Sunday, 30 December 2007

Friday, 28 December 2007

RECIPE: Chocolate Log

I hope you all had a great Christmas. Todays recipe is a bit late for Christmas, but I am sure you will be able to justify making it:

Sunday, 23 December 2007

RECIPE: Nutty Filo Tarts

These nutty pastries are a great treat for parties or Christmas tea. For the recipe click here:

Saturday, 22 December 2007

RECIPE: Orange Spicy Tarts

Thanks so much for my sister for sending me this recipe. I wouldn't have been able to have time to put something up myself as I am so busy getting everything ready for Christmas.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

RECIPE: MIncemeat Parcel

This is an alternative to Christmas pudding, still full of dried fruit, but covered in spicy pastry.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

RECIPE: Mincemeat

This is a simple recipe for a moist sugar free mince pie filling:

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

RECIPE: Bread Sauce

This is a vegan way of making traditional bread sauce. It works well on nut roast.

Monday, 17 December 2007

RECIPES: Cinnamon and Orange Biscuits

I made these with my kids today, as they both have Christmas parties to go to tomorrow and I need to provide some vegan food for them to take. I decide to make sweet foods as usually that is the sort of thing that is on offer.

For the full recipe click here:

Sunday, 16 December 2007

RECIPE: Christmas Potatoes

This is a seasonal stir fry of potato, shallot and sprouts.

For the full recipe click here:

Friday, 14 December 2007

RECIPE: Christmas Toast

The recipe is early today as the photo for the recipe yesterday didn't come out at all so I couldn't put it up.
This recipe is for Christmas toasts. There are loads of different ways you can decorate toast to make it look festive, and it is something the kids will love to help out with. Here is how I did mine:

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

RECIPE: Spicy Orange Cakes

This is a lovely way to make a chocolate topped cake a bit more seasonal.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

RECIPE: Christmas Fruit Platter

This idea will give a more festive feel to the fruit platter at your Christmas buffet table.

For the recipe and lots of other Christmas food ideas click here:

Monday, 10 December 2007

RECIPE: Curried Parsnip Bites

This recipe would be suitable for a Christmas day starter, or a way to use up left over parsnips from your Christmas dinner.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

RECIPE: Fruit Christmas Tree

I made this fruit salad for my daughters birthday party today and everyone was really impressed and it was eaten within minutes. I did consider decorating the tree with some smaller red grapes to look like baubals and red apple peel to look like tinsel, but in the end I thought the green tree looked nice on its own. Click here for the recipe:

Saturday, 8 December 2007

RECIPE: Parsnip Soup

This could be used as a starter for Christmas day, or to use up parsnips you have left over after Christmas.

Friday, 7 December 2007

RECIPE: Seasonal Mushroom Canapes

Ok, so this is a bit of a cheat of a Christmas recipe as the only seasonal thing about it is the colour of the herbs and paprika on the top. However I sneaked it in as its really tasty and works well hot or cold on a Christmas buffet or equally can be used as a starter on Christmas day.
Here is the recipe:

Apologies again for the photo, I am working on it!!

Thursday, 6 December 2007

RECIPE: Christmas Popcorn

This is great fun to do with the kids and will brighten up any Christmas buffet table.

For the recipe click here:

Apologies for the quality of the photos on the site at the moment, I am hoping that Father Christmas will bring me a new camera card as I'm having to borrow another camera as mine is lost.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

RECIPE: Christmas Tree Crackers

These are great for a Christmas themed buffet or a children's party.

Click here to find out how to make them:

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

RECIPE: Star Shaped Rice Crispy Cakes

I made these today with my 2 year old and she loved making them and eating them afterwards! The only problem we had was that our cookie cutters were tiny so they didn't hold their shape very well, so bigger ones would be better.

For the recipe click here:

Monday, 3 December 2007

RECIPE: Seasonal Mushroom Puffs

These are a great idea for Christmas day. They go nicely with a roast and gravy. They are tasty and a real treat.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

RECIPE: Bittersweet Cranberry Sauce

This sauce is sweet with a bitter aftertaste, ideal with very sweet desserts or to put on a nut roast. The advantage of it over other cranberry sauces is that it doesn't have sugar or artificial sweetners in it.

