Eggplant Parmigiana

This is a gorgeous dish perfect for this time of year with an abundance of eggplants, tomato and even basil.  It may seem bizarre but although vegetarian this is a really meaty dish so perfect for people who still need convincing that a meal can be complete without meat. Serves 4 2 eggplants 2 Tblspns…

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Ricotta stuffed Zucchini Flowers with tomato sauce

  Zucchini flowers are a true delicacy of summer.  Sadly in New Zealand it’s rare to find them for sale, mainly because freshness is key and they are best used the day they are picked. Some varieties are better than others in producing flowers that last.  This year my yellow zucchini is just covered in…

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Mushroom Wellington

  This is a great special occasion dish and would be wonderful for Christmas for any vegetarian. The original recipe comes from The Cranks Bible by Nadine Abensur. If you are into vegetarian food I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s not one of those “food porn” recipe books full of delicious looking photos, instead…

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Noodle Salad

This was one of our most popular salads in the café and I am always asked by the family to bring it when we have a BBQ.  The problem is I have lost the original recipe!  We use to make it in such large quantities we would make a huge amount of the dressing and…

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Raw Energy Salad

Gluten free, vegetarian and mainly raw, this salad ticks a lot of the boxes! 1-2 beetroot 1-2 carrots 3 cups baby spinach (or rocket) 1 cup of Broad beans (blanched and peeled) or Edamame (soy beans)* 1/2 red onion 1 cup sprouts or micro greens 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or walnuts toasted Fetta Peel the…

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Asparagus Risotto

Risotto are so versatile and a lot easier and quicker than most people think.  Serve as a complete meal or as a side dish.  You can even make risotto cakes out of left over risotto by shaping into patties and then frying.  This version makes the best of fresh asparagus but you can add in…

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Greek Potato & Feta Cake

This recipe is from Jeremy Dixon’s second book, The Revive Cafe Cookbook 2.  A great book for any vegetarian or if you are looking for some wonderful fresh, meat-free meal ideas.  You can also visit Jeremy at his cafe in Auckland. Ingredients (Makes 12 x ½ cup cakes) 1kg (2lb) white potatoes unpeeled (around 4…

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Summer Berries by Nigel Slater

The last couple of years have seen some of the best berries I have ever grown: small, dark and deeply flavoured. But all too often the strawberries I find in my shopping basket can disappoint and need some help in the kitchen to be truly delicious. Slicing the fruit, tossing it with caster sugar and…

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Tempura Vegetables

These make a great starter or part of a grazing plate! 1 cup self raising flour 1 cup chickpea flour a generous pinch of salt 330mls very cold beer (I prefer a larger) or soda water Fresh seasonal vegetables, cut into roughly the same sizes (button mushrooms, onion, carrot, broccoli, asparagus…..) oil for deep frying…

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