Chewy Christmas cookies

A simple chewy cookie recipe with some Christmas spices. Easy to make, hard to resist. Serves: 30 Ingredients 75g Flora Buttery (non-dairy margarine) 100g raisins 55g caster sugar 75g soft, dark brown sugar 175g self-raising flour 1 egg 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground nutmeg 0.5 tsp ground cardamom 0.25…

Carrot bacon bandwagon (fake-on?)

Yes, carrot bacon is everywhere at the moment and I was skeptical before I tried it. Now that I have, I love it. This is so easy too, the hardest part is slicing the carrot so no effort at all really. Is it just like bacon? Absolutely not but that doesn’t matter because it is…

Mixed vegetable dhansak

I think curries with lentils are my favourite type. There’s something about the texture that I find so appealing. This Dhansak uses a lot of mixed veg to make a vegan friendly meal. Serves: 4 Main Ingredients 265g onions, sliced finely 150g red lentils 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 160g kale, chopped 200g peppers,…

Clear mushroom and sugar snap pea soup

This clear mushroom soup is full of flavour and robust mushrooms with great texture. It’s also quite low in calories. Serves: 4 Ingredients 25g dried mixed mushrooms I used a Merchant Gourmet packet which includes Shiitake, Oyster and Porcini mushrooms 4 spring onions (25g) 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed 1 large celery stick…

Madeira cake with vanilla icing

My wife was having a tough morning at work today. She’s got a bad foot and is in a lot of pain. I made her breakfast of chopped avocado, tomatoes and spring onions with a slice of malted brown toast. She looked so sad and asked if there was any cake. Well, of course, there…

Lemon cream pie with chocolate pastry and fresh strawberries

On Thursday we visited a local farm for some ‘pick your own’ strawberries and raspberries. We ended up with far too many strawberries so I needed something to do with them. I found this recipe here and tweaked it a little to switch the full-fat milk for a non-dairy oat milk. In the original recipe…

Mushroom, tofu pie with cauliflower and potato top

When I served this one up my eldest daughter asked me where I got the recipe. “I made it up”, I said. “Wow. Really!?? YOU made it up?” Well, firstly, thanks for the vote of confidence and secondly, it isn’t that hard. yiu just need a little confidence and give some though to what flavours…

Aubergine, chickpea and coconut curry

A mild, plant-based curry that’s quick and easy to make. Whatever you do, don’t throw away the chickpea water. It’s so useful as an egg white alternative in recipes like this no-egg meringue. Serves: 4 Ingredients 400g chopped tomatoes, tinned 240g chickpeas, tinned and drained (save the water, aquafaba, from the tin to use as…

Poached chicken with risotto

I do a lot of risotto, it’s a very satisfying dish. A couple of weeks back I did a quick, baked recipe but this one here is more traditional and needs the effort of stirring and being watched. It’s worth it though. Even my 17 yr old son deigned to eat it and he’s always…

Pear and almond tart

Pears and almonds go so well together. This dessert is so yummy it lasted less than 2 hours. I’ve based this on a recipe from Michel Roux Jr. making some changes to keep it non-dairy. I will try a vegan version without the eggs one day but I wanted to do it this way first…