A few years ago I came across sweet potato noodles in an Asian grocer and I bought them because they were surprisingly gluten-free. The noodles sat on a shelf in my cupboard for a good six months before I finally settled on what I would do with them: make japchae, also known as Korean glass noodles.
Finding sweet potato noodles can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. Without them I could have gone for regular rice noodles, or even pasta but I decided to push myself towards something even healthier and landed on zucchini noodles.
The day I perfected my recipe for pad Thai was the day I stopped ordering it from Thai restaurants. Another way I describe this recipe is ‘better-than-Thai-restaurant pad Thai’ and when something has a name like that, why would you order in? OK, I know why, because you have nothing in the fridge or pantry, and/or you’ve had a rough day and just can’t. I get it, I’ve been there.
I thought I’d share this recipe for the fastest curry I’ve ever whipped up. It’s delicate, flavoursome, light and best of all, you could have it from farm (or fridge!) to plate in 10 minutes.
Store-bought curry paste isn’t my preference but I’m all for shortcuts in the kitchen and when you’re counting down the minutes until you can unwind after a long day, it’s a shortcut I’m willing to take. Still, it’s not a shortcut I like to take often. Enter my gluten-free, curry paste-free, vegan Thai yellow curry made in just 10 minutes. How? The trick, my friends, is …
So, I’m not a soup girl, but here I am again with another soup. My vegan tom yum quickly turned into tom kha (Thai coconut soup) with the addition of a little more coconut milk and a tablespoon of something very unexpected for a Thai dish.
Growing up, my mum would make rissoles with gravy, and sometimes I was even allowed to have them on buttered crumpets. I miss those days. Lately, I’ve been thinking about recreating them with tempeh to give them a juiciness that tofu or grains cannot.
After much experimentation, I’m pleased to report that these vegan meatballs are juicier than real meatballs. In fact, they’re so juicy you might not even need the gravy but if you’re missing the meat, the gravy will help you through it. This dish is also really quick and easy – there’s barely any prep involved, which makes it great for a weeknight meal.
The day I tried pho was the day I realised that soup could be loved. There’s just something about pho that elevates it beyond its competitors. It’s rich and fragrant yet still light.
If you’re gluten-free, you’ll know the struggle of finding gluten-free pizza that tastes as good as non-gluten-free pizza. And, how about the struggle of trying to make it yourself? I’ve tried hundreds of recipes and the end result has never been worth the struggle … until now.
OK, so it might not taste exactly the same as non-gluten-free pizza, but it’s the best (and easiest!) version I’ve reached, and I’m excited to share it with you at last. Especially when you can make it in the time it would take your local pizza joint to deliver a gluten-free vegan pizza that leaves you feeling unsatisfied (we’ve all been there).
I’m going to call it, this is the best vegan pesto around. It is also extremely simple and can be pulled together in the shortest amount of time. You know how that saying goes, hey presto, it’s pesto – well, it’s true.
Remember when I told you about my love of dumplings? Well, I’m back to profess my love once more. Life isn’t the same without them; I miss them terribly and think about them daily. That’s why I’m back with another batch – although these ones are very different from the last.
These bad boys are filled with what you might expect from a vegetarian dumpling but best of all, they are allergy and tummy friendly. Essentially, you’ll be transported to intolerance-friendly Chinatown at first bite. Closing your eyes might help if you’re anything like me and haven’t quite mastered the art of folding rice paper rounds to make dumplings look like dumplings.
If you know me, you’ll know that I love dumplings. I’ve been known to throw in the towel from time to time just for a tasty reminder of what dumplings are like (not recommended if you are GF). I’ve tried making gluten-free vegan dumplings many times before but they never really did it for me, especially after the long prep. One day I realised my mistake