Monday, September 8, 2014

Quick and Easy Dishes for One - Light and Simply Stewed

Light and Simply Stewed

A wonderful and easy recipe that tastes fabulous. You can also add a couple of slices of fried tofu or tempeh for a richer flavor. Wonderful at this time of year as things begin to settle down and cooler weather is around the corner.  This dish is gently strengthening, warming and relaxing.
Enjoy! Love Chef Mel xx


½ onion cut into chunks
½ carrot roll cut
1/3 sweet potato cut into chunks
6 pieces squash
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil or cilantro
1 heaping teaspoon white miso diluted in a little water
Dash sesame or olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
Pinch sea salt
Spring water
3 inch strip kombu or wakame


Place the vegetables in sections around a pot.
Add enough water to half cover the vegetables.
Pop in a strip of kombu or wakame
Add a pinch of salt and cover with a lid.
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
Add the diluted miso, basil, ginger and a dash of oil.
Turn off the lid and let sit for a minute.
Mix gently and serve. There should be a fair bit of liquid which makes the dish relaxing and nourishing.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Quick and Easy Dishes for One - Simply Salad

Hallo everyone
I thought it might be fun to show a series of some really easy dishes for one person. The first is an inspiration from my wonderful brother, Simon Brown, who made a similiar salad when I last stayed with him.

This dish is surprizingly tasty. The flavors dance well together and the crisp tang from the brown rice vinegar adds a sparkle of energy.
Enjoy! Love Chef Mel x

Simply Salad


1 celery stalk sliced on the angle
2 radishes sliced into half moons
¼ apple sliced into small chunks
1/3 cucumber sliced on the angle
1-2 teaspoons brown rice vinegar
Pinch sea salt
2 walnuts or 3 almonds finely chopped


Place all the ingredients into a bowl.
Mix gently and let sit for about 10 minutes.