Riding Slowly to a Castle

On Saturday I competed the ninth ride in my attempt to complete a ‘Randonnee Round the Year’ – a 200k ride every calendar month for a year.It was cold and there was snow around, but the forecast for the day was reasonable – cloudy but dry and light winds. There was a suggestion of a…

Vivera Veggie Fish Goujons – Watch Out Captain Birdseye!

I took a break from proper cooking last night and went for a quick and easy dinner: Vivera Veggie Fish Goujons with sweet potato chips and peas. I don’t quite know how Vivera did it, but these are great! I never would have thought before going vegan that something like breaded fish would be possible…

Looking back…

It seems an appropriate time to look back over 2018. It’s been quite a year on the bike! I’ve achieved more than I set out to at the start, and far more than I could have imagined when I started cycling about three years ago. I’ve covered a very similar distance this year compared to…

Over the Border

Yesterday I completed the eighth ride in my attempt to complete a Randonnee Round the Year – a 200k ride every calendar month for a year. My original plan had been to ride to my parents’ house for Christmas today (I did this last year and it was a little over 200k), but the forecast wasn’t…

Turmeric Latte: Sounds Disgusting, Tastes Amazing

Most summers I find myself at Greenbelt Festival over the August bank holiday weekend. A favourite spot at the festival is the Tiny Tea Tent. One night at this year’s festival I fancied a hot drink before bed and spotted a turmeric latte on the menu. It sounded horrible, but I decided to risk it…

Vegan Fish Cakes

I’ve been doing some experimenting again, and had a go a vegan version of fish cakes. When I first went vegan I assumed that there wouldn’t be much point trying to replicate fish and seafood, but after successful experiments with banana blossom paella and my own version of smoked salmon, I can see that there…

Queen of the South

Had a good ride today. The forecast was for strong gusts from the west, with rain arriving at around lunchtime, so I decided to get an early train to Dumfries (southwest Scotland), and ride home – about 60 miles. It was dark and blustery when I arrived at Bardon Mill station to catch the 07:16….

A Vegan Cheese I Actually Like

When I first went vegan back in the summer I was given a piece of advice: ‘steer clear of vegan cheese for a while, until you’ve forgotten what dairy cheese tastes like’. Of course, I ignored that and bought a yellow block of something resembling cheddar. It was disgusting. It was like eating coconut flavoured…

Vegan Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese

A few weeks ago I tried a smoked carrot sandwich from the Wicked Kitchen vegan range at Tesco. I’ve got to admit, it was really good! It had the look of a smoked salmon sandwich, the and much to my surprise it tasted like it too! I was surprised and intrigued by this. Smoked salmon…

Banana Blossom and Jackfruit Paella

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a little vegan festival happening in a community centre in County Durham. Alternative Stores from Newcastle (a place I’ve shopped before) had a stall. They sell some unusual products, and I picked a few things up. One item I had never heard of before was banana blossom, which…