Monday, 8 April 2019

Falafel in Pitta

Falafel in pitta bread with salad
There are falafel recipes all over the internet, so there's not much point in this one, especially as it isn't vegan. But if you're not vegan, the egg makes it much easier to handle, and it's really tasty. I've been making these for so many years that I've got no recollection of where the recipe came from, but I'm sure I've accidentally modified it over the years. It uses tinned chickpeas for ease and lack of forward planning, and is closely related to my vegetarian sausage recipe.

Brexit 1975

Brexit has totally taken over politics, it's depressing and confusing and I can't think of anything to say about it which won't turn into nonsense by this evening.

So I suggest listening to this fascinating 15 minute piece which was on Radio 4 this afternoon. It's about the last time there was a brexit referendum, in 1975. The parallels are kind of unsurprising, but remarkable all the same:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00040m0

Tagliatelle with Mushroom

Quick tagliatelle with mushroom in a cream sauceIt feels as though summer is round the corner. Well maybe not so much today, but yesterday was nice. So instead of soup, here's a simple pasta dish which doesn't involve a tin of tomatoes, and is really quick and easy to make. It will serve two as a lunch or light supper. Add garlic bread if you want something a little more substantial.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Easy Vegetarian Onion Gravy

Easy Vegetarian GravyI've always been disappointed by vegetarian gravy. The instant stuff is just full of chemicals and tastes like it; other recipes I've tried are either tasteless or taste of Marmite, which I don't really like. So a while ago I thought I'd set myself the task of making nice gravy, combining a few ideas I found on the internet. This is my easy vegetarian onion gravy recipe; I hope you like onions!

Brexit - Labour's fault?

Apparently, there's a journalistic convention that, if the headline ends with a question mark, the answer to the question is "no". So no, the labour party aren't responsible for brexit, and the full-sized cock-up which it has become. Not directly anyway. But their contribution deserves closer scrutiny.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Vegetarian Sausages

Vegetarian sausages made with chickpeasI've never been a fan of meat substitutes; not when I was a full-time vegetarian and not now. I know there are lots of people who eat them, some because they are vegan or vegetarian for ethical reasons, some who just like them. But I prefer to eat food which tastes of the things it is made from, and not food which is factory processed to taste like something else. Having said that though, sometimes I just fancy sausages, mash, peas and gravy.

The Migrant Crisis - Echoes of prohibition?

Apparently the UK is in the grip of a "migrant crisis". Although, with apologies for linking to Sky News, 230 people attempting to cross the channel during December can hardly be considered significant in a country of around 66,000,000 people. Neither can it really be considered significant when compared with the 130,000 children in the UK who were forced to spend Christmas with no permanent home.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Minestrone Soup

Vegetarian minestrone soup for a cold dayIt's cold outside, the trains are too expensive to go anywhere and anyway Christmas has worn us all out. What you need is a nice warming soup full of vegetables. This is the way I make minestrone soup; it's vegetarian, possibly vegan and gluten-free (check the stock; use gluten-free pasta) and makes easily enough for four people, or you can freeze the leftovers. If you do, reheat it gently but make sure it's boiling before you serve it.

Rail Fare Increases - a disaster for the environment

The increase in UK rail fares is in the news today, including the astonishing claim by the transport secretary that the increase is due to the trade unions. How dare ordinary people working on the railways expect a reasonable pay increase? Nothing to do with the management of the railway or the government, and notwithstanding the fact that the fare increases are based on the rate of inflation, apparently this is all the fault of the ordinary worker.

Eating Less Meat - Why and How

For the sake of our health those of us in rich countries need to eat less meat.
For the sake of the climate those of us in rich countries need to eat less meat.

Raising animals for meat consumption is an inefficient process which causes significant harm through the emission of large amounts of greenhouse gasses, whilst at the same time reducing the amount of land available for other uses.