Weekend Cooking: Delia’s Vegetarian Collection

deliaI found this book in our library and even though I don’t know Delia Smith I had to get it right away. It looked so enticing and the first recipe I saw when opening it was a Maccaroni-cheese-soufflé. A very ordinary dish and exactly what I like.

Often in vegatarian cookbooks the recipes feature unusual ingredients, fancy combinations and dishes that are not do-able unless you have hours to spend in the kitchen and in specialty shops. So a maccaroni-cheese soufflè drew me right in.

Delia Smith is a very popular TV chef and cookbook author in the UK and this book contains 250 recipes that she has collected over the years. The recipes all sound rather down to earth, not too complicated and very delicious.

I want to share one that immediately caught my eye while browsing (I love toasties).

Sandwich with grilled cheese and relish

This is the veggie version of the “Croque Monsieur”. You can either use bought relish, or make your won with Delia’s recipe (also provided in the book).


  • 2 large slices white bread, buttered
  • 2 heaped tsp of onion-tomato-chili relish
  • 50g Gruyere or Emmentaler cheese, grated
  • 1/2 small onion, peeled and cut into fine rings
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10g butter, melted
  • 25g Parmesan cheese, grated
    Pre-heat grill at highest temperature.
    Spread one teaspoon relish on each slice of bread. Sprinkle cheese on one slice of bread. Spread onion rings evenly on top of cheese, salt and pepper and cover with second slice.
    Spread half of melted butter and half of Parmesan on top of the sandwich  and squeeze together slightly. Put sandwich under the grill and grill for 2 minutes, about 5cm away from the heat source until golden brown. Turn the sandwich, spread rest of butter and Parmesanon it and grill again for 2 minutes.

    The veggie factor

    Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg.) 0/250; 100% vegetarian
    Worth it? Yes, definitely

    Product info and buy link :

    Title Delia’s Vegetarian Collection
    Author Delia Smith
    Publisher BBC Books
    ISBN 9780563493648
    I got this book from the library
    Buy link Buy Delia’s Vegetarian Collection
    More info Delia online

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    Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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    10 Comments Write a comment

    1. Nom nom nom … why don’t you send over some of that sandwich! It sounds really good. And I have to agree, with a lot of veggie recipes you feel like it’s just too much effort. Many foods are just too fancy in preparation and while I like the idea of tasting this or that (I am a vegetarian btw) I never get around to try myself on most recipes in cookbooks.
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