I thought I would keep these recipes separate, as they need no adjusting to make them suitable for people following a vegan diet. Many of the other recipes on this site can be easily tweaked, making them vegan-friendly. Over time, I will incorporate the tweaks in those that are suitable and add them to this page. When we decided to go vegan for January, I was determined that we would have delicious fresh food and that dinner would be just as much of an occasion as it is when we eat meat, fish, eggs or cheese. We don’t generally eat many puddings or cakes, but I will try to include a few treats, particularly as we have a few birthdays in January – that shouldn’t be a problem since apples, pears, pomegranates, quinces and oranges of all variety are in the markets right now, and there are even a few late plums on the shelf in our local greengrocer.
None of the vegan recipes on this site require any special ingredients or gadgets – they are all made from everyday vegetables, nuts, pulses, seeds and fruits. I do use almond, soy, rice or oat milk (here in Turkey, availability of such things is a bit of a lottery), and I occasionally grind up flax seeds to make a binder to replace the eggs in fritters or cakes. I also save the juice from tins of beans or chickpeas and freeze it in ice-cube trays to use in place of egg whites – a very useful item. But you won’t find nutritional yeast, 100-ways-with-tofu or ‘pretend meat’ made from mushrooms or soya – of course these things can be a useful source of nutrients for those who have adopted a permanent vegan lifestyle, but they are not for me.
Some of the recipes are my own, others have been collected from newspapers, magazines, websites and other media. Where the recipes are not my own, I try to include a link to the original.
Soups and stocks
Creamy cauliflower & leek soup
‘Creamy’ tomato and roasted red pepper soup
Moroccan spiced carrot & lentil soup
Pea, courgette & mint soup
Really good vegetable stock
Roasted sweet potato & butternut squash soup
Slow-roasted tomato and red pepper soup
Smoky Puy lentil & bean soup
Spicy tomato, kale and bean soup
Spring vegetable soup
Thai-spiced pumpkin and coconut soup
Cakes and baking
Autumn apple cake
Carrot, banana & apple muffins
Chocolate banana marble cake
Chocolate, pecan & cardamom cookies
Lemon berry celebration sponge cake
Wickedly sticky ginger pumpkin cake