Roasted tomato soup with red pepper and basil (vegan)

Vegan tomato and basil soup recipe

 

It’s soup season and right on cue the kiddies and I have all come down with horrible colds! Whether you are needing some wholesome sustenance or a hot bowl of goodness to chase away the chills (or the germs!), this vegan tomato and red pepper soup with fresh basil is bound to do the trick.

 

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Butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets with rosemary shortcrust

Butternut and brie tartlets with cranberries and shortcrust pastry

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (hint hint) and this week I am teaming up with Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts to bring you two brand new recipes to spoil your mum with this Sunday. Today we are starting off with something savoury in the form of these rustic butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets with rosemary shortcrust pastry… ooh la la!

 

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Mushrooms on griddled polenta with pecorino

Grilled polenta squares with mushrooms and pecorino.

 

So here’s the story, and I wonder how many of you can relate?  I love breakfast, and I always make sure the cupboard is stocked with one of my favourite healthy home made granolas (like this chocolate granola) so I never have think about what I am going to eat. Easy. Dinner is also not too much of a bother as I have a bunch of great recipes that I make regularly and I tend to have all of the ingredients on hand. But then there’s lunch… this is where my inspiration (and motivation) seems to wane and I never quite know what I feel like making. So I am always excited when I come across new and interesting ideas, like today’s recipe for mushrooms on griddled polenta with pecorino cheese.

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Cheesy roasted vegetable quiche (with video)

Crustless quiche recipe

 

Another Easter holiday has come and gone and I hope you had a lovely one! We managed to escape up the coast for a few days of beach bliss but it’s back to business now and the never ending lunch boxes, laundry and loaded inbox. (Take me back to the beach!) This is a wonderful, easy recipe if, like me, you are craving veggies and healthier meals after enjoying all of those Easter holiday treats! May I present my crustless roasted vegetable quiche.

 

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Easter lamb and vegetable platter

Easy Easter lamb recipe

 

This incredible lamb recipe comes from one of my favourite cookbooks, “Jamie’s 30 minute meals” by Jamie Oliver. It was a Christmas present from my lovely sister many years ago and I have used it often when I need week night supper inspiration. All of the recipes I have tried so far have worked really well but this easy lamb and vegetable platter really impressed me. It’s a simple recipe when you look it but it tastes incredible, and best of all you can have this gorgeous platter of food (it’s a feast, let’s be honest) in no time at all!

 

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Coconut Thai curry with chickpeas (vegan)

Thai vegetable curry with butternut

 

A few posts back I mentioned a fantastic new recipe book I had bought for myself. “Deliciously Ella” by Ella Woodward is a must have for your collection if you are following a vegan diet or simply looking for more plant-based inspiration when it comes to your meals. The book is filled with tons of tasty ideas and her recipes are simple and easy to follow  Although I have only had a chance to try a handful of her recipes this simple vegan Thai curry with chickpeas is definitely my favourite so far!

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Spinach and feta empanadas with red pepper sauce

Spinach empanadas with roasted red pepper sauce

 

Capetonians will be pleased to read that this post has nothing to do with the water crisis… argh, I said it! We are all a little bit obsessed right now you see, (one’s Facebook feed is enough to induce a severe case of hysteria!), and in uncertain times like these we could all do with a little comfort food. Like a golden pastry pocket that fits snugly in your hand, filled with a delicious cheesy spinach stuffing and dipped in a warming roasted red pepper sauce. I’ll take one! Or three…

 

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Easy beetroot crisps

Homemade beetroot crisps
I have been making an effort to buy more organic vegetables lately. Besides being good for the family I like the idea of supporting smaller, local farmers… and their produce is fantastic! To make life easier I order a weekly veggie bag which I collect from a nearby organic shop every Wednesday and the kids love unpacking it to see what goodies we have for the week ahead.

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