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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Creamy Mushrooms and Butterbeans with Quinoa and Roasted Veg

I was doing a bit of experimenting this evening. I made some cashew queso sauce from the recipe in the No Meat Athlete cookbook – basically it’s cashews, garlic, arrowroot, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika and chipotle. This stuff is amazing – creamy, cheesy, smoky, nutty sauce.I gently fried up some onion and chestnut mushrooms, and…

Homemade Seitan, Roast Potatoes and Kale

Seitan is a thing I had never heard of until going vegan. For the uninitiated, it’s essentially wheat gluten made into a solid form that can use in similar ways to meat. Apparently it is often used in Asian cookery. I had seen it for sale ready-made in health food shops, but hadn’t tried it….

Butternut and Sage Risotto with Lemon and Olive Kale

Tonight a recipe from a kindle book I bought, simply called ‘Vegan Slowcooker Cookbook’ by Laura Hamilton. It seems a good collection of recipes, and slow cooker makes everything nice and simple. The book suggests pumpkin, but I used butternut squash. Maybe I’ll try it again in a month’s time when the shops are full…