Blueberry and Lemon Oaty Breakfast Bars

A stack of blueberry and lemon oaty bars on a wooden board with blueberries and lemon halves.

You've probably heard me say this before. I'm not the person who eats breakfast every morning. I know I should but I'm just not ready for anything until mid morning. It's fine eating breakfast late on days off, but on mornings where I'm heading to work I'm just not ready to eat before I leave the house. That's where a portable snack like these blueberry and lemon oaty breakfast bars come in. 

I can enjoy these later in the morning with a cuppa and I'm content until lunchtime rolls around, even if it's a late lunch.

Now apart from the oats and the blueberries, these aren't claiming to be health bars. They have a fair amount of sugar and are more of an energy boost bar. If you have one slice, then you'll be fine. Everything in moderation. 

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Hamlyns Great Big Oat Giveaway

Hamlyn's Great Big Oat Giveaway Bundle including oats, a woven shopping bad, a wooden spurtle and a few items by Scottish designer Gillian Kyle. Two cereal bowls, two mugs, a teatowel and an apron.


I have a fabulous oaty bundle to giveaway to one lucky reader from the purveyors of fine oats, Hamlyns of Scotland.

What's in the hamper?


The breakfast hamper includes oats, a porridge spurtle and the new range of oaty homeware by Scottish designer Gillian Kyle. There are two breakfast bowls, two mugs a teatowel and an apron. As you can expect from Gillian, the designs are fun with a retro vibe.

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Carrot and Spinach Crunch Lunch Wrap

A Carrot and Spinach Crunch Lunch Wrap cut in half and served on a spotty napkin with an apple and crisps

Carrot and spinach crunch lunch wrap, it's a bit of a tongue twister isn't it?  A tongue twister but oh so tasty! In fact it's my husband's favourite lunchtime wrap.

He doesn't always love my experiments at lunch time. You can just tell. He'll eat the wrap or sandwich I've just set down before him, but when asked he'll shake his head from side to side and say well it's ok! That's means he really isn't keen at all, Thankfully that doesn't happen often and he loves this wrap.

I have to say I rather like it too. The flavours work so well together and I love the crunch from the nuts.

I really must try adding nuts to some other sandwiches and wraps, it works so well. Do you ever add nuts to your sandwich or wrap fillings? If you do leave me a comment and tell me what your crunch filling is.

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Recipes (and posts) by email and GDPR



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Pop your email into the form at the bottom of this page and click submit. Every time I publish a recipe, giveaway or guide (any post), it will be delivered to your email. You can choose which you read, but you'll never miss one again. Just make sure it doesn't end up in your spam folder. You can unsubscribe at anytime.

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You can also subscribe to my newsletter by hitting the link on the sidebar. I usually send out a newsletter about once a month and share recipes by topic or just new recipes. Again you can unsubscribe at any time.


GDPR and what it means


You may have heard the term GDPR a lot recently. It's basically the new data protection law in Europe and yes we are included in this. It protects your data (information about you), how it is collected, what it is used for, the fact it is kept securely and you can withdraw your data at any time.

Your privacy is important to me and I never pass your information on. I do use some third party sites like Feedburner (owned by Google) who send out my posts by email to you, but they also have to protect your data and can't pass it on. They must store it securely and only use it for the purpose you signed up for. Google are updating their policy on 25 May 2018 when the law comes into effect.


Posts by email


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I hope that all helps and makes sense. If you have any questions, email me (tinnedtomatoes@googlemail.com) and I will try to help. The new laws are very new and I am doing my best to understand them and to help protect your privacy. Read my privacy policy for more info.


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60 Awesome 4th of July Vegan Picnic Recipes

4th of July Vegan Picnic Recipe banner with pineapple in shade on American flag.


Nothing says summer like a picnic and as my American friends will be celebrating the 4th of July soon, I thought it might be nice to pull together some tasty picnic recipes. From sandwiches, wraps and pies, to salads, sweet treats and drinks.

We've had some beautiful weather here in Scotland this month, so I'm quietly optimistic that we will have some picnic weather in June too. Even though most of us don't celebrate the 4th of July hear in Scotland, we will be celebrating the sunshine and getting out and about as much as we can.

Our diets have changed with the sunshine and are much lighter with lots of salads, mezze, wraps and toasties, rather than the heavier food of the winter months. 

I hope you will find plenty of inspiration for your 4th of July picnic or just some new ideas for lighter summer meals. Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed recipes.

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Mini Spinach & Cream Cheese Puff Parcels Recipe

Mini Spinach & Cream Cheese Puff Parcels in a green lunchbox.


How cute are these mini spinach and cream cheese parcels?

In honour of National Vegetarian Week, M&S (Marks and Spencer) asked me to create three new picnic recipes for their home and lifestyle page of their website. It's called inspire me and there is indeed lots of constantly updated inspiration for food, home and fashion.

I created sandwich and fruit skewers, mini no-bake strawberry cheesecakes and mini cheese and bean parcels. They are all easy to make and enjoyed by children and adults. The parcels were so good I made a second batch with a spinach and cream cheese version which I'm sharing here today.

The recipes I created for M&S are vegetarian, but scroll down for tips on making each of the recipes vegan.

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National Vegetarian Week Recipes and Ideas for Beginners



Tomorrow marks the start of National Vegetarian Week. A week long celebration of exciting vegetarian food and the sharing of information about a vegetarian diet.


I've been a vegetarian for nearly 28 years now, but I still remember how daunting it was at first. It wasn't the food I found daunting,  just figuring out what to eat so I had plenty of choices. Of course back then, and I'm showing my age here, it was harder to find veggie options in the supermarkets, but now there is so much to choose from.

Vegetarian Ready Meals


Ready meals can be convenient, but not great for a healthy lifestyle. You need a basic set of recipes so you can make tasty vegetarian meals at home without all the additives or excess sugar and salt.  Buying a ready meal now and again is fine and don't beat yourself up over it, but home-cooked meals are much fresher, tastier and usually cheaper too.


Easy Ideas and Recipes



To make it easy for you to get started, I will share some recipes, meal ideas and tips for different times of day. Recipes that both adults and children will enjoy.


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Veggie Sausage and White Bean Casserole

Veggie Sausage and White Bean Casserole

We've been eating a lot lighter, with more salads, baked potatoes, toasties and pasta salads in place of all the soup, dal and savoury bakes I was cooking over the winter. We're enjoying the new summery meals, but sometimes we still want something a bit more substantial so on Sunday I made us this veggie sausage and white bean casserole. 

I would normally call it a stew, but I read something recently that said if it's mostly cooked on the cooker top it is a stew and if it is cooked in the oven it's a casserole.


What would you call this type of dish? 

A stew, a casserole or a bake? 
Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Summer Greek Pasta Salad (vegan recipe)

Summer Greek Pasta Salad


Greek pasta salad.

We've all enjoyed a really good Greek salad, especially if we've been on holiday in Greece or Cyprus. The flavours go so well together and just scream summer.  Ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, thinly sliced red  onion, olives, salty feta and parsley.

I had the idea to change this into a pasta salad, as my family are big fans of pasta salad. We usually toss our cold pasta with pesto, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and basil, so this was a nice change.


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