Lemon Poppy Seed Low Carb Bread

This bread is more like a rich moist cake. It’s yummy and filling. The recipe is from Colette Heimowitz Atkins Cookbook in the breakfast section.

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

My version of this bread had a few changes to accommodate our store cupboard. I didn’t have poppy seeds so I used black sesame …

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Raw pasta and spiralizers

Spiralized salads and pasta

As any regular reader will know, we are a bit into raw.

A while ago I did a post on the ”Raw Kitchen” in which there is a spiralizer.
(see this post)

A wonderful device, but a bit of a mission to get out and set up.

Mini Spiralizer

Recently we were at …

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Guacamole – raw and vegan


In a previous post I mentioned cheeseless snacks, and here is the promised guacamole recipe.



2 ripe avocados
1 large clove garlic
juice and pulp of 1 lemon (no pips)
salt to taste
chili flakes…

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More low carb breads

Almond and  Ricotta (low carb) bread

Back on the low carb trail. Here are two low carb bread recipes which my wife Karen has just tried. They were both tasty and filling.

For more low carb and meat free recipes go to the recipes home page on – this link.

Almond and Ricotta Bread:


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More Low Carb

Vegetarian patties

Well – Karen has numerous low carb vegetarian cookbooks it would appear.

Spent some time browsing them and found a lovely recipe for vegetarian burgers or patties.
I replaced the ordinary green beans with edamami beans, to improve the protein content.
The origi…

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Soy burgers

Homemade Soy Burgers

We visited a friend a while ago for a braai (barbeque), and he produced the most wondeful vegetarian burgers!
“Where did you buy these?” we asked.
” I made them” said Paul.
We were most impressed as they were very tasty, and I have to say, a lot better than the usual store-bo…

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Chickpea Hummus

Chickpea Hummus




Chickpea Hummus

As promised, here is Karen’s chickpea hummus recipe. Never really sure of the correct spelling for ‘hummus’, but that close enough.

Chickpea hummus ingredients


1 tin chickpeas, rinse…

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Eating aboard - Healthy green smoothie

Healthy green smoothie for breakfast

Eating raw, vegan and healthy aboard is a challenge in a number of ways, but the one thing that actually makes it easier is we do not have an oven.

We have an electric hob, but to operate that we need to run a generator. So we gravitate to raw meals.

We have…

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Vegan cheeze

Karen’s vegan cheeze

I must apologize for not posting for a while!

Karen and I are on the European inland waterways on our motor cruiser Shangri La,
on a trip from Netherlands to France.

I am somewhat preoccupied with running the boat and all that goes with such a voyage.

Read about our boating here

Galley (kitchen) on board

However, the boat has a well equipped galley (kitchen) and Karen has been producing the most amazing vegan food.

We have been wanting to make vegan cheeze for a while now, and Karen has done it!

Here is Karen’s guest post on this –

Vegan cheeze

The thing about vegan cheeze is well, why bother. Cheese is highly addictive with casomorphins
And it tastes so good.
Cheese is a big hurdle for wannabe vegans. It was a tough one for us. We were told that we would get over cheese but I never believed it for a second.
But you actually do get over cheese. I think eating cheese is a habit. Not helped by the fact that there is so much of it in food all around us.
Once we started buying alternative things to eat – veggie pates, hummus, other bean dips, guacamole, salsas, pestos, tapenades, etc cheese
kind of dropped from our minds.

We do try vegan cheeze substitutes when we find them. They are unfortunately very expensive. I’ve been wanting to make a vegan cheeze and
my first attempt was a bit of a flop. This attempt was a whole lot better. And I made it on the boat – no less.
We had Internet at one of the stops and I watched this video
Anja shows exactly how to make this cheeze and what texture to expect.

Her key tips are – Simmer don’t boil the cheese.
Cook the Agar-Agar for a full 10 minutes to make sure it’s activated and will set.
And get it in the moulds pronto as it sets while you are pouring it

Tricky ingredients like Agar-Agar and Miso are available from most Asian food shops or Health Food shops.

Her recipe is written underneath her You Tube video. I was careful to follow it more or less but I made a few tiny tweaks to accommodate what I had on the boat.

Here’s the recipe –

1/2 C Soaked Cashew nuts/Macadamia nuts
3 Tablespoons Almond flour/Ground almonds
1 + 1/2 C Soy milk
3 Tablespoons Mild flavoured vegetable oil
1 Tablespoons Lemon juice/Apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons Miso paste – any colour or kind

1 Teaspoon Vegetable stock powder/Onion powder
1/2 Teaspoon White pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan salt

2 Tablespoons Agar-Agar soaking in 3/4 C boiling water for 10 minutes

I also added –
2 Tablespoons Nutritional yeast
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric

You can add other flavours. Think along the lines of Garlic powder, Dried herbs, Liquid smoke, Smoked salt, Smoked paprika, Tomato paste, Mustard, Beer, Tamari, Soy sauce.

