Vegan potato salad

We recently held a vegan picnic in the office and shared our favourite vegan dishes. Here’s my incredibly easy yet tasty contribution that was very popular. Vegan potato salad 500g salad potatoes (the waxy ones), if small use whole otherwise cut into bitesize pieces 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 spring onion,…

Lacking in motivation? 3 top tips.

It can be quite a challenge to stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to staying green, eating clean and being sustainable. I often find myself reaching for the biscuits when it’s raining outside, or inching ever-closer to dialling the number of my fave (rather expensive) takeaway when curling up in front of…

Who is Yotam Ottolenghi?

It is safe to say that Ottolenghi is very in fashion in the culinary world. His most famous cookery book, Jerusalem, sold like hot cakes and his column in the guardian is very well received. He has recently appeared on Radio 4s Desert Island Disks, and has opened numerous restaurants in London (fingers crossed they…

Chilli plants to give away, available soon

Yes it’s that time of year – the baby chilli plans are getting potted on. This year I have 2 varieties: The insane Naga The more sedate Cayenne. The Cayennes are already potted, the Nagas will be in a week or so.  They should be strong enough to give away from beginning of April. I have…

Easy peasy vegan cake recipe

So we are halfway through February – diets are a thing of the past and we are all up for a slice of cake again, hoorah! This cake recipe is one I have adapted and I scale it up & down to fit the size of the tin and what I want to make flavour…

What is eating clean and can I do it on a budget?

Clean eating or clean food is really trendy just now,  at it’s simplest it is a way of eating food that has been messed about with less.   Not processed, cooked less or raw, no additives. There is a lot of hype about it, but using fresh ingredients is never a bad thing. It’s no big deal BUT you do need…

Sausage and bean casserole

As winter goes on for what feels like forever, this quick and easy winter warmer is the perfect remedy to ease those January blues. Beans and pulses are a cheap and nutritious way to bulk out your meals and add extra protein. Why not experiment and add a new bean or pulse you haven’t tried…

New year, new healthy you?

For many people, the changing of the year brings about a change in their attitude towards health and food. I, for one, fall into that category and have had a burst of enthusiasm towards getting fit and healthy. One way I have pledged to do this is by drastically cutting back the amount of meat…

Simple cheap recipes #2 Easy cheesy Lentils!

This one was a camping favourite so it’s really easy to prepare, it’s not glamorous but it’s filling, comforting and cheap. You will need: medium size pan 1-2 tspn olive or vegetable oil 1 onion 1-2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon mustard (optional) Cheese grated (any as cheap as you like) about 100g Dried red split…

Simple cheap starter recipes for first time cooks.

This one goes out to all students out there who are facing the prospect of cooking for yourself for the first time. You arrive at Uni with a random assortment of pans and cutlery supplied by IKEA or your nan.So far you have avoided the kitchen. For the sake of your health, waistline and bank…