I was a vegetarian for 13 years during my late teens and most of my twenties, punctuated by several periods of being a painfully spindly full-on macrobiotic-inspired hardcore vegan. And like most vegans, I ate some truly wierd food during these periods, let me tell you. Some of it sublime. Some of it toilet.
During those years, I always favoured - and still do - Eastern vegetarian recipes. Why? Because the food is millenia-old, tried and tested, and just fabulously tasty (I am on a personal quest to promote the fabulous diverse wonders of the pulse pancake to all who will listen).
To paraphrase that Faithless dude, "This (i.e. a well appointed kitchen, with good knives, good ingredients and fresh spices, and a couple of hours to myself) is my church".
Some of these I cook every week. Some are a bit more special. All are fab.
Moong dal pancakes with peas
Black-eyed bean pancakes
Gram flour pancakes
Goan meatball green curry
Potatoes with coconut and chilli
Chicken with coriander and cream
Special basmati rice