Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Green Seasons Cookbook - A Win & A Giveway #9

As some of you will know, I am a vegetarian and have been so for about twenty years. I have to confess that this is not a hardship as I'm not particularly keen on meat and never liked fish. One not so fine day at the village primary school, I sat for an hour chewing on a piece of gristle which I just could not bring myself to swallow; those were the days when you were not allowed to leave the dining room until you had cleared your plate. I had packed lunches from then on and although I always ate my mother's meat dishes, that was the day meat fell from favour.

So what's this got to do with chocolate you may well ask? Well, one of my go to vegetarian cookbooks is Rachel Demuth's Green Seasons. Rachel is a fantastic vegetarian cook and not only, in my humble opinion, has the best restaurant in Bath - Demuths, but also runs a vegetarian cookery school. I did a day's course there on Middle Eastern cookery a couple of years ago and it was fantastic.

The book is divided into the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter for ease of using seasonal produce; it is also conveniently colour coded to help keep you on track. Each season is divided into seasonal vegetables, small eats, large eats and sweet eats and includes such delights as: sorrel fritata, beetroot tzatsiki, courgette filo pie and leek and potato hash. The book does of course have some chocolate recipes as can be seen by these very delicious breakfast muffins I made. Mexican chocolate pudding has been on my list since I first got the book, but for some reason I still haven't made it. Nor have I yet made the white chocolate cheesecake, the chocolate pistachio roulade and the chocolate cheesecake brownies.

Anyway, the real point of this post is that I was surprised and thrilled to be picked as a finalist in the recent Vegetarian Cookery School's veggie breakfast competition. Although, sadly, I didn't win the grand prize of a cookery school place, the ten finalists won a copy of Green Seasons. Now as I already have a copy of the book, I asked if it would be OK to use it as a giveaway on my blog instead. So you are now in the lucky position of having a chance to win your very own copy. You will need to leave a comment answering the question in the Rafflecopter below. This will then give you additional chances to enter.

Apologies once again to overseas readers, but this is only open to those with a UK mailing address.
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51 comments:

  1. There are so many it's hard to decide. Right now I fancy a tarka dhall but tomorrow it might be butternut squash risotto.

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  2. At this time of year my favouite vegetarina dish is asparagus risotto

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  3. Pasta alla genovese was my first thought, since I cook it often, but then of course, there are so many fab vegetarian Russian dishes too that I love, like pirozhki with rice and mushrooms. @maximka25
    Thank you!

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  4. What an excellent giveaway! I would love to get a copy of this book. I've been vegetarian for over 5 years now and am always after new ideas and recipes. I have so many favourites so to name a few: spinach, orzo and lemon soup; lentil and walnut lasagne; cauliflower and chickpea curry; curried parsnip and wild rice soup; aubergine charlotte; broccoli pesto pasta.

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  5. I'm not vegetarian but I do like cooking vegetarian food a few times a week. I think my favourite would be spicy roast veg lasagne

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  6. I like the sound of chocolate courgette cake. We always have too many courgettes from the garden and I hate chucking food away. Another recipe idea is very welcome

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  7. Oh, for a dish of soft, buttery polenta with carrot and courgette ribbons, sliced red capsicum, steamed unil tender, and seasoned with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of chilli and a drizzle of olive oil. It's my favourite vegetarian comfort meal!

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  8. I adore Mushroom Stroganoff, with plenty of mushrooms, Quorn or pale Soya chunks, red onion, vegetable stock, creme fraiche, paprika and a dash of Brandy or Vodka. It goes really well with rice or crushed potatoes, or even pasta. The whole family love it, so it's a win all round... :)

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  9. Homemade pizza with roasted butternut squash and gorgonzola.

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  10. My fav veg recipe is one from River cottage veg everyday, Roasted beetroot soup with sour cream. yum

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  11. Sweet potato, spinach & lentil dahl

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  12. I love the sound of this book so have entered a few times, thanks!

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  13. I love a simple risotto or a roast without the meat!... lovely book giveaway, thank you!

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  14. I made some vegan chocolate brownies recently and they were absolutely amazing!

