Two tasty vegan chestnut recipes

Chestnuts are a great food - they taste lovely roasted, work well with vegetables (chestnuts and Brussels sprouts being the best known combination), and as a puree can be used in sweet or savoury foods. Here in the UK most of the chestnut puree jars I buy are from France, so they haven't had to … Continue reading Two tasty vegan chestnut recipes

Sweet pumpkin pie (vegan)

Pumpkin with carved face on patio

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 … Continue reading Sweet pumpkin pie (vegan)

Plant-based recipes: vegan pumpkin cake

November is World Vegan Month, so I thought I’d post a few recipes that might tempt you into trying vegan food. The first week is a seasonal favourite of mine: pumpkin cake. I’m not sure of the origin of this recipe – I think I got it from my mum, but don’t know where she … Continue reading Plant-based recipes: vegan pumpkin cake

Plant power on your plate!

Chocolate cake

There's been a recent rise in interest in plant-based food and diets in the last few years. The reasons why may be many and varied, including a growing awareness of environmental issues, animal welfare concerns expressed in films such as Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy, mainstream chefs such as Jamie Oliver waking up to the … Continue reading Plant power on your plate!

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 … Continue reading Handmade toiletries