For the recipe click here:

Saturday, 1 December 2007

RECIPE: Walnuts and Shallots

This simple stir fry is a mixture of shallots, walnuts, sprouts and mushrooms. It is a lovely seasonal dish and tastes great especially if you use fresh ingredients.

Friday, 30 November 2007

RECIPE: Creamy Swiss Pasta

This is a nice change from a traditional tomato pasta. For the full recipe click here:

Thursday, 29 November 2007


Sorry about not putting up recipes for te last couple of days. Wednesdays are always hard as I have college in the evening but my course is over now so I will be able to get back to doing it. Yesterday I had connection problems which seem to be sorted out this morning. So I will be putting a new recipe on later.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

RECIPE: Sweet Roasted Vegetables

This recipe is lovely to go with a roast dinner. You can change the ingredients to suit you, it works well also with leeks, potatoes, sweet potato, parsnips, squash and most other vegetables.

For the full recipe click here:

Monday, 26 November 2007

Friday, 23 November 2007

RECIPE: Cucumber and Cheese Sandwich

Add a twist to this easy sandwich by adding pickle and cream cheese, a really nice combination.

New Site Sections

I am currently uploading some new sections to the site. There will now be seperate sections for salads, sandwiches and pasta. Hopefully this will make it easier to find recipes now the sections for meals are getting fuller. I am thinking of adding some more categories and would like some feedback on whether you would find it useful and what sections you would like. At the moment I am considering sections for oriental food and indian food. Any comments?

Thursday, 22 November 2007

RECIPE: Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

This thick and creamy soup is very filling and has a lovely sweet flavour.

It works well with crusty white bread and heaps of black pepper. For the recipe click here:

Wednesday, 21 November 2007


If anyone has any Christmas recipes they would like to chare it would be lovely to be able to put them on the recipe site. I am going to start putting them up in December. Also if there is anything you want to make and am not sure of the recipe let me know and I will give it a try for you.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

RECIPE: Kids Wraps

This is a great wrap idea passed onto me by my sister. I know you can put almost anything into a wrap and her idea of mixing refried beans with ketchup to make it more pallatable for children is a really good one. Click here for the recipe:

Monday, 19 November 2007

RECIPE: Pizza Base

I thought this recipe might be useful. I usually buy pre-made bases, but it is much cheaper to make your own and they only take minutes to make.
Here is the recipe:

Friday, 16 November 2007

RECIPE: Black Bean and Avocado Salad

This is a lovely filling salad to make you feel full as well as being healthy as its low in fat.

For the full recipe click here:

Thursday, 15 November 2007

RECIPE: Banana Cakes

These are sugar free cakes, which are sweet and tasty. Great for using up ripe bananas. For the full recipe click here:

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

RECIPE: Herby Tomato Toastie

This isn't the healthiest lunch in the world, but is a really nice snack.

For the full recipe click here:

Monday, 12 November 2007

RECIPE: Vegetable Pasty

These pasties are really filling and would be lovely with cheese sauce or gravy on. You can fill them with all kinds of ingredients so don't worry if you have to replace one of the ones in the recipe it will still work.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

RECIPE: Winter Vegetable Soup

These ingredients are easy to get hold of this time of year, and just right for the weather we are having at the moment. There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup to come home to after having to be out in the rain and biting cold wind. For the recipe click here:

Friday, 9 November 2007

RECIPE: Fried Chick Peas

This recipe makes a great side dish or lunch and is as simple as opening a tin and heating it up. The chick peas get lovely and crispy when they are fried and the boullion powder gives them a lovely savoury taste. For the full recipe click here:

Thursday, 8 November 2007

RECIPE: Beetroot Salad

It might be the wrong time of year for salads, but this one is so bright in colour it is bound to warm you up! It makes a pretty center piece for a buffet.

For the full recipe click here:

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Toddler groups and vegan foods

Today I took my daughter to a toddler group where they were making chocolate covered apples that they then decorated with various sprinkles, all of which contained numerous E additives as well as eggs. I was then informed that in a couple of weeks time they will be making chocolate covered marzipan sweets for Christmas. Obviously with the information being given to me in advance I will be prepared with vegan alternatives (the recipe I would use is here: .

