with it, pair it with some steamed beetroot. Dip crackers and crudites into it. Spread tiny toasts and top with chopped cucumber or chopped tomato and chilli. You are going to love it.

You might like to try some other Tahini recipes. We have Crushed Du Puy Lentils with Tahini and Cumin, Yoghurt Tahina Dip with Herbs or Tahina Tarator | Tahini Spread, Dip or Dressing.

Try these spreads too: Avocado Mash, and Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread.

All of our recipes featuring Tahini are here. Feel free to browse our Middle Eastern recipes, or our Salad recipes. Or all of our easy Mid Summer Recipes.

Continue reading “Green Tahini Sauce | Dip | Dressing | Spread”

Achari Mushrooms | Spicy Mushrooms

Achari dishes are so-called because they use the same set of spices that are commonly used in pickles (achar) in North India. Achari can refer to almost any ingredient – mushrooms, eggplant, paneer, okra, potatoes, and more. The recipes are more or less the same for the different ingredients. Today we are making Achari Mushrooms.

Spices are roasted and ground to a powder to make an Achari Masala, the spice mix common to the Achari dishes and also to pickles. A tomato gravy is made with the spices and the mushrooms are briefly simmered in the gravy.

Are you looking for other Mushroom recipes? Try Slow Cooked Creamy Mushrooms, the Perfect Mushrooms Sauce, and Mushroom Curry with Tomato-Yoghurt Sauce.

Try this dish that also uses Panch Phoron: Pear, Celery and Fennel Salad with Panch Phoron Crunch.

Browse all of the Mushroom dishes, all of our Punjabi dishes and all of the Bengali dishes. Or explore all of our Indian dishes. Alternatively take some time to browse our collection of Late Autumn dishes.

Continue reading “Achari Mushrooms | Spicy Mushrooms”

Pomelo, Green Mango and Pea Eggplant Salad with Herbs and Tamarind Dressing

A salad that comprises all of the tastes.

Sometimes you come across something so good, it becomes your chief meal for a week. I quite love herby salads – see this Lebanese one, and of course, Buddha’s Bowl  to which I add heaps of Asian soft herbs – but in the past it was a lot of work to get Asian herbs.

However, things have changed. With a huge Asian supermarket “just down the road”, life is so much easier in the Asian department. Pomelos, green mangoes, pea eggplants, herbs of every nationality, and so much more, at my fingertips.

So on one of the first Sunny, warm days of this Spring, this salad came together. Not quite Thai, but it definitely has some overtones of Thai food. I do hope that you enjoy.

This salad is fresh and herby, crispy from the vegetables, with crunch from peanuts and shallots, sour from the pomelo, tamarind and green mango, bitter from the witlof, hot from the chilli, sweet from the dressing, salty from the soy. It has all of the flavours built into one dish.

Are you looking for more Pomelo recipes? Try Three Citrus Salad with Green Chilli, Ginger and Almond Salsa, Pomelo with Avocado, and Pomelo with Asian Flavours.

Or what about Green Mango? Try Jicama and Green Mango Salad, Vermicelli and Green Mango Salad, and White Peas and Green Mango Sundal.

Continue reading “Pomelo, Green Mango and Pea Eggplant Salad with Herbs and Tamarind Dressing”

Chickpeas and Beetroot Greens with Chilli

I LOVE this dish. Simple, but flavoursome and healthy. Mop up juices with some home made focaccia. Although Beetroot Leaves have been used here, it can also be made with Spinach.

The chickpeas are soaked with bicarb soda to make them achingly tender when cooked. The greens are cooked with a tomato base with some wine (see the notes below the recipe for an alternative) and mixed with the chickpeas.

Are you looking for more Chickpea recipes? Try Green Salad with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemon, Smashed Chickpeas with Broccoli and Dukkah, and Hummus.

Or perhaps some Spinach dishes? Try Mushroom, Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad, Mung Dal with Cumin and Spinach, and Potatoes and Spinach.

You might like to browse all of our Chickpea recipes and Spinach recipes. Check out our easy Late Winter recipes here.

Continue reading “Chickpeas and Beetroot Greens with Chilli”

Fettuccine con Cacio e Pepe | Fettuccine with Cheese and Pepper

Simple is great, yes? Less is more. In this pasta dish, as with many others, it is the simplicity that shines and makes for a spectacular dish.

