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Wild Rice and Peas

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 133

A mixture of wild and white rice, cooked in vegetable stock, with petits pois.

A quick and easy rice dish with ingredients usually at hand. It is full of flavours but subtle enough to be eaten with a main course.
I used frozen peas and added them when the rice had finished cooking and just warmed them through.

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Spicy Eggs

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 123

Oven-baked scrambled eggs on a bed of fried peppers and mushrooms, topped with cheese.

A very surprising but delicious dish that is easy to prepare. I thought that it could do with more of the pepper and mushroom mixture and would recommend to double quantities here.

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Mushroom and Rice

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 112

This is a more basic variation of the “Rice in Tasty Vegetable Stock” on p. 118. It is great served with a main course and is a more interesting side dish than just rice- the mushrooms add a lovely umami flavour.

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Watercress and Lettuce Salad

From: Linda McCartney’s Home cooking, p. 78

A fresh salad with sharp watercress and lettuce, with a mustard vinaigrette.

I had never actually tried watercress and it has been on my mental shopping list since I started my “cook all of Linda’s recipes project”. Yesterday, I visited a huge farmer’s market in central Hamburg with my daughter and found- watercress! I loved its sharpness and crunch and will certainly keep it on my mental shopping list 🙂

I thought that the onion and garlic were too dominant in the dressing and I would recommend using a very simple vinaigrette with mustard, olive oil and white wine vinegar for this salad.

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Strawberry Mousse

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 166

Pureéd strawberries with lots of cream and sugar.

I did try this recipe but used a lot less icing sugar (we found that 50g is sweet enough) and only half the cream. I decided to layer the strawberry pureé with the whipped cream and some ginger biscuits in champagne flutes and to top them with half a fresh strawberry. A beautiful dessert and the taste of early summer!

Vegan: Use a plant-based whipping cream.

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Tomatoes Stuffed With Cottage Cheese

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 77

As the name already says, this is a recipe for stuffed tomatoes with a filling of cottage cheese, mayo and basil.

I found this recipe far too heavy with all the cottage cheese and mayo and would definitely prefer a lighter version with less dairy. How about using some cooked rice, plant-based yoghurt and blue cheese?

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Rice in Tasty Vegetable Stock

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 118

This is a recipe for a vegan risotto with mushrooms. Reliable, easy to make and very tasty. Great to accompany a salad or main course.

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Beefless Pie

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 85

A traditional beef pie without the beef 🙂 TVP gives a beefy texture and all meat-eaters around the table loved the pie.

I thought that the recipe relies to heavily on TVP and I was worried that there might not be enough taste in the filling. So I added half a bulb of fennel, 3 sticks celery and one carrot (all finely chopped) to the filling. I also used a glug of red wine for the sauté and flavoured the filling with a dash of Worshestershire Sauce. This gave a wonderful taste and also more filling to be enjoyed.

Vegan: Make sure your pie-crust ist vegan.

Gluten-Free: Use a gluten-free pie crust (e.g. my recipe for shortcrust pastry).

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Spinach Pie

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 124

A spinach and sour-cream filled pie, topped with cheddar.

For this pie, I chose to use frozen spinach as this was what was at hand. I also had some leftover blue cheese which was great in the filling. I used 100g of blue cheese and 100g of sour cream and did not add any cheddar. A pie full of flavour and in a lovely deep green. Great hot or cold.

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Avocado and Green Chilli Soup

From: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, p. 51

A creamy cold soup made of avocado and milk, flavooured with sherry.

This is a very special and smooth soup that is great for summer parties. I would recommend using fresh chillies instead of tinned. The sherry I used had a slightly bitter taste, which I did not like in the soup. Maybe I have to try with a better sherry next time or omit it.