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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.

So, in case you’ve been indulging your hermit fantasies on a remote island, The Happy Pear refer to twins, Stephen and David Flynn. Independently of each other, they saw the light and became vegetarians in their twenties. Since then it’s been a never ending journey of learning to live healthier and happier lives. They opened their cafe, The Happy Pear, in their home town of Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland some ten years ago.

So, what did I think? I loved it the moment I got a chance to look inside the book. The ethos and recipes are right up my street. For a start, there’s no mention of “clean eating” and eggs and dairy, whilst limited in their use, have not been banned. The recipes are fresh and exciting, but also simple and nutritious, featuring plenty of vegetables and wholefoods. I found the twins’ enthusiastic style both appealing and infectious. I definitely get the idea they believe in what they do.

As in all right thinking cookbooks, this one started with my favourite meal of the day, breakfast. Corn fritters with an avocado salsa caught my eye immediately, but I got most excited about their Vegan Full Irish. At last, a cookbook that uses tempeh. CT used to make tempeh and it’s one of my most favourite things; it has a wonderful texture and good umami flavour. We’ve not really been in a position for him to make it over the last few years, but now we’ve got my rather wonderful dehydrator, it might be on the cards again – put it like this, I’m working on him!

Happy Pear Cheesecake

The book then goes on to cover recipes for soups, salads, mains, snacks, dips & fabulous extras and then finishes with my favourite bit: the sweet stuff. What can I say? I’ve bookmarked heaps of the recipes and I’m pretty certain they’ll all be good, although I draw a line at spicy millet and mushroom burgers. I’ve tried, but millet and I do not get on. Rather more engaging is the grilled halloumi burger with chilli ketchup and tahini mayo – now they’re talking.

Most of the sweet stuff is raw, but no less appealing for that. I definitely have my eye on the lemon and lime avocado mousse cake. Strangely, they had a recipe for chocolate cookie dough balls, which is very similar to one I’ve made recently and will be posting shortly. I like to think it’s a case of great minds! The chocolate fudge cake is baked, but made with white spelt flour rather than wholemeal, which I found slightly disappointing. Nevertheless, it sounds totally lush.

Chana Masala

As I had some Swiss chard in need of using in the fridge, I had a go at making their coconut chana masala with spinach almost straight away. I substituted the spinach for Swiss chard, obviously. As I expected, it was totally delicious. Creamy, spicy and very satisfying. We ate it with some brown basmati rice. That’s my picture, not theirs.

Although the book is first and foremost a recipe book, there are anecdotes and tips for healthy living scattered throughout. Getting plenty of exercise and managing stress are obviously important to the twins and I for one could certainly benefit from both. It was good to get some reminders. 

At the back of the book is a great section on some of their favourite ingredients and how to use them. I know when I first came across nutritional yeast, for instance, I didn’t really know what to do with it, other than to make tofu scramble. Here we are told it’s particularly useful for vegans, because not only does it impart a “cheesy” taste to many dishes, but it’s also a good source of vitamin B12 and beneficial bacteria.

Happy Pear

Like many modern cookbooks, pictures of the authors abound. Handsome as they are, I could, quite frankly, do with less of them. They have, however, been flagged by The Times as “the poster boys for a healthy way of life”, so I guess it’s not too surprising in this instance. The photographs were taken by Alistair Richardson and the food images are all bright, clear and very appealing.

The World of the Happy Pear by Stephen & David Flynn is published by Penguin as a hardback and retails at £18.99.

World of the Happy Pear Giveaway x 2

Penguin has kindly agreed to give two Tin and Thyme readers a copy of The World of the Happy Pear. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. 

The Happy Pear

Prizes are offered and provided by Penguin and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.
Closing date is Monday 20 June 2016
Do take a look at my giveaway page to see if there is anything else you would like to enter.
Thanks to Penguin for the copy of The World of the Happy Pear. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.

Happy Pear Cookbook



  1. Margaret Clarkson

    20th May 2016 at 9:15 am

    I really love cauliflower pie. It is wholemeal pastry filled with cooked cauliflower, thick homemade tomato sauce and lots of grated cheese. I love it because it is so tasty and filling.

    • Choclette

      20th May 2016 at 9:23 am

      Ooh, I like the sound of that Margaret 🙂

    • jojo

      20th June 2016 at 10:11 pm

      I love vegetable chilli – hot and spicy and low calorie too!

