Vegan Cooking Blog

Hello, I’m Jane Easton, Viva!’s Food & Cookery Coordinator – which means I cook, eat (a lot!), write about and review all kinds of delicious vegan food.  I help businesses to provide more inclusive menus, I do cookery demos, I research new products and recipes (dirty job but someone has to do it…), I write stuff for Viva! – basically, I know a fair bit about vegan food and cooking and if I don’t, I’ll try and find out!
Vegans tend to be made, not born. Being mostly Scottish, I grew up on lard.  I watched my mum and grandma cooking from scratch – both were good cooks. The 60s saw an explosion of new foods, with Indian, Chinese and Italian restaurants springing up – it was very exciting and my mum had to buy spaghetti in a special shop it was so exotic!
I started cooking from about 12 years of age although there were a lot of packet curries and tinned food in the mix.  So I borrowed books from the library to be better. Later on, I discovered the burgeoning wholefood and veggie movement so raided my student friends’ libraries on vegetarian cooking, alternative living, macrobiotics – you name it, I read it. And I tried a fair bit of it out too, living in Glasgow as an impoverished but curious teenager and teaching myself how to make brown rice, dahl and other things that were pretty exotic back in the day.  I was a veggie on and off for years until going fully vegetarian in the late 70s and remaining so for a long time.  I also helped to set up a veggie restaurant co-op in Manchester in the mid-80s. In 2001 I went vegan and never looked back. 
This blog is where I’ll post my latest food news, obsessions and recipes. And I hope you’ll reply with your questions, comments and ideas!

Bit obsessed with pizza, me, so was delighted to discover that vegan cheese is melting its kind little heart into many a pizzeria, pub, cafe and restaurant around the UK! 

Zizi's is the latest chain to get on the vegan bus - they recently started offering vegan rice-milk mozzarella for their pizzas and other options. Several chains do vegan pizza though not yet with vegan cheese - yet. Independents across the UK are getting on it, so keep asking, offer your local place examples of good practice and if necessary, take in some samples of melting vegan cheese for them to try: top favourites in the business seem to be Violife block or Mozzarisella. Here in Bristol we're big fans of Pepe Nero Organic and Planet Pizza. Grounded also offer vegan pizza

Check on My Vegan Town here for what your home town has to offer ... wherever you are, chances are there's something for you. And if not, make it happen! 

 

 

 

 

Diabetes type 2 levels are rising in an unprecedented manner across the globe, but most especially in the richer countries. There is a big link between diet and all the diseases of affluence - heart disease, many cancers, strokes, obesity - as well as diabetes itself. But it's not inevitable....

Cooking weekend at Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow guest house in West Wales is a haven for all things veggie, vegan, garden and nature! The beautiful 18th century manor house in Ceridigion also hosts special events – from yoga to belly dancing, creative writing to themed suppers… Then there is the opportunity for walks...

Seitan Sausages... the result

These were easy to make and tasted really good - plus they are lower in fat and salt than most bought sausies. You do need a bit of time to do the wrapping and steaming of the sausages but turn on the music, make yourself a cuppa and go for...

Aquafaba magic

Those of you keeping an eye on all things vegan may have come across aquafaba already. If you haven't, it's spreading like a rash! So what is it and why all the excitement?

Basically, that gooey liquid at the bottom of a tin of beans that we used to chuck...

More vegan sausages and burgers in the pipeline! Linda Mac's sausies and Fry's vegan sausages and burgers are both tasty and widely available, and we love Vegusto and Dee's too. Then there's IKEA - they responded to vegan encouragement in a massive...

Just finished the new all singing, all dancing web version of our trusty L-Plate Vegan guide. I won't get into the technicalities but this format makes for a more pleasant and convenenient experience for you,dear reader!  
I've added lots of product pix and updated the text a bit. The...

