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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Simple Fabric Spring Wreath

We’re in that mad space twixt winter and spring when the weather can change in a blink and I am forever going out in The Wrong Clothes. Sailing is currently a very blustery experience indeed and I am longing for long, lazy days in the sunshine just drifting along and recharging. The year seems to be galloping away, mainly because there are a lot of things afoot chez Thinly Spread just now, and I can’t believe that Easter is just around the corner already! I took some time out of the chaos to make this simple fabric wreath, it was a therapeutic way to pass a morning and I am absolutely delighted with the result!

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The Best Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake

This fudge cake has already converted several people to veganism and stopped a few more in their tracks – it is simple to make, contains nothing weird or difficult to get hold of and it tastes divine. Yes, you can have your vegan cake and eat it! It will make you question everything you think you know about baking, you will ask things like ‘what are the eggs in baking actually for?’

The Best Vegan Fudge Cake in the World is light and fluffy, it is indulgent and utterly delicious and perfect for your vegan Valentine.

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Vegan Valentine – Beetroot Soup with Coconut Hearts

This Beetroot Soup with Coconut Hearts and Seeded Soda Bread is too good not to share with your vegan valentine! I don't really 'do' Valentine's Day - there is no card swapping or gift giving - but I do like an excuse to pretty up food and remind Mr TS just how much I...

The Best Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake

With Valentine's Day tiptoeing towards us, and my daughter's 18th birthday falling two days before it, it is time to share this - this, my friends, is The Best Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake in the world. This fudge cake has already converted several people to veganism...

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...

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...

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Simple Fabric Wreath for Spring

We're in that mad space twixt winter and spring when the weather can change in a blink and I am forever going out in The Wrong Clothes. Sailing is currently a very blustery experience indeed and I am longing for long, lazy days in the sunshine just drifting along and...

How To Make Paper Roses

Easy Paper Roses for your love or for you! Today is my daughter's fifteenth birthday, I brought her home on 14th February 2000 so it seems very appropriate that most of us are going to see her perform in Romeo and Juliet this evening - my Valentine's baby! In her...

What to Make with Polystyrene Easter Eggs – Fabric Mâché

My daughter and I spent a happy hour making fabric mâché baubles at Christmas so it seemed to be a natural progression to do the same at Easter! This time we used polystyrene Easter eggs and raided our fabric stash to make these beauties. They really couldn't be...

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Food Myths and Facts

So today I'm pondering food myths and facts - you know the ones, things like: Myth: Eat Your Oranges, Vitamin C Stops a Cold Mr TS always says this whenever one of us has a sniffle and no matter how often I say "That's nonsense, shut up and stop being annoying", his...

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'...

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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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