Monday, March 25th, 2013

Meat Free Week ~ Last few days…

Buckwheat Pancakes with Spinach, Ricotta and Pine Nuts, Sour Cream and Hot Sauce ~ Recipe here

Caramelised Onion and Goat’s Cheese Tartlets with Balsamic Syrup ~ Recipe here

Meat-Free Lasagne with Polenta, Chargrilled Veggies and Feta ~ (Recipe here).

All images © Katie Quinn Davies 2013

Ok, so meat free week is officially over and rather frustratingly I didn’t get these 3 recipes up when I would have liked to ~ aka over the weekend! Alas I was fully immersed in a full-on weekend of prepping and styling/shooting one of my Delicious Magazine features and that sadly put a halt to me being able to write up the recipes in time.

It’s a bit frustrating for me as so often when I really want to get a post up and I have such great intentions of doing so; test the recipes, make the food, shoot it and then faced with the fact that there are only a miserly 24 hours in each day, somedays I am stopped in my tracks from actually any free time to sit down and type up the recipes and post :( It’s a pain in the bum at times as I only have my weekends to update the blog. Anyway, as they say ‘better late than never’, here are some last few meat-free recipes (for the moment) for you to try out.

The buckwheat pancakes are fantastic! I’ve actually never cooked with buckwheat flour before, but I loved it. I bought it in my local organic supermarket and it sits in the aisle with all those other ‘boring, healthy flours’ as I have honestly thought in my head at times ;) Gluten-free isn’t really an area of cooking I go into much as I have luckily have no need to eat gluten-free myself, nor does my husband Mike.

Years ago I thought I might have had an issue and I was tested for Coeliac Disease but thankfully I was given the all clear. I do agree with a lot of people who believe gluten is bad in general for most human beings, even if they are not coeliac, but I’ll I am a total bread and carb fan so I think I would have been utterly gutted (no pun intended) if I had been told I couldn’t eat gluten again. A lump of crumbly English cheddar cheese and a gutsy bottle of Italian Amarone wine just don’t pair quite as well without crusty bread or loads of fab crackers.. Mind you there are some incredible gluten-free pastas, breads, crackers etc on the market nowadays and I think, like with opting to eat a little less meat, going for gluten free for at least part of the week, is a good idea too, I think all our bellies and guts will thank us for it.

I know after trying the buckwheat pancakes and remarking how much lighter I felt after eating them, I will most definitely be dabbling a bit more in gluten-free recipes. I think a lot of readers of WKA will be happy to hear that too as I get asked a lot for more gluten-free ideas, so now those ‘weird flours bought only by super-healthy people who do bikram yoga all the time’ notions I had, are verging towards the backdoor and will be getting a decent testing out in the WKA kitchen. It’ll be interesting to see how my own body reacts to the difference.

My photo producer Sophie Penhallow at Network is one of those said incredibly healthy eaters (and does actually do yoga! LOL) and more importantly knows utterly everything about superfoods, grains, pulses, everything and anything healthy to eat, or more importantly, not to eat. Sophie is also a vegetarian so I thought there was no better a woman to ask if she had any ideas for veggie food I could try to muster up? We often get into conversations about foodie ideas on the phone whilst discussing jobs and this time Sophie offered me some gems, I have two here which she gave me the basic notions for so I got busy in the kitchen experimenting late last week. They are the; Buckwheat Pancakes with Spinach, Ricotta and Pine Nuts and the Meat-Free Lasagne with Polenta, Chargrilled Veggies and Feta. The former, the pancakes are really very good, my husband gobbled them down like no tomorrow.

One second ago it was Christmas, now it’s easter (!?), chocolate is obviously on the menu at this time of the year and I have one or two chocolate desserts to post up later this week, luckily I have set aside this week to organise these for you and fingers crossed, get them on the blog before Easter is over! ;)

Until then x

33 Responses to “Meat Free Week ~ Last few days…”

  1. March 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Katie,
    I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I realy like the style of your website and photos.
    That is realy great stuff and I always come back to have a look what’s new.

    Cheers from the other side of the wold (from munich)

    • Fernanda
      March 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

      I agree with Thomas
      You have a great website with wonderfull pictures.

      Cheers from another side of the world (from Rio de Janeiro)

      • Katie
        March 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        Muito obrigado Fernanda! Meu irmão-de-lei é brasileiro também! De Uberaba :)

  2. March 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    As usual looks tasty and amazing!

  3. March 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I can’t wait to try the buckwheat pancakes! I share your love for all things bread, but I unfortunately had to go gluten-free about a year ago. I had assumed that buckwheat contained… well, wheat… but recently learning that it, in fact, does not (!) has been a great discovery.

    As always, beautiful photos. (That lasagna. Whoa.) Thanks so much for sharing!

    -Emily K.

  4. March 26, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Wow! Looks delicious! I´ll definitely try this.
    Xx Maike

    PS: You Book “Recipes and other Bits and Pieces” is amazing!!! I love it ♥

    • Katie
      March 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Thanks Maike!

  5. Dahlia
    March 26, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Those buckwheat pancakes look amazing! I’ve also been intimidated by the ‘healthy flours,’ but am trying to conduct healthy experiments with my diet, so it’s nice to see that at least one example turned out well. Do you think you’ll try other grains soon? I read in a book called Health on Your Plate that a grain called teff is a good source of iron, which I have a hard time getting enough of – I wonder if teff pancakes would taste as good as those look!

