Clee Hills

A breath of fresh air – instagram tizzy1718vegan

What wonderful colours, I feel inspired to create a painting of this view, or maybe a textile piece. I never can resist stopping the car and pulling over to take photographs that inspire me to be creative. Sometimes it’s worth taking a moment and being thankful.

Another area of natural beauty well worth getting in the car for and donning on walking boots to recharge the old batteries. I would imagine when snow falls this view would be outstanding. When you are a the top it really does feel like you are on top of the world.

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Vegan pizza – well worth the effort

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vegan pizza

I sometime miss pizza especially from Pizza Express, so I decided to make my own. I did not have enough time to make a bread base using yeast so I used a scone base and it did not disappoint.

 

Pizza base

175g self raising flour

half teaspoon of baking powder

50g vegan spread

soya milk

herbs

onion powder (optional)

salt and pepper

sieve flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, add the herbs and onion powder, salt and pepper, rub in the vegan spread until you have crumbs and add enough milk to make a dough.

Get a baking tray and line with parchment paper, spray with oil and add rolled out dough. pop in a medium oven for 15 minutes.

Tomato Sauce

1 can of tomatoes

1 chopped small onion

1 garlic clove

herbs

1 teaspoon of maple syrup

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of oil

Add oil and onions to a saucepan and cook until soft, then add the tomatoes, garlic, herbs and maple syrup. Reduce the sauce over a medium heat the test the seasoning.

Topping

large cup of blanched broccoli sliced

small onion sliced

half a pepper sliced or chopped

Cup of mushrooms sliced

Some artichokes, olives and sundries tomatoes in oil

Violife Cheese or any other vegan cheese

Basil leaves

salt and pepper

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Make the pizza by spreading some tomato sauce onto the base then add the vegetables and top with the Violife cheese. Place in the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 2o minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.

Mexican style vegan black bean stew

imageWith all these ingredients it could only be vegan black bean stew with tacos. So easy to make but packed with loads of flavour and texture.

Black Bean Stew

1 can of black beans

1 onion chopped

1 carrot chopped

1 stick of celery chopped

large handful of mushrooms sliced

half a yellow pepper chopped

handful of mini sweetcorn sliced

3 garlic cloves crushed

1 red chilli chopped

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of coriander

salt and pepper

spray of oil

taco shells

Violife cheese sliced

spray pan with oil and cooked onions, carrots and celery for 5 minutes then add mushrooms, peppers, sweetcorn, garlic, and spices. cook for a further five minutes then add tomatoes and 2 cups of water, cook slowly over a low heat for twenty minutes. Season to taste.

While the stew is cooking make the side dishes

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 Salad

Shred some lettuce

chop up 2 spring onions, 2 tomatoes and 3 inches of cucumber adding salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime.

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Avocado cream

Mash 1 avocado and add lemon and salt.

Cashew sour cream

1 cup of cashews

1 and a half cups of water

Half a lemon

Salt and pepper

Add the water to the cashews and place in the microwave for 4 minutes. Allow to cool then add lemon and salt and pepper, blitz with a hand blender.

Place the taco shells into the oven for 4 minutes on a medium heat.

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load the plate and enjoy.

Creamy Smoked paprika and tomato soup with beetroot and apple cheese toast

This is a delicious filling soup that is made creamy by adding cashew cream at the end of cooking. I use tinned, sundries, pureed and fresh tomatoes for maximum tomato flavour. It’s so easy to make

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Creamy smoked paprika and tomato soup

2 onions chopped

2 carrots chopped

1 stick of celery chopped

3 garlic cloves chopped

2 chopped fresh tomatoes

5 chopped sundried tomatoes

2 tins of tomatoes

1 litre of vegetable stock

2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs

splash of balsamic vinegar

splash of maple syrup

salt and pepper to taste

splash of olive oil

fresh basil

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Cashew Cream

1 cup of cashews

1 and a half cups of water

Method

Fry onions, carrots and celery until soft, add herbs, all the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes then add stock. Simmer for 10 minutes then add the rest of the ingredients, taste and season.

Cashew cream – place cashew nuts and water into a jug and microwave for 4 minutes. Allow to cool then use a hand blender to make the cream

Add most of the cashew cream to the soup saving some to decorate.

Warm through and serve adding the left over cream and some fresh basil

Oh I forgot to say that this is a vegan soup, but please don’t be put off because of it, it really is a lovely nutritious soup that all the family will love. It’s my favourite soup, I’m sure you will agree once you try it.

One more thing if you have any soup left over it makes a fabulous sauce for pasta!!

 

I served beetroot and apple bread vegan cheese toastie with the soup.

The cheese is made by Violife and is a good alternative to cheese, they seem to be adding to the range of cheeses which is great for vegans or anyone who wants to cut down on fat.

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Vegan smoked tofu with Greek Salad

Vegan smoked paprika tofu with Greek salad _ a lovely fresh tasty meal. This was a very quick and easy meal to make using Tofoo Co organic smoked tofu which was marinated with cumin, smoked paprika, lemon, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Topped off with hummus and tahini lemon dressing.

This is probably the tastiest, nicest vegan meal I  have made since eating a plant based diet. It has been just over a year since I decided to try a plant based diet, I have been a vegetarian for nearly thirty years and only had to give up a few things. I imagined I would struggle to go without cheese but to be honest this has not been a problem. Violife produce a fantastic range of plant based cheeses, feta being one of my favourites. I have found it a little difficult when dining out but providing you telephone ahead restaurants will normally accommodate.