All posts filed under: Vegetable dishes

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 …

My 20 min after work Korean dinner

Last few weeks were extremely busy for me, which resulted in having almost no time for cooking. In a way it was good as I had an opportunity to get creative and improvise on a speedy after work  dinner options. Here is what I came up with: Taking just 20 minutes from kitchen to plate, this Korean-style 4 dish-dinner makes a perfect healthy midweek meal. Delicious tuna pancakes are served with rice and lightly stir-fried courgette with a tangy lettuce & scallion salad on the side. Prepare to be amazed! My 20 min after work Korean dinner   / Serves 2 Preparation + cooking time: 10 min Tuna pancakes (Chamchijeon,참치전) We would need: 1 can of tuna, drained 3 tbsp of onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 free-range egg a pinch of sea salt a pinch of ground black pepper 1 tsp of roasted sesame seed oil 1 tbsp of flour 1-2 tbsp of canola oil, for frying DIRECTIONS: In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well together. Place a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and pour 1-2 …

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 …

Homemade cream of mushroom soup

Funny things happen once you find yourself stuck at home with a sore throat and the battle for Middle Earth unrolling in the background. It got me thinking that Hobbits, too, have a great passion for good food, surpassing even the greediest likings of Big People. Particularly, J.R.R. Tolkien’s small & homey people love mushrooms. Do you remember – when they have set off on their epic-journey-quest, firstly,  they shortcuted through a field of mushrooms? :) Sam: Trust a Brandybuck and a Took. Merry: What? That was just a detour, a shortcut. Sam: Shortcut to what? Pippin: Mushrooms! As it happens, though, I am not a hobbit (my husband especially is happy about me not having hobbit feet), I share the everlasting love for mushrooms. We both do. Making a cosy warming bowl of this delicious soup was a great way to continue adventure with Frodo&Sam out of  the TV screen and keeping our bellies nicely full. This full of earthy mushroom flavours soup is fairly quick and easy to make. A delightful dish, I am happy to revisit regularly. Try it with dinner today! Homemade …

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 …

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 …

Life simple pleasures: Tomato & Egg

Ah! Such an amazing match: the rich tomato sauce infused with Italian herbs, nurturing the egg-poached goodness and a warm crusty bread. I am absolutely in love <3. It’s super easy&quick to-make and what’s best – you can tailor the dish to your liking by flavouring the tomato sauce with your all time favourites. Preparation time + cooking: 20-25 min / Serves 2 hungry or 4 willing to try We would need: 4 tomatoes Some olive oil 1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced 4 free-range eggs 1 tbsp. of caster sugar Salt & pepper to your taste 1 tsp. of dried Italian herbs (such as basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme and rosemary). Fresh herbs (optional)   DIRECTIONS: Prepare the tomatoes: peel off the skins, clean the stems out, roughly chop and then purée in a blender. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, for about 2-3 minutes. Lower heat, add the tomato purée and sugar and let simmer until the sauce is thickened, another 5-7 minutes. Season with salt&pepper, and Italian …