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29 days of rice – paella plate – day 4


Yesterday was my sister in law’s wedding and it was AWESOME! Chilled,groovy, pretty awesome couple, friends and family…and, best of all, the most AMAZING vegan dishes! My little sister was so jealous, asking why I got “room service” while everyone else had to go to the buffet, but wow! A stunning butternut soup, followed by a delicious stir fry with cashews, potato puffs, on a nutty base of some sort with a pesto-type smear and paper-thin pumpkin crisps (seriously), AND the most sugary but delightful malva pudding. Yes. ALL MINE! Except I shared, because I had to let everyone taste the delight that had been prepared for me. I know food shouldn’t be a highlight but it really makes my heart super fuzzy when people make such an effort to accommodate me so stylishly!


For today’s dish it’s something simple to counter the decadence of last night…though that’s not to say this is something to sniff at. Hearty, warm, flavourful and rewarding – even Man-thing was preening!
Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 cup cooked brown + wild rice
  • 1/2 cup artichokes, prepared/cooked
  • 5-6 peppadews, chopped finely
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 radishes, diced finely
  • 1.5 cups thickly grated zucchini
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • handful of basil, chopped finely
  • 2 TBSP hummus
  • Paprika, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, saffron (if you have some!), tumeric + oregano
  • spinach to serve
  • Optional: tomato paste, mustard, etc


  1. In a pan, fry your vegetables, spices, basil and artichokes for approximately 8 – 10 minutes on medium heat until cooked, then add your peppadews, rice and hummus, stirring.
  2. If you want to add some peas or other optional ingredients do so now!
  3. Let the mixture cook for another 3 – 4 minutes. Add some apple cider vinegar if you like.
  4. Steam your spinach and serve with the paella on top OR if you suck less than I do wriggle out a few lettuce leaves and serve the paella in that! (I ripped my lettuce head to shreds by accident in my haste, whoops!)

paella2paellafork1Easy peasy! This is creamy, thanks to the hummus, but spicy and oh so delicious. The artichokes seal the deal, as do the peppadews. Quick fuel for packing, which is what the next week is all about until D-Day: Saturday 11! Gahhh so much to do, but with this sort of food lying around I’m sure we’ll survived, even if my rushed photography makes me somewhat seasick :p

paellaforkAnyway, I hope that somewhere someone’s got their feet up and are totally relaxed and soaking up the Saturday vibes. I’m off the cat shelter to revel in their cuteness and clean litter boxes – my version of a mini-vacation I guess :p

What are your favourite on-the-go lunches?

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

3 thoughts on “29 days of rice – paella plate – day 4

  1. Thanks! We have (hot) cherry pickled peppers (HJ Heinz) sells them, I think its the same. Thank you!


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  2. What is a peppadew? I’m from the States what can I use in place of them.


    • Mmm it’s a type of sweet pepper that is grown locally here in South Africa – it’s usually soaked in brine or apple cider vinegar. I’m sure you could use any sweet pepper in its place, or else use pickled peppers if there are any available in the States. Hope that helps!


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