Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Chickpea Tuna


My latest delicious discovery is Chickpea Tuna.

It's absolutely delicious on a sandwich, in a baked potato or just eaten as it is straight from the bowl.  I guess it's been given the 'tuna' name because it does look a lot like a tuna and mayo sandwich .... and has a taste slightly reminiscent of it .... but thankfully no fish have gasped their last in the makings of this  :-)


I got the recipe out of an old copy of Vegan Food and Living magazine. If you want to read it clearer just click on the photo to enlarge it.


Extremely healthy and extremely tasty .... even if it is a little bit messy to look at!!


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Cheats Vegan Cake ... with Pop


I've heard of this method of making a vegan cake from a cake mix a few times, but I've never tried it ..... perhaps I will next time I'm in the mood for a cake.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Carrot Hotdogs !!



I was in two minds about these when I first started watching this video ... but when I saw the little boys reaction ... well I might just give them a go  :-)



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

"Where Do You Get Your Protein From?"


I got asked this again this morning 'where do you get your protein from?'.  

In my head the word aaarrrggghhh reverberates round and around but out loud I try and explain ... politely ... it's hard to do.




There is actually protein in every foodstuff we eat with the exception of fats and sugars, so there's no need to panic if you are eating a well balanced diet .


And if you want to ask someone where they get their protein from ask him
.... go on I dare you  :-)




Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter


There are so many ways to celebrate Easter that do not have to involve slices of dead animal on your plate .... not that the television adverts would make you think this.  Seemingly we should all be buying parts of lambs, fresh chickens to roast and even, in direct competition to Christmas ... turkey.

  Whatever you choose to have I hope you enjoy it, me ... well I'll be eating as normal, just things from the freezer or the cupboard, no special shopping needed.


 


I could have had a chocolate Easter Egg  .... but I chose a bottle of wine instead  ;-)


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

On a Desert Island


If you don't think this is a real question that people ask vegans .... think again!!




And absolutely brilliant in hot coffee and tea is the new Oatly Barista.




Monday, 3 April 2017

You Can't Beat a bit of Garlic Bread .......


A new obsession  :-)


Totally vegan, very delicious and handy to have in the freezer for those 'aarrgghh I need something tasty to eat in ten minutes' moments.

Yes I could make my own, and I do ... but sometimes it's just nice to have something you don't have to think about waiting to be grabbed from inside the fridge or freezer. 



Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Still Drinking Milk ?



Just one of the many reasons I don't drink milk, or use products containing milk anymore.


See the full article here


Then you might want to watch THIS



Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Perfect Vegan




I'm not the perfect vegan, I'm so far from being the perfect vegan it could upset me ... but it doesn't !!  Why doesn't it you might ask, well because I am doing exactly what the meme above says.  'I'm doing the best I can to cause the least harm', and hopefully I will be able to carry on this way for the rest of my life.

I can't stand suffering, I can't stand it when people say one thing and do another.  'I love animals' is an often repeated phrase, nine times out of ten from someone who will then go on to eat a slice of one for their tea with a side of chips and a coating of gravy.  I just woke up one day, did some research and decided I couldn't be one of those people anymore, so I changed.  Be the change you want to see!

My journey over the last fifteen years has taken me from cutting out red meat, to full on vegetarianism, then back to pescatarianism ... because I thought I needed the nutrients in fish ... HA .... I have felt so much better since I cut all animal products out of my diet ... and now I have moved finally and completely into veganism ... or a completely plant based diet as some call it.

Indeed maybe I should say I am 'plant based eater' rather than a vegan, because still in my life is one of the by-products of the animal industry - leather.

I have a couple of leather bags and a few pairs of leather shoes and boots, the sofa I sit on to eat my plant based meals is made of leather, the steering wheel cover and seat trims of my car are leather.  It seems I am surrounded by the stuff.  I can't afford to change everything at once but I can use them for now, respectfully make them last, wear them out and when they need replacing replace them with kinder, more soul satisfying alternatives.


Luckily I have always been allergic to wool so I don't have masses of woolly jumpers siting on my shoulders or my conscience, and to my knowledge there is little wool in the house, maybe a percentage in the carpet, but I really don't know.

Little by little I am moving forward, slowly and gently ... and for me that's the best way to go.



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Somedays You Just Need Pastry


Some days you just want pastry .... yesterday I got a lot of pastry!!

