pearled spelt risotto with beans and peas
Pearled spelt risotto is such a versatile dish. I did dither over whether calling it a risotto is the right title, but in essence it is what it resembles and the method is not too dissimilar. The following recipe, is more a guide. I do not measure and I use […]

Pearled Spelt Risotto


sweet potato gratin with salad
Sweet Potato Gratin Ingredients 1kg sweet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced thinly – the thickness of a 10p 2 tbsp olive oil 3 garlic cloves finely chopped 1 red chilli finely chopped 250ml double cream 150g crunchy peanut butter Zest and juice of one lime salt and black pepper Method   Heat the oven […]

Sweet potato gratin


spices roasting
Garam Masala   Garam Masala is a blend of spices and sometimes herbs. The word masala  means spices and garam means hot. The hot is in the Ayurvedic sense of heating the body, not blow your head off chilli  heat. It differs from region to region and many families have […]

Garam Masala



vegetarian dhansak
realPaneer and mushroom dhansak came about as we wanted a veggie version of our beloved chicken dhansak. We are quite new to vegetarian cooking, so are always looking for ways to make veggie versions of old favourites. Paneer and Mushroom Dhansak   Ingredients 1 can of lentils (400g) 1 block […]

Paneer and Mushroom Dhansak


birdie
Next week I am trying several new dishes. I am really looking forward to them and hoping they taste as delicious as the pictures made them look.  Whilst we were shopping I spotted a new (to me) magazine. Plant based a quick flick through and I wanted to make at least […]

Next weeks meal plan


chocolate cake
This year we celebrated 16 years together. We decided to treat ourselves to a meal out. I am so glad we picked The White Rabbit in Todmorden.  It was a stunning meal, in a wonderful cosy restaurant. I would go as far as to say it is the best meal […]

The White Rabbit – Todmorden – Review



meal plan
June already, how time flies.     Weekly plan w/e 15th June As you can see. I attempted to pretty up my meal plan. Not quite what I wanted, but I will keep looking. My meal plan weeks start on a Saturday, so this template was not ideal. I will […]

June – weekly meal plan


soap bar
When we decided to try and kick plastic out of our lives one of the first and easiest swaps we made was to switch to bar soap and bar shampoo.  Luckily for me the first brand we tried was the rather brilliant Friendly soap . So far we have tried the lemongrass […]

Friendly Soap – Review


Meal plans have been made, we have been pretty good at sticking to our plans and as a result are wasting very little food. The keeping on top of updating this is not going so well.  I am also way over due replies to penpals, but have been a bit […]

Meal plans and an update



pie filling
Since becoming vegetarian we have found ways to make old favourites meat free, Shepherds pie has become shepherdess pie. I promise no shepherdesses were injured in the making of this pie. The meat element is replaced with mushrooms and lentils. This dish is a really easy one, it can be […]

Shepherdess Pie – meat free shepherds pie