‘French’ Onion Soup

Spring didn’t quite get off to the roaring start I’d hoped, time in the garden has been limited due to the incessant rain… The chickens alone are turning everything into a bleak bog land – human feet would only make things worse.  The seedlings are reluctant to germinate in the cold greenhouse and everything is…

Toffle! (aka Waffle Tofu) Teriyaki style

Tofu has a funny reputation.  Some people love it, some can’t abide it.  But the most common complaint is about it’s texture.  Creating crispy, firm, chewy tofu is an art, one which up until now I had definitely not perfected.   But then I purchased a waffle iron and started doing some waffle research.  …

Magic Custard Cake

Happy Easter! I am by no means religious, but Easter is one of my favourite times of the year.  Whatever form your spring festival takes, there is growth and new life happening all around.  And what better symbol of all this fertility than the egg.  The garden is in a state of disarray, jobs just started…

Veggie Quinoa Patties

So the Easter holidays are upon us, we’ve spent our first day embarking on the fairly mammoth task of straightening up the garden.  Trying to extend the veggie plot, pressure washing the moss off the greenhouse, digging over the compost heap, and generally moving a lot of soil from some areas of the garden to…

Oat Jars

There are many many many overnight oat recipes out there.  In fact, it seems to be quite the thing to blog about.  I’m not necessarily one to follow trend, and to be fair, I’m fairly late to jump on the bandwagon, but the pre made quick nutritious portable breakfast idea really appealed to me.  My…

Broccoli and Sweetcorn Fritters

I have played about with fritter recipes during the summer months, as a delicious way of coping with a glut of courgettes or french beans… but I thought I’d try something with seasonal broccoli, and polenta instead of the traditional gram flour.  These are not doughy, they have a firm bite and a crunchy outside,…

Squash Tagine

What else can I do with a butternut squash?  I’ve risottoed, roasted, baked, stewed and curried, it’s now time for some new flavours.  So I’m heading back to Morocco, the place were the husband and I took one of our first holidays (in that magical time, way before we had children) and I’m trying to…

Baked Spinach Polenta (with a spicy lentil sauce)

When my daughters were really little and learning to eat I used to make a version of this which they loved.  Baked polenta was firm enough and easy to grab in their chubby little fists, yet soft enough to bite with a gummy mouth and smear about the table.  After the need for such perfect…

Ras-El-Hanout {Moroccan Spice Blend}

Recently, out of a desire for a new taste from a different part of the world, I have been trying to recapture the flavours from a distant holiday in Marakesh.  I’ve been working on a vegetable tagine, and during my research, which has led me the believe there is no such thing as a definitive classic…

Figgy Flapjack

This recipe evolved out of a need to have a nut free snack bar for my daughters’ lunch boxes.  Both schools they attend have a nut free policy to protect those children with allergies, which for us can be quite limiting.  Being vegetarian and dairy free we often rely on nut products for protein, good…

Irresistible Chickpeas

Snacking chickpeas… All the goodness of these legumes, in a tasty, salty, spicy, savoury snack… as addictive as popcorn or potato crisps, with tonnes of protein and any flavouring you can think of.   These are super duper easy but they do take a wee bit of time in the oven.  Once ready, they will…

Tofu, it’s Peanuts!

This is an easy peasy one, good fresh veg, simple tofu, punchy oriental flavours and no bother noodles.  One to shove on the meal plan for a hectic night when everyone’s on the go. I’ve not really addressed firm tofu in this blog before, we don’t eat much tofu, and so this is my own personal reintroduction…