Pulses and Grains

In another of our classes, we talked about pulses (legumes) and grains and the importance of incorporating them into your diet. Pulses and grains are a good source of protein and dietary fibre ( the sort that your gut bacteria love to munch on ), they are both a complex carbohydrate; which means they are… Continue reading Pulses and Grains

Vegan Protein Buddah Bowl

For our Plant-based Proteins class, we learnt all about what a protein is, vegan protein sources, daily protein requirements and health benefits of plant-based proteins. Our assignment was to create a dish that would contain at least 30g of plant protein. So using some of my favourite foods I created a Protein Buddah Bowl.

Food Photography, Presentation and Knife Skills

In my previous blog I talked about the Vegan Natural Chef course I have enrolled in. The chef’s course is divided into five modules: One of which is Chef Techniques; which, amongst other things, includes knife skills, food photography and food presentation. Over the next couple of weeks, I hope to update you all on… Continue reading Food Photography, Presentation and Knife Skills

CNM Vegan Natural Chef In Training – with a few curve balls thrown in!

In the beginning of March 2020, I signed up for a diploma course at The College Of Naturopathic Medicine in London, to train to become a Vegan Natural Chef.  I had been procrastinating for a couple of years about doing this course and finally went for it!  The chef training was to start in the… Continue reading CNM Vegan Natural Chef In Training – with a few curve balls thrown in!

It’s been a long time….

Hi there! I’ve been away from this blog for a long time and so much has happened. I decided to have a break from social media as it was all too consuming and stuff was going on in my life that needed more attention. I think we’ve all been there at some stage and as… Continue reading It’s been a long time….

Glutenfreevegan – my new journey begins!

It’s amazing how little we know about what’s going on in the world and right under our noses, or is it because we would rather not know. Or is it what ‘they’ would rather us not know? I have just begun the transition to veganism.  I have to admit I went off red meat a… Continue reading Glutenfreevegan – my new journey begins!

Another Gluten Free Cook Book

Greetings to anyone who reads this blog.  I have to say that I haven’t posted for a while as I have been off my game and wanting a social media break. That’s not to say that I’ve stopped cooking lots of lovely gluten free goodies, I just haven’t been so obsessed with taking photographs of everything that I cook.  This did get on hubbies nerves a bit!!

I nabbed this new gluten free cook book (the one in the picture) from my Mum, she is always buying new cook books so that she can make me goodies when I go to visit her.  I read this one and really liked the look of the recipes, the ingredients were run of the mill and they looked simple enough.  So Mum said I could have it as I’m more likely to use it than she is. … Continue reading

Mixed Bean and Pepper Chilli

On a Monday evening my daughter comes round for dinner, before she and hubby go to Art class.  They’ve been going for a few weeks now and enjoy the relaxation of doing Art and it’s a release from their hectic jobs.

Faye is a vegan , this is a great excuse for me to try out new recipes or make stuff up and also for me to have ‘Meat Free Monday’!  I also wanted to make something that would be very easy so I wasn’t slaving over a hot cooker when I could also be spending a bit of time with Faye before she goes off with Dad!

For tonight, I fancied making a bean chilli. So when I was doing my food shop I came across a tin of Mixed Beans in a Spicy Tomato Sauce.  I thought that this would be a great base to add to. The sauce itself does have a spicy flavour but I found it needed more ‘oompf’ so I added more chilli.

Waitrose Mixed beans in spicy tomato sauce
Waitrose Mixed beans in spicy tomato sauce

Well it turned out lovely and I would definitely make it again. It made enough for two decent portions and Faye took home the leftovers for her lunch tomorrow.

Ingredients

  • tin of mixed beans in spicy tomato sauce
  • tin of butter beans
  • tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper -chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper – chopped
  • 2 green jalapeno peppers – sliced  (mine were home grown and not that hot, so you may want to change depending on the heat of your chilli)
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic – finely chopped or use garlic press
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes (or more if you want it hotter)
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Next

  • heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the bell peppers, jalapeno peppers and onions and cook gently for 5 minutes until soft
  • add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for a few seconds
  • then add the mixed beans and tinned tomatoes and gently simmer for 10 minutes until it thickens.
  • Add the butter beans and gently heat through for about 5 minutes, being careful that they don’t go mushy
  • season to taste and serve with wholegrain rice with a dollop of mashed avocado mixed with lemon juice and black pepper

I hope you find this recipe useful, even If it gives you some inspiration to make your own version ♥

My home grown chili
My home grown chili

 

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins – unbelievably fluffy!

I made these blueberry muffins as I had a load of buttermilk left over from another bake I made, I bought too much!  So, I didn’t want to waste the stuff and found this recipe for gluten free blueberry muffins.  It makes a large amount of mix and the recipe said that it makes 15 muffins, it looks too much but do cram the mixture in your large cases as they come out so nice and big and fluffy. They are crammed full of blueberries which seem to explode into little purple bite fulls of yumminess during the cooking.

So without further ado, here is the recipe for you to enjoy… … Continue reading

My Little Korean Mint Plant

Back in March, my daughter and I went on a weekend in London.  We had an amazing time at a pop up Sunday brunch with The Raw chef at the Tiny Leaf in Notting hill.  The Herball were there too giving out their wonderful plant infused drinks of wines, cocktails and teas.  As a gift, we were given a choice of seeds and a little pot to plant them in, I chose Korean mint and look what’s happened….

My little Korean Mint Plant
My little Korean Mint Plant

I put the picture up on Instagram and tagged the guys at The Herball and they loved it, apparently I’m the first to send an update on all the seeds that were given out.  I asked what to do with the herb and they said it can be planted in the garden or a large pot and is great for making herbal tea with or for cooking.  Strangely enough, the leaves of the plant don’t smell like the usual mint when you rub them, they have a smell, but I couldn’t place it.

So I googled it, as you do and this is what I found…

Medicinal use of Korean Mint:

Korean mint is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs. Considered to be a “warming” herb, it is used in situations where there is “dampness” within the digestive system, resulting in poor digestion and reduced vitality. The leaves and stems are antibacterial, antifungal, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge and stomachic. They are used internally to improve the appetite and strengthen the digestive system, they relieve symptoms such as abdominal bloating, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. They are also used to treat morning sickness. The leaves are also used in the treatment of chest congestion, diarrhoea and headaches. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of angina pains. The plant is used as a folk remedy for cancer, extracts of the plant have shown anticancer activity.

Edible parts of Korean Mint:

Young leaves – raw or cooked. A strong anise-like fragrance, they are normally used as a flavouring or as an addition to the salad bowl. We find them a bit coarse and too strong for use as a salad. The leaves can be used as a tea substitute. A pleasant flavour. The seed is possibly edible. No further details. The seed certainly should not be poisonous, but it is very small and its use would be very fiddly.

I’ll have to experiment – on hubby first! ♥