Hearty Spiced Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

A simple but hearty soup rich with vegetables and lightly spiced for a warming bowl of deliciousness that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied at lunch or dinner. Cauliflower and carrots are the star of the show in this vegan and dairy free soup.

It's the end of April and I'd love to say we're enjoying some warm weather and lots of sunshine here in Scotland, but it's blooming freezing! The weather is up and down and all over the place. You don't know where you are or what to wear from day to day. We even had snow yesterday! It's definitely still soup weather, so today I bring you this hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup.

Doesn't it look good?

I was just going to make a carrot soup, but there was a head of cauliflower staring at me mournfully from the fridge so I had little choice and as we really enjoyed it, I thought I should share it with you. Hence hastily photographed shots of said hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup!


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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (24 April 2017)


Happy Monday my friends.

How has the last week treated you? 

I don't have much to share with you this week. I've still been suffering from a chest infection, although it's definitely clearing now. Cooper has been busy at school and Graham at work. No exciting meals or days out, just work, work work. Sigh.

Now I've thoroughly depressed myself thinking back on such a boring week I'll share with you the latest veggie recipes for this week's Meat Free Mondays. They are anything but boring and hopefully they'll cheer us all up and inspire you to eat meat free at least one day this week, if you don't do so already.


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Pa Amb Tomaquet - Traditional Catalan Tomato Tapa Recipe



My beautiful Spanish friend Populo has made us this simple pa amb tomaquet tapa a few times and we've always been wowed by how good it is.

What is Pa Amb Tomaquet?


Pa amb tomaquet is a traditional Catalan tapa dish. It's a bit like a Catalan bruschetta. The Spanish call it pan con tomate, but this is definitely Catalan rather than Spanish. You'll soon be offered this tapa if you spend any time in Barcelona and they are rightly proud of it.

Pa amb tomaquet is a really simple dish where the flavour of the fresh tomatoes sing. All you need is really nice bread and I'm talking a good sourdough, if you can get it, some ripe flavourful tomatoes, a clove of garlic, a good quality olive oil and salt and pepper. Populo also adds a sprinkle of oregano, so I shall too.


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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (17 April 2017)


Happy Easter my friends. I hope you had a fun and chocolate filled Easter Sunday.

I'm sorry to say my Sunday was spent indoors. I've been suffering from a chest infection this week and because I have asthma, I've been rather poorly, although I haven't given up and gone to bed. 

I've actually spent a lot of time cooking this week and today I made a big pot of chilli (Cooper's favourite) and a trifle. Did I tell you that Hartley's glitter jelly is veggie? It's really good and makes a firm jelly.

Cooper was at his grandparent;s house this weekend, where no doubt he was spoiled rotten and Graham has been a star, helping me with some housework, shopping and walking the dogs.

Now Monday is here, Cooper is back at school, I'm at work and lucky Graham is off today and hopefully doing some more housework for me, but as it's Monday I have another seven sensational veggie dishes for you to try (and a few bonus recipes) in honour of Meat Free Monday.

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A Beginners Guide to Juicing and the new Juisir


There's a lot of information out there about juicing, Some good and some bad, but as a lover of juices and smoothies I wanted to share a beginners guide to juicing. As I only use the Froothie Optimum juicers, which I think are rather fab, I will only talk about my experiences with them. I've had cheaper machines in the past and they were useless to use and useless to clean. 

I'll also be introducing you to a revolution in juicing called the Juisir, which is a new machine arriving on these shores soon which is a no-clean machine. I know, right! There's a lot of hype about the Juisir just now. It's a bit of a sensation. You can read what's being said about the Juisir on Forbes or Yahoo Finance.
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Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Cheesecake!

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake! Booyah!

Don't you love a good no-bake cheesecake? They're easy to make, luxurious and utterly stunning when finished. Of course they taste great too. 

I think I can safely say I've mastered them now and I make them rather a lot, especially for my baking club meetings. I even developed a recipe for a vegan cheesecake that tastes just as good.

Why not make one this Easter Sunday for your family or friends? 

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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (10 April 2017)



Happy Monday my friends! It's Meat Free Monday again and time for seven delicious new recipes to help inspire you to make at least some of your week meat-free. You may find a few bonus recipes at the bottom too.



So this is where I usually tell you about the last week and what we got up to. It's school holidays here in Scotland, so Cooper has been sharing his time between home and his grandparents house. I think I can safely say he's been enjoying the free time. Lots of dog walks, games, some time coding and Cooper and I took a two day trip over to Edinburgh for the Science Festival. We stayed in a hotel, did some experiments and generally had a blast. Our highlight had to be Dr Bunhead and his eggcellent eggsplosions at the National Museum of Scotland. It was exciting, funny, loud and sit on the edge of your seat nerve-wracking.

Did you do anything fun in the last week?

Now it's time for the recipes.  


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Spiced Chickpea, Carrot and Coriander Burgers (vegan recipe)

An easy burger recipe that can be made in a power blender or food processor. From blender to table in 15 minutes and all made with fresh tasty ingredients. Cook from fresh or freeze for another day.These burgers are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy free diet.

Homemade veggie burgers? 


Why yes please!

You can't beat them and today I'm sharing my latest veggie burger recipe, for spiced chickpea, carrot and coriander burgers. I whizzed them up in my blender and they are totally dairy free and vegan.

A good veggie burger really doesn't need egg to bind it or any dairy. The vegetables and pulses with spices are tasty enough and the chickpeas in this burger are the binder.
An easy burger recipe that can be made in a power blender or food processor. From blender to table in 15 minutes and all made with fresh tasty ingredients. Cook from fresh or freeze for another day.These burgers are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy free diet.


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No Croutons Required (Soup and Salad Blog Challenge) - April 2017

Whoops! I was so caught up in my birthday fun at the weekend and so busy at work, I totally forgot I am hosting No Croutons Required this month.

If you have a blog why not join in?

Simple post a veggie soup or salad recipe on your blog, linking to this post and mentioning No Croutons Required, then add your link to the linky below. At the end of the month I'll do a roundup of all the yummy recipes for my readers to enjoy.

Check out last month's soups and salad's over at Lisa's Kitchen.

I wonder if we will see more salads this month?



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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (3 April 2017)


Happy Monday!

How are you? Have you had a good week? I had an excellent week. The weather has been a bit mixed, but the sunny days have been wonderful and there is so much more light now and it gets dark much later. It really cheers me up.


Saturday was a gloriously sunny day and it was warm in the sun, so we headed to the beach with the boy and the dogs. We dragged my husband's brother along too and had a great time. We walked the beach, met a lot of dogs, lapped up the sun and watched our boy and dogs having fun.

On Sunday the sun shone again, so I was inspired to bake. I made a Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in the morning and a Deep Lemon Curd & Raspberry Cheesecake in the afternoon. Recipes coming soon!

Now the fun of the weekend is over, it's time to plan meals for the week ahead and I hope you will be inspired by this week's Meat Free Monday to include some veggie dishes this week.

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