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carroty soup, nasturtium optional

soup and nasturtium

The weather may be dull but the soup doesn’t have to be!

Carrot, Sweet Tattie and Pepper Soup
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
5 large carrots, scraped and chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 large peppers, de-seeded and chopped, we used 1 red and 1 orange
about half a cup of quinoa
small bunch of fresh coriander or a tsp of dried cumin
5 cloves of garlic
water to cover
seasalt to taste

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In a large pan, fry off the onion for a few minutes before adding the other veg. Stir until coated in oil and then add water (boiled in kettle makes cooking quicker). Add the quinoa, coriander/cumin and garlic and cook until the quinoa has sprouted and the vegetables are tender. Add salt. Blend until smooth, adding more water if too thick. If you like a creamy soup and have a strong blender throw a handful of cashew nuts in there too.

Enjoy in all and any weathers!

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Soapnut Salve

salve

This is a beautiful new product from Living Naturally, the makers of soapnuts, that wonderfully pure and natural laundry alternative. Bergamot, Ylang and Rose Soapnut Salve is gentle, does not sting even slightly sore skin and smells glorious, the dominant scent being ylang ylang.

We’ve used it on chapped hands, mild eczema and sore noses with perfect skin-softening effect. It contains a wide variety of herbs including soapnuts themselves, and also: plantain, marshmallow, chickweed, burdock, calendula and dandelion.

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This review has been organised by the VEGAN lifestyle ASSOCIATION It has not been paid for and the products were sent free of charge. This is  genuine and unbiased review of the product. Living Naturally is listed with the VLA and offers Associates a 20% discount and you can take advantage of this here

a pasta dish and a dragonfly

pasta

So simple: cook pasta of your choice; fry up some chopped onions and whole chestnut mushrooms in a little olive oil. Once cooked, drain the pasta and stir everything together adding salt as desired. Add chopped parsley and cherry tomatoes, some seeds. Eat.

And a dragonfly, there are so many this year…

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chocolate mousse cake in the sun

Choose a cake recipe, chocolate is good, vanilla would be nice too. Bake cake in two 9″ sandwich tins and cool. Prepare the mousse by blending a box of silken tofu with a heaped tablespoon of icing sugar, a tablespoon of  cocoa powder (also heaped) and a tablespoon of coconut oil which won’t heap in this heat so two splodgy spoonfuls will do 🙂 The coconut oil goes in at the last minute of blending; you will see the mixture thicken and it’s this ingredient that makes the mousse light and slightly fluffy… Put some between the cakes and pile the rest on top.

Eat in the sun, or in the shade; in bed or in the bath, it matters not, just eat…

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pie

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A recipe we’ve been having quite a lot with all this cold weather… aduki bean and amaranth pie (a variant of red dragon pie).

lovely breakfast

bagel

A toasted onion and poppy seed bagel topped with hummus, chervil, rocket and tomato; a perfect mix of freshness and solidity for a cold morning 😀

A month or so ago I pulled out all the shot rocket and chervil from one of the raised beds, leaving behind only the cut and come again lettuces from the salad mix, or so I thought. The whole patch is now covered in a lawn of young plants. Beautiful.

chervil

Will be interesting to see how long it survives…  self seeded parsley always goes all winter. These are in quite a sheltered spot so I have hopes for my liquoricey little friends. Love over wintering 😀

lettuce

preserving

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What a bumper year it’s been for the currants – were having berried up green smoothies daily, there are lots in freezer which will extend the berry smoothie season and it’s looking to be a very abundant bramble year too. Last year we gathered quite a lot for the freezer as well as smoothie-ing them fresh. At least I thought we’d gathered a lot until I met a man in the woods with 3 huge bucket loads of them. He must have spent all day picking. Maybe for jam? I really want to try preserving in different ways this year so we can eat the home grown stuff in winter too. So we made strawberry jam as mentioned, and then moved onto redcurrant and rosemary jelly for savoury things.  Inspired by the home baked blog, this mixing of flavours is beautiful! I used Delia’s redcurrant jelly recipe with quite a few rosemary sprigs thrown in.

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Cooking on the stove this morning is Apple and Ginger Chutney from the Cranks recipe book with the apples from the bike ride heavily supplemented with ones from our trees and our own onions in there too 🙂 Adapted recipe on the sauces page.