Celebration Dishes, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegan Main Dishes

Quinoa, Almond and Mushroom Loaf

A lovely celebratory dish, loaded with flavour and goodness.  I’m very pleased with this one, and so were all the non-vegans I served it to last weekend.  My mother’s birthday falls at this time of year, which is great, because I got to cook a great vegan Sunday roast with all the trimmings….including a red wine sauce;  that doubled as a test run for a trial recipe for a delicious Christmas loaf that anyone can enjoy.  Unfortunately, I was so busy cooking and entertaining I forgot to take photos……ooops 🙃….. until the next day when I had a leftover slice with mash and peas and a miso gravy …… and I know this loaf would also be delicious served with rice, steamed broccoli and a lightly spiced tomato sauce.

So.  Take your pick of accompaniments!

 A very adaptable, delicious, flavoursome, nutritious, vegan dish.  Who could ask for more! 💚

You can make it in advance, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight, and when it comes to baking, it’s very versatile.  It will cook long and slow at the bottom of a hot oven, or quicker at the top of a cooler oven.  I had potatoes roasting at Gas. Mk. 7 /220C and this dish sat on the bottom shelf for over an hour, covered in silver foil until the last 15 minutes.  You just need to make sure it comes out golden on the top and that it doesn’t dry out.   It also holds together perfectly when sliced, so the whole thing could be cooked in advance, sliced and frozen (each piece wrapped individually) …and individual slices then re-heated as wanted.

And as I think I already mentioned, you couldn’t pack more serious goodness into it if you tried!  🍃

It’s a dish that requires a little organisation, but it fits very nicely into several easy stages.

Hope you enjoy! 💕 💕

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QUINOA, ALMOND AND MUSHROOM LOAF

Serves 8

Stage 1: cook the perfect quinoa! Continue reading “Quinoa, Almond and Mushroom Loaf”

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

Andalusian Bean Stew

OK … I know … another bean stew … but there are just so many possibilities 🙂

This one is distinctly rustic in character … lots of rough chopping … and strong flavours.

Traditionally  it includes chorizo …which I don’t do … so instead I’ve added tempeh, marinaded in tomato puree and tamari, and lightly sautéed in olive oil.  It’s a hearty warming stew, and you can practically throw it together.  So not much faff!

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ANDALUSIAN BEAN STEW

Serves 4

Ingredients: Continue reading “Andalusian Bean Stew”

All About Beans, Breakfast, Growing things, Preserving, Vegan

Jam…. Pickle… Passata…. it’s that time of year again ….

Izzy wizzy let’s get bizzy 🐝 ✨

Greetings from a busy kitchen 💐 💕

I’ve been singularly failing to keep my blog going lately…and that’s because I’ve been madly busy harvesting and storing, preserving and pickling some of my homegrown fruit and vegetables. So cooking dinner has been taking a bit of a back seat!  Baked potatoes all round 😏

Here’s a taster of what’s been happening in my household lately… raspberry jam, cucumber pickle, roasted tomato and garlic passata and an almond vegan cheese made in honour of my delicious Italian tomatoes…… and some of the beans are air-drying for the winter …..

So. Where to start?

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ROASTED TOMATO AND GARLIC PASSATA

Ingredients: Continue reading “Jam…. Pickle… Passata…. it’s that time of year again ….”