Finally last Sunday I got to sit outside in the garden with a glass of cold German Riesling. I started to think about summer dishes. The warm spell unfortunately didn’t last long (just one afternoon). Cold Monday meant that instead of courgette spaghetti with coriander pesto I ended up making these hearty sweet potato and black bean enchiladas.

Of course enchiladas are Mexican but out of laziness and convenience I used my new Creole seasoning mix. I did want to try it out and let’s be honest there are many similarities in the spices used in Creole and Mexican cooking. No need to be a purist on a Monday evening right? If you want to use single spices than a mixture of cumin, coriander, paprika, chilli, thyme, oregano will do the trick. This is what I love about cooking, you can always improvise and make each dish your own.

Otherwise this is a pretty straightforward dish to make, it takes a bit longer than my usual Monday evening meal but it’s worth the effort. It also tastes great the next day (yes I scoffed the leftovers) and freezes well too so its perfect for batch cooking. Don’t forget the usual guacamole, salsa, sour cream (cashew lime cream) and a crunchy salad.


Oil free if no vegan cheese used

1 onion, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1 green pepper, chipped
2 cloves of garlic
1-2 tsp Mexican, Creole or Cajun spice mix
1 Tbs tomato puree
440g (1 lb) sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1cm dice
1 tin of black beans
1 cup enchilada sauce
1/3 cup water
salt and pepper
10-12 corn tortillas
80g (3oz, about 1half cup) vegan cheese (optional), shredded

enchilada sauce
2 tins of tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 tsp Mexican, Creole or Cajun spice mix

To serve:

cashew lime cream (1 cup cashews, 1/2cup water plus more if needed, juice of a lime, salt to taste)

  • Preheat 80ml (1/3 cup) of water in a medium sauté pan with a lid. Add the onion, celery, garlic and pepper, sauté till softened adding more water if needed.
  • While the vegetables are cooking, blend all the sauce ingredients in a blender. Set aside.
  • Add the tomato puree and spices to the vegetables and cook for one minute.
  • Next add 250ml (1 cup) of the enchilada sauce, sweet potatoes, black beans and water. Simmer covered for 20-30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are cooked and the sauce is very thick (see picture of the mixture).
  • In a large baking dish, spread about 1/4cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of the dish. Put about 2-3 heaped tablespoons of the filling in the centre a corn tortilla, roll and place into the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Poor the remaining sauce over and top with the vegan cheese if using.
  • Bake for 30 min in a 180C oven.
  • Serve with the cashew lime cream, avocado and salsa.





As you may probably know by now I am not a big fan of swede (rutabaga) I only like it a little more than turnip (which is not much at all). Traditionally, here in the UK, it is used in a beef stew or as an integral part of the famous Cornish pasty (to confuse the matter they call it turnip in Cornwall). As a side dish swede is often served mashed together with carrots. In Finland swede is served as a creamy bake flavoured with maple syrup. I have tried making a vegan version of this but it still needs a lot more work.

Being faced with a humongous swede ( bigger than baby’s head!) I had to think. I really didn’t want this one ending up in a compost heap like the last one (sorry). Flavours of all vegetables deepen when roasted so this seemed like a good idea. To improve the rather bland swede I decided to spice it up and sweeten it and after roasting, drench it in a very similar sauce I used for my Coronation Chickpea salad.

I cut up the swede into 1/2 inch dice hoping for this to speed up the cooking time. Still it seemed to take forever... Was it all worth the effort? I have to say it was. I will admit I was secretly thinking what other vegetable would be suitable for this recipe, but I did enjoy the swede. The next day, however, I was for a major surprise, the salad was wonderful eaten straight from the fridge. Somehow the swede absorbed all the curry flavours, its texture improved it was trylly delicious. I ate all the leftovers for lunch. Will I rejoice next time a swede finds its way to my vegetable box? Probably not. But if it does I now have a way of dealing with it.


Serves 4

3 cups swede, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
1Tbs good curry powder ( I used Byriani mix)
1/2 tbs rapeseed oil
1 Tbs maple syrup
1/3 cup raisins
3/4 cashews
1/2 water
2 tbs mango chutney
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup flaked almonds
1 small red onion
1/3 cup coriander
lemon juice to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 210C. Place the swede, curry powder, oil and maple syrup into a roasting pan that will hold the swede in one layer. Mix all ingredients together so all the swede pieces are coated with spices evenly. Roast till the swede is soft, this may take 40-45min.
  2. While the swede is roasting soak the raisins in boiling water.
  3. Put cashews, water (you can use the raisin water), mango chutney and vinegar into a high speed blender. Process until smooth.
  4. Toast the flaked almonds in a dry pan till golden brown. Set aside
  5. Cut the red onion into fine dice.
  6. In a large bowl mix red onion, swede, cashew sauce and raisins.
  7. Garnish with almonds, coriander and add lemon juice to taste.
  8. Serve immediately or wait till the next day after, it is awesome straight from the fridge.

roasted swede