Cuban Black Beans

After much planning my Dad and his partner finally headed off to Cuba last month. Months of arranging visas and planning which jazz clubs they would visit – as my Dad is now retired he does have more time to spend on these things. Part of me envied him – after resisting offers from my…

Kinda Rustic Italian Bread Soup

When you have left over crusty bread there are a number of things which you could do with it. Making breadcrumbs is one and even making it into eggy bread, the Italians make various versions of soup, there are some tomato based ones and others which have stock ingredients such as onion, carrots, celery etc….

Banana & Coconut Cake

The conquest with coconut flour continues, so do the sight teething problems but I am sure with some tweaking we will get there.As you know I happened upon a vegan banana bread recipe (another one of those necessity is the mother of invention moments) a few weeks ago – check out my original post here….

When Gluten-Free is a Necessity

Gluten free is one of those things – you could call it a fad for some but for others it’s a lifestyle they have to observe. Welcome to the table coeliacs! A coeliac friend once said that you can’t avoid gluten completely and if the package says made in same factory as ‘blah blah blah’…

Dairy Free Chocolate Fudge Icing

Some recipes are discovered out of laziness, some out of necessity, these two reasons are normally interlinked – i.e. I have run out of something and I can’t be bothered to go to the shops…Or like in this case and I had already been to the shops and got ingredients but discovered I was short…

Weekend Spinach & Feta Pie

This recipe is taken from the Greek dish Spanakopita, I have made no changes to it as there is simply no need. Now arguably you could adapt this recipe for non-dairy and gluten free – it would merely be a case of finding vegan or gluten free puff pastry which in this day and age…

Homemade Pot Noodles & other adventures (original)

I have been aware of the concept of a homemade pot noodle for sometime now, but it is only recently that I have the opportunity to try making them. Indeed I still need to go purchase a few ingredients so that I can actually try making them – more to come later on that –…

A Makeshift Reuben

So late on Friday night we got into a complicated sandwich discussion….not so much the choice of filling but the choice of bread or vehicle for this sandwich. My friend is adamant that croissants are the way forward instead of bread, I gave it some thought and surely its not much different to using a…

House Hash at The Retreat

I always think of ‘house hash’ as an American dish but we of course have similar in British recipes ‘bubble and squeak’ comes to mind.A quick lunch (after a failed attempt at the local vegetarian restaurant which was full already) in The Retreat in Ilminster, Somerset (UK) had my father and I both opted for…

I Finally Found Purple Sweet Potato

So after months of food envy on Instagram I finally have the opportunity to get my hands on some purple sweet potato. I rushed to the grocers first thing Monday morning and was greeted with a multitude of great offerings (the 50p box was my friend). There they were, slightly different to the orange colour…

Frugal Recipes for the Unispired

Firstly please feel free to comment your thoughts on this!Some of us live a life of luxury, some of us live beyond our means and some of us live frugally. The definition of frugal is ‘simple and plain and costing little’. With this in mind, I recently discovered the Instagram chef @miguelbarclay who has written a…