What am I making with my organic veg boxes? Come on in, I’ll show you.


I get my veggie boxes from Whole Larder Love, and a few people lately have asked me what I've been making from the contents. It's a bit fun, like a Masterchef Mystery Box, but gianter and with more cabbage. I must admit, I've been thinking in all sorts of traditional recipe ways when I open the … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Greek-style risoni salad


Hello there my fine Meatless Monday friends! I hope you didn't feel too neglected in the daily slog that was the 31 days challenge. I had nary a molecule of motivation left in me to write after I got through all that, so the food fell by the wayside somewhat. Well, no more! I briefly considered … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Spinach and ricotta cannelloni

spinach and ricotta cannelloni

Man, I love me a kitchen shortcut! This spinach and ricotta cannelloni is one of my favourite cheats although I cannot remember where I got the idea. I've never stuffed cannelloni, I've never piped anything - instead, I roll the filling in fresh lasagna sheets and tip the sauce all over the top. … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Spaghetti with sundried tomato and artichoke


  This may be called spaghetti with sundried tomato and artichoke, but that's just its fancy name. I usually call it cupboard spaghetti. Why? Because it's almost exclusively made with things out of packets and jars usually found in my pantry. Artichokes, sundried tomatoes, marinated … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Kicked-up crock pot mac and cheese


  Last semester, I started a tradition of prepping Wednesday night's dinner alongside Tuesday night's. I'd throw it all in the Crock Pot and turn it on in the morning before work. When I got home - voila! Dinner. The problem is, there isn't much choice from a vegetarian's perspective when … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Baked gnocchi in tomato sauce


It's getting cooler! I can put the oven on in the evenings! Although you will still mostly find me out at the grill. There has been quite a bit of rain lately, and it means the cooler evenings are even more so than usual. I feel as though I've been too busy to enjoy summer this year (and Pepper is … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: fettuccine with red wine herb sauce

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    I'm back! I stayed away a little longer than intended because there's babies who needed hugging and afternoon naps that needed to be taken and a slower pace in general was the order of the day. And then I sort of started getting ideas and inspiration, and hit the kitchen and … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Fettuccine with rocket pesto and roasted cherry tomatoes

rocket pesto with tomato copy

  My rocket has been going crazy in the warmer weather, so I decided to make rocket pesto pasta, inspired by Ro's here. I love his blog, Whole Larder Love, and his encouragement of us all to get out and grow our own food as much as we can. Well I grew a whole lot o' greens. And the biggest sin … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Spaghetti with roasted heirloom tomatoes

roast tomato and feta spaghetti

As you know, VMHQ is pretty much overrun with babies. Ok, there's two, but they're little and one is still so little she likes to be held lots. Dinner time at headquarters can be interesting affairs - sometimes I'm organised as hell, sometimes we're eating at 9pm after we've got the kiddies down, … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Creamy veg pasta

mushroom and asparagus pasta copy

Ok, this recipe doesn't make any sense at all. It has the weirdest combination of ingredients, but it works so well! It just kept evolving as I was thinking about it, and there was a bunch of stuff I needed to use in the fridge, and at the last minute, the mushrooms were singing me a beguiling … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Roast veggie and herb fettuccine

 Pin ItThis pasta was a lot of fun, as I got to use all of the delicious herbs that have been growing in my garden lately. (That reminds me - I need to do an update!) They really do pack a punch when cooking with tomatoes and zucchini and plain pasta, and I love that you can cater it to your own … [Read more...]

Roasted pumpkin and asparagus ravioli

 Pin ItAhhh pumpkin. Where would I be without you? I remember when I first went veg, I told myself it was the thing I liked most from a roast dinner anyway, so I wouldn't suffer. And I haven't yet! Pumpkin is my number-one favourite vegetable, and roast pumpkin is the king of that. Queen? I don't … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Four-cheese spinach artichoke lasagna

 Pin ItThis is a little bit of a cheaty dish, I'm afraid - it almost makes itself (except for the bechamel), and does its thing in the oven while you go do something way more exciting (hopefully). The resulting delicious cheesy gooey mess actually tastes like you spent much more time on it than you … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – pasta e fagioli

Pasta and what?I remember picking up a can of beans many years ago and wondering what the hell a fagioli was and why was it in a can? Then I turned the can around and found out it was beans. I was still in my "OH MY GOD GROSS! WHY WOULD ANYONE EAT BEANS" phase, so put the can down and beat a hasty … [Read more...]

Fresh egg fettuccine with tomato-chilli sugo

 Pin ItYeah. It looks good, doesn't it?What if I told you it takes less than 10 minutes?It took longer for me because I like to slow-cook my sauces, but if I was in a hurry, I wouldn't bother. It is super-easy and just. so. good.I do have to insist on fresh egg fettuccine, it makes such a … [Read more...]