Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Nettle Soup – Spring Back Into Vigour With This Cleansing Vegan Tonic

Vegan Nettle Soup

When spring finally emerges, I like to banish lethargy and listlessness and that’s when I start to crave the vitalising, cleansing effect of nettles. I normally have my first bowl of nettle soup in March, but I was a bit late in foraging any from our plot this year. When the day dawned bright and fair on Sunday morning, I was determined to go nettle picking – and I did.

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Lavender Honey Cake with a Scent of Lemon & Honey Cream Cheese Icing

Lavender Honey Cake

HealthyFry, Layer cakes | 22nd March 2017 | By

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I can’t help but think of cake. I feel something light and spring like is needed. I know, how about a lavender honey cake scented with lemon and smothered in honey cream cheese icing? Sorted.

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By Heck This Recipe for Green Veggie Meatballs in Tomato Sauce is Good!

Green Veggie Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce

I’ve been wanting to create a stand out recipe for veggie meatballs for a very long time. Procrastination rarely pays off and now Heck have beaten me to it. There was nothing for it but to create a super delicious way of serving them. These green veggie meatballs in tomato sauce served as part of a Middle Eastern feast fits the bill beautifully. All vegan and so very tasty.

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Chilli Roasted Oca with Hedgerow Pesto – Two Recipes for the Price of One

Chilli Roasted Oca with Hedgerow Pesto

CT has been interested in The Lost Crops of the Incas for a very long time. One he’s been growing over the years is oca (Oxalis tuberosa).  I was recently gifted a kilo of beautifully coloured oca tubers from The Guild of Oca Breeders. This was a rare treat as I hardly ever get to try any of CT’s precious tubers. You can prepare them in pretty much anyway you’d cook a potato, but I like them best roasted. Here I give you my recipe for a quick and simple dish of chilli roasted oca with hedgerow pesto.

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Air Fryer Carrot Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Air Fryer Carrot Falafels

Never mind raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, falafel are definitely one of my favourite things. They transport me straight back to the bustling streets of Alexandria in Egypt. Every street corner had its own falafel vendor who sold them fresh and hot, stuffed into pitta bread and drizzled with tahini sauce. We used to have them for breakfast as a special treat. These air fryer carrot falafel may not be the authentic recipe, but they’re delicious and are a breeze to make.

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Not Another Bloody Orange Chocolate Cake Recipe

Blood Orange Chocolate Cake

Blood oranges have such a short season, I feel it’s imperative to make the most of them. They have a wonderful flavour and are not overly sugary like some oranges can be. They also have a gorgeous blood red colour. The colour is lost in this bloody orange chocolate cake, but the flavour is there.

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Rosemary Chips – Air Fried, Crisp on the Outside, Fluffy in the Middle

Rosemary Chips

HealthyFry, Sides | 30th January 2017 | By

We tend to eat chips as an occasional treat from our local chippie. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten them three times in one week before. But when you can air fry them with just a teaspoon or two of oil and they turn out to be as delicious as these rosemary chips, they are very hard to resist.

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Fry in the Sky with the Optimum HealthyFry – Air Fryer Review

Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer Chips

It’s a new year and I have a new piece of equipment in my kitchen. As a Froothie Ambassador, I get to try out innovative pieces of kit from time to time and this air fryer, the Optimum HealthyFry, is the latest. What a great way to Jumpstart January.

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Chocolate Banashew aka Chocolate Banana Cashew Cake (vegan)

Chocolate Banana Cashew Cake

HealthyFry, Large Cakes, Vegan | 19th January 2017 | By

I have a new piece of Froothie equipment to play with. It’s an Optimum HealthyFry – a rapid air fryer that can bake cakes too. Who’d have thought it? I have used it for frying of course, but I couldn’t wait to try baking a cake in it. With my promise to bring you all things vegan this month, I have created this rich and fudgy chocolate banana cashew cake. Ladies and Gentleman, forget the banoffee, I give you banashew.

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Black Bean Tomato Carrot Curry Bowls with Brown Basmati Rice

Black Bean Tomato Carrot Curry

It may no longer be the International Year of Pulses, but lentils, beans and peas have been a staple for me ever since I can remember. They are not only nutritious, delicious and filling, but they make a great base for many a meal. These black bean tomato carrot curry bowls are simple to make and they taste very good indeed, especially when served with brown basmati rice. A perfect healthy whole food supper for Veganuary and to Jumpstart January.

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