Sunday, April 10, 2005

Banana Cake

I just made this but I had to republish the archives to find it. Its tasty, vegan and really easy to make. I don't know how long they have been missing, but they are there now! Sorry, no picture, as is got eaten straight away, after some nettle soup!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Ginger and garlic stir fry

Quick and yummy.

Onion - sliced
carrots - sliced
peppers - sliced
mushrooms - sliced
couple of cloves of garlic -chopped
knob of ginger - peeled and chopped
oil
peas
sweetcorn
soy sauce
noodles - pre cooked
spring greens -roughly chopped
beansprouts
quorn pieces ( just as yummy without)

Heat the oil until very hot then chuck in all the veg and quickly stir fry. Splosh in a good big glug of soy sauce, stir til everything is coated, then chuck in the noodles. Quick stir - perhaps a bit more soy sauce or water if it's looking a bit dry for your liking, then serve.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Food For free

Hope it's ok to do this here.

I thought it would be interesting/fun/a good learning experience to do a communal blog about food foraging as it seems to have struck a cord with a few of us.
If you'd like to join then just leave me your email addy and I'll add you to the *team*.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


O dear! the peanut cookies rose more than I expected. (looks like some sort of geometry lesson?) Posted by Hello


The cookies the children made Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Gill's Nettle Soup

Thanks to Gill for this recipe.


Wearing strong gloves and long sleeves, pick the top shoots of some young, healthy-looking spring nettles - about a large mixing-bowl full. Cnange to rubber gloves and give them a good wash in cold water. Remove the woody stems, but not the soft green ones. No need to chop.
In your biggest saucepan, heat some oil and gently fry a chopped onion with some garlic if you like it. Meanwhile dice some potatoes - about 3-4 big ones, into cubes.
When the onion is soft add the nettles, stir and then add the spuds and stir.
Pour in as much hot liquid stock or just hot water (add a bit of milk for a creamier soup) as your pan will comfortably allow, put the lid on and boil gently for about 20-25 minutes.
Then put it all through a blender & season to taste.


We ate it with soda bread

1lb plain wholewheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsps bicarb of soda
1 oz butter
10 fl oz milk soured by warming with 1 tbsp vinegar

Oven Temp 220 C - 200 in fan oven
Flour a baking sheet

Sift flour, salt, and bicarb.
Add butter and rub in.
Pour milk into well in centre and mix to form dough.
knead gently on floured board, form into circle,
Stick on baking sheet.
Mark a cross on top of load.
Bake for approx 30 mins.

Needs eating same day which is never a problem in this house!





FareShare Recipe Exchange:� Oven Temperatures

FareShare Recipe Exchange:� Oven Temperatures

Pronto Lasagna.

You might suspect I bought a job lot of short date tempeh.....and you'd be right!

Lurvely Lasagna.

>Lightly fry 1 onion and a generous handful of sliced mushrooms in a good slosh of olive oil until the onion is transparent.
>Add to this 1 pack of tempeh, grated and 1 jar of organic pasta sauce (tonight it was 'Seeds of change' tomato and basil). Turn down very low and add a cup of water.
> Make a white sauce using a generous blob of vegan marg, some plain flour and about 1 pint of unsweetened soya milk. When thickened add 3/4 block of vegan cheddar.
>Starting with a layer of cheese sauce, then lasagna, then tempeh sauce, layer up the lasagna ending in a layer of cheese sauce. Sprinkle some reserved cheddar over the top and bake at 180C-200C for about 25 mins. Half way through cooking liberally sprinkle pine kernels all over. Serve with salad (and lightly steamed carrots and peas for the salad-sceptic children).

Blinking gorgeous, even if I do say so myself!!

Rosie- try these!

Nut butter cookies

>Cream together 1/2 cup of maple syrup, 1/2 cup of nut butter and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
> Stir in 1 cup of wholewheat self raising flour and mix well.
> Form into 24 walnut size balls, place on lightly oiled trays and flatten with fork tines in two directions to make a cross-hatch design.
>Bake on two trays, one at a time in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 180C/ gas 4 for about 12 mins. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.


These are awesome- simple for littlies to make alone and not too sweet. You can use any nut butter, almond, peanut, brazil or hazel are all good. Wasn't so keen on walnut.
Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies
Just trying to find a decent peanut butter cookie recipe, I've seen one somewhere, but now I need it...

Monday, April 04, 2005

Sunday's Soup and Crumble Dinner.

Perfect comfort food prepared with a worn out nightshifter in mind but enjoyed by all.

Carrot and Cashew Soup:

>Lightly fry 500g carrots and 250g potatoes, 1 onion, 3 garlic cloves (or to taste) in 3 tbsp olive oil until the onion is transparent.

>Add 1.5 pints stock and 2 tsp ground coriander. Simmer for 25 mins until vegetables are tender.

> Meanwhile dry fry 100g cashew nuts until lightly browned and aromatic.

>When the soup is cooked puree in a blender with the cashews and return to the pan to warm. Add more liquid if desired. Serve with fresh wholewheat bread.


Rhubarb, Almond and Orange Crumble

>Stew 900g rhubarb with approx. 6 tbsp raw sugar and the grated rind of 2 oranges.

>Make the crumble topping by rubbing together 1 cup of plain wholewheat flour and 1/3 cup of vegan margarine until it’s like rough breadcrumbs. Add to this 1 ½ cups of ground almonds and approx. 6 tbsps of raw sugar.

>Pile the crumble topping over the fruit and bake at about 180C/ gas 4 for about 30 mins until browned. Serve with vegan custard.

Saturday, April 02, 2005


Pizza- the children made this, then said, "Take a photo of it and put it on your blog"! I made almost the same sauce as Wednesday's pasta sauce, and dough in the breadmaker. The cheese-free corner is for Allie. Posted by Hello