Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

baking teensy: edition 4

February 3, 2010

A roast vegetable salad which makes the most of seasonal spring produce.

The weather is warming up. That means it’s time for an inter-seasonal dish like a cold roast vegetable salad. I used cous cous sent from New Zealand via the amazing international postal service but you could use brown rice.

Roast Vegetable Salad
for two to three people

what you need:

1 medium potato – diced

1 carrot – diced

1 medium sweet potato – diced

1 medium onion – cut into wedges

A handful of mushrooms – halved

A handful of cherry tomatoes (red or yellow is fine)

Dried or fresh rosemary

Dried or fresh parsley

A salad base like cous cous or brown rice

Extra virgin olive oil

Runny honey

White wine vinegar or the juice of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper

how to do it:

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. Place the sweet potato, onion, potato and carrot on a oven tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and the rosemary. Place the tray in the oven to roast for about 1 hour until nearly soft. Add in the cherry tomatoes and the mushrooms. Roast for a further 20 minutes.

While the vegetables are roasting, cook the brown rice or cous cous according to the packet directions. I get my brown rice from an organic store near Carrefour on Chongde Road in Taichung. Leave to cool.

When the vegetables are done, combine them with the brown rice/cous cous in a large bowl. Drizzle over some more olive oil, the white wine vinegar/lemon juice, the honey, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and the parsley.

Eat it!

teensy tid bits:

I get my mum to send cous cous to me in the post from New Zealand. I haven’t found it over here yet. If anyone knows where to get it, please let me know. Brown rice also tastes amazing in this dish so it’s a great substitute. In fact, you could use a spiral-type pasta, or lentils, or any other nutritious filler you like. Experiment!

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news: changes are afoot

January 15, 2010

Just like the scrumptious treats I post about in baking teensy, there are some creations in the Internet oven.

I am now writing for Art Radar Asia and as a result have less time to spend on my beloved jar of buttons. However, this does not mean I’m deserting this space for greener pastures.

It does mean that I will be changing some of the content on the site, namely the weekly fixture get to it. From now on I will list one event in the categories of music, art and other, events that I would choose to go to over no other. This will cut down my posting time and, I think, it will also be better for you, the reader.

I am also going to revamp the look of JoB over the next few months. A new look is always a good thing. Suggestions are, of course, always welcome. Send your thoughts through to or leave a comment.

So is there anything for you, the reader, to look forward to? Of course there is.

  • I will be posting a new edition of baking teensy this weekend – a tasty vegetarian treat designed to get you toasty during these chilled winter months.
  • I hope to visit this on Sunday morning so should have a review up just after.
  • If you do need some reading material before the weekend, you can check out the new articles on Art Radar Asia.
  • Or peruse the lovely use of internet space that is The Renegade Bean.
  • If you want to get out of the house and explore the culture settings of your current hometown, take a look at Taiwan Culture Portal‘s list of events.
  • For the more adventurous of spirit, perhaps you fancy a hike in the snow? The pics in this story are amazing!

Whatever you do, I hope you have an absolutely awesome weekend. Don’t forget to check back soon.

JoB x

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