Something green for Monday – hanging out in the Aloe Vera

Star Wars Lego figures hide in an aloe Vera last

I love making little scenes up with Lego figures and potted plants are such a cool place to do them. It makes me smile every time I look at these little guys hanging out in the Aloe Vera.

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Something green for Monday – furry and velvety

Green mosses are taking over a wall

Luscious green mosses are taking over the section of wall.


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What’s in my veg bag? The Jerusalem Artichoke week

Experience has led me to be suspicious of Jerusalem Artichokes. A friend gave me a bagful some years ago and I made soup with them. The after effects meant I was cautious in my consumption. Happily I still love cabbage, carrots, beetroot and leek.


The big Sunday night dinner

A Tofurky roast had been defrosted and it was going to be eaten Friday, then Saturday and finally got cooked and served on Sunday night with potato and Jerusalem artichoke mash and carrots. It was worth the wait!

My lovely lunchbox

This was the perfect lunch – filling but not so filling I wanted to doze all afternoon. Homemade marmite oatcakes, homemade chilli hummus and some white cabbage leaves and beetroot slices. A wonderful mix of flavours, colours and textures.

Pancakes for Valentine’s Day

I love pancakes so I filled these with leeks and mushrooms in a creamy cashew sauce to make them even tastier.

Burger with purple coleslaw


I love the lilac colour of this coleslaw made with red cabbage, spring onions and carrots. It tasted great; the perfect mix of creamy and crunchy.

Yet more purple coleslaw…

this time in a sandwich with fried homemade tofu and beetroot slices. This was very messy to eat but so good.

So purple food – yes. Jerusalem Artichokes – not so much. Anyone got a great receipe for the latter?

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Something green for Monday – teapots

My green tea pots. A smaller teapot for fast brews and a bigger enamelled tin teapot for brewing big pots of green tea and for travelling.

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What’s in my veg box? Carrot hot dogs!

I was pretty excited about this week's vegetables. I love leeks, hadn't done anything with swede for ages and had suddenly decided the time had come to make carrot hot dogs!

Veg box content of cabbage, leeks, swede, potatoes, carrots and salad leaves

Pasta with cabbage and miso

Pasta with cabbage, miso and cashew cheese
This is was so easy to do and left plenty of time for preparing myself for Monday morning. Just cook pasta, chuck shredded cabbage in for the last few minutes and then stir in miso (and a spoonful of cashew cheese). Add black pepper and serve.
Roast swede and leek risotto
Roast swede and leek risotto with salad leaves
Roast swede and leek risotto being cooked,
I love risotto and keep hoping I'll have leftovers for lunch but instead the whole lot just gets eaten. Rissotto also allows for reading while allowing the rice and vegetables to cook in stock.
Lunchbox – Potato pizza and carrots
Lunch container with raw carrot and pizza with a potato base

I get a big bag of potatoes delivered every Monday from the (soy) milk man. I've been experimenting with making potato cakes and suddenly had the revelation that I could also use the dough for pizza base. It worked out great and was perfect for my lunch box.


Carrot hot dogs with paprika fries

Carrot hot dogs in rolls with paprika wedges

Who would guess that if you par boil carrots and then marinade in a vinegar, soy sauce and smoke mixture they taste just like hot dogs? Or that they are incredibly filling (it must be the fibre)? Total win and can't wait to try these on a barbecue.

Parsnip Satay noodles

Lunch container of parsnip satay noodles

I intended to make soup with a bit of spice to cut through the sweetness of roast parsnip. So I chucked the parsnips in a pan with garlic, onion, stock, soy sauce, peanut butter and chilli oil. Blended up it looked lovely. The noodles absorbed excess liquid and left me with noodles coated in this sweet, tangy sauce. It was good hot and cold so a future lunch box option.

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Something green for Monday – the Den Destroyer tshirt

Green is the colour of my new tshirt. I dropped by the Den at 23 for lunch on Sunday. Because eating is essential and fun. Also the food is excellent. While I was there I collected my Den Destroyer tshirt  and am proudly displaying my ability to eat!

The awesome green 'I defeated the Den Destroyer Colchester 2016' tshirt

Just what is the Den Destroyer Challenge?

