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Curried Vegetable Pasties (Vegan / Dairy-Free)

Here in the UK, the temperatures are starting to cool off and there is definitely change in the air. So to celebrate the start of another beautiful season, for this month’s entry to the Suma Blogger’s Network I’d like to share my Curried Vegetable Pasties ❤️

Curried Vegetable Vegan Pasties

I’m a huge fan of pasties, especially the home-made variety. You can fill them with all manner of vegetables, herbs and spices. One of my all-time favourites is this curried pastie. With its warming flavours and beautiful golden and red hues, this has to be the perfect pastie for Autumn. Continue reading

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Cheese and Chive English Scones…. Vegan Style!

Apologies for the delay in posting this week’s recipe, but Lil’ L had the last week off school for half-term break. M managed to take four days off work so we really made the most of the family time together. We’ve been on bike rides in the beautiful Cotswold hills, forest and lake walks, a day trip to Cardiff, a couple of trips to the cinema and a visit to Hertfordshire to celebrate a family 50th wedding anniversary. It’s been one amazing, fun-packed week!

I also managed to create a tasty new recipe during the half-term break. The recipe was inspired by these beautiful chives (gifted to me by my friend Vicky ) and some tasty cheese scones that Lil’ L baked during a school cookery class.

Chive Flowers

For me, ‘cheese and chives’ is one of those classic flavour combos, and I could just imagine how well the combo could work in a savoury English scone.

Using my sweet scone recipe as a starting point, I switched the sugar and raisins for vegan cheese and fresh chives.  Continue reading

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How to Roll Rice Papers and a Recipe for Fresh Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

I absolutely love this time of year, with the trees full of blossom and the wisteria out in flower. Not only does it look stunning, but it smells glorious too! Here in Bath, the weather is finally starting to warm up and we’ve actually managed a few meals in the garden this past week. Our dinners have definitely shifted to lighter dishes, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of our favourite summer-inspired recipes over the coming weeks.

Fresh Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Today’s post was inspired by the front cover of this month’s Vegan Life magazine, which featured these stunning summer rolls by Jessica in the Kitchen.

Vegan Life Issue 15

The rolls are a vegan twist on the classic Vietnamese Summer Roll. Instead of meat or prawns, the rolls are filled with a rainbow of fresh veggies, making them both visually beautiful and delicious. Continue reading

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Veggie Pasties (Dairy free / Vegan)

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!

For the first time in ages, we had a weekend of glorious sunshine here in Bath. This gave us the perfect opportunity to get outside and do some gardening.  Lil’ L helped me tackle the weeds, while M took on the monster challenge of mowing the lawn (which looked more like a jungle after all the rain we’ve had recently).

Since they’d worked so hard, I thought I’d make the boys some veggie pasties for lunch.  While I was making them, I took a few pics and jotted down the recipe so I could share it with you.

I love to use a selection of colourful veggies in the pasties, but you can basically choose whatever veggies you like.  Always include a little onion though, as this helps add flavour.

Until this weekend, I’d always given M the task of rolling out, cutting and folding the pastry as I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to make them neat enough.

It turns out, it isn’t hard at all!  And if I can do it, you definitely can!

In fact, I actually really enjoyed pastie making this weekend, though I did combine it with some loud dance music and a boogie round the kitchen.  Anyone else like to boogie in the kitchen?  I find it makes prep & washing up much more fun and far less of a chore.

*Recipe updated June 2017 to bring it in line with the recipe published in the Bit of the Good Stuff cookbook*

With the weeding and mowing finished, Lil’ L couldn’t wait to tuck into his warm pastie.

I sneakily took some pics before he had time to spot me and pull a funny face 😉

Looks like he’s really enjoying it 🙂

Uh oh I’ve been spotted!

Time to go!

Have a wonderful week everyone.  I hope the sun shines wherever you are!

 

 

 

Another pastie on the blog…

Curried Vegetable Pasties

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