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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Easy Vegan Falafel

You can make these easy vegan falafels and bake them in the oven if you want the healthy option but I am writing this post in deepest, darkest, coldest January and I want comfort food! My falafel were shallow fried in sunflower oil and drained on a clean tea towel to absorb any excess oil before nuzzling inside a warm pitta pocket. I added some crisp salad leaves, juicy tomato and a drizzle of tahini dressing and tried to take photographs as Bonus Boy circled me, impatiently – he’d already had his lunch, I wasn’t starving him, he’d just smelled cumin and onions wafting through the house and knew what that must mean – SECOND LUNCH!

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Latest Bake

Vegan Chocolate Orange Muffins, light and fluffy, sumptuous and pillowy, rich and indulgent – everything we are told vegan food is not!

These gorgeous double chocolate cupcakes make me gasp every time I take a batch out of the oven, I’m still amazed that vegan cakes rise just as much as egg based cakes do! They are delicately flavoured with tangerine marmalade and loaded with chocolate chips and they are utterly delicious!

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Vegan Chocolate Orange Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Orange Muffins, light and fluffy, sumptuous and pillowy, rich and indulgent - everything we are told vegan food is not! These gorgeous double chocolate cupcakes make me gasp every time I take a batch out of the oven, I'm still amazed that vegan cakes...

Easy Vegan Falafels – Simple Vegan Comfort Food

You can make these easy vegan falafels and bake them in the oven if you want the healthy option but I am writing this post in deepest, darkest, coldest January and I want comfort food! My falafel were shallow fried in sunflower oil and drained on a clean tea towel to...

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How to Make Candles in Seashells

We spend the long days of summer sailing and we have returned from our adventures with our pockets and backpacks, as usual, stuffed full of beach finds. We have sun bleached driftwood and handfuls of slippery seaweed. We have opaque, smooth edged sea glass and pebbles full of crafty promise but, more than anything else, we have lots and lots of beautiful shells. This easy tutorial will show you how to make candles in seashells.

How to Make Paper Flowers – Paper Hyacinths

Making paper flowers is such a fabulous craft for both kids and grown ups and these glorious paper hyacinths are a fantastic way to welcome in the Spring! Goodness, don't those colours zing?! We're a bit obsessed with making paper flowers at the moment and with half...

Autumnal Fall Crafts for Kids – The Cone Liberation Front

I suspect one or two of you may fall in love with these fabulous Fall crafts for kids (did you see what I did there?!) There is, without doubt, a whiff of autumn in the air. The days of mellow fruitfulness and abundant harvest. We have already gathered blackberries,...

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Reducing Food Waste at Home

You may remember that I have partnered up with FoodSaver Fresh to test out their system over a prolonged period of time rather than an "I tried it once and it's Fab' review which is no use to anyone quite frankly. I've written two posts already a 'First Impressions'...

There Little Monkeys – Review and Giveaway!

Three Little Monkeys by Quentin Blake, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, comes out in paperback today! It comes with a CD of the story read by Olivia Coleman and I have TWO copies of the book with CD to give away - read on to find out why I think you need a copy...

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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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