Vegetarian

  • When I think ‘vegetables’ and ‘comfort’ it’s not long before I think of creamed corn. Once heated, the starches in corn kernels thicken, turning the mixture into a creamy yellow custard. It’s delicious by itself with butter, as a side dish for sausages or grilled meats, and as a comfy bed for roasted or steamed vegetables.
  • I recently had the pleasure of joining Miznon chef Afik Gal for a hummus workshop / worship at the Mount Zero factory in Melbourne. We were joined by 20 or so hummus acolytes with a passion for perfect puree. Afik made a batch of hummus in a mortar and pestle and another big batch in the Thermomix. One of his main messages was to make hummus that you think is delicious, adjusting lemon, salt and consistency as you go.  This is Afik's recipe but this is your hummus!
  • Fun to make, enchanting to serve and lovely to eat, this brioche-style bread is an all-round win. Making the interlocking heart shapes can be a little challenging but who said the path of true love should run smooth?
  • This magical lemony tahini saucy magnificence is brilliant with roast veg salads but it’s also incredible over grilled meats, dolloped into pides or sandwiches, or over other salads.
  • During lockdown, when I was shopping for my parents, they always put kohlrabi on their shopping list. This tart, earthy yet slightly sweet member of the cabbage family isn’t a vegetable I often bought, but I started getting one for them and one for me, gaining a new appreciation for it along the way.
  • Not too sweet, and with wholesome almonds, this moist cake makes the most of seasonal plums. There are two plummy elements: a simple plum syrup (stirred through the batter and drizzled on top), plus the plum-studded cake itself.
  • Eggnog is a classic Christmas drink made with a custard base. Naturally, chocolate queen Kirsten Tibballs’ recipe has a chocolate element to make it even more delicious. Kirsten uses white chocolate to flavour and thicken the base, plus milk chocolate to line the rim of the glass. I love eggnog with hazelnutty Frangelico but you don’t have to add the booze at all. See the Tips for brunch ideas with leftover eggnog.
  • You know about being cool as a cucumber. How about being cool with a cucumber? Here are three simple recipes that make cucumber the star and you the winner.
  • Have it because its gut healthy or just because it's tasty. This relish is great on sandwiches, with cheese platters and crackers, or use it more as a salsa, piled over barbecued chops, sausages and steak.