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…

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…

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…

Salad of Vegan Halloumi and Tomatoes with Cashews and Potato Bread

This is one of those ‘what have I got in the fridge?’ recipes. My wife, Samantha, had bought some potato bread that she wanted me to do something with, and we had some leftover Vegan haloumi in the fridge that needed eating. These, and a few other miscellaneous ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a good…

Quick and Easy Guacamole

When I first started making guacamole I was working in a restaurant that over-salted everything and added, in my opinion, too many ingredients where a simpler approach was required. It was a chain and they wanted uniformity, and I was quite often so frustrated with the way things were done that I would quietly alter…

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…

Oven Roasted Apricots

If you haven’t tried roasting apricots in the oven, you’re missing a treat. The softness of them, mixed with the sweetness and spices makes for a completely moreish snack. This recipe is from my book Going Vegan, which you can get from Amazon. Have these as a desert or simply as a snack, served hot…

Creamy Kale Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

I am deeply in love with polenta. When I have it I think to myself ‘why am I not having this all the time?’ It’s true that it can be hard work to cook, and it does make a mess of the pan, but don’t let any of that put you off. Polenta is awesome,…