Flavourful Recipes for the Holiday Season
How many times have you looked forward to a holiday feast, only to find yourself bloated and tired after overindulging in meat, cheese, and bread? It’s a common occurrence. But with the spices and herbs available from around the world, the vegetarian cook can create festive and energizing meals more easily than ever before.
Cereals and legumes make great substitutions for meat dishes. Consumed by the masses since the dawn of civilization, when cooked with the right amount of herbs and spices, these fibre-rich foods make tasty, mouth-watering, and hearty main dishes and sides. Combining grains and vegetables with a good number of condiments gives vegetarian dishes a savoury taste reminiscent of classical meat recipes. For centuries, these dishes have been made even more pungent with the addition of ingredients such as almonds, dried fruits, lemon juice, olives, onions, sesame seeds, and more.
During my trips through the countries of the world, I have enjoyed a broad range of culinary offerings – from meat dishes in the homes of the affluent, to simple and tasty vegetarian dishes in village homes. Throughout my years-long exploration of folklore recipes, I brought the simple peasant recipes from my travels into my own kitchen. This involved blending herbs such as chervil, coriander leaves (cilantro), garlic, mint, parsley, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme – with spices such as aniseed, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, ginger, nutmeg, pepper, saffron, turmeric, and hot peppers. The capsicums included in some of the recipes that follow are as old as time, and render the dish both succulent and mouth-watering.