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Veggie Chili Dogs with a Simple Slaw

Veggie Chili Dogs with a Simple Slaw

As autumn begins to take hold and the weather gets decidedly chillier, you can’t help but sideline the salads and start seriously thinking about comfort food. COMFORT FOOD! There is nothing better! And when you start talking about getting chillier, you can’t help but think […]

Thai Green Curried Marrow (Zucchini)

Thai Green Curried Marrow (Zucchini)

Marrows are often thought of as a bland, watery vegetables that aren’t really worth the time of day – but they’re actually great for carrying strong flavours. I’ve shared recipes previously for marrow tikka masala and lentil stuffed marrows, but this thai green curried marrow […]

Easy Dairy Free Milkshake (Banana & Walnut)

Easy Dairy Free Milkshake (Banana & Walnut)

Perfect for kids (and big kids), this dairy free milkshake made with ripe bananas and soaked walnuts makes for a quick and healthy breakfast. Granted, it’s not the lurid yellow colour we typically associate with banana milkshakes, but it’s delicious all the same.

I guess officially it’s not a milkshake if it has no milk in it… Maybe it’s a Mylkshake. Or Milkless Shake. Maybe a Fake Shake? Probably just a shake… Anyway, I digress.

Point is – it’s quick and easy and doesn’t have anything weird in it.

This is my go-to recipe for ripe bananas that need using up. For most people it’s banana bread, but I can’t bake so… for me, it’s this. Or sometimes I make desserts like chocolate orange nice-cream. Mmm.

And if you’re super-committed to reducing your food waste, I even have recipes for the banana peel.

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DIY Rhubarb Vodka

DIY Rhubarb Vodka

Home-infused vodka is my go-to DIY gift. It’s a great way to use surplus home-grown fruit and… well, do I really need to justify rhubarb vodka? If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I often have shedloads of rhubarb on my hands, either from […]

Indian Inspired Veggie Club Sandwich

Indian Inspired Veggie Club Sandwich

I can’t really explain to you what possessed me to create this. I’d love to have some kind of inspirational story to tell you but, in reality, I just flung together some leftovers from the fridge to make lunch and ended up with this – […]

Pear, Walnut & Feta Tart

Pear, Walnut & Feta Tart

When I can’t think what else to cook – I make tarts. As long as you have some pre-made pastry to hand, dinner can be ready within 30 minutes! It doesn’t matter what pastry you use – shortcrust, puff or filo – just load on your toppings and bake in the oven, then serve with salad. It doesn’t really get much easier.

My favourite toppings for tarts depends on the season. In the summer, I love the sweet acidity of tomatoes, with green pesto, like I use in my heirloom tomato tart. In autumn, I often make pumpkin puree and use this to make my pumpkin, sage and goats cheese tart, but another autumn favourite is this pear, walnut and feta tart.

At the time of writing, it’s still summer, but I rescued a bag of unwanted pears and it just made sense.

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Veggie Gado Gado

Veggie Gado Gado

Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad that consists of at least two vegetables served with a peanut sauce, crunchy tofu and boiled eggs. The name literally means “Mix Mix”. I learnt to cook this at a Balinese cooking class in Ubud, earlier this year, but […]

Review: Frozen Ready Meals from Goodlife

Review: Frozen Ready Meals from Goodlife

I’ve got to be honest – I’m not usually one for ready meals. My version of convenience food is batch cooking dishes like chilli and curry from scratch and then freezing them in portions, ready to whip them out the freezer during a busy working […]

Why I’m Quitting Social Media

Why I’m Quitting Social Media

This post has been sitting in my drafts for almost 6 months. But finally, I’m ready to press publish. Finally, I’m quitting social media!

Okay, that’s not strictly true… I’m not quitting things like WhatsApp or Snapchat because I use those to share things with my friends and family.

But I am quitting everything else – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn…

I did originally write a post about all my reasons for quitting social media, but it all got a bit lengthy and I thought I’d spare you!

In short: I have a nice life and I just want to enjoy it without distraction. I would rather be doing something else with my time. So I’ll leave you with this infographic which does much of the explaining for me!

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Spinach, Mango and Avocado Salad

Spinach, Mango and Avocado Salad

Another salad, because it’s spring and therefore time to eat leaves. This spinach, mango and avocado salad was inspired by something I once ate at Ethos Foods in London – some kind of fruity spinach-y concoction; it was amazing! I think theirs was made with some […]