I didn't expect them to have vegan food but what surprised me was how unhealthy the food was that they were dealing with. I guess that because we are vegan and also eat very little sugar in our house, healthy food is part of everyday life and I assume (wrongly) that it is the same for everyone.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised as my older daughters school gives them a smartie as a reward for every spelling they get right in their spelling tests (she gets a grape for every correct answer), and the school has a healthy food award so really should be setting a better example to the children. I guess its hardly surprising that the amount of people that are overweight is increasing, as I struggle with my weight and my diet is usually healthy (its just the amount of food that I eat thats the problem!).

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

RECIPE: Spinach and Avocado Sandwich

Thanks again to my sister for the recipe for today. The sandwich looks delicious and you can find the recipe here:

I have at last managed to sort out one of my cameras to take a decent picture so I will be able to start doing recipes myself again. Maybe its a good time to ask if anyone has any requests for recipes that they would like to see on the site, or any areas that they think are currently lacking, or indeed any ingredients that they want to use but I haven't got a recipe for.

Monday, 5 November 2007

RECIPE: Stuffed Romano Peppers

This recipe was provided by my sister. It sounds lovely and I would like to hear from anyone who tries it to see what it is like!

Click here for the recipe:

Saturday, 3 November 2007


Congratulations to the World Vegan Day competition winners whose names are now on the website. Your prizes will be in the post next week.

If you liked the competition let me know and I will try to organise another one.

RECIPE: Roasted Sweet Potato

This recipe goes really well with a roast dinner or as a side dish with a sprinkling of black pepper.

For the full recipe click here:

Friday, 2 November 2007


I haven't forgotton about the competition, I have all the entries and will announce the results tomorrow and email everyone who has won as well. The prizes will be sent out next week. Sorry for the delay but I have been busy with my daughters birthday.

I hope you all had a great vegan day.

RECIPE: Cashew Nut Rice Salad

This recipe is nice eaten cold at a buffet or for a warm snack. You can spice it up with curry if you want it to be tastier.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

NEWS: Cut out Bacon and Ham to avoid cancer

A new report states that processed meats are so likely to cause cancer that they should be cut out of your diet completely. It also says that people should be as slim as possible and children who are breastfed have a lower risk of cancer too.
For the full story click here:

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

RECIPE: Pepper, Basil and Red Onion Pizza

This was another pizza recipe I tried at the weekend. It is simple and easy, the only thing I would probably have changed was to add the basil to the pizza below the tomato sauce so it didn't shrivel up in the oven.

For the full recipe click here:

Monday, 29 October 2007

RECIPE: Mushroom and Red Onion Pizza

I made this pizza for a family gathering at the weekend. My kids really liked it, and the guests were impressed with how a vegan pizza can taste.

For the full recipe click here:

Sunday, 28 October 2007

RECIPE: Lentil and Vegetable Roast

This roast is a great alternative to a nut roast. Although it contains cashew nuts you can always replace them with seeds if you want to prepare a nut roast equivalent without nuts in.

For the full recipe click here:

Wednesday, 24 October 2007


Just to let you know I am tkaing my kids away for the rest of half term so won't be updating the recipe site again until after next weekend. I hope you all have a great half term and hopefully I will come back with lots of new and exciting recipes.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

RECIPE: Cauliflower and Potato Curry

I made this dish for dinner tonight as we had a lovely cauliflower and I wasn't sure what to make with it. I suggested a few possible dishes and the kids said no to all of them, so I decided to make a curry which they both really liked.

For the full recipe click here:

Monday, 22 October 2007

RECIPE: Spiced Sweet Potato

This is a lovely side dish. I really like sweet potatoes and this gives them a gentle twist without hiding their flavour.

For the full recipe click here:

Sunday, 21 October 2007

RECIPE: Onion Free Chilli

I didn't have any onions today but had other ingredients that I thought would make a nice chilli. I thought that it would be a good idea to do a recipe without onions as I know a few people who don't like eating them but still enjoy chilli.

For the full recipe click here:

Saturday, 20 October 2007

RECIPE: Spicy Squash Soup

This soup recipe has kindly been donated by my sister.

If you like the board she has used in the recipe then you can get them on her website .


Sorry I haven't put any recipes up. I feel like I've been really slacking lately especially as I will be away for half term so won't be able to put up any next week.

