Scottish Raspberry & Mint Cider Cooler

A tall glass of Scottish Raspberry & Mint Cider Cooler

We've had a wonderful summer here in Scotland and that's a rare thing. We've had sunshine all through May and June and it looks like it's going to last through July too.

Typically a Scottish summer is a dreich affair with lots of rain and the occasional sunny day. So this year we can't believe our luck and we're all outside as much as possible.

We've even hit some of our highest temperatures in June for 23 years, with the waterproof coating of the Glasgow Science Centre melting into black gloop that ran down the sides in the 31 degree heat.


Kale and Cashew Pesto Spaghetti

Kale and Cashew Pesto Spaghetti in a pink bowl

We eat our way through jars and jars of pesto each month  but I sometimes like to make my own. It tastes completely different, depending on which leaves and nuts you use, so you can vary it each time you make it. To make this spaghetti pesto sauce I used kale, basil and cashew nuts as my main flavours and it was really good.

Which Cheese?

I used vegan Parmesan (Violife of course) in the pesto and to finish off the pasta before serving, but you could use standard or vegetarian Parmesan in your pesto and to serve. You can also make this pesto with no cheese, but it definitely adds to the flavour and texture.


Summer Root Vegetable Soup

Summer Root Vegetable Soup

Calling this a summer root vegetable soup may be a misnomer. Are these summer root vegetables? 

Well no, but they are pretty much year round crops in Scotland. They are grown or available in the summer, this is the summer and it is such a colourful cheerful soup. Yep I'm sticking with it being a summer soup.

Do you eat soup in summer?

We do. We eat a lot more salads and light meals in the summer, but we still crave soup, so I have to make a pot fairly regularly.


Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Vegan Feta Tart

Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart served with baby potatoes, carrots and tenderstem broccoli

I love a puff pastry tart. This tomato, onion and feta tart is my latest and it's definitely a keeper.

I call this a tart, but would you call this a pie? 

We wouldn't call this a pie here in the UK as a pie has pastry all round, a pastry lid or at least some depth to the filling. I have a feeling it might be a pie elsewhere in the world.

Maybe you would call my Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait a pie, but maybe not.

What would you call it?


Smoky Red Pepper & Cheese Bean Burgers (vegan recipe)

Smoky red pepper, cheese and bean burgers. These juicy, smoky burgers are easy to make and great served stacked high in buns with salad and some vegan cheddar melted over them.

A smoky red pepper and cheese bean burger in hands

Looks good doesn't it?

Well I hope you said yes.

Graham gave these homemade smoky red pepper and cheese bean burgers a big thumbs up.

He thought they were really yummy and ate two stacked burgers. Cooper said they were good, but not his favourite of my homemade burgers. When he saw my face he backed that up with, much nicer than supermarket burgers though. I suppose I'll have to settle for that.

I thought they were excellent. Beany and cheesey with a good smoky flavour from the cheese and spices.


Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Banana Bread

A sliced chocolate banana bread

Yes, you guessed it, leftover bananas gone brown and a bit soft. 

I just couldn't throw them out. My first thought was smoothie or banana bread? I had to do something with them or Graham would have lobbed them in the bin. He has no patience with brown bananas. He feels they have no place in our kitchen or any kitchen.

Do you have a husband, wife or partner like that?

He is so short-sighted when it comes to bananas, but you can be sure he is always really happy to be offered a deliciously sweet green smoothie or a slice of banana bread which he loves to eat spread with a generous layer of dairy-free spread.

As I it's my day off, I decided to take the time to make banana bread. I say take the time, but it's really quick to make in one bowl, then once it's in the oven you can get on with other things.


Green Power Lunch Wrap

A lush green lunchtime wrap featuring spinach and creamy avocado with a tangy dressing.

Green Power Lunch Wrap. A lush green lunchtime wrap featuring spinach and creamy avocado with a tangy dressing. Delicious! Includes calories, nutrition and a free printable recipe.

Lunchbox Wrap

Yeah, I know. Yet another wrap. What can I say? I'm on a roll (excuse the pun). 

