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 šŸµ

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

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 šŸ’œšŸ’œšŸ’œ


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 šŸ˜‹

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,!

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!!!



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


Vegetarian cottage pie

All of this cold weather calls for warming, hearty comfort food.
I have been making this same recipe for years and it never has any leftovers.
Everyone has their own version of a cottage pie. This simple recipe has to be my favourite that I would recommend that you make from my little blog it’s for my vegetable cottage pie.


You need….
1 onion
4 sticks celery
1 plump parsnip
(You can use any wintertime vegetable) the essential flavours I will not make it if I haven’t got parsnip or celery!
Red tub Bisto gravy powder
Mash potato

What I do is ….
Fry an onion in olive oil
Add chopped celery, carrots, parsnip,sprouts, and cook until slightly soft.
Add boiled water and cook the vegetables for another 10 mins then add Bisto (in the red tub) yes I know but it tastes gorgeous in this dish šŸ™‚
This will make a lovely thick gravy.

Spoon into a oven proof dish and then add loads of comforting mash.
Add lashings of cheese.

Cook in the oven covered with tin foil until golden on top.
In the last five minutes remove the tin foil to make the top golden and the cheese slightly crisp…..
Oh my!


Soulful vegetarian food heaven…….


Smoked cheese, sausage, new potato tasty family bake!

I am a food shopaholic.
This week I am trying to avoid the shops. Having a good old butchers at the cupboards and the fridge I have been busy trying to use stuff up.
Tonight’s dinner was rustled up with glee at accidentally having the ingredients for a dish I have made again and again in the past.
It is delicious.
A real hearty meal when you fancy something nice that will warm you up and fill you up. It’s a meal that will satisfy everyone and smells divine.
Easily to make early in the day to cook through and soothe the soul when ready to eat.

What to do…….
4 big handfuls of chunkily diced boiled new potato.
5 veggie sausages cooked and chopped up.
1 red onion
Spring onions
Cherry tomatoes
Bramble apple chopped up
Lots of smoked cheese
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Fry the onion until soft
Add the chopped up apple and gently fry.
Add the potatoes and mix around carefully.
Add the sausages,tomatoes,spring onions and cheese and mix it all together.
Once it is all heated through and the cheese is melted over all of the ingredients (yum) put it in a dish ready to go In the oven. Scatter some extra cheese on top if you fancy.


After a little flash in the oven when ready to eat….. Voila!

Lovely comfort food!

It’s blowing a hoolie outside… Once little one is In bed I am going to tuck in with a lovely glass of wine….


Nommity Pie

I haven’t used much of my Veg Box produce this week. I took some vegetables out of the fridge, what was I going to do with these?

Alas Nomnity Pie is born!

I sweat the Leeks in a pan and then added a chopped up bulb of Fennel and a cubed sweet potato.
I added a large garlic clove and 400 mls of soya cream.
Mixed in 250 g of cheese and let it melt in.
Finally I added Broccoli (about 4 big handfuls) mixed it around and then put a thick layer on a deep oven dish with a layer of mash potato on the top.



Lovely comfort food!



Scrumptious Twice Baked Potato

I am constantly thinking what is for Dinner! Today nothing was hitting the spot. Decided that it was getting close to the little ones dinner time and opted for baked Potato.
200 degrees for 2 hours is my sisters motto for baked spuds!
Once they were cooked I scooped out the Potato and added butter to that lovely fluffy Potato. Resist a taste of that…..

I went and pulled out some of my Abel and Cole Veg box happiness. I found Courgette, Spinach, Mushroom, Spring Onion and some Organic Cheese. Chopped it all up and added grated the cheese. Mixed it all together and scooped it back into the shells.
There is something lovely about this process. Back into the oven until golden and serve with a lovely Green salad.

Waiting to go in the oven…….


Lovely comfort food!