Chilli Pickled Onions

Pickled onions just say Christmas to me. It is the only time of the year that I eat them. I have not made my own for about 25 years but, this year, I had some kilner jars in the cupboard, from my failed experiment with salad in a jar, back in the summer, so I…

Spicy Pepper and Apple Chutney

Thoughts are turning towards Christmas. When I was a teenager we started making our Christmas pickles and chutneys in October to give them time to mature. Of course, back then, we ate them with turkey sandwiches or slabs of cheese. Pickles and chutneys go just as well with a cold nut roast. You can make…

Creamy Curried Mushroom and Leek Toasts

I did not want to cook an elaborate meal just for one. I had some lovely, firm chestnut mushrooms which I bought in the bio-supermarket and a leek left over from the risotto recipe. Both really lend themselves to a creamy sauce. You can buy soya cream in many supermarkets in the UK and in…

Minted Pea and Leek Risotto with Rocket and Cashew Pesto

In the supermarket today, the only decent produce was some huge leeks. I have never made a proper risotto before with Arborio rice. It surpassed my expectations and was quite filling. I picked the rocket and fresh mint from the school garden this afternoon. If you do not want to use wine then you can…

Simple is Best Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is my favourite dish when I need something comforting but quite ascetic. There has been a lot of socialising over the weekend and I am feeling a little sluggish. When Dave and I crossed Turkey on our motorcycle in 1997, lentil soup was essential to our survival as the weather was so cold….

Avocado and Tahina Breakfast Toasts

This week I am trying to focus on quick, easy recipes that anyone can make and enjoy in 10-15 minutes as I am back at work and still eating alone. Vegans get hungry easily and a good breakfast is essential. I often eat hummus or avocado on toast in the morning. I got the idea…

Hellykelly’s Traditional Chickpea Hummus

Hummus is the quintessential vegan good. In our house we eat it almost every day. Even Dave, who is not given to much food preparation, has his own recipe. Hummus can be made in many different ways but here I use chickpeas that are used traditionally in the Middle East. Interesting that traditional recipes do…

Juicy Mushroom and Avocado Toasts

I am cooking for one at the moment and prefer light, fresh and easy dishes. Dave cannot eat avocado so I try to eat it with everything when he is not here. You could use shop bought or homemade vegan pesto instead of hummus. I used the pumpkin and avocado hummus that I featured yesterday….