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

Curd Cheese, Honey & Walnuts on Toast and Wild Honey & Rye

Curd Cheese, Honey & Walnuts on Toast

Well I’ve moved and it’s all very exciting. However, I either can’t find anything or I’ve left whatever it is I need in Cornwall. In the general chaos I’ve pretty much been living on toast. This recipe for curd cheese, honey & walnuts on rye from Wild Honey & Rye by Ren Behan has revolutionised my toast eating.

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Kale Apple Cake and The Veggie Desserts Cookbook

Kale Apple Cake with Apple Icing

Book Reviews, Layer cakes | 5th August 2017 | By

Kale may not be the most obvious thing to put in a cake, but as many of you will know, I’m all for adding nutritious ingredients to my bakes. Flavour and texture are massively important, but I do derive quite a bit of pleasure from a naturally colourful cake. This kale apple cake with apple icing hits the spot on all counts.

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Veggie Bean Chilli, Two Vegan Recipe Book Reviews and Giveaway #84

Veggie Chilli

As promised for this month of Veganuary, I’m trying to up the number of vegan meals I eat. This has been massively helped by the acquisition of two recently published vegan recipe books authored by talented fellow food bloggers. You’ll find reviews of the books below along with a recipe for veggie chilli which has been rather heavily adapted from one of them. Twas ever thus …

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The World of the Happy Pear – Review and Giveaway #76

The Happy Pear

In the last year or so, the Happy Pear have gradually seeped into my consciousness. I’d heard them mentioned by Riverford, Jamie Oliver, in the press and through various food bloggers, but I’d never seen any of their recipes. I’m now the happy owner of their latest book The World of the Happy Pear, to be published soon, on 2nd June. To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, I’m excited to say, I also have two copies of the book to giveaway.

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Spiced Lentil Pancake Wraps and a Brace of Book Reviews

Pancake Wraps with Dhal

It’s pancake day and having just eaten the most delicious pancake wraps with spiced lentil dhal, I would urge you all to try something a little different today. The recipe I adapted comes from a rather special book from fellow blogger Dannii Martin, Hungry Healthy, Happy.  I’m also reviewing another fabulous book from fellow Cornish blogger Jane Sarchet, Secret Kitchen, Southwest England. Read on for my recipe and the two book reviews.

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Aubergine Dip, The Cranks Bible and a Giveaway #70

Aubergine Dip

The Cranks Bible: a timeless collection of vegetarian recipes by Nadine Abensur is one of my treasured cookery books. I bought it when it was first published in 2001 and have taken inspiration from it ever since. Despite its frequent use as a bed time read, there are many recipes I’ve barely looked at. The one for aubergine purée with cumin pitot is one such, or in my more prosaic terminology, aubergine dip.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Homemade Memories

Peanut Butter Cups

Book Reviews, Chocolates | 15th July 2015 | By

Whereas chocolate peanut butter cups have long been popular in the US as has peanut butter and jelly (jam), the salty sweet combination has only recently blossomed here in the UK. Following on from the craze for salted caramel, comes chocolate combined with peanut butter and it seems to have taken the nation by storm. I’ve become rather enamoured too.

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Sugar and Sweets – Review and Giveaway #61

Sugar and Sweets

Book Reviews | 11th July 2015 | By

With my sweet tooth and lifelong addiction to sugar, I was fascinated to find a whole encyclopaedia has been devoted to the story of the human predilection for sweet food – ah, it’s not just me then. The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, edited by Darra Goldstein, has just been published and happily a copy landed on my desk.

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Teatime in Paris by Jill Colonna and Diamond Biscuits

Diamants

It’s always exciting when a fellow food blogger publishes a book and when it’s a book as good as Teatime in Paris, it doubles the pleasure. French pâtisserie is something many of us aspire to, but believe it’s too complicated to make at home. This book debunks that myth and makes many of these elegant pastries  accessible to us all, as suggested by the subtitle a walk through easy French pâtisserie recipes.

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Chocolate at Home by Will Torrent

Book Reviews | 11th March 2015 | By

Instagram is a wonderful thing. It gives a real insight into what is important in people’s lives. It’s so visual and so immediate, it has become a firm favourite with me. It was here I first came across the  talented pastry chef, Will Torrent. Will may not love chocolate more than I do, but he certainly knows a lot more about it and has the expertise to fashion it into all sorts of wondrous creations.

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