Enjoying…

the near witch

We are enjoying the gentle magic and mystery of The Near Witch. And hot chocolate. And the spring sunshine.

woodland bowl of pizza

Then there’s beautiful bowls and easy meals. Goodfella’s have a new vegan pizza:

spicy vegan pizza

But, our best place to be? Or one of them 🙂 The wild and wonderful woods…

The Holly and the Ivy…

Yes, more of the garden comes inside every day! Today we have Christmas tree shaped pretzels from Aldi.

A festive recipe that’s easy to make and freeze in advance: Ice Cream Bombe

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Apples!

Beautiful apple, kale and bramble (blackberry) juice above.

The wonderful summer has produced SO many apples, so many that a branch snapped under the weight! They’re perfectly ripe now so we’re busy juicing and making pies and chutney. And just eating them… that’s probably the best. Badger and deer are clearing up the windfalls.

We’ve also been enjoying semi-blended soups just now consisting of ingredients such as tatties from garden, carrots, leek, garlic, broccoli, parsnips and peppercorns. Similar to this root soup recipe over on frugal.

Also: these are very good 🙂

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Eating and Reading in the Garden

Eating: porridge with Moo Free Baking drops. So like milk chocolate those wee drops! Amazon and Goodness Direct both have them.

Reading: The Cooking Gene. A journey through African American Culinary history in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty.

Was not expecting to find vegan recipes in this extremely informative title, in fact did not know it would contain recipes at all and bought it to learn about slavery, but African Soul Fried Rice sounds good! A great mix of autobiography and history.

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Chocolate Brownies at The Old Auction Room Café

The Old Auction Room in Strichen, Aberdeenshire, has recently been all done up and its wonderful café always has gorgeous vegan cake! There seems to be a vegan and gluten-free main or soup each day too. Above is a raw chocolate brownie, below a slice of date and walnut loaf, both gluten-free.

They also have vintage clothes, old books and antiques for sale. Some hats:

There’s a florist and a barber on the premises too.

And a wee fairy! Here’s their facebook page.



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

nasturtium

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!

carrot soup

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.

frosty

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…

dragonfly

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