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  15. My favourite vegetarian dish would be a mixture of roasted vegetables (any kind, just chopped fine) over a bed of couscous. I love mixing these all together. By the way, congratulations on winning the book. Being one of the top 10 is quite an accomplishment!

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  16. Wild mushroom risotto with cheese!

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  17. I love quorn mince, so my all time fav is spaghetti bolognese

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  18. vegetarian lasagne
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  19. at the moment I'm addicted to mexican bean wraps, with soured cream and guacamole!

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  20. I have a lovely veggie cassoulet recipe which is totally delicious. Don't think I could give up meat though, I like it too much.

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  21. Well as everything I eat is veggie I have quite a lot of favourites! Depends a lot on the time of year, what's in season etc but green thai curry with courgettes, green beans and peas is a favourite, as is asparagus, lemon and creme fraiche risotto, veggie enchiladas, cous cous with sweet potato, red onion, haloumi and sweet chilli sauce... literally too many to decide! Always looking for more inspiration though so a copy of the book would be great ;)

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  22. I'm a pescatarian but not a massive fish fan so I'm quite partial to most vegetarian dishes... My favourite is probably a pizza covered with goat cheese, caramelised onions, an egg, mozzarella and dots of marscarpone/philadelphia cheese all over it.

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  23. It's so hard to pick one vegetarian dish! I suppose right now I'm leaving towards a sandwich with a garden pesto (lots of greens and herbs rather than your traditional pesto) with tomato, avocado, and goat cheese. Yum!

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  24. Don't enter me choc, but please oh please make the mexican chocolate pudding! I'm intrigued, what makes it mexican type flavours?

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  25. My favourite vegetarian dish is Chilli con Quorn, home made of course

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  26. That is a hard one Choclette. Well that is 5 mins gone. It's hard to choose one dish. Still thinking...... I could give you ten quite easily. OK, a moroccan vegetable bake with chickpeas and a spicy sauce. served with a fluffy baked potato and some salad.

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  27. This is very timely having just returned from Turkey where we have eaten everything fresh and devoured with such gusto the best quality local produce ever...and eaten meat only once all week.
    It has made me think about reducing my meat consumption but I do struggle for inspiration. This book would help with that.
    For a turkish food memory it has to be watermelon and goats these sale with balsamic...yummy, tasty, simple and refreshing.

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  28. Congratulations on being a finalist! This book sounds great and although I'm not vegetarian I tend to eat vegetarian at home mainly because I don't like cooking meat. It's hard to pick a favourite so can I give you two ... or maybe three! :) Veggie pasta, veggie stir fry or veggie curry.

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  29. mushrooms cooked in garlic and butter

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  30. I am still in the early days of being veggie - just hit the two month mark! So still haven't got a great selection of recipes going but my favourite at the minute are veg lasagne and dahl. I seem to have a lot of curry since turning veggie!

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  31. Stuffed Baby aubergines curried an a bed of jeera rice and cucumber raita.

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  32. Please don’t enter me as I have the book already and it is fantastic! Have done many, many of the cookery courses at Demuths-really good fun and highly recommended!

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  33. I think my favourite would probably be vegetarian lasagne, made with a ratatouille base, plenty of lasagne pasta layers and a gloriously cheesy sauce on top - ideally made with a red cheese for aesthetic reasons!

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  34. I love vegetarian lasagne, it's definitely my fave!

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  35. This weekend I made a quiche with par-boiled broad beans, courgette, and mint. It's my fave veggie dish because it's so versatile, and can make the best use of what's in season.

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  36. butter bean and tomato casserole

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  37. Oven roasted veg in a creamy cheese sauce

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  38. veggie lasagne
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  39. I love roasted beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, and parsnips.

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  40. a wonderful chick pea stew from post punk kitchen!

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  41. Anything involving pasta, fresh tomatoes, and basil. Mmmm.

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  42. Brushetta with tomato, mushrooms and basil

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  43. My fave is definitely falafel..

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  44. My fave dish is mushroom risotto.

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  45. My favourite is Mexican Bean wraps with lots of cumin (Yum!) and served with tons of crispy leaves, grated cheese and sour cream :-)

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