Gearing up for National Vegetarian Week with Cranks

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Here’s a quick heads-up for you…. National Vegetarian Week is coming up very soon, (16th – 22nd May).  How will you be marking it? There are so many ways to celebrate vegetarian food during the week – the website is a great source of ideas… how about inviting friends round for a meal, sharing some veggie food with your colleagues, or organising a community event to spread the meat-free love? 

Once again, I’ve teamed up with Cranks to talk about all things veggie, and to share the story of our partnership, as part of the National Vegetarian Week ‘Share Your Stories’ campaign.

The Veg Space & Cranks: The Story

Cranks BibleIt all began with a cookbook I bought after reading a glowing review over 10 years ago; the wonderful Cranks Bible, packed with recipes that were really different, totally delicious and satisfying to make.  One of those books from which you could be confident any recipe you picked would turn out really well.



Next, came the day more recently that Cranks got in touch to ask if I could come up with an idea for a ‘re-make’ of their signature dish, Homity Pie.  This is the result – my Swiss Style Homity Pie, complete with rosti-style grated potato, white wine braised onions, and swiss cheeses.


Lemony Sweet Potato Vegetarian Tagine 2

In December 2015 I ran a ‘Cranks Supperclub’ at my home, with all the courses inspired by dishes on the menu at the fab Cranks Kitchen.  Main course was this Lemony Sweet Potato Tagine.

I particularly enjoyed making the mini homity pie canapés – cute and delicious!


Square - Spring Greens Coconut Curry

Next, Cranks invited me to do a ‘website takeover’ for the month of April, writing recipes and articles for their site.

My first recipe was this Spring Greens Coconut Curry, which you can find the recipe for over on their website.


Spring Vegetable Parsley Pesto Tart Instagram

And later came this Spring Vegetable Parsley Pesto Tart, a creamy pine nut and parsley sauce with green seasonal vegetables, sandwiched between two layers of puff pastry.

Perfect for a springtime Sunday lunch!


It is always fun to work with Cranks.  We share a love of really delicious vegetarian food, without the fuss.  Keep your eyes peeled for another Cranks recipe coming up later this week here on the blog.  Its a particularly tasty one, even if I do say so myself!

A National Vegetarian Week Meal Plan

If you’re veggie-curious or a meat-reducer, National Vegetarian Week is the perfect opportunity to take the plunge and go completely vegetarian for the week, and see what happens.  To help you out, here’s a meal plan of some of my favourite recipes to help you on the way:

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of an ongoing partnership with Cranks.  All opinions are my own.


  1. I confess I hadn’t given it much thought, for as a carer I don’t have much time to think about such things either. However, there is nothing to stop me from trying out a new recipe each day for the week, is there? Now that will be something to look forward to indeed.
    Cranks always have, and always will be my heroes. I will never forget going to their Covent Garden cafe in the 80’s and it was just that incredible feeling of being safe and not having to ask 20 questions about each dish ~ and then to be served delicious food was just amazing.
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  2. Ahh Vegetarian Week – I’ve been excited for months! I’ve been trying out new recipes and making things I’ve only ever had out at restaurants – like homemade pizza and bean burgers!

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