Justin the Culinary Guinea-pig

This page is dedicated to the trying times Justin has to endure if he wants to be fed!

Well that’s his explanation, actually it’s me experimenting with ways to use up all the organic vegies we get delivered every week – hence a slight bias towards root vegetables. Amongst other things, including baked goods.

HOT CROSS BUNS 2 – politically correct ones!

 Hot Star-of-David buns for our Jewish friends.



I did not hold out much hope for these hot cross buns as my only other attempt many years ago turned out like rocks. However, amazingly, they turned out perfectly!


PINK SOUP – invented January 08

A culinary cross cultural journey between Russia and South-East Asia. 

Fry 1 onion, 1 diced carrot, 2 diced sticks celery, a couple of garlic cloves, two fresh hot red chillies and small amount of diced ginger and galangal. Add 2 potatoes, 2 parsnips and 3 medium beetroot, diced, cover with vegetable stock. Boil till almost tender. Stir through 2-3 tablespoons tomato paste, then blend till smooth. Stir through 1/2 can coconut milk, season with salt and pepper. Serve!

WASABI PEA SOUP – invented February 08

My healthier version of the delicious snack Wasabi Peas! With a lot less food colouring.

Fry 1 onion and 1 leek, add 1 tspn dried mixed herbs, 3 or 4 medium potatoes and 2 parsnips, diced. Add vegetable stock and cook till almost tender. Add 1 cup of frozen peas and a handful or two of spinach and cook a little more. Season with salt and pepper, blend till reasonably smooth and stir through 1/2 cup soya milk. Then add the secret ingredient, around 1 tablespoon of wasabi paste! – enough to taste and send a tingle through the nasal passages but not so much as to knock socks off. Stir through and serve.

Wasabi Pea Soup

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