Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian Food: Sweet Spices, Savoury Suppers

I can’t tell you how much I love April in Melbourne.  By April, we are finally – finally! – past any final vestiges of Summer and into Autumn proper.  And I love Autumn.  I love nights when it’s cold enough to snuggle down under a doona, I love the golden light we get only at this time of year, I love the unpredictable bursts of rain and the sun that is still bright and warm, but no longer scorching.  Along Royal Parade, we have Dutch Elms (one up-side of Australia’s remoteness: no Dutch Elm Disease) glowing in all the best autumnal colours.  And at home?  At home, I want to bake.  And it’s finally cool enough to do so.

But I can bake any time, and, in fact, I do.  That’s sort of ducking the issue, in vegetarian terms.  So this month, we have a savoury challenge with an Autumnal flavour…

The April 2013 theme is Sweet Spices, Savoury Suppers

Let’s bring some warmth into the kitchen this Autumn…



This month’s challenge is a savoury challenge, because I think we all know how to make gingerbread by now (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with good gingerbread, either).  Spices like ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and allspice are often thought of as sweet, but also have some truly magnificent savoury uses.

So I’m looking for your favourite supper, lunch or side dish featuring one or more of these gorgeous spices.  Show me your favourite spice (and I don’t mean Posh) in a new light, and see what fabulous combinations others have come up with.

(I have to say, I’m really excited by this challenge)

Incidentally, I know it’s not Autumn for you Northerners, but from everything I’ve heard, Spring is rather late in coming this year, and I imagine a bit of warming spice still holds some appeal…

Challenge rules can be found at the main challenge page! Don’t forget to add your post to the linky below and get the code for your own blog hop once you’re done, and please remember to link back to this page, so that others can find the challenge recipes too.

I can’t wait to see your recipes this month – I just know they are going to spice up my life!

(I really tried to resist, but in the end, I couldn’t help myself.  I so rarely can.)

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6 comments for “Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian Food: Sweet Spices, Savoury Suppers

  1. April 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’m excited by this theme too – and share your thoughts on, and love of, autumn. I’ll give some thought to what to make to fit this challenge.

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Yay! I have a feeling this is going to be a really good theme, to be honest. So many cuisines play with sweet spices – Iranian, Indian, Caribbean, Greek, Chinese… I can’t wait to see what everyone does with it!

  2. April 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Fun! I love sweet spices in my savoury cooking. I don’t see the linky but instead of forgetting about this until the last minute, I linked up an oldie but goodie:

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Janet! What a fascinating recipe – I’d never have thought of pairing strawberries with cinnamon.

      As you will see above, I’ve added your post to the linky (I don’t know why this happens every time I set up a linky, but any linky on a pre-written post just won’t show up when it posts, even if it did in preview. It’s most frustrating…).

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