My daughter was ill and then I was ill so I wasn't able to do it, but we are better now so I will put up recipes for the next couple of days and then will be back to normal next weekend.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

NEWS: DEFRA to encourage a reduction in meat and diary foods to help the environment

DEFRA is trying to encourage people to drink more UHT milk in a move to try and help the environment as they won't have keep it refridgerated and it would cut down on waste.
Click here for the full story:

Monday, 15 October 2007

RECIPE: Courgette Couscous

Todays recipe is a courgette couscous recipe. It is a great way to use up courgettes and is tasty and very quick to make.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

NEWS: Royal Hunters

The royal family have been criticised for introducing Prince William's girlfriend to hunting. This past time of the royal family is showing a terrible example to the rest of the country. For the full story click here:

Apologies for the Weekend

Sorry about the lack of new recipes over the weekend, I had house guests and wasn't able to update the site. There will be a new recipe later today as usual.

Friday, 12 October 2007

RECIPE: Ketchup Mushrooms

If you think this recipe sounds simple then you would be right. However it is a favourite of my daughters and she insisted I put it up on the site. For the recipe in full click here:

Thursday, 11 October 2007

RECIPE: Quick Cauliflower Curry

This recipe is a simple curry for children. You can make it as mild as you like and they can help make it as it is safe.

For the full recipe click here:

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

RECIPE: Salad Mix

My daughter wanted to make up a recipe for tonight and a mix of salad items was what she wanted for dinner.

For the full recipe click here:

NEWS: innocent starving lambs to be slaughtered

Beautiful lambs that are being starved are set to be killed because they can't be transported abroad to be sodl for meat because of the foot and mouth crisis.
For the full story click here:

Monday, 8 October 2007

RECIPE: Yeasty Noodles

This recipe is an experiment I tried today. I wanted to have a very subtle flavour on the noodles as my girls don't like anything too spicy.
For the full recipe click here:

Sunday, 7 October 2007

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Waterproof memo boards are a great tool to have around when you are cooking. You can copy your recipe onto it and use it without worrying about any spills as the boards can be wiped off easily without the writing being removed. They are waterproof too so you could even drop them in your sink of washing up and they would still not rub off.
You can get them in transparent to blend in with any kitchen or in high visibility yellow. They are light weight, tough and durable and a great alternative to a pen and paper. Each board come with a free pencil.
For more information on the boards and a large range of other uses for them click here:

RECIPE: Peppers in a Tomato Sauce

Tonights recipe is a lovely sauce to eat with spagetti. It is peppers and onions made into a sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

RECIPE: Potato Wedges

This recipe is a great way to use potatoes. It is healthier because you eat the skins as well but tastier because of the spices on the topping.

Friday, 5 October 2007

RECIPE: Mushroom Gravy

To celebrate my daughter winning the competition I made a roast today and tried out making mushroom gravy.

To see the recipe click here:

Recipe competition win

Today my daughter was presented with a £200 argos voucher at school for winning a recipe competition online on the school meals website. It was a national competition so was fantastic that a vegan recipe was the winner.
She was thrilled. The recipe was for pitta pizzas which you can look at here:

Thursday, 4 October 2007

RECIPE: Kids Vegetable Soup

This recipe was kindly supplied by my sister who struggles to get her 2 year old boys to eat vegetables, but found that this was a way that they would eat them.

Here is the full recipe:

Vegan shoe site

I found a great site today that not only does low price vegan shoes and boots (I have been looking for a pair of cheap vegan walking boots for taking the girls to school so this was great) but they also sell vegan ballet shoes which is fab. They have a lot of other vegan items on their site. They are a little independent company with lots of great products so take a look at for some great products.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

RECIPE: Homous and Spinach Sandwich

Todays recipe for homous and spinach sandwiches is a filling lunch full of vitamins but not heavy in fat.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

RECIPE: Vegetable Strip Stir Fry

This is a simple stir fry recipe. It goes really well with the sweet chilli sauce. If you want to spice up the vegetables yourself you can always add some chilli, ginger and sugar to them as they cook.

For the full recipe click here:

World Vegan Day Competition

Later today I will be launching the world vegan day competition on my website. Plamil foods have kindly donated some of their chocolate bars as a prize. For full details take a look at my site ( Hopefully the competition will be up in the next hour.