I just keep thinking up new ideas like these green power lunch wraps. 

We all like a bit of variety in our lunches, but we all too often eat the same lunch over and over. It seems to have become my mission to change that with lots of new sandwiches and wraps. I'll keep them coming as long as I have new ideas and until you say stop!

Top 3 veggie lunch wraps

beet salad wrap, spicy bean wrap and carrot and spinach lunch wraps

My top three and latest lunch wraps are my beet salad lunch wrap, in which I use sweet pickled baby beets for tang, my spicy bean lunch wraps which are a copycat vegan version of a Tesco one and my carrot and spinach crunch lunch wrap which is my husband's favourite.

Needless to say Cooper won't eat any of these. He'll eat my veggie chilli on a wrap with sour cream and grated cheddar or for lunch he will accept a wrap with cream cheese and falafel. That's it! No variety and nothing new. *sigh*

His sandwich choices are equally limited, he'll have a sandwich with peanut butter and jam, butter and jam or peanut butter and nutella. So sandwiches don't happen too often. I usually give him some crunchy veg, falafel and hummus, homemade soup or something pastry based with salad. You can look at some of my kids suggestions in my food guide - 10 vegan lunchbox ideas for kids.

Graham and I are a little more adventurous with our sandwiches.

   related - Leftover Bolognaise Quesadillas   

Top 3 veggie sandwiches

Falafel and apple sandwich, stacked falafel sandwich and a roast tofu and vegetable sandwich.

Falafel features in two of our top sandwiches. The first is falafel and apple sandwich which has a nice tangy dressing,  a stacked falafel sandwich with lots of salad, sundried tomatoes and spread thickly with homemade dip and the third sandwich which features spiced roast tofu and veg with a creamy spread.

Green power lunch wrap (with spinach, tomato and avocado) serve with an apple and orange juice

Green Power Lunch Wrap

Doesn't today's wrap look fresh and inviting?

I spread wheat and white flour tortillas with a really generous layer of cream cheese (I used Violife dairy-free cream cheese), added a generous pile of fresh baby spinach and fresh basil leaves.

I topped all that greenery with slices of creamy ripe avocado, cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of tangy sauce. It was really, really good. So fresh and tasty.

I do hope you try it soon and let me know what you think and do let me know if you would like me to share more sandwich and wrap ideas with you.

Close up of green power lunch wraps

Nutrition and calories

This wrap has 317 calories, which is actually quite low for a wrap. If you want to cut the calories even further, add less cream cheese and add less or skip the sweet chilli sauce, but I say, go on enjoy it!.

This wrap is a good source of dietary fibre and provides you with 10% of your recommended daily amount of calcium, 16% iron and 12% potassium. 

Healthy and delicious!

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Yield: 1 wrap
Green Power Lunch Wrap. A lush green lunchtime wrap featuring spinach and creamy avocado with a tangy dressing. Delicious!

Green Power Lunch Wrap

A lush green lunchtime wrap featuring spinach and creamy avocado with a tangy dressing. Delicious!
prep time: 10 minscook time: total time: 10 mins


  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 2 -3 tbsp cream cheese (vegan or dairy)
  • a generous handful of baby spinach leaves
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 large avocado (or 1/2 medium)
  • a good grinding of black pepper
  • a generous drizzle of sweet chilli sauce


  1. Spread the tortilla with cream cheese, then pile the spinach and basil in a line across the middle horizontally.
  2. Skin, stone and slice the avocado and add slices to the wrap, toss the rest in lemon juice and save for salads.
  3. Slice your cherry  tomatoes and add them, then season with black pepper and top with a good drizzle of sweet chilli sauce.
  4. Fold the sides of the tortilla in, then roll the top towards you firmly over the filling, tucking in the sides as you go. Cut in half and serve.
  5. Enjoy!
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A bowl full of home baked cinnamon apple crisps.

Serve your wraps with some homemade cinnamon apple crisps for a bit of a treat.

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