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Keeping It Simple

Oven baked potatoes with haricot bean hummus, baked tomato and mushrooms and silken tofu pan-fried with kale, onion and lots of crushed garlic.
A simple tasty feast...vegan, organic and oil-free.

Today's hummus is made with haricot beans, fresh lemon juice, fresh parsley, ground cumin, smoked paprika, a tiny pinch of Cornish sea salt and some crushed peppercorns.
 We love baked tomatoes. These have fresh oregano pushed into the centres and a sprinkle of black pepper.
We bake them for 30 minutes.
Kale, onion and garlic frying in water and soy sauce, turmeric and cumin. We added silken tofu after 10 minutes and fried for another 10.
 Sime's plate...piled high, as usual!
Since we stopped using oil some years ago, we found that soy sauce, miso and lemon juice are great alternatives, though organic vegetables seem to be naturally more flavoursome, especially oven roasted vegetables.

We rarely follow recipes and tend to make up meals with whatever we have in, so when we are asked to r…

Lonely Planet Goes Vegan - The Vegan Travel Handbook

It's a sign there are big changes afoot, when a company like Lonely Planet acknowledges that veganism is here.
Although we are not into buying stuff anymore, we do have a passion for books...especially travel books! We have collected many travel guides over the years and we continue to use our French ones even though they are probably over 20 years old now. We bought our first Lonely Planet Publication in 1991... Europe On A Shoestring! We found it to be a great resource, using it frequently to do research when planning trips, as well as taking it with us. 
We love nothing more than sitting with maps and travel books, dreaming and planning our next or future adventures and always try to find whatever information we can about places to eat, so when we heard about a new vegan travel guide - we had to check it out.
Click here for a preview of The Vegan Travel Handbook 
The book features various lists like The World's Top 20 Vegan-Friendly Cities...of which we have visited 8. 
Th…

Red Lentil and Garlicky Vegetable Stew and Herb Dumplings - Vegan, Organic and Oil-Free

All this cold weather makes us crave warming stews or hippy slop as we usually call it!
For this one we fried 1/3 of a butternut squash, half a red pepper, 2 carrots, a handful of green beans and a bulb of garlic with a good sprinkle of mixed herbs, water and a splash of red wine for around 10 minutes.


Then we added a can of chopped tomatoes, 8oz water, 4oz washed red lentils, a teaspoon of ground cumin and simmered for around 20 minutes.

We made the dumplings earlier, as it's good to let the batter stand for at least 15 minutes.
We used to make the dumplings with vegetable suet, but have used rice as a replacement for years now. This time we used 6oz brown rice cooked in turmeric, 3oz wholemeal flour, half a chopped apple, 2 teaspoons of ground flax seeds, 1 teaspoon each of  baking powder, dried sage and thyme, a good handful of fresh parsley, a pinch of Cornish sea salt and a sprinkle of black pepper.

Use a tablespoon to scoop enough of the mixture to roll into balls on a flou…

Oven-Baked Tofu and Vegetable Burgers - Vegan and Oil Free

We made these quick burgers for lunch today.
In the food processor, we whizzed up firm tofu, garlic, leek, carrot, green pepper and mushrooms. With soaked sundried tomatoes, cumin, chilli flakes, black pepper, tomato puree and maize flour.
We were hungry so we just used raw vegetables, but the burgers are tastier if you fry the veggies first in a little soy sauce, or better still - use a variety of roasted veggies. 

Once all whizzed up - dollop on to a baking tray and bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes, then turn the tray round and bake again for another 15 minutes...no need to turn the burgers over.

Leave them to stand for around 10 minutes...

And serve them up!
We had them on sourdough rolls with dry roasted potato wedges.
Delicious!!!

Here's our Simple Burger Recipe again if you are interested in trying this method.
Night, night,
Love Kay and Sime xx