  2. Hannah F

    20th May 2016 at 9:16 am

    Great, honest review!

  3. Sus //

    20th May 2016 at 9:36 am

    I love these two! I’ve been following them on Instagram for a while now, this book (and recipe!) look fab!

    • Choclette

      20th May 2016 at 10:55 am

      Really enjoying the book Sus and will now proceed to follow them on Instagram 🙂

  4. Spencer Broadley

    20th May 2016 at 11:40 am

    I am a massive fan of mixed salads, and like to include them with mushroom quiche or cheese and onion pasties

  5. Iris W

    20th May 2016 at 11:43 am

    I like to cook vegetable lasagna. It’s easy, tasty and filling and my family love it which is always a bonus.

  6. Helen Thurston

    20th May 2016 at 11:58 am

    Vegan shepherdess pie – with sweet potato, potato and vegan cheese mash topping. I tend to use whatever veg needs using up, together with passata, mixed beans, lentils, onions, etc. It’s never quite the same twice – but unbelievably tasty.

  7. Gill

    20th May 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Vegetarian moussaka – We’re not vegetarians but this is so delicious my hubby doesn’t even notice!!

  8. Tracey Peach

    20th May 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Vegetarian Lasagne because you can adapt it to what you have left over in your fridge 🙂

  9. Tracy Nixon

    20th May 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I discovered Spinach lasagne and at friends dinner party and surprisingly I fell in love with it! She is a veggie and won’t cook meat so it was a delicious alternative! I even got the recipe from her so I can make it myself.

  10. Samantha O'D

    20th May 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I love mushroom risotto

  11. Manda

    20th May 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Tempura. I love fried food. It’s my dream to be sat at the table impatiently instead hunched over the pot of hot oil taking orders and never getting to taste them.

  12. Laura

    20th May 2016 at 3:54 pm

    A pasta bake with loads of different veg where the pasta cooks in the sauce because it’s a really easy comfort food dish which is still healthy

  13. Vicki

    20th May 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Happy pear Spanish potato and olive and chick pea bake thing

  14. Maxine G

    20th May 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I love the Spanish chickpea and potato bake from the first Happy Pear book, but at the moment I’m loving the (often very) spicy dishes from Jackie Kearney’s Vegan Street Food book – I highly recommend her Assam Laksa Noodle dish, it’s so tasty and really quick to rustle up, even after work

  15. kellyjo walters

    20th May 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I really like wholemeal pasta with pesto, broccoli, asparagus and broad beans.. mix in some yeast flakes and that makes it cheesy.. yummy

  16. melanie stirling

    20th May 2016 at 11:30 pm

    My favourite is stilton and leek lasagne which is really tasty and satisfying.

  17. Kim M

    20th May 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Love making a roasted vegetable lasagne – do cheat with readymade sauce but then it’s so easy to do x

  18. Ruth Harwood

    21st May 2016 at 7:46 am

    Love a vegetarian lasagne, full of spinach and peas with a gorgeous cheesy topping

  19. Henk Kooiman

    21st May 2016 at 9:54 am

    Vegetable risotto is one of my favourite veggie dishes. Last week we made one with a.o. fresh asparagus and kohlrabi (remember to put a good splash of white wine in !) and, as we were in Denmark, a few slices of Blue Castello on top of it all.

    • Choclette

      22nd May 2016 at 9:47 am

      That sounds like an interesting combination Henk and not one I’d have thought to try. Risotto is usually a winner.

  20. Tiffeny Brown

    21st May 2016 at 9:57 am

    My favourite vegetarian recipe is shepardless pie made with soya mince, carrots, mushrooms, onion, gravy, mashed potato and violyfe cheese – yum! 🙂

  21. Paula Readings

    21st May 2016 at 10:18 am

    For just ‘picking’ I quite often have garlic breaded mushrooms, I find i can eat these whenever & it makes a change from ‘sarnies’ at lunch

  22. Dom

    21st May 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve wanted this book for ages… they are rather charming looking aren’t they? Great review. My fave veggie recipe is a veggie hot pot. Warm, hearty, healthy and full of the goodness of vegetables!

    • Choclette

      22nd May 2016 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Dom. I’ve heard they are very charming in person too. Good luck.

