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Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfood

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual Christmas dinner trimmings. 

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfood

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Holidays are special times. Often with our wider family and friends, these are occasions where we gather together to break bread and strengthen bonds.

In our family we often get out a battered black leather suitcase filled with embarrassing old family photos, going through it and recounting past stories and cherished memories of family present and absent. While this takes place I will be nipping in and out of the room, refilling glasses and checking on my various timers. I’m not great with emotional stuff. But I’m okay with food, and making lots of it.

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfoodRegardless of the minutiae of holiday gatherings, and whether it is 2 or 20 at the table, one thing that most holiday get-togethers have in common is food.

When someone enters my home at Christmas I want them to be welcomed not only with a bit of Michael Bublé in the background (I’m that cheesy), but the entrancing aromas of an oven transforming food into a feast. I think this is one of the most welcoming things any of us can do. Guests instantly feel in the holiday spirit if a home is cosy (candles, fire, greenery and more candles in my house) and filled with the aroma of food cooking in the oven.

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Marmalade Carrot Cake with tangy swirls of bursting cranberries is the perfect "just-in-case" cake to have on standby during the festive season. #winter #cake #baking #marmalade #carrotcake #christmas

Marmalade Carrot Cake with tangy swirls of burst cranberries is the perfect “just-in-case” cake to have on standby during the festive season. A cut-up and keep kind of cake for family and friends. Not much effort for a whole lot of reward.

Merry Cakemas to you.

Marmalade Carrot Cake with tangy swirls of bursting cranberries is the perfect "just-in-case" cake to have on standby during the festive season. #winter #cake #baking #marmalade #carrotcake #christmas

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Having well-loved recipes that I can tweak to my heart’s content is a real time and energy saver. Usually they are savoury, but sometimes it is cake. Just as everyone needs a go-to lasagne, bread and soup recipe, so to do we need a basic cake. You know, just in case.

I’ve been making riffs of this polenta cake for over 25 years and it has never let me down. I’ve folded in – on separate occasions – figs, blood oranges, berries, rhubarb, turmeric and chocolate. Below is a Christmassy version from 2015. But today’s cake is a true family favourite.

I recently posted this cranberry marmalade carrot cake recipe on Instagram and my daughter messaged me to let me know that this is her favourite cake. As you can see, there is nothing fancy about it. But I pretty much guarantee that once made you won’t miss the fancy.

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This weekday #vegan #Thai green #curry #recipe takes advantage of the goodness and convenience of frozen #vegetables and pulses. Fibre-rich, nutritious and utterly delicious.

This flavourful chickpea and spinach Thai green curry, inspired by the UK’s love of curries, is quick, nutritious and easy to make thanks to the addition of frozen Birds Eye Chickpea and Spinach Mix with lentils and cauliflower. This is a sponsored post.

This weekday #vegan #Thai green #curry #recipe takes advantage of the goodness and convenience of frozen #vegetables and pulses. Fibre-rich, nutritious and utterly delicious.

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Like many of you, I love a curry. The weekend is not complete without either going to our favourite curry house or having my resident curry king get all fancy in the kitchen.

Malaysian and Thai curries are our current crushes. A rich bowl of saucy, spicy vegetables soaked up by a flaky roti or fluffy rice is my idea of bliss. Utterly irresistible. Perfect autumn comfort food, too.

However, now that it is full-on dark by 5 pm, I am increasingly reluctant to leave the house for dinner. As a certified morning person, once darkness falls so does any ambition to leave my candle-lit cave. So, homemade curry it is.

At the weekend, Andrew needs little convincing to haul out the blender, gather a counter’s worth of vegetables, and simmer some pulses to make a restaurant-worthy feast. It can take him all day, and all the pans, knives and cutting boards. But it is worth it. Not only for using just what we want, but to enjoy the result in our pyjamas. Continue reading

Swirls of roasted butternut squash mash topped with crunchy sweet-savory rosemary pecans. An easy and incredibly delicious side dish for holidays or any autumn-winter dinner. #butternutsquash #sidedish #thanksgivingday #christmas #easyrecipe #vegetarian

Swirls of roasted butternut squash mash topped with crunchy sweet-savory rosemary pecans. An easy and incredibly delicious side dish for holidays or any autumn-winter dinner.

Swirls of roasted butternut squash mash topped with crunchy sweet-savory rosemary pecans. An easy and incredibly delicious side dish for holidays or any autumn-winter dinner.  #vegetarian #sidedish #butternutsquash #Thanksgiving #Christmas #easyrecipe #makeahead

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With Thanksgiving tantalisingly close I thought I would share a very easy but practically perfect mashed butternut squash side dish for your Thanksgiving Day menu. With the tiniest nod to the sweet potato soufflé trope, this recipe is for you if you want something a little sweet, but not full-on marshmallow-sweet. This comforting and nutritious dish is also savoury, a bit salty, buttery and clean-tasting, too. And if that’s not ticking enough boxes for you, it is at once sublimely creamy-textured and crunchy. In fact, I don’t need a full dinner to enjoy it. Just a spoon and a bowl is fine with me. Bear this in mind when deciding who gets what leftovers to take home. If there are leftovers, of course. Continue reading

Korean Bulgogi loaded with vegetables and completely vegan. #Koreanfood #vegan #recipe #vegetables #bulgogi #koreanbbq

Korean Bulgogi loaded with vegetables and completely vegan. A sweetly spicy main course made for topping rice – with a side of healthy kimchi.

