All About Beans, Burgers and Patties, Condiments, Mediterranean Dishes, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan on a Shoestring

Patatas Bravas + Herbed Mushroom Bean Burgers + Vegan Aioli

Spanish flavours…  roasted potatoes in a rich garlicky tomato sauce served with vegan aioli.

Mushroom bean burgers infused with intensely fragrant dried herbs…oregano…rosemary…sage and thyme…and with a chilli hit….

A great combination packed with powerful flavours.

Perfectamente Deliciosa!


patatas bravas + herbed mushroom bean burgers



makes 6  – 70gm. burgers

more than ample for 2

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Smoothies, Vegan

Strawberry + Lettuce Smoothie

A refreshing smoothie with lots of goodness.

strawberry  lettuce and cinnamon smoothie


  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Soaked oats
  • Soaked chia seeds
  • Coconut yogurt
  • Basil
  • Oat milk or nut milk
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon Powder

Optional extra: Continue reading “Strawberry + Lettuce Smoothie”

Mediterranean Dishes, Pizza, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes

Roast Vegetable Pizza

Vegan Pizza.

Here’s a nice idea, which is readily adaptable…for a tasty pizza where cheese is completely superfluous… all day long ! 🙂

For the base layer I sautéed finely grated courgettes with crushed garlic salt and pepper… and that worked out really well …will do again).

Ready-made vegan pizza bases are commonly available in the shops, but I can’t say that I’ve found one as good as home-made …and it really isn’t that much faff… you can even make a batch, and freeze the dough for future use….

Click on the image link for a recipe that includes a spelt flour pizza dough, but any flour of your choice will work…



roasted vegetable pizza

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

for 3-4 pizzas

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All About Beans, Desserts, Japanese Inspired Dishes, Vegan, Vegan Treats

Yokan. A traditional japanese dessert.

Yokan is made from beans.  Often red bean paste, using adzuki beans.

Yokan takes me back to afternoons spent with a friend of mine who used to import Yokan from Japan, and take it with his Matcha tea.  He had a tea whisk and gave me one.  I still have it.

yokan – adzuki bean jelly

As with so much Japanese cuisine, Yokan is delicate, fragrant and subtle.

Proof, if proof were needed, that beans aren’t just about stews and burgers!



*The beans need soaking overnight.

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Cook's Tales, Vegan

books… food and inspiration…

The other day I ordered these lovely little books, and they arrived today.  They’re part of a series: The Edible Series, a global history.  I’m becoming more and more interested in the history of food, and what better subjects to conjure with than spices, bread and tea…

tea bread spices

 The books present a really nice overview – whistling through the centuries and cultures  ….          ……making me want to discover more. Continue reading “books… food and inspiration…”

Curries, Quick Suppers For Two, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan on a Shoestring, Vegan Quick Suppers

Cauliflower Korma

Delicately spiced cauliflower florets cooked gently in a creamy sauce, consisting of cauliflower puree, ground sunflower and white poppy seeds and soy cream. This is a sauce that could be adapted for different vegetables.  Mushrooms would be good I think, or winter squash….to name but two.  Although cooking times would vary.

Cauliflower Korma

According to Wikipedia:

“Korma (from Turkish kavurma), also spelled kormaa, qorma, khorma, kurma, or qovurma, is a dish originating in South Asia consisting of meat or vegetables braised in a spiced sauce made with yogurt, cream, nut or seed paste.

Korma (قورمه in Persian) has its roots in the Mughlai cuisine of modern-day India and Pakistan. It is a characteristic Moghul dish which can be traced back to the 16th century and to the Mughal incursions into present-day Northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Classically, a korma is defined as a dish where meat or vegetables are braised with water, stock, and yogurt or cream added. The technique covers many different styles of korma.”


A light simple curry, with clean, fresh flavours, the gentle heat of green chilli and the delicate fragrance of rose water.

Hope you enjoy….

and it completes a trilogy: cauliflower 3 ways…here’s the other 2:  bharta and pakora    (click image for link)




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Japanese Inspired Dishes, Macrobiotic Recipes, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes

Brown Rice and Bancha

 …there’s a bit of an art to cooking brown rice…. but there are ways of doing it that avoid the pitfalls….

…brown rice is a great food for a cleanse mono-diet (1-5 days)… gentle and nourishing…

…and personally, I think that the beginning of spring is a good time of year to try a cleanse such as this…

….whether it be for one day, three days or five….

…below is a recipe for a macrobiotic meal using brown rice, that tastes lovely, is kind and restorative to the bodymind, and would additionally be an excellent way to finish a brown rice diet cleanse…  and also includes a method for cooking brown rice in bancha twig tea…

Steamed tofu and vegetables with tahini miso sauce, gomasio and brown rice.

Macrobiotic food at its simplest.

steamed tofu, arame and vegetables with brown rice


I always think that the cold beginnings of new year in most parts of the northern hemisphere is not a good time to embark on diets and weight loss and things like that …


…but when spring comes, and you maybe feel like shedding the wintery blues, then a brown rice diet can be a really nice thing to do…

Just a few simple rules:   Continue reading “Brown Rice and Bancha”