  23. Susan Lloyd

    21st May 2016 at 8:27 pm

    My favourite vegetarian recipe is my home made vegetable lasagne, made with whatever veg is growing in the garden.

  24. Yve

    21st May 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Lentil and Chickpea Chilli. It’s so versatile, serve over jacket potatoes, rice, cous cous, fill wraps etc and it always taste even better the next day.

  25. Sara Goodman

    22nd May 2016 at 7:31 am

    I love quiche with new potatoes & green salad. Not only is it summery, which is a joy, but it is a good meal that is not too filling.

    Thanks for a fantastic giveaway, the book looks AMAZING!!!

  26. Maria P

    22nd May 2016 at 10:06 am

    Vegetable curry – I make it every second week as a Thursday dinner, I like the taste of it 🙂

  27. Shaheen

    22nd May 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve been seeing loads about the Happy Pear boys, love to flick through the cookbook and be inpired

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:23 pm

      After hearing so much myself, it was great to get my hands on a copy of one of their books and I do like their style.

  28. Leona

    23rd May 2016 at 9:17 am

    I love their chocolate mousse so tasty and much healthier than normal mousse. I would love to try out all their new recipes.

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:19 pm

      All of their new recipes Leona? That would be some going. But I know what you mean 🙂

  29. clair downham

    23rd May 2016 at 12:53 pm

    cant beat cauliflower cheese so yummy

  30. Jessica M

    24th May 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I love to cook vegetarian rainbow bowls, filled with different kinds of cooked/raw veggies, grains, beans, usually hummus or guacamole!

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Ooh, I like bowl food and am now quite familiar with the term Buddha bowls, but I’ve not heard of rainbow bowls – fab name.

  31. sam macaree

    24th May 2016 at 7:33 pm

    macaroni cheese – because my mum would always make it for me

  32. Andrea Fletcher

    28th May 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Roasted vegetables, quiches and I love salads

  33. laura stewart

    28th May 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Vegetarian Lasagne with garlic bread because you can make it with anything x

  34. Lyndsey

    29th May 2016 at 7:11 am

    vegetarian pizza

  35. ElizM

    29th May 2016 at 11:21 am

    I’m a soup maker so I love using fresh vegetables to create beautiful soups. My favourite is Jerusalem artichoke with parmesan – earthy, nutty and creamy.

    • Choclette

      29th May 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Ooh yes, I’m a fan of Jerusalem artichoke soup too 🙂

  36. Richard Eldred Hawes

    29th May 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Like ElizM I am also a soup maker and love using vegetables to make a tasty nutritious soup

  37. amy bondoc

    30th May 2016 at 5:22 am

    i love macaroni cheese, its simple to make filling and tasty !

  38. Peter Saville

    30th May 2016 at 11:15 am

    Vegan spinach and coconut curry with rice and salad and vegan yogurt

  39. laura banks

    30th May 2016 at 1:47 pm

    ive always liked Vegetarian Lasagne plus it helps that my son eats it too

  40. Jo Carroll

    30th May 2016 at 3:38 pm

    My favourite vegetarian recipe or dish is a lovely old fashioned cheese and tomato pizza with a myriad of veggie toppings like mushrooms, peppers, and even chilli’s. It’s one of those great foods that everyone sems to enjoy equally and you never feel like you are missing out on anything. x

  41. Caroline H

    30th May 2016 at 4:57 pm

    My favourite is my Thai green curry with puffed tofu. It is absolutely lovely and looks impressive but I have to say it’s not my amazing culinary skills make it that way, it’s a great recipe I have that although made entirely from scratch is really easy to do.

    • Choclette

      30th May 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Love Thai green curry Caroline, but you now have me intrigued and wondering what puffed tofu is.

  42. belinda hendry

    30th May 2016 at 7:33 pm

    i love salads and anything with them

  43. leanne weir

    30th May 2016 at 7:59 pm

    i love veggie lasagnes. And veggie chilli too. Fab fab x

  44. Jo Jones

    30th May 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I like cauliflower cheese with green salad as it is tasty and filling but not stodgy

  45. Rachael Mccadden

    31st May 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Vegetarian Lasagne because you can add so many different items to it

  46. Tammy Tudor

    1st June 2016 at 11:14 am

    vegetable lasagne

  47. Honey

    1st June 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Looks like some nice recipes inside. My fave (and easy go to) is risotto. So versatile.

