Cherry and Cranberry Pies – Vegan and Gluten Free

Not everybody likes mince pies, so I wanted to make something that could be an alternative to them. Something very much like mince pies, but at the same time not. I came up with these cherry and cranberry pies, which are a delicious substitute for when you’re having guests over. These are also vegan and…

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…

Whole Wheat Mushroom and Kale Tartlets

These are a great little party piece if you happen to be having a buffet. You could even roll them out for that Boxing Day family gathering you’re just beginning to worry about. The recipe is for whole wheat pastry, which you can make from scratch. If you’re short on time, or if you want…

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…

Chickpeas with Lemon, Parsley and ‘Feta’

I had some chickpeas left over from using the aquafaba. I tend to keep them in a storage bag in the freezer until I need them, then pick what I want from the bag. This time I was in the mood for something with a real lemon taste that could be served cold. I had…

Cinnamon and Chilli Spiced Oven Roasted Carrots

Here’s something for the coming festive season. If I’m going to have carrots as a side dish, then I usually like to have them roasted. This version gives them a real Christmas feel but with a little bit of a kick (which, of course, is optional of chilli isn’t your thing). The chilli oil used…

Pumpkin and Rice Cakes with Lemon Sauce

It’s that time of year again where food writers go pumpkin crazy. It’s suddenly in every recipe out there, from soups to drinks and anything in between (I swear I even made a pumpkin and mango mousse yesterday – not kidding!). I’m sorry to say that I’m no exception. I know why we do it,…

Seeded, Plaited Wholelmeal Bread

Wholemeal bread has always been one of those foods that’s easier to buy than it is to make. Wholemeal flour is denser that its processed counterpart and, as such, is trickier to get a light bread from. I’ve long since given up the idea of 100% whole wheat in my breadmaking, so now I opt…

Shredded Kale with Cherry Tomatoes and Tamari Dressing

This side dish is super quick to make and will go with just about any East Asian main you care to add it to. The kale is fried on a medium-high heat in sesame oil until wilted, then tomatoes and garlic are added to give a wonderful vibrant colour and flavour. The dressing is poured…