Beetroot and Mint Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Gavin WrenRecipes, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Today's recipe is a simple beetroot and mint salad with a pomegranate dressing, made with just a few ingredients and prepared in a matter of minutes. This delightful vegan and vegetarian dish makes a perfect side dish for a quick lunch or salad staple for the summer BBQ season.
Today’s recipe is a simple beetroot and mint salad with a pomegranate dressing, made with few ingredients and whipped up in a matter of minutes. This delightful vegan and vegetarian dish makes a perfect side dish for a quick lunch or salad staple for the summer BBQ season. My spiritual culinary hero, Edouard de Pomiane sums up beetroot beautifully in his book ‘cooking in 10 minutes’. “Beetroot can be a very pleasant vegetable. Its [sic] possibilities are exploited far too little.” - Edouard de Pomiane He continues to describe several beetroot recipes which redefine the word simplicity, the most straightforward recipe being laid out using thirteen words, including the title. That, however, is not the shortest in the book.
Hero.
Edouard de Pomiane published that book in 1930, becoming hero to many of today’s most lauded cookery writers. The inside cover sparkles with comments from pillars of culinary knowledge Elizabeth David “

Be Irrational and Give up Control – Two Years & A Career in Blogging V

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Fish eyes
Welcome back to Part 5 of my super special two year anniversary post, the penultimate piece of the puzzle! Being in control and rational about everything gets you nowhere. You need to be irrational and give up control, follow your intuition, then things can really change in life.
If you haven’t read Part 4 you can catch up with it here.
It’s in your heart, if you learn to listen. In the autumn of 2015 I attended a talk at Borough Market about the future of food. The panel were entirely unknown to me, the only association was simply the word ‘food’ in the title of the talk, I went on a whim. One of the speakers was a chap called Professor Tim Lang, a vastly knowledgeable figure in the world of food, who is a very engaging speaker and I feel exudes a sense of despair at the state…

Find Your True Nature – Two Years & A Career in Blogging IV

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Cannock Chase Sunrise
Welcome back for Part 4 of my super special two year anniversary post! This time I’m discussing how to find your true nature, how to see the things that really matter in life and realise which things don’t. Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for all the trees, but keep on walking and eventually you’ll get some perspective. The photo above was taken at Cannock Chase Forest during my 600 mile drive to Inverness, where I spent a week touring and camping in the Scottish Highlands, in the winter.
If you haven’t read Part 3 you can catch up with it here.
Fact 7. The most likes I’ve ever had on social media is 8,041 for a photo of a caramelised onion dip I made which Bon Appetit magazine re-Instagrammed. The Pain… Blogging has helped me find my true nature and changed the course of my life.…

The Scourge of Open Plan Kitchens

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Why I Dislike Open Plan Kitchens
I’m struggling with a bitter fate that our country is facing, a murky descent of moral decline which has been created through contentious decisions, which have the power to divide our country and remove any retained Greatness from Great Britain. And I’m not talking about Brexit, I’m talking about a far more virulent, silent disease which is sweeping through the hearts of our nation’s cities and rotting them from the inside out. What I’m talking about is open plan kitchens. I am simply unable to get my head around the proliferation of these ridiculous excuses for kitchens that have swept the property market over the last 10 years. They’re like a plague upon our country, reducing our property stock to ever more tiny little fractious blocks, equipped with mere ‘tea and coffee making facilities’ style kitchens which have barely enough workspace to prepare a few olives. The Decline of Western…

Baba ghanoush – the food of the gods

Gavin WrenRecipes, Side dishes, Spreads & Dips, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Baba Ghanoush aubergine dip
Ambrosia is an often overused word, hastily thrown around with levity to elevate the status of a particular food. It’s a very serious word (to me, anyway) which means ‘food of the gods’, and religious denominations aside I try to be reserved in it’s use simply out of respect. So, it’s with a certain amount of reticence that I’m considering using it in the description here. Baba Ghanoush, Mutabal or Moutabal, are some of the different names this aubergine dip goes under, with slight regional variations in both method and ingredients depending on where abouts in the world it is being made. It originates from the Middle East and I came to know it through multiplus trips to Lebanese restaurants when my girlfriend and I had just started going out. As a cook, it’s a delightfully refreshing dish to make, because I have never, ever, had anyone say “Hmmmm, I