Easy 10 Minute Pickled Onions

A quick recipe for red pickled onions that can be made in under 10 minutes and ready to serve once cool. You need a red onion, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Scroll down for a free printable recipe.

Overhead shot of jar of quick red pickled onions

Quick, quick, quick! Yes you know I love quick and easy recipes and this recipe for easy pickled onions is certainly that. A few minutes to make and they're ready to enjoy once they're cool.

Pickles usually take a while to make and then you have to wait for month's until they mature. Don't get me wrong, they are delicious and they perk up meals so much, but you really have to plan ahead or have a well stocked store cupboard.

The joy in these pickles is you can make then while dinner is cooking and once they are cool they can be served alongside everything else.


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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats



A 5 minute recipe for apple pie flavoured overnight oats made with oats, cinnamon, maple syrup, green apple, milk and yogurt. Recipe suitable for vegetarians and vegans with free printable recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats  in a glass bowl

Apple cinnamon overnight oats or as I like to call them apple pie oats.

Did you ever think you'd hear a good Scottish girl like me talking about overnight oats instead of good old-fashioned porridge. No? Neither did I.

I still say the best possible breakfast is a bowl of hot creamy porridge, especially in the winter. You can't beat it. It warms you up, it's like a hug in a bowl and it will keep you full until lunchtime.

Those of you that know me are probably laughing at me extolling the benefits of breakfast as I usually run out the door in the morning (heading to work) on an empty stomach. 

I really can't face food before 9 am at the earliest, but I do enjoy breakfast on my days off, sometimes even a full Scottish cooked breakfast, just at a more godly hour.

And just in case you are worried, I can assure you the first thing Cooper thinks about in the morning is food. seriously you can forget him having a shower or getting dressed first thing. He refuses to do anything until his stomach is full and that child eats enough for three of us, and probably our neighbours too, yet he continues to be a beanpole pinging with energy. I wish I could burn calories off like he does. Sigh!

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Mushroom, Lentil & Nut Wellington

An easy vegan mushroom, lentil and nut wellington made with ready rolled puff pastry. Perfect for special family gatherings like Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

Mushroom, Lentil & Nut Wellington

Just look at that mushroom, lentil and nut wellington. 

Now imagine it on a plate with just-cooked roast potatoes, all crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. On the side there is a selection of  vegetables. Now pick up the gravy jug and pour rich onion gravy over the wellington.

You're in your happy place now aren't you? I know I am.

Who could resist such a meal?

We won't mention my brother-in-law Lachlan who doesn't like mushrooms, because that's just plain odd, isn't it?

Psssst! Don't tell him I called him odd. He won't stumble across this recipe, not when it has mushroom in the title, so if he finds out I'll know who to blame.

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Extra Veg Vegan Shepherd's Pie



This vegan shepherds pie is a comforting winter pie made with extra veg. An easy recipe the whole family will love made with simple ingredients. Scroll down for a free printable recipe.

Extra Veg Vegan Shepherd's Pie

My family love shepherd's pie, well veggie shepherds pie of course. It's the ultimate winter comfort dish.

Savoury mince full of soft onion, carrot and mushrooms in a rich gravy topped with creamy mash that's baked until the mash is golden with crispy bits. We all love the crispy bits don't we?

I recently shared my original recipe for veggie shepherd's pie from 11 years ago on the Tinned Tomatoes Facebook page and everyone was talking about how good shepherd's pie is. It got me right in the mood for some, so I headed to the kitchen and made a pie much to my husband's delight.

I decided to use up some of the veg in my salad drawer to make it even more delicious and healthy. Shepherd's pie or cottage pie as it is sometimes known usually contains onions, carrots and mushrooms, but I included celery and red pepper, which worked really well and was very tasty.


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