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Dec 6th, 2016

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Another Vegan/Low Carb Meal

V and A came to lunch and I had another go at a vegan low-carb meal with rather mixed success. Starter – humus, guacamole, olives, crudités – so far so good. Main Course – aubergines stuffed with lemon infused quinoa and pine nuts. Saffron roast potatoes. This was ok – the lemon didn’t really take […]

Nov 29th, 2016

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Completed Vegan Cake

I marzipan’d (is that a word?) and iced the vegan cake. Home made marzipan by default has egg in it, but the shop bought stuff doesn’t and neither does ready to roll white icing (which is good because of course the traditional royal icing has egg whites in it). I had been going to collect […]

Nov 23rd, 2016

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Vegan Christmas Cake

I made a vegan Christmas cake for my sister-in-law V last year and it did not turn out well (in fact that was the theme with all my Christmas cakes last year). I can’t remember what recipe I used, but it came from one of those rather dismal vegan sites which start off by soaking […]

Sep 11th, 2016

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Wedding Cake

My sister-in-law V is getting married next month and I have volunteered to make the wedding cake. This is a bit of a challenge, because not only is V a vegan, but her fiancé A doesn’t eat carbohydrate. Try as I might, I cannot create anything which has any resemblance to a proper cake and […]

May 1st, 2016

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Some Vegan Treats

We went to see V in Stirling today.  I brought her a couple of homemade vegan treats. Firstly a tea loaf – this was seriously nice – no dairy or fat and considerably less sugar than most cakes, but tastes really moist and rich.  Make 10 fl oz strong tea.  Add 8 oz sultanas or […]

Dec 20th, 2015

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I’ve made a vegan hamper for a Christmas present rather than buying a commercial one. I thought it showed more personality than just buying one off the peg (and also I object to the fact that the company for the one I bought last year has suddenly decided that our Postcode is a remote Highland […]

Nov 23rd, 2015

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The joy of Chickpeas

500g of dried chick peas is £1 in ADSA (in fact you can get 2kg for £2.50 but let’s not run before we can walk). The other night I was thinking of what to make for a special meal for myself (there is something very sad about that, but if I left it to R […]

Sep 16th, 2015

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Some picnic cooking

I did some baking the other night of various things to take with us on picnics. First I made some ‘Cornish’ pasties – these were definitely not authentic (I know there is a lot of controversy about carrot v. swede v. potato), so perhaps I should call them ‘Argyll’ pasties. I made a basic pastry […]

Sep 10th, 2015

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Cookery Challenge

Last night my sister-in-law V and her partner A came to dinner. This was a real challenge for me because V is a vegan and A is intolerant of carbohydrate and doesn’t eat sugar. Wow – what to make? I racked my brains a bit and came up with this…. Everything was home made (well […]