    • Katie
      March 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Nice to know it’s not just me! :) The shop up the road from me is an organic one, it’s sort of my local supermarket and it is brilliant albeit a tad on the $$ side. However it’s been fab for introducing me to so many flours, grains, seeds, nuts etc etc etc, not that I buy them all, but I check out the packets, read about the contents etc. They all inspire me. Amaranth flour is next on my list to buy and test some ideas with. It’ll see if they have teff. Thanks for your ideas :)

  6. March 26, 2013 at 2:43 am

    It may be meat free but that still looks pretty good!

  7. March 26, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Lovely pics as always Katie. I was gutted when I found that gluten does me no good! But once you get the hang of it it’s not all bad. These pancakes look fab I love buckwheat, plus it’s good for protein too, thank you, Mary

  8. March 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Looks scrumptious. I’m such a vegivore (also carnivore) but get more excited about cooking veggies. I think they have so much more potential. I have also never used buckwheat flour before, but keen to give it a go.
    Tanks for these lovely recipes.

  9. March 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I don’t think I could do this! Is that terrible? For me, meat has always been something that is the main ingredient in a main meal… perhaps this is something I really need to consider in the future!

  10. March 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Dear Katie, your pics looks phantastic, awesome, beauriful,…!! Plus you are obviously a good cook. Perfect combination, I love that!
    No meat doesn’t mean not tasty, that is for sure!
    Wish you all the best!!

  11. March 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Know exactly where you’re coming from Katie on this carb-gluton-free-yoga thing! I used to think the same, but am now edging toward far less carb in our family diets. Difficult in the Mediterranean where I live though as despite the ‘ur-Alt’ notion of the Med diet being healthy it actually does pack the carbs – think crusty white bread and pasta; hubby would eat pasta every day if he had his way! Until recently I couldn’t buy alternative non-wheat flours in Malta, but now it’s a little easier and the massive foreign influx here (think Swedes, Germans…etc) means there’s more demand for these ingredients. Buckwheat is not something I’ve used much and it did get the thumbs down last time I did pancakes with it. But I’ll be sneaking your delish recipe somehow into my carb-manic men’s diets soon!

  12. March 27, 2013 at 3:49 am

    These look so yum… and now I am eagerly awaiting the chocolate… ;)
    Thank you xv

  13. March 27, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Buckwheat pancakes are so delish! I can’t live without carbs too, but switching between gluten free and carb definitely works in between :)

  14. March 29, 2013 at 10:24 am


  15. Gerry Knight
    March 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I had never heard of you until yesterday afternoon (epic fail) I found your book whilst shopping in Tesco. Attracted by the cover photo, I grabbed it for the trolley! As an enthusiast photographer and keen cook I am really enjoying reading your book and admiring your photography, all naturally lit, nice one. Your comments regarding gluten interest me, as I have read much about the adverse effects the Chorley Wood process method of high speed bread production have had on the quality of bread here in the UK. There is a school of thought which at least in part, attributes many modern food intolerances and allergies to Chorley Wood and other food processing methods. Congratulations on a very interesting and informative blog, you’ve got a new fan in Staffrod, England..


    • Katie
      March 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Hi Gerry and welcome! Thanks for your comment and insights. Much appreciated. BTW I am delighted to hear the book is in Tesco! I didn’t know that until now.

  16. April 2, 2013 at 12:26 am

    i cant wait to find your book.
    i am a mom, blogger, interior designer by trade and a food lover. it is always inspiring to see your photos and incredible recipes. thank you for the food love!

  17. April 3, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Wow, your pictures are absolutely incredible! You make meat-free look positively effortless. Keep posting and inspiring all of us in Duluth, Minnesota (USA).

  18. April 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Long time admirer of yours and just wanted to say bravo for delving into the ‘boring aisle’. I adore buckwheat and, like you, don’t need it, but I love what different flours bring to a simple recipe. I recently got hold of chestnut flour and it has swiftly gone to the top of my list of versatile, nutritious and tasty flours. Last week I posted a recipe for ‘golden apple pie pancakes with salted caramel sauce’ – gluten-free, dairy-free and lower fat, but still utterly lip-smacking and ‘naughty’. I hope to see more light and healthy gluten free recipes here. Such amazing images to inspire us to head to the kitchen. Or just continue drooling onto our keyboards…

  19. Carmen, Cape Town
    April 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Had your meat-free lasagne last night at a dinner for non-veggies. Absolutely delish and everyone loved it. Proof again that meat free doesn’t have to be for guests with special requirements. You have some new fans down at the tip of Africa!

  20. April 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    The food appears to be so good that i want to attack on it and full fill my hunger.

  21. Ashlee
    April 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks Katie for your meat free week. I am a big fan of your website and being a vegetarian I try to alter your recipes if I can.

    Highly appreciated!!

  22. May 6, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Wow, what a great recipe. Perfect for company or a dinner outdoors on a spring or summer eve. Thank you for sharing

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  24. Julie
    May 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Hi, just love your site! The posts, photography and recipes (of course) are just wonderful! Thank you …

  25. May 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I just stumbled upon this photo of your buckwheat pancakes and they look amazing. Can’t wait to make. (I’ve got a ten year old veggie in the family).

    Love your book, love your blog. Keep it up!

  26. August 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Wow!! I love your blog so inspired! I want to make it all looks fantastic!
    Best regards Cecilia

  27. October 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Just Amazing!

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