This week I’m sharing with you a simple recipe inspired by a recipe book called “Go Vegan” by Marlene Watson-Tara. Marlene sent me her recipe book to review and all week I’ve been devouring the pages wondering which recipe to feature. “Do a fancy cake recipe“ said my husband … unfortunately during lockdown everybody has decided to bake cakes and I couldn’t get hold of all things, bicarbonate of soda! What I did settle on cooking is Marlene’s version of potato wedges. I didn’t have King Edwards or Yukon potatoes but I did have a glut of new potatoes … but apart from that, I followed the rest of the ingredients and method to a T.
- 4 medium/large King Edward or Yukon potatoes ….. (I used lots of new potatoes)
- 1 tab plain flour
- 1/2 teas sea salt
- 1 teas paprika
- 1 teas garlic granules
- 1 teas onion granules
- 1/8 teas black pepper
In a small bowl, combine flour & seasonings, mix well and set aside. Wash and halve the potatoes. Place in a pan with a pinch of sea salt, and cover with water. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain, and leave for 5 minutes
Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F), gas 6. Line a roasting tin with parchment paper. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the wedges. Spread the potatoes out evenly in the roasting tin and bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Remove from oven.Serves 4.
My husband and sons loved the wedges – they were not too spicy but flavoursome and quick and simple to make. They made a change from chips and plain boiled new potatoes.
“Go Vegan” is probably the first vegan recipe book dedicated to “every day” food, catering for the health and well being of all the family. It is a great introduction to vegan cooking. Apart from recipes, there is a comprehensive glossary of foods that are not so well known … for example, I didn’t know what umeboshi plums were ( they are Japanese pickles, actually green apricots). The book is littered throughout with facts and figures about everything from nutrition to myths; as well as recipes from main meals, desserts to cakes and sauces. It is a little minefield that I’m beginning to explore so look forward to other inspired recipes in the future …. and I hope to interview Marlene herself in a few weeks.
Go Vegan by Marlene Watson – Tara. ISBN 978-1-913088-03-3
All photographs by Linda Hobden