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Some thoughts on food, freedom & the anti-trespass bill

March 25, 2021

Living this nomadic life is a choice – we choose not to own property or land, we choose not to get sucked into the mass madness that is thirty years of slavery (or a mortgage).Successive governments have always fought to squash people who live any sort of alternative life as if we are an affront to their very existence. Perhaps we are. Perhaps our lives are the art that shows people that there is another way to live in this…

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First wild garlic of the year

March 2, 2021

First wild garlic of the year. I love just chewing on a freshly washed leaf – so peppery and garlicky, yum.We have a super basic kitchen with no electrical appliances so everything I make is pretty rustic, including this pesto-inspired vegan dip/paste/topping. I finely chopped this small bunch of wild garlic, then added finely chopped walnuts, good olive oil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt and pepper. This is super intense and zingy! Great stirred into steamed veg, boiled potatoes, pasta…Am…

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The ethics of food

February 3, 2021

I did have a good vent the other day 😬 so in the name of balance I wanted to celebrate our first eggs since October. And oh my! They were delicious. Our grandson, Arthur, has some pet hens and a happy bi-product of this is the eggs they lay. He’s so delighted with the eggs from his hennies. That means I’m not a strict vegan, and I’m open about this because I feel it’s important that dogma doesn’t take precedent…

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Plant powered dinners in under 20mins

January 29, 2021

Set mealtimes don’t really exist in the van anymore – neither do weekends to a certain degree. We’ve both been self-employed for about 12 yrs (living full time in the van for over 3yrs) and are used to the fluctuations between working like crazy and fallow time.Meals have kinda shifted so that we tend to eat a later breakfast then a second meal that’s somewhere between dinner and tea (or lunch and dinner depending upon how much further south in…

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Pot luck dinner

January 18, 2021

Does everyone have what I call ‘The Pot Luck dinner’? It’s the meal you make when you’re going food shopping the next day and so this dinner is basically all the veggies you have left in a pot.The magic formula (in my opinion) is to sweat your base veg for ages – in this case red onion, celery, carrots… then add garlic with another veg – I diced a couple of purple potatoes, but sweet potatoes or squash, or even…

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Recipe evolution

January 17, 2021

Andy’s been getting creative in the van kitchen more lately. He used to do a dish of egg fried rice with spicy tuna and peas. Then we went veggie and he had to sub the tuna, then we went vegan and he had to sub the eggs. Finally he realised it was time to just reinvent the dish. Which I’m delighted with as this is what’s it’s evolved into (photo of last night’s meal). This is his spicy, sticky, sweet…

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Easy vegan brunch

January 16, 2021

Today’s #veganuary brunch. It took a while for us to get used to not having eggs with all weekend breakfasts. We do occasionally have eggs from our grandson’s pet hens but they’re not laying so much in this cold weather. Anyways! Flavour is key. This is cold small potatoes (left over from a mid-week dinner) gently crushed and fried with good olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Served with tomatoes softened over heat with olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano; and…

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Potato cakes for the win

January 11, 2021

As it’s Veganuary I thought I’d document some more of our meals. A few people have asked if I’m going to make a cook book but honestly they way I cook is so random and intuitive I’m not sure it would make a very interesting book. I think it makes an interesting addition to the blog though so I keep a lot of stuff either in my Instastories or over on the OUTSIDER blog (link in bio – then find…

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Convenience food

December 29, 2020

One of the things I really struggle with when I’m back in Cymru with the van is the food shopping. My default setting is to just stock up at a local supermarket. This is strange to me because when the children were younger I was part of a CSA (community supported agriculture), or at the very least ordered a weekly organic veg box. My work with Slow Towns (Cittaslow) was also rooted in the Slow Food movement and I loved…

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Eat in to help out

December 8, 2020

It’s been one of those days that has made me take stock and feel a deep gratitude for the accident of birth that made us born in a country that is relatively politically stable, and that isn’t being bombed. Even today, when things had gone wrong with the van doors and we spent the day freezing getting it all fixed, I felt acutely aware that we still have family who have land we can park on while doing repairs, and…

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