Chickpea, Apple and Cashew Cutlets

This is a lightly spiced patty that can be served with a variety of side dishes. I go for a quite simple rice and salad, but you can also put it in some pitta bread or even a burger bun if that’s what you have lying around. Preparation time 15 minutes plus cooling time. Cooking…

Vegan Christmas Stuffing Balls

This recipe uses ready-made stuffing mix as a base. I used sage and onion (and, of course, made sure it was vegan) but you can use whichever is your favourite. You can do your own breadcrumbs and flavourings if you want to. I personally think there’s enough to do on Christmas day already, so I…

Chestnuts with Cinnamon, Chilli & Maple Syrup

There’s nothing like hot, sweet chestnuts to give you that Christmas feeling. This recipe is a quick and easy version that can be done in about 8 minutes. It uses ready-to-eat whole chestnuts, which you can get from Tesco, and most other supermarkets. The chilli powder adds a slight warmth without being overpowering, and you…

Best Vegan Gravy

I first learned to do vegetarian gravy properly long before I gave up eating meat. It was a huge eye-opener for me. The knowledge that you could make really good gravy without using meat stock went against everything I’d been brought up to believe. At that point it was my job to make the gravy,…

Vegan Sausages with Kale and Beans

Frozen vegan sausages don’t always have to be cooked in the oven and then served with chips. Sometimes you might want to do something a little more adventurous with them. There’s also nothing wrong with using pre-made, frozen sausages in a whole variety of healthy vegan meals. Just remember, if you were eating meat, you…

Vegan ‘Chicken’ Nuggets

This is a little something for kids and grown-ups alike. Sure, you can buy these already frozen in the supermarket, but nothing beats making them yourself. For one thing, you know exactly what’s going into them. It’s surprisingly easy to make a chicken substitute, but there is one ingredient you’ll need that you won’t find…

Sundried Tomato and Black Olive Bread

Breadmaking has been a passion of mine for about 30 years. I was a teenager when I first learned to combine flour and water to make a dough, that adding yeast would make it rise and just enough salt would give it the perfect flavour. I learned that bread didn’t happen quickly. It had to…

Cajun Spiced Broccoli Bites

I’d been mulling this idea over in the back of my mind for some time, while working on a host of other recipes. I’d seen plenty done with cauliflower in terms of seasoning with spices, and I wanted to try something with broccoli. I’ve always had a fondness for Cajun spice. There’s an earthy sweetness…

Sweet Potato Burger

I don’t eat burgers anywhere near as much as I used to, which I guess makes sense as I used to pop out for meat burgers with far too much frequency. Since turning vegan, popping out for one has become nearly impossible unless I’m prepared to travel, and a vegan burger while eating out is…