The universal nut butter recipe


Gone are the days where preserves and peanut butter are the only things one would spread on toast.  The market for nut butters has been experiencing a huge surge in the last decade or so.  They’re delicious and versatile sources of fat and protein for vegetarians and vegans.  What’s not to like?

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Crisped cavolo nero winter salad

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I have always thought salads were a meagre territory.  I’d happily dig into one for lunch or a light supper, but the thought of conjuring one up for creative purposes sound banal.  Writing up a recipe for some leaves and cherry tomatoes did not seem like any fun.   Continue reading “Crisped cavolo nero winter salad”

VegFest London 2015: Marshmallows, Cheese and Jaffa Cake Candles.

A few months ago, before toying with the idea of being vegan for a month, I saw a tweet by The Vegan Society regarding the upcoming VegFest in Kensington Olympia in October.  As a vegan-enthusiast veggie, the BOGOF ticket offer was not to be missed.  I dragged along my omnivorous partner-in-crime (my sister), and walked through Kensington for a day of salivating, education, and taste testing – what seemed like – unlimited amounts of vegan food.  And it’s not all kale and coconut yoghurts.

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All-purpose applesauce and scotch pancakes

Though September is well and truly upon us, I have been quite fortunate to experience some late summer sunshine in the last few days at home.  I am no Bear Grylls in the foraging department, but picking semi-wild fruits from countryside hedgerows made me embrace my natural gathering instincts somehow.

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If you’re off to Florence, a visit to Mercato Centrale is compulsory.  The ground floor boasted stacks of fresh fruit and vegetable, tins of anchovies, baskets brimming with different sun-dried tomato varieties and porcini mushrooms.  The first floor contained casual dining establishments, a ‘street food market’ vibe with offerings such as seafood, pizza and traditional Tuscan dishes, all made to order.  I need not bother with the minutiae as I do not want to be blamed for excessive salivation everywhere.

My mother enjoyed the seafood stall; freshly grilled squid and the fried fish medley were her favourites.  My brother and stepdad were less adventurous, choosing the authentic pizzas every time; the chefs were armed with only 5 ingredients, creating an intimate menu which garnered a lot of attention on each of our visit.  Whilst I, inevitably, frequented the sole vegetarian and vegan stall, Veg & Veg, for my plant-based fix.

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9 foodie places to visit in Cape Town

A few weeks ago, I returned from a five-week stint from South Africa.  I volunteered for three weeks at an eco-lodge, and travelled the rest of the time along the Western Cape, home to the city of Cape Town.  It was my first solo travel experience, and my thirst is even greater now that I have had a taste of the good life.

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Balsamic-roasted strawberry and tomato basil linguine [vg]

Tomatoes are some pretty special produce, aren’t they?  They are complemented by a lot of ingredients, and goes with just about everything (even chocolate).  Summer tomatoes are fresh, vibrant in their shapes, colours and flavours, and are full of life.  I never thought I’d get this excited about tomatoes, but then it was only this year that I have experienced an Italian summer.  The varieties on offer are on a different league from what I am used to back in England.

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