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…

Sometimes You Have to Bail-Out

The plan for today was to ride the Peculiar Old 200 audax. It’s a 200km ride starting in Darlington. The route goes north to Sedgefield, west to Middleton-in-Teesdale, south to Masham and then north again back to Darlington. The forecast a few days ago looked decent. As it got closer to the weekend, the forecasters…

Goodfella’s Pizza – Tasty, but…

It seems that everyone’s making vegan pizzas! This is the third one I’ve tried so far, after the efforts from Pizza Express and Oumph!. Right, I’ll get straight to the point: it’s a fairly decent pizza. Lots of flavour, helped along by some peppers which add some heat. It’s good value too – at £2.50…

My Favourite Vegan Meal So Far

Today I made slow-cooked seitan and mushroom stroganoff, and it turned out AMAZING. Of all the meals I have cooked since going vegan, this is my favourite. I drew on a few different recipes, but this was more or less my own invention. Here’s what I did… I made the seitan this morning by mixing…

Four Surprising Things About Going Vegan

It’s been just over two months since I started this whole vegan thing. As I wrote in a previous post, the decision was a bit spontaneous and at the time I didn’t really know how easy it would be or whether it would be sustainable. Well, after two months I’m convinced it was the right…

Cycling and Mental Health

Wednesday last week was World Mental Health Day. I was inspired by the courage of a number of friends who shared their own experiences of living with mental health problems. That openness and honesty is so important, and I think this is an example of one way social media can be a powerful force for…