Another springcleaning job on the VRC! We didn't have a dedicated sauce section - now we do. Over sixty sauces, pestos, fruit coulis, gravies, dahls and such have been added so if you are looking for a special sauce, savoury or sweet, life will be easier.
Easiest way to find...

VRC Springcleaning - a wee web makeover!

 I've given our Articles section a little dust down. This section features old and new hints and tips on everything from budget shopping, breadmaking, buying kitchen equipment and cooking to vegan baking and sprouting! Plus lots more hints and tips inbetween.

So I've added or updated pictures, added more links to take...

30 Day Vegan 
It's our new baby, born on 3 February, bless its little pixels. We're so excited about the 30 Day Vegan - after working with the Veganuary team and seeing that take off like a rocket, we wanted to get our own onlilne vegan pledge scheme...

Veganuary (or Veganfbry?)

Yes, I'd like to eat only delicious, healthy vegan food for the month of January... If this is true of you, then check out Veganuary!

It holds your virtual hand whilst offering lots of great recipes and meal plans for each day of the month (well, 30 days!) - all completely FREE.
...

Lemon Vurd

Those of you who get our e newsletter will know that there's a lemon curd or 'vurd' recipe on there! All vegan, of course.

I've had great fun messing about with piles of lemons and such trying out recipe variants. All were good, some just better than others. This is the...

Slow, Quick, Quick Slow

It's getting chilly after the seemingly endless summer followed by the equally endless golden autumn! So my thoughts (and stomach) are turning towards hearty stews, soups, curries and other winter loveliness (interspersed by my weekly two days on the 5:2 Diet of course). However, I'm still scoffing lots of big...

A Ricey Dish For Tired Runners

After a week of feeling substantially lower in energy than I have so far, I am deciding to step up my approach towards the nutrition side of training.
The Bristol Half Marathon is 6 weeks away now, and although everything has been going to plan and I’ve getting out...

Doctor Tempeh, I presume?

We've been in contact with Doctor Tempeh for a couple of years now - I first met Jonathan, the owner, (and yes, he's a real doctor and nutritionist!) at a trade show back in 2012 and after tasting his delicious curried tempeh in a tin, asked him if he'd donate some for Viva!'s Incredible Veggie Roadshow in...

P-P-P-Pepperoni! (Vegan stylee)

I had great fun making my first ever batch of pepperoni yesterday! It was very easy and cheap to do. Watch the new recipe banner tomorrow for the low-down on how to make it...

Fast Diet saga continues... where did it all go?

Weighed in today and am officially 6.1K lighter - that is 13.44lbs, so almost a stone gone! Despite getting a bit stuck at around the 10lb mark, I regained some lost discipline, hung on in there and seem to have turned a corner. My clothes fit better, I have more energy and...

Mozzarella and other vegan things

I've been extremely busy on the L-Plate Vegan Guide (it ended up with a longer gestation than an elephant!) which is very very close to being born... watch this space.
On another note, I have been working on several other projects (hush hush) but took time out to sample the...

Beautiful Brighton Veg Fest

Brighton Buns - yes, even the baked goods were vegan, with a whole new world of animal-free Chelsea buns and doughnuts, as you can see from the picture!
Veg Fest isn't all about food of course. There was inspiration everywhere in the form of talks, films, cookery demos, campaign stalls and lots...

Cook Vegetarian Cooks Vegan!

I'm usually a bit late with keeping up to date with magazines we order at Viva!. So I've only just seen Cook Vegetarian magazine's special Dairy-free and Vegan Guide insert in their March edition. I was delighted with this 20-page booklet: 82+ recipe ideas, vegan advice, essential buys - all set out as a 28 day meal...

Vegan Pledge in Exeter!

After various family emergencies/dramas (calmed down for the present!) I am escaping  tomorrow to do one of the things I love most - a cookery demo plus a chance to help out/chat to wannabe vegans, hooray! The mighty Exeter Friends for Animals is hosting the first of two days this...