I have made it here with some home made eggless pasta that combines flour, semolina flour and chickpea flour and uses ground sesame seeds as a binding agent. It is pretty good, but of course this recipe can be made with any fettuccine or spaghetti.

Are you looking for Pasta dishes? Try Pasta with Zucchini and Parsley Pesto, Simple Pasta with Chilli and Olive Oil, and Pasta with a Cauliflower Sauce. Don’t forget that home made eggless pasta.

Or perhaps you are after Italian fare? Try Risotto with Mushrooms, White Bean Soup and Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella.

You can browse all of our pasta dishes here, and all of our Italian recipes here. Or simply take some time to explore our Mid Autumn collection of recipes.

Continue reading “Fettuccine con Cacio e Pepe | Fettuccine with Cheese and Pepper”

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.

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.

Continue reading “Pomelo Salad with Avocado”

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s Slow Cooked Creamy Mushrooms | Champignons a la Creme

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.

Continue reading “Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s Slow Cooked Creamy Mushrooms | Champignons a la Creme”

Banana and Berry Lassi | Yoghurt Smoothie

This time, a yoghurt drink that borrows from the smoothie culture of current times. I call it a Lassi, but perhaps it is not a traditional lassi. It combines the best of the sub Continent and the West.

I have always wondered why Banana Lassi is not popular in India, as bananas are so readily available in the South of India. Perhaps it is that the ancient science of Ayurveda does not recommend the combination of dairy and banana. Today, we break that rule for a delicious Lassi smoothie. We have also used honey, but feel free to replace that with jaggery if you prefer to avoid honey with milk.

Yoghurt is so cooling in the heat.

Are you looking for other Lassi recipes? Try Strawberry and Peach Lassi, Sweet and Tangy Lassi, Mango Lassi and Chilli and Coriander Lassi.

Are you looking for Banana recipes? Try Pomegranate and Banana Salad, Banana Halwa, or Flattened Rice with Bananas and Honey.

You might like to browse all of our Lassi drinks, all of our Yoghurt Drinks, or all of our Drink recipes. Explore our Mid Summer recipes. Or perhaps you are looking for our Banana, Blueberry or Strawberry recipes.

Continue reading “Banana and Berry Lassi | Yoghurt Smoothie”

Roasted Beetroot and Roasted Garlic Salad with Walnuts

A salad for Autumn, Winter and early Spring, where the roasting of the garlic and beetroot warms the kitchen, and the earthiness of the beetroot suits the weather. Even though beetroot is available year round, it seems to taste so much better in cooler weather.

The beetroot is roasted with the garlic, intensifying the beetroot flavours and mellowing the zip of the garlic. They become a perfect flavour pair.

Are you after Beetroot Salads? Try Beets in a Herb Dressing, Beetroot, Orange and Black Olive Salad, Slightly Pickled Beetroot Salad with Mustard, and Beetroot Salad with Honey Orange Dressing.

Or perhaps just Beetroot recipes. Beetroot and Pinot Risotto, Roast Beetroot with Cumin, and Beetroot Halwa.

Feel free to browse all of our Beetroot Salad recipes, and all of our Beetroot dishes. Our Salad recipes are here. Or explore our Mid Spring recipes.

Continue reading “Roasted Beetroot and Roasted Garlic Salad with Walnuts”

Spicy Celery Salad

Celery sort of misses out in the salad stakes. There are not so many salads that feature celery as its core ingredient. This salad changes that, it at least puts a stake in the Celery Salad map. Asian style in flavours with a little heat, it will be a classic at your place once you have tried it.

The original recipe was posted by The Back Yard Lemon Tree, and she credits Lottie and Doof as the inspiration.

Are you after Celery recipes? Try Celery Yoghurt Salad, Celery and Avocado Cold Soup, Nashi Pear and Celery Salad, and Simple Celery Salads.

Or try these Salads – Jicama and Green Mango Salad, Mediterranean Buckwheat Salad, and Sweet Red Pepper Salads.

You might see our other Celery Salads. Or browse all of our Salad recipes here and here. All Celery dishes are here. Or explore our easy Mid Spring recipes.

Continue reading “Spicy Celery Salad”