  48. Lara Latchem

    1st June 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Love homity pie, so simple but so tasty. Xx

  49. lisa tebbutt

    1st June 2016 at 8:44 pm

    great review love anything to do with pasta finger cross thank u for the chance

  50. Vicki

    1st June 2016 at 8:47 pm

    A simple mixed bean stew – so comforting, filling, healthy and seems to go down well with everyone (even the kids!).

  51. Karl Borowy

    1st June 2016 at 9:16 pm

    carrot cake is yummy

  52. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    1st June 2016 at 9:16 pm

    My favourite vegetarian recipe is stuffed bell peppers with rice and mushroom. 🙂

  53. Judith Allen

    2nd June 2016 at 7:07 pm

    My partner’s yummy garlicky mushroom and tomato sauce for pasta. Really tasty and handy for if my vegan daughter visits.

  54. Hannah Fleming

    2nd June 2016 at 11:57 pm

    This book looks fab i’d love to have my own copy. I’m a big fan of the happy pair guys, my mum introduced me to them a few months ago and I love their instagram feed.

  55. Kirsty Hosty

    3rd June 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I love Spicy courgette pitta pockets, I found these on a website a few weeks ago and now I can’t stop eating them soo good

  56. Natalie Crossan

    3rd June 2016 at 9:29 pm

    vegetable lasagna. xx

  57. Lindsey Loughtman

    4th June 2016 at 11:36 am

    Beans on toast … It’s so quick and easy. I also love bean toasties, with a bit of cheese … Mmmmm

  58. Rachel Butterworth

    4th June 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Beans on toast. I know it’s not fancy or difficult to make, but it’s always comforting and tasty.

  59. janine atkin

    5th June 2016 at 4:15 pm

    i love quorn pieces with pasta and cheese sauce. its easy to make and tastes delicious

  60. Ben Audsley

    7th June 2016 at 8:12 am

    i love vegetarian lasagne – its easy to make and its fairly cheap too!

  61. Jo McPherson

    8th June 2016 at 4:50 pm

    At the moment it’s vegetable stir fry with Udon noodles. With cashew nuts and toasted sesame seeds and spiced roasted cauliflower. It takes delicious, is cheap and easy to make

  62. Natalie

    9th June 2016 at 10:58 am

    My lot took a lot of persuasion to try veggie meals but now they love them. Quorn Moussaka and home made Glamorgan Sausages are always a hit.

    • Choclette

      11th June 2016 at 9:25 am

      Well done for persisting Natalie. I haven’t made Glamorgan sausages for years. Thanks for reminding me.

  63. Samantha

    11th June 2016 at 7:29 am

    A stir fry as is packed with lots of colours.

  64. Kat Lucas

    11th June 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I like making vegetarian quesadillas with refried beans and topped with lots of veggies as it’s a perfect way to use up veggies on hand

  65. Alison Johnson

    11th June 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I love a home made leek, potato & onion soup.

  66. carole n

    12th June 2016 at 9:36 am

    i love vegetarian lasagne, thank you

  67. Sheri Darby

    14th June 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I love the vegetarian lasagne I make with spinach and creme fraiche

  68. Greig spencer

    15th June 2016 at 9:04 am

    Vegetarian Lasagne

  69. tammy artherton

    16th June 2016 at 12:14 pm

    roasted vegetables with black pepper and coriander

  70. Chantiece Bates

    17th June 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Vegetable Lasange, yum!

  71. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    18th June 2016 at 11:46 am

    I love roasted vegetable and feta pesto pasta

  72. Lisa Wilkinson

    18th June 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I really love Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

  73. Keith Hunt

    19th June 2016 at 1:27 am

    Beekman Boys’ Tomato Tart

  74. Natalie Gillham

    19th June 2016 at 1:35 am

    I love vegetable soups, especially butter-nut squash and leek and potato.

  75. Logan

    19th June 2016 at 10:37 am

    Love making falafels with a nice fresh salad (and veggies from the garden!)

  76. Helen

    19th June 2016 at 10:50 am

    Rose Elliott’s lentil soup recipe. Easy peasy and wholesome.

  77. Jayne Kelsall

    19th June 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I love Vegetarian lasagne, simply because you can pack so much flavour in it .x

  78. Rosie Holloway

    19th June 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Root vegetable curry – even though the family is not vegetarian we all love this.

