The YBFs

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

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Young British Foodies.
Every year, there’s an awards ceremony dedicated to the grassroots talent in the food industry, the unsung heroes and the up-and-coming visionaries in the food world. These awards celebrate the people who are really, really into food, but haven’t received the recognition they deserve yet. Let’s call them foodies (despite my disdain for that term) because that’s what the awards are called, the Young British Foodie awards, or YBFs for short. Entries for the 2017 tranche of accolades has just opened, anyone can enter into the various categories, from foodservice, via alcohol to food writing or social media sharing, on the YBFs website. As a celebration of these awards, I want to share my 2016 entry. I’m positive it only narrowly missed being a finalist, at least that’s what I like to tell myself. I hope you enjoy it, while I get on

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…

Simple sweet potatoes with houmous and za’atar

Gavin WrenMain Dishes, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

baked sweet potato with humous and za'atar
If ever there was a meal that had “I can’t be bothered to cook tonight” written all over it, this is the one. It’s been widely employed in this household for a few years as a simple, low ingredient weeknight dinner that requires almost no preparation and extremely small amounts of your precious, valuable time. It came about almost by chance. I’m not going to pretend there was any deep sensory analysis of ingredients or flavour comparisons, it was simply a day when I hit a new low and couldn’t be bothered even to cook baked beans to go on my potato. You see, just because I write a food blog, it doesn’t mean I live some divine, virtuous lifestyle, devoid of any tinned or pre-prepared foods. I too long for meals that require no effort as much as I love to spend hours in the kitchen over one item,…