All Purpose Cashew Sauce

I use this recipe all the time, its a great all purpose creamy sauce. I use it as a pasta sauce, ramen broth base, mushrooms on toast sauce, curry cooler, egg-less benedict sauce… the possibilities are endless! What would you use it for  

Vegan Pesto Trapanese

Last week I made vegan Parmesan so I could make this recipe. Pesto alla trapanese is the Sicilian variation on Pesto typically made with almonds, tomato and in some recipes anchovy. This is my veganised take on it. Instead of Parmesan we’ve got our home made version and instead of anchovy we’ve got nori.

Vegan Parmesan

I wanted to make a video for spaghetti pesto Trapanese but realised that the pesto needs ‘Parmesan’. Previously I’ve used a pre-made powder that I got in a swap box from America but now it’s all gone so what do I use instead? I could go but a block of Violife Parmesan but 1. It’s…

May Round-Up

At the beginning of 2017 I set some intentions for the year ahead so what’s happened with that throughout May? Intention 1 – Improve my physical health. My home yoga practice is still suffering as we’ve just not got the space at home but I’ve been outside a few times instead. The nice weather has…

Use up that gnocchi 

Lidl do pre made, ready to go gnocchi that’s vegan! Whoooo! Except I buy it and then it sits in the cupboard unused for months.  I originally bought it to have with red peppers and a paprika sauce but as usual I forgot about them. So to use them up this time we’ve had them…

Sprout your own 

When we were in Barcelona two years ago, all the salads we ate were topped with sprouts. They are rediculously expensive to buy but oh so easy to do yourself. It just takes pre planning and time.  I’m using the moong dal I’m clearing out to make my own. They are £1 a bag from…

Spicy Sweet Potato Salad 

My first way to use up some grains is in a salad.  I’ve simmered 2tbsp each of pearl barley, spelt and rye in plain water then covered and left it to steam until tender.  To go with it I’ve boiled some sweet potato, carrot, red pepper and tomato in stock with a teaspoon of my…

Confessions of a food hoarder… part 2

While I’m clealring out cupboard one – lentils, pulses and grains I might as well start working on cupboard two – rice, noodles, pasta etc…  Again its precariously piled high and I have a vague idea what’s in there but I’m sure some bits have been forgotten.  So what actually is in this cupboard Canaloni …

Confessions of a food hoarder. 

Hi my name is Ivy and I’m a food hoarder. I buy in bulk, I buy things I don’t need or know what to do with and I have cupboard stuffed full of stuff that’s long been forgotten.  I really want to change that so we have more space in the kitchen and so that…

Sick comfort food. 

Last night was the first time I’ve been ill in a while… at least 20 months to be more precise.  I say this because the foods I would always turn to when I was sick were fish finger sandwiches and mini chicken kievs. Obviously I’m not going to do that anymore so what do I…

Coconut Barfi

Barfi was yet another favourite of mine pre vegan but is something I haven’t looked out for an alternative for until now. Barfi is an Indian sweet made predominantly from condensed milk and sugar so you can see why I’ve avoided it. This is my version that isn’t anywhere near as sweet but still gives…