For lunch, I love eating a selection of salads and enjoying a variety of flavours together. Za’atar and sumac are two middle-eastern spice blends that compliment each other well which I have combined in the recipe below. Here are two salads: sumac roasted squash with chickpeas and massaged kale, and za’atar roasted aubergine, with lentils and coriander. To serve, add a side of quinoa and a huge dollop of hummus!
Living in a small village in Somerset, I love spending time in my kitchen preparing meals to share with friends and family. I enjoy experimenting with food and discovering new natural ingredients and flavours. I decided to start this blog in order to share my recipe ideas and my love for nourishing and healthy food. When I’m not in the kitchen, I like to keep active, running and walking in the countryside around my home.
My food philosophy is about using natural ingredients including good fats, whole grains, beans, pulses and fresh fruit and vegetables. My recipes revolve around my plant-based diet so many will suit vegetarian and vegan diets. If a recipe does include fish, eggs or diary, please feel free to use alternatives that suit your own diet. I also try to limit the amount of refined sugars in my food and experiment with unrefined alternatives like maple syrup.
I don’t believe that food should be about depriving yourself by following restrictive rules. One of the most important things about eating is variety and getting nourishment from a wide range of food. I have discovered that eating nutritious food provides me with more energy and improves my mood.
Food is about a finding a healthy balance and discovering what you enjoy. I hope to show how healthy food can be full of flavour, affordable and simple to make and provide you with nourishment and energy.
Thank you for visiting My Somerset Kitchen. I hope you enjoy reading my recipes and creating them in your own kitchens! x