Category Archives: Side dishes

Potato dishes, vegetables etc

Onion Bhajis and Coconut Riata


  • Onions
  • Chilli powder
  • Salt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Fresh coriander, chopped
  • Cumin seeds and powder
  • Freshly grated ginger
  • Gram flour
  • Water
  • Vegetable or rapeseed oil for frying


  1. Mix all ingredients into a thick batter.
  2. Drop large spoonfuls of the batter into hot oil until golden brown.

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  • Alpro or Coco yoghurt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Chopped coriander


  1. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
  2. Leave in fridge to chill.

Recipe: Tanu


Vietnamese spring rolls, as demoed at the Incredible Festival of Ideas


Plate of delicious food at IFI
A plate of some of the wonderful food offered by volunteers at Todmorden Learning Centre. See top-left for a spring roll

Hilary demonstrated how to make Vietnamese spring rolls at the Incredible Festival of Ideas future of food event. They are very easy to make, healthy and tasty. You can experiment with different fillings as you wish.


  • Rice wrappers
  • Thin batons of carrot, cucumber and peppers
  • Beansprouts or cooked thin rice noodles.
  • Chopped coriander
  • Thin strips of tofu
  • Soy sauce / chilli sauce etc


Rice wrappers can be small or large, square or round and can be bought from Asian / Chinese shops or the lady selling Chinese food on Todmorden market.

Tofu should be marinated in soy sauce beforehand or cooked ’til crisp.

  1. Soak wrappers, one at a time, in a shallow bowl of water until just soft enough to roll.
  2. Put wrapper on a dry surface and place strips of tufu, veg, herbs and noodles etc in a small pile in the centre, lower half, of the wrapper.
  3. Roll wrapper from the bottom, folding sides in as you go and press firmly to seal at the top.
  4. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with a dip of choice … soy sauce, chili sauce, tahini sauce etc.

Experiment with different fillings and sauces. Better still, watch this video!!

Cauliflower Tabbouleh (GF)

Serves four as a side dish


• 1 medium onion (Lidl 7p)
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or more to taste. (Can use ‘Jif Squeezy Lemon’ but that is more expensive than a fresh lemon, comes in plastic packaging and contains preservative.) (Lidl fresh lemon 20p)
• 2 tablespoons oil – olive oil best but not essential (Lidl 9p)
• 1 teaspoon salt or tablespoon of shoyu (Note shoyu is not GF) (2p)
• 1/2 large head of cauliflower (Lidl 48p)
• Large bunch of fresh parsley or two tablespoons of dried parsley (3 packets of Lidl fresh cut parsley £2.01)
• Fresh mint leaves (half the quantity of parsley) or one tablespoon of dried mint (2 packets of Lidl fresh cut mint £1.34)
• NOTE – I used fresh lovage from my garden instead of parsley and mint for the demonstration.
• Optional – 3 fresh tomatoes (Lidl fresh tomatoes 48p)
• Optional – 6 pieces of sun dried tomatoes soaked in water for 30 minutes (don’t soak if bought in oil).


1. Finely chop the onion and transfer to a large bowl
2. Juice the lemon and add to the onion along with oil and salt/shoyu. Stir thoroughly and leave to marinade while carrying out the next steps.
3. Slice and chop the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces but it still works if the cauliflower pieces are bigger. If you have a food processor, a quick spin of florets (big chunks) of cauliflower will reduce them to rice-sized pieces easily.
4. Finely chop the fresh herbs.
5. If using fresh tomatoes, quarter and then cut in half again.
6. If using sun dried tomatoes, drain and slice into strips or smaller chunks.
7. Thoroughly mix cauliflower, herbs (and tomatoes if using) with the marinaded onion.
8. Tastes even better if prepared a few hours in advance.
9. Leftovers will keep for a day or two.


• 29 calories per serving
• excellent source of vitamin C.
• very good source of vitamin K and folate
• good source of vitamin B6 and potassium
• anti-cancer properties
• fairly high level of antioxidant phytonutrients
Contains vitamin A, K, C, and E, thiamin,riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12,pantothenic acid, choline, folates,calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese,phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and copper.


  • £0.86 with home-grown herbs but without tomatoes
  • £1.34 with home-grown herbs and supermarket tomatoes
  • £1.91 with dried parsley and mint from supermarket but without tomatoes
  • £2.39 with dried parsley, mint and tomatoes all from supermarket
  • £4.21 with fresh herbs bought in supermarket & without tomatoes
  • £4.69 with fresh herbs and tomatoes from supermarket

© Rob Baylis, 2018

Scrambled tofu

Preparing scrambled tofu
Preparing scrambled tofu

Ingredients (basic version)

  • 1 large pack of Clear Spot firm plain tofu
  • soy sauce
  • turmeric
  • sunflower oil
  • pinch of salt


  1. Mash the tofu with a fork in a bowl.
  2. On a low heat, add the oil to a large pan, then add the tofu and fry for 10 minutes, stirring very regularly. Add turmeric, salt and soy sauce at the end and fry for one more minute.
  3. Serve on toast or with vegetables.


  • Mediterranean (add garlic and herbs like thyme and oregano, plus sun-dried tomatoes and olives, when nearly finished cooking)
  • Indian (add garlic and garam masala (curry powder), plus chopped onions)
Scrambled tofu Med
Here’s a Mediterranean variation, with tomato, leaves and French dressing