Recipes: Starters

Edamame with wasabi salt

Edamame with wasabi salt0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Serves 6 Preparation 10 mins Cooking
GO VEGAN: Use a dairy-free spread here, soya yogurt, and nuts or gomasio.
FREEZE ME: Freeze, well wrapped, in the dish. Defrost and reheat in a modera... Read recipe »

Miso with snow peas and silken tofu

Miso with snow peas and silken tofu0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 5 mins + steeping Cooking 5 mins
Dashi is Japanese stock made with dried seaweeds. It's very simple to make your own but instant powdered dashi is also available. Do check the ingredie... Read recipe »

Melted cheese pots with mixed dippers

Melted cheese pots with mixed dippers0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 15 mins Cooking 10 mins
GO VEGAN: A dairy-free cheese sauce would be best here, so try No-Moo Sauce from Vegusto, mixed slowly with as much of the thyme, wine vinegar, vegetable s... Read recipe »

Saffron and almond gazpacho

Saffron and almond gazpacho 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 15 mins + chilling Cooking n/a
FREEZE ME: You can freeze the gazpacho in a sealable container, but the texture will suffer a bit.
Several different sorts of nut milks are now availa... Read recipe »

Macadamia salad

Macadamia salad 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 10 mins + standing Cooking 4 mins
We might think of macadamia nuts as a recent novelty, but Aboriginal Australians have used them for centuries. European explorers found them in 1828 and al... Read recipe »

Tomato and goat’s cheese samosas with basil pesto

Tomato and goat’s cheese samosas with basil pesto 0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 40 mins + cooling Cooking 40 mins
GO VEGAN: Make your own vegan pesto using vegan cheese or omit the cheese completely. Failing that, pop down the shop and buy a vegan brand. Chop in some c... Read recipe »

Quorn skewers with lemon and oregano pesto

Quorn skewers with lemon and oregano pesto0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 25 mins + marinating Cooking 10 mins
GO VEGAN: Quorn is not suitable for vegans, so choose a different brand, such as VBites or Fry's. Read recipe »

Cake salé

Cake salé 0 Ratings

Category Starter Makes 8 Preparation 5 mins Cooking 15 mins
Whenever my French neighbours throw aperos (drinks and nibbles parties), there's sure to be little squares of cake salé. Sadly for me, it often ... Read recipe »

Brodo di sanguinello

Brodo di sanguinello 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 25 mins Cooking 25 mins
Bloody soup? Don't panic, it is vegetarian. You'll get the best, richest, deepest colour and flavour for this clear soup if you use blood oranges, ... Read recipe »

Vegetable ceviche

Vegetable ceviche 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 15 mins + marinating Cooking n/a
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Trini doubles

Trini doubles0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 8 Preparation 25 mins + proving Cooking 15 mins
FREEZE ME: You can freeze uncooked rolled dough circles, interleaved with baking paper. The channa dhal can also be frozen separately.
Instead of flou... Read recipe »

Miso ramen soup with shiitake and seaweed

Miso ramen soup with shiitake and seaweed0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 15 mins + soaking Cooking 5 mins
GO VEGAN: Buckwheat noodles should be vegan, but it is advisable always to check packaging for egg and milk ingredients, especially if you decide to use a ... Read recipe »

Fig, cucumber and feta crostini

Fig, cucumber and feta crostini0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Makes about 18 Preparation 20 mins Cooking 10 mins
GO VEGAN: Vegan cheese such as Sheese, Cheezly, Tofutti or No-Moo can be sliced in place of the feta. Read recipe »

Courgette, onion and herb fritters with goat’s cheese

Courgette, onion and herb fritters with goat’s cheese 0 Ratings

Category Starter Makes about 14 Preparation 10 mins Cooking 8 mins
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Pepper, sundried tomato and olive palmiers

Pepper, sundried tomato and olive palmiers 0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Makes about 28 Preparation 20 mins + chilling Cooking 25 mins
GO VEGAN: The pastry can simply be glazed with soya milk instead of egg.
FREEZE ME: These can be frozen just before cooking or after cooking. If freez... Read recipe »