Welcome to the Vegan Family House

currants in the garden of the Vegan Family House

We’re Davie, Lucy, Daniel and Charlotte, a vegan family living in Scotland. We’ve been vegan since 1997 and the Vegan Family House website has been online since 1998.

The recipe collection has grown quite large in that time. There’s lots of soups, mains, cakes, smoothies and chocolate, Christmas and Easter pages. You’ll also find food related posts and extra recipes on the food category of the blog.

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chocolate truffles

We love books!

Reading them.

Writing them.

Scottish Historical Fiction

Sometimes we review excellent vegan products and yet more books

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The latest blog posts are below. We hope you enjoy your visit!

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake in the Sun

vegan chocolate mousse cake

Eat this vegan chocolate mousse cake in the sun, or in the rain, or in the snow. It’s good for all weathers 🙂

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake Method

  • 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…

Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE features a real historical vegan 🌱 character (read more about that here). The book was inspired by the 18th century kidnapped children of Aberdeen and is set in both Scotland and Colonial Pennsylvania.

Set in an Aberdeenshire castle, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features the Scottish witchcraft accusations, a stone circle and a love story.

Paperbacks and kindle: Amazon UK or Amazon Worldwide

“Filled with excitement and suspense…” Historical Novel Society Editor’s Pick

Author website

Vegan Skincare for Men: Shakeup Cosmetics

vegan skincare for men
 vegan skincare for men: Shakeup Cosmetics

The range of vegan skincare for men from Shakeup Cosmetics is exceptionally high quality, and actually great for everyone, ladies too!

Back in my dance college days, I remember a young man borrowing my foundation as he had an audition and was desperate to cover a spot. He had no makeup of his own. It just wasn’t the done thing back then. How stupid was that? Now it’s for everybody, and that’s as it should be.

And we all tried it!

vegan skincare for men

All the products smell lovely, like really lovely, not floral and overpowering as some female targeted brands sometimes are. These have a slight spice to them. They smell expensive (but they’re not).

The Face4ward toner is super refreshing. The men in our house particularly liked the face wash. The Let’s Face It Tinted Moisturiser is subtle and smooth and discreet. You don’t look like you’ve got a face full of make up on. The same can be said for the Eye Eye Captain under eye concealer and moisturiser. It comes in a cute little roll on tube. And we love its name.

Eye Eye Captain under eye concealer: vegan skincare for men

Check out the whole range of vegan skincare for men on the Shakeup website, where they are currently offering a free gift (worth £22) when you spend £35. Highly recommended by all of us here at the Vegan Family House!

Shakeup

Our Latest Vegan Newsletter – favourite recipes

vegan newsletter: mint squares

Our latest vegan newsletter. We don’t usually post them here, but thought it might be nice for people to see what they’re like!

Vegan Newsletter

vegan newsletter: pallets

We’ve been building things with discarded pallets again! Above is our new corner seating unit, just awaiting facings. You can read more about our recent garden and polytunnel exploits here on Frugal Living and don’t miss the most popular post over there: the 25p meal

vegan newsletter: Lion's Mane mushrooms

There’s a new post about some of the vegan companies we’ve received goodies from recently up here. Above are medicinal Lion’s Mane Mushrooms served in a noodle bowl.

mint squares

Favourite and Seasonal Recipes
Redcurrant Jelly
Cream of Tomato Soup
The Best Nut Roast
Toad in the Hole
Chocolate Mint Squares

Star of Bethlehem: vegan newsletter

Over on Ailish Sinclair there’s been Crying While Writing, a Hanging Stone and news of a new book.

It’s pouring with rain today, but hopefully the sun will shine on us all again soon!

Davie, Lucy, Daniel and Charlotte
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Vegan Companies: candles, cakes, mushrooms…

vegan companies: Tilly's Candle Shop

We’re giving some shout outs to the wonderful vegan companies that have sent us goodies and been featured on our Insta in recent weeks.

The Vegan Companies

Pictured above is a beautiful soy wax candle, no dyes, from Tilly’s Candle Shop.

Vegan Companies: Creative Nature

Then there’s the wonderful Creative Nature for gluten-free, nut-free, vegan cake mixes, bars and the Malteser-esque Gnawbles pictured. Use code VEGANFAMILYHOUSE10 at the checkout for a 10% discount.

Vegan Companies: Magic Tree Superfoods

Magic Tree Superfoods sent us medicinal Lion’s Mane Mushrooms. They were meaty and delicious and full of anti-inflammatory goodness. We cooked them with noodles and pak choi.

In the Garden

And it’s summer.

And it’s actually really warm here in Scotland.