  79. donna l jones

    19th June 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Halloumi with griddled vegetables is delicious

  80. Allan Fullarton

    19th June 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I love mushroom risotto

  81. Sue Dorking

    19th June 2016 at 6:48 pm

    We love pumpkin, feta and filo pie because it’s so tasty with a crispy topping and goes well with salad in Summer or steamed veg and tomato sauce in Winter.

    • Choclette

      22nd June 2016 at 9:54 am

      Ooh, you’ve totally sold me on this one Sue. Really want to try your pie now.

  82. Donna Caldwell

    19th June 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Love vegetarian cannelloni so yummy love aubergines in it adds that extra yumminess

  83. Lauren Main

    19th June 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Love a vegetarian lasagne

  84. Rachel Craig

    20th June 2016 at 12:25 am

    Vegetable Lasange, as delicious and filling. Great with a side salad.

  85. Laura Harrison

    20th June 2016 at 3:33 am

    I love homity pie, very yummy especially served with salad xx

  86. Karin Wistow

    20th June 2016 at 7:22 am

    I love a Vegetarian lasagne, thank you for the chance to win x

  87. Alison

    20th June 2016 at 7:51 am

    I love vegetarian lasangne as you cna use lots of veg and fill it with flavour

  88. Laura Whittle

    20th June 2016 at 10:03 am

    Vegetarian chilli because I like the mild spice and love beans and sweet potato which I always add to it x

  89. claire davey

    20th June 2016 at 10:21 am

    has to be a vegetable curry because it full of healthy foods yet still filling xx

  90. emma kinsey

    20th June 2016 at 11:17 am

    i love veggie burgers and kids love them too very tasty

  91. Ann Williams

    20th June 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I enjoy a vegetable biryani – a great way to use up all the tiny potatoes in the veg crop.

  92. Dale Dow

    20th June 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I made a delicious custard and fresh fruit tart which was delicious and one of my favourite recipes

  93. Karen Howden

    20th June 2016 at 1:32 pm

    my favourite veggi meal (excuse my spellings) is Rattatwee (I know its wrong) because just love to add a variety of vegetables for taste and texture.

  94. Caroline Buckley

    20th June 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Roasted peppers stuffed with cous cous is delicious and a hit with all the family, even my 3 year old!

  95. Lisa Pond

    20th June 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Can’t go wrong with a pea and broad bean risotto with lots of parmesan, so hearty and filling 🙂

  96. Meena Hindmarch

    20th June 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Probably sweetcorn and kidney bean curry with chappati – totally delicious!

  97. Jo McPherson

    20th June 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Cauliflower cheese, it’s always a favourite, is comforting and tastes great

  98. Kim Styles

    20th June 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I love roasted root vegetable curry with fresh coriander and ginger brown rice because it uses wholesome fresh vegetables and makes it the centre of a an amazing spicy dish

    • Choclette

      22nd June 2016 at 9:48 am

      Sounds delicious, I particularly like the idea of ginger brown rice.

  99. Lynsie Lynn

    20th June 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Vegetarian Lasange – Quick, easy and everyone eats it

  100. Ruth Wollerton

    20th June 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Caramalised onions, melted mozzarella and roasted vegetables in a pancake – yummytastic

    • Choclette

      22nd June 2016 at 9:46 am

      Ooh I do like the sound of your Pancakes Ruth. Will have to try.

  101. Sophie Dolan

    20th June 2016 at 9:13 pm

    My favourite would have to be a vegetarian curry, with a vegetable Biriyani. Yum.

  102. Diana

    20th June 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Mushroom Strogonoff. Because I love mushrooms and creamy sauces and tastes lovely 🙂

  103. Amy Jo McLellan

    20th June 2016 at 9:22 pm

    My Mum makes a fantastic vegetarian version of a bolognese-style dish (not with quorn, just lots of veg) and so flavoursome. Always reminds me of summer 🙂

  104. Victoria Prince

    20th June 2016 at 10:03 pm

    My favourite vegetarian recipe is Lentil Lasagne because I love the taste and I always find it so comforting with fond memories of my mum 🙂

  105. Robyn Clarke

    20th June 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I love ratatouille, its such a warm and comforting dish, very versatile, I serve it with crusty bread, cous cous or in a veggie lasagna.

  106. Julie Camm

    20th June 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I love potato and spinach curry….it’s tasty, healthy, easy and cheap!


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