Back at the start of November I took up a challenge. I attempted to eat the Den Destroyer burger in less than 30 minutes. This massive vegan burger included multiple burgers, hash browns, onion rings, vegan cheeses and deli meats and  gerkins. It also came with a side of fries. This was a massive plateful of food. The mightiness of this delight will never be forgotten now that immortality on a tshirt has been achieved. Did I mention it was delicious?

Knowing my passion for all things green, Jen and Rob at The Den at 23 got me a challenge tshirt in my favourite hue.

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What’s in my veg bag? Beetroot, risotto and not enough lentils

Veg bag contents of spinach, carrots, celeriac, potatoes and Brussels sprouts

This week’s veg included my favourite vegetable Brussels Sprouts, my second favourite vegetable spinach and a selection fair sized carrots (no monster specimen though).

Rather random beetroot and lentil Dahl

Lentil and beetroot Dahl
This was a fantastic red colour and tasted ok. I made it with beetroot, garlic, ginger, lentils and various spices. It would have been better with more red lentils rather than the handful in the end of a jar that I made do with. Served with flatbreads(rolled thicker than usual for a softer cosy texture).

Potato salad lunch box

I swear that under the thick costing of home made mayonnaise there are a load of beans. They must be camera shy! This was a tasty lunch of boiled potatoes mixed with home made vegan Mayo mixed with a can of well rinsed bean salad, raw spinach, raw carrots and raw beetroot. Then I drizzled the latter with a little chill oil.

Celeriac risotto

Celeriac risotto
I started to make this following a recipe from a Cole and Abel cookbook. Then having to read the recipe all the way through in advance I got to the bot about adding bacon and some creamy cheesy stuff. So I improvised my way through the rest chucking in spinach and nutritional yeast. This recipe doesn’t really highlight the delicate flavour of celeriac. However it did taste good and has inspired me to make more risotto.

Pasty, mash and Brussels Sprouts

Pasty filled with beefless chunks and carrots in a mustard gravy, celeriac mash and Brussels Sprouts
This was an awesome dinner. I had sesame soy pastry in the freezer so filled it with carrots and beefless chunks and mustard gravy. Then I served with celeriac mash and my favourite veg.

Lazy Saturday dinner

Lazy Saturday dinner of sourdough toast, beetroot and cashew cheese

This was wonderful for a delicious and lazy Saturday night dinner. Sourdough toast served with cashew cheese and raw beetroot.

Beetroot might be edging towards appearing in my favourite vegetable list!

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Something green for Monday – the peach tree


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What’s in my veg bag? – less is more

This week's bag contained Calvo Nero, squash, Savoy cabbage, parsnip, onions, potatoes and carrots including giant carrot Betty at the bottom of the photo below.

Usually I like showcase one or two vegetables in each dish but a busy week lead to me making dishes with a variety of vegetables that I could eat over several days rather than cooking every night.

Veg bag contents Calvo Nero, carrots, parsnip, squash, onions, potatoes, Savoy cabbage
Is it Burn's night?
Vegan dinner with sausages, fried cabbage, punk rock chickpea gravy and 'clapshot',U.K.
Enthused by the clapshot I'd enjoyed at Henderson's in Edinburgh last January I decided to make my own. I only bothered to look up a recipe after I'd cooked my own made with a combination of potato, carrot and parsnip. Turns out it's supposed to be potato and swede. It tasted good and was less heavy than just potato. Served with pan fried cabbage, Vegetarian Coice sausages and punk rock chickpea gravy from the Vegan With a vengance cookbook.
Creamy curry udon
Udon noddles with squash, Calvo Nero, onions and curry sauce

Roast squash cooked with home made curry sauce and onions then mixed with udon noodles and Calvo Nero. Creamy, warming and very filling. I also roasted the seeds from the squash and munched those while cooking this (but failed to take a photo).


Another photo fail was a carrot soup which was ok but would have benefitted from being a tad smoother and maybe adding some butter beans. Next week maybe?


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Something green for Monday – Matcha latte


A deliciously green matcha latte which I recently enjoyed at The Den on Crouch Street. Like a fancy coffee, only calmer.


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