Category Archives: Compassionate Cooking

Food for vegan foodies!

Blackcurrant & Lavender Cordial

A light aromatic cordial bursting with relaxing goodness

A light aromatic blackcurrant & lavender cordial perfect for diluting, adding to white wine/champagne or simply pouring over ice cream…

Oooooh blackcurrant how I love thee. Oh lavender how I also love thee. To combine the two into a delicious light cordial?!! Glorious!! But more on that in a little bit…Firstly, my humble apologies for being so absent, between the house move, new business and some heartache, I wasn’t left with much time or energy to put into this site but hopefully we’re now finding our new rhythm enough to let me sneak some time on here with you guys! I have a huge backlog of posts to share all our new adventures since moving to the countryside which has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made… last week Coppertop and I walked past the fields into the next village collecting blackberries on our way. A lady walking the opposite direction saw her basket full of blackberries and invited us in to her garden to pick more! Well. We ended up with not only blackberries but a full tub of blackcurrants, lots of rhubarb (made into a gorgeous crumble) and swathes of freshly cut lavender! What a wonderful chance encounter that led to a new friendship and even better, she’s a veggie too!! Was meant to be. 🙂

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Fluffy Vegan Coconut Banana Pancakes

Perfectly thick and fluffy vegan pancakes

Perfectly thick and fluffy vegan pancakes

You know when you make something so perfect you actually want to cry? No? Just me then…….. well anyway, these last minute pancakes turned out to be sooooo incredible that I’m being a terrible mother and delaying our trip to the park just to get this written up before Pancake Tuesday lol. You’re welcome. Fluffy, thick, tasty,coconutty, banana-y……… I can’t believe just how good these turned out!! Anyone who follows my Instagram knows how much I adore pancakes ( and if you don’t follow me, why on earth not?!) but sometimes trying to get the texture of vegan pancakes right just doesn’t seem to happen. Continue reading →

Turmeric Chai Porridge

Vibrant warmly spiced turmeric porridge

Vibrant warmly spiced turmeric porridge

Morning everyone! Happy Monday 🙂 I’ll be starting off my morning with this yummy vibrant turmeric chai spiced porridge again today so I thought I’d share the recipe with all of you. There are so many reported health benefits to turmeric, better sleep, cancer prevention and reduction, eye health, lifts depression, better liver health, natural painkiller and anti-inflammatory…definitely worth including regularly in your diet. I use it a lot in curries but when I came across a picture of turmeric oatmeal I knew I had to try it like this! I also have to try it as a warm drink which is really popular, I think it’s known as golden milk. Will be lovely in spiced warm almond or coconut milk! I’ve included my ever present cinnamon in this because…well, because it’s cinnamon and it makes everything better 😉 a little black pepper in the mix increases the bioavailability of the turmeric so your body utilises it properly. The turmeric paste keeps for 5 days in the fridge if you’re wanting to make extra. If you’ve time, soak the oats in the milk overnight so they’ll be extra creamy 🙂 Continue reading →

Orange Cranberry Bliss Balls

Easy no-bake energy bites

Easy no-bake bliss balls that are great for kids to make and eat!

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii everyone!!! Yes, I’m still running a blog and haven’t forgotten about it! I took a break over the seasonal period to spend with my nearest and dearest then couldn’t seem to get over blank page syndrome :/ so here is a nice easy recipe to kick things off as I have quite a few posts lined up 🙂 Bliss balls. Energy bites. Little spheres of yummy goodness… whatever your name for these , most of you will be familiar with them. I love these little guys and so does Coppertop, perfect healthy afternoon snack or breakfast option that take no time at all to put together and you don’t even need a food processor for this version. They taste almost more like orange cranberry cookie dough balls but they’re packed full of fibre and slow releasing energy from the oats, Omegas from the hemp seeds and protein from the nut butter. Continue reading →

BBQ Cauliflower Wings (vegan)

Sticky, sweet & smoky cauliflower 'wings' with a cool cashew sour cream

Sticky, sweet & smoky BBQ cauliflower and broccoli ‘wings’ with a cool cashew sour cream

You’re welcome. I’ll just say that in advance of sharing this recipe… Sticky, smoky, sweet, spicy, samazing BBQ ‘wings’! A mixture of crunchy and gooey cauliflower and broccoli florets coated in a light batter, baked then smothered in bbq sauce and baked a little longer. Served with a homemade cashew sour cream that is eaten practically as fast as I make it in this house. They taste every bit as naughty as their fried counterparts but without the added fat and greasiness.Very family friendly as well, Coppertop eats them plus her cucumber, celery and carrot sticks (smothered in the sour cream of course).