Baking out of the box

Oh dear, I've become slightly obsessed with packet cake mixes! (Do I need to get out more?!) However, there is some sanity underpinning the quest. I've been working hard on the new edition of the L-Plate Vegan Guide for the past few weeks. That has meant - among other things - a...

New Year Resolutions

Yes, like many of you out there, I ate and drank a bit too much over the holiday season. (That is not a self-portrait, incidentally!!) While a healthy vegan diet is the best out there, eating too much of many foods will make a body put on weight - sadly, even vegan...

Samphire, Samphire!

I got rather excited the other day. A friend gave me a pack of samphire - he didn't have time to cook it and didn't want to waste it. I wasn't going to turn down what was essentially a 'freegan' donation, especially as I'd never cooked it before. 
It might sound a bit posh...

There be dragons?

Perhaps the dragon title means I'm over-excited about the fast-approaching premiere of the Hobbit movie! (Yes, I am a not-so-closet Tolkien geek). But it's also a useful metaphor about our fear of change, of new directions...
Over the years I've had some interesting conversations with chefs at vegetarian or omni...

Spanish Olive Heaven

Are you looking for nice festive party nibbles or tapas? Well, those nice people from Olives from Spain sent us some amazing recipes and photos. And they are quick too, assembled in 5 minutes - just leave them to marinade for a minimum of 20 minutes or better...

A Level School talk

Had a lot of fun doing a school talk for a small group of A Level Food Tech students(last week at Melksham Oak School, a lovely modern community college in Wiltshire. The staff and students were really welcoming, open and friendly. I explained that I was going to focus mainly on vegan...

Time for a change at Christmas?

So what sort of Christmas dinner will you be sitting down to this year? If you are veggie or vegan, you'll have a pretty good idea. But if you've always had the 'traditional' version, perhaps it's time for a change?
OK, so embracing a more animal and planet-friendly festive...

Vegucated Nights

Alan Lee, Bristol vegan activist has done it again - he organised and hosted not one but two Vegucated evenings on the 1st and 6th November at Bristol's Polish Club.
The two events each featured a screening of the excellent Vegucated film of course but there was much more: free food, raffles, a really...

After Edinburgh, it was Glasgow, also basking in the autumnal sunshine. I particularly love the West End, which is where I used to hang out as a young thing. It's near the University, the big Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a beautiful park and is generally boho and stylish. (The uni can be...

So off we headed to Scotland after the Welsh Veggie Show. Not only was I looking forward to celebrating my birthday back home (and getting a bit of a rest after the Show), I was very excited to visit Edinburgh as it's not a place I know very well (I'm a Glasgow girl originally)....

Wow, I can't believe it's over two weeks ago since the Welsh Veggie Show! We worked very hard to make it the success it was and we're very pleased with the attendance and all the feedback. We were able to offer shedloads of free food samples - all deliciously vegan...

The Viva! Catering Guide is here!

Yes, the Catering Guide baby has finally arrived, all shiny and beautiful from the printers - the designer has done a cracking job so let's hope you like it as much as we do. We are really pleased, despite its prolonged labour - in true Viva! style, we've had to...

Quick Fixes with Free From!

We were pleased to see that Asda now stock a couple of vegan-friendly meals in their Free From range, sold in longlife sachets on the shelf  - 3 Bean Stew and Vegetable Curry. These were under £2 so not much more than a sandwich. Good for those of you who don't cook...

Not just a load of old leftovers...

OK, here is what I made from the leftovers of my friend's Bank Holiday lunch! (She used the insides of the tomatoes in one of the  best risottos I've ever tasted) ...
 

  • A large bowl of hollowed out tomatoes
  • A handful of cooked green beans
  • Half a ciabatta loaf.

I made a...

Soup, glorious soup

And this is the finished product - Spicy Moroccan Soup with green beans...
Sadly, there is no garlic bread picture; we were so hungry that we ate it before I had a chance to take a shot!).

Vegans Eat Out!

