12 November 2022

Roasted Chipotle Squash with Hummus

It's pumpkin (or squash) season! Carnival squash tossed in chipotle paste, roasted until golden & crisp, served on a bed of silky white bean hummus with a bright & herby dressing.

My favourite style of cooking is layered dishes with multiple components, flavours and textures, it brings all the senses to life and I just find it so much more enjoyable. This dish has beautifully roasted carnival squash in a smoky chipotle marinade, with a base of silky white bean hummus. The real star of the show is the herby dressing - combining parlsey, dill, coriander, and mint, with pistachios for crunch, dates for sweetness, a pinch of sumac and a good glug of tangy red wine vinegar and peppery extra virgin olive oil. It perfectly compliments the smoky, sweet squash and nutty, silky hummus.

23 October 2022

Vegan in Dubrovnik | Croatia

This year I've been making more of an effort to do new things, visit new places, be more spontaneous and live a little more outside my comfort zone; I've tried wakeboarding, paddle boarding, surfing a couple of times and have visited multiple countries too. I went on a solo trip to Chania, Crete in the summer and it reignited the travel bug in me; followed by a work social to Cascai, Portugal in early September and I'm well and truly in love with travel once again. Most recently I took a trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia with my mum - it was the fastest I've ever decided where I'm going and booked a trip, from the idea of going away to having it booked within 3 hours, but that's what made it even more exciting. I absolutely love travelling with my mum, we have really similar travelling styles, always both carrying our cameras, are eager to explore on foot and she's also vegan too (I wonder where I get it from?) - it was such a fantastic trip and I can't wait for the next one. 

Croatia is one of the most beautiful European countries, a quick search will return pictures of turquoise blue coastlines, historic buildings, islands and plenty of greenery, and it truly lived up to the magic. There's a very broad range of cuisine influences in Croatia due to its history; largely Mediterranean with dishes like black risotto, homemade pasta, and stews, traditionally very high in fish and meat, but despite this, we were able to find some great vegan dishes during our stay in Dubrovnik.

We spent 8 days in Dubrovnik, explored the surrounding areas, visited an Island and even had a day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, it was filled with some exploring, relaxing, eating and a myriad of steep stairs leading up and down to the walls of the city - which makes for a fantastic walk with a stunning aerial view of the city centre and coast.

20 September 2022

Instant Pot Rice Pudding with Caramelised Pineapple

Creamy spiced rice pudding made with coconut milk and raisins, topped with caramelised pineapple, toasted nuts and black sesame seeds - not too sweet, making it great for both breakfast, as a porridge alternative, or as a dessert. With warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, this is a deliciously warming dish to help you transition from summer to autumn. I topped mine with pineapple, but you could also caramelise banana, apples, pears, or any stone fruit. 

If you haven't had rice pudding, or didn't really enjoy it growing up, you've got to give this recipe a go. This is far from a typical rice pudding that you might have had in the UK; infused with warming spices and coconut milk for a super creamy and flavourful rice pudding served warm and topped with juicy caramelised pineapple for contrast and brightness. It's so incredibly delicious and bound to be your new favourite.

29 August 2022

Instant Pot Persian Style Rice

Fluffy basmati rice, aromatic and lightly spiced, with a pinch of saffron and assorted with julienned carrots and courgettes, button mushrooms, dried fruit and crunchy pinenuts. It's got a fantastic base umami flavour from the mushrooms and saffron, with pops of acidic sweetness from the dried fruit that just bring the dish together. The fresh parsley and pomegranate to garnish perfectly brighten and round off the dish.

The inspiration for this rice came from a dish I ate in Chania, Crete in a restaurant called Tamam. It had a mix of authentic Greek and Middle Eastern dishes on the menu and their Iranian rice dish was incredibly delicious and so memorable. My recreation of this dish is cooked in the instant pot, for perfectly fluffy saffron rice.

24 July 2022

Vegan in Chania, Crete | Greece

I recently visited Chania in Crete, Crete is the largest Greek island and is one of about 200 that are inhabited. This holiday was a solo trip and it was one of the best holidays of my life; from incredible food and wine, beautiful beaches, mountains, sunsets, fascinating history, incredible architecture and some fantastic people I met along the way, