Category Archives: Balsall Heath

Margaret Thatcher dead but I’m not dancing!

Be kind cos Thatcher is dead

Margaret Thatcher dead popped up on my Facebook news feed last week and I had a strange sensation. I was completely bereft of any excitement or sorrow, I was ambivalent I suppose. The death of Margaret Thatcher was a bit of a non-event emotionally. Although, obviously, it was a massive, big fat deal all across the world. Continue reading

First salad of the summer – carrot salad recipe

The sun has been out and when that happens I always start thinking salad and for the first one of the summer I rustled up a special carrot salad, but without raisins. I just can’t bare them in salads.

I always used to go for the simple cucumber and tomato style salads of my youth but since becoming vegan I’ve been way more experimental. Continue reading

Carrot, Sweet Potato and Leek soup

I love soup, and I do make a good batch now and then. When I first discovered how easy soup was to make, I was amazed. I always thought that it would be impossible to replicate those Heinz tins. The good news is that it is easy to vastly improve on any tinned soup!

I tend to base my soups on potato’s, which make a nice thick soup which is a quite ‘creamy’ for a vegan palate when liquidised. I then use complimentary flavours to make the soup special or unique. The recipes change depending what I have in. Continue reading

Frosty Easter Fruit

As a result of the Veg Wars I mentioned on here a while back, I ended up with more mangoes than I could handle. So I decided I’d try to make some sorbet, on the hoof. I didn’t research it at all I just went ahead with my recipe. I peeled and pureed four large mangoes added juice of a lime and plenty of ginger (another abundant Veg War buy). Then froze it. This worked quite well although it’s not sweet enough, a little agave syrup would probably help. Continue reading

Agave Syrup

 

Agave syrup is produced from the Agave cactus, which famously is the plant from which tequila is made. It’s a great, sweeter alternative to sugar and it is low on the Glycaemic Index. This means that the sugar rush, from eating Mars bars or whatever, does not occur. Agave syrup has a minimal ‘raising’ effect on blood sugar despite tasting sweet. Continue reading