All posts filed under: Veg-friendly

Green seduction: avocado & cucumber salad

Yes! I am most happy about this simple summery salad. Ready to eat just under 5 minutes, it’s an ultimate green-dream lunch for a rushed Londoner. Creamy avocado with a bits of crunchy cucumber work amazingly well under fresh lime&chilli dressing. Green magic! Green seduction: avocado & cucumber salad Preparation + cooking time: 5 minutes / A stunning light treat for 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: 1/2 cucumber, chopped 2 small avocados, stoned and sliced 2 scallions, finely sliced 2 tbsp of mayonnaise 1/2 lime juice Sriracha sauce, to taste sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste a handful of arugula, to garnish DIRECTIONS: Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Make the dressing by whisking mayo, lime juice and sriracha sauce together. Taste and adjust levels of seasoning. Drizzle salad with dressing, garnish with arugula and serve immediately. Bon app! With love, Marie Inspired by Smitten Kitchen   Žalioji vilionė: avokado ir agurkų salotos Ypatingai džiaugiuosi dėl šių paprastų vasariškų salotų atradimo. Greitai pagaminamos, šios žalios salotėlės yra puiki skanių pietų alternatyva skubantiems. Kreminis …

Summer on a plate: Arugula & Peach salad

March 5th. Snow gently covered rooftops and avenues of Paris. As beautiful the city in white is, the heart is longing for warm, fresh and sun-filled days. Following the feeling, I quickly tossed together this gorgeous salad that just epitomizes summer to me – peppery arugula with sweet juicy peaches along with creamy fresh mozzarella and crunchy almond flakes. It is beautifully refreshing lunch plate that brings summer days just closer. Summer on a plate: Arugula & Peach salad Preparation + cooking: 15 min / Serves 2 We would need: A knob of butter 2 nice & firm peaches, pitted and halved into wedges 1 tbsp. of runny-honey 2 handfuls of arugula salad 1/2 mozzarella or burrata cheese ball, roughly torn salt & pepper to taste 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. of aged balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp. of almond flakes, toasted DIRECTIONS: Melt a knob of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When it is hot but not smoking, add the peaches cut side down and sauté them for 2 to …

In search of perfection: soy tikka masala

I have a problem. I have a husband, too, but he is not the problem. The problem is, I am happiest in the kitchen when I’m going deep on some quest: studying cookery books, trying to do everything from home-made gelato to creamy mussels. The problem is that my husband prefers familiar food. Who could blame him for that? As that alone wasn’t enough, I have to admit that I have been a pescetarian now for over 15 years and leaving side by side with avid meat-lover sometimes might be tricky. I have to give him a huge credit for supporting me and keeping me company throughout all of my experiments. Since we moved to UK, I wanted to try one of the nation’s most popular dishes – a brilliant curry – tikka masala. To the joy of my husband, I quickly figured that soy chunks have a very good quality of absorbing gravy, so no time wasted, and my take on spicy & tangy classics have hit our dinner table :).  In search of perfection: soy …

Apple, ginger & celery juice

This zingy bright green drink is full of fresh ingredients to make you feel refreshed and energised. Perfect for start of the day. Preparation time: under 5 minutes / a vitamin shot for 2 We would need: 4 apples, cut in half, each half cut into wedges 2 celery sticks, trimmed 2 cm – piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced DIRECTIONS: Put apples, celery and ginger in the juicer and juice following the instructions of your machine. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. With love, Marie   Šviežiai spaustos obuolių, imbiero ir salierų sultys Maloniai aitraus skonio šviežiai spaustos obuolių sultys padės Jums jaustis energingiems ir žvaliems visą dieną. Skani puikios dienos pradžia. Paruošimo laikas: iki 5 minučių / Vitaminų šaltinis dviems Mums reikės: 4 obuolių, supjaustytų skiltelėmis 2 salierų stiebų 2 cm imbiero gumbo gabaliuko, nulupto ir supjaustyto GAMINAME: Sudėkite obuolius, salierą bei imbiero gabaliukus į  elektrinę sulčiaspaudę ir išspauskite sultis. Supilkite į stiklines ir iš karto patiekite. Į sveikatą! Su meile, Marie

Uplifting creamy roasted bell pepper soup

This is a delicious and warming soup, superb on a cold day. A winning combination of roasted bell peppers and other soup-friendly veggies like onions, leek, carrots, celery and garlic, accompanied by cumin and a bit of garam masala takes it up a notch. It’s also exceptionally velvety and rich in flavour. Add some red pepper flakes for a spicy kick. Preparation + cooking time: 60 -70 min / Serves 2 or 4 for starter/ Veg-friendly We would need: 3 large bell peppers (red, orange and yellow), halved and seeded Olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 leek, cleaned and trimmed, white parts only 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 carrot, peeled and chopped 1 celery stick, chopped 1 tbsp of chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp of ground cumin 1/2 tsp of garam masala 1 tbsp of sweet paprika 2 bay leaf 3 cups of vegetable stock Salt & pepper to taste 1/4 of heavy cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to Gas mark 7/ 425°F/ 220 °C. Place peppers, cut-side down, on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil to lightly …

