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 Bratwurst with Caramelised Beer Onions

Vegan Bratwurst?” I hear you cry, “What inspired that one?!” Well, this time last year our eldest was living in the heart of Berlin – recently crowned vegan capital of the world – and, oh my word, a German Christmas Market is the best thing to get a person into the festive spirit! I was so inspired by all the sounds, scents and flavours on offer so I created this delicious vegan bratwurst, topped with caramelised beer onions and mustard!

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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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Paddington Pop Up London!

What could be more perfect than Paddington at Christmas? The accident prone, marmalade sandwich loving bear is back in a brand new film just in time for the festive season, hoorah! Paddington has been a part of my life since I was a dot (anyone else remember the original TV series which came on for 5 minutes at the end of the day’s children’s broadcasting on the BBC?!) and he’s been an excellent role model for my children. His innocent outlook on the world, his curiosity and his kindness are such very splendid things. I love the way he makes world weary adults stop and think and his madcap antics just make me laugh out loud! We took a look at the new Paddington Pop Up London Collector’s Edition, a selection of activity books and the movie storybooks, this is what we thought.

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Vegan Bratwurst with Beer Caramelised Onions

I did it! I made the most delicious Vegan Bratwurst with Caramelised Beer Onions and Mustard... "Vegan Bratwurst?" I hear you cry, "What inspired that one?!" Well, this time last year our eldest was living in the heart of Berlin - recently crowned vegan capital of the...

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...

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Easy Grinch Christmas Baubles – 12 Days of Grinchmas!

Hoorah Hooray! It's a Grinchmas sort of a day! It is SIXTY years since 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' hit the shelves for the first time and it has become a must read Christmas book every year chez Thinly Spread - I'm pretty sure my daughter knows it off by heart!...

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...

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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...

Turning 50 and Pressing the 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...

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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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