Recipe: Creamy Broccoli & Cannellini Soup

Creamy Broccoli & Cannellini Soup (vegan)

You may have noticed that I like my soups very bright and very green, (see Peapod & Little Gem Soup!), and if they are creamy and super-tasty too. that’s a bonus.

If you’re taking part in Veganuary and trying to make sure you get a protein boost at every mealtime, adding beans to your lunchtime soup before blending is such an easy way of doing this.  Not only do they bulk out the soup, (very cheaply), but once blended they add a creamy texture which makes your soup taste like it has a generous slug of double cream in it, when in fact it is vegan!

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Recipe: Lemon Drizzle & Blackberry Cupcakes (Vegan)

Hands up if you’ve been blackberrying recently? We’ve found a top-secret spot with the biggest, juiciest berries you can imagine, and have been picking, baking, smoothie-making and freezing them for a few weeks now.

Inspired by week 1 of the Great British Bake Off, (I know, I”m a bit slow off the mark on this one), here are some tart and juicy Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes, served with a swirl of lemon buttercream and topped with blackberries.  (Oh, and they’re vegan too, not that you would guess from tasting them!).

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Recipe: Wild Rice & Watercress Salad

Wild Rice & Watercress Salad

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganHere’s one of those ‘bung it all in and see what happens’ sort of suppers – supposedly celebrating all the fabulous produce that early British summertime brings, (though I fear that summer might in fact have been and gone…. oh well, it was fun whilst it lasted).

If you’re a regular reader you’ll have noticed that I’m not much of a salad fan…. I rarely find a salad filling and satisfying enough to count as a main meal in its own right, but adding grains like giant cous cous (here), bulgur wheat (here), or rice (here) transforms a collection of vegetables (ie. a side dish), into a proper stand-alone main course.

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Recipe: Lemony Linguine Pangrattato

Lemony Linguine Pangrattato

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20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & Vegan‘Pangrattato’, (or ‘grated bread’ in Italian), is a crispy breadcrumb topping which adds a pop of flavour and crunch to the simplest of throw-together meals.  I’ve used it here on an easy peasy pasta dish, but it is just as good on vegetables, risotto or even soups and salads.

Oregano is one of the only dried herbs I keep in my cupboards, so I’m really pleased to be working with Schwartz on this recipe.  I always associate it with Italian-American dishes, (pizza, meatballs, spaghetti, etc), but it is also used often in Greek dishes.   Continue reading “Recipe: Lemony Linguine Pangrattato”

Recipe: Valentine Shortbread Sweethearts (Vegan)

Valentine Shortbread Sweethearts Vegan

Here’s a quick and easy recipe to wow and woo your valentine, with not one but two flavours of beautifully ‘buttery’ shortbread, without the butter!  These Lemon & Poppyseed and Macadamia Nut & Dark Choc Chip lovehearts are sure to melt even the hardest of hearts.

There was a Valentines’ Coffee Morning at Pre-School this morning, so these fitted the bill perfectly.  Super-quick to throw together, (though they do need an hour of chilling in the fridge – you can be chilling elsewhere), using one big batch of dough to make two different flavours makes it look like you’ve put in far more effort than you really have… bonus!  Continue reading “Recipe: Valentine Shortbread Sweethearts (Vegan)”

Recipe: Shiitake Miso Noodle Bowl

Shiitake Miso Noodle Bowl

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganHere’s a super-speedy weeknight supper for one, a deeply savoury miso broth, with udon noodles, pak choi, spring onions and shiitake mushrooms.  I can’t claim to be part of the recent ‘clean eating’ movement, but I do find that clean is a really good description for food like this…. clear broth, a zing of ginger and lemon, bright green pak choi – this just has to be good for you, as well as deliciously filling. Continue reading “Recipe: Shiitake Miso Noodle Bowl”

Recipe: Broad Bean, Spring Onion & Lemon Cheesecake

Broad Bean & Lemon Cheesecake

If you’re vegetarian, eating at Michelin-recommended Vanilla Black is an absolute must any time you find yourself in London.  A quick look at their website will give you the idea – we’re talking vegetarian food like no other.

However I must admit that when I was offered a copy of their new book* for review, I did rather jump to the conclusion that it would be one of those arty farty cookbooks that are lovely to flick through Continue reading “Recipe: Broad Bean, Spring Onion & Lemon Cheesecake”

Recipe: Herby Giant Cous Cous with Asparagus and Lemon

Herby Giant Cous Cous with Asparagus & Lemon

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20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganHappy National Vegetarian Week one and all!  I hope you have been celebrating in style and taking the opportunity to try some new recipes and interesting ingredients.

The lovely people at Ocado fittingly chose this week to launch their new vegetarian shop, and offered me the opportunity to try some of its products, err… yes please!  Like a kid in a sweetshop, I could wax lyrical about all the yummy products they now have in store, but instead will just suggest that you hop right over there now and have a look, you won’t be disappointed: www.ocado.com/vegetarian  Continue reading “Recipe: Herby Giant Cous Cous with Asparagus and Lemon”