Month: October 2016

Vegetarian okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage pancakes)

To be honest, Japanese food has never particularly appealed to me. I’ve never been to Japan (though it’s definitely on my list!), so I’m pretty ignorant about Japanese cuisine – the only thing I’m familiar with is (vegetarian!) sushi, which I don’t really enjoy. Cold rice and raw veggies really isn’t my thing.

So when I first learned about okonomiyaki, I was pretty surprised by how amazing it looked. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a savoury Japanese pancake full of shredded veggies (I used cabbage, carrot and spring onions), and it’s really, really tasty. It’s also super easy to make – you may have noticed that it looks a bit of a mess, which means that if you muck up the pancake at all, you can just drizzle a load of sauce over the top, and nobody will be any the wiser.

VEGETABLE COBBLER

My lovely Granny was an awesome cook. A few years ago, we found her old handwritten cookbook, and it’s amazing. It’s perfectly imperfect – spelling mistakes, scribbles, pages torn out, recipes slipped in the front on loose sheets of paper (in fact, one of them is even written on the back of a letter from the DVLA…). It’s the kind of cookbook that you don’t get so much any …

5 FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR INSTAGRAM

A couple of weeks ago, Samsung and Three sent me a Samsung S7* phone to try out. It’s sleeker than my old phone, and has a much larger memory (I can finally fit more than three apps on my phone, woop!), but the feature that’s got me most excited is the camera. Not only does it have a dedicated ‘foodie mode’, which immediately makes your food photos look more appealing, it can …

CAULIFLOWER FALAFEL WRAPS WITH SPICY SLAW

I’ve made homemade falafel a few times now (most recently in May, when I shared my homemade falafel quinoa bowls), so I do apologise if you’re sick of seeing it. But when inspiration strikes, I tend to just run with it. This time I made cauliflower falafel, since we all know how much I love putting cauliflower into recipes where it absolutely does not belong (see here, here, …

TEX MEX BREAKFAST MUFFIN

I’m terrible at breakfast. First thing in the morning, I can usually only stomach a piece of fruit (usually a banana or apple, which the dog insists I share with her – I never knew ‘puppy dog eyes’ was a real thing until we got Pip), or at most a dollop of yogurt sprinkled with muesli. But if there’s one thing that’s going to convince me my mornings need more food, it’s this …