A 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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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 boat!

But, while we still have her, I want to share some of our summer sailing adventures on Chiron both as a record for us and because so many of you have shown an interest in her and in our adventures over the years!

Come and see what we got up to and how we cooled down last weekend, take a video tour of my galley to see how I cook for 6 on board and find out what we plan to do next.

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Three Grain Salad with a Roasted Pepper Dressing

All this sunshine has my head spinning with summery food ideas – et voila, Three Grain Salad with a Roasted Pepper Dressing!

I love grain salads, they are filling without being bloating, tick lots of nutritional boxes and (this is the  important bit) they taste delicious! This one contains wheat grain, pearled spelt and brown rice along with some lovely crunchy vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs all dressed with garlic oil and served with a simple roasted pepper sauce.

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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...

Avocado and Asparagus Salad with A Lemony Caper Dressing

Quick, QUICK! Grab the last of the English asparagus and make this avocado and asparagus salad! Doesn't it look pretty in these Portmeirion Crazy Daisy Tea Cups? With the crazy hot weather we've been having here in the UK this week I've been desperate to avoid too...

30 Recipes for The Ultimate Vegetarian Barbecue

All this hot weather brings my neighbours out of hibernation and, before you know it, there is a waft of burning meat drifting over the garden wall. I like to respond by sending the delicious aromas of a vegetarian barbecue to assail their nostrils and get them...

Rustic Somerset Cider and Apple Tart

My home is perched atop a hill in Frome, one of Somerset's finest market towns, while my boat is moored in Dorset which, as a foodie, means that I am living in one of the best parts of the world! My home base of Somerset is probably best known for cheddar cheese and...

Wild Rice and Asparagus Salad with Lemon Thyme and Sumac

I'm whispering this in case I jinx it - but we appear to be heading into the UK late spring bank holiday weekend with the sun shining here in Somerset! This calls for salad and, as it's May, it calls for asparagus because everything needs asparagus during its short,...

Beetroot and Millet Burgers with Dill Yoghurt

I do like a good vegan burger with a bit of substance and lots of flavour - something which will hold together in a bun rather than crumbling or squishing out all over the place - and these Beetroot and Millet Burgers do the job very well indeed! Millet is one of...

Barley Risotto with a Spring Zing!

I'm writing this really quickly as I'm desperate to get outside into the spring sunshine which is blazing through my attic windows! It's been four long weeks since I managed to sit here long enough to share a recipe with you, mainly due to work away from my blog, and...

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Fabergé Pumpkins for a Blinging Halloween!

Fabergé Pumpkins! Isn't that a perfect title?! I get totally over excited when the squashes start appearing in the shops towards the end of September, I just can't resist them. I grabbed a ridiculous number of cute little munchkin pumpkins to add to curries, to stuff...

How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

I think it’s time for a little Halloween crafting, don’t you? These fabric pumpkins are so easy to make, look fabulous piled up in a squashy heap (see what I did there?) and can be added to year after year. Even fairly small children can have a go at making them …

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!

Halloween Crafts – Mason Jar Lanterns

Halloween in my house is an excuse to get ALL the candles out and start the sparkle and these mason jar lanterns seem like a good place to start. I've lost count of the number of  lanterns we've made over the years, they appear in the Spring, at Easter, Halloween and...

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...

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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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