Despite my moans about some restaurants, It's amazing how many caterers are actuallly getting with the programme re providing vegan options. And a lot of that is down to vegan punters pushing the envelope and asking their favourite cafe/restaurant/pub/sandwich shop to deliver the goods! We have several success stories from...

Being vegetarian at college

By Francis

6th form college student from Bristol

Most meat eaters will say that without meat on your plate you can’t be getting all the nutrition (protein) that you need. Having been a vegetarian my whole life I find it very easy to prepare vegetarian meals which do provide the...

Sheffield Vegan Day

I was invited to be part of the team at Sheffield Triratna Buddhist Centre's 'Vegan Feasts' day at the weekend. The two organisers, Kate and Samacitta were passionate and experienced vegans who organised and ran the event beautifully. The idea was to create a non-judgmental environment where people could explore the issues safely -...

What to cook for meat-eaters?

It's not difficult to cook vegan food, even for big meat-eaters! This isn't prescriptive - and I try lots of things on my willing victims - but here is what I made a few nights ago for some friends. I made the stew the day before (so the flavours were nicely infused) and roasted the...

Almond Milk

Almond milk is just as easy as the Cashew Milk recipe I posted a while back. Just a couple of tips though...
 

  • unhulled almonds are cheaper but more fiddly to use if the skins are scraped off.
  • my colleague makes her almond milk without removing the
  • ...
Faux Heaven

While the debate about faux meat products continues, some vegans have decided the way forward is to create a product that will win over die-hard meat eaters. Like many of you, I come from a family of big meat-eaters and they continue to guzzle animals, despite my efforts to persuade...

Cookin' in the Rain... Viva! at Buddhafield Festival

While Helen was busy trying to have her baby, Rhiannon joined me this year at Buddhafield Festival. Despite the difficult weather and endless mud, we had a fantastic time. It was as if these challenges brought out the best in people - there was huge goodwill, both from the heroic efforts from...

A Bunch of Flours

If you've ever run out of self-raising flour but want to bake and have a bag of plain... there is a simple and cheap way to do it! All you need to add is baking powder - we give quantities below.
Just remember, if the recipe calls for SR...

Vegan Inspiration

Monday was an inspiring night! I did a cookery demo for BARC, a local Bristol group who were hosting a 'New Vegan' evening. This involved a delicious free supper (pizza, salads and chocolate cake), a nutritional talk and Q&A session skyped by Vegan Soc's Stephen Walsh plus a table full of resources...

Wonder stuff in a packet - instant vegan cheeze sauce

Farily often, we are lucky enough to be sent new vegan products to try out and I was particularly curious when this particular item arrived. I was delighted with what I found!
Angel Food’s Vegan Cheesey Sauce really is a wonder-stuff in a packet.
All you do is...

Showing why you don't need dairy

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of running a table of food tastings at one of Viva!'s popular talks, Why You Don't Need Dairy, delivered by founder & director Juliet Gellatley, in Cardiff. 
There was a good mixture of vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters, so it was important to offer...

Leftover Heaven

A delicous lunch or light supper using curry leftovers! I made a batch of Viva!'s simple pancake recipe and steamed some shredded spring greens. Once the pancakes were cooked I filled them with reheated curry and served them with the greens and a dollop of plain vegan yoghurt on the side. Very good......

Cafe Kino and the Red Channa Dahl

We love Kino and not just because it's a vegan cafe and our local. Helen and I went there the other day for an early supper before helping with a Viva! event in Kino's basement. Any excuse for a slap-up feed!  The cook on that day made the most yummy...

How to Boost your Mood - naturally

Over the last year or so, Viva! & VVF founder & director, Juliet Gellatley and I, have got together to present talks and cookery demonstrations across the country, to help people improve their mood through what they eat.
All too often, if you go to your GP and complain...

Beautiful Brighton VegFest

The Viva! team spent a fantastic weekend at Brighton's VegFest. Huge thanks to Tim and the team, who as ever, made it a really successful event.  Campaign stalls and talks provided focus and inspiration while merchandise and foodie heaven fed the senses! There seemed to be even more vegan...

