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

Blackcurrant Fool with Fresh Mint & Rose

Glass dish containing swirled blackcurrant fool with a sprig of fresh mint.

Gooseberry fool is a classic British summer pudding, but have you tried blackcurrant fool? When blackcurrants are in season, it makes a delicious alternative to this easy to prepare dessert. Tart and flavoursome fruit pair well with smooth rich cream. The colour is superb and it makes an attractive end to any meal. It’s particularly good if you’re entertaining as it’s not only indulgent, but can be prepared well ahead.

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Raspberry Cream Sponge Cake with Lemon Verbena

Raspberry Cream Sponge Cake scattered with fresh raspberries and rose petals.

This raspberry cream sponge cake is a taste of summer and a highlight of any garden party. It’s a classic victoria sponge, but baked with scented leaves to impart an air of added sophistication and delight. Two sponges are sandwiched together with crushed raspberries and rose flavoured cream. It’s very hard to resist.

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Sausage Salad for a Sizzling Summer

Summer Sausage Salad with avocado, asparagus, potato salad, bean dip & green herb dressing.

Sausage salad is one of the best meals to prepare for a sizzling summer. It’s my summertime take on a comfort food classic – sausage and mash. There are plenty of flavours and textures to keep everyone interested and the zesty lime & herb dressing makes this salad sing. It’s quick and easy to put together, makes a tasty family meal but is also impressive enough for entertaining.

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Carrot Top Pistou Recipe with Lemon

Open jar of homemade vibrant green carrot top pistou with a red napkin in the background.

Back off Bugs, carrot tops aren’t just for bunnies. This naturally vegan recipe for carrot top pistou produces a vibrant, fresh and zingy condiment that livens up all sorts of dishes. It’s super quick to make and can be on the table in five minutes.

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Easy Tomato Sauce – Capture The Taste of Summer

Easy Tomato Sauce

Sauces, Summer, Vacuum Blender | 19th September 2018 | By

It’s been a good year for tomatoes here in the UK. If you have more than you know what to do with, try making this easy tomato sauce. It captures the taste of summer beautifully and can be squirrelled away to remind us of warmer days when the nights draw in. If you’ve never made tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes before, this recipe is a good place to start. It takes a little time to cook, but the preparation is easy.

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Caprese Salad Bowl with Tomato, Mozzarella & Avocado for One

Caprese Salad Bowl with Avocado

As I mostly work from home, I often eat lunch alone. Mostly I have an omelette or something on toast, but occasionally it’s nice to make a bit more of an effort. Not that this Caprese salad bowl with avocado and lettuce is much of an effort. Juicy ripe homegrown tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, avocado, crisp lettuce and some peppery olive oil is pretty much all this salad is, but oh my, it sure has a wow factor and it’s perfect for a light summer lunch or side dish. 

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Peach Melba Ice Cream – An All-In-One Frozen Take on a Classic Dessert

Peach Melba Ice Cream

This summer has been so hot and dry, we’ve been eating a lot of ice cream. As is often the case, there’s nothing quite so good as homemade. This peach melba ice cream is quite simple to make. It only requires six ingredients and it uses the no churn method. The base is made with peaches and cream and then swirled with fresh raspberry sauce. It’s surprisingly sophisticated, perfect for summer and quite delicious.

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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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Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

Do you have a go-to summer pasta dish? This Sicilian pasta salad with tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs is mine. I learnt the basic recipe from my Sicilian sister-in-law many years ago and as the tomato season draws nigh, I wait in eager anticipation. Andiamo!

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Cucumber Roll-Ups with a Garlicky Feta & Mint Filling

Cucumber Roll-UP with a Garlic Feta Mint Filling

If you’ve never rolled a cucumber, I urge you to do so. These cucumber roll-ups with garlicky feta & mint filling make for a delicious refreshing summer starter,  light lunch or barbecue accompaniment. They’re really easy to make, especially if you have the OXO Good Grips Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0 at your disposal.

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