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Black Bean Burgers

I’ve been on the hunt for a vegan burger that mimics the meat version (anyone who’s newly “turned” will know what I’m talking about here). It’s not easy to get the right consistency so that it doesn’t fall apart, and still keeping it moist. I came across a recipe by Cookie and Kate which I must say produced pretty good results. It uses sweet potato, quinoa and black beans. I experimented with baking the patties and frying them. The baked…

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Asian Soba Veggie Bowl

I never appreciated Asian food until I moved to Europe. I also never appreciated the Sun shining all year round, and that for 22 years I’d evaded the “winter blues” – a term I thought was exaggerated lol! Being in the Northern hemisphere has made me realise how much I need warm weather and food bursting with flavour and spice. As Autumn descends on us and the skies turn a permanent shade of grey, the Asian in me is coming…

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Simple Late Summer Salad

I love a good salad. For some reason, this year hasn’t seen very many of them feature on my dinner plate. I remember it being a lunch time staple in my pre-(ve)gan days, and thought I should give it a go again despite the constant craving for hearty meals. This salad was so simple to throw together, I was done 15 minutes, and had my little girl to “help”. You could throw in any raw veg you have lying around…

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Spinach and Black Bean Coconut Curry

For some reason, I find it really hard to source black beans here in Hamburg. I know all the Turkish/Asian stores have them, but I usually have to drive a bit and battle for a parking spot big enough to fit our FRV……for a loooong time, nothing could convince me the effort was worth it. Then, a health store opened up up the road from us! I popped in earlier this week and was thrilled to find a pack of…

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Chris’s “Magic” Roasted Veggies with Quinoa Tabbouleh

My darling Chris loves to cook! And boy can he whip up a good meal when he’s in the mood! This is one of those magic moments…..and voila magic veggies! The “magic” (have I said Magic enough already?!) is in the marinade and in using tomatoes to keep the veg moist in the oven so they don’t burn. Now, he just eyeballs the quantities so I suggest you do the same – trust me, unless you have no eyeballs there’s…

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“I can’t believe it’s not Heinz” Ketchup

Last year my daughter (who had turned 4) discovered Ketchup! I know that’s pretty late but we’ve never really bought commercial ketchup…why? well, as a kid I LOVED ketchup on brown bread (you laugh, but I know one other person who did the same!) and I remember always feeling a little sick right after. I don’t know if it was the vingear or the gazillion other ingredients that went into that bottle, but I figured if I didn’t have it…

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Sweet Potato Hummus

Weekends are always the days of the week I have no inspiration to cook or try something new. We decided we were going to make things simple and whip up a salad and maybe a dip. Rummaging through the produce I had left in the kitchen turned up sweet potato and carrots. The dip was initially meant to be a roasted carrot dip, but hubs decided that using the carrots in the salad (as he always prefers) was a better…

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Vegan, oil-free Irish Stew

Now this is one dish that hit the dinner jackpot! Kids and hubs LOVED it. The smoky flavour of the porcini mushrooms is the secret to this and boy does it make a heart-warming meal. I realise now as I write this that you could probably get away with whipping this up outside the autumn/winter period. This is super versatile in that you could use ANY veggies you have lying around (pumpkin in the autumn would work well too….mmmmmmmh….yum!). Ingredients…

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Double Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Namaste all you chocolate lovers out there! My girls have been begging me to make ANYTHING with chocolate….and what does a good mum do? I say “hell yes!” My oldest asked if we could make it vegan so that I could join them whilst they put the cookie monster to shame…(again, who am I to say no!)..bless her 4 year old heart 🙂 So here we go – vegan double chocolate chocolate-chip cookies adapted from Oh She Glows. This recipe…

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“Let it go…Let it gooooo..”

You’d think that after a year of listening to Elsa sing “let it go” on our stereo system at home, in the car, on vacation and basically every darn place you can think of, I’d be the last person to use it as the title of this post! HA! Elsa, nicely played…… Since the beginning of this year I’ve been obessed with the subject of letting things go. You see, this for me is very difficult. I grew up thinking…

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