Two smoothies



Green: spinach, mango, apple, Chia Seeds, water.

Pink: blueberries, banana, avocado, orange and pineapple juice.

kale chips

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I finally get kale chips. They are delicious, crunchy and more-ish, just like deep fried potato chips… but they are just dried kale. If made in a dehydrator they are also raw and full of lovely enzymes 🙂

Wash a bag of kale (or large bunch picked from garden, roll on summer), tear up and remove any tough stems. Massage it with a teaspoon of olive oil and a little seasalt. I used olive oil with a spoon of soy sauce and some pepper instead. It was intensely peppery, the flavours condense, so be sparing 🙂 Dehydrate for an hour or two until crisp and gorgeous. Alternatively you can bake them in an oven for 10-15 minutes, obviously they will not be raw but still delicious and healthy compared to crisps.

Stockli dehydrator linked above as that is the one we own, but spotted this Andrew James one for a fraction of the price which looks similar. Also worth noting that the Vitamix now has competition from this high power blender, half the price with good reviews…

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wild garlic and snowdrops


The wild garlic seems to be early this year 😀

recipes: creamy carrot and wild garlic soup and wild garlic pesto

a flower, a frittata and some soy milk

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There’s a new soya milk brand coming to Tesco mid January: Vive Soy. We were sent a sample of the Cappuccino flavour to try which Davie enjoyed heated up at work on a very snowy day. It was very sweet, containing both sugar and sweeteners. The unflavoured varieties do not contain sweeteners and the unsweetened type has no sugar at all 🙂


Mushroom  frittata:

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These quantities make a huge one! Blend up 3 boxes of Silken Tofu with a teaspoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoons of Gram Flour and Black Salt (Kala Namak) to taste. Preheat your oven to 200C/400F. Grease a baking dish and place it in the oven too (frittata will cook more quickly). Wash, slice and fry up a box of mushrooms and a chopped red pepper (we used yellow but red would look better) in a little olive oil. Add a tin of sweetcorn to the mix until well heated through. Mix it all together (in pan if big enough, or straight into heated dish) and bake for at least half an hour or until it seems set through. Muchly yum 🙂

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wintry chocolatey fairy cakes – gluten free


Rich. Soft. Gorgeous. Simple.

Mix together: 2 (heaped) tablespoons of Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising flour, 2 (heaped) tablespoons of ground almonds, 2 (heaped) tablespoons of cocoa, a pinch of xanthan gum and a pinch of bicarb. Add 2 tablespoons (not heaped) of golden syrup  and the same of melted coconut oil. Use soya milk to mix (add until good thick batter is achieved, was about half a cup). Spoon into twelve cake cases. Bake at 200C/400F for about 10 minutes. Cool (instruction, not observation).

Fudgey topping: melt 70g of good quality dark chocolate with a teaspoon of golden syrup and a teaspoon of marg. Plop onto cooled cakes and decorate for the season.

lentil walnut roast – gluten free

nutroastThis recipe is delicious, nutrient dense and slices very well cold the next day for sandwiches too. Quantities are for a large loaf serving four generous roast dinner portions with leftovers:


a cupful of lentils. For some reason the organic ones from goodness direct cook much faster and just seem generally nicer. Buying the 3kg bags makes them cost about the same as the harder darker orange supermarket ones.
4 sticks of celery, finely diced
1 red and 1 green pepper, also diced
a 200g bag of walnuts, blitzed in blender or food processor
half a pack of Orgran Rice Crumbs (so 150g)
a tablespoon of fresh chopped herbs, I used rosemary and sage
2 tablespoons of gluten-free flour
small handful of sunflower seeds and some for sprinkling on top
seasalt to taste

Place lentils in a pan, cover with water and bring to boil. Turn down to a simmer and add the vegetables until everything is cooked. Mix in the walnuts and crumbs, add more water if the mixture is too stiff but you don’t want it runny at all. Add the  herbs, flour, seeds and salt and mix well. Press the mixture into a greased loaf tin, sprinkle more seeds on top and bake in the oven at 200C/400F for about an hour.

For more roast recipes, see Vegan Christmas or Yule

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paprika pumpkin soup


This made a LOT of soup (serving at least 6), but quantity all depends on the size of the pumpkin.

flesh of one pumpkin
3 red peppers
4 carrots
water and soya milk to cook up in (does not have to cover veg, will be too runny)
handful of cashew nuts
seasalt and paprika to taste

Peel and de-seed the pumpkin and chop into chunks. Place in a pan with chopped peppers, carrots and liquids. Bring to boil and simmer until veg is tender. Add salt and paprika – I used about a teaspoon for a big pan but you could go hotter. Blend up with the cashews, check for seasoning and serve with paprika sprinkle.

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