All posts tagged: Vegan

Spicy Red Lentil & Cannellini Bean Soup & Soda Bread

Rustic, warming, hearty and nourishing… this is a true peasant’s supper!  I had a hankering for soda bread earlier but don’t usually have buttermilk at home so this one was made with yoghurt instead.  In fact it could be made with sour milk too (so don’t ever throw it out if you have it, bring it round… or make soda bread!).  Soda bread is really rewarding, it takes about 5 minutes to combine the ingredients, and 50 minutes to cook, so as long as you’re home you’ll have a tasty loaf in under an hour which requires zero skill but looks pro!  The soup here came about after seeing a tasty looking ham hock soup on instagram.  Not being much of a ham hock soup fan, I appreciated the chunky look and thought yes!  A chunky soup and soda bread supper… Yum!  That’s what I though… and here it is! Ingredients for the soup (Serves 4): 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 …

The Liebster Award

Hi everyone!  So today is my birthday… I’ve spent the whole day home with two sick kiddies and one stir crazy dog who’s been looking at me with her ‘pleeeeease take me out eyes’ all day… We’ve baked birthday cake, cup cakes for the school cake bake, made pizza, baked bread, we’ve watched movies… My little girl fell asleep and fell off the sofa (she’s fine) and I just discovered that my son thinks his middle name is ‘Thompson’, it’s not!?  I have no idea what the time it is but I haven’t even had a glass of wine yet… So just as I log in to see how the blog is going today, I found this amazing note from the lovely Katie over at ‘What’s Katie Up To’ to say she’s nominated me for The Liebster Award.           The Liebster award is to recognise and discover new Bloggers and to welcome them to the blogosphere!  It’s given from Bloggers to Bloggers. For those of you who read my last Facebook post you’ll have …

A Vegan Curry Feast (for hearty meal lovers)… Mushroom Pasanda, Bombay Potatoes & Masala Roast Chickpeas…

Curry is usually Tim’s domain, because he makes a good one!  But I think I might have trumped him (yes I am competitive!)  The Mushroom Pasanda is definitely inspired by our good friends over at Able & Cole but there are a few tweaks here, mainly based on what was in the cupboard or fridge and also because I had some beautiful black cherry tomatoes in my veg box, which I thought would make a good substitute for the tomato puree in the Able & Cole recipe.  They did go beautifully and my mouth is watering now I’m thinking about this dish.  It hits all the right spots and stands alone, without the extras.  We always get a bit indulgent on weekends though which is why I cooked up a storm last night, and why I wont need to eat for several days now!! (ahem…) Ingredients for the Mushroom Pasanda (serves 2): 1/2 large onion 4 cloves garlic 1/2 thumb ginger 1 red chilli (de-seeded) 1/2 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon, …

Simple Sauerkraut (it’s not just for supermodels!)

Whaaat?  Well what else would you do with a cabbage glut?  Who’s got a cabbage glut you say?  Well, not us exactly, but I do find us with slightly more cabbage than we can comfortably get through.  So with the latest haul from the allotment (and by haul I mean 2 cabbages) I thought I’d give sauerkraut a go!  I’ve read a lot recently about the health benefits of fermented foods.  They’re rich in live healthy bacteria and we can cultivate them ourselves for free!  So before you do as I did and think ‘it’s not for me’… think twice when you next look at a cabbage in your fridge… or on the supermarket shelf for that matter… They’re in season right now, making it easier to pick up cheap, organic, local products at their nutritional best!  This article in the Guardian says pretty much everything I want to say… so if you’re not convinced yet, but still slightly intrigued read more here… particularly the heading on ‘why sauerkraut is good for me’ which names …

Is it a Salsa? Is it Ketchup? Yes! And it’s Magic Tomata Passata with Hidden Veg

This is a magic sauce, it goes in anything and everything, it keeps in the fridge for around 5 days, or freezes really well.  It’s also possible to hide masses of veg in it that the kids wouldn’t normally eat… Neither of mine are keen on red peppers or beetroot, but hiding it in this sauce… what they don’t know and all that! Ingredients: 1 red onion 2 cloves garlic 1 400g can plum or chopped tomatoes 1 small beetroot (grated) 1 red pepper 1 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp paprika salt & pepper Olive Oil (Optional Chilli) Method: 1. Heat 2tbsp Olive oil in a pan on the hob. 2. Finely chop the onions, crush the garlic and soften in the pan for around 10 minutes. 3. Chop the red pepper & grate the beetroot and add to the pan with the mixed herbs, paprika, salt & pepper. 4. Add the tinned tomatoes and a tsp of maple syrup to take the edge of the tomatoes. 5. The sauce is …

