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Bacon Topped Avocado on Toast

Avocado on toast

Avocado is one of the more interesting fruits out there; it has three distinct parts – the “stone”, flesh and skin – none of which seem to be particularly well attached to one another. The flesh is particularly fascinating and is, to the best of my knowledge, somewhat unique in the world of fruit in that it is rich in fats and protein. Indeed, it wouldn’t be unfair to label it the meatiest of all fruits, which as a result of its substantial texture and almost savoury flavour works well in all manner of dishes that other fruits might not. They say bacon goes with anything and everything – this isn’t true… but it does pair well with avocado.

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Baking British Cake Recipes Vegetarian

Syrup Sponge Cake

Syrup Sponge Cake Recipe

Syrups (honey included) are a great way of sweetening and flavouring cake. Their viscous nature and rich flavour enhances almost any sponge far more than most sugars – this recipe for syrup sponge cake is no exception. Their use is a fool-proof way to ensure a moist, dense and well-textured crumb, as well as a deep, almost burnished flavour.

Syrup, in my opinion, also does away with the need for overly sweetened layers of icing, which usually have the effect of drowning the natural flavour of your sponge in a little too much decadence. Any syrup you can think of will work well here (except perhaps corn syrup), particularly golden syrup or maple syrup.

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British Desserts Recipes Vegetarian

Golden Syrup Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is something of a British institution, served up in insipid and stodgy piles in school canteens up and down the land. Yet the inhabitants of these great isles by and large look upon the non-descript white mass that inhabited the pudding bowls of their formative years through some kind of ironic rose-tinted haze, as though nostalgia alone were enough to carry short grain rice into the upper echelons of the pudding hierarchy. Happily, this isn’t always the case and an increasing number of recipes are proving that rice pudding can be incredible – with this rendition I’d happily claim the proof is in the pudding!

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Recipes Salad Spring Vegan Vegetarian

Orzo and Fresh Herb Salad

Orzo and Fresh Herb Salad

Shaped like a grain of rice but with the textural qualities of pasta, it’s easy to see why orzo is such a versatile ingredient. Indeed, whether in a casserole, salad or “risotto”, orzo performs admirably, adding a touch of lightness and a smooth texture to every dish. One of its finest qualities, however, is just how quickly it can be prepared. From start to finish this fresh herb salad should only take you 10 minutes to prepare, making it a great choice for anyone who’s in something of a rush.

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Recipes Soups Thai Vegetarian

Thai Celeriac Soup

Thai Celeriac Soup

As far as root vegetables go, celeriac performs rather admirably as a base ingredient for soup – its creamy texture makes for a very satisfying spoonful, while its strong flavour pairs favourably with all manner of foods. The robust flavourings of Thai cuisine, in particular, combine remarkably well with this enlarged hypocotyl (celeriac isn’t actually a root, though it does have them) – hence this particular recipe.