Summer Watercress and Asparagus Lasagne.

01daa555a2a3ca9a1a89e91b3e76f6187b53c1a252

It’s that time of year again when the most amazing organic English asparagus is arriving weekly in my veg box. As beautiful as this vegetable is just plainly cooked with a little salt and perhaps a drizzle of olive oil, I love to make something special with it. Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Where Do You Get Your Protein? Carrot Cake with Vanilla Yoghurt Sauce

01dd8b23e99ea5ec22a8df1bad49786c00830faade

Here’s a carrot cake with a difference, just as delicious as an indulgent spiced carrot cake should be but full of super healthy ingredients such as wholesome rye, superfood chia, extra carrot goodness from both whole carrots and juice plus low GI coconut sugar and minimal oil. Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Where Do You Get Your Protein? Yeasted Pumpkin Seed Fruit Loaf.

P1020593

The predictable question. After 18 years as a vegetarian, I am still plagued by this sequence of words on a regular basis. It’s actually quite shocking to think how little people know about sources of nutrition – especially those in the health professions. This was the case in the days of dairy, let alone nowadays of strict vegan. Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

National Vegetarian Week Inspiration and an Amazing Optimum 9200 High Speed Blender GIVEAWAY!

NVW-2015

I am so excited to mark the beginning of this years National Vegetarian Week with an absolutely amazing giveaway! A lucky reader will win a powerhouse blender with speed and power beyond that of a Vitamix or Blendtec – worth £429!!!

bernard bannernew Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 108 Comments

Mediterranean Sausage Casserole

010c7a8f9c6a636919ea48ec71f2edf40b6f92492e

I’ve always loved sausage casserole. I have fond memories as a child of eating huge servings of casserole made with Linda McCartney sausages and a packet of sauce mix with a giant helping of fluffy mashed potatoes, so much that I wouldn’t be able to move. It was proper comfort food and when I used to visit my mum, we always had that for dinner. Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

2 Minute Tomato-Roasted Pepper Pasta Sauce and a Massive WORLDWIDE Smart Phone Stand GIVEAWAY!

FotorCreated

Why am I giving away a smart phone stand, you ask? Well, I was contacted with an offer to trial and giveaway the Phone Buddy stands and I thought, ‘you know what, this is relevant, I constantly use my phone when cooking, to read my own or others’ recipes and I know that so many of us do now’. So why not? And it meant that I could give away tonnes of these small pieces of genius away to you readers all over the world! Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Easy Homemade Extra Firm Tofu and DIY Press

Tofu and I didn’t get off to a great start. I recall the first time I tried it, I must have been 15 or 16 and was volunteering in the fundraising department of a street child charity. We had gone to a local Chinese restaurant for lunch to celebrate raising our first £million. The vegetarian option was tofu in a sauce with steamed rice. I did not like it – it was slippery, rubbery and tasteless. Despite entering vegetarianism 10 years prior, I had never tried it before this and I don’t remember eating it again for years after that. Probably only when I became vegan did I give it more tries and still it took a few trials before I learned to prepare and cook it properly. Now? I love the stuff! Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Vegan ‘Nutella’ and Pear Marble Cake

01fc4735bba287f4c5109ed036be7b139ec8e6ed89

I feel like for the 4+ years that I have been vegan and the years before that that I would only eat higher welfare and organic dairy where I knew the source – I have been trying to find an alternative to Nutella that really tastes like Nutella. I used to freaking love the stuff! I recall as a kid always begging for it in the supermarket and I think it was a rare one or two occasions at a friends’ house that I had it in a sandwich and that was enough to create a life long obsession. Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

The Easiest Pad Thai (Gluten Free) and Optimum 9200 Next Generation Blender Review

01b3c2222ccc78ce3d332f9262cf90b7cdc00aeea6

My new Froothie 9200 is the sixth blender I have owned in less than 2 years. I’m not kidding. I started out using the blender jug attachment on my food processor which I barely ever used. When I started getting into making green smoothies I ordered a 2000 watt power blender from a lesser known brand on Amazon which was reduced to £50 from £200. Initially, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I learned what smooth cashew cream looked and tasted like and I could blend up smoothies with the toughest greens and solid frozen bananas to creamy deliciousness. Over time however, I noticed my smoothies had the odd lump of fruit and the odd cashew remains whole. Over time this became grainy cashew creams and leafy smoothies but I persevered and dreamed of one day owning a power blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

The Long Awaited Crave, Eat, Heal Blog Tour: Review, Giveaway and Buckwheat Noodles with Spicy Almond Sauce Recipe!

P1020573

Today I share a very special post. A review and giveaway of a great friend of mine’s book. Most, if not all of you will at least know of the stunning vegan blog An Unrefined Vegan and it’s warm, creative and artistic creator and writer, Ann Oliverio, or Annie.

CRAVEEATHEAL_Final CoverOnly Continue reading

Posted in vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments