Monday, 1 September 2014

Menu - September Harvest

As always on the first day of the month I am sharing with you the menu for the month ahead. But this month there will be more meals and ideas from the specials board as its also Vegan Mofo and I am hoping to post most days throughout September.

I hope the above gets your taste buds tingling but if not come back each day to see what else is being featured from the specials board. There may be quite a few courgette recipes popping up as my courgette plants are still producing lots of fruit!

Each recipe I share will include produce harvested from my garden alongside store cupboard or other bought ingredients. On occasion there may be a recipe using foraged produce too! If I had more time I would also like to provide the cost per portion and the nutritional values of each meal, but unfortunately I don't think time will allow, unless anyone out there can offer their services to calculate the nutritional values for me? Cheeky ;o)

I'll also give you some tips on how to grow the vegetable I am featuring or at least a little tale from its growing life, which will probably be dominated by stories about my battle against the little critters that I have trying to fend off!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Notice Board: Vegan Mofo 2014

It's that time again - Vegan Mofo!

Vegan Month of Food is where bloggers from all over the world join in and blog about vegan food for a month. Vegan Mofo as it is affectionately called was originally created on the Post Punk Kitchen website as a homage to National Novel Writing Month. The idea being that cooking gets in the way of writing novels so the two got combined and Vegan Mofo was born. 

The idea is to write at least 20 posts, about anything vegan food related. Last year I managed to write a post a day for the whole of September! I'm not promising that this year but I will try my best!

Last year my theme was "everything bean like" as I had a massive glut of beans in my garden. This year I've decided to keep the theme around what I have grown in my garden but not limit it to just beans! So my theme is called September Harvest. 

Each day I will choose a vegetable I have grown and is ready to harvest and cook with it. Simple! Or so it seems! If there is nothing ready for me to harvest, which I doubt, as I have a garden full of herbs, I will still try and write a post and instead of sharing a recipe I will share gardening tips.

So wish me luck and lets see how many days I can manage throughout September, place your bets please...........

Monday, 25 August 2014

Notice Board: I'm a finalist in the Great Vegan Bake Off!


As I turned on my computer this morning to check emails and catch up with my blogloving feed I was pleased as punch to read that I was through to the finals of the Great Vegan Bake Off! I know its only Monday but that has made my week already!

There are 10 fantastic finalists all with delicious looking cakes so I'm up against some tough competition. On the plus side I'm with some great company and I am chuffed to bits that the judges put my Raspberry Cake through to the finals.

If you could take a few minutes to vote for me I will be chuffed to bits. All you need to do is click here or the pink badge at the top and choose my Raspberry Cake from the drop down list (its the last one in the list). 

Thank you!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Stuffed Courgette

When I put my Monthly Menus together I have created recipes which help celebrate different food holidays or what fruit and vegetables I need to harvest from my small kitchen garden. I very rarely have a recipe waiting in the wings!

Even though I have had courgettes coming out of my ears I didn't get round to stuffing one until earlier this week. As usual it was a case of sitting in front of the fridge deciding on what needed eating up first to create the stuffing mixture.

I had a packet of Cauldron Falafels that were fast approaching their use by date, which I'd picked up with the intention of speedy work lunches but never got round to using them. So they needed to be the main ingredient in the stuffing. After scanning the fridge I also picked out a few ingredients that also needed eating up and this is what I came up with.

Ingredients - Serves 2 on their own or 4 as a side
2 Courgettes
1 red pepper
4 Celery sticks
1 large onion
6 mushrooms200g Falafels
1 Tsp Dried parsley
1 Tsp Garlic salt
1 Tsp Vegan Worcestershire sauce

To serve
Cooked spaghetti
Handfull Fresh basil, shredded
1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil


Finely dice the onion, red pepper and celery sticks.

Cut the courgettes length ways and scoop out the seeds. Put the two halves for each courgette back together and wrap in silver foil. Place in a moderate oven while you make the stuffing.

Fry the onion in a a little olive oil until translucent, add the red pepper and celery and saute for another 2 minutes.

Dice the mushrooms and add to the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the mushrooms have released their liquid.

Crumble the falafels into the pan and give everything a good stir to combine all the ingredients.

Add the parsley, garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce and give everything another good stir.

Remove the courgettes from the oven and unwrap, careful they will be hot! Spoon the stuffing mixture into the courgette troughs and pat down so the mixture is compact. Return to the oven on a baking tray for another 15 minutes or until the courgettes are cooked.

To serve toss the spaghetti in the extra virgin olive oil and shredded basil and sit the courgette halves on top.