Korean Bulgogi loaded with vegetables and completely vegan. #Koreanfood #vegan #recipe #vegetables #bulgogi #koreanbbq

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Perhaps Korean food is not the first thing you think of when you crave a bowl of comfort food. This recipe, for a vegetable-packed vegan version of the classic Bulgogi Korean barbecue, might just change your mind. With its savoury-sweet and only gently spicy kick (or no kick if you wish), this is a one-pan dish perfect for spooning over hand-held bowls of hot, steaming rice. Continue reading

This quick, #Mexican-inspired #breakfast #vegetable #quesadilla is loaded with fibre and colour. An easy way to eat towards your 10-a-day.

This quick, Mexican-inspired breakfast vegetable quesadilla is loaded with fibre and colour. An easy way to eat towards your 10-a-day.

This quick, Mexican-inspired breakfast vegetable quesadilla is loaded with fibre and colour. An easy way to eat towards your 10-a-day.

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Do you want an easy way to eat veg in the morning, before you’re even out the door? With no juicing, smoothie-ing, or heating up leftover dinner?

Let me introduce you to the breakfast vegetable quesadilla. Ready in about ten minutes, it really is so simple and so filling. And, of course, mighty scrumptious. Grated sweet vegetables, shredded leafies, a scrape of refried beans, and optional gooey cheese and vegan bacon – what’s not to love?

This is something that I have been enjoying for breakfast and brunch over the years, but thought it was too damn simple to write up. And then I posted it on Facebook and Instagram and got such a great reaction that I thought, well maybe you might like it too. I hope that you do. Continue reading

Sheet Pan #Korean #BBQ Tofu - so easy for a weekday #vegan #dinner

Sheet Pan Korean BBQ Tofu – so easy for a weekday vegan dinner! Serve in a bun or with baked sweet potatoes, rice or even a variety of simple salads, including my easy sesame-lime slaw.

Sheet Pan #Korean #BBQ Tofu - so easy for a weekday #vegan #dinner

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Halloween is sneaking up fast, and I’m afraid that I have very few Halloween specific recipes to point you to. But, with its blood-red sauce, I do think my easy Korean BBQ Tofu might just about pass muster as scary food – certainly if you are as messy as me. I plan on eating this on All Hallow’s Eve, answering the door to unsuspecting trick or treaters with the sticky vermillion remnants on my face. Instant zombie costume!

I make no claims that this is in any way authentic. It is not intended to be. Hence the (ish) in the title. But this vegan weekday kind of recipe is delicious, using Korean-style ingredients easily available to most of us. Continue reading

Salted Caramel Apple Nachos are your new favourite quick snack or dessert for the family - or just you.

Salted Caramel Apple Nachos are your new favourite quick snack or dessert for the family – or just you. Sprinkle and drizzle them with tasty toppings and be crunching away in no time. Plate licking is positively encouraged.

Salted Caramel Apple Nachos are your new favourite quick #snack or #dessert for the family - or just you. #saltedcaramel #easyrecipe #nocookrecipe #apples #dessertnachos

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Apple nachos are not a new thing, but if you are someone who occasionally craves something sweet and crunchy, this is all the reminder you need. Enjoy them with just a drizzle of salted caramel, or go full-nacho and load them up with my menu of toppings. The images you see are what I fancy, but honestly the add-on options are as broad as your imagination. Continue reading

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

This healthy, colour-packed recipe for Turmeric, Lentil & Lemon Soup scoops up some key anti-inflammatory ingredients and simmers them in a silky autumnal broth.

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

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Whether you are fighting a cold, feeling low in energy or just fancy a nourishing bowl of something tasty, be sure to make time for this intensely flavoured and easily made soup. I bet you already have the ingredients.

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipeBuilt on a base of quercetin-rich red onions, immune-regulating garlic and anti-inflammatory darling turmeric, the broth – at once light and hearty – floats a veritable who’s who of nutritious food superstars. Kale, carrots, lentils, sun-dried tomatoes (for a tasty dose of lycopene) and lemon zest, not to mention fresh herbs and chilli flakes, come together to invigorate you on the coldest and shortest of days. You can change the kale for cabbage of any kind; add in some cooked grains for heft; leave out the chilli flakes. But what I would say is that I have carefully balanced the flavours until I (and my chief tester) have judged it to be perfect. I would urge you to first try it as written before making it your own way – although you know I love it when you make my recipes YOUR recipes.

We have declared this our favourite soup of the season. I doubt I will better it, to be honest. But I will try! Continue reading

Juicy plums in and on this upside down style of #cake make it super moist and naturally sweet. #glutenfree, whole grain and lower added sugars and fat. A healthier kind of #baking. #oats #fruit

Juicy plums in and on this upside down style of cake make it super moist and naturally sweet. Gluten-free, whole grain and lower added sugars and fat. A healthier kind of baking.

Juicy plums in and on this upside down style of cake make it super moist and naturally sweet. Gluten-free, whole grain and lower added sugars and fat. A healthier kind of baking. #cake #baking #oats #plums #glutenfree #healthyrecipe

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Mother Nature has picked my plums for me. And apples.

Earlier in the week Storm Ali blew through on winds of 80 miles per hour, tossing my garden around like a salad. A salad of leaves, branches, garden furniture and fruit: it’s a bit of a mess. I haven’t been out yet to fetch the furniture or scavenge for fruit. But I will.

What do you think should I do with my literal (appropriate use of this word for a change) windfall of fruit? The world’s largest fruit crumble? A huge vat of jam? Fruit butters? Ferment the poor suckers? I have no idea. I’ll need to think fast though before I have the world’s plumpest, fructose-high squirrels. I already see them, right now, scampering on the tumbled over furniture and using my towering oak tree as a helter skelter ride. Some look a little fatter already… 🙂 Continue reading

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