Author Archives: Sally

Finally…Mrs.Shopkeeper’s Secret Recipe for Bulgar Pilavi….

Now that it has gone off our restaurant menu, or, more importantly, now that Mrs. S. has an hour spare, we hereby offer our much sought after recipe (well, one or two people have asked) for our take on an … Continue reading

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Kashmiri Mango: Our Secret Recipe

This sweet and sour dish is all the rage in our little restaurant at the mo. And you all keep asking us how we make it. So we thought we’d tell you, as we are nice like that. It is … Continue reading

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Happy 2016. And…some news…

Yeah, well, I’m really really sorry that I haven’t been here for a while. It is chiefly the fault of our little cafe (which is effectively an outpost of Veggiestan – what do you mean you haven’t been yet…?), as … Continue reading

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Moroccan Style Amaranth, Beetroot and Red Currant Salad

So we’ve got this new book coming out. That’s it there, at the top. For the uninitiated, the word SALMAGUNDI refers to the medieval practice of emptying the pantry into one big composed salad: this happened most often on a … Continue reading

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Quick Kashmiri Cauliflower

A cracking little supper dish or side, this. For my part I’ve taken to making it as a sandwich filling for our cafe, but it is just fine on its own with some warm bread, ricotta or yoghurt and salad … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #19: Alabina

Ah. Alabina. A group which is to 80s/90s Middle Eastern pop what Madonna is to (bits of the less discerning) West. It comprises the lovely Ishtar, a curiously lithesome Jewish, Arabic polyglot, and the flamenco group Los Ninos de Sara. … Continue reading

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Veggiestani Event News Flash

We have not one but two vegetarian events coming up…. The first is a Veggiestan Cook School special at the Cinnamon Tree Bakery just along the road from us. On Sunday May 11th we will be showing you how to … Continue reading

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Photo of the Month: Sabzi Khordan

So once again it is NowRooz – the Iranian New Year. A season of new life, green shoots poking through after the Winter. A time for partying and fun. A festival that started way back in pre-Zoroastrian times and has … Continue reading

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Readers’ Recipes #1: Bitter Gourd/Karela

I always meant for this to be an interactive website – and I would love more of you to send in your (vaguely Middle Eastern, vegetarian) recipes. So I was delighted to receive this e-mail from a nice lady called … Continue reading

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Veggiestan Rose Drizzle Cake. For you. For Valentines Day.

Now I’m a self-confessed rubbish baker. The antithesis of a domestic goddess (although I do have a penchant for house-work, so I do get some redeeming Brownie points). But you know? You can’t actually mess up a drizzle cake. Whisk-whisk-cook-drizzle-scoff. … Continue reading

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