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

Cornish Hevva Cake (sometimes known as Heavy Cake)

Cornish Hevva Cake aka Heavy Cake

Despite the unprepossessing name that Cornish Hevva Cake is sometimes given, this lightly fruited bake is not particularly ‘heavy’. It is, however, absolutely delicious. The bake falls somewhere between a sweet scone and a light egg-free fruit cake. As with many traditional bakes, Tesen Hevva (its Cornish name) is very easy to make.

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Leaving Liskeard – Tribute to a Small Cornish Market Town

Liskeard in Bloom

Capturing Cornwall | 29th August 2017 | By

Much as I love my Cornish home, sometimes opportunities arise that have to be grasped. We are leaving Liskeard and moving to Lymington. This seems an appropriate time to highlight some of the features that I love about Liskeard and the food venues I will miss.

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When is an Oat More Than an Oat? When it’s an Organic Chocolate Truffle

Organic Chocolate Truffle Recipe with Oats

When is an oat more than an oat? When it’s an oat that’s been transformed into a scrummy organic chocolate truffle of course! Oats are not only healthy but are highly versatile and can be used for all sorts of purposes besides porridge. I’m a big fan of the humble oat, so I was delighted when White’s invited me to the Cotswolds to gen up on this sometimes underrated grain and tour the fields with a bunch of experts.

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The Scintillating Isles of Scilly – A Flying Visit – Plane & Simple

Isles of Scilly Airport View

As I peered out of the plane and the Isles of Scilly first came into view, my heart leapt. I fell in love with these beautiful verdant islands bobbing in a scintillating turquoise sea when I first set foot there at the age of twelve. I couldn’t believe it was already five years since my last visit. I’ve said it before and no doubt will say it again, time has a habit of running away with you. This trip was a flying visit, literally.

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Rustic Rhubarb Galette With Orange Spelt Flaky Pastry

Rustic Rhubarb Galette Slice

This simple rustic French rhubarb galette tart is one of the delights of spring. There’s no need to line a tin and the filling is only partially covered by the delicious yet easy to make orange flavoured flaky pastry.

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River Cottage Christmas – An Opportunity Not To Be Missed

River Cottage Christmas

Events | 10th November 2016 | By

River Cottage, near Axminster in Devon is a fabulous place and the food is truly wonderful. That has certainly been my experience so far. On Tuesday I was lucky enough to visit for a third time at the invitation of Foodies100. It was a River Cottage Christmas special for food bloggers.

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Almond Apple Cider Cake and Feeling Full in Falmouth

Falmouth Apple Cider Cake

A splendid almond apple cake made with Cornish apples, ground almonds and flavoured with cider. The top, covered with flaked almonds and demerara sugar, has a satisfying crunch to it.

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Holiday Snaps – A Gastro Garden Jaunt From Hampshire to Hastings

Holiday Collage

Travel | 29th August 2016 | By

You may have noticed it’s been a bit quiet around here. You may also have noticed a number of photos from Hampshire and Sussex popping up in my sidebar. It doesn’t happen often, but yes we’ve been on holiday. Now I’ve had a few days off, I’m raring to go again and eager to share some of the highlights of our travels. Don’t worry, they’re not too extensive.

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Organic September – It’s All Go With Yeo – and the Soil Association

Yeo Valley Garden

Events | 18th August 2016 | By

There’s nothing like a good day out to revitalise the spirits. And when a day out includes a trip to an organic farm with lunch thrown in for good measure, who am I to resist? On Tuesday I boarded a train and crossed the Tamar once again. I was heading to Yeo Valley to find out from the Soil Association what this year’s Organic September is all about. I had a brilliant day which included a tour of the farm, a cookery demonstration and a reminder of just why I’m so passionate about organic.

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A Fairtrade Bonanza and Christmas in July

Fairtrade Christmas in July

Events | 3rd August 2016 | By

Christmas in July? What a strange concept. But it’s a real thing for brands, who need to showcase their Christmas products to the media. Every year London is alive with Christmas in July events and this year I got to go to a couple of them. The main event for me was the Fairtrade Foundation’s press day which not only highlighted some of the Fairtrade products available, but had a cookery demonstration too.

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