My Vegan Life

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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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Coffee & Walnut Doughnuts

I must admit to eating the occasional doughnut in the past, those fried sugary delights oozing with raspberry jam. often playing the game of trying to eat the whole doughnut before licking my fingers ( it is quite difficult). When I first had to cut out gluten, that was the end of my doughnut days.... Continue Reading →

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Fake Steak and Ale Pie

I love pie, yes I know they are not deemed to be the most healthy option. If they are enjoyed once in a while, then what's the harm? I love the way you break through the crisp golden pastry into a rich, hearty and steaming filling. This pot pie has such a dark brown gravy... Continue Reading →

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Mini Bakewell Tarts

My first memory of a Bakewell tart was, as a child. They would appear on Sunday tea time in a box from Mr Kipling. They reminded me of a clown's face consisting of just the nose. Buttery pastry case, filled with something sweet and topped with pure white icing, centred with a single glace cherry.... Continue Reading →

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Lemon & Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries are not just one of my favourite fruits, they are also extremely good for you. They are high in anti-oxidants, promote heart health and it is said they slow down the ageing process. OK, a cake is not the healthiest way to eat them but I do have them added to my breakfast most... Continue Reading →

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The Vegan Pantry

Perhaps you are already following a vegan lifestyle, considering one or have signed up for veganuary2023, this blog is based on what to me is what I believe is a well-stocked store cupboard. Things that I take into consideration are Cost Shelf life Quality Sustainability Storage room You may be under the impression that a... Continue Reading →

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Vegan Cottage Pie (shepherds pie)

I know this dish, for many is the ultimate comfort dish. A stick-to- the-ribs winters warmer. The sort of meal that is good to come home to after a long day at work or school. It has never been that dish for me and has always been one of my least favourite meals. I knew... Continue Reading →

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Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese

I have always loved cauliflower cheese, it was my childhood favourite. It was one of the first meals my children enjoyed and a family favourite In my opinion cauliflower cheese is one of the best ways to eat cauliflower. What's not to like, a cheesy creamy sauce topped with golden breadcrumbs. It can be eaten... Continue Reading →

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So you want to become vegan

So you are thinking of becoming vegan, for the month of January or maybe for longer. Maybe you are just thinking of going plant-based or are just vegan-curious. This is not a written piece on the pros and cons of veganism but to just explain why some people choose to follow a vegan lifestyle. What... Continue Reading →

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Speculaas

Vegan, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Nut-free and Dairy free What are speculaas (or speculoos)? Well these lovely spiced biscuits hail from the Netherlands, Belgium or certain parts of Germany, traditionally at Christmas. Speckled with warming spices such as cinnamon, mixed spice and nutmeg and are stamped or moulded before baking. You can do that with whatever Christmas... Continue Reading →

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Toffee apple crumble

(Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free and dairy-free) The humble crumble has always been a favourite of mine from childhood. Although it can be made with a variety of different fruits, to me the apple crumble is the best. I wanted to add a different take on the original. This time of the year between autumn and... Continue Reading →

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Artisan Gluten-Free Bread

For me, being gluten-free my biggest bugbear is the bread. Yes, what is on supermarket shelves have improved over the last 10 years. Now there are White bread Rolls Baguettes Wholemeal Brioche Ciabatta and many more. The shelves and companies trying to tempt us. If you are coeliac, you are held for ransom to some... Continue Reading →

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Creamy vegetable soup

There is a reason why we love soup come the Autumn months, this is because it is a great big hug in a bowl. It is also very portable. Easy to decant into a thermos for work or to warm and sustain you on a chilly walk. Light enough for a lunchtime snack or by... Continue Reading →

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Carrot & Red Lentil Soup

Soup sometimes can seem a little boring, but these warm little hugs in a bowl have a time and a place. Although this simple soup is really quick to cook, it is also hearty, healthy, budget-friendly and very filling Red Lentils are not as high in fibre as other legumes, they do though contain plenty... Continue Reading →

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Fruity Rock Cakes

Rock cakes to be honest are not something I have baked in a long time. They were baked so much when my boys were young. They were quick to bake and you didn't have to be too precious about them These perfectly imperfect cakes have a long history in England Originally they were promoted during... Continue Reading →

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Creamy Vegan Chicken & Mushroom pie

The season of comfort food is now upon us. We want to warm our bodies from the inside out, which is both delicious and filling. To me, nothing screams comfort more than a homemade pie. When I first became coeliac, I thought I had to wave goodbye to that crispy, flaky slice of heaven. Now... Continue Reading →

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Caramel Apple Crumble bars

Autumn has now arrived and, and now while I miss the sunshine, and the lighter nights there is something to be said for this beautiful season. I love seeing the leaves on the trees take on golden hues and the feel of that carpet beneath my boots. The hunkering down, the cosy blankets, rooms lit... Continue Reading →

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My Best Vegan Lasagne

Lasagne is one of those family meals I have been cooking for over 35 years in different guises, a long time. In the beginning, it was the original lasagne, not vegan and no need for gluten-free pasta. I have always looked upon cooking this meal as a labour of love, carefully making a beautiful rich... Continue Reading →

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Double Choco Mocha American cookies

In my mind, there can never be enough cookie recipes. I love both the crispy and the chewy recipes but this type is definitely my favourite. Crispy on the outside but with a lovely chewy centre. These have the added bonus of both having chocolate chips and a hint of coffee running through them. Decadent... Continue Reading →

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Pistachio and Dark Chocolate cookies

There is something special about pistachio nuts, exotic with their lovely jewel green and yellow centres. They are the seeds from the Pistachio tree, so botanically they are seeds not nuts. Loaded with fibre like nuts and a great source of protein, This cookies are ChewyDeliciousNuttyCrispyChocolateySuper easyPacked with goodness Super easy and quick to make.... Continue Reading →

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