Recipe: Baked Black-eyed Beans

I work at the local vegan coffee shop, The Kind Grind, and for the past month we’ve been tinkering with our menu. We’re a coffee shop so we’re keeping it simple but bringing in more quality ingredients and home made touches.

These beans might just be my favourite part of the new menu. They appear in the ‘Big V’, our vegan cooked breakfast, or on a slice of sourdough for fancy beans on toast.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 400g can of tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 2 teaspoon of coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 400g can of black eyed beans

And to serve:

  • Four slices of sourdough toast
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • About a tablespoon of chopped parsley

Put the chopped tomatoes in a blender along with all of the spices, liquid smoke and salt. Add 200ml of water and blend.

Add the beans and the tomato mix into a saucepan and cook on a low-medium heat for 45 minutes. Taste to check the seasoning. You might need a bit more salt, or smoke.

To serve, drizzle the olive oil over the toast and spoon on the beans. Sprinkle over the parsley and enjoy.

Recipe: Curry Rice (Vegan Mofo 2018)

Today’s theme for Vegan Mofo is Emoji Inspired. It’s a pretty good opportunity to dust off my recipe for Curry Rice.

with emoji

When I started my adventure in Japanese-style curry I was following this recipe from Just Hungry. What sold me on it was the description: “The best way to describe it is probably to say it’s like a English style stew with curry.” So I thought it would be something like a more filling version of chip shop curry. Which it is. I love it.

Along the way I’ve made plenty of adjustments. To start with I took the meat out. Today we’ve used a seitan but I also like to use cubes of fried tofu. This has the side effect of making the dish quicker to cook.

I also like to muck around with the veg. We eat this curry fairly regularly between autumn and spring, often to use up the last of the root veg in our Riverford Box. I’ve used carrot, squash, sweet potato, swede, turnip… anything really. It’s a really good clean-out-the-fridge meal. I also sometimes use edamame instead of peas, just because Kate likes them better.

curry mix

And finally I do use blocks of Japanese curry, instead of making my own roux. I like S&B because you can find it practically everywhere now (or order from Japan Centre) but I use double the amount. After all this is my Cheating English Lady’s Japanese Curry.


(serves 2)

  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can of tomatoes, blended
  • One cup of assorted mixed root veggies, diced
  • Two squares of S&B Golden Curry
  • Half a cup of diced beef-style seitan or cubes of deep fried tofu or more veggies
  • Half a cup of peas or edamame
  • Rice to serve

Brown the onion in oil over a medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds or so.

Add the tomatoes into the pan. Toss in the root veggies, curry and around 1 1/2 cups of water.


Cook until the vegetables are done. This will be around 20-30 minutes depending on what veggies you put in and how done you like them (Kate prefers hers mushy and textureless but I’m doing the cooking so…)

Add the seitan or tofu and the peas or edamame and cook for a further 5 minutes or so until they are heated through.

Serve with rice.



Recipe: hot chocolate dessert

Today is the Late Summer Bank Holiday in England and Wales. The phrase ‘late summer’ might give you visions of evenings on the beach, putting on a fleece as the sun sets and the air starts to cool. However, as any Brit will tell you, bank holidays mean awful weather. That doesn’t stop half the population waiting for hours in traffic though, as they optimistically head to the coast on Friday and disappointedly head home on Monday. I’d rather stay at home with some warm comfort food, like this simple hot chocolate dessert.



  • 20g cocoa power
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 200ml oat milk
  • 20g cornflour
  • 20ml water


Put the cocoa powder, caster sugar, and oat milk in a saucepan, whisk together, and place over a medium heat.

Put the cornflour and water in a small bowl and stir to make a thin paste, known as a ‘slack’.

Pour the slack into the saucepan. The heat will cause the cornflour to thicken the dessert, so whisk it continuously to avoid the bottom layer thickening first.

Once it has thickened to the point that the whisk leaves faint trails, pour the dessert into a bowl to serve.

Recipe: Coronation Chickpeas

Okay so this recipe leans so heavily on the chickpea salad recipe from Vegan For Everybody that it’s practically the same thing. But it’s not. Their curried variation just has some extra curry powder and some raisins. Not enough for me. My variation is a bit more like the cheap coronation chicken sandwich filling of my youth. If you’re feeling fancy pants you can always use dried cranberries rather than raisins. They brighten things up a bit.


2 cups cooked chickpeas

1/2 cup vegan mayo

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon curry powder

2 teaspoon mango chutney

2 tablespoon raisins or cranberries


In a blender combine 3/4 cup of chickpeas with the mayo, water, curry powder and mango chutney. Blend until mostly smooth.


Add in the rest of the chickpeas and pulse two or three times, leaving the chickpeas in fairly large chunks.

Poor mix into a bowl and stir in the dried fruit and a pinch or two of pepper. You are ready to make a sandwich. Or wrap. Enjoy.

Recipe: Vegan Scones

Scones, anyone?

Vegan food is constantly changing and evolving. New products are launched all the time, creative cooks are coming up with new methods, and an entire community is buzzing with fresh new ideas. One product that’s been a huge game changer for us is oat milk. I’m not just saying that because I work in a coffee shop: oat milk is also a fantastic addition to the vegan baker’s arsenal. I first read about the effect of oat milk in baked goods in the America’s Test Kitchen book Vegan For Everybody. They take advantage of the sugars in oat milk to give baked goods a lovely brown colour. These scones use oat milk both in the dough and brushed on top to make them look golden brown and delicious. This is another recipe updated and brought across from our old blog.


(for about 12 medium sized scones)

450g plain flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
100g margarine (we use Vitalite)
200ml oat milk + a few tablespoons more for brushing the tops
50g sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and line a tray with baking parchment.

Mix the plain flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Break up the margarine into teaspoon sized amounts and place in the bowl. Rub into the flour until you get a loose, crumb-like consistency.


Mix in the sugar and 200ml of milk, stirring together until it forms a dough.

Tip the dough onto your work surface and pat down until a couple of inches thick. Use a circular cutter (or the top of a glass) to cut out the scones. Keep going until you have used up all of your remaining dough.

cutting out
Cutting out

Pop the scones on the baking tray and brush over the remaining oat milk.

Cook for 20 minutes, until golden on top.



Recipe: Oregano and Lemon Chicken wraps with Linda McCartney Pulled Chicken

I was thinking up ways to turn a bag of Linda McCartney Pulled Chicken into lunch other than making tacos. I decided that this time I’d go a little Mediterranean and use seasoning inspired by Greek food. Although we used wraps this time this would also make a great stuffing for pita breads or even those folded flatbread thingies. Add in the salad of your choice — here we’ve gone for rocket — and you’ve got yourself lunch. This recipe makes enough filling for two.


1 teaspoon olive oil

1 clove of garlic crushed

2 teaspoon dried oregano

Half a bag of Linda McCartney Pulled Chicken

A pinch of salt

Juice of half a lemon

A wrap and some salad, to serve

Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the garlic when hot. When the aroma of the garlic is released, after about 30 seconds or so, add the chicken and a pinch of salt.

Cook for four minutes, stirring every now and then to prevent sticking.

Add the lemon juice and a tablespoon of water to help plump up the chicken. Cook for a further three minutes.

Wrap it all up.