Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious whole food recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

How to Sterilise Glass Jars, Bottles & Associated Lids

An array of glass jars, both full and empty, to illustrate how to sterilise glass jars.

Preserves | 8th October 2019 | By

If you’re interested in making jams, chutneys and pickles, you will need to sterilise your glass jars to avoid spoilage. This comprehensive guide on how to sterilise glass jars, bottles and associated lids should tell you all you need to know.

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Quince Jelly with Optional Apple and Chilli

Quince Jelly with Apples and Chilli.

Autumn, Gifts, Preserves | 1st October 2019 | By

Fragrant quince jelly with an optional chilli kick. It’s a sweet, tart and easy to make flavoursome jelly which is also very versatile. Make it purely with quinces, if you’re lucky enough to have a sufficient quantity, or add apples to bulk them up if needed.

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Easy Carrot Jam – A Sweet Persian Condiment

Five Jars of Easy Carrot Jam - Moraba-ye Havij

Preserves | 3rd April 2019 | By

Yes, carrot jam is a thing. It’s been made in the Middle East since at least the 12th century. In Iran, carrot jam is flavoured with cardamom, rose and sometimes saffron. In this Persian inspired easy carrot jam recipe, I’ve used all three. It’s wonderful eaten just as it is on toast, but it also makes a delicious accompaniment to salty cheese.

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Vegan Cream ‘Cheese’, Spiced Pickled Beetroot & Lettuce Sandwich

Vegan Cream Cheese, Spiced Pickled Beetroot & Lettuce Sandwich

This vegan cream cheese, pickled beetroot & lettuce sandwich is fabulous for packed lunches. Indeed it’s a good standby for any time you need a quick meal in a hurry. The recipe for vegan cream ‘cheese’ is super simple to prepare and is made with only 3 ingredients (not counting salt and water). If you’re a beet fan like me, you’ll also find an easy recipe for spiced pickled beetroot.

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Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam With No Added Pectin

Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam - spread a slice of homemade bread with jars in the background.

Preserves, Summer | 27th June 2018 | By

If you happen to get hold of a couple of punnets of cheap strawberries, I urge you to have a go at making this easy homemade strawberry jam. No need to use jam sugar, preserving sugar or added pectin. It’s super scrumptious with a nice balance of sweet and tart notes and a bright jewel-like colour.

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Carrot Pickles and a Vegan Book Review

Quick & Easy Carrot Pickles

Cooking for the Senses by Jennifer Peace Rhind & Gregor Law is a new book published by Singing Dragon exploring vegan neurogastronomy. What’s that, you might ask? Read on and you’ll find out. There’s also a recipe from the book for easy and surprisingly delicious carrot pickles. I made them in almost no time at all.

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Spiced Apple Chutney – Easy, Delicious and Simply The Best

Spiced Apple Chutney

Christmas, Gifts, Preserves | 22nd October 2017 | By

Apples have to be the best autumn treasure. They are versatile, delicious and can keep well. This year, they are also abundant. If you have more apples than you know what to do with, or even if you don’t, I urge you to make a batch of this spiced apple chutney.

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Cranberry Sauce and What To Do With Your Christmas Leftovers

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Port

Making your own cranberry sauce is so easy and far more delicious than any I’ve ever bought. Unless you’re making a large batch for festive gifts, you’ll find you don’t need all of the fresh cranberries in a normal pack. In this post, I give you a lovely recipe for cranberry sauce, of course, made with orange and a dash of port. I’ve also got a few hints and tips on what to do with any remaining cranberries as well as other vegetarian Christmas leftovers. Love Food Hate Waste.

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Best Beetroot Chutney and the Benefits of Using Glass

Beetroot Chutney

In this season of abundance and mellow fruitfulness, my mind very quickly turns to thoughts of preserving. I was just thinking it was about time I made some apple chutney, when a bunch of beautiful beetroot turned up in my veg box. My plans did an about turn and I ended up making the best beetroot chutney ever. As I spooned my finished chutney into jars, I couldn’t help but give thanks for the wonders of glass.

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Rhubarb and Ginger Chutney – How to Easily Make Your Own

Rhubarb and Ginger Chutney

I’ve never really got on with commercially made chutneys, but homemade ones are jars of joy. I make some most years, but I didn’t get around to it last autumn and stocks have been running rather low. Cue rhubarb and ginger chutney.

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