Since my teen of loveliness embraced veganism, I have risen to the challenge of simple, quickish and wholesome non-dairy meals! Not too much of a challenge, for a 20-odd year non-meat-eater, but a massive deal for this dairy-phile!
1) Chop an onion, a leek, and a tiny butternut squash (it needn't be tiny. Just we grew ours. They're small, but mighty flavoursome!) Soften them all with a wee bit of garlic in your favourite kind of pan and a bit of your choice of oil on a medium heat - I like to chuck a nut oil in for a bit of extra protein. Probably all in the mind, but hey. Add any other veg you fancy - a grated courgette is my top tip for texture enhancement. Also add some herbs/spices - I used a good desert spoon of za'atar and some salt and pepper.
2) While that lot's softening, boil the backbone out of a handful or so of dried mung beans, and separately boil potatoes for mashing. (I tried this method of post-boil peeling. It really really works - just run them under cold water before you pull the skin off. Unless you have asbestos fingers, then you'll be ok.)
3) When your veg are soft, add a stock cube and a tin of tomatoes, then rinse the tin by half filling with water and swooshing around, then pour the water into your pan. (Clean tin for recycling, extra tomato goodness in your dinner, less water wastage - winwinwin!)
4) Chuck in a tin of cannellini beans, and your soft mung beans. Stir. Chuck into a 4-person oven dish.
5) Peel and mash cooked spuds, with a wee bit of olive oil. Throw that on your bean-mixture.
6) Chuck it in the oven - or under the grill if you're in a hurry and don't mind the smoke alarm going off. Or is that just MY grill?) to brown.
Hello! Ever promise yourself you're going to explore something, but never ever give yourself time to do it? That's me! So I set aside the whole of this afternoon to play with fabric paints! Here's how it's going so far!
I'm using a couple of different types of fabric paint - Setacolour Opaque and Dylon fabric paints - both available at Homecrafts (oh how I love Homecrafts!). The fabric is from there, too, its quite thin but before I make it into a bag I'll be lining it, so I think it'll be ok - it certainly takes the paint really well. I've mixed colours of my own using various combinations of the paints - they cross-breed quite happily I've found. Both require ironing to 'set'. This little 'Robin on Aliums' will be finished using some free-motion embroidery, and maybe some beads, ribbons and fabric scraps...watch this space!
I lost track of time! Sorry ladies, I'm shocking for getting side-tracked...
BUT I have now, finally, taken the draw, as shown in this little collage...
So congratulations Sarah MacCall! I'll be emailing you shortly with details on how to claim your prize :)
To the rest of you - I'll be sending you an email to, to thank you personally for coming over to enter, and to offer you a little something too!
Did you know that in a few days, you will no longer be able to grab free plastic bags when you go shopping? It's a great move, and one I've been hoping for for a really long time from an environmental point of view. And it sneaked up on me - I didn't realise it was so close until my friends at UpCycled.London gave me the heads up! Thanks guys! Luckily I was already busy making these re-usable bags...
So, I want to help you out by giving away one of these little beauties! Just comment below, and I'll pick a winner a week from today - on the 9th of October 2015. The winner will receive their choice of shopper. Simple! Good luck and lots of love. Tor x
I buy pretty fabrics and make stuff...