BBQ paprika sweet potato skewers with a lemon tahini sauce make a fantastic vegetarian and vegan BBQ grilled side dish to serve up this summer or can go with meat, fish and cheese really well. Using just sweet potato, and red onion coated in warming paprika, plus a sauce of tahini, lemon juice and gentle cinnamon, topped with coriander, these skewers are sure to make everyone around the lunch or dinner table happy!

Paprika Sweet Potato Skewers with Tahini Lemon Sauce

Gavin Wren Recipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

This recipe is a vegetarian and vegan hit for the BBQ, and your meat eating friends won’t mind because these also make a fabulous side to go along with meat or fish as well. Sweet potato skewers coated in warming paprika with a creamy tahini sauce drizzled over the top make a great addition to any BBQ spread. Yawn. I’m sitting here today, feeling thankful that I have got through a ridiculously turbulent few weeks of life. Sometimes, I don’t seem to notice life, it just happens around me, I move the parts of my brain and body that are required in response to those outside inputs. I only deal with what needs to be done when it’s in front of me, rather than planning too far ahead or looking too far behind. Over the last three weeks and two days I’ve moved house, decorated the lounge on my first…
Turmeric sweet potato wonder pots

Turmeric Sweet Potato Wonder Pots

Gavin Wren Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Wonder Spice Recently, turmeric took top position in the ingredient-of-the-moment hit list when it suddenly leapt to prominence due to the emergence of it’s overwhelming health giving abilities, which make it an all round super-spice. Before reading about this, I was primarily aware of it’s abilities to instantaneously stain anything it touched yellow, along with it’s presence in pilau rice and other Indian dishes I’d cooked. I once had a go at making turmeric milk and have to say I found the end result slightly underwhelming, in fact I wasn’t any where near being whelmed at all and I’m not even sure what being whelmed feels like, regardless of being under or over it. In fact it doesn’t even sound very pleasant, if someone said in conversation “I got whelmed last night”, I imagine my response would be “oh dear, are you ok?”. Anyway. As for turmeric the über-spice,…
Slow roasted root vegetable tian

Slow roasted root vegetable tian

Gavin Wren Recipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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…
baked sweet potato with humous and za'atar

Simple sweet potatoes with houmous and za’atar

Gavin Wren Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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,…
Charred roasted roots & spinach hot winter salad

Charred roasted roots & spinach hot winter salad

Gavin Wren Main Dishes, Recipes, Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian

You know when your marriage is going down the pan, because you get home from work and your partner shouts “Dinner’s in the oven!” You say “Great, what is it?” “Salad” (I think this is © The Mary Whitehouse Experience c.1990) It’s that time of year when making cold, summery salads really doesn’t cut the mustard, not to mention comprising highly unseasonal produce. Consuming light, frilly layers of crunchy, cold, raw vegetables just sounds like onerous work after a wild, wet and windy walk and not particularly comforting either. On the contrary, cooking things in the oven and creating roasting hot meals is A Good Thing, conjuring images of log fires, cosy country pubs and steaming hot roast dinners (although, I hold no particular candle for roast dinners, but they do sound homely). This left me with the question of how to create a lunch that’s not heavy and stodgy,…
Spicy vegetable and preserved lemon quinoa

Spicy veg and preserved lemon quinoa

Gavin Wren Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Today’s hearty pot of wonder is a dish full of mouth filling flavour that has a slightly spiced, Indian slant. It’s a vegetarian, quinoa plate of joy, that through it’s development went from “mmmmm, this is nice” on it’s first outing, through “mmmmm, this is pretty good” on it’s second, to “wow, this is really tasty” on it’s final incarnation that you see here. I’ve always had a soft spot for Indian food, when growing up I saw an Indian takeaway as a real treat, from a young age I enjoyed the rich, full flavours which the cuisine offered. When I’ve visited India I’ve always fought with the internal dichotomy of being a kid in a sweet shop, wanting to try the vast variety of new food available and being the cautious visitor, well aware of how our delicate digestive systems don’t always take too kindly to some of the…