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…

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…

Rhubarb in grenadine syrup

I have a glut of rhubarb from the garden at this time of year. Rhubarb crumble is nice and I’ve made a lovely chutney with it before too but I wanted something different. This recipe is simple and quick but best of all it tastes fantastic. I’ve found it goes really well with chocolate ice…

Ratatouille

France is one of my favourite countries. It has a fantastic range of climates. The North is similar to Britain and much further South you can bask in long, hot days on a azure coastline. In between are miles and miles of beautiful countryside. I even like the way the French can be welcoming and…

Baked risotto with vegetables

I love risotto but it takes a lot of stirring. This one is done partly in the oven which means you don’t have to stand there stirring in the liquid bit by bit. I used a pan and a glass casserole dish to make this because I don’t have a hob-proof casserole dish. If you…

Cornbread – egg-free

I’ve never made, or even tasted, cornbread before. It seems to be specifically American. I had some polenta powder in the cupboard (corn meal) so thought I’d give it a whirl and looked for some recipes. That’s when I found most of them called for eggs. Which is fine for me but not my daughter…

Bean and mushroom cottage pie -vegan

This is the first recipe since my new kitchen was finished. Well, it’s not quite finished. I still need to paint some of the walls but all the functional stuff is in place. I still haven’t got everything back in the cupboards. We’ve got more storage than before but I don’t know how it will…