Coriander potato cakes

These are a cheap but tasty way of using up potatoes, either as a starter or a meal on it’s own. I first had these when I worked as a support worker in the community. One of the Mum’s who originally came from India fried these up and would give me many in foil, despite me saying I was OK for food! (What is it with the Mum instinct and wanting to feed everyone within their radius?! )


450g Potatoes (I used white variety but sweet and purple would also work)
2 egg yolks
75g grated cheese
2-3 spring onions
handful of fresh, chopped coriander

Boil the potatoes until soft. Drain and mash the potatoes. Add the egg yolks (save the whites for meringue, recipe coming later!), cheese, chopped spring onions and chopped coriander. Mix together, then form small patties, fry in a medium heat frying pan until brown and crisp on the outside. Serve and enjoy!


Journeying to Berlin

Apologies for the gap in posts, I have been on my holidays! I went for a nice city break to Berlin, and man I have never eaten so well. Everywhere you look in Berlin there are restaurants and cafe’s for all tastes catering for veggies and vegans! In this post I will show you my favourite places I ate at.

First up is Ishin. As soon as you sit down you are brought a complementary cup of warm green tea. The veggie and vegan options are limited but it was by far the best sushi I had ever eaten! Here is the pickled butternut squash and avocado nori rolls. I also had a side of wakame and sesame salad.

Next up is Rembrandt Burger. They have a good selection of omni, vegetarian and vegan burgers. You can customise them with your choice of fries (I had sweet potato) and a variety of toppings (including avocado!). The service was amazing, they managed to find us a space to sit even though they were full. Here I had the halloumi burger with avocado and sweet potato fries with ketchup and mayo.

Next up is Cupcake Berlin. They do a wide variety of vegan cupcakes and brownies, some are also gluten free. They also do hot drinks and milkshakes. Here I had a chocolate and peanut butter cupcake, my boyfriend had an oreo cupcake. Delicious they were too!

Vietnamese food is very popular in Berlin and many of the Vietnamese restaurants are vegetarian/ vegan. I visited Buddha’s Kitchen. Here I had the tofu and veg rolls to start and the Vietnamese satay curry for main, both were absolutely delicious!

No visit of Berlin would be complete without currywurst. The best news is that there is a vegan option at Curry At The Wall they also cook the vegan bratwurst separately from the meat!  Like the name suggests it is close to a remaining piece of the Berlin wall still stood in the street today.

Special mention goes to the German’s love of cola mixed with orange, and it actually tastes nice. This Mezzo Mix is the coca cola branded version, but old east German brand Vita Cola also does a version too.

Broccoli Pesto

This is a quick, cheap way to liven up your pasta. The recipe makes plenty of pesto, I like to divide it up into potions and freeze to make quick meals when I am time poor.


1 head of broccoli
1 clove of garlic
3 Tbs pine nuts
5 Tbs oil (Olive oil if you have it but sunflower oil or vegetable oil also works)


Cut the broccoli into florets and add to a pan with salted, boiling water Cook until tender. Drain then set aside to cool.

Mince and fry off the garlic, then leave to the side to cool.

In a dry pan, toast the pine nuts.

Add the ingredients together and blend until a smooth pesto is formed. Season with salt and pepper.

Add to cooked pasta, I also like to add a few capers to the pasta and pesto for extra flavour.

African Style Peanut Stew

I love this meal, it is tasty easy to make and filling. I serve with brown easy cook rice


2 heaped desert spoons of crunchy peanut butter
1 heaped tsp tomato puree
1 tsp chili flakes
1 small white onion
1 clove garlic
300ml vegetable stock
500g sweet potatoes
50g kale


Chop up the onion and garlic.
Add a little oil to a frying pan and put the onions and garlic into fry until the onions turn translucent.
Add the peanut butter and chilli flakes to cook for 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel and chop up the sweet potatoes.
Add the sweet potatoes, stock and tomato puree.
Simmer until the sweet potatoes start to become tender then add the kale.
The sauce will thicken as it cooks, if it becomes too thick you can add more water to loosen it up.
Once cooked serve with boiled rice.

Echo Friendly Period: Cloth Pads and Menstrual Cups

Like many councils, my local authority has reduced my bin collection to once every three weeks! I recycle as much as possible but have been looking for more ways to reduce what I put in my black bin.
After being caught short one day with my period showing up out of the blue and having to rush to the shop to pick up some sanitary towels, I wondered if there were re-usable options.
After some online research, I discovered cloth panty liners and pads! They are washable, come in pretty designs and last on average for five years!
As long as you soak them properly they will not stain and become more absorbent the more you wash them! Some women have even reported that their periods have become lighter and less painful following the switch to cloth pads.
I have also purchased myself a Si-bell menstrual cup. Moon cup is probably the most well known brand, but Si-bell cups are softer and good if you have a sensitive bladder. I do have a sensitive bladder, a firm cup means I can’t pee! The cups are also re-usable, just remember to wash them thoroughly and sterilise them using a sterilising tablet before use!
If you wish to learn more about re-usable menstrual wear I recommend Youtube channel Precious Star Pads Bree is only 16 years old and knows more about periods and re-usable protection than most people twice her age! She is full of useful information and tips on picking and caring for your pads and cups.

Tried and Tested: Considerit Chocolate Cream Egg

Considerit cream egg’s are the perfect treat this Easter! They are dairy free so vegan friendly and hand made. They are made with dark Belgian chocolate and have a yummy gooey fondant centre. The chocolate is a very pleasant dark chocolate, but not overly bitter and goes well with the fondant centre. It does taste very much like a dark chocolate cream egg and went down a treat with a cuppa.

These tasty eggs are £1.90 for one or three for £5 and are available now from Considerit Chocolate.