Roasted Cabbage

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Cabbage slices with garlic

If in doubt about cooking a vegetable, roast it!  I find that many of my childhood vegetables that were boiled to an inch of their lives, are so much better roasted.  Cauliflower and broccoli in particular.  So I tried roasting cabbage.   So simple and yet so tasty!  When I was playing around with this we ate plates of it just by itself!  So I am in two minds whether to call this a side or main vegetable dish!    You can really play around with the flavourings of roast cabbage.  I am currently torn between two flavours of roast cabbage, one just slathered with oil and garlic, the other covered with whole-grain mustard with a dash of lemon.   Yummy!

The cabbage can be cut into slices or wedges, slathered with your flavourings, then roasted.  It’s that simple!

 

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Broad Bean Pate

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I love broad beans and this is a lovely, fresh tasting pate.  Broad beans are also know as fava beans which are often found in Middle Eastern dishes.  I like the green colour of this and food should be pretty to the eye, as well as delicious to the tongue.   There are many versions of broad bean hummus, but I found this one on http://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/ which used Zatar, a spice that is often used in the Middle East.  I moan about not getting a decent Zatar outside of the Middle East and have to settle for supermarket varieties – bah!   I used to have a jar in my kitchen from a Lebanese friend’s mother…best Zatar so far.   The search will always continue though!  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Broccoli, Lemon and Feta Fritters

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I love the flavours of these fritters as the lemon lifts the saltiness of the feta and goes well with the broccoli.  They can be great as a side dish, but sometimes I have these as a main with a salad.   This is also a good way to sneak some green veggies into your family’s diet.   I am always up for sneaking healthy food into dishes.  The Chief Taster is often stirring food suspiciously with a fork and asking me “have you put X  in this!”.

You could always make these ahead and let sit in the fridge before frying.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coleslaw with Lime and Coriander (Cilantro)

I love coleslaw and most weeks make a batch of it to go with my lunchtime frittata.   This makes a nice change by spicing it up with lime and coriander (cilantro).  You could also add some hot sauce to this too.   Or perhaps chop up a few mild chilli peppers too.  Coleslaw is a great way to get some raw veggies in you too!As for the mayonnaise, it goes without saying that I use homemade and none of that white rubbish in a jar!  It is very easy to make and far tastier!   A batch of home made mayonnaise lasts about a week in the fridge, in a sealed jar/tupperwear pot.

 

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Roasted Pumpkin and Broccoli with Feta

Delicious pumpkin and broccoli

Delicious pumpkin and broccoli

I initially made this as a main dish but I think this would be lovely as a side dish too.   Once we finished our bowls we both said we wanted more.   The saltiness of the feta combined with the sweetness of the pumpkin with the uplift of the chilli was just devine.  And roasted broccoli!   That was a revelation and a lovely surprise.  The dish looked pretty and good enough to eat, and we did it justice! Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Broad Beans in Tomato Sauce

Yummy beans!

Yummy beans!

I am an avid lover of Lebanese food and this is one of many dishes I had in Beirut.  Lebanon is an amazing country and I urge everyone to visit..it has a beautiful coastline, ancient ruins to visit,  an amazing history, great skiing during winter in the mountains, warm, welcoming people and the freshest, tasty food!   And no-one parties like the Lebanese!   This is also a great use of broad beans which I also adore.  To me they are the bean of summer and take me back to my childhood, popping beans with my grandmother.  Broad beans are also know as Fava beans.    A simple dish which can be eaten warm or cold.   Nice with a glass of Chianti…ha ha (Silence of the Lambs subtle reference…*groans and apologises*..) Yummy! Tell me more Diva…

Brussel Sprout and Cauliflower Gratin

Nutty covered brussels

Nutty covered brussels

Brussel sprouts to me are normally something that is served to me during the festive season, and usually either boiled to an inch of it’s life or hard enough to chip a tooth.   This is a nicer way of eating them and is a great side dish.   Want to trick your family and friends into eating brussel sprouts…then serve this!  It’s creamy,  full of flavour and far nicer than a plain serving of sprouts!  Yummy, tell me more Diva…