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Vegan Carrot, Parsnip and Leek Bhajis

More often than not, I plan my dinner in the morning while I’m at work. I’ve tried weekly meal planning on Sundays, but the lack of spontaneity frustrates me and I find I don’t enjoy cooking nearly so much when everything has been laid out so far in advance. If I search Pinterest, BBC Good Food and my soul for inspiration and still come up empty, there’s only ever one thing for it: The ALDI Super 6. Every week, there are six fruits and vegetables on special offer in ALDI right at the front of the supermarket. I tend to just wander down on my lunchbreak (considerably earlier than most thanks to my weird working hours) and stare at the Super 6 ingredients until my brain turns them into a dinner. This week, I found my dinner in parsnips (39p), carrots (39p) and leeks (59p). I could have turned them into some kind of delicious soup, but we did soup last week and to be honest, I was craving some good old fashioned fried stuff. …

Marmite Roast Potatoes

It’s no secret now that I’m a die hard Marmite fan. Cheese and Marmite Pasta is still one of my most popular recipes to date, and one of the only recipes that I return to time and time again when I’m pushed for time and in need of comfort. In fact, it’s the first meal I ever made for Tom – and the first meal he ever made for me. We are Marmite people, through and through, so it was only ever a matter of time before Marmite found it’s way into our biggest autumn/winter ritual: the Sunday roast. These actually weren’t my idea. My friend and fellow Marmite, carb and roast lover, Rhiannon recently said “you have to try drizzling Marmite on your roast potatoes” and blew my tiny mind. How had I never considered this before? Why had I been on this planet for 22 years and never put Marmite and potatoes together? Thank you, Rhiannon, I owe you a debt of eternal gratitude, for you have changed roast dinners forever and opened …

Mushy Peas

This might make me sound like a complete and utter douchebag/food snob/crappy human being, but I had no idea that you could get mushy peas in a can. It just hadn’t occurred to me. I only ever had them with fish and chips, never at home – up until recently – and just presumed that the chippies mushed up some peas. That’s a forgivable naivety, right? Anyway, I posted a picture of mushy peas with mash or something to Instagram a while ago, and somebody commented saying they looked homemade. Which, being completely unaware of the existence of not homemade mushy peas, threw me somewhat. Having had chip shop mushy peas and now these lush homemade ones, I can safely say it’s worth boiling and whizzing up some peas yourself. I won’t preach at you, go ahead and eat canned ones if you want, so long as you acknowledge that you’re totally missing out. It’s a ridiculously easy recipe, forgive me if it’s far too basic for you, I promise I shall try and do …