Broad Bean Falafel

Every street food market up and down the country surely has a stall selling hot falafel. These mildly spiced deep fried vegan treats are so delicious. A former colleague of mine used to travel far and wide, always insisting on trying falafel wherever he went. When I worked in West London I would sometime treat…

Vegan Pancakes

Who doesn’t love a pancake? With Pancake Day only a couple of weeks away, and still inspired by Veganuary, I wanted to find a way of cooking them without the eggs. Most recipes substitute bananas in place of eggs, but having never been a fan of bananas I wanted to see how easy it is…

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Herbs

100g puy or green lentils 1 bay leaf 200g of your favourite grain (bulgur, millet, farro, quinoa, pearl barley) 1 smallish cauliflower of half a large one half a teaspoon each of ground cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, salt a handful of cherry tomatoes – halved half a cucumber – diced 4-5 tablespoons olive oil 1…

Pea, Mint and Courgette Soup

For those who grow your own vegetables you are no doubt all too familiar with the late summer glut of courgettes. Here is yet another way of using some of them up. Works well with the larger ones you forget to pick too as you can just simmer off some of the excess water they…

Green Shakshuka

Some might argue that this isn’t really a shakshuka, or what some call huevos rancheros. Both are made with tomatoes, chilis and onion and would normally be served looking something like this However, I thought I would experiment a little. This is a little like a cross between a traditional shakshuka and eggs florentine. It…

Spiced, Roasted Vegetables with Moghrabieh

#Veganuary continues to gain momentum. What could be more natural and wholesome than a tray of roasted veggies, spiced up with a littleĀ Ras El Hanout to keep out the cold of winter. Moghrabieh is a giant couscous so gives the dish some extra texture. If you can’t find it you could use normal couscous or…

Nutty Quinoa Porridge

My in-laws are creatures of habit. They like to eat the same breakfast every day. Porridge oats, made with water, followed by toast. I do find it odd how so many people eat the same things for breakfast every day, but wouldn’t dream of having the same lunch or dinner every day. Don’t get me…

Japanese Style Vegetable Pancakes

Serve this with a simple soy sauce, lime juice and crushed peanut dipping sauce, a warming bowl of miso soup and crispy vegetable spring rolls. 2 tablespoons sunflower or groundnut oil 2 eggs 1 large carrot – grated 3-4 leaves from a cabbage – finely shredded 2-3 spring onions – finely sliced 1 teaspoon of…

Mexican Red Bean & Tomato Soup with Toasted Tortilla Croutons

A cross between a bean chili and a soup. Essentially it’s a bean and vegetable chili but with the addition of stock to turn it into a hearty, nourishing and warming soup. The croutons are delicious thrown on top of the soup and also as “chips” to dip into the soured cream and mashed avocado….

Beet ‘n’ Bean Burgers

I first had a beetroot burger at Wholefoods Market on a recent trip to New York while trying to escape the cold and the rain. Then on a flying visit to Cornwall last weekend I had them again – this time at the takeaway hole-in-the-wall at Watergate Bay. These can be made in advance and…