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Lebanese split-pea soup

April 25, 2019

I forgot to post this meal from the other night. It’s an absolutely delicious vegan soup. I can’t take any credit for it – the recipe is from Yup It’s Vegan. I’d highly recommend making it though! I served it with Za’atar herby potatoes. We will be eating this a lot.…

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My favourite way to use up leftover food

April 18, 2019

This is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover food. I usually put veggies from a previous meal in this, but today I had a small portion of spiced chickpeas with peppers so chucked that in. Recipe is so easy: Leftover food. You can put basically anything in this: potatoes, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower, peas – whatever you have. For this I added a couple of grated carrots but you could also use tinned sweetcorn. Chop all veg…

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Tuning in

March 22, 2019

This week the moon illuminated something I’d already known for a long time, it was just hidden under the surface: I am learning to eat out of love for my body, instead of hatred, or worse, indifference. This is a huge revelation. I ask my stomach (instead of my head) ‘what would we like today?’ I say to my body, ‘I love you and want to look after you’. I’ve been reading more about Body Positivity and am trying to…

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Vegan junkfood

March 8, 2019

Vegan gf junk food. Fried polenta chips in the sunshine. Yes. To make polenta: boil water and add cumin, coriander & chilli powder; pour in polenta and stir for a few mins on low heat until really sticky. Put lid on pan and leave for 1/2 hr. Tip onto large plate or oven tray and smooth out into one solid block about an inch thick. When completely cooled cut into thick chip shapes and fry in a hot pan on…

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Still working at being a vegan

March 3, 2019

I’ve been a very good vegetarian lately but a terrible vegan. Have to get back into the habit of making interesting vegan food. If you follow this account you’ll know how much I love cauliflower tumbled in spices and pan roasted. Was a bit braver with the spices today and it paid off: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin, coriander, black pepper, paprika, chilli powder, salt. When cooked slathered it in homemade baba ganoush: put a whole aubergine in an iron pan…

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No bake peanut butter balls

February 22, 2019

Here’s a weekend treat you can put together in no time but that is rich and delicious. No-bake chocolate peanut butter balls. Gluten free. Can be vegan if you sub honey for liquid sugar like maple syrup or agave syrup. In a bowl put two large heaped tablespoons of peanut butter (you could use other nut butters and I’ve also made a batch with 1/2 peanut butter & 1/2 tahini because we ran out of PB and I couldn’t be…

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Vegan pate

February 2, 2019

Made a vegan pate and it was delicious. What inspires my cooking is whatever’s in the kitchen at the time. I always loved this approach by Nigel Slater and find it works best for me too. A few years ago I got into the habit of making Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall’s beetroot hummus and I was thinking of that when I made this. Peel, de-seed & chop a butternut squash into chunks. I’ve had this squash in the cupboard for weeks and…

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Cooking on a budget

January 29, 2019

When I soak chickpeas I do enough for a couple of dishes. These are giant chickpeas – delicious, fat, buttery & creamy. I’ll be honest and say they are Greek but from Lidl. We’ve found Lidl to be the best for storecupboard essentials (although their veg is over packaged in plastic 😢). We shop on a tight budget so mix local farmers market fresh produce with supermarket budget items. This week our total food spend was €70 (last week it…

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Spiced cauliflower experiments

January 23, 2019

Foodie day today. Makes me feel good. Spiced cauliflower with flavoured rice, pumpkin & pomegranate seeds, & tahini dressing. To make – cook Basmati rice with cardamom pods, dried chilli & salt. Once cooked, stir in juice of half a lemon and leave to sit with lid on. Thinly slice a small red onion and fry until caramelised with sugar and some cumin seeds for the last minute. I’m loving spiced cauliflower at the moment and experiment with all sorts…

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flat breads & olives

January 21, 2019

I have a love/hate relationship with bread. I love it but overdoing it makes me feel tired and bloated and other issues arise. So the trick is to not overdo it. But I am an imperfect person. And I love bread. When the kids were younger we’d make homemade pizzas at the weekend, and today is a bit of reminiscing on those times. This meal is also inspired by the huge bag of dried olives bought at the Míres farmers…

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