The media is full of articles at the moment about the trend for clean eating and the proven health benefits of adopting a plant-based diet.
While it seems the number of people following a strict vegan lifestyle has only increased slightly in recent years, there are certainly more people (not just celebrities!) introducing vegetarian or vegan dishes and snacks in their diet. Supermarkets are gradually catching on and giving more prominence to vegan alternatives in their stores, which is great news.
One of the things I find myself eating more of since I turned vegan is seeds. I love them! They go with so many things – you can brighten up salads, add a bit of crunch to humous on toast, toss them through pasta, eat them straight out of the jar…
Friends keep asking me for the recipe for my savoury, spicy seed mix that they see me sprinkling liberally onto every dish (I’m totally addicted!), so here it is:
Spicy seed mix
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
7 tsp soy sauce
4 tsp agave nectar
3 tsp sunflower oil
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp smoked paprika
- Dry fry the seeds in a large frying pan for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently to stop them catching
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour them over the seeds with the heat still on
- Stir continuously for 2 minutes until they’re toasted and golden
- Store them in an air-tight glass jar and enjoy!
Let us know, what snacks do you have a weakness for?
Gin and elderflower raw tarts
I’m so excited to be launching my new raw tarts next week, flavoured with gin and elderflower. They taste amazing and will soon be available to order on the website. You’ll also be able to taste them at my forthcoming food markets on 17-18 June, first at Bournemouth Vegan Festival then at Bridport Food Festival.
In the meantime, I’ll be rubbing shoulders with TV chefs Nadiya Hussain and James Martin this weekend at Longleat’s first food festival, which takes place from 10-11 June between 10am and 6pm.
See you there!