Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 June 2016)

I think it's safe to say here in Britain we;re reeling from the EU Referendum. It seems there was absolutely no plan as to what would happen if we voted leave. Heaven help us.

On a more positive note, here in Scotland we have Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland, who does have a plan and is setting it in action. Thank goodness there is some sanity in evidence. I'm glad we have her looking out for us.

On the home front, we've been enjoying the sunshine and getting out for lots of dog walks. It really blows the cobwebs away.

On the meal front I've only been organised with lunches. Roast vegetables and grains cooked ahead and stacked in the fridge as a base of some tasty lunches. I'm about to head into the kitchen and sort our lunches for tomorrow.

For BabyCentre UK this week I put together a piece on 19 foods you can freeze so you always have essentials.


Yellow Split Pea Soup (vegan)

A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline. Vegan & dairy free.

Am I mad to be craving soup in the summer?

I've been eating a lot of salad. I gave up on soup in favour of salad at the start of spring.

It happens every year. I eat so much soup over the winter, that I start to get a bit fed up with it, so when the sun starts to make an appearance and the temperatures rise all I want is salad. They seem new, fresh and exciting to me after a dark, cold winter and all the heavy food I've craved.

It's time to give soup a chance!

This one is a simple split pea soup with a hint of spice.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (20 June 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. 

Cooper and I went to see Secret Life of Pets at the cinema on Saturday and visited my parents on Sunday as it was Father's Day. In the evening we headed over to Edinburgh and enjoyed dinner at a rather fabulous little Italian called Sambuca in Edinburgh. The food was tasty and well cooked and such good service.  I love little family restaurants like this.

Anyway it's time to share some recipes for the week ahead. Thanks to everyone who contributed.


Best Summer Stuffed Picnic Loaf (veggie and vegan options)

A bright and colourful picnic loaf, layered with delicious sandwich fillings and wrapped overnight for a self-contained picnic lunch that will bring a smile to everyone's face (with veggie and vegan options). Why not use this technique and try your own filling. It's perfect for summer lunches.

After a week of rain, the sun is shining and I have to say it really cheers me up. 

Cooper and I went to the pictures this morning to see The Secret Life of Pets, which we both enjoyed and we had a really fun walk home along the nature trail.  It's so good to get some fresh air and not be wrapped up in waterproofs.

As I type this up the boys are out in the front garden washing the car inside and out with hindrance help from the dogs. It really needed it. Graham isn't the best at keeping a clean car and lets face it I have enough to do. 

Cooper has his new booster seat fitted and chair tidy in place and the dogs have new waterproof bedding in the boot. The car is lovely and clean again. A job well done.

A family holiday in the Scottish Borders

I usually post recipes and food ideas, but now and again I like to invite you along on my family holidays. As well as getting to know us all a bit better, I always hope these travel posts will be helpful to other families planning a holiday.

During half term (which was just a long weekend here in Scotland), we headed down to Chirnside, a hillside village near Duns in the Scottish Borders, quite near to Berwick-upon-Tweed. We booked a cottage from When I say cottage, it was actually a 4 storey converted mill and rather gorgeous.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (13 June 2016)

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another round of recipes for this week's Meat Free Mondays.  I started with a photo of mushrooms as I've been using them a lot in my cooking this week. I LOVE mushrooms!

This is the part where I share my week with you, but I don't have any exciting family news to share with you this time. We went out for dinner as usual to our regular pub on Monday after work and the week just whizzed by after that. It rained all weekend, so we had a lazy time and watched DVDs, that's it. However I do have quite a lot of exciting recipes to share with you.


Creamy Chestnut Mushroom and Fresh Herb Pasta Salad

An easy pasta salad with chestnut mushrooms as the star of the show.

An easy pasta salad with chestnut mushrooms as the star of the show. It's the perfect dish to take on picnics or to serve at a BBQ. Messicani pasta with mushrooms and fresh herbs in a light creamy sauce. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

I love mushrooms! 

You may have noticed that by now. I include them in so many recipes. This hasn't always been the case. I hated them as a child , but I think that's because my Mum wasn't treating them with the respect they deserve. The only way I remember her serving them was sliced, raw and squeaky in a salad. Just no!

When did my love affair with mushrooms begin? 

I can safely say it was when I moved away from home and became vegetarian. That moment when I started to take more of an interest in food and started experimenting with recipes. I soon realised that mushrooms can be succulent and absolutely delicious as well as bringing substance to any dish. They are an important item in a vegetarian kitchen as they're versatile and kind to your budget.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (6 June 2016)

Happy Monday everyone. We've had a holiday, but we're back with a bang and some amazing recipes for the week ahead.

So where have we been? Well we had a brilliant long (5 day) weekend in a cottage in Chirnside, Duns in the Scottish Borders. When I say cottage, it's actually a 4 storey converted mill and rather swish too. We rented it from and I'll share more about the holiday soon, but for the moment, lets plan the week ahead.


Mediterranean Couscous Salad Recipe

A colourful couscous salad with roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, capers and baby beets.

A colourful couscous salad with roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, capers and baby beets as well as a few added ingredients for extra flavour and tips on achieving the easiest fluffy couscous.

Meet my lunch.

I have to admit I don't make lunch for work very often. By the time we've had dinner, gone through Cooper's bedtime routine and then get cleared up, the last thing I can be bothered with is making lunch and to be honest by that point I'm usually sitting at my laptop, either working on my blog or writing for one of the online or print magazines I freelance for.

Now I think about it, the only time I actually make lunch for work is if I make it at the same time as dinner or if it's leftovers.


No Croutons Required - Salads and Soups

It's my turn to host No Croutons Required again. You can have a look at last month's roundup of recipes over at Lisa's Kitchen for some tasty inspiration.

If you create a veggie or vegan soup or salad this month, be sure to link back to this challenge and drop your link in the linky below. I can't wait to see what you make.

Have a great month!
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