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Recipe Inspiration from Waitrose

January 2014


Here at LaterLife we have compiled some recipes in association with Waitrose for you to enjoy at home.

Kick start your new year with some healthy recipes. Why not try something different using this Month's Health Food, Pickled Vegetables.


The recipes are divided into three courses, so you can take your pick, and easily prepare your own meal.

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Italian-Style Pickled Vegetables

Lightly pickling vegetables and dousing them with olive oil produces beautiful mixed antipasti. Use them in a relaxed but superior starter: drape cured ham, rocket, olives, young Pecorino shards and griddled sourdough across a wooden board and accompany with a bowlful of the pickled vegetables.

(Prep. time 20 mins plus cooling, cooking time 10 mins, makes 4 x 500ml jars)


  • 1.2 litres cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 5 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 2 baby cauliflower heads, sliced
  • 3 large red, yellow or orange peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 3 small courgettes, sliced
  • 250g runner beans, trimmed and sliced
  • 15 shallots, peeled and halved if large
  • 5 garlic cloves, bashed
  • 5 thyme sprigs
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 red chilli, sliced into rounds
  • 750ml extra virgin olive oil


1. Bring the vinegar to the boil in a large saucepan with 1 litre cold water, the salt and sugar. Add all the remaining ingredients except the olive oil and simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Strain the vegetables and discard the pickling liquid. Divide the mixture between the jars and cover with the olive oil. Screw the lids on tightly and leave to cool. Keep the sealed jars in the fridge for up to 4 weeks; once opened, use within a week.


Sweet-Sour Pickled Cherries

(Prep. time 15 mins plus 24 hrs soaking, cooking time 10 mins plus cooling)


  • 2kg Yellow cherries (such as Rainier cherries), with stalks attached
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 1.5 litres White wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 12 White peppercorns
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon stick, broken into pieces


1. Pick over the cherries and discard any bruised ones. Trim the stalks short, but do not remove. Pack into sterilised jars, sprinkling with the sugar. Reserve 150ml vinegar and bring the rest to a boil with the salt and spices. Boil rapidly for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to cool. Pour it over the cherries, half-close the jars and leave in a cool place for 24 hours.

2. Drain the vinegar juices from the jars into a pan, add the reserved vinegar and reboil for 5 minutes. Cool and pour back over the cherries in the jars, making sure they are submerged. Seal and store for a week; they will keep for up to six months.



Crunchy Veggie Nuggets with Chutney Sauce

(Prep. time 15 mins, cooking time 10-15 mins, serves 4)


  • 150ml Raines Buttermilk
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 85g Waitrose Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 40g Waitrose Very Strong Canadian White Plain Flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 450g mixed prepared vegetables: Halved baby sweetcorn, matchsticks of yam, pepper, onion and carrot
  • The whole leaves picked from a pack of Waitrose Fresh Sage
  • 100g Waitrose Large Whole Roasted Peanuts
  • Vegetable oil


1. Whisk together buttermilk, egg and peanut butter.

2. Sift together flour, baking powder, chilli powder and salt into a bowl.

3. Make a well in the centre and gradually incorporate the egg mixture with a wooden spoon.Beat well.

4. Stir in vegetables, whole sage leaves and peanuts. Place tablespoonfuls of the mixture into a pan of hot vegetable oil. Fry in batches for 2-3 minutes or until crisp and brown. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

5. Serve with warmed Waitrose Spiced Peach Chutney, pitta bread and fresh salad leaves.


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