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Healthy Vegan Muffins

Healthy Vegan Muffins

Who doesn't love muffins? What makes them so great? The name muffin must help. It's a nice word, right? Like mittens or melons or muppets. Nice to say, nice to hear.

Or maybe it's their unique shape. I reckon a muffin without its distinctive dome wouldn't be anywhere near as enjoyable. Just like a bagel without the hole would be [...]

Garibaldi Biscuits (Currant Cookies)

Garibaldi Biscuits (Currant Cookies)

Growing up, I knew these biscuits as 'squashed flies'. According to Wikipedia they also go by fly sandwiches, flies' graveyards and dead fly biscuits. It's only now I realise that the name is not very vegan. They are nicknamed so for the flattened currants inside the biscuit. The currants poke out of the sides, especially visible pre-bake through the translucent dough, as if a whole colony of flies had been collectively swatted. No, not a very vegan nickname at all!

As with a lot of childhood treats, I then went years without having one [...]

Caramelised Vegetable Bruschette

Caramelised Vegetable Bruschette

My Mum came back from Italy recently. With lots of olive oil. And different types, too. Rather naively, it hadn’t occurred to me that, not only does olive oil vary in age and pressing – virgin, extra-virgin, etc –, but there are also many varieties of olive used which contribute to the oil's varying flavour profile. For example, Leccino olives are used to produce a mild, banana-y flavour while Coratina are used for intense, fruity, bitter notes.

I even found out that olive oil can be tasted like wine. Warm a small amount in a wine glass by cupping the bottom in one hand and covering the top with the other, give it a swirl [...]

4 the love of Peanut Butter

4 the love of Peanut Butter

A real treat this week: 4 recipes that use peanut butter, each with only 4 ingredients.  

For a long time now I've argued that peanut butter is the best food. Not just the tastiest nut butter, or most delicious spread: downright the best food. Because peanut butter, besides tasting amazing, is remarkably versatile. From satay noodles and stir fry sauces to chewy cookies and chocolate peanut butter cups, there are few other ingredients that stand up so well in both savoury and sweet dishes [...]

Adaptable Mediterranean Dip

Adaptable Mediterranean Dip

Spurred on by some of you telling me you now use my Adaptable One Pot Vegan Curry as your go-to curry recipe, I thought I'd apply the style to another essential component of my diet: dips. I've managed to crack a good basic formula for blending beans, oil, salt, lemon, garlic and herbs into a magically silky dip [...]