Vietnamese Tofu Summer Rolls

Gavin WrenMain Dishes, Recipes, Salads, Sandwiches & Wraps, Small Bites, Vegan, Vegetarian

Vietnamese spring rolls with a vegetarian twist, featuring smoked tofu to make delightfully aromatic, crispy, crunchy tofu summer rolls which are vegetarian and vegan. You can make these in the kitchen to wow your guests or build them at the table so everyone can get their hands dirty.
Today’s recipe is for Vietnamese spring rolls with a vegetarian twist, using smoked tofu to make delightfully aromatic tofu summer rolls. These South East Asian favourites have gained a lot of popularity in recent years and for good reason, they’re amazingly easy to make, as well as bright and fresh and a crunchy summer treat that can be made in the kitchen to wow your guests, or created at the table so that everyone can get their hands dirty. Don’t Keep Me Hanging on the Telephone… Waiting. I’m waiting. I’m trying to buy a little flat. Well, I say I’m trying to buy a little flat, but actually, I’m allowing my pooch and my work to choose a flat for me. You see, as an unattached guy in London who works from home, I could have chosen all sorts of places to live, East, West, North, South, as long as…

Sweet and Spicy Bulgur Bake with Harissa

Gavin WrenMain Dishes, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

A sweet and spicy bulgur bake with turmeric, cinnamon, Harissa, dried apricots, wholemeal bulgur and more to create a warm and glowing vegetarian and vegan one pot tray bake which is a perfect meal to use up all those spare or leftover vegetables that you might have laying around. Full recipe on lepetitoeuf.com
This post is one of those leftover dishes that’s amazingly versatile and will eat up any leftover veggies you might have laying around at home, don’t be afraid to experiment, just chuck in whatever you’ve got! It also puts a slight spin on the traditional tray bake recipes, using wholemeal bulgur wheat to create a bulgur bake that’s a highly tasty and filling not to mention vegetarian and vegan to boot. Semantic. I once heard a fabulous term, it was the definition of a dish created by using up what is left in the fridge. It was perfect. It was so good that I’ve never been able to remember it since that day I read it. One could argue it was perhaps not quite as perfect as I’m proclaiming, if my memory serves me so awfully for something that was allegedly so precious. However, some of the best dishes I’ve…

Spelt Pizza Bases: A Guide to Perfect Pizza

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, Vegetarian

Perfect spelt pizza bases made with spelt flour to create crispy, thin crust, beautiful homemade pizzas that any Italian would be proud of to top how you like or enjoy the beauty of a margherita, perfect for the summer weather and a meal that everyone can get involved in.
Making homemade spelt pizza is an utter joy, once you know how to ‘Do It Right’. It’s about three years since my first highly unsuccessful attempt to make a spelt pizza, and about 7 years since I first tried homemade pizzas, so I now fully understand all of the details required to make a light, crispy, delicious spelt pizza base, without causing utter carnage in the kitchen, spilling toppings all over the place or ending up with uncooked bases. In this post I’m going to tell you how to make perfect spelt pizzas, every time. Bella Italia. This all appears at a time when I’ve gone all ‘Bella Italia’, feeling a surge of passionate loyalty for our mediterranean cousins down there. Since writing this blog, I’ve taken on a deeper understanding of Italian food, I feel as though I’ve begun to understand the soul behind Italian food. I don’t have…

Pizza Sauce

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Main Dishes, Recipes

How to make authentic pizza sauce with just three ingredients, the best tomatoes you can get, ideally San Marzano, plus garlic and extra virgin olive oil all lightly infused together make the best genuine italian pizza sauce for your homemade pizzas.
Don’t listen to them. So the internet has a million and one recipes for pizza sauce. So what. They’re all wrong and I’m right, so listen carefully. I’m going to keep this simple, as it should be. You don’t need sugar, you don’t need herbs. You don’t need vinegar either. Pizza is a simple pleasure, the sauce should reflect that ideology. There’s one thing to consider very seriously when making simple food, which is quality of ingredients. That is the factor which will make this fantastic. How to make great pizza sauce. Tomatoes. This is the important one. Get the best, most expensive tomatoes you can find. Look for San Marzano, these are the best of the best. If not, buy the most expensive, organic ones you can find. Good tomatoes taste amazing and you don’t need to mess with that fact, so just start out on the right foot.…

Black Rice with Miso Mushrooms

Gavin WrenMain Dishes, Recipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Black rice and wild mushrooms are the star of this one pot cooked on a base of onion, garlic & ginger, mixed with miso paste, mirin and vegetable stock then garnished with chilli, sesame seeds and coriander. It's a dark, rich and mysterious vegetarian and vegan one pot!
Black rice is the mysterious, dark, hidden jewel of the rice kingdom. A jet black, enveloping chasm of colour, a deep unknown place of hidden beauty, sparkling in the shadows. Black rice – the forbidden fruit. It was the forbidden fruit, a royal treat stored only for the Chinese Emperor, his family and concubines. A mere peasant such as myself could be put to death for laying his hands on black rice, a very dark association to go with this darkest of grains, which earned the name ‘Forbidden Rice’. The Emperor was not stupid, he understood something which we are now learning through scientific analysis, which he must have gleaned through intuition and anecdotal evidence. Black rice is loaded with more antioxidants than any other rice and as such could have a genuinely positive effect on your health. One could even claim it might extend your life, as the Chinese…

Parmesan Topped Butternut Squash with Sage

Gavin WrenMain Dishes, Recipes, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Parmesan topped butternut squash with sage
The Back Story I’m sitting here in a frozen state of nervous anxiety today. I’m not frozen with nerves or anxiety, but I’m frozen, I’m nervous and I’m anxious, three experiences that are mingling amongst themselves to make me feel utterly unable to focus on any single thing that I attempt to do. I’m frozen because I decided it would be a good idea to get up today and go to Hampton Court Park to take a photo of Hampton Court Palace at sunrise. I would say I decided to get up early to do this, however since I normally extract myself from my bed at 6am and sunrise is after 7am, I was actually mooching around waiting for the allotted hour and the opening of the park. And it was utterly freezing, in fact, it was below freezing. Frosty crunchy grass and frosted glassy puddles were crackling under my…