My Vegan Life

Ginger and date granola

Preparation Time 10 MinutesCooking Time 45 Minutes10 Servings Dairy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian The thing I have against most commercial granola is that they come loaded normally with refined sugar. They are often advertised as this healthy, wholesome and natural breakfast cereal. I prefer to make my own, sweetened with organic maple syrup and packed with healthy... Continue Reading →

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No eggs no problem

This is an update of a blog I wrote a while ago, the reason being more egg replacements are now available on our supermarket shelves. It is amazing how many products are available now on top of the natural ones we can use. See below for some new items. Before I became vegan I was... Continue Reading →

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Another Year Begins

Hi everyone and I hope you have recovered from the festive season. Mine went downhill the Saturday before Christmas when I split my big toe wide open when I fell and then on Christmas Eve I went down with pneumonia. After that and a cortisone injection I am on the road to recovery and now... Continue Reading →

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Gingernut Biscuits

I had tried to bake a few recipes for ginger biscuits, these involved using soft brown sugars which led to a chewy cookie. In the UK ginger nuts are a well known crunchy biscuit, these make wonderful dunkers. I remember them fondly from my childhood, these warm with ginger crunchy biscuits, once dunked they became... Continue Reading →

Homemade vegetable stock

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

Before I became vegan, I made my own stock. I always had a vegan good quality stock in my store cupboard but when I made a vegetable one it often fell flat.

Last year to reduce my food waste I purchased a compost bin, which I am delighted with. Making a big pot of soup one day, my eyes settled on a pile of peelings and ends. Light bulb moment, it was time to concentrate and make a vegetable stock to be proud of.

A stock is the backbone of many recipes such as

  • Soups
  • Casseroles
  • Stews

Sometimes called broth, it is the savoury liquid, made from extracting the maximum amount of flavour from the ingredients used.

Now, I add to a freezer bag any big scraps of vegetables, along with any veg that is looking a little sorry for itself. Then I freeze it and add to it.


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Roast garlic & tomato Focaccia bread

So easy to make

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  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Proofing Time
  • Cooking Time 35 Minutes

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Focaccia bread is a bit underrated in this country, behind the sourdoughs, artisan and wholemeal bread that are so popular now. It still has its place though among our British loaves.

To me, this crusty, slightly salty Italian bread lends itself so well as a wonderful dipping bread. This makes it great to have with soups and pasta dishes. Meals that contain a fragrant ragu sauce or a lovingly prepared minestrone

Because gluten-free flours standards have come a long way now and producing better results, more bread recipes are becoming easier to achieve with better results. Gluten-free bread flour is not just available in obscure health food shops but now in a wide range of supermarkets. I remember trying to bake this for a coeliac friend a long time ago and it was not…

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Spicy vegetable and lentil soup

The flavour base of this soup is a Mirepoix, a selection of chopped vegetables that usually consists of celery, onion and carrots. It is the start of many good casseroles, soups, ragu sauces and stews. In my mind, nothing beats a tasty and well-made soup. It is a great way to consume plenty of nourishing... Continue Reading →

Apple cider sausage casserole

There is nothing like a piping hot casserole on a cold winter evening, served with some lovely potatoes and your favourite vegetables. A dish that warms you from the inside out. One of my favourite ones since childhood has always been a sausage casserole, with a lovely thick gravy loaded with soft onions. There are... Continue Reading →

Veganuary 2022

Welcome once again Veganuary. I started my vegan journey 5 years ago after being a vegetarian most of my adult life. Veganuary started way back in 2014 and each year it gathers speed like a runaway train. In 2021 more than 582,000 took the pledge to try veganism for the month of January, this broke... Continue Reading →

Homemade vegetable stock

Before I became vegan, I made my own stock. I always had a vegan good quality stock in my store cupboard but when I made a vegetable one it often fell flat. Last year to reduce my food waste I purchased a compost bin, which I am delighted with. Making a big pot of soup... Continue Reading →

Lemon & thyme popcorn cauliflower

Simple delicious and gluten-free

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  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking time 20 Minutes
  • Serves 4

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free

I love cauliflower, it is one of my favourite vegetables as it is so versatile. It has had a bad rap in the past, the boiled to death and no longer recognisable vegetable from my school days, which could be smelt from afar and as pungent as it was tasteless.

I like mine gently steamed, roasted, used in Mac n cheese, cauliflower spicy wings and of course cauliflower cheese.

Below are the links to my cauliflower wings and roasted garlic mac n cheese.

This recipe was born of jealously. I kept seeing popcorn cauliflower in shops but because they were not gluten-free, they were no good for me. I came up with this recipe and hope you like it.

