Taking a brief sojourn from food-related hubs, here is an account of my ascent into punk rock, and the positive and lasting effects it has had on me.
Vegan pizza is a thing. Having worked for years in a busy pizza restaurant, I became adept at baking them. I have since turned my hand to making delicious vegan versions, with a wide variety of toppings on a thin crispy base.
From mung bean hummus to smoky eggplant dip, vegans have the spreads and dips market cornered.
There are many myths surrounding vegans and their protein requirements. Here I list a typical day's intake for me, followed by three great protein-rich recipes, as well as some words on the subject from a doctor.
Four vegan breakfast recipes: overnight oats, sweet French toast with fruit, savoury French toast with sausage, and a tofu scramble burrito.
When the oven gives up the ghost, there's no need to give up tasty bread. We have roti, chapati, leavened flatbread, Irish soda bread farls and singing hinnies.
Mashed potato is the mainstay of these three vegan dishes: shepherd's pie, aloo bonda and colcannon.
There are many varieties of vegan soup that are tasty, filling and nutritious. Here are three hearty recipes of old favourites, potato and leek, spicy butternut squash and creamy celery,
With a vegan quarter-pound burger on the plate, alongside fried baby potatoes, a side dish is all that is required for a great meal. Here are three recipes that fit the bill: ratatouille, creamed corn and Brussels sprouts Creole.
When the results of my annual health review revealed high cholesterol, high blood pressure and pre-diabetes, my future looked to be one of constant medication and worsening health. I had read that a whole food plant-based diet could reverse such diseases, so I tried it - with remarkable results.
A vegan version of the full English breakfast could never be described as healthy, but the wherewithal is available to make a tasty and filling version of this construction workers' favourite.
Vegan cannelloni without eggs, milk or meat is a bit of a challenge, but the results are tasty and filling.
Peanut butter cups, cinnamon rolls and oat flapjacks are easy to make, go perfectly with coffee and are 100% vegan.
This article shows that vegan pastry dishes are right up there with the best. Whether sweet or savoury, pastries are one of life's great comfort foods. That mixture of flour, fat and liquid is the basis of many a mouthwatering meal.
We can barely walk down a supermarket aisle these days without some form of meat substitute staring at us from the shelves. For many people, these offer a tasty way to cook dinner, whatever their motivation. Here are three completely different ways with meat substitutes
Fresh fruit and vegetables are the mainstay of a heathy vegan diet. But we can give them a nutritional boost. Here are five ways to get the best from your fruit and vegetables
There are more nutrients in potato skins than in the potato inside. Here are three ways to get those nutrients, and a word of caution.
When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I thought the road to full diabetes was inevitable, until I remembered seeing videos by doctors who claimed a whole food plant-based vegan diet can arrest or even reverse diabetes. I made the switch and reversed my pre-diabetes.
Giving up dairy doesn't mean giving up creamy. There are many ways to add creaminess to dishes without using dairy products. Here are three very different recipes, each of which has a different base.
Here are three recipes that showcase the range of flavours and textures of vegetable fritters: one of life's great comfort foods. Banana fritters, tempura mushrooms and onion bhajis.
I gave up veganism in the late 1980s. Isolation and poor availability of staples like soya milk and vegan margarine made it difficult to pursue. Fast-forward to 2017, and the whole vegan landscape had changed for the better. Here is an account of my two vegan journeys.
These four vegan pasta sauce recipes are made up of arrabbiata and aglio e olio, and those same sauces with additions to make new versions.
Risotto aficionados may baulk at the thought of their favourite dish being prepared with anything other than carnaroli or arborio rice, but other grains can work very well. Here are three versions of vegan risotto, each made with a different base ingredient.
My love affair with chilli really began when I sampled some made by my (then) girlfriend's mother, who had lived in Texas. Here's a recipe for a vegan version, and some cornbread to have with it.
The range of vegan burgers available today is vastly wider than it was in my younger days. Here is an account of how I witnessed the veggie burger develop, from packet mixes we combined with water, to the realistic burgers of today that 'bleed' while cooking.
Lentils are a most versatile soup ingredient, and their high protein content makes them ideal for vegans. Here are three very different soup recipes that showcase that tiny orange legume.
All vegans encounter the eternal question, "But what do you eat?" In this article I'll show some of the foods I eat regularly, one day's total intake, and a brief review.
Inspired by an episode of "Seinfeld," I tried my hand at a calzone pizza made with eggplant filling. It was very tasty, and I've shared the recipe here.
Giving up dairy means saying goodbye to tea with milk. Many people adapt to using plant-based alternatives in their beverages, but others branch out into the wide world of herbal infusions. Some do struggle, but there are plenty of alternatives out there.
A Buddha bowl is a balanced combination of food elements; grain, protein, vegetable, dressing and topping, all of which combine to make a nutritious meal. These healthy bowls are enjoying a wave of popularity at the moment, and they are particularly favoured by vegans.
Here are some simple recipes for vegan khichdi (khichri) and a topping of fried onion sambal. Also, learn how to make a bowl out of bread for an unusual serving receptacle.
With hummus now widely available in supermarkets, is it better than what I used to make in my youth? I put it to the test.
Home-baked garlic bread is a delicious accompaniment to many a pasta sauce, but it can be enjoyed on its own as well. Here's how to make it like they do in a pizza shop, as well as a few suggested additions.
This hearty vegan minestrone is packed with healthy vegetables. The beans and pasta make it a substantial meal in itself.
Red lentils are one of the most versatile foods in the vegan store cupboard. High in protein and fibre but low in fat, they have an advantage over other pulses in that they do not require pre-soaking. This recipe makes a rich sauce that goes perfectly with pasta.