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Barley, Cranberry, Cashew and Feta Salad

Barley, Cranberry, Cashew and Feta Salad

I love getting a hold of old-fashioned, not very utilised ingredients and then making something from them. In my mind, pearl barley fits the category. When was the last time you had barley? And how did you have it? I’ll wager that it was just a filler in a soup and that you ate said soup over a decade ago. Am I right? Barley is trying to make a quiet comeback but if you look … Read entire article »

Filed under: Healthy, Multicultural, Vegan, Vegetarian

How to Make Almond Butter

How to Make Almond Butter

Although I spent my childhood in the United States, it wasn’t until I lived in England that I learned to eat peanut butter and jam/jelly. It is OK to admit that my undergraduate days consisted of a wee bit of overindulgence in a certain amber nectar? And, is it OK to admit that those particular overindulgences occasionally left me feeling a bit worse for wear in the morning? Yes? Whew! I thought you might bail … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Condiments, Healthy, United States, Vegan, Vegetarian

Yin Tsai- Edible amaranth

Yin Tsai- Edible amaranth

    Have you been wondering what that beautiful purple and green leafy vegetable is in the shops at the moment? I’d hate for you to miss out so I thought I’d better get these photos up quick smart before it all disappears. The season’s quite short, and you may have to go to an Asian shop to find it, but it’s called yin tsai* or amaranth or “edible amaranth” as some sources call it. Don’t worry. Everything … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ingredients, Multicultural, Vegan, Vegetarian

Sauerkraut. It’s really easy!

Sauerkraut. It’s really easy!

Although they made a great many amazing foods at home that I feel regretful I didn’t ask about, I’m not sure if my Polish relatives ever made sauerkraut at home. They definitely ate a lot of it. Kielbasa, Polish sausages, simmering in sauerkraut is a childhood scent. My Dad, arriving home late from work, sat at the table tucking in to those sausages that snapped to the bite. He said to me recently that he … Read entire article »

Filed under: Condiments, Ferments, German, Polish, Vegan, Vegetarian

Cumin and Carrot Savoury Pancakes

Cumin and Carrot Savoury Pancakes

Although I haven’t had much time to write since becoming a Mum, I have spent many hours thinking up things a toddler will eat. There are plenty of things that a toddler will warm to, no doubt, but I want to do quicker than quick things that take very little prep so I can get on with building monster forts out of cushions in the living room or seeking out the best playground in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, Inspired by..., Multicultural, Vegan, Vegetarian

Vegetarian Black Beans and Rice

Vegetarian Black Beans and Rice

I have not been to Cuba, but I have lived in South Florida, which has  a sizeable Cuban community, where you can get the most delicious black beans and rice ever. Well, OK, maybe not ever since I’ve already mentioned that I haven’t actually been to Cuba. Tucking into a steaming bowl of black beans and feeling the crunch of fresh onions on top is something I could do just about any day of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Narrative Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Feijoa Chutney

Feijoa Chutney

The first time I saw a feijoa I thought it must be some kind of guava because it looked like a small farang (ฝรั่ง), a Thai guava. Incidentally, farang is also what Thais call foreigners. What do us non-Thais and a tropical fruit have in common? Well, not much except that the fruit version was reportedly brought to Thailand by the Portuguese and so was therefore labelled as farang, meaning foreign thing. There is more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Condiments, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Kim-chee, Bean and Peanut Salad

Kim-chee, Bean and Peanut Salad

I am starting a new category on Five Flavours called “Inspired by” because so much of what I eat is inspired by the amazing ingredients I’ve learnt about from all over the world, but doesn’t exactly fit under any authenticity labels. This salad is inspired by Korean kim-chee, a wonderful probiotic, and Indian bean salads. This is the kind of salad I discover by accident when I am searching the kitchen for something I can make … Read entire article »

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Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Smoothies are meant to be healthy, but there is nothing to say that they can’t be chocolate is there? I don’t think there is a rule book anywhere. Whatever. I’ll chance it. Not only is this smoothie chocolate AND good for you, it has also been made with Fair Trade ingredients. You may not be aware, but it is Fair Trade Fortnight which I think is a great time for us to take stock of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pumpkin Soup: A Kiwi Favourite

Pumpkin Soup: A Kiwi Favourite

We have a lot of gorgeous pumpkins in New Zealand. And they are really cheap and nutritious so they verge on being one of the Kings of Vegetables, but I didn’t always know this. The first time I had pumpkin soup I was not convinced I would like it. I thought it would be sweet because I tend to think of things like pumpkin and kumara (sweet potatoes) as sweet vegetables and, when I’m hungry, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Narrative Recipes, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian