Tag: gluten free

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 […]

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 week.

Sometimes though, it’s nice to just let someone else do all the hard work for you.

Goodlife have been producing delicious vegetarian meals for over 25 years and offer a wide range of vegan and vegetarian products such as bean burgers, veggie sausages, vegetable kievs and falafel. I had the pleasure of reviewing some of these products earlier this year, so I was delighted when Goodlife commissioned me once again; this time to review their new range of frozen ready meals.

Their 3 bean chilli and their vegetable masala are now available in selected Morrisons stores. But how do they taste? Well, lucky for you, I am here to try food on your behalf. So here goes…

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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 […]

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Leaves

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Leaves

Like most people, I’ve gone the vast majority of my life without even considering that you might be able to eat cauliflower leaves. When I’ve previously bought cauliflowers from the supermarket, they’ve barely had any leaves to speak of and I’ve never managed to successfully […]

Baked Potato Wedges & Wild Garlic Dip

Baked Potato Wedges & Wild Garlic Dip

It’s no secret that my general approach to cooking involves adding large quantities of garlic to everything. So, in the spring, when wild garlic is in season, it stands to reason that it features pretty heavily in my day-to-day meals. One of my favourite things to make with wild garlic used to be pesto; that was, until I made this creamy, wild garlic dip. It’s so good, I could just eat with a spoon! And it’s the perfect accompaniment for baked potato wedges, especially purple ones, because… well… the colours!

I’m lucky in that wild garlic grows in my mum’s back garden, but all it takes is a little walk in the woods and you’ll soon sniff out your own supply. In fact, that’s probably the best thing about wild garlic – it’s free! And, unlike other foraged foods, there’s less chance of you picking the wrong thing. All you need to do is smell the leaves!

Failing that, they do often sell it at farmers markets though.

In April and May, the leaves are at their best, but later in the season, you get the added bonus of their little white flowers – not only are they pretty, but they’re also edible!

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The leaves are pretty pungent when raw, which is how I like it! I used raw leaves to make the dip. But you can also wilt them like spinach and have them either as a side dish or eat them in soups, stir-fries and curries.

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Fennel and Orange Salad

Fennel and Orange Salad

Spring has sprung and it is finally acceptable to start thinking about salad. I don’t know about you, but I actively enjoy nurturing what I describe as my “Christmas belly” throughout winter, but as soon as the clocks change and the days are longer, I […]

Crispy Fried Salt and Pepper Banana Skins

Crispy Fried Salt and Pepper Banana Skins

Yes, salt and pepper banana skins. Like salt and pepper squid, but… minus the cephalopod. And minus the batter. This is an amazing topping for sweet potato mash or curries! And it’s a great recipe to reduce food waste. If you’re sat there wondering if […]

Interview With A Foodpreneur ~ Spare Fruit

Interview With A Foodpreneur ~ Spare Fruit

Worldwide, we throw away more than 1/3 of all the food we grow; with some countries wasting around half. There are a number of reasons for this, however one of the major factors is the demand for “unblemished produce”. Often, imperfect fruit and veg just doesn’t make it onto our shelves.

But, luckily, the UK is home to some mighty food rescuers! Following on from my interview with healthy snack brand Snact and food rescue charity UKHarvest, I interviewed Ben Whitehead from Spare Fruit. Spare Fruit make crisps from surplus apples and pears; fruit that would have otherwise been thrown away for being too small, too wonky or too abundant.

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Must-Try Banana Skin Curry

Must-Try Banana Skin Curry

No, I haven’t lost my mind. You can eat banana skins! In the West, we’re generally unaware of this, but in South East Asia, banana peels are often used to make delicious curries and chutneys. Cooked banana skins are actually really yummy. Plus, throwing them […]