Category Archives: Vegan

Quick tomato soup



  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Water

Wooden spoon

Chop the garlic, fry in the pan in olive oil.
Add the cherry tomatoes whole, add half a cup of water, cover and simmer.
After 10 minutes add half a flat teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Simmer for another 10 minutes, add water if required.
Blitz and serve.

Crusty bread, croutons, a sprinkle of cheese. If you find this too hot it can be cooled with a spoonful of sour cream, greek yoghurt or cream cheese.

Bean salad

Kitchen – none


  • Tin of mixed beans
  • Teaspoon of honey
  • Teaspoon of hot English mustard
  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • Two tablespoons vinegar


  • Tin opener
  • Mixing bowl
  • Small jar with a lid
  • Spoon or spatula


Open and drain the mixed beans, rinse and drain again then pour beans into the bowl.

Add the honey, mustard, oil and vinegar to the jar, put on the lid and shake well until all ingredients are blended.

Pour around a third of the dressing onto the beans and stir gently. Chill for half an hour before serving.


If you have them a diced tomato, celery or green beans can be added. Serve as a side salad.

Chickpea and Potato Curry

Kitchen – Hob


  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 1 tin baby potatoes
  • 1 small tin coconut milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Curry powder
  • Chili flakes or Tabasco sauce
  • Garlic
  • Peanut oil


  • Small sharp knife
  • Tin opener
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon


Peel and chop garlic. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the pan and add garlic. Add to a medium heat.

Open and drain the potatoes – halve or quarter if required. Add to pan. Open and drain chickpeas and add to pan, stir thoroughly. Add in coconut milk, a heaped teaspoon of peanut butter, curry powder and chili. Add water if additional liquid is required. Stir thoroughly and cover until it reaches a rolling boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 mins.


Serve with plain boiled or steamed rice in a bowl.

Add sides of chutney and plain Greek yoghurt.

Add flat bread.


Kitchen – No cooking


  • 1 tin chick peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic


  • Handheld blender
  • Tin opener
  • Serving dish
  • Spatula


Remove skin from garlic and chop roughly.

Drain the chick peas but do not rinse.

Place oil, lime and garlic in the blender jug.

Pulse twice to blend oil, lime and garlic.

Gradually add the chick peas and blend.

For a smoother blend add more olive oil.


Place in a shallow dish and serve with crusty bread, vegetable crudities, crisps and crackers.

To add spice sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper.

Quick and easy flat bread

Kitchen – Hob


  • Plain flour
  • Baking powder
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Vinegar


  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Frying pan
  • Paper towel


Mix one cup of plain flour with half a teaspoon of baking soda and a large pinch of salt.

Make a well in the middle of the flour and add in two tablespoons of cold water. Mix until the mixture forms a rough dough. Oil your hands to prevent the dough from sticking. Knead the dough into a bowl in the mixing bowl. Do not over handle as this will make the dough tough. Form the dough into a ball and leave in the mixing bowl.

Dampen one square of paper towel with vinegar and lay over the dough ball. Leave for 20 mins to prove.

Once proven pinch off a lump of dough about the size of a ping pong ball. Roll the lump into a ball.

Sprinkle a light covering of flour onto a clean, flat surface. Dust the rolling pin with flour and roll the ball into a round about 0.25 cm thick.

Heat the frying pan. You can add oil but this will make the bread oily. Using a dry pan will give a dryer bread.

Brush excess flour from the surface of the bread round and place in the pan one at a time. Shake the pan to move the bread around. Once browned on one side flip onto the other side. If you wish to cook later do not brown fully. Place into a bowl or basket lined with paper towel or a napkin and cover as each of the bread rounds are cooked.


Slice into triangles and serve with dips.

Use as a base for a quick pizza or quesadilla.