Chilli Tofu and Peanut Stir Fry

I had so many half used veg in the fridge that just called for a stir fry. As I have said before, I love adding ground nuts to dishes and, for stir fries, it has to be peanuts. I toast them in the oven for about 15 minutes and the flavour is wonderful. I like…

Caramelised Onion and Red Pesto Quiche

This is the first vegan quiche I have made. I never make pastry if I can help it so I bought a mix from the organic supermarket. By adding olive oil, instead of margarine, it can be made vegan. Some frozen pastry is vegan, check out the ingredients on the label. A friend told me…

Moroccan-style Burgers

I have been to Morocco and they definitely don’t have vegan burgers. However, I used Moroccan spices to flavour these burgers which are spicy and rich and can be served with just about anything. Try couscous or quinoa salad, potato wedges or just a huge green salad. When I make burgers, I don’t start off…

Glorious Summer Pudding

I do not have much of a sweet tooth and cold, fruit based desserts that are not too sweet are my favourite. So summer pudding is ideal and for me it always feels special. It is also vegan as long as the bread has no milk added. It is incredibly light and tart and looks…

Fennel and Apple Salad

I got the idea for this when I was in Italy, last summer, on a yoga retreat near Rome, in a place called In Sabine. The villa had a huge vegetable garden and all of the food was sourced from there. I used to go and watch the gardener making the harvest each morning and…

Pasta BVFV

People say Italian food is great for vegetarians but, to be honest, Italian restaurant food is not much good for vegans as it contains no protein and leaves you hungry. I invented this dish about a year ago when we first came to Berlin and was desperate to find vegan sources of protein. This was…

Wakame Salad

Wakame is a type of Japanese seaweed. Seaweed is very nutritious. I only came to Japanese food very recently and I absolutely love this salad. It is so simple to make but you do need to source the right ingredients. In Berlin you can get these at Asian supermarkets and I suspect the same is…

Spicy Tomato and Onion Salsa

You can eat this with anything. Indian food, Mexican, in wraps with tofu or as part of a picnic. We like it really spicy but then we are British. You need to adjust to your own taste. I always use Thai chillis which are pretty fierce although Dave prefers habaneros or, better still, Scotch Bonnet,…

Vegan Paneer Palak

Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese used a lot in North Indian food and often served with spinach (palak). I love spinach and this recipe is very spinachy so be warned if you are not as keen on it. Spinach is high in iron but needs to be cooked with other veg that contain vitamin…

Thai style Crunchy Cabbage and Carrot Salad

Probably the best vegan dish ever is Som Tam Jay. This is a veggie version of the papaya salad that is eaten all over Thailand but originates in Isaan in the North-East. I make many versions of this with whatever is to hand. Everything works as long as it is raw and crunchy. There also…