Smoked Cauliflower with Paprika Garlic Marinade

Gavin WrenRecipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Spicy whole smoked cauliflower cooked on the BBQ with a paprika, garlic, lemon, cumin and tomato marinade spiced up with a hint of cayenne pepper for a colourful and smokey BBQ treat for vegetarians and vegans alike. This is also a great fun project to learn how to smoke or cook with indirect heat, whether it's summer or winter.
This post shows how to make smoked cauliflower and why smoking vegetables is a great way to start playing around with indirect cooking or hot smoking, as you don’t have to worry about temperatures and cooking times like you would with meat or fish. With this recipe I’ve added a full flavoured marinade to the cauliflower to spice up the flavour and it adds some fantastic visual impact to the finished article. Vegetable Lust. Poor old cauliflower isn’t the most romantic of vegetables, it’s probably one step up from cabbage, languishing in the bottom end of my on-the-spot opinion of what vegetables are sexy. At the other end of the scale, asparagus is sexy. Those slender, tender, delicate stems that only make themselves available during a brief period of the year, and even then, there’s a noticeable peak, when they come into full bloom and put on a display of…

BBQ Courgette with Smoked Labneh and Mint Dressing

Gavin WrenMain Dishes, Recipes, Salads, Side dishes, Small Bites, Vegetables, Vegetarian

A bright and full flavoured summery vegetarian BBQ Courgette dish which uses full flavoured charred courgette slices topped with thick, creamy labneh and rich, tangy mint sauce. It's a dish to have both vegetarians and meat eaters drooling!
This recipe for BBQ courgette features beautifully charred vegetables topped with creamy smoked labneh and a tangy, fresh, minty dressing to liven it all up. It makes for a fantastic summer side salad or vegetarian option at your BBQ and will have any meat eaters drooling with jealousy. Hold the Front Page! I’m going to put myself out on a limb today, especially as a food blogger. We’re at the fast acting, quick to publish, cutting edge of food trends, being in a position to react with real speed to any changes in the culinary world. We’re the ones who carry new trends forward and sustain them, we’re the ones who propagate all the ditzy and unfounded nutritional developments around wellness and the latest look-good food trends. So my big challenge to the establishment today could be seen as the act of a turncoat, putting my back to the world…

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…

Balsamic Soaked Red Cabbage

Gavin WrenRecipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Balsamic soaked red cabbage
I’m on top of the world! That’s a bit of a lie in respect of a large swathe of my existence, but physically, I do appear to be sitting on top of the world. I’m not even talking about my body’s physical state of health, although I do try to retain my respectably svelte, snake-like physique (I actually make Mo Farah look like he could do with easing himself away from the buffet). I’m talking about the precise position in which I’m sitting to write this. My previous desk was on the lower ground floor of a large Victorian property, facing a large, blank wall, which although being a bright room was below street level and had a slight sense of impending doom. No matter how bright the large, triple, south-facing box sash windows shone or how fresh-crisp white the ceiling’s paint was, I always felt a slight sense of…

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…

Slow roasted root vegetable tian

Gavin WrenRecipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Slow roasted root vegetable tian
Back in 1984 when Whitesnake released a song called ‘Slow An’ Easy’, big, permed hair was everywhere on grown men, along with awful double entendre permeating almost every sing title. Everything they created was about either love, or, errrr, loving. I’m dragging this questionable music, which seems to have aged in a way I never expected (i.e. well), back to the fore because I’m listening to it and the song ‘Slow N Easy’ has just come on, which is exactly what this recipe is. A few years ago I spent a summer holiday in Provence, marvelling at the quality of the local ingredients available. Everything just tasted better, or was bigger, brighter and fresher. I took a book titled ‘Cooking in Provence’ by Alex Mackay and Peter Knab with me, and it remains one of my favourite cookery books, a marvellous compendium of sun-soaked recipes. There’s one recipe in…