Vegan soul soup

This soup was an accident, my little girl fancied soup for tea …. and why not?

This soup as it says makes your soul go aaahhhh and all your troubles will sail away for those moments.

It’s cheap to keep too…..

If you fancy an hour in a soup soul cloud…. here goes…. ( believe me it will happen)

Get yourself

1 Onion finely chopped (ish)

1 Leek finely chopped (ish)

3 sticks of celery finely chopped (ish)

A mug of yellow split peas

A very small bit of fresh ginger finely chopped.

1 stock cube

Hot water

Salt as you fancy …

Fresh chopped parsley

Hello, you fancy making this…. I don’t blame you …. it’s going to go viral with Vegans for sure, just watch 🐡

All I say is try this and give me a bit of feedback πŸ™‚

So I gently softened an onion in oil, with celery and leek until soft .

Then add the yellow split peas with plenty of hot water, boil and then turn down and cover.

When the yellow split peas start to soften add the stock.

Keep checking if you need to add more water.

Once the yellow split peas are soft mash any formed split peas into a liquid , or liquidise.

Then add seasoning to taste and add fresh parsley finely chopped ….

I leave it for an hour to have a party, and then ….. serve into a mug and add your favourite bread…. feel healed πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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Vegan Yorkshire pudding

I am a firm believer that being Vegan is about eating more and better, with a smugness that animals are not suffering because of me.

This was my first attempt at it and they were joyous πŸ˜‹

I love a roast dinner and I love Yorkshire pudding, I particularly like these and prefer them to the version that contain egg.

First put oil in your oven dish and put into a hot oven 220 degrees.

Put one cup of self raising flour

2 large, heaped teaspoons of Gram flour

Pinch of salt

Mix in 2 cups of your chosen Vegan milk, I love Cashew milk.

Whisk into a smooth batter.

Pour into your hot oven dish and don’t open the door for 20 mins.

This recipe could be adapted to make vegan toads in the hole,!

Roast Celeriac

Roasted Celeriac experiment!

I heard a rumour that Celeriac can be treated like meat.

Having successfully completed Veganuaryj with ease and feeling well and eating healthy food it seems like it’s knocked my need to eat cheese and milk and was never that keen on eggs.

I am now on a new mission of enjoying Vegan food without so much of a ‘what can I eat? ‘

I had deluded myself that my children need Cows milk in their diet, and yesterday I cancelled my milk man. They can drink my favourite Cashew milk too!

So here to the trials what can I do with Celeriac!

I have scrubbed this old lumpy bumpy beauty and rubbed Rapeseed oil in all the nooks and crannies πŸ”₯

I am slow roasting this in Harissa paste on a bed of Beetroot , Celery , Garlic, Carrot, Onion trying to sear it first.

I plan to have Cold cuts for serving with a roast and fine deli slices.

I will update tomorrow …. πŸ˜‹ #veganuary #vegan

Adding smoked Paprika onto my little knobbly lovely, and liquid smoke….. lets slow this cooking down and do your thing now baby πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ”₯

Slimming world syn free Roast Dinner


It was absolutely delicious and all free on the slimming world diet! I used a Quorn Roast which is syn free, I find that letting it go cold and serving it at room temperature is much more tasty!

The potatoes were easy, par boil a good spud such as Maris Piper and then tip into a roasting pan.

Add some chopped Garlic.

Dissolve a good quality Vegetable stock cube into about 300mls of hot water and add to the roasting pan. Spray the tops of the potatoes with fry light spray. Cook on a medium heat, turn regularly.

Spray them one further time, when they are nice and crispy they are done!

Syn free onion gravy…

Fry 1 red and one white onion until soft.

Add a very small clove of garlic.

I then added 1 teaspoon of Gravy salt as its Vegetarian, you can use a red oxo cube if you are not veggie! Then add about 500mls of water. I also added a pinch of sage and Thyme. Bring to the boil and then simmer for one hour. I then mashed up the onion so the gravy was smooth.

For the Sage and onion stuffing……

I used roughly 3/4 of a mug of cous cous and added 1 chopped up Red onion. I then added a tablespoon of Sage some salt an pepper and then added hot water to it until it was nice and soft and not too dry.

Baked it in the oven and voila! This was a really nice suprise and wonderspouse said he preferred it to the usual one that half of the Uk stuff up a chickens jacksy!

Served up with your favourite Vegetables and there you have it!! A lovely Sunday Roast… I spent my syns on a nice glass of Red wine to enjoy with it!!

Leftover cauliflower and chickpea curry becomes a tasty Biriyani!Β 

Well you know that cauliflower and chickpea curry I made last week. Well I had plenty of leftovers!

So tonight’s dinner is a delicious Biriani, easy peasy to make.ο»Ώ

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Cook a mug of Basmati rice to instructions.

I warmed through the left over curry and added a courgette chopped up, some chopped coriander and a squeeze of lemon.

In an oven dish put a layer of rice then a the curry, finish with the remaining rice.

I scattered some coriander over the top and then warmed through in the oven until piping hot.

Served it with lemon wedges and poppadoms.ο»Ώ

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Cauliflower and chickpea curry.

Ta Da! Just like that! I have been inspired this evening to make a delicious curry. Those that know me know I have been desperate over the years to make great curries.
I have realised one thing, the less you fuss about curry to better they can be!