More Catering Recipes

We've been adding a few more recipes to our special catering section - Tofu Burgers, amongst other things. Some are new recipes, others are larger batches of old favourites, like this one!

Vegan Pizza

Jane and I were delighted to go for lunch at a local Italian pizza restaurant and takeaway in Bristol this week, to celebrate the fact they had introduced vegan pizza and vegan panino to their menu.
Just to show how enthusiastic and open-minded businesses are becoming - it all...

Choc Cake from the Co-op!

The Co-op Chocolate Cake mix in a packet is vegan, hooray for  them - and us.

But instead of de-veganising it by adding an egg as they suggest, try  this. Follow the instructions on the back of the packet then add to the dry mixture:
1 med-large banana,...

New vegan discoveries

It was snowing for the first time here in Bristol this weekend. So after a chilly walk into town, I decided I wanted to make something warming for supper. 
A few years ago I used to buy a dumpling mix that was vegetarian - and thought it would be...

Viva! was delighted to hear that Quorn produced a vegan burger for the US market last year, working closely with Compassion Over Killing. Media coverage praised Quorn’s compassionate and ‘socially responsible’ move.
So what about the UK? Well, Quorn has said that it has no immediate plans...

Vegan Christmas

Christmas now just a few days away - and I'm really hoping many more people than ever before will be opting for a veggie or vegan Christmas dinner this year.
I've really enjoyed putting together a whole range of new festive recipes for the Vegetarian Recipe Club in the...

I fancied making pancakes the other day, but wanted to include a couple of vegetables in the process. Whilst I'm a fan of our exisiting savoury pancake recipe, I wanted to see how things would turn out if I added shredded spinach into the batter before cooking, instead of...

What to have for lunch?

The lovely people at Vegusto have been kind enough to send us some more of their products to sample and review - so I thought I'd make something for lunch with their marjoram veggie sausages and Veganaise (vegan mayo).
I had brought some homemade bread to work with me,...

Pictures old and new being brought to life

I've been writing recipes for Viva! ahd the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation for three years now - and started trying my hand at taking pictures of everything we make, initially in an effort to save us the cost of using a professional photographer. This has now become one of the favourite...

Cooking with Vegusto Products: Veggie Mince and Classic Burger

Viva!'s Rose Alexander made two lovely dinners using Vegusto's Veggie Mince and their Classic Burger.
Here's what she had to say:  
"I made veggie chilli with the mince, with mixed potato wedges, watercress and rocket salad with homemade aioli. This veggie mince has ended my long love affair of...

Cooking with Vegusto products: Mayonnaise and Cold Cuts

Viva!'s sales and merchandise manager, Katrina Gazley, also happens to be a great cook. She took home Vegusto's Mayonnaise and Dill Cold Cuts and on Friday, and here she shares with us how she got on. 
Brompton Salad with Vegusto Mayo
My favourite salads sometimes don't even involve a shred of...

Vegan 'cheese' taken to a new level

A vegetarian of 20 years - I'm not really one to get excited about mock meat products anymore - I never did like the taste of meat anyway.
Cheese however, is a different matter. Being honest, I did really like it and was still eating it when I first...

Ooh la la! Viva! goes to Paris Vegan Festival.

My very special birthday present was amazing! Beautiful Paris was bathed in golden sunlight; the festival was situated in a modern warehouse-style community venue called La Bellevilloise in the 20th Arondissement and the three floors of stalls, talks, food, bars, cookery demos et al were vibrant and very very busy. There were even a couple of UK...

Making your own Indian Snacks

Last week I was busy making three varieties of Indian Snack for one of my favourite features in Viva!Life magazine - Making Your Own. We've done crossiants and sushi, so I thought samosas, bhajis and pakoras would make a nice topic leading up to the Christmas season when people are...