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Cranberry & Orange Cookies (vegan)

Cranberry & Orange cookies with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla to get in the Christmas Spirit!

Cranberry & Orange cookies with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla to get in the Christmas Spirit!

Is it Christmas yet , is it, IS IT?!!! Up until now it really hasn’t felt it in this house for some reason, despite the tree being up , playing Christmas music, going to the local Steiner school Advent Fair where Coppertop played with the walnut boat candles and entered an enchanted crystal forest ( I was SO impressed ). It just felt really flat and I couldn’t muster up the proper Christmas spirit at all. Until now!! All thanks to cookies. Of course. They fix everything, didn’t you know?!! Delicious cranberry and orange morsels with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Seriously. YUUUMMMM! I’m going to have to make another few (twenty) batches of these in the next fortnight , to give to every single person I know!! I’m aware I’m using a lot of exclamation marks but I now feel very ‘Buddy The Elf’ instead of the Grinch. I won’t blather on anymore as I want you to quickly read the recipe then go make these and revel in Christmas cheer! Continue reading →

Butternut Squash, Pumpkin & Sage Risotto (vegan)

Vegan Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Risotto topped with crispy fried sage leaves

Vegan Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Risotto topped with crispy fried sage leaves

Comfort food. It takes all shapes and forms. For some it’s ice cream (non-dairy of course), pasta for others. Could be a single square of dark chocolate for some people ( though if you ARE one of those people, please make yourself known so I can learn moderation from you!). For me, I’m not sure anything truly beats a huge plate of creamy filling risotto. The combination of soupy rice that still has a little bite to it, with richly flavoured stock, vibrant veggies and the sharp tang of Parmesan…. except, no parmesan now. You can get vegan parmesan but it costs a fortune and I’m not quite ready to sell a kidney for an alternative. Luckily, that creamy piquant flavour was easily replicated by adding apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast and Dijon mustard to the blended up butternut squash mixture, didn’t even miss the parmesan cheese!

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Spicy Courgette, Pea And Leek Fritters

Light yet spicy fritters served with a cooling mint and yoghurt cashew dip

Light yet spicy fritters served with a cooling mint and yoghurt cashew dip

Necessity truly is the mother of invention. When you reach the end of the week and your fridge only has a few sad looking items languishing in the bottom then it’s time to get creative.  I usually make sure I have a decent store cupboard built up so that I can turn meagre offerings into a simple delicious meal. This dish is a perfect example. I had 1 leek, a few courgettes, half a cucumber and some chilli peppers in the fridge so came up with a spicy fritter recipe this morning that used up all my odds and ends while creating a satisfying lunch that could easily be turned into a main course with the addition of some flat bread and salad. Continue reading →

Vegan Moroccan Harira Soup

Deliciously warming , sweet and slightly spicy soup

Deliciously warming , sweet and slightly spicy soup

I can’t tell you how long I searched for the perfect harira. Well, actually I probably can. About a year and a half, countless recipes, many gorgeous soups guzzled down but they were never quite like the one I’d tried a year and a half ago in a veggie café on a day out. I’m not usually a fan of tomato base soup but I’m a huge lover of Moroccan cuisine in general. The earthy ,smoky, sweet spices, the use of chickpeas in nearly everything, the slight warmth on the palate without tear inducing heat…….. so when I tried this richly spiced soup with tons of vegetables, a little kick to it and of course, our family favourite chickpeas, I was immediately in love Continue reading →

Leek And Potato Soup

Hearty and fresh leek and potato soup with parsley and mint

Hearty and fresh leek and potato soup with parsley and mint

We all have our tried and trusted recipes that don’t require much thought, always hit the spot and can be hard to remember the exact amounts that go into the pot. This is one of my top ones. Thanks to a chance decision to buy soup in a juice bar across from the health food store I worked in, in St Andrews, Scotland, I discovered the joy of adding mint to what is a fairly common soup dish. The mint really gave the soup an added depth and ‘zing’ to it, especially welcome as I needed some comfort food that day Continue reading →