However as a vegetarian experimental cook, even I have succumbed to the recent attention turmeric has been getting in the foodie world. The past couple of years has seen the rise in turmeric consumption in the Western world doused in vegan tofu scramble to give it that ochre egg yoke colouring, stirred into breakfast oats, as well as in drinks such as turmeric lattes, turmeric smoothies and turmeric teas - all of which seem to be the rage right now.
Today I bring you my bakers dozen: 13 meatless vegetarian and vegan recipes that make turmeric the golden star it is, not an accessory.
It would be wrong not to start with the much beloved vegan Turmeric Tofu scramble from Post Punk Kitchen. Tofu Scarmble has become a staple in every vegan home. I am not vegan and I love it.
Turmeric Garden Vegetable Piccalili made with green beans, runner beans, cauliflower and carrots. This Piccalili is perfect next to a good home-made pie.
This unctuous Tangerine Turmeric Jam by Tropical Homestead is a little like marmalade, perfect for crusty or toasted homemade bread.
An awesome and original Dairy Free Turmeric Butter from Refresh. I love the crackers too.
A handsome Turmeric Masala Bread from the beautiful Preena who blogs over at A Teaspoon A Turmeric - a blog about Turmeric and Indian cooking.
Turmeric Pasta Salad with Blood Orange Chilli Oil. The pasta is simply boiled in water infused with ground turmeric, I have also done this with New Potatoes.
Curried Tofu with Turmeric Rice inspired by Moosewood Collective
Fresh Turmeric Root Vegetable Curry from Archana's Kitchen. This is an amazing vegetarian recipe.
Jamaican 'Patty' Pies with Turmeric Pastry - Here the vegan pastry is infused with ground turmeric and thyme.
Something different for when you have the munchies - Turmeric and Mango Flapjacks
Another fantastic turmeric recipe from A Teaspoon Of Turmeric, this time its a Turmeric Til Ladoos, an Indian sweet covered in sesame seeds. This would be so easy to make vegan by substituting the ghee with coconut butter.