Comfort food for the week starting 25th of May

Comfort food for the week starting 25th of May

By Rose Newburn

Comfort food for the week starting 25th of May

The parsnip and cashew curry is warming, with deep sweetness from the parsnip and a little bit of heat from fresh chilli. It's creamy and delicious, quick to make, also vegan, dairy and gluten free. It is ALL of the things...

This is approximately what goes into the green soup. You can see why it is so green! The cashews make it creamy without needing any dairy, the ginger makes it warm... It will only take half an hour to make, it's plenty substantial enough for an evening meal with some good bread, also excellent for lunches the next day if there's any spare. (There may not be...). The green soup is vegan, dairy and gluten free.

Aloo Gobi is a potato and cauliflower curry - aromatic spices rather than hot. As you will remember, the rule of thumb is to have as many different curries on the table as there are people sitting around it... Having said that, this will stand on its own perfectly well, with perhaps some flatbread or rice, maybe one other option (just for colours). This is quick to pull together and one those recipes that steps very sedately through, one thing at a time. We like those.The Aloo Gobi is vegan, dairy and gluten free.

At this time of year roast veg are a very welcome option. There are some fabulous root vegetables; pumpkin, broccoli and cauliflower roast up really well. Cut them up, toss them in oil with some spices or robust dried herbs, pop them in the oven and relax for a bit. This particular pile-up of roasties is paired with a gado gado sauce: tomato and peanut butter, garlic and ginger, a bit of chilli... is a very fine thing. The Roast veg with Gado Gado sauce is Vegan, dairy and gluten free.

Braised chicken with anchovies, rosemary, garlic and lemon... There's a lot of big flavour in there!  Chicken thighs are moist and tender and of course will cook faster than a whole bird. The anchovies melt down into the pan juices to make them super savoury, there's a splash of white wine or dry sherry into the pan juices as well. It is very tasty - also dairy and gluten free.

Risotto is my go-to fast food - it's so quick and uses little bits of just about anything you may have lurking in the fridge! So while i've recommended carrot and celery, beyond that it's entirely up to you - broccoli? cauliflower? finely diced pumpkin? There's garlic and ginger and veg stock to give a good flavour base, and then at the end you place finger-sized strips of white fish on top, pop the lid on til the fish is steamed, done... Risotto with steamed fish is dairy and gluten free. Risotto without steamed fish is vegan as well...


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