17 October 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (17 October 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! How have you been?

It's been two weeks. You may have noticed. You see I was on holiday last week. Up near Lochgilphead in Argyll & Bute. The west coast of Scotland is truly a beautiful place and we saw lots of it. Luckily the weather was glorious for October. We climbed hills, walked around lochs, along beaches and through woods. We visited castles. museums, went on a boat trip to see seals and even did a spot of Bronze Age pottery.

I came home happy but rather tired.

Now I'm trying to get back into a routine. Believe me, it's not easy. However it has to be done and a good place to start is with meal planning and so with that I give you this week's seven featured recipes and a few bonus recipes too. Enjoy!


Easy Peasy Foodie


A Virtual Vegan


Simply Food


The Veg Space


Tin and Thyme


Feeding Boys



Bonus Recipes

Potato Dumplings with Mushroom Sauce - Everyday Healthy Recipes
Dal with Halloumi & Mint - Green Gourmet Giraffe

Tamarind, Edamame, Soy & Green Beans - Allotment 2 Kitchen

Thanks to everyone who created a recipe for us this week.

If you're a blogger and would like to be featured next time. Link up your veggie or vegan (main course) recipe to this post and add your post to the linky below (one per blog).

If you're a reader, tune in next Monday for another seven delicious veggie and vegan recipes to help you plan your week.

16 October 2016

10 Veggie Red Onion Topping Hacks & Recipe Ideas

I've been playing about with Baxter's Deli Toppers a lot lately. 

There are four flavours in the range, Red Slaw, Spicy Slaw, Red Onions and Jalapenos. They're all in vinegar with spices and are a really convenient way to perk up dishes with a bit of zing. I've been adding them to sandwiches, wraps, baked potatoes and as a topping for burgers. Today I thought I would share some ideas for the Red Onion Deli Topper and some recipes.

10 Red Onion Hacks

    photo: Fuss Free Flavours
  1. Spread ready-rolled puff pastry with onion marmalade, leaving a border, then top with slices of goats cheese, a sprinkling of fresh (or dried) thyme and season with black pepper. Bake until golden, then top with Baxters Red Onion Deli Topper for a bit of zing.
  2. Cut thick slices of crusty bread, lightly toast and rub with a cut clove of garlic, then top with some pesto, slices of tomato, fresh mozzarella and red onion deli topper.
  3. Grill or fry veggie sausages until good and brown, then serve in finger rolls (inside toasted), spread with hummus then top with red onion deli topper.
  4. Roasted cheese (cheddar melted on toast) needs lots of black pepper, but try adding red onion deli topper to take it to another level.
  5. When you are serving load-your-own fajitas, serve with bowls of red onion deli topper, salsa, guacamole & grated cheddar (or vegan cheddar).
  6. Loaded nachos are a great sharing plate. Load them with all the same toppings as the fajitas and add some black beans then grill until hot and crisp and the cheese (or vegan cheese) is gooey.
  7. A simple dish I'm enjoying is a baked potato well seasoned and topped with cottage cheese and red onion deli topper.
  8. Make a basic tomato sauce with chilli in a large, deep frying pan. Break eggs into the sauce and cook gently until the egg is cooked, but the yolk is runny, then top with red onion deli topper and serve in the pan at the table with crusty bread for Sunday brunch.
  9. Load up some hummus for a starter. Spread a thick player of hummus on a plate. Drizzle with olive oil, top with cooked chickpeas, fresh coriander, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or paprika and a scattering of red onion deli topper. Serve with crusty bread as a sharing platter.
  10. Caprese salad also benefits from a zing of red onion deli topper, slices of beef tomatoes layered with fresh mozzarella and topped with fresh basil and red onion and drizzled with a balsamic vinegar and mustard dressing.

I hope I've given you some ideas to quickly perk up dishes.

Here are all four deli toppers and some recipes that have been created by myself and fellow bloggers. Not all of the recipes are vegetarian, but I'm going to include them on this occasion. 

Red Onion Deli Topper


Non Veggie

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings - Fuss Free Flavours

Red Slaw Deli Topper


Spicy Slaw


Spicy Slaw Fritters - Fuss Free Flavours


Spicy Slaw Quesadillas - Maison Cupcake



Mini Jalapeno Cornbreads - Feeding Boys
Spicy Black Bean Nachos - Maison Cupcake
Black Bean Burrito Bowls - Fuss Free Flavours

Find out more about Baxters Deli Toppers on their microsite and enter their draw to win a jar or enter to win tickets to Taste London.

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Disclosure: This hack post was created for Baxters. I was not expected to give a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

13 October 2016

Hotel Chocolat Giveaway - Cocoa Gin & The All Dark Collection

Did you know it's National Chocolate Week?

I know, I know every week is all about the chocolate, well for me anyway, but this week it's time to officially celebrate it and what better way than to team up with luxury chocolate company Hotel Chocolat?

In honour of this special week I have a rather fabulous giveaway for you. The lucky winner will receive an all dark gift collection and a 500ml bottle of cocoa gin.

5 Veggie Soups and Salads for Autumn

Autumn brings in heartier flavours full of colour and taste. Don't you just love each new season with all the new fruit and vegetables it brings?  I do. I love eating with the seasons. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are always at their best and at their cheapest too.

I hope you try some of these dishes. They are all excellent Autumnal dishes for these cooler days.

07 October 2016

Roast Potato and Double Red Onion Bake

Hands up who can resist potatoes?

Really? You have more willpower than me. I adore potatoes. I love them baked, boiled, mashed, roast or fried. I'm here, I'm ready, pass them to me now!

This potato bake is a side dish, but honestly I could sit down with a fork and just eat this for dinner. Yes I am that greedy.

03 October 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (3 October 2016)

Happy Monday my friends. How are you? Have you had a good week?

I have. It's been a tiring week, but fun. We got our new estate car, met up with friends during the week and I had a really fun night at Baking Club. My week was over in a flash, I#m sure it was only a day or two ago I was talking to you about Meat Free Mondays.

So it's that time again. Time to share another seven amazingly delicious vegetarian recipes and a few bonus recipes that will hopefully inspire you for the week ahead.