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…

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…

Oven Roasted Figs With ‘Blue Style’ Cheese

Remember the pineapple and cheese cubes on sticks we used to get at parties? Well think of this as the posh version. Your social cred will go up mega points if you serve these at your next bash, plus they take no time at all. Prep time: Maybe 5 minutes if you stop for a…

Sweet Pepper & Tomato Soup with Ciabatta Croutons and Basil Oil

As the cold weather creeps in and the nights grow ever longer, our appetites begin to change as our bodies yearn for that long-lost instinct of hibernation. We crave warmer, more substantial food to sustain us through the late autumn and winter. We want that sensation of heat and comfort that grows with every mouthful,…

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,…

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…

Vegan Leek and Cheese Parcels

If you’re already thinking about your Christmas starter, then you could do a lot worse than these vegan leek and cheese parcels. Pan-fried leeks with garlic and cheese, wrapped in a crunchy filo pastry parcel and dipped in a luxurious forest fruit dipping sauce. If you’re having family over, then this is guaranteed to impress….

Spiced Pumpkin Seed Humous

This is a slight alternative to the classic humous recipe. Orangey-red in colour, with crunchy pumpkin seeds in every bite and a background of Cajun spice. Serve this on some rustic bread and you’ve got a delicious light snack. It’ll keep for about 4 days. Prep time: 10 minutes. Makes 750ml Ingredients: 2 cans drained…

Carrot and Red Pepper Soup

Now that the British weather is returning to us, perhaps it’s time to take a look at some food to warm the insides as the nights begin to get longer. Soups have long been favoured by us Brits but, for reasons that I can’t quite figure out, we get a lot of it processed in…

Aubergine and Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Green Olive Tapenade

Bruschetta are a versatile lunch to have on a relaxing day. Toasted bread topped with just about anything you can imagine. What’s not to love? I’ve kept to a Mediterranean theme with mine: pan-fried aubergines and tomatoes with a little bit of salt and garlic, served on an olive tapenade and topped with rocket and…