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…

Cashew Melanzane

Slow-cooked aubergines with cheesy cashew sauce Melanzane alla Parmigiana has always been a favourite at home, so tonight it was time to invent a vegan version. Here’s what I did: Ingredients 2 red onions 2 cloves of garlic 1 tbsp olive oil 4 aubergines (egg plant) 1 kg passata salt pepper dried mixed herbs a…

Vegan Junk Food in Byker

Shields Road in Byker (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) isn’t your stereotypical setting for a vegan eatery. I like Byker and used to live not far from Shields Road, but was surprised to hear about a vegan place among the pawn shops and bookmakers. I had to be in Newcastle for an evening meeting yesterday, so thought I would…

Lentil, Walnut and Apple Loaf

Yesterday I had another go at practising for Christmas. I’m trying a few recipes out to to see what would make good vegan Christmas lunch. I found this recipe online, it looked really good so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I won’t write the whole process out, the person who created the recipe…

Stuffed Seitan Wellington

I’m looking forward to Christmas! I’ve had in mind for a while that I would like to make a stuffed seitan wellington for Christmas dinner, but I thought I’d better practice first. It turned out really well, here’s what I did… Stuffing First I combined the following ingredients in a food processor until they were…

Drawing a Long Line on the Map

One of the things I love about audax riding is that you end up going a long way. I’ve realised over the last year or so that I am more interested in going further than faster. There’s something incredibly satisfying about drawing a long line on the map, and that is especially the case with a long linear ride….

Two Pizzas – Which Was Better?

Tonight we had two different vegan pizzas, a gluten-free margherita by Kirsty’s and one described as caponata sourdough by Wicked Kitchen (vegan range at Tesco). I hadn’t intended to make two. I had ordered the Wicked Kitchen one in our groceries this week, but when it arrived it was really really small. In fact, here’s…

Homemade Vegan Cheese

I made cheese! Since going vegan I’ve been surprised how good a lot of the vegan versions of certain foods are – milk, cake, yoghurt etc. However, all the vegan cheese I have tried has been horrible. They all seem to be made from coconut oil, and I haven’t yet found one that I like….

Digging Deep

Saturday was meant to be my 200k ride for October in my attempt to complete a Randonnee Round the Year (a 200k ride each calendar month for a year). It didn’t go to plan; there was snow, I got mega-cold and made the sensible to choice to quit. I was genuinely fine with having to…