Favourite New Recipes

Well I noticed it had been a while since Jane or I wrote a blog - so I was wondering what I could talk about today. When I have some down-time, I spent a couple of hours adding more recipes to this website (we have hundreds more hidden away that...

I have just returned from a week's holiday in Jane's wonderful cottage in Wales - where my boyfriend and I relished in a week of cooking, eating, watching TV, sleeping, bird watching, playing scrabble and crochetting (me not him!).
We ended up cooking lots of things from Vegan Yum...

The Viva! Cookbook - The Big Edit

Well, it's been a very long gestation but I'm on the big edit of this massive project.  The Viva! Cookbook contains a host of new recipes and old favourites as well as some unique special bits (shhh!). The idea is to prove just how delicious and easy it is to cook vegan food. So many...

Tofu Nights - Home-made from Beans and Lovin' It!

I'm rather excited about my latest cookery venture - home-made tofu from scratch. The inspiration came from a sister soya -freak at Buddhafield Festival who spilled the -erm- beans and shared her tofu secrets. I was determined to give it a try when I got home; the results were much...

Back from the Buddha

Jane and I had a wonderful time running our Vegan Vihara tent at this year's Buddhafield Festival 2011.
We ran four cookery demos and four talks - and met lots of wonderful people along the way. Many were veggies wanting to go vegan, some were people nearly ready to...

Helen & Jane's Vegan Tent at Buddhafield Festival!

Viva! & VVF Vegan Dome in Beautiful Somerset... Wed 13-Sunday 17 July

After doing some successful workshops last year (and cooking for hundreds in the crew food tent!) we persuaded the lovely Buddhafield Festival organisers to give us more sessions - they not only obliged but have also allocated us our very own Vegan Tent...

I love my bread machine!

When my friend and VRC partner in crime, Jane Easton, said she had a spare bread machine I could have, I was excited. Especially as I'm currently cooking out of the smallest kitchen in the world (fact), without a proper oven!
I was hungry last night, and discovered a...

Middle Eastern Feast

line-height:normal;background:white">So I celebrated my 30th birthday on Saturday with a wonderful party at Jane's house in the Welsh Valleys.

We spent about 10 hours in total preparing a vegan Middle Eastern style feast for all our friends and colleagues.
Despite my fears that there wouldn't be enough food, 25...

BBQ survival techniques

I was delighted to be invited to a big family BBQ on Saturday, where I was to help prepare salads and make a veggie alternative too.
Situated in a small town in rural Wales, by mid morning on Saturday it became apparent I was not going to be able...

Party planning

It is just starting to dawn on me that in 10 days I will turn 30! and what better way to celebrate this than by joining forces with my friend and food patrner in crime, Jane Easton, to produce a mighty vegan spread of food for our friends.
So...

Ready Steady Cook!

 Helen and I are also participating in a 'Ready Steady Cook' -stylee event at Bristol's Polish Club tonight! We're up against non-vegan chefs from local restaurants and cafes so it should be a lot of fun. Then there is cabaret and a bar, woohoo! 
The theme of the event...

Catering for the Masses

The new updated version of Viva!'s Catering Guide has been on the back burner because of other, more pressing, deadlines, but I've been slowly getting to grips with the second edit - now placed securely in my boss's in-tray.
This latest effort is part of our plan for World Vegan Domination (evil cackle)... actually,...

Cooking for little people

Well this week has proved an interesting challenge.. I've been writing recipes for veggie mums and babies. Although I now have two friends with mini-vegan babies, I'm not a mum myself, so the dishes I have come up with took some research and imagination.
I've been thinking a lot about...

News from the VRC Kitchen

Well I've been well any truely up to my eye balls in cooking this week - making a marathon 92 portions of vegan food - and taking pictures of everything for the Vegetarian Recipe Club website.
So I had to go shopping to gather together a mountain of ingredients. I...

