Watermelon Gazpacho

(you can use beetroot or strawberries if you don’t like/have watermelon) Prep time 15 minutes As I write this, Europe is in the middle of a heatwave & the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. However, I have a bumper harvest of homegrown tomatoes that I need to use. What’s easy & cooling?…

Tabbouleh High Protein, Gluten Free

Prep time 20 mins Tabbouleh Salad is a healthy vegan Lebanese appetizer, traditionally made with bulgur, parsley, mint and chopped vegetables. This version provides lots of Protein & is Gluten Free, as it swaps the bulgar for a mix of Buckwheat & Quinoa (both seeds). Yet it still retains all the flavour of the traditional…

Som Tam – Thai Green Papaya Salad

On our trips to Asia, one of our favourite sides, is Thai Green Papaya Salad. With a current glut of Papaya right now here on the Costa Tropical, what better to accompany a Thai meal? This is my veganised version of the typical Thai Salad,  Som Tam: INGREDIENTS SAUCE: 🌶️ 2 tbsp garlic , roughly…

Vegan Port & Cranberry and Jalapeño & Pepper Cheeses

I love making quick n’ easy vegan cheeses, but I really do not like the taste of coconut oil in a lot of the recipes you find online. That got me wondering … What could I use instead of coconut oil in a quick n easy cashew based cheese? Then I realised the answer: vegetable…

Vegan Paella – Arroz con Verduras

Preparation Time: approx 1 hr It’s Sunday here in Andalucia, Spain & the traditional day for families to come together & share the cooking experience that is Paella. There is much debate about what is, & what isn’t Paella. To the Valencians, the recipe for Paella is sacred & only refers to the traditional dish…

Vegan ‘Goats’ Cheese Roulade & Individual Boules

Approx Time to Make: 30-45 mins I’ve made different variations of this tofu based ‘cheeze’ many times, which I absolutely adore. This time, I decided to make it & divide the mix into two. With one half, I made a mini herb roulade; with the rest, I made these little cheeze ‘boules’ coated in different…

Cranberry Sauce using Dried Fruit

Approx Time to Make: 30 mins Cranberry sauce isn’t something that is readily available in the supermarkets here in Spain & you have to find the independent shops geared towards foreigners (me) to find some. I gave up looking, but thankfully found some dried cranberries in Lidl Espana. A quick Google & a few adjustments…

Vegan Feta Cheese Alternative

Approx Time to Make: 40 mins (+ time to soak nuts overnight) For me Vegan Cheese is the one thing that has yet to be perfected … Well at least here in Spain. Therefore, I’ve decided to focus on some simple recipes that anyone can try. Here’s my vegan feta alternative recipe. This is a…

Harissa Tofu Tagine with Hassleback Aubergines & ‘Feta’

I’d made Hassleback Aubergines the day before & had two leftover. I raided the fridge to find Harissa Paste; a defrosted block of Tofu; some home-made vegetable stock & some home-made feta cheese and … An idea was formed. I tore the tofu into pieces (which I always think looks more Chick’n like than perfect…

Gluten Free 🍋 Lemon Drizzle Cake

Preparation Time: 15-20 mins Cooking Time: Approx 1 hr Heat: 180°/160° fan Gas 4 I love lemon drizzle cake & I used to have a delicious vegan recipe, which I’ve lost somewhere.   So I was determined to recreate a recipe (but this time  using gluten free flour & refined sugar alternatives) whilst still keeping the…