Thorans (from Kerala) and Poriyals (from Tamil Nadu) are delightfully delicious, simple and quick dishes from the South of India that can form part of a meal, or can be eaten just with rice for a snack or simple meal. These dishes made from finely chopped vegetables are simply spiced, usually sweetened a little with…
The secret to pulling a meal together really quickly is to have prepared lots of bibs and bobs beforehand, so that there is always inspiration in the fridge. Toppings for soups, ingredients for salads, pastes and sauces, for stirfries, things to be mixed into batters and doughs, chopped herbs, frozen and dehydrated bits, stocks, juices,…
Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in this untypically cool January. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Great with cumin, coriander and turmeric too! Try them.
When I need comfort food, mashed potato it is. Reminiscent of childhood large plates of mashed potato, buttery and herby, steaming hot from the pan and piled with other vegetables, it takes me back to days of large gardens, lazy days, and few cares.
Potatoes and Cumin are a great match. This baked dish is a great dish for most of the year.
A Classic Indian Dish, on every Indian Restaurant Menu.
More potato lusciousness from France, where potatoes and cream have a natural affinity. From memory, my daughter’s French teacher gave me this recipe.
I loved French food when I was working in France. Pommes de Terre Maxim is a simple but special dish.
Aaah, Beetroot, the King of Vegetables. The colour of the beets is so delectable.
A touch of spice with carrots turns them into something wonderful.
I have a couple of favourite “a la Grecque” recipes that cook vegetables in a mixture of good stock, some herbs and spices, and good olive oil. It is likely that “a la Grecque” is a term that originated in France for dishes cooked in this manner.
Polenta is endlessly versatile. Here, it is combined with onion and chilli for a heat hit.
One of the ways to serve polenta is to make it quite stiff, let it set, and then grill slices of it. Very delicious.
A great staple, polenta is easy to cook these days and very delicious. Infinitely variable.
A simple dish with a lot of punch.
An interesting dish, beautiful and warming.
This is a beautiful Autumn and Winter dish that can also be made with Spring vegetables.
The variations of potatoes, butter and dairy in French Cuisines is endless. This one is a gratin of potatoes with parmesan cheese.
I once said that this recipe was English, but now I am not so sure. With basil, olives and wine, it sounds far more Southern European in style to me.
No better way to cook pumpkin!
For me, Tomatoes are at their very very best in Autumn. Please use them in all there shapes and forms. This is a French variation on baked tomatoes.