Aubergine and Black Bean Stew

Aubergines seem to be a bit like marmite – some people like them and others can’t stand them. I believe that many of the people who dislike aubergines simply don’t know how to prepare them. They take a bit of time and patience because they need to get thoroughly cooked until mushy. If you don’t,…

Peanut Butter Chocolate

I wouldn’t go as far as saying that these chocolate chunks are healthy, but the recipe has very little sugar, and it will work with even less if that’s more to your taste. The peanut butter gives the chocolate a bit of body which I think many other home made chocolate recipes lack. This recipe…

Peanut Butter Lentil Dahl

I love lentils and peanut butter goes so well with them. The PB adds a bit of oomph to the flavours without making it all taste like peanuts either. This was heavenly. Ingredients: 1 tbsp of coconut oil 1 onion 2-3 cloves of garlic 1 tsp of ground ginger 0.5 tsp of each: cumin, turmeric,…

Courgette Chips

I found a bag of courgettes from the fridge that needed using. With a little help from my friend Google, I decided to try this recipe by Nadia Lim. This was pretty easy and very yummy. 500g courgettes 250ml almond meal 250ml finely grated cheese. The original recipe uses parmesan, but I sed mature cheddar…

Cashew Cheese

Ok if you actually eat cheese, this doesn’t really taste like cheese but I love this stuff. I use it as a spread on toast and crackers or as a sauce on just about everything. The special ingredient here is nutritional yeast. It’s used in vegan food to add that “cheesy” flavour to food and…

Life is a picnic

I recently bought a cookbook called Deliciously Ella. It’s vegan but I think finally I’ve discovered a veggie style of eating that is not just about substituting meat with cheese or tofu. The big idea is to prepare fairly simple little dishes and then compile them into a meal. One of the dishes is rice…

Cheesy Courgette Fritters

I spotted this recipe a few years ago from some veggie cook book, and it has stayed in our menu ever since. The original recipe only used courgettes, but I’ve added onion and mushrooms for some extra texture, as courgettes alone are quite watery and not very filling. The original recipe also suggested cooking the…

Homemade Exfoliating Scrubbers

Difficulty: Easy Makes: About 12 scrubbers Time: 30 mins + 30 minutes to set Stores for 6 months I just adore these little scrubbers. Usually you get your body scrub in a big pot, which probably sits in the edge of your bath tub for months. Each time you stick your hand in it, you add some…

Homemade Body Butter

Difficulty: Fairly easy Makes: 4 x 200ml pots Time: 1 hour + 5 hours for cooling Storage: 6-9 months   Ahh the body mousse, one of Peppy Galore’s most popular and most loved products. This handmade body butter version of the body mousse is wonderful for very dry skin or for any skin during the dull…

Homemade Diva Face Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin

Difficulty: Moderate Makes: 4 x 50ml pump bottles or jars Time: 1 hour Stores for 1 year If you’ve never made lotions before, then this may take a couple of attempts to get right. However, this is not rocket science so once you get the few basics right, it’s going to be pretty straight forward….

Handmade Body Buffer Bar

Level: Easy Makes: 1 large or 2 smaller bars Time: 15 mins for preparation + 1-2hrs to set Stores for 6-9 months At winter time the skin gets easily dry and dull, especially my legs tend to get really itchy and scaly. Not a good look. I created this body buffer bar to tackle just…

Homemade Facial Toner

Natural floral waters can be used to make lovely homemade facial toners. They contain all the wonderful skin loving properties of the flowers and herbs that were used to make them. Use floral water toners to finish your skin cleansing routine, to remove any remaining cleanser or makeup, and to calm and tone the skin. Many…