Pumpkin with carved face on patio

Sweet pumpkin pie (vegan)

Pumpkins (including squash) are incredibly versatile for cooking yet many get wasted because of Halloween. They can be used for savoury dishes (soup, bread, curry, roast vegetables, risotto etc), as well as sweet dishes, including cake and sweet pumpkin pie. There’s lots of different varieties as well, not just the large ‘orange’ ones that most…

3 pieces of chocolate tiffin on plat

Raw chocolate vegan tiffin

This is one of my favourite things to eat. In moderation of course. I haven’t shared a recipe for years and my gooseberry fool post is always popular, so I think it time to do another recipe. The one is an adaptation of various recipes for fruit and nut tiffins (which is different use of…

Nettle plant

Spring nettle soup

With spring slowly coming to Wales and the UK, it’ll soon be time to think about foraging for greens to make the delicious nettle soup. ‘Nettle soup?’ I hear you cry. ‘That’s just crazy.’ It may sound odd, but it’s actually really tasty, and good for you – the ancient Greeks and Romans used nettles…

Handmade toiletries

It can be very satisfying to create and then use your own handmade toiletries. I’d been thinking about attempting some for a while, and then came across some useful websites with tried and tested recipes. If, like me, you’ve tried all the natural/eco/vegan deodorants available (in the UK) for the last 20+ years and still…

Gooseberries on stalk

Yummy vegan layered gooseberry fool

What to do with all the lovely gooseberries from my garden? Although some were ready earlier, lots were ready at once (and I was also lax in not picking them in stages), and so after a mammoth picking and topping & tailing session,  I now have hundreds of gooseberries in my freezer. Although I make…