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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Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Leeks, Ginger, Garlic and Chilli

Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Christmas, Sides, Vegan | 11th December 2016 | By

Love them or hate them, Brussels sprouts are an integral part of Christmas. So why not give your Christmas dish a spicy twist? These stir-fried Brussels sprouts with leeks, ginger, garlic and chilli will liven up the event.  They’re quick to cook and unlike boiling stir-frying makes the sulphury compounds of the sprouts less obvious.

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Cheese and Leek Bread Pudding with Cranks

Cheese and Leek Pudding

Cranks and I go back a long way. The Dartington Cider Press branch, now Cranks Kitchen, opened many years ago, when I was at school. It was a very exciting prospect for an ever hungry bunch of teenagers and it was only a couple of hundred yards down the hill. We couldn’t afford much, but I do remember wolfing down a fair number of cheese baps and date slices. I have been a frequent visitor ever since. When I was invited to attend a new product launch event there a few week ago, I was not going to say no.

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Three Allium Smoked Chilli Tart

 Several things combined to bring forth this three allium smoked chilli tart. I had some onions and some recently dug up leeks which were well past their best before date. It’s the season when onions are sprouting and leeks are bolting. We also had some wet garlic delivered in our occasional top up veg box. Likewise I had a courgette in the bottom of the fridge which was definitely passed its best. Although I’ve been using the Gran Luchito smoked chilli paste I was sent some time ago, I hadn’t created a specific recipe for it. I also wanted to take part in this month’s Tea Time Treats which is all about tarts and pies.

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Welsh Pancakes for St David’s Day

Welsh Pancakes

Occasionally, CT likes to explore his Welsh heritage. When we woke up this morning, he announced, “it’s the 1st of March, St David’s Day. Why don’t we have leeks?”. Well why not indeed. With Shrove Tuesday fast approaching, pancakes were on my mind and I’d been planning to make some for breakfast, so why not make them savoury. In fact, why not go one step further and make Welsh pancakes.

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Savoury Chocolate Vol au Vents and Canapes

Mushroom vol-au-vents

The party season is now in full swing and although I rarely buy ready made pastry, these  Gourmet Pidy pastry cases make excellent party fare for a time strapped host. Time and thought can go into creating delicious fillings without worrying about making the pastry and then having to shape it suitably. Pidy are a Belgium company that has been making their award winning pastry cases since 1952. They provide a range of interesting pastry forms, but have only recently launched into the home cook’s market. Their products are available via Amazon, delis, farm shops and other independent retailers.

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