Cooking The (Cook) Books

While the UK produces a range of amazing vegan cookbooks and vegan recipe websites, there is also some cutting edge stuff coming over the pond from our American and Canadian vegan friends.  Check out the Viva! bookshop http://www.vivashop.org.uk/books for ideas both British and North American.
Oscar Wilde quipped famously...

Tiramisu Challenge!

The research for a vegan tiramisu started in earnest as Helen Rossiter and I first started cooking and photographing recipes for the forthcoming Viva! Cookbook late in 2009. I did a bit of research then cobbled something together of my own. It tasted good but was quite fiddly to make....

Practising Sushi Making

It's no secret in the Viva! office that I am now on Weight Watchers. This is what comes of being a vegan with an overly enthusiastic appetite, who spends her life cooking up food which I've been told by many is rather nice... 
Mmm, so with Spring officially here...

Creating affordable Sourdough Rye bread #3

So here it is! blog number three on this project and I have a loaf of sourdough rye bread! if I'm honest, it's a little hard, but still tastes exactly like the expensive stuff you buy in bread stores, so I'm happy.
Last night I pre-heated my oven to Gas Mark...

Creating affordable Sourdough Rye bread #2

So yesterday I added a further cup of rye flour to my sourdough culture - and then a little more water - stirring again into a thick paste. It was starting to smell yeasty now.
Time to mix! I weighed 250g of the starter and put into into a...

How to make salads exciting!

Yesterday I made a salad for lunch that, although contained lots of different veg and other bits, was frankly a bit dry and boring. So this morning, I challenged myself to create one with much more zing and flavour, containing even more different vegetables and seasonings.
It includes spinach...

Creating affordable Sourdough Rye bread

I've decided to cut out wheat for a while, as I think an old intolerance has returned. Many of our bread shops in Bristol sell wonderul Sourdough Rye Bread. However, it's rather expensive at around £2.50 for a medium loaf. So I thought I'd have a go at making my...

Welcome to the new Vegetarian Recipe Club

Welcome to the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation's new Vegetarian Recipe Club website - including a blog for the very first time. Follow our blog for daily updates and news on the latest in vegan food and cookery, from recipes, to cookery tips, food news, weight loss and health and nutrition....

Happy Pancake Day!

 Happy Pancake Day everyone! and welcome to the new Vegetarian Recipe Club from Viva! and the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation.

The VRC team will be blogging regularly about our latest kitchen antics and vegan cooking adventures. Why not check out some of our earlier entries to get a flavour of what...

Recipes for new Diabetes guide from the VVF

Jane Easton and I got busy last week testing and photographing recipes for a forthcoming VVF guide on eating to beat Diabetes. All the recipes were delicious and really easy to make! We managed to work our way through about 12 different dishes during one day (which is good going) - proving just show...

I'm not sure why I'm such a late developer when it comes to bread making. I've tried my hand at making most things, but after a couple of bad experiences a long time ago, I'd put bread making on the back burner so to speak!
Until now. I've recently...

The best eggless dishes

This week I've been putting together three recipes for Yoga Magazine, celebrating an egg-free Easter. When I turned vegan from vegetarian, a major challenge for me was learning to create some of my favourite dairy and egg-based dishes, vegan.
My friend and colleague Jane Easton taught me a lot...

Sour Creme

Have been trying out recipes for vegan sour cream - lots easier to buy than the Tofutti stuff and cheaper too. All you need is a good food processor or hand blender and it takes under five minutes! Result... Use it in any Mexican-style dish or anything that traditionally uses...

Foody projects for this week

Each week seems to bring new cooking challenges to my kitchen - and in the depths of winter, nothing is giving me greater pleasure. My new boyfriend lived in Hong Kong for several years, and at the weekend mentioned a dish he used to love, and whether we could make...

All about Croissants

As as vegetarian, I used to love nothing more than a couple of hot buttered croissants and a cup of coffee. So here at Viva! and the VVF we were delighted to discover pastry brand Jus Rol are now selling croissant mix in a tub - and it's vegan! As...