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The Design Files' Top 10 Vegetarian Recipes For Meat Free Week!

Stuffed Artichokes

Our art director Annie Portelli doesn’t just make all things TDF look beautiful – she’s also an INCREDIBLE cook! Last year Annie and her gorgeous mum Carmen brought us a month’s worth of Maltese soul food – including this beyond delicious recipe for stuffed artichokes. Known in Malta as ‘Qaqocc Mimli’ (pronounced ‘A-Ouche’), this dish is one of Annie’s favourites because artichokes are only in season for a couple of months of the year (right now!).

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Zucchini Fritters

TDF’s former managing director, Lisa Marie Corso, is known far and wide for her epic lunch spreads (usually eaten by 11am!). This recipe for zucchini fritters is a signature LMC dish, and a real winner! Adapted from Lisa’s Nonna and pimped up a little with feta and lemon zest, these lunchtime favourites can be enjoyed hot straight out of the pan, or cold, as sneaky-next-day-leftovers.

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The Famous CIBI Soba Salad

CIBI is a multipurpose cafe, store, event and neighbourhood space in Collingwood which opened in 2008, and has been serving its soba salad since day dot. ‘When I created this dish, I wanted to add a touch of western flavour so that it became a cafe-like dish as well as a CIBI dish. Many of our regulars come in just for this salad,’ tells Meg Tanaka of CIBI. ‘This is a simpler version that you can cook at home anytime. All you really need in your cupboard is soba noodles, soy sauce and lemon!’

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Annie and Carmen Portelli’s stuffed artichokes (or known as ‘Qaqocc Mimli’ in Malta!) Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins. Styling Assistant – Natalie Turnbull.


Lisa Marie Corso’s zucchini fritters. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull.


The Famous CIBI Soba Salad. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins, Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.


A winter tabouli recipe passed down on to Lucy from a dear family friend, Margaret. Styling – Lucy Feagins, Photo – Eve Wilson.


Lucy’s orange, fennel and hazelnut salad. Photo Eve Wilson, recipe and styling Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Julia Busuttil-Nishimura’s pesto pasta. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Nat Turnbull.


CIBI’s cabbage and corn okonomi-yaki. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins, Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.


Tamil Feasts’ Eggplant and Chickpea Curry. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli. Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.


Green Beans with Feta and Pine Nuts – a  ‘somewhat healthy’ salad is a staple in Lucy’s home. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files. Styling Assistant – Nat Turnbull.


Spiced Lentil and Mixed Beetroot Salad. Styling and recipe – Lucy Feagins. Styling assistant – Nat Turnbull Photo – Eve Wilson.


The Free To Feed felafel by Hamed Allahyari and Julia Ostro for Free To Feed.  Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Styling assistant – Natalie Turnbull.

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