Here’s how you make it –

Boil the kettle and soak the Agar-Agar for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile mix all the other ingredients and blend until smooth. I only have a stick blender on the boat and it worked fine. Check the taste and add more flavourings or salt if needed.
Add the Agar-Agar to the cheese mixture, and again, blend well.

Now add the mixture to a pot and bring it to a simmer.
Do not let it burn or boil.
Keep it at a simmer for 10 minutes stirring constantly and scraping down the sides of the pot.
After 10 minutes, remove pot from heat and quickly pour into a heat proof mold. Allow to cool at room temperature and then place in the refrigerator.

So the question you may ask – is it like cheese? I don’t think so. But I like it. The closest I can compare it to is a really firm savoury mousse. It slices nicely. The flavours are up to you. You can add more or less of what you like.

Vegan cheeze on bread

It’s perfect for a cracker biscuit or a slice of bread. With some pickles or a relish? Maybe mustard or vegan mayo and a slice of tomato? I loved this particular cheeze but I’m definitely going to try different flavours.

And it packs a protein punch with nuts and soy milk as the main ingredeints – which is always handy for vegans.

Thanks to Karen – and it was absolutely delicious!

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On the move again

Vegetarian ‘fry-up’

Karen (my vegetarian wife) and I are back in Scotland again.

This time we have taken a flat of our own rather than sharing or staying in hotels.
So we can cook again!

We are amazed at the selection of vegetarian products available in the supermarkets here.

From vegetarian …

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Travelling vegan

  Sometimes it’s hard to be vegan! I must apologize for not posting for ages! I seem to spend a lot of time travelling or working and not being anywhere near a kitchen. At the moment I am in Azerbaijan, in Baku, working. Not the touristy nice bit of Baku!... read more
Raw vegan chocolate

Raw vegan chocolate

Being vegan certainly does not mean giving up chocolate! In fact raw vegan chocolate is more delicious than if made with dairy. Well I think so anyway. And this homemade vegan chocolate is very easy to make.   We served these chocolates after the meal with the... read more
Vegan Quiche

Vegan Quiche

Vegan Quiche So here is our recipe for the courgette vegan quiche that we served as a main course for the first run of our vegan underground restaurant. See the last post.   We had been trying to make a good vegan quiche for a while. Some (non vegan) friends... read more
Vegan underground restaurant

Vegan underground restaurant

Karen and I have always dreamed of hosting a vegan underground restaurant in our home. Where did this daft idea come from then? Long before we discovered raw and vegan food, we always enjoyed having dinner parties at home and entertaining with food. I just love being... read more
Raspberry cheezecake – Raw and vegan

Raspberry cheezecake – Raw and vegan

Raspberry cheezecake – Raw and vegan Karen found this Raspberry Cheezcake recipe in a recent local Good Housekeeping magazine. It is so encouraging to find more and more vegan food available, as well as vegan recipes in all sorts of lifestyle magazines. In fact... read more
Chocolate Brownies – Raw and Vegan

Chocolate Brownies – Raw and Vegan

Chocolate Brownies – Raw and Vegan Any regular reader will probably know I am rather fond of the tasty raw tarts and cheezecakes that can be made. Chocolate Brownies are another delicious dessert that can be raw and vegan. Karen and I have tried a few other... read more
Amazing Aloe – Great superfood

Amazing Aloe – Great superfood

Aloe is our very own local superfood here in Cape Town/South Africa.   They are hardy and easy to grow. Our one is doing wonderfully, in a pot on the patio. There are two types – the Vera and Ferox varieties. Ours is apparently Ferox. I use a couple of... read more
Raw vegan cheezecake

Raw vegan cheezecake

One of my favourite discoveries in raw food are the absolutely amazing raw vegan cheezecakes or tarts. Everybody seems to love them, so here is the easiest one to make – Pineapple Cheezecake. The original recipe is from Natalie and Noel’s “Easy... read more
Green Juice

Green Juice

Raw Green Juice: There is nothing like starting the day with a fresh healthy Green Juice, so I thought it appropriate to start off my 2016 blogs with a green juice mixture. It’s also a fresh start from another aspect – I have just changed my blog platform... read more
BLT – Vegan Version

BLT – Vegan Version

BLT – Vegan Version At last a vegan version of the BLT (Bacon lettuce and tomato) sandwich! Back at home in our wonderful kitchen at last! We have had a wonderful time travelling but making healthy food and blogging has not been easy, and I must apologize for... read more

About Me

I have always loved cooking and entertaining. I met my wife in 1998 and she has been a lacto-ovo-vegetarian since 1981. Over 30 years now.




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