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Recipes

Meat-free spaghetti carbonara

Meat-free spaghetti carbonara

Lardons. There, I said it. One of the most difficult-to-replicate meat products is bacon, specifically meat in a chunky, smoked format. Quorn does a mediocre job with their frozen bacon strips (they look like insoles and taste like them too), and most supermarket own-brand offerings […]

Aubergine and peanut curry

Aubergine and peanut curry

Curry is one of those veggie staples that everyone has a recipe for. Whether it’s a swelteringly-hot vindaloo or a creamy korma with big chunks of paneer in, food from India lends itself to vegetarian cooking so well. It’s not surprise, with an average 30% […]

Moroccan Tagine with Halloumi

Moroccan Tagine with Halloumi

Halloumi? Hallou you! Sorry. One of the things I love most about switching to a veggie diet is the sheer amount of halloumi I’ve eaten. The salty Greek delight seems to be present on almost every veggie menu – in sandwiches, fried on skewers… love […]

Leek and mushroom pie

Leek and mushroom pie

I’ve not done a recipe for a while (too busy eating breakfasts) but the recent cold weather inspired me to make a pie! The recipe was inspired by the fact that I had a lot of mushrooms I needed to use up…

Carrot etc soup

Carrot etc soup

You know how it goes – it’s Boxing Day, you’ve eaten and drunk far too much, and you want something that feels at least a little bit healthy, compared to all the cake and booze you had yesterday. You also bought WAY too much veg […]

Cauliflower parmo

Cauliflower parmo

Chicken parmo is a dish famed in the north-east of the UK (I guess it originated in Italy?) as the perfect end-of-the-night fuel. This version takes a little longer and is considerably better for you! It’s a one-pot dish as well – saves on washing […]

Sosmix “sausage” rolls

Sosmix “sausage” rolls

There’s nothing like fresh sausage rolls, hot out the oven. Perfect for lunches, parties, or taking on picnics! Using the ever- versatile proper sosmix, I made these in 10 minutes for a beach trip the next day. They’re lush hot, and they’re even better cold!

Veggie aubergine chilli

Veggie aubergine chilli

Aubergines seem to feature quite heavily in a lot of veggie recipes. Is it because they’re fairly meaty in texture, while also good at soaking up other flavours? Probably, I guess. They’re not something I’ve got much experience of cooking – if I’m honest, before […]

Tomato + harissa stew with dumplings

Tomato + harissa stew with dumplings

As the weather gets cold and I start feeling crappy, I crave stodge, as I’m sure we all do. I saw a recipe for a stew on BBC Good Food and thought I’d do my own version of it, which I’m pleased to say turned […]

Sosmix scotch eggs (now with GF option!)

Sosmix scotch eggs (now with GF option!)

Sosmix is something I remember from my dim and distant past. My mum’s friend used to fry balls of it for dinner, we’d have it with spaghetti and tomato sauce – it was lush. Searching for it recently uncovered the fact that it’s not made […]