Veggie might: Mark Hix's delicious, healthy and easy-to-prepare vegetarian dishes

If you entertain regularly at home you must be familiar with the scenario when you find out at the last minute that one of your guests is a vegetarian and you need to rustle up something suitable in a hurry. First of all, you need to find out exactly what sort of vegetarians they are, as many people who claim to be vegetarians actually eat fish (they are pescatorians, in other words) and some of them eat chicken, which makes it even more confusing... And if your guests are vegans, then menu planning is even harder, as you won't be able to use butter, cream or eggs.

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Serves 1

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