This is one of our large plates, I needed to use because it my pasty was HUGE  ;-)


It all started with half a pack of puff pastry that needed using up. 

I had bought four blocks of ready made pastry from the 'Reduced to Clear' cabinet in Tesco's the previous week, three had gone straight into the freezer for future use, half was used on the day to make two open Sweet Potato and Roasted Vegetable tarts for tea and the other half wrapped and popped into the fridge ... where it lay forgotten about until I moved the carton of yogurt that was in front of it ... ooops!


It rolled out into a rather weird shape ... I've never been good at rolling circles or oblongs ... but it actually worked in my favour as the smaller side folded neatly over and I could crimp the edges really well.  A quick filling of grated Violife cheese with a dollop of Tomato and Onion chutney stirred through and then some more Violife on top and it made for a simple but filling tea after a day spent doing washing ,ironing, hovering etc .... you know all the glamorous jobs.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

We have five acres .....



We have five acres ..... it's a good job I don't eat meat  .... lol  :-)



And I'm sick of being asked 'Can you eat this?', 'Can you eat that?' .... YES I can ...but I won't, there's just no need to.  I'm eating better now than I have ever eaten and feeling better for it too!!



Thursday, 9 March 2017

In the Polytunnel this Month



The polytunnel is possibly at it's most desolate at the moment. 

It's been a sadly neglected place over the last few months, especially so this last couple of weeks while I have been so off colour with this dreadful cold/flu like bug that I have had.


It needs a good tidy, a sort out of the stacks of plant pots and trays on the work bench which appear to be home to a myriad of spiders and little critters that have over-wintered in some style, and it also needs a wash down of the polythene on the right hand side to get rid of the build up of green stuff that will block the sunshine .... when we finally get some.  Once this is done it should feel brighter and fresher again.


But saying all that, there is still some food to be had, although at the moment I think we are sharing it with a little nocturnal visitor.  This Kale that I relocated  the other week and have been picking some from regularly for my morning Nutriblasts was also picked from by a little creature overnight for the last two nights.  I guess it's the 'hungry gap' for everyone not just us, so I'm not overly concerned,


The next bed along has the last of the Leeks, three more that will make another tasty Leek and Potato soup for lunches this weekend when Alan is home.  The thing in the bottomless brown plant pot is a Celery plant that sprouted up of it's own accord ... I must have accidently dropped a seed.


The other Celery's were in this bed last year, and these are two that I harvested a couple of months ago that have since started to regrow.  Celery is one of the many plants that will regenerate from the root system if you harvest above grown level and leave the roots undisturbed.


To the left of the celery is the Kohl Rabi plants (also nibbled by our little visitor),and to the left of them the Spinach  that has over-wintered pretty well.


The centre end bed is the one with the most to eat at the moment.  Furthest away and nearest to the far doors, are some Swiss Chard plants, then a few remaining Beetroot, then a line of Mixed Leaves which have done really well considering the frosts we have had over the past few weeks, and then closest to us some Spring Onions.

The blue hoops are there ready to hold a layer of fleece whenever the temperature drops to below freezing.

So although there is lots to do to get growing again for this year, there are things still to eat in the polytunnel and lots of the crops that originally came from the polytunnel are still being eaten from the freezer so I think we are doing quite well, and the 'hungry gap' for the first time is going to be quite a bit shorter ... even if we are sharing the last of the food with our little mice-y friends.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

New Discovery


Now I have always like peanut butter, most sorts although smooth has always had the edge over crunchy, but I will eat virtually all peanut butters.  I'm not as keen on almond or cashew butters but they have grown on me a little bit recently.  When my supply was running low the other day I called into Tesco on my way back from the cinema and took the time to browse the peanut and nut butters a little bit more closely than usual ... and I spotted this one.


Which at the time of writing is my new favourite peanut butter of choice.



Closely followed by it's best friend ... this one ... which is currently on special offer in Tesco at £2.50 for the large jar (the crunchy version is reduced too) , I feel a little bit of stocking up the store cupboard is called for  :-)


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

A Day of Food


I get asked a lot what sort of food I'm eating now, so I thought that occasionally I would do a simple blog post that shows a days worth of the food that appears on my plate.


Breakfast -

Koko yogurt with banana, blueberries, pumpkin and sesame seeds, grated brazil nuts, flaked almonds and a drizzle of vanilla bean paste.


Lunch -

Lettuce, onion and cucumber sandwich on granary bread with Violife cheese slices.