Fridge Raider Green Curry and Rice aka c.1999 on a Thai Beach

This was a fridge raiding meal the day before the shopping arrived, so strictly speaking it’s not a ‘green curry’ proper… but for me it has enough of the elements to make it as good as!  And if you close your eyes and put on Moby’s ‘Play’ album then you’re in Thailand c.1999! (Scroll down for a quick blast of ‘porcelain’ from that album) Ahhh, the memories… (Take a moment) OK, back to business!  It’s very quick to make, hearty as it is, but could be beefed up for the weekend if you add chicken, prawns or a side of spring rolls… Ingredients: 1 onion 4 cloves garlic 1 thumb ginger (grated) 1 green birdseye chilli 1 stick fresh lemongrass 2 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tin chickpeas (drained) 1 small butternut squash 1 can coconut milk 1 bunch fresh coriander salt & pepper 1 cup wholegrain basmati rice 2 tbsp coconut oil Method: 1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan on the hob 2. Finely chop the onion, crush …

Cumin Roast Chickpeas & Brutus fighting Popeye Salad “Give him the Twister Punch Popeye”

I love chickpeas… my kids love chickpeas and I use a lot of them. It’s minor panic time if there aren’t chickpeas in the house!  Oooo they’re just little pods of hearty nourishment, and they’re so versatile!  Apart from houmous, which I keep a vat of in the fridge always, They make a great soup and really beef up a salad too… We had this salad with our Harissa Roast Chicken, but it stands alone as a quick, healthy lunch too…Iron rich, great for the blood and full of vitamins says BBC Good Food. Scroll down for a classic Popeye moment… Ingredients (serves 4 as a side or 1-2 for lunch): 1 can chickpeas (drained) 1/2 bag baby spinach Juice 1/2 lemon 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Salt & pepper Generous pinch of cumin Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C 2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas & add to a roasting tin. 3. Sprinkle the chickpeas with salt, pepper, a generous pinch of cumin and a drizzle of olive oil.  Shake them up …

It’s a Pop Shake “This Milkshake is Bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S” or “My Milkshake Brings all the Kids to the Table”

My youngest daughter has discovered Gwen Stefani… so bananas can’t be bananas without a soundtrack!  That’s why this milkshake is bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S it’s a sensible diversion from the original expletive for a 5 year old!  In fact, very many things have a soundtrack in our house.  I have a musical brain, a degree in music and a short career in music behind me… so many words seem to trigger a song… (see Big Pizza Pie That’s Amore)… OK, so soundtracks aside, I had this milkshake for lunch yesterday, but it’d make a great breakfast too… or pudding, and of course its nutritious so you can feel virtuous whilst enjoying it! Ingredients (serves 2): 1 B.A.N.A.N.A (make it a fair trade banana don’t force farmers out of business… support sustainable farming. Click the link to find out more) 1 large can organic* coconut milk (Check the label for the nasty preservatives on non-organic ranges) 1 handful frozen blueberries 4 tablespoons Chocolate Coconut Granola (3 to blend and 1 to top) Method: I didn’t have any frozen …

Chocolate Coconut Granola

Oh my, this is the kind of breakfast I absolutely shudder at when I see it in the supermarket.  My contempt for chocolate breakfast cereal, and my resounding ‘absolutely not’ when the children ask for it!  But here am I making it.  The truth is this is beautiful, and this version is really nutritious too!  Actually this wasn’t supposed to be a granola at all, it was going to be snack bars for after school.  But for some reason I didn’t make enough wet to coat the dry and the result was snack bars that didn’t stick together, obviously!  But thankfully there is always granola… and this is going to be beautiful with some plain greek yoghurt in the morning! Ingredients: 200g Oats 100g ground almonds 100g desiccated coconut 6 tbsp maple syrup 6 tbsp coconut oil* 3 tbsp cacao powder Pinch of sea-salt 50g chia seeds 50g raisins 4 medjool dates,chopped 75g dark cooking chocolate min 70% cocoa solids Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2. Mix the dry ingredients; oats, ground almonds, …

10 Ways With Toast #6 Avocado, Pinenuts & Sundried Tomatoes on Sourdough

TOAST!  Hurrah!  Is it just coincidence that a toast is a toast?  I don’t know, but for all you toast masters out there, let’s make a toast, to toast… This will be a rolling post about toast.  Ten ways with toast in fact! So whether you’re cooking up a roast, or enjoying the coast, stop what you’re doing and celebrate Toast (henceforth with a capital T)!* #6 Avocado, Sundried Tomatoes & Toasted Pinenuts You see the very wonderful thing about toast, and topping toast, is that it really can be an anytime meal… and I very often go to avocado on toast for lunch because it takes all of about 3 seconds to make and it’s super nutrious. Ingredients: 1 Large slice of Sourdough cut in half 1 avocado 4 sundried tomatoes 1 handful pinenuts Method: 1. Toast your sourdough and spread 1/2 your avocado on each slice. 2. Finely chop the sundried tomatoes and evenly sprinkle on each slice. 3. Put a handful of pinenuts in a dry pan on the hob and heat …