Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Glazed Mushrooms, Vegan and Gluten Free

Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Vegan + Gluten Free

Just recently I’ve been taking part in a whole bucket load of twitter chats, if you’ve never done one before they’re great. Just imagine a room full of people, all talking over each other and you’re trying to listen to all of them at once and reply in meaningful ways. Yeah, that. Sounds manic, which it most definitely is,  but you can get some truely great ideas and meet some really nice people. Last week I was part of #VeganRecipeHour which is every Thursday 8-9pm (GMT) and the topic was sweet potato, it was so inspiring to see the hundreds of really different ways people had used the sweet potato and so I thought I’d make something a little different with them to! That is how these little bits of yum came to be! Continue reading

Roasted Squash and Tomato Pasta

Roasted Squash Tomato Pasta

Pasta, it’s amazing, right? I mean you really can mix any old thing together, stir it through some pasta and BAM you’ve got yourself a cheap and easy meal. This is exactly how this recipe got started, I was rummaging through the cupboards, not really sure what to make (unfortunately my recipe inspiration has been waning just lately) and I figured it’s going to have to be pasta as we seem to have an abundance of the stuff! So I start to gather together the usual bits and bobs for a simple tomato sauce and then it strikes me.. quite literally.. on the foot (ouch!).. squashes! Continue reading

Kale and Mushroom Pasta

Kale and Mushroom PastaSome nights thinking of something to cook for dinner is a real chore, even if you are like me and love to cook. You forage through cupboards and peer into the fridge a few dozen times, the half-a-bag of oven chips and frozen peas are calling out to you from the icy depths of the freezer, but then BANG, inspiration hits you smack bang in the face – or in this case, your girlfriends mum hands you a bunch of fresh Kale. Continue reading

Meat-free Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Meat Free Spaghetti CarbonaraSometimes we all need a bit of comfort food, something rich, filling and super tasty. This meat free Spaghetti alla Carbonara ticks all those boxes and then some, after all what’s better than a big steamy bowl of pasta to lift your spirits! In this vegetarian adaptation we do away with the salt cured pork (guanciale, panchetta or bacon) and replace it with super tasty smoked tofu and capers. If you want to avoid the soy you can always do away with the tofu and add a few more capers. This recipe isn’t vegan though I’m afraid, relying on eggs and cream for its richness, be sure to buy free-range eggs though or if you’re lucky like us, go grab a few from the garden!

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Vegan Pesto

Vegan Pesto - great for the storecupboard

Pesto is simply fantastic and is so versatile! You can use it to make quick any easy pasta dishes – like our Pasta alla Genovese recipe – or use it to make the best sandwiches you will ever have. Unfortunately most store bought pesto isn’t vegetarian as it’s made with Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan) cheese which has to be made using calf rennet as it is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) food. This means that not only does the cheese have to be produced in specific areas of Italy it must be made in the traditional way, even specifying where the milk comes from and how long and often the cows are allowed to be milked for! Continue reading

Pasta alla Genovese

Pasta alla Genovese - a cheap, tasty and easy one pot wonder.

Let’s face it, we all have those days where quite frankly we just can’t be bothered to slave hours in the kitchen just to have a mountain of washing up to contend with. That’s where it’s important to have an arsenal of quick and easy recipes up your sleeve and none fit that remit better than this one. Not only is it a one-pot-wonder it’s filling and packed full of goodness. Convenience never tasted so good! Continue reading