Tea -

A portion from the top photo of the Cumin, Carrot, Onion and Lentil Bake with a dollop of cashew cheese, a handful of rocket leaves and a sprinkle of chopped pistachios.

They were all delicious ... and all my sort of food  :-)

Monday, 6 March 2017

Stats for Veganuary

 

I got an email with the round up stats for Veganuary 2017 the other day ... so I thought I would put it on here for future reference.

I absolutely loved taking part in this, the daily emails made it so easy to keep on track, be inspired to try new foods and helped me to learn so much.  I'll definitely be doing it again next year, but next time I'll be signing up from an already vegan starting point :-)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Inspiration


I was reading through my Vegan Food and Living magazine the other morning, one of the back issues I think it was ...


...and I came across the recipe for Blueberry and Buckwheat Pancakes



Within ten minutes they were on my plate and being enjoyed whilst I carried on reading.

Thank goodness for a well stocked larder and a large tub of homegrown blueberries still in the freezer from last years crop.  They were delicious.

If you want to copy the recipe you can click on the photo and it will get bigger  :-)




Monday, 27 February 2017

Comfort Food



For the last few days I have been full of a really bad cold and have the energy of a limp lettuce.  Food has had to be quick to prepare, in small portions and be tempting and tasty.

 A couple of peeled Mandarin oranges and a black coffee is a perfect breakfast when I have no appetite, and the vitamin C will no doubt help drive away the cold germs.


Lunches have alternated between bowls of homemade soup ... thank goodness for the freezer stock, and freshly made salad sandwiches with Violife cheese slices and vegan mayo.



I love these sausages and I've have had one or two or more likely half a dozen meals of a sausage butty with lots of tomato ketchup.  It's funny but this is the only thing I ever put ketchup on!!


When I saw these in the freezer cabinet at Tesco I knew I had found another meal idea.  After eating a couple and going into the freezer  to get out another for tea tonight I had the sudden realisation that it doesn't say  'Suitable for Vegans' on the pack.  But checking on the Linda McCartney website I am very relieved to find out that yes they are totally vegan ... phew  😊



Monday, 20 February 2017

Free Seeds .... and Another Tasty Treat


At the end of last week March's copy of Kitchen Garden magazine fell through my letterbox accompanied by the usual free seeds, this time it was peas, tomatoes and strawberries ... and of course the free elastic band that holds them altogether in the envelope!! 

I throw nothing away!!  The elastic band is added to my stash in a dish on the kitchen shelves, even the sheet of A4 paper that has my address for delivery on is torn into quarters as it has a blank reverse side. it's just used as four pieces of note paper ... ideal for shopping lists or just reminding myself of something ... yes I have gotten to that age where notes are left in prominent places to remind me to 'take eggs to Mum's' etc etc.

These new seeds have been added to the exceptionally large seed stash I now have and will be sorted through later today in readiness for sowing pretty soon.  I am currently working my way around the polytunnel and the net tunnel, tidying, weeding, replanting some of the plants that are keeping on growing and being harvested from, but that are on their own in beds that I need, and picking some of what's left in there either for tasty soups for us or as entertaining and healthy greens for the chickens who are at last coming to the end of the DEFRA free-ranging ban.  Having a bunch of greens to peck at every other day has been a godsend for their health and no doubt their sanity, and I have sacrificed a lot of plants to this cause.  We have more than enough homegrown produce still in the freezer to see us through the 'hungry gap' so the chickens need has been greater than ours. 

There have been other free seeds on my magazines this year, up to now I have had ...

January's edition with a booklet about growing veg and a pack celeriac seeds,

and February's edition with some beetroot, peppers and tomato seeds.


My other subscription has been Grow Your Own magazine.  I got the January edition with some free leek seeds ...

and then the February edition arrived with a free planting guide and a bumper pack of seeds, containing cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, aubergine and tomato. 

Even with just these seeds to sow we would have a good supply of homegrown fruits and vegetables.

  I've found these magazines to be a really good buy.  I got free gifts with both of the subscriptions which more than covered the cost of the year long subscription and have loved having them drop through the letter box on a regular basis.  But with both subscriptions about to end I am not renewing them as I have saved all the copies to reread again this year as each month comes around.


And finally, something really good that I tried for the first time last week were these 'Gosh!' bakes.  They were tasty, spicy and went down very well, the first day served with boiled potatoes and peas and then the next served on a bun with lettuce and mayo.