Sausage and kale salad

This salad has more than a hint of Waldorf salad about it, because it contains apples, celery and mayo. There’s also a bit of a “coronation chicken” feel, due to the curry powder. This recipe is adapted from Timothy Pakron/Mississippi Vegan’s chicken salad. Ingredients 250g sausages 200g curly kale 1 eating apple 4 celery sticks…

Brief reviews and comparisons of vegan supermarket food

There is now a huge amount of vegan food available across UK supermarkets. Here, I will try to give you an idea of the good, the bad and the ugly, for every type of food. This is an ongoing list, so it will be updated over time. I will try to list the products in…

How to cope when a vegan comes for Christmas dinner

There are a few reasons why you might end up having to accommodate someone on a vegan diet this Christmas: you’ve invited someone new to your dinner, or maybe a regular guest has changed their diet since last year. Perhaps someone has just been diagnosed as being lactose-intolerant. Whatever the reason, you now have to…

Rum punch, two ways

I like rum and coke, but it’s a bit basic. For a special occasion, it’s nice to have something nice. Also, if you’re having people round, it’s good to make a big pitcher of something, so that people can help themselves without having to mix anything. For these kinds of situations, I like to make…

Dorf salad

Not to be confused with Waldorf salad. This is a great salad of leafy and roasted veg, tossed in a creamy lemon and garlic dressing. It was inspired by a great salad I had in Dusseldorf, in a place called Kamps Bäckerei. The guy who was in charge, Fabio, chatted to us for ages about…

Low-sugar granola

This is a recipe I put together for Lisa’s breakfast: She wanted some kind of cereal that would satisfy her hunger until lunchtime, but that was also healthy. Challenge accepted. I melted peanut butter and coconut oil in a pan, then stirred in a mix of nuts, seeds and grain and baked the whole lot…

Sweet potato and refried bean burritos

This is one of my favourite recipes: Soft sweet potato chips, refried beans and rice, all flavoured in a garlicky, citrusy mojo de ajo sauce, then wrapped in a burrito. The recipe for refried beans comes from Thomasina Miers’ Mexican Food Made Simple, and in fact the whole dish was inspired by a meal at one…

Tofu banh mi with chipotle mayo

Whit a belter: Take a wee baguette, slather some spicy mayo on both sides, then add some slabs of marinated, fried tofu and a little pickled veg. Ingredients: 4 small (one-person) or 2 medium baguette 400g block of firm tofu 3 TBs soy sauce 2 TBs cornflour 3 TBs oil for frying 2 small or…

Maw’s lentil soup

Ma maw’s soup. This is what she makes whenever I come back tae Glasgow. It’s quality. You can blend it, or not.   Serves 6 Ingredients 250g red lentils 2 TBs oil 1 litre stock 2 medium carrots Onion 1 tin tomatoes (400g) Bay leaf (optional) 2 cloves of garlic, minced, or 2 tsps of…

Doughnuts

  Adapted from VSO via Vegan Connections. These are immense, so thank you to VSO for coming up with the original recipe. I’d never made doughnuts in my life before I came across this recipe — I assumed they would be too hard to make — but I have now seen the light! In brief:…