VEGAN MUNG BEAN ROSTIS WITH TAMARIND AND TOMATO CHUTNEY + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (V+, GF)

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely, wonderful and delicious Easter break! The man and the boy in my life and I have just come back from a week long holiday in Croatia. And I wish I could say I'm still in holiday bliss mode but the reality is my feet have had to hit the ground running; preparations for my supperclub with Silvia are in full swing and then I had today's blog post to share with you all too of course! But, the hard work is worth it as today's recipe and vegetarian cookbook give-away are super dreamy. 

So what's the book like?
Let me delve right in, shall I? Right, so I have an extra copy of Mira Manek's new book Saffron Soul up for grabs courtesy of Quarto Publishing! The book is packed full of healthy vegetarian heritage recipes from India, where Mira has her cultural roots. This deeply personal connection to the recipes in the book really shines through and it's so clear to see how passionate Mira feels about sharing them with us.

Expect colourful, fragrant, delicious dishes with a contemporary twist, which are all achievable and easy to recreate in a home kitchen. Sure, you'll need an array of spices and a handful of more exotic ingredients to make the recipes from the book, but that's to be expected of an Indian cookbook! 

Highlights from the book include...
I think the breakfast recipes are really fun and creative starting with the Indian gooseberry and green juice and the mango and cardamom smoothie and ending with such delights as rose and pistachio tapioca porridge or figs with hazelnut crumble. With such inventive recipes there is bound to be one there that's totally new to you and worth a try :). 

What you need to be mindful of...
This is vegetarian rather than a vegan cookbook, so numerous recipes call for milk and other dairy products. There are some recipes which can be easily turned vegan and others where it's a tiny bit trickier. 

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VEGAN RED ONION FOCACCIA WITH SALVIA+LIMONE AND TWIGG STUDIOS (V+, ChF, NF)

I can't believe it's already a week ago since the 3-day food photography and food styling course Aimee and I taught has come to an end. We had SUCH a lovely time and in fact today's images, which were taken on day 2 of the workshop really, really capture the essence of what our workshop was about; lots of great food, lovely company and heaps of visual inspiration and creativity. I personally believe the images of day 2 were extra special as one of our 'students', the super talented Silvia, was present and SO generous as to share her vegan focaccia recipe with us as well as her incredible knowledge when it comes to styling.

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