I have been working this weekend, so you will have to forgive me with what is going to be a short post on two subjects I quite like - my kitchen and cookbooks.
In the past five years, I have lived in three different places and therefore cooked in three different kitchens. The first was in my flat when I lived in Glasgow. I had a really tiny eclectic kitchen which I absolutely fell in love with. I made a little film of it before packing up for our inevitable move to Wales. Then we had the kitchen in my rented abode; and finally our new place also in Wales, it's not my dream house or my dream kitchen - but it is home and its where I want to be most of the time.
So I share with you a glimpse of my kitchen from the hallway. Some posts you may be interested in reading that are related to my new Welsh kitchen and more recently vegan month in my kitchen. I do have to point out, although I have started to get back into cooking again, I have come to realise that I am not in 'into this space', as I want to be. Its simply because its dark. The window looks out upon a wall, the wall that separates our home from the neighbours. So I am not looking out at the garden or a pretty view, but this mostly disappoints as there is hardly any natural light coming in, which means the light indoors always has to be turned on when I am in the kitchen, even to make a cuppa tea, so it feels really un-natural and brings me down a little. And please don't be deceived at how bright it looks in the picture above, the flash was on and the shutter was real slow to catch the light.
Anyway, to brighten it up more and make it more welcoming to my psyche, I have ordered some wall paper border. I hope to share it with my readers when it arrives, I am pretty excited about it, small things make a big difference and slowly I will put y stamp on it.
Next the prompt for Vegan Mofo yesterday was favourite cookbook, its hard to choose one - but I a huge fan of the vegetarian chef and cookbook writer Nadine Abensur. Nadine Abensur is perhaps the number one vegetarian cook who has influenced me and got me cooking out of the so-called vegetable box, injecting bold beautiful flavours into traditional fare, but also experimenting with worldly ingredients. If you haven't checked out her cookbooks and your a veggie, then I would recommend that you do so. She to me is what Ottolenghi is for some cooks.
I discovered Nadine Abensur - Queen of the Greens accidentally through a cookbook called Cranks Fast Food. Its a vegetarian cookbook that helped me through my student days, but it also instilled in me confidence and a love for experimental vegetarian cooking. This cookbook opened my eyes to new ingredients such as black sesame seeds, couscous, harissa, preserved lemons, sumac, tahini - ingredients that we as vegetarians an =d vegans take for advantage now, as well as innovative recipes with chickpea flour, pesto made with greens other than basil, and interesting eats for the early 1990s like Beetroot Risotto and Sweet Potato chips.
Here are other recipes that happen to be vegan from some of Nadine Abensur's cookbooks.
Spiced Aubergine, Tomato and Chickpea Pancake
Courgette Pakoras in a Spicy Tomato Sauce
Aubergine, Chickpea and Coriander Salad
Strawberry, Lettuce and Black Pepper Salad
New Potato and Green Bean Salad