Potatoes a la yum!

Potatoes are yum!  Some of life's greatest pleasures involve these starchy blobs of tuber.
July 28, 2017 by Carol Garden

The gluten free, vegan, almost Paleo, high protein, minimal sugar biscuit….

The idea that a biscuit or cookie can be a healthy snack is an interesting one.  Lots of people have tried to create something that fills that gap.  I’ve come up with a recipe that is as close as I can get, to cover off gluten free, dairy free, egg free and low sugar.  But it’s not perfect -because that magical, healthy biscuit doesn’t really exist if you were raised on the traditional version. 
July 05, 2017 by Carol Garden

Tasty baked tofu is worth a try

Lots of people have a love-hate relationship with tofu.  It’s something I was wary of for a long time, but I’ve come around to the sheer versatility of tofu as an ingredient.  With some recipes it is an anonymous protein component, with others it is the star of the show.  

June 08, 2017 by Carol Garden

Eggplant Parmigiana..

When I was young, my mother often cooked weiner schnitzel, soaked in egg then dredged through breadcrumbs and fried.  These days I eat the eggplant version, topped with an intense tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.  If my vegan daughter is coming for the weekend, I’ll top it with a sundried tomato pesto or salsa, and garlic crumbs for a dairy-free version.  It’s rich and luscious – not heavy and hard to digest.  Weiner schnitzel is tough when it’s fried, and the eggplant version is mouth-wateringly tender.  But I cheat too, as I am too lazy a cook to be standing by the pan flipping it over.  I use my oven to fast-bake, so I can enjoy a glass of wine and chat to my friends and family, while the meal is cooking.  And before I even get the aubergine into the oven, my roasties (potato, pumpkin, carrot, kumara…) are halfway done, so it all comes out perfectly cooked in time to serve.
May 20, 2017 by Carol Garden