Raphi's Nettle Soup with Wild Garlic Pesto

This nettle soup recipe was inspired by my colleague Raphi, who is a wild food lover and studying herbal medicine. Nettles have long been known for their immune boosting qualities, and now is the best time of year to pick them as the leaves are still young and tender. Easily found, foraging for nettles is…

Mrs Nugent’s Green Tomato Chow

There’s a glut of green tomatoes from the organic farm I have just started working on. My mind turned to the wonderful Mrs Nugent (A.K.A Yvonne) in Nova Scotia and her Green Tomato Chow that Cass and I had whilst we stayed with her this summer. I’ve tried recreating it following her recipe, which she…

Vegan Storm Bars

I wish I was someone who found the vegan or healthy option appealing, but I’m really not. Butter is King in my opinion and a life without it is a life not worth living. HOWEVER, these vegan tahini bars from No. 9 Cafe in Lunenburg were unbelievable. Cass and I sheltered there one morning whilst…

Mustafa’s Moroccan Mackerel

Hitch-hiking in Canada Oh, it is so nice to be blogging again. The reason for the long break is that I was hitch-hiking across Canada so didn’t have room for small luxuries as a laptop, or towel for that matter… But despite the lack of laptop, I still collected recipes and stories from the outrageously…

Inside the world’s largest community kitchen

The langur (community kitchen) at the Golden Temple serves 50,000 free meals a day to everyone, regardless of religion or class. More than 5,000 happy volunteers work round the clock, cooking up a full meal of tea, rice, vegetable, daal, chapati and kheer (pudding). A whopping 18 quantals (=18,000 kg) of daal and 50 quantals…

How NOT to make Dal Baati Churma

Friends in Mumbai told me I had to try dal baati in Rajasthan. It’s a typical desert dish consisting of, you guessed it, dal, and baati, a very dense dough ball that has been baked in ‘the oven’ (I will later find out that this ‘oven’ is actually smouldering cow dung). This version of the…