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Chickpeas & Chard


Chickpeas & Chard Who knew! Apparently chard grows all year round! Every time we visit the allotment there’s delightful greens, deep reds and yellows to greet us popping up through the bare soil. Not much else is growing now especially since we’ve had frosts this week but the chard… the chard is still there, steadily growing. We use it like…

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Winter warming spiced cake


Winter warming spiced cake Cold! Yes, winter is definitely approaching! SIX degrees centigrade this week (43f) after a balmy average of 16c (61f) over the half term holidays. So we need something warm and yummy whilst we curl up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book! 😀 This is one of those recipes that I’d bookmarked…

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Aubergine Rolls!


Aubergine Rolls Do you know how so very exciting it is to see deep shiny aubergines emerging from nowhere?! 😛 Well, I know they come from somewhere, but one day there is a plant with a few purple flowers, then the next day there are shiny jet black balls just sitting there… then they get a bit longer, and a…

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Courgette Ideas…


Courgette Ideas… Love them? Despise them? Well… I’m not sure you can just say you don’t like any vegetable without trying them cooked in different ways!? I mean, how can you compare chargrilled cajun marinated courgette strips to spiralised pesto courgetti? Our allotment has so far produced some lovely big courgettes from just two plants… Sure we panfried a few,…

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Breakfast Bars… customisable, vegan & Free-From!


Breakfast Bars…customisable, vegan & free-from! Want something quick and easy for breakfast? Need something portable if you’re always on the run? These breakfast bars will definitely do the job! Did I plan them? Well no, not really! What happened? The allotment happened! 😛 Do you know how quick and freely without any attention rhubarb grows? So we’ve had crumble, ice-cream…

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Crunchy baked polenta crusted tofu!


Crunchy baked polenta crusted tofu! Hey! 🙂 How are you all? Have you all been rushed off your feet (like me) or have you found time to relax and enjoy the sunshine (if there’s been any your way?)? This week in the Life Diet Health kitchen there was lots going on! Double and treble our usual number for dinner on…

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Anyone for Burgers? Vegan & Free-From


Anyone for Burgers? Vegan & Free-From Firstly, please excuse the photos! These were so yummy they were munched before a good shot was taken! 😛 I almost made some more just so I could post a better photo but decided to make bread instead! 😀 Anyway? How has your week been? In the UK it was Fathers Day at the…

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2 minute Coconut Dessert? Yes please!


Coconut Dessert… Vegan & Free-From Yum yum yum! 😛 Super fast dessert!!! I suddenly realised that I’d been over zealous when buying tofu and I had a packet which needed eating! What did I do? I threw it in the blender with some coconut and some dates and tada! Instant vegan coconut whip! Delicious! I know nice cream is quick, but this…

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Brilliant Banana Bread Muffins VEGAN & GF!


Brilliant Banana Bread Muffins VEGAN & Gluten Free Well, it certainly seems like summer here in the UK with temperatures staying in the 20’s (68f+) all week BUT that doesn’t mean we haven’t had rain! Oh we’ve had two thunderstorms with sheet lightning AND a hail storm with hail the size of chickpeas! Oh yes! It was noisy! Real noisy!…

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Creamy Chunky Coleslaw… Vegan!


Creamy Chunky Coleslaw… Vegan! Ooo it was sunny here today! Up to 18 degrees centigrade! 🙂 Bearing in mind that last night we were threatened with a frost, the temperature today was none too shabby! 🙂 So, sunny weather brings lighter food, salads and ice cream! I’m not sure how long this weather will stay but this chunky coleslaw is…

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Chocolate Caramel Slice… Vegan & Free-From


Chocolate Caramel Slice… Vegan & Free-From WHAT… the Easter holidays are over already!? How did that happen? It’s back to school day here 🙁 I’m not sure about you and yours but it vanished in an instant! I guess that might have something to do with the fact that someone ran into our car and we spent most of the…

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Easter Hacks: aka Cheats Hot Cross Buns!


Easter Hacks: aka Cheats Hot Cross Buns! OH MY GOSH!!! Yes.. I need to shout! 😛 Last year I created my own free from hot cross buns which were amazing and if you have the time I’d highly recommend them BUT… they do take a long time AND wouldn’t you rather be doing something else like eating making chocolate or…

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Do you really know how to cook Tofu?


Do you really know how to cook Tofu? When I was vegetarian I really didn’t like tofu. I didn’t understand why it was even something people liked to eat! 😛 When I became vegan and thought (wrongly) that I had less to eat (such as no cheese, no eggs), tofu seemed to be an ideal food to try again! If…

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Melt in the mouth… vegan cookies


Melt in the mouth…vegan cookies Oh yes! 😀 Melt in the mouth and vegan don’t usually go together but these… these are just that! They have a slight crisp shell which breaks through to a soft melty buttery interior. It’s insane… they are so easy to make with only FOUR basic ingredients! 😀 Add your favourite extras such as chocolate…

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Vegan Taco Jackfruit


Vegan Taco Jackfruit Okay! I’m sorry! It’s Tuesday again! What an unbelievable week I’ve had! You can never tell what each day can bring and I was certainly most unprepared for what happened this week! and… then my laptop wouldn’t turn on! 🙁 So, as I said last week – I will “try” to post again this week and then…

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Homemade Mincemeat! Healthy Style!


Homemade Mincemeat! Healthy Style! Well, the festive season is well and truly upon us! 🙂 School has now finished and everyone seems to be talking food! 😛 Today I wanted to share this delicious recipe for homemade healthy style mincemeat. As with most of my recipes you can swap and change the ingredients for what you have on hand (within reason!) You…

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Oaty Bites! with Chocolate!


Oaty Bites! with Chocolate! Bites there were… several of them! 😛 I really can’t believe these disappeared so quickly, but I guess it’s just like eating a perfect bowl of porridge yes? Well it has almost all the same ingredients that my breakfast oats would have (okay, maybe not the chocolate), so that makes it similar …nutrition-wise at least! 🙂…

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Pumpkin Loaf! Gluten-Free & Vegan!


Pumpkin Loaf! Gluten-Free & Vegan! Well, this wasn’t a planned recipe at all! I was making pumpkin pie and couldn’t decide on savoury or sweet, so divided my mix to make one of each! Hubby asked if my cake (I guess the batter all alone in a dish looked like cake mix) was ready to go in the oven and suddenly…

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