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Lean Mean Green Bean Stew

This Lean Mean Green Bean Stew is simple and healthy – perfect for Veganuary!

This recipe is a wonderful mix of flavours combining plenty of nutrients from the green vegetables and protein from the beans. Inspired by the delicious ‘Green Shakshuka’ recipe by Bosh! but with a few simple changes. Feel free to experiment yourself with whatever greens you have left over in your fridge.

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Low Fat
  • Gluten free
  • Easy
  • Serves 2
  • Quick recipe takes about 20 minutes

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Coconut Rice Pudding

I accidentally on purpose ending up cooking too much rice, so that I can make this Coconut Rice Pudding the next day.

This is really quick and simple dessert to make, or could be used as a breakfast dish.

‏I am not one to be too strict when it comes to cooking, however, I will advise you to refrigerate the rice as soon as possible after it is initially cooked (you can run the left overs in cold water then place in the fridge in a sealed container). It can be reheated the next day but do not keep it longer.

‏This really is a moveable feast, so feel free to experiment with whatever goodies you have in your store cupboard, the ingredients below are just a suggestion and I change it every time depending on how much rice I have and what is lurking in my fridge or cupboard.. (some grated coconut or seeds sprinkled on top make a nice addition, for example)

Serves 2
‏Vegetarian
‏Vegan
‏Skill: Easy
‏Time : 10 minuets with pre- cooked rice (white or brown, though white is more pudding-like)

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Totally Tropical Christmas Pudding

TOTALLY TROPICAL CHRISTMAS PUDDING

It has become a family tradition that I make the Christmas Pudding each year. It is always slightly different depending on what I have in the kitchen and this Totally Tropical Christmas Pudding came about because I had some Malibu languishing in the back of a cupboard. I decided to go for a tropical theme with mango, papaya and coconut rather than the more traditional fruits. (The one rule I have is that there has to be no orange in it, due to the dietary needs of a family member).

The result was a tropical Christmas feast, with a much lighter flavour and texture than a traditional Christmas pudding. It is pretty easy to make, the only downside is the long steaming time.

You will see from the pictures that I have gone for a more traditional pudding in a muslin cloth; this was not due to Dickensian nostalgia but rather because I had left my pudding bowls and my parents house last year. Oh well, better lucky than good…

So, stick on some Christmas music, pour some mulled wine and lets get baking…

 

Christmas Pudding in Muslin Bag

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Ruby Red Beet Hash

My daughter loves this Ruby Red Beet Hash.

She decided to become vegetarian ten days before her 7th birthday and has been sticking to it well so far. Up until then I had always let her eat whatever healthy food she wanted, meat included, but she decided on her own that she no longer wanted to eat meat or fish. I admire her principles for such a young age, though said it is her body and if she decides to go back to eating meat then that is her decision.

One major plus for her going vegetarian is that I now only have to make one dinner in the evening rather than two and the Little Lady is sticking to her end of the bargain by trying new flavours. This Ruby Red Beet Hash was quick and simple to make and was scoffed up!

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Sourdough Bread

‏Warning: Making Sourdough Bread is a labour of love, but like anything we do for love it is always worthwhile.

‏This loaf took about 4 days from start to finish. It was my first attempt and I was pleased with the result.

‏I admit that I cheated a little and bought at sourdough starter from ‘Baz and Ed’s Street Food’ at a food fair in Enniskillen. However, if you are very dedicated you can make your own starter…. I have dug out a recipe from the Doyenne of Irish cooking: Darina Allen; I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure it’s the business.

‏Once you have the starter there isn’t a whole lot of work, but there is a whole lot of waiting. However, the starter can be reused over and over again so once you’ve started on your journey of sourdough bread making you may be in for the long haul.

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Autumnal Apples with Sausage and Red Cabbage

An Autumnal recipe with braised red cabbage, apples and vegetarian sausages:

‏ There was an almighty storm the other day, as a result most of the apples were blown off the trees in my back garden. My daughter and I went out to pick up the windfalls that lay about beneath the branches, dusky red jewels nestled in the green grass.

‏In previous years I had a larger harvest and set to and making copious amounts of chutney or applesauce. This year I didn’t want to go into the whole production line of chutney-making, but I did want to spend some time on a recipe to celebrate our modest apple harvest.

‏I decided to make braised red cabbage with apples and veggie sausages. In the past I have tried several recipes for braised red cabbage, to varying degrees of success; I find the stove-top versions make the sugar in it more likely to burn, this recipe is done in the oven and cooks to perfection.

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Watercress Soup

This silky, Watercress Soup is Spring in a bowl. It is simple to make and packed full of nutrients such as vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and calcium. I have given a vegetarian version here but it can be made vegan by omitting the cream or by using a non-dairy substitute. Read more

Pomegranate Rice for Breakfast

This Pomegranate Rice recipe is adapted from a breakfast dish we ate at the ashram in India, it is a delicious breakfast but also makes an excellent lunch or light supper as it is savory. It is quick to make if you can get hold of Pohe, or pawa, a flattened rice available from Indian or Asian supermarkets.

If you can’t get Pohe then simply use cooked basmati rice. Likewise, you can substitute the pomegranate for red grapes but it is hard to beat the pomegranate, its ruby seeds ready to burst their sweet-sour crunch among the soft bed of rice.  Read more