Book :: Fired Up Vegetarian

by Jules on 24/08/2013

in Books, Food, Sponsored giveaway, Whip-Up

Reviewed by Julie: a slightly unhinged fabric junkie! She is stitching and crafting obsessed as well as being addicted to tea and cake. She is a work at home Mumma to three energetic little girls and blogs at procrasticraft.


The Mr of our house recently stated that “we eat too much meat”. I took this a challenge to prepare and eat only vegetarian meals for a whole week (not long really, I know! BUT, I have a house full of meat lovers) and thankfully the very next day, Ross Dobson’s Fired Up Vegetarian arrived in the post for review! I love how serendipitous life can be on occasion.

This is one cracker of a vegetarian cookbook. The recipes really do work as complete meals even for my carnivorous family. The most amazing transformation for us was that it has even inspired the non-cooking Mr of the house to commit to cooking one vego meal each week! The flavours throughout are diverse including Asian, Middle Eastern, European and South American dishes and the book includes useful tips and advice for maximising your barbecue potential.

With Fathers Day coming here in Australia next Sunday, as a gift for Dad the author has kindly provided a recipe for us to share with Whipup readers and the good folks at Murdoch Books have provided us with a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just comment below with your favourite vegetarian meal idea (I love a good recipe tip!).

**Conditions:  Comments must be received by 8am Tuesday 27 August.  The winner will be selected by random number generator and announced on on Tuesday 27 August.  We apologise to our international readers but this giveaway is open to Australian residents only **

Thanks to those who shared their recipes with me, Number 2 was chosen by the random number generator. Congratulations Catherine.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristy August 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I love the open haloumi cheese sandwich, recipe in Bill Grangers Everyday cookbook. Great for any meal!


2 Catherine August 25, 2013 at 10:50 am

– This season’s winner in our house is the blow-your-bits-off pumpkin soup:
1 small tin of massaman curry, 1x small pumpkin cut into pieces and roasted, 2x tins of coconut milk and the same of water- all into the slow cooker (blend) get back to it when you’re ready, squeeze of lemon to serve. KaPOW! and if this sounds like effort (?!) don’t forget you have just made enough for Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday :)


3 Rachel August 26, 2013 at 5:28 am

My family is vegetarian so we hope we have a few good meal ideas. At this time of year we make a lovely shepherds pie, made with lentils and vegetables instead of mince in a stock and tomato sauce, topped with mash and cheese of course. We also love roast vegetable pasta sauce of onion, eggplant, zucchini, mushroom and capsicum roasted with garlic and tossed through tinned tomatoes with olives, served with fresh pasta.


4 Deanna August 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I love simple grilled foods, one is sweet potatoes with butter and chili pepper flakes, wrap in tinfoil and grill. tender, rich and spicy!


5 aisling August 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Oh excellent! I’ve been to a number of BBQ’s this summer and us veggies always lose out! The few times we grilled halloumi we had to share it with the meat eaters because it was so good!! It would be great to have a few more bbq recipes up our sleeves for next year!


6 aisling August 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Oooops, I forgot the recipe! Very very straight forward – put a whole round of a good stinky cheese (an old camembert or better) on the bbq, still in it’s box (but if it comes with plastic wrap take this off). Turn after about 10 minutes and making sure the box doesn’t burn, leave it for another 10. Then slice off the top skin and let everyone dig in with some crusty bread. Amazing smoked cheese and fun to share !


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