All About Beans, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan on a Shoestring

Cuban Black Bean Stew

Anyone who has been following this blog, however idly, has probably picked up the fact that I do love beans.

So much so that I am travelling the globe…via the internet mainly…sadly :/ … in search of bean recipes.

In fact, I’ve opened a new blog category… in honour of¬†beans … ūüôā

This stew¬†is an absolute classic, with, inevitably many variations. ¬†I’ve pulled this recipe together from several of the variations I’ve found, and¬†as far as I can gather, a¬†vegan version is traditional….even though many recipes include meat.

The flavours are simple and well-balanced: I’ve said it before but I’ll say it¬†again … less is so often more.

One of the many marvellous things about this dish is its beautiful inky colour…. it’s hopelessly moreish and meltingly mellow….

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do….


Cuban Black Bean Stew – Food For Peace


for 4

the beans need soaking for at least 24-36 hours prior to cooking – the longer the better

and the stew needs about 4 hours to cook…but it’s worth it !

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Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan on a Shoestring

Spiced Leek stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

Leek and Potato is a classic combination, and this is a recipe that gives them a new twist.

All my recipes are tried and tested, but equally, what I hope is that they offer ideas. This is just one way to make a tasty economical meal using the idea of stuffing baked potatoes…. I’ve used a particular selection of vegetables and flavourings, but there are many more out there…just waiting to be tried.

So here¬†is a ¬†great, cosy, mid-week supper, using whatever you might have around (in this¬†case I’ve got plenty of homegrown leeks, the last of my homegrown garlic ūüė¶ …¬†and a definite liking for indian spices…..)


stuffed twice-baked potatoes


for 4-6

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All About Beans, Bread, Mediterranean Dishes, Pasta, Soups, Vegan

Tuscan Bean and Pasta Soup + Olive and Herb Focaccia.

In the last few days I’ve been getting a few seedlings going. ¬†Tomatoes, chillies and sweet peppers. ¬†A gardener always lives in hope. ¬†Spring here in the UK is being erratic, and we are waiting for Storm Katie as I write.

Making this soup has made me remember how delicious home-grown tomatoes are. ¬†I can’t wait.

The bread is easy, and adaptable, instead of olives you can add sun-dried tomatoes, sliced artichoke hearts or diced spring onions….

olive focaccia and tuscan bean soup


Serves 4   

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Burgers and Patties, Mediterranean Dishes, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes

Moroccan Chickpea Burgers

Here’s a burger packed with the flavours of Morocco: coriander, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, paprika, oregano, tahini,¬†lemon juice and raisins, served on this occasion with date and parsley cous-cous, blood orange salad, harissa yogurt dip and toasted pumpkin seeds.

The never-ending search for the ultimate burger! ¬†Everyone loves a burger….they’re so versatile, so adaptable…they will go with just about anything, they store well, freeze easily, can be re-heated/refried, and they will taste good hot, warm or¬†cold…and whether it’s a sit down meal, lunch to go or a picnic…they just go on working …any way you like….

These would be delicious in a bun with slices of cucumber and hot chilli pickle.

Oh yes.


moroccan chickpea burgers


makes 8

can be prepared¬†several hours in advance and kept chilled in the fridge until ready to fry…or bake

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Celebration Dishes, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan Snacks

Mushroom and Chive Pithivier.

Here is a simple recipe for a holiday pie, that’s great hot, warm or cold.

Pithivier is a pie that originates in France.  It can be sweet or savoury,  but often has a sweet almond filling, and with cherries or plums.

The pie can be made as lots of individual pies, or one big one.

It’s hard to open a French cookery book without coming upon oodles of cream, lashings of butter, endless cheese, an infinite number of eggs and slabs of meat…..

So to redress the balance just a little, here’s a veganised recipe for a savoury pie, that has to be a crowd-pleaser.

French in style, peaceful in ingredients.

Mushrooms and chives in a savoury bechamel sauce, encased in flaky puff pastry.

Perfect for a picnic too……


mushroom and chive pithivier, decorated with the sun the moon and the stars….


For 4-6

This pie can be made hours in advance, and left to chill in the fridge until ready to bake.

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Curries, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan on a Shoestring

Kadala Curry. A dish from Southern India.

My heart is truly with Asian Cooking, particularly Indian cookery, as, over the years,  before I became vegan, it is how I learnt that meat and dairy are not necessary ingredients.


Whenever I visit my local Asian shop, I always come out with something I haven’t tried before. It’s like an Aladdin’s cave for me.

This time, it was Kala Channa.  Black chickpeas.   They are small, and dark brown in colour.  They are prized because of their high protein and fibre content.

When I finally got around to searching for what I might do with them, this dish came up again and again.

It’s a speciality of Kerala, Southern India.

Often eaten for breakfast.

It’s delicious. ¬†The sauce is creamy, spicy, hot and mellow.

Kadala Curry with Steamed Basmati and Flatbreads

I hope you enjoy.


I soaked the chickpeas for 3 days (changing the water twice daily), ¬†and then cooked them in one big batch. ¬†What I didn’t use in this dish, I froze for future use.

Makes life easier…..



For 4

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All About Beans, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan on a Shoestring

Kuru Fasulye. Turkish White Bean Stew.

I have to say that this dish more or less brought tears to my eyes. ¬†Call me odd… but it just tasted good. ¬†I hadn’t quite expected it… the ingredients and the cooking method are simple enough…but brought together,¬†it’s as though the whole thing seems to transcend the sum of the parts….

kuru fasulye + pilaf

There are cafes ¬†in Istanbul dedicated entirely to this dish. ¬†It invariably includes onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, peppers and of course beans. There are variations, and meat is often, but not always included….but hey… the vegan version has surely got to be just as good……. well actually, better, because it’s peaceful food…..

Norm Phelps : “Veganism is simply letting compassion guide our choice of food.”


So, without more ado…here is the recipe:


kuru fasulye



Serves 4 amply   
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Bread, Soups, Vegan, Vegan on a Shoestring

Brotch√°n Roy and Traditional Irish Soda Bread.

Two old and traditional recipes rooted deep in Irish History. My simple¬†offerings on St Patrick’s Day.

Both of these recipes have few ingredients. ¬†I’m always in love with the simple recipes. ¬†The ones based on local produce, local climate and the time of year. ¬†The ones without fuss or fiddle. Leeks overwinter even in frost and snow. ¬†And now, at the very end of winter in the¬†northern hemisphere,¬†there they are when there’s not much else left.


My father was born on St. Patrick’s Day. ¬†I didn’t really expect a food blog to get personal, but today it has. ¬†Despite the fact that it was his last name, he was always known as Pat.

He had a little bit of Irish in him too, so I guess that means that I do too!  I miss him.

Food for peace on St. Patrick’s Day…. hope you like … ūüėČ


Brotch√°n Roy + Soda Bread

Brotch√°n Roy + Traditional Irish Soda Bread

For 4


Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

This bread only has 4 ingredients. ¬† Continue reading “Brotch√°n Roy and Traditional Irish Soda Bread.”

Mediterranean Dishes, Pasta, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan Quick Suppers

Pasta with a Watercress and Tofu Sauce + Saut√©ed Mushrooms.

Went to the local market last weekend and bought bunches of fresh watercress, some beautiful mustard greens and a selection of fresh mushrooms.

Simple good quality ingredients need simple cooking.  Which is how this dish came about.


pasta with a tofu and watercress sauce + sautéed mushrooms



for 2

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