It is the ingredients in the breadcrumbs that make it so tasty and the double-…

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Coconut lemon drizzle cake

One of the things I always have in the kitchen is lemons. I wish I could say I just popped out and picked them from my garden, alas not in my part of the world. I love a lemon cake and so does my family so it is made quite often. This was the first... Continue Reading →

Barbeque glazed vegan meatloaf

I used to love meatloaf as a child, that mash potato and veg was my happy meal. Being either vegetarian or vegan it was a meal that was a distant memory. I have tried many nut loaves but really they hold no appeal, I wanted a smoother texture. I wanted something I could have it... Continue Reading →

Bakewell Tart

Bake well tart has its roots firmly planted in English history, a well know tea-time or high tea delicacy and popular confection. Consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell spread with jam and then topped with a layer of delicious frangipane finished with flaked almonds. It is a variation of the Bakewell pudding which originated in... Continue Reading →

Caramelised onion sausage rolls

I love a sausage roll and they are the perfect buffet finger food for every occasion. I cannot imagine a Christmas without making some. I didn't want to have just sausage meat and pastry, although they are also good too. I wanted to jazz mine up and raise the flavours a bit more. Since so... Continue Reading →

Lucious lemon layer cake

Love this cake

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  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time 30 Minutes
  • Serves 10

I love a layer cake, to this day I gently prize the two halves apart, just as I did in childhood. Also eating the bottom layer first.

These days I try not to eat too many cakes, though if I want to indulge this one among the winners.

Lemons are zingy and healthy. Maybe I can convince myself that lemon cake is healthy too, alright maybe not but a little bit of what we fancy is meant to be good for us.

  • Zingy
  • Lemony
  • Fresh
  • Fluffy
  • Delicious
  • Moreish

This cake has won over my non- gluten-free and vegan friends and family. They just declare it to be a gorgeous cake, which is just the thing you need to hear. It holds its own against any wheat and dairy lemon cakes.

The sponge is fluffy with fresh lemon zest running through…

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Vegan tofu Kievs

Love this

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  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time 20 Minutes
  • Serves 4

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I was having one of those weeks, feeling unwell, and sorry for myself, we all have those days when the world just seems too much to cope with and hibernation seems like a great idea. Well, I started hankering after childhood comfort food. I find it truly amazing how just the scent of a certain food aroma can evoke such strong emotions and memories. It is one of the things that I love about food. For me, it’s mixing up a bowl of sage and onion stuffing that brings back special memories of my mum at Christmas. The emotions are still strong even though or maybe more so as I lost her 25 years ago.

I decided to try, and recreate some gluten-free and vegan recipes of the favourites from my younger…

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  • Preparation time 2 hours
  • Cooking time 10 Minutes
  • Makes 8

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Crumpets have always been a firm favourite with me, from childhood to now. There is just something so luscious about the way it soaks up the butter leaving you with butter dribbling down your chin and fingers or is that just me? As a child, I would use the last bit up crumpet to wipe up melted butter on my plate.

Very British and although they are available all the year-round, they remind me of cold nights where we were cheered by a plate of crumpets and a mug of hot chocolate.

I don’t have anything against shop-bought gluten-free and vegan crumpets, there is usually a packet in my store cupboard. In my mind, though you cannot beat anything homemade.

These puff up so well and although their texture was not exactly the same…

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Stollen bites

It seems at the moment that I am in a stollen flavour bubble. While I love making the traditional spiced German loaf marbled with marzipan, sometimes I want to ring the ranges. I have made Gluten-free stollenStollenStollen cookiesStollen muffins and now introducing stollen bites. These are MoistStickyMoreishFruit PackedAlmondyDelicious This is my final foray into stollen... Continue Reading →


If there is one definitive food that signals the arrival of the festive season in our house, then it has to be the German Christmas bread Stollen.  This loaf that has a thick dusting of icing sugar on the outside, is meant to resemble the baby Jesus in swaddling clothing. This buttery bread enriched with... Continue Reading →

Gingerbread biscuits

There are certain spices that scream Christmas, these are ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I have been coming up with plenty of ways to incorporate those spices in my cooking right now. Obviously, the most common recipes are gingerbread biscuits and ginger cake. I have been making both of these items for over 30 years now.... Continue Reading →

Mince Pies

Mince pies are one of my favourite indulgencies at Christmas and my first mince pie of the season is something I look forward to. I make my mincemeat too, it gives me the chance to pack in the flavours that I love as I am the only person in my immediate family that like them.... Continue Reading →

Vegan savoury rolls

I love savoury goodies, much more so than the sweet stuff. Best of all for me is pastry, be it shortcrust or puff pastry. I just love the way it crumbles when you bite into it, sending golden crumbs all down your front and sticking to the side of your mouth. In my pre-vegetarian and... Continue Reading →

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