A Vegan and Vegetarian Family Life - On Land and At Sea

Recipes and Tales from my Kitchen in Somerset and my Galley off the Jurassic Coast

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Vegan Sausage Rolls

Perfect Christmas Canapés

My recipe for vegan sausage rolls sees crisp, flaky, puff pastry filled with chestnuts, mushrooms, red wine and herbs, your kitchen will smell like Christmas! These deliciously moreish little mouthfuls are perfect as Christmas canapés, popped into lunch boxes, nibbled at picnics or simply curled up in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a good book.

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On Turning 50 and Pressing the Blogging Reset Button

Well Hello, how have you been? Goodness, I’ve missed you! For a mixture of reasons I haven’t written here for the last three months and it has felt very strange. I could just leap back in with a new recipe, a sailing update or a seasonal craft but first I’m going to indulge in a little recap of the last few months and an explanation for my absence from my little home on the internet.

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FoodSaver Fresh Preservation System- Review

I’m sure most of us are aware of how much food we waste every week, salad leaves which were crisp on Monday and limp by Wednesday, soft fruit bought too close to a sell by date which turns into some strange fluffy creature in the fridge overnight, packet herbs which we use once and don’t get around to using again until they’ve gone all dry and mouldy.

7 million tonnes of food is wasted per annum in the UK and according to the waste and recycling advisory body, reported in The Guardian, 4.4m tonnes of that is avoidable, it is food which could be eaten. While I try really hard to use up the food we buy I still find myself adding things to the compost bin which really should be in our tummies. This is why I am delighted to have been asked to try out the Foodsaver Fresh Preservation System.

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Vegan Sausage Rolls – Mini Chestnut Sausage Rolls

Right, after my last post where I cleared my head a bit (and so many of you were very lovely indeed, thank you!), it's time to roll my sleeves up and dive back in. Those of you who have been reading for a while will know that I have a bit of an addiction to all things...

Easy Vegan Egg Fried Rice with Cauldron Marinated Tofu Pieces

This easy vegan egg fried rice has become a firm favourite with both Bonus Boy and me and we can't wait to share it with his oldest brother when he returns from Tokyo next week! It's super simple to make because we used Cauldron's ready marinated tofu pieces which...

Marinated Mushrooms with Cumin Croutons and Watercress

Watercress season is in full swing here in the UK and I can't get enough of it! I love its peppery taste and its crispy crunch, it's a brilliant ingredient and a wonderful backdrop for so many dishes - it works particularly well with these marinated mushrooms topped...

Grilled Plums with Mint Couscous and Almonds

My plum tree looks like it is actually going to produce more than one little plum this year and I'm very excited about it - I will be able to make these Grilled Plums with Mint Couscous with my own, home produced fruit! We planted a mini orchard two years ago - a...

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How to Make a Leaf Bowl – Fall Craft

If you are anything like my children and me you will return home from crisp sunny walks, as the days grow shorter and the shadows grow longer, with huge bunches of beautiful leaves in glorious shades and this leaf bowl project is a lovely way to preserve and use them up!

How to Make Paper Pom Poms

Thinly Spread, along with several other European children's activities blogs, is taking part in the fabulous Countdown to Christmas organised by Cerys at Rainy Day Mum. Every Monday for the next four weeks will have a different theme which we will all be interpreting...

Autumn Leaf Wreath – Easy Fall Leaf Crafts

Today I bring you a simple and beautiful homemade autumn leaf wreath, if you collected autumn leaves as I suggested in my previous post and pressed them, you're all ready to go! If you didn't, you'd better pop on your wellies and get out there right now! This week we...

A Small Selection of Travels and Trips. Read More Adventure Stories Here.

Sailing Life – Studland, Swimming and My Kitchen on Board!

Today I'm sharing a bit of our sailing life, which I haven't done here for AGES and, oooh, exciting things are afoot! We were chitter chattering over a glass or two of chilled white a few weeks ago and the upshot was that we have decided the time has come to sell our...

Food Lovers Visit Dorset

Living where Somerset meets both Dorset and Wiltshire means that I am spoilt for choice with local food producers, farmer's markets and - of course - Frome's own utterly fabulous monthly Independent Market. I love knowing exactly where my food comes from, and try to...

Cruising on Island Princess – Sea Days and Surprises

When I told people that Mr TS and I were going on a cruise they raised their eyebrows while looking me up and down and doing that thing people do with their mouths which says ‘You?! Are you sure?!’ without any words actually coming out. So – did we enjoy it? Yes, we did and this is why!

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5 Duvet Day Essentials or ‘How to Enjoy a Day in Bed’!

When Slumberdown got in touch with me to ask if I would like a duvet day now that my older ones have headed off to far flung places it struck me that I am now a parent to two who've left, one 16 year old and a 10 year old and those early morning wake ups have...

How to Design a Kitchen – Second Time Around

We moved into our large and rambling home 16 years ago and we've spent the intervening years renovating it and raising our four children. We have, in all honesty, spent more time with the children than we have on the house and have now reached the point where the...

Patio Garden Makeover – Moving On

My kitchen has windows at both ends, the garden wraps around the house and in the summer the sliding doors from the sunroom/dining room are always open. Over the last 15 years children have run in and out with muddy boots or sandy feet, showing me a pebble which...

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