Georgian Aubergine with garlic and cilantro

Did you know that aubergine is actually a fruit? A berry to be exact. In fact, a berry related to both tomato and potato. It was a discovery for me, which straight away made me think of a delicious&unforgettable Georgian Nigvziani Badrijani (ბადრიჯანი, aubergine rolls with spiced walnut filling). [I would be making those too in the nearest future]. I visited this magical mountain country last march and brought back with me deepen love for extraordinary Georgian cuisine. There are plenty of original and exquisite dishes. Some of my favourites include most recognizable Khachapuri and Khinkali, Lobio and Sulguni cheese, and of course aromatic Georgian wine. This is my variation of Georgian style aubergine starter. Slices of aubergine are served with fresh onion rings and garlicky dressing, garnished with pungent flavoured cilantro. A great appetizer to begin your culinary journey through Georgia! Preparation + cooking time: 40 min / Serves 2 as a main dish and 4 as a side or starter TIP: In order to reduce bitterness of aubergine,  usually it is sliced and salted before cooking. We would need: …

Radish garden salad with a cranberry spin

A lovely light starter with fantastic sweet&salty flavours. Easy to toss together, and is everything salad should be – fresh and crunchy.  Tried, loved and adopted from my mom’s kitchen. Preparation time: under 10 minutes / Serves 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: 2 handfuls of mixed greens (crisp romaine, baby spinach, rocket works well) 1 small cucumber, peeled lengthways into ribbons 4 radishes, ends trimmed, thinly sliced 1 tbsp. of freshly chopped chives 1 tbsp. of freshly chopped dill Salt & pepper to taste a pinch of roasted sesame seeds (optional) For the dressing: 1 tbsp. of cranberry jam 1 tbsp. of light soy sauce 1 tbsp. of water DIRECTIONS: Place greens in a large serving bowl along with cucumber, radishes and herbs. Season with a tiny bit of salt & pepper. Toss together.  Add some sesame seeds if using. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small jug until well combined. Drizzle the dressing over salad just before serving. Bon app! With love, Marie

Food cupboard spicy bean soup

This hearty, delicious warming soup uses some basic food cupboard ingredients and comes together very easily, which makes it perfect for chilly winter days. Keep the winter out and warmth in with this spicy & flavoursome bowl of soup. Preparation + cooking time: 45-50 min / Serves 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: Olive oil 1 onion, finely sliced 1 carrot, sliced 1 big potato, diced 1/3 of celery stick, chopped 2-3 garlic cloves, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 x 400 g can of chopped tomatoes 6 cups of vegetable stock Sea salt & freshly ground pepper 1 tbsp. of sweet paprika 1 pinch of dried red chilli 2 bay leaf 2 tsp. of chopped fresh parsley or ½ dried 1 x 400 g can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed DIRECTIONS: Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and when hot, add onion and carrot. Stir in diced potato, celery, garlic and red bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Tin in the tomatoes and add the stock. Season with salt & pepper. Sprinkle in sweet paprika and a pinch of dried …

Rachel’s cream of tomato soup with crunchy lemon chickpeas

This quick & simple recipe comes from Rachel Khoo’s latest cookbook “Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook”. The soup celebrates the simplicity of ingredients and transforms them into a luxurious lunch meal. Yet another proof that you can make a fuss free dinner from basic food cupboard ingredients. This silky textured tomato soup with roasted garlic and a splash of cream, topped with baked lemony chickpeas for additional crunch, is sincerely brilliant. Would definitely cook again. Preparation + cooking time: 50 – 60 minutes / Serves 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: 1 x 210 g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/2 unwaxed lemon, sliced 3 cloves of garlic, unpeeled 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil sea salt 1 x 400 g tin of good-quality chopped tomatoes 250 ml of vegetable stock 1 tbp of sugar 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar freshly ground pepper 100 ml single cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/ 350°F/ 180 °C. Toss the chickpeas, lemon and garlic in the oil and place on a baking tray. Sprinkle with salt and …

Tangy carrot & red cabbage salad

If it is a Gray and rainy day outside, just as one I had today, you will find this incredible easy-to-make salad very much enjoyable. It’s a perfect healthy snack as well as a great side-dish for any burger or sandwich. Colourful, crunchy and fresh with lovely lime juice tang, a definite mood booster. Serves 2 / Preparation time: 10 min / Veg-friendly We would need: 1 carrot, cut into thin sticks or grated 1/8 red cabbage, finely chopped 1/2 small red onion, finely sliced handful of mint leaves handful of coriander leaves handful of toasted peanuts, roughly crushed For the dressing: juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp of groundnut oil some chilli flakes to your taste 1 tbsp of soft brown sugar   DIRECTIONS: Tip the carrot, cabbage and onion into a bowl. Toss in mint&coriander leaves along with a crushed peanuts. In a separate bowl or a jar, combine the dressing ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved. Pour over the salad just before serving. Bon app! With love, Marie Gaivios morkų ir raudonųjų kopūstų salotos …