10 Most Popular Veggie Recipes 2016

Ahhh that break was lovely!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, be that surrounded by family and friends or just some time to relax.

I've had a hectic time and after weeks of planning Christmas Day and Boxing Day, they were over in a flash.

At this time of the year I like to look back on which of this year's recipes have been popular. Of course there are older recipes that continue to pull in a lot more visitors, but I like to look at my more current recipes. As well as an interesting exercise it lets me see what kind of recipes people are enjoying this. Do leave me a comment if you've particularly enjoyed some of my recipes this year. I know some of you just pop by and don't like to leave a comment, but don't be shy, you can use the anonymous option in the comment box if you don't want to use your name.

So here we go, the most popular recipes of 2016 on Tinned Tomatoes.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (19 December 2016)

Ahhhhhhhhhh! Only a few days until Christmas and I have so, so much to do. I've just about finished my Christmas shopping. I have a few bits and pieces still to get and some stockings to fill, but then there's the gargantuan task of wrapping presents and I have still to get the house in order and think about food shopping. May I have an extra couple of days this week please?

So this week has to be simple on the food front and this week's recipes are just perfect for that, with a couple of Christmas day recipes included too.


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Engraved Oak iPad Recipe Stand Giveaway worth £44.99

Do you take your phone or iPad into the kitchen to follow a recipe, leaving it lying on the worktop and occasionally picking it up with wet or dirty hands?

That's why this oak iPad stand from I Just Love It is so great. It doesn't take up much room, but will hold your iPad, tablet or phone at just the right angle and away from any mess.

Fortunately I have one of these stands to giveaway to one lucky reader, who can have it engraved with their name or a special message.

The wood is really nice quality and the stand is a well designed product which doesn't take up too much room on the worktop. It can be easily wiped down and it's also a handy stand for playing music on your phone while you cook!

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To enter just leave me a comment telling me what your favourite kitchen gadget is then enter via the rafflecopter box below. This giveaway is open to UK residents and runs until 20 January 2017.

Good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is run on behalf of I Love It. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (12 December 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! 

How are you? 

Are you in the mood for Christmas and are you busy Christmas shopping? I wonder if you've thought about what you are making for Christmas dinner this year?

I haven't made up my mind yet although I was thinking about my Cheesey Vegetable Pie (veggie and vegan recipes) just for a bit of comfort food. I'd serve it with roast potatoes and extra vegetables. I usually make some sort of tart which I serve with the above and gravy, but I'm not sure this year. Do leave a comment with your ideas.

The weather is definitely cold this week and it reflects in this week's recipes. Have a look through and click on the links for the full recipes. I do hope you leave inspired!


Homemade Cheeseboard Chutney

When Davidstow, the cheddar people, challenged me to create something that would compliment their mature cheddar on a cheeseboard, I knew just what to make. I have a recipe for red onion and apple chutney that's a family favourite and I'd been thinking of tinkering with it.

It's a really simple recipe, but so, so tasty. It always gets lots of lovely comments. I decided to add red pepper to the chutney this time and tweak the spicing.  It worked really well.

Chutney is an easy preserve to make, just whack it all in a pan and cook it down. A lot of the vinegar liquid is cooked off and you are left with a spicy chutney that teams beautifully with cheese.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (5 December 2016)

Happy Monday! How are you? I'm tired after a busy day at work, but I'm sitting down now and gazing through some gorgeous recipes this week.

So what have I been doing since last week? Well apart from the usual work and housework, I've been Christmas shopping and last night we put our Christmas tree up and decorated it while listening to Christmas crooners. The boys have been out for walks with the dogs, but my knee isn't quite right yet, so I've been missing out on all the fresh air and beautiful views.

So back to today and another 7 stunning veggie and vegan dishes to tempt you for the week ahead as well as a few bonus recipes. I hope you leave inspired!


20 Minute Thai Green Tofu Bowl

I don't cook with tofu often enough. It's all the pressing and marinating. It takes too long and when I come home from work at night I just don't have time for all that business. However there's a new tofu brand on the block who've done all the work for me.


Tofoo is made to a traditional Japanese recipe in small batches by hand in Yorkshire. It's organic, non-GM, gluten, wheat, yeast and dairy free and it's certified by the Soil Association.

It comes in naked, smoked, oriental spiced and Indian spiced. I used the Indian spiced for my tofu or should I say tofoo bowl.

I know, I know I used Indian spiced for a Thai dish. It all just developed that way from the flavours I wanted to include. Lets call it a world tofu bowl and not think about it too closely!

It was just so easy to toss it in the pan and cook it at the same time as the mushrooms and you know how much I like easy.

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