Vegan activism: Can it do more harm than good?

In Worcestershire, England a lorry overturned after a group of vegan activists protested against the driver transporting 640 turkeys to slaughter. This is such a sad tale. In this case, the activists likely made the situation worse and I didn’t think that was possible. Imagine being transported in a lorry in a small container unsure…

How to Cook for a Vegan at Christmas

In the past year’s veganism has been growing and it this is only continuing. So the chance that you will have a vegan at your table is very high. For that reason, I’ve decided to so a blog which is a little bit different in that it is aimed and the omnivores out there because…

Vegan Mince Pies

Method 1 large apple peeled and grated 200g mixed dried fruit 400g black cherries in kirsch/Cherry water 100g skinless hazelnuts roasted and chopped 1 orange zested and juiced 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp allspice 150g dark brown sugar Shop bought vegan shortcrust pastry   Method Heat the oven to 180°C Add all…

Vegan Holiday Cooking – Vegan Stuffing

Ingredients 1 large loaf whole-grain bread or 2 small baguettes, cubed & set out to dry overnight 100g uncooked green lentils 3 Tbsp olive oil or vegan butter 1 white onion, diced 2stalks celery, diced salt & pepper 800 ml vegetable stock made with 2 cubes ( For stuffing) 350 ml vegetable stock made with…

Vegan Holiday Cooking – Centrepiece – Mushroom Wellington

Ingredients 4 Large Portobello Mushrooms stem removed 3 large onions 3tbsp olive oil 300g baby spinach 4 sprigs of thyme leaves 1 vegan puff pastry 1 tsp Dijon mustard Soya milk Salt and pepper to taste   Method Heat a pan over a medium heat with 1tbsp of olive oil. Add the onions chopped and…

Vegan Holiday Cooking 3 – Centrepiece- Nutroast

  Ingredients 100g onion 1 medium carrot 35g Mushrooms 50g red lentils 600ml vegetable stock 1 can kidney beans 60g mixed nuts (pecan, walnut and hazelnuts) 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp dried thyme 1tbsp rosemary Pinch of cayenne pepper 2 tsp mixed spice 200g oatmeal 1 tsp ground pepper Salt…

Vegan Holiday Cooking – Week 2 – Sides

Roast Vegetables (Carrot, Parsnip and Potato) Ingredients 2 kg potatoes 6 parsnips 6 carrots 1 bulb of garlic 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary olive oil   Method Preheat the oven to 200°C. Peel all your vegetables and chop the carrots and parsnips lengthways. Break the garlic into individual cloves without peeling them and bash with…

Vegan Holiday Cooking – Week 1 – Starters.

In the lead up to the holidays, I have decided to upload a vegan holiday recipe every Tuesday. These will be based on my own childhood Christmas dinners but I hope there will be something there everyone will enjoy.  Recipes will be simple to prepare and cook. So whether you’re struggling to cook for a…

Roasted Stuffed Cauliflower

Ingredients 1 large or 2 small cauliflowers (about 850g) 5 tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp breadcrumbs 250g kale chopped 1 tbsp milled linseed 1 onion chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped ½ small pack sage leaves chopped ½ small pack rosemary leaves chopped 150g cooked chestnuts finely chopped, plus 30g for the topping 2 lemons zested…

Vegan Christmas Cake

  Ingredients:   340g plain flour 170g soft demerara sugar 170g currants 170g sultanas 140g raisins 55g glace cherries 25g mixed peel 1/2 pint / 280ml soya milk (or another vegan milk alternative) 70g dairy free spread 1 tsp bicarbonate soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp mixed spice pinch of salt 90ml…