So we sit out and drink juice (apple, red pepper and celery) by the lavender:

Apple, celery and red pepper juice

And enjoy our latest pallet project, a corner seating unit, just in need of facings:

See our post on upcycling pallets over on Frugal Living in the UK

Book of the moment

Food for Free is a great guide to Britain’s wild foods. Many superfoods are all around us for the taking. This small volume is a favourite of ours, detailing wild herbs, berries, greens sea vegetables and fungi.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Lucy’s Books

Historical novels by Ailish Sinclair

Set in an Aberdeenshire castle, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features the Scottish witchcraft accusations, a handsome Laird, an ancient stone circle and a love story.

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the 18th century kidnapped children of Aberdeen and is set in both Scotland and Colonial Pennsylvania.

Paperbacks and kindle: Amazon UK or Amazon Worldwide

“Filled with excitement and suspense…” Historical Novel Society


preserving: redcurrant jelly with rosemary

redcurrants ready for making redcurrant jelly

This redcurrant jelly is absolutely delicious, the addition of rosemary giving it a savoury tang that makes it the perfect accompaniment for roast dinners. Also great in a sausage sandwich! Ripe in summer, redcurrants are great to preserve for winter, given that they’re so nutrient rich and have immune boosting properties.

Here’s the basic recipe for the Redcurrant and Rosemary Jelly. It makes a cloudy jelly. If you want a sparkling clear one, other, more time consuming, recipes will come up on a Google search.

Ingredients

We picked 1.5 lbs/0.75kg of redcurrants and put them in a pan, stalks and all, with a few sprigs of rosemary. Then we added 1lb/500g of sugar, half a cup of water and the juice of half a lemon.

Redcurrant Jelly Method

Bring to the boil, turn down and simmer for half an hour, stirring quite frequently. Allow the mixture to cool a little, though not until the jelly sets, and squash it through a sieve into a bowl. This is the hard work phase of the recipe! Press and rub it with a spoon until you’re left with mainly stalks and seeds in the sieve. Pour into jars of your choice. Cool completely before sealing/adding lids. Yum. This amount filled two medium jam jars, and should keep in the cupboard for months (if not years).

redcurrant and rosemary jelly

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

Ailish Sinclair's novels

Set in a castle, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features the Scottish witchcraft accusations and a love story.

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the 18th century kidnapped children of Aberdeen.

Paperbacks and kindle:

Amazon UK

Amazon worldwide

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Summer Solstice Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

vegan chocolate cheesecake

This vegan chocolate cheesecake is from an older post from the happy fun-filled days of home ed 🙂 Happy Solstice!

The Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

We eat blue stars (borage flowers).  Based on recipe here

The Study

Studying sonnets here just now. Apparently in the 1590s May did extend into what is now our June so not too inappropriate:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date…

Set in the 1590s:

The Mermaid and the Bear

Set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire, Ailish Sinclair’s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, features an often overlooked event in history, the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, and a love story.

Amazon UK

Amazon worldwide

Waterstones



5% off when you spend £50 at Vegan Outfitters using code VEGANFAMILY5.

Living in a Forest Garden

summer garden camping
Forest Gardening by Robert Hart

In Forest Gardening by Robert A de J Hart, the vegan author details his garden – a miniature forest filled with an abundance of things to eat. This is low maintenance gardening once established with trees, bushes and perennial plants which provide both shelter and food. Included are recommended plants for different regions of the world – this book is a huge resource of information and inspiration.
Amazon UK

It’s certainly inspired us over the years. We live among the trees and love to eat the garden!

Below are more pictures and recipes from the food forest.

Courgettes and lettuce growing all wild and mixed up together:

Courgettes and lettuce in the forest garden
tattie and broad bean soup
Tattie and broad bean soup, all from the garden

Daisies are edible, pictured on top of a wild garlic pesto.

We transplanted some wild garlic from the woods to a shady spot under trees in the garden and it’s thriving and spreading further every year.

wild garlic

A rabbit relaxes on the grass…

rabbit in the forest garden

We grow quite a few annuals too…

carrots from the forest garden

Apple and bramble (blackberry) juice from trees and bushes:

juice from the forest garden
berries from the forest garden

Fruit bushes there are aplenty. White chocolate mousse above, topped with redcurrants and raspberries. Chocolate cheesecake below with mint and currants.

Mint is a wonderful herb to spread and grow wild. Minted noodle soup is a simple summer favourite:

Homemade ketchup by the barbecue:

Blend up:
3 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 small onion also roughly chopped
1 clove of garlic
2 teaspoons of sugar
2 heaped tablespoons of tomato puree
3 tablespoons of vinegar (apple cider best)
a little salt to taste
herbs make a very nice addition – to the pictured sauce we added a bunch of fresh dill. This variety grows huge.

