Nowadays, vegetarians can enjoy food that's as exciting, colourful and full of flavour as the dishes enjoyed by meat-eaters. It wasn't always so! Delia has drawn on some of the best cuisines in the world to bring you a selection of vegetarian recipes that will have you spoilt for choice!
Pumpkin and other squashes make excellent soup in the autumn...you could even try serving this in the hollowed-out pumpkin shell for visual appeal, perfect for Halloween!
Oven-drying gives tomatoes a deep, intense flavour that will liven up all manner of dishes during the winter months - and is a useful way of using up a glut from the greenhouse, maybe?
Bottle summer vegetables for a taste of summer in the depths of winter. These lovely Italian-style pickles are superb with a plate of charcuterie or cheeses and good bread.
This unusual pickle looks impressive and tastes wonderful! Serve the pears with cold meats and poultry... they'd go particularly well with gammon or ham, and would make excellent food gifts.
Pickled peaches are a brilliant way of keeping that summery feeling going all year round: perfect with cold meats and especially cheeses, these bottled fruits are certain to become a yearly tradition.
Anyone who grows runner beans will know that sometimes they run away with you! If you're suffering a surfeit and don't know what to do with them, this lovely pickle is the answer.
Aubergines, tomatoes, mozzarella, anchovies and basil combine in this celebration of Italian ingredients. Eat it in late summer when aubergines and tomatoes are at their seaonal best.
This is a great pasta dish for dieters as there's very little fat involved... and you won't have to sprinkle lots of cheese on it either as the flavours are pronounced enough without it.
Vegetarians certainly won't feel short-changed with this sumptuous meat-free version of shepherd's pie: in fact, meat eaters will no doubt love it as much as they do!
Okra, or ladies' fingers, is an interesting vegetable often found in African and Indian recipes. Here it's pickled which at the very least will prove to be a conversation starter as it's so unusual!
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