Vegan Rose, Lemon and Pistachio cake

(AD) There are a couple of things I have struggled with since trying to attempt a mostly vegan/plant based diet. One of those things is cake. I love cake and trying to find delicately light, fluffy cakes that taste amazing can be a challenge. A friend of mine gave me a very basic vegan cake recipe…

Delicious Dairy Free French Toast

(AD) French toast is something I hadn’t had for years and years. Ever since realising that dairy made me a bit unwell, I have steered clear of anything containing milk. That means no hot chocolate, no creamy soups, no milkshakes…. until finally oat and almond milk became a thing. Experimenting with plant based milks makes…

Schwartz Fajita Seasoning Review

I love fajitas and usually opt to make my own spice blend which can be time consuming. For a weekday dinner this Schwartz fajita seasoning is perfect to grab off the shelf, chuck into a pan with your ingredients and let it sizzle away. It is available from Tesco and retails at just £1.60. You’ll…

Easy Za’atar chicken thighs

Yet another chicken thigh recipe using the Freshly Spiced Za’atar spice blend. I love the Freshly Spiced mixes, the flavours are always very strong, they smell delicious and they make cooking so much easier. They are the perfect help on a busy weekday evening and are so much tastier than the usual shop bought blends….

Easy Chinese Chicken Thighs

For this Chinese chicken thigh recipe I teamed up with a local company called Freshly Spiced. Freshly Spiced are a company in Nottingham that create amazing natural spice blends without any additives, from scratch. They have a huge range of different blends and are so much tastier than regular shop bought ones. All the packets…

Vegan Pesto Tart

I have been experimenting with this dish for ages, first as a puff pastry option and now as a shortcrust pastry tart. Can you tell I love pastry? HA! This vegan dish is super quick to make, looks great and is very filling. It serves 4 as a main dish and even more as a…

Crispy chickpea snack

These delicious crispy chickpeas are a perfect way to stop hunger and they are a great protein snack if you are on a health kick! Mix it up by playing around with your own spice combo.

My favourite breads

I absolutely love bread. I could survive just on this one food without a doubt! From home baked to store bought, I really don’t mind. There are so many different types of bread that I could happily find a way to eat it three times a day forever more. I’m getting more into baking bread,…

Mushrooms on toast

I have always wanted to eat mushrooms on toast, but as most recipes call for cream, I’ve never eaten them. Last weekend I really wanted mushrooms as part of my breakfast so I made this loaded toast with ingredients I always have to hand. It turned out even better than expected and made for a…

Geordie Beer Stew

Looking for a heartwarming stew recipe that is cheap, delicious and perfect for winter nights? This beef stew using Newcastle Brown Ale is sure to hit the spot.

Pistachio & Parsnip Puff

I love pastry. All my favourite things are made with pastry; sausage rolls, pies, cinnamon rolls…. now I can add this delicious, super simple dish to that list. I have made variations of this for a while (usually with a red pepper pesto) but I was experimenting with a pistachio pesto I make and it…

Vegan Ramen with sticky tofu

I bloody love Japanese food and ramen is one of my favourite comfort foods. It’s like a huge hug, and I needed it today after celebrating the new year with a couple too many drinks! This recipe feeds 4 people (and reheats perfectly for lunch the next day!) Ingredients For the broth 1 pint of…