World vegan day started on the 1st November 1994 and is celebrated every year. The 1st November was chosen as it was the day that Donald Watson started the Vegan Society in 1944. It is celebrated in lots of different ways for some ideas you can look at

Monday, 1 October 2007

Any suggestions to help a cold

My daughter has a really bad cold. Her temperature has been up and down since Saturday night when it was 102 and it was nearly that high today. Yesterday she seemed fine in the day just coughing a bit with a runny nose but by the end of the day she was hoarse and today I kept her home from school and she had a headache and is coughing now in bed in her sleep.

I don't know what is best for her. There is an argument for dosing her up with nurofen and paracetamol every 2 hours alternately to keep the temperature down. However some people think the body needs to heat up to fight the infection adequately. I have been keeping an eye on it and when it goes over 101 I give her some medication. I know the medicine isn't vegan and I try really hard to be vegan but it isn't possible to do it all the time, especially when it comes to your kids.

I have been giving her cool drinks to soothe her throat and she is eating a bit, but I wish there was more I could do to help. Any suggestions?

NEWS: Scientist breed transparent frogs

The reason behind this odd experiement is so that they can see how the organs develop rather than having to dissect the frog. To me each tampering with nature seems even more cruel than the alternative as we don't know what the effects on future generations may be. What do you think?

For the full story click here:

NEWS: Scientist breed transparent frogs

The reason for this odd experiment is so that the growing organs can be observed without dissection. The question is, is breeding animals in this unnatural way less cruel than dissecting them, or is doing anything aginst their true nature as cruel as anything else. What do you think?

For the full story click here:

RECIPE: Fried Spaghetti Squash

This recipe was how I used up some left over squash. My children don't like it so I couldn't put it in a main dish, so I made it as a side dish instead.

For the full recipe click here:

Computer Trouble Yesterday

I don't know if it was my computer or my Internet connection playing up yesterday evening but whatever it was it meant that I wasn't able to get up the recipe last night. I will be putting it up shortly. Apologies for anyone who came on looking for a new recipe and didn't get one.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

RECIPE: Green Salad

Todays recipe is for a simple tasty salad, that is nutritious and filling.

For the full recipe click here:

Friday, 28 September 2007

Take Away Food

Have you ever ordered a take away and realised that they had made a mistake and put meat in the meal? That happened my sister recently who is a vegetarian and it cetainly put her off ordering take aways.

I find that eating at a lot of restaurants is hard work for me, as sometimes I'm not sure they know what vegan is and if they do I'm still not convinced that the foods are truely vegan even though they say they are.

How do you feel? Do you just hope for the best or perhaps turn a blind eye to things that might be suspect?

RECIPE: Roasted Mushrooms with a Cripsy Tomato Topping

Todays recipe is for lovely cripsy mushrooms. These are lovely served with chips as pictured or with a healthy salad.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

World Vegan Day

It is world vegan day on the 1st November. I am trying to think of ways to celebrate this. I was wondering whether to have a vegan coffee morning maybe in aid of vegan charity such as Dr Hadwen. I was also wondering whether to run a competition on the website to make people aware of the day.
My daughter also wants to do somethign in school and because it is just after her birthday and in her school the children give out sweets to the class on their birthdays I have been trying to think of something she can do along the same lines.
Any suggestions would be welcomed.

RECIPE: Mash Island

Todays recipe was made up by my daughter. She wanted to make her mashed potato meal look more interesting. I helped her do the cooking and she helped me arrange it on the plate. Her version had carrot trees as well as the brocolli ones in the original recipe and the picture below is the one she took of her meal:

For the full recipe click here:

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

RECIPE: Ten Minute Pizza and Salad

Todays recipe makes a lovely filling lunch or a light dinner. It is tasty and really quick to make as the title suggests.

For the full recipe click here:

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

RECIPE: Lemon Curd

Today's recipe is for lemon curd. It is lovely in tarts or as a dressing with fruit.

For the full recipe click here:

Tonights new recipe was kindly supplied by my sister. If you wish to support her new business venture you can take a look at it here:

Monday, 24 September 2007

RECIPE: Easy Spinach Soup

Just the right kind of recipe for a windy, rainy day like today. It will warm you right through.

Click here for the recipe:

Sunday, 23 September 2007

RECIPE: Mushroom Flan

This mushroom flan was popular at a lunch I had with some family members. It does take a while to make, and was certainly eaten faster than the time it took to cook it.

For the full recipe click here: