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Pop these crispy baked #tofu "chicken-style" #nuggets in a sandwich, on your favourite salad, or dip them in my easy maple-mustard sauce. These versatile little #vegan bites are utterly delectable any way you eat them, and super easy to make! An #easy, nutritious, #family- and #party-friendly #recipe. 

Pop these crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sandwich, on your favourite salad, or dip them in my easy maple-mustard sauce. These versatile little vegan bites are utterly delectable any way you eat them, and super easy to make! An easy, nutritious, family- and party-friendly recipe. 

Pop these crispy baked #tofu "chicken-style" #nuggets in a sandwich, on your favourite salad, or dip them in my easy maple-mustard sauce. These versatile little #vegan bites are utterly delectable any way you eat them, and super easy to make! An #easy, nutritious, #family- and #party-friendly #recipe. I have to admit being more than a little partial to crunchy-coated finger foods. And all the best finger foods are at parties. Tempura-battered prawns, mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers – irresistible.

As anyone who knows me knows, I am not one for a big party. Small gatherings, fine. But noisy, jostling affairs leave me a bit panicky. I’ve never been able to master the multi-tasking involved in holding a filled glass in one hand, a plate in another and making informed small-talk. Never mind if there is a fork involved. I am a single-ingredient recipe for a party-induced disaster if ever there was one: clumsy, a bit hard of hearing and surprisingly shy. Continue reading

Traditionally Staffordshire oatcakes are a savory, yeasted #pancake made from #oats, flour and milk. This is a #vegan, #sourdough version that we think is even tastier, and also incredibly versatile.

Traditionally Staffordshire oatcakes are a savory, yeasted pancake made from oats, flour and milk. This is a vegan, sourdough version that we think is even tastier, and also incredibly versatile. It’s a perfect recipe to add to your sourdough baking repertoire.

Traditionally Staffordshire oatcakes are a savory, yeasted #pancake made from #oats, flour and milk. This is a #vegan, #sourdough version that we think is even tastier, and also incredibly versatile.

Galette complète-style Staffordshire oatcake, with tempeh bacon, cheese and an egg

My British food history (abbreviated)

When I first moved to Britain in the 1980s the food was, how shall I put this, dull. Another word would be beige.

And before I go on I must report that now British food is AMAZING! We grow more varieties of crops, we travel more, we have more adventurous palates. Now.

But in those days of mullets, polyester and a mere three TV channels, Brits ate lots of porridge, roast dinners with boiled veg on the side, macaroni cheese, and very brown stews.

Traditionally Staffordshire oatcakes are a savory, yeasted #pancake made from #oats, flour and milk. This is a #vegan, #sourdough version that we think is even tastier, and also incredibly versatile.

avocado and hummus Staffordshire oatcakes!

Not all of these foods were bad by any means, but the lack of choice was what stunned me. With the exception of my wonderful mother-in-law, Ann – who lived for quite awhile in Africa – British interest in food was not very apparent to me. Food seemed geared towards those with the “eat to live” rather than “live to eat” mindset. I couldn’t relate.  Continue reading

Smoky Brussels sprouts and mushrooms wholemeal #pizza with an instant garlic-herb sauce to drizzle or dip. Delicious with or without cheese. #vegetarian #brusselssprouts

Smoky Brussels sprouts and mushrooms wholemeal pizza with an instant garlic-herb sauce to drizzle or dip. Delicious with or without cheese.

Smoky Brussels sprouts and mushrooms wholemeal #pizza with an instant garlic-herb sauce to drizzle or dip. Delicious with or without cheese. #vegetarian #brusselssproutsDespite being quite evangelical when it comes to home-cooking, a girl needs a break sometimes. While my preference is to go out (Edinburgh has fantastic restaurants these days), sometimes we really can’t be bothered making the effort. So, in order not to eat scrambled eggs or porridge for dinner, occasionally we will have a rummage through our tattered folder of takeaway menus. I always feel slightly guilty yet excited at the prospect of a plastic bag of plastic containers coming into the house, filled with an array of dishes I have had nothing to do with other than order. It doesn’t happen too often, so I don’t feel too badly about it.

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An easy-to-make, Sri Lankan-inspired mild #curry of thinly sliced #cabbage, toasted cashews, spices and coconut milk, topped with a deliciously spicy #coconut and lime sambal. A naturally #vegan and whole food #recipe.

An easy-to-make, Sri Lankan-inspired mild curry of thinly sliced cabbage, toasted cashews, spices and coconut milk, topped with a deliciously spicy coconut and lime sambal. A naturally vegan and whole food recipe.

An easy-to-make, Sri Lankan-inspired mild #curry of thinly sliced #cabbage, toasted cashews, spices and coconut milk, topped with a deliciously spicy #coconut and lime sambal. A naturally #vegan and whole food #recipe.Thank you for not skipping over this post. Unless you really love cabbage, the very mention of it might have most people clicking the delete button. But you are obviously not most people. Maybe you really love cabbage. Or quite possibly the lure of the word curry is stronger than your desire to avoid cabbage.

I hope to reward your curiosity. 🙂

Because, let’s be honest. Cabbage is a bit boring and stinky. Well, I think it is. Or at least I used to think it was. Over the years I’ve learned that there a few tricks to make it not only palatable, but actually delicious. And not all involve curries.An easy-to-make, Sri Lankan-inspired mild #curry of thinly sliced #cabbage, toasted cashews, spices and coconut milk, topped with a deliciously spicy #coconut and lime sambal. A naturally #vegan and whole food #recipe. Continue reading

This #Chocolate Truffle No-Bake #Cake is studded and topped with delicious Lotus biscuits, and is perfect to make with the children. Totally #vegan, it has no added sugar but does have two surprising whole food ingredients. #easyrecipe #nobake

This Chocolate Truffle No-Bake Cake is studded and topped with delicious caramelised Lotus biscuits, and is perfect to make with the children. Totally vegan, it has no extra added sugar but does have two surprising whole food ingredients.

This #Chocolate Truffle No-Bake #Cake is studded and topped with delicious Lotus biscuits, and is perfect to make with the children. Totally #vegan, it has no added sugar but does have two surprising whole food ingredients. #easyrecipe #nobake*Jump to Recipe*

I hope your Christmas, whether snow-bound or sun-kissed, was merry and bright. Here in Edinburgh it was way too warm for snow (mid-50s), but we donned our elf ears and felt reindeer antlers and pretended it was a white Christmas anyway. We rarely get a snow here on the east coast, so we were very happy that it was gloriously sunny and not sloppy, sleety rain. I’m sure that will be coming…. Continue reading

#Gingerbread Sourdough #Waffles use your leftover/discard #sourdough starter and are perfect for a lazy weekend #breakfast or #brunch.

Gingerbread Sourdough Waffles use your leftover/discard sourdough starter and are perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or brunch. They require an overnight fermentation, but are otherwise very straightforward. The blender ginger-date syrup is an excellent whole food way to sweeten up your waffles.#Gingerbread Sourdough #Waffles use your leftover/discard #sourdough starter and are perfect for a lazy weekend #breakfast or #brunch.

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Parmesan Creamed Kale for a festive and slightly decadent #sidedish. #kale #parmesan #christmasfood #parmigianoreggiano #easyrecipe

Kale – the reigning king of the crops – turns festive and a little bit decadent with the addition of Parmigiano Reggiano, crème fraîche and nutmeg. But trust me, it’s a super easy and extremely delicious side dish for any time of year. And a great way to convert kale-sceptics.

This is a sponsored post.Parmesan Creamed Kale for a festive and slightly decadent #sidedish. #kale #parmesan #christmasfood #parmigianoreggiano #easyrecipe

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This Shiitake-Ginger Broth is light and deeply-nutritious, floating a whisper of thinly-cut vegetables and a few juicy gyozas. The perfect antidote to heavy winter food. Sip this wholesome, healing Japanese-inspired soup piping hot for best cold-blasting effect. #soup #vegan #shiitake #japanesefood #ginger #broth #healthyrecipe #nutrition

This Shiitake-Ginger Broth is light and deeply-nutritious, floating a whisper of thinly-cut vegetables and a few juicy gyozas. The perfect antidote to heavy winter food. Sip this wholesome, healing Japanese-inspired soup piping hot for best cold-blasting effect.This Shiitake-Ginger Broth is light and deeply-nutritious, floating a whisper of thinly-cut vegetables and a few juicy gyozas. The perfect antidote to heavy winter food. Sip this wholesome, healing Japanese-inspired soup piping hot for best cold-blasting effect. #soup #vegan #shiitake #japanesefood #ginger #broth #healthyrecipe #nutrition

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Roasted Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potatoes and Shallots are a super-simple sweet, savoury, crunchy, and soft nutritious side dish that will have your family asking for seconds. These would be great for any dinner - festive or everyday. #sidedish #sweetpotatoes #parmesan #easyrecipe #family #food

Roasted Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potatoes and Shallots are a super-simple sweet, savoury, crunchy, and soft nutritious side dish that will have your family asking for seconds. These would be great for any dinner – festive or everyday.

Roasted Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potatoes and Shallots are a super-simple sweet, savoury, crunchy, and soft and nutritious side dish that will have your family asking for seconds. These would be great for any dinner - festive or everyday. #sidedish #sweetpotatoes #parmesan #easyrecipe #family #food

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Most of us in the UK and US think roasted white potatoes when we think roasted potatoes. And they are good. But have you ever considered roasting cubes of sweet potatoes instead? With waaaay less added fat than traditional roasted spuds, my savoury-sweet sweet potato roasties make a nutritious side dish for almost any dinner. Including Christmas.Roasted Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potatoes and Shallots are a super-simple sweet, savoury, crunchy, and soft nutritious side dish that will have your family asking for seconds. These would be great for any dinner - festive or everyday. #sidedish #sweetpotatoes #parmesan #easyrecipe #family #food

Whether you are having my Cauliflower and Porcini Wellington, Chris’s awesome looking festive cashew nut roast, or your own special recipe at the festive table, try and make space for these beta-carotene-tastic little pops of flavour and texture.

What makes these extra special, going beyond “just” tossing the sweet potatoes in a little oil and into a hot oven? The seasoning. Continue reading

Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce. #parmesan #pasta #vegetables #cheese #familyfood #winter #recipe

Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce.

Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiana Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce. #parmesan #pasta #vegetables #cheese #familyfood #winter #recipe

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Winter is calling, and this family-friendly baked pasta recipe is the answer.

Pottering in the kitchen, with the drizzle steadily falling on already soggy ground, is an especial delight at this time of year. I love cooking and experimenting with whole foods at any time, but these damp, low-lit days are when home cooking really comes into its own. Without the attractive distractions of sipping wine at a pavement cafe, or merrily pulling weeds in the veg plot, orchestrating several simmering pots into dinner is such a tonic.

As a Floridian at heart I have never gotten used to the low light and damp of a British winter. Despite the thickest wool socks and all lights and candles blazing, a British winter is not my cup of tea. So I am very fortunate that cooking is my cure for the winter blues. And nothing cures like pasta.Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce. #parmesan #pasta #vegetables #cheese #familyfood #winter #recipe Continue reading

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