Sage, lovage, thyme and oregano are all great perennials too, and nice and hardy for Scotland!

Don’t miss our latest post over on Frugal Living in the UK:

Sourdough Bread for Pennies

sourdough olive bread with rice and tomato soup

A courgette flower in the forest garden:

courgette flower in the forest garden

Ailish Sinclair's novels

Set in a castle, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features the Scottish witchcraft accusations and a love story.

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the 18th century kidnapped children of Aberdeen.

Paperbacks and kindle:

Amazon UK

Amazon worldwide


Be rewarded the Web's Premiere Rewards Site

Potato Milk: the new #plantbased milk

potato milk from a humble potato

We love the humble potato, or tattie, here in Scotland. We eat mince with tatties. Haggis, neeps and tatties. Baked potatoes. Chips. We even put them in our sweet treats such as coconut macaroons. So when Scotty Brand, one of Scotland’s leading food producers, asked if we’d be interested in developing a potato milk recipe for them, we happily said yes.

Some Potato Facts

  • Potato milk is the most sustainable of the plant based milks.
  • Potatoes are a land efficient crop.
  • They use up to 56 times less water than other plant milk crops.
  • One medium potato gives you 30mg of Vitamin C, as much as a glass of tomato juice.
  • Scotland’s weather, climate and rich soil are perfect for growing potatoes.
  • Scotty Brand potatoes are all grown on a selection of farms across Scotland.
Potato Milk and Scotty Brand Potatoes

Potato Milk Recipe, makes 5 cups

You could, essentially, leave out the almonds/oats, dates/sweetener, vanilla and salt but they do improve the texture and taste considerably. However this option would be excellent for those on specific dietary regimes or with food intolerances.

Potato Milk Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 large potato, peeled and boiled. We used 3 Scotty Brand baby potatoes
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of ground almonds (makes it creamy) or a tablespoon of ground up porridge oats (also creamy, slightly less so).
  • dates. For a sweet milk use 3 medjool dates or 6 small dates. For unsweetened milk use 1 medjool or 2 small. Alternatively you could use agave nectar or sugar (a tablespoon for sweet, a teaspoon for unsweetened).
  • half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • a pinch of salt

Method

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a nut milk bag, or a sieve lined with cheesecloth or even a new nylon stocking (rinsed out first). Chill in the fridge. Like most plant milks, it’s best to shake or stir before use.

We tried it by itself, in cereal and in tea. All worked well, but, as is typical in this family, it was the next option that was the favourite!

Potato Milk Chocolate Shake

For a chocolate shake use 1 cup of potato milk per person with 1 banana each and 1 teaspoon of cocoa. Blend. Delicious…

Scotty Brand offers the finest seasonal produce including potatoes, Ayrshire new potatoes, seasonal berries, fresh soups, frozen chips and prepared vegetables.

Vegan Chocolate Nests with Mini Eggs

vegan chocolate nests

Vegan chocolate nests. Perfect for Easter. Perfect anytime really.

Vegan Chocolate Nest Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 5 Weetabix style cereal biscuits
  • 150g of dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of golden syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable margarine
  • mini eggs (we used Doisy & Dam ones, found in Asda). You could also use other sweets or make little eggs with marzipan.
  • paper cake cases

Method

Crumble the biscuits into a bowl and melt the chocolate, syrup and margarine together in a Bain Marie until well combined. Mix it all up. Divide the mixture between the cases and top with the eggs or sweets. Cool until set. Enjoy!

A chocolatey read to go with your vegan chocolate nests:

Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE, was inspired by the 600 children and young people who were kidnapped from Aberdeen during the 1740s and sold into indentured servitude in the American Colonies. The story follows the adventures of Elizabeth Manteith from the castle and her determined efforts to get back home. There’s love. There’s proper derring-dos on the high seas… And there’s chocolate!

Paperback and Kindle and on Kindle Unlimited:

Amazon UK
Amazon Worldwide
Waterstones
Author website

From the publisher’s press release: “Fiery and forthright, Elizabeth isn’t someone to be argued with. She knows her own mind, and isn’t afraid to speak it. Through her experiences, the reader sees her grow from a girl, into a woman with a powerful voice… a woman of her time, but very much of ours too.”

Also at the library.

Vegan Ploughman’s and Eating Banana Peels!

vegan ploughman's lunch

Vegan Ploughman’s above. Self-explanatory we think!

Banana Peel Pasta Sauce below. Recipe here. It does not taste of bananas.

More new recipes coming soon… see the kitchen section here.