So this evening a gorgeous curry popped up on my blog reading list and I was pretty convinced I had the ingredients.
It was the fabulous blog…. plant poweruk.com check out their blog here and the inspiring recipe πŸ™‚ cauliflower and coconut curry

Well much to my horror I hadn’t! Not one to give up half way through I made this….

Cauliflower, chickpea and spinach curry.

Really easy and fresh tasting! I served it with braised mushroom rice. A little bit of fusion!!!

So, I gently fried 1 onion, fresh ginger 1 green chilli pepper and 2 cloves of garlic.
I added 2 teaspoons of cumin and 1 teaspoon of chilli powder.
Only to realise I didn’t have any Coriander or Turmeric and I was out of coconut milk.
So I had only one choice which was to add some Curry powder!
Now, I have got quite fussy about curry powder and will only use best curry powder about!
Hating the fact that the delicious curry I was about to make might be in jeopardy was a bit of a worry (particularly as I am pregnant and fussy)
Anyway, add about a tablespoon of decent curry powder.
Add chunks of fresh cauliflower and tinned tomatoes and chick peas and as I didn’t have any coconut milk I added some ground almonds. Cook for a little while until the cauliflower is softening.
I added some salt and smashed up cardamon pods And a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and transferred to my slow cooker.
Cook and taste.
Add spinach at the very end and serve with rice!
Easy to make tasty curry πŸ™‚

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Paprika Quorn recipe

This is a lovely family recipe!

Originally my mum used to make it with stewing steak. I use quorn chicken style pieces.
Such a quick and easy recipe, can be made in the slow cooker if you fancy.
The longer and slower it’s cooked the more flavoursome it is but equally scrummy if you are in a hurry to feed hungry tummies!
Slimming world friendly too!!!!

Fry 1 large onion until soft.
Throw in a packet of chicken style pieces until soft.
Add 2 teaspoons of Paprika and stir.
Open up 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and add about 6 bay leafs and 2 bouquet garnie.
Add a sprinkle of salt, sometimes I add a tiny amount of sugar.
I added a splash of water and then cook on low for about 45 mins to let those flavours mingle!!!

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Serve with long grain rice, and tuck into a bowl of comforting food πŸ™‚

Cheesey chilli bake πŸ”₯

This was super easy to make and is slimming world friendly!!!

I had some quorn chilli left over and some red peppers and spinach that needed using up along with some odds and ends of cheese that needed using up.
I roasted 3 peppers in the oven with olive oil ( fry light if you are slimming world)

Once they have cooled chop into large chunks and mix with 3 large handfuls of spinach.
Cook some savoury vegetable rice according to the packet instructions, I used some from Aldi which cost 25 p!!!
Layer pepper and spinach mix, rice, chilli and repeat!
Ending with a sprinkle of cheese and I added some chopped up fresh coriander on top.

When you are ready

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When you are ready to eat bake in the oven until piping hot and all the cheese has melted.
Perfect served with a Green salad.

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Spanish Tortilla

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Spanish Tortilla! Such a simple recipe with so much history, to add onion or not? Huge arguments may have been had over time! Three main ingredients works for me Eggs, potato, onion! However to jizz mine up I sprinkled smoked paprika:)
Here is the recipe..,

Finely slice a few potatoes, fry them in fry light or olive oil depending if you are slimming over about 20 mins until the potatoes are soft. Chop up a large onion (preferably not a red onion or they don’t look right) and add them to the potatoes and when they start to get soft add a sprinkle of white pepper. I also have microwaved the potatoes sliced up for quickness instead!
Mix up as many eggs as you fancy but it has to be at least six! Add a splash of milk if you fancy.
Fry the potato and onion mix util you want to eat it!
Add it to the eggs which will now be beaten.
Yes I said add the potato mix to the eggs!
Leave it in a bowl for 10 mins to let them get to know each other….. And then ooh whammy shove it all in a frying pan!
Use a spatula!!!
Let the runny egg get cooked!
Get a plate, turn the tortilla over.
Make sure it is cooked!
ALWAYS use free range eggs!!!
Sprinkle with fresh parsley and smoked Paprika 😍<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
ith green salad and pickles :)<<<<<<<

enjoy!

Red eye fries recipe

Well if you are like me and love searching the web for a new recipe you know how it feels when you find one and think Ooh!!
I have seen pictures of this but not found the recipe, so I will bless the internet with my very own version πŸ™‚
Mine is slimming world friendly and it will be all syn free on that eating plan. However, if I wasn’t on slimming world I would add lashings of full fat grated cheese!!
So here it is slimming world Red eye fries ……..mmmmmmm!!!

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What I did……..
Potatoes cut into chunky chip pieces.
Fry light spray
Cheddar cheese low fat
Mustard seeds
Red chilli pepper
Hot sauce
Egg

What I did was par boil the chipped potato for a few minutes and then let them cool.
Spray all over with fry light and cook until crisped, sprinkle over chopped chilli pepper at last 10 minutes of cooking.
Fry 2 eggs in fry light and remove chips from the oven and place the eggs over the chips on a plate.
Mix cheddar and mustard seeds together and sprinkle over the top of the eggs and chips.
Return the plate briefly back to the oven until the cheese has melted.
Serve with salad.
Sprinkle hot sauce over the top for an extra kick!

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Chips and egg meets cheesie chips with a spicy kick…. BOOM!