Sweet Potato, Kale and Mushroom Pasties

Shops are now starting to stock some pasties for the vegan, which is great news. Ginsters have produced a vegan one (haven’t seen it myself yet), and so have Morrison’s. Just in case you’re caught short, though, I thought I’d come up with a pasty recipe for you. You never know when you might need…

Easy Chestnut Mushroom, New Potato and Leek Pie

I’ve created this pie with ready-to-roll pastry to make it as easy and non-time-consuming as possible. You can, of course, make your own pastry if you prefer, but the idea behind this is to keep it simple. Chestnut mushrooms are easily accessible and a perfect size for a chunky pie, when cut either in half…

Vegan Cheese, Ham and Sundried Tomato Slices

These are basically vegan pasties, which is kind of like the Holy Grail of vegan junk food. At the time of writing this I haven’t been able to find any that you can buy (although the recent arrival of the Greggs sausage roll is a welcome step in the right direction). So, until the day…

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 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….

Peach and Frangipane Tart

I first came across a frangipane tart in my twenties and I was immediately awe-stricken by the firm, almond filling surrounding soft, delicious fruit. It stayed with me for some time and I made my first one a few years later from a recipe book. Despite the pleasure it gave me, I’ve only made it…

Roasted Fennel and Broccoli Quiche

I wanted to experiment with some different gluten-free flours to see what results I could get. I’ve been using buckwheat flour as a staple for a while now and I wanted to change it up a bit. Not everyone can eat buckwheat. Also, I don’t want my gluten-free recipes to contain only one flour. For…

Vegan Scones with Homemade Strawberry Jam

Before making these, I can’t remember the last time I had a scone. I didn’t even miss them until I was sitting down eating one, then I remembered how good they were. Sweet and crumbly, they taste of outdoor adventures in warmer weather. Paired with strawberry jam (and cream if you like), scones are a…

Butternut Squash & Walnut Wellington

Christmas is the perfect occasion to be inventive with your cooking. You’ve got people coming around for the holidays. The whole family’s going to be there, so it’s time to impress. At least that’s one scenario. The other is that you’re the one doing the visiting, and we both know that your host is just…

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Tart

I’ve always loved chocolate and orange as a combination. Chocolate and mint is ok but, for me, chocolate and orange will always win out. This, like all opinions on food, is highly subjective. Samantha, my wife, has a preference for the choc-mint combo, though she does like the orange as well. This dessert makes use…