Right here, right now: Pea and Thai basil soup

I cannot cope with wasted food.  I think it is terrible, and soup has saved the day many times over.  It’s also a thing of beauty, because unlike many dishes, soup genuinely brings all the flavours of the ingredients together, so you can make something quite special, in my opinion.  The main plus on soup…

Tofu Tom Kha

When we were travelling, this was a favourite.  It is very easy to make, and granted, you might not have all the ingredients on hand, but some of them can be kept in stock once you’ve got them. Tom Kha is an aromatic coconut soup, although, I think it’s more like an aromatic curry.  It…

Not-eggy bread!

I imagined this last night and I made it this morning, and it WORKED.  I had my doubts, but it was so satisfying.  I believe this dish goes by many names, including french toast, pan perdu, and the British eggy bread.  I served it the sweet way, as I thought it would work best with…

Tofu Katsu Curry

Again, sorry about the photo. That is Yo!Sushi’s tofu katsu curry. Turns out I ate mine before I photographed it.  This is easier than you might think, with plenty of options available.  If you don’t know Katsu curry, it has 3 main elements, a crispy panko-breaded ‘cutlet’ (often chicken or pork, but more and more…

Rainbow Salad

Hi, I’m British and I’m bad at making salads.  Admit it.  I did, and now I’m actually very good at it, but only because I’ve thought about it, long and hard, and I don’t think any item on the table should be invited to the party like a weird cousin, ‘just because we thought we…

Tofu tikka masala 

This is surprisingly easy, and the sauce will definitely freeze.  In the picture, the Tofu Tikka Masala is at the back, and in the foreground is a tarka dal with crispy fried onions. This recipe uses a firm tofu, such as Clearspring or Cauldron.  Get your tofu out as early as you can, drain the…

Insane Plantain and rice

*sorry for the image – I forgot to photograph it before it was eaten, so it’s just this ‘step 1’ image for now! What a  vegetable – my current obsession.  There are 8 in the cupboard.  This is what happens when one of the supermarkets in York starts stocking a new vegetable. Maybe it’s a…

Blue sheese, walnut and courgette pasta

This turned out to be a triumph.  It was made up on the spot, from what we had around the house after refusing to do ‘the big shop’ for the last week.  It’s fairly cheap, very easy to make for a lot of people, and will definitely impress your vegans. One thing that I recommend…

Chocolate Ganache Pots

Two ingredients, you hear me, TWO. People always say they “can’t believe these are vegan”, which I think is meant to be a compliment, despite the fact that the underlying assumption is that vegan food is disgusting and “I can’t believe these taste so good” is really the deal. I don’t have a picture, so…

Chocolate Cake

One of the hardest parts of being vegan, for me, is people giving you fruit salads for dessert. I’m not even joking, I get like 12 portions for fruit and veg a day, and when someone arrives with melon and grapes arranged on a plate, calling it pudding, it gets annoying.  I love  fruit and…

White Bean Curry

Beans are easy to get hold of, cheap, and most importantly, good for you. I think this is a really beautiful curry, I think people have been generally impressed with it, and people have made it for me after I have made it for them, so that’s a good sign! I’ll be honest, it’s a…

They bloody stayed over and now they want breakfast

Ugh, amirite?   A perfectly legit breakfast that’s easy to make and sure to please is avocado on toast. Easy stuff. Two rules: 1. The avocado needs to be ripe (problematic) 2. The bread must be good quality stuff, not sliced shite…I mean white.  Cost – 4 people for £3/4 Ingredients 3 to 4 avocados …