My Vegan Life

Homemade vegetable stock

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 →

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 →

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 →

Stollen

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 →

Stollen Muffins

If I had a pound for every Stollen I have made over the years, I would be a wealthy woman. I started baking these fragrant loaves around 30 years ago, at that time they were not found in supermarkets. Now it is nice to ring the changes a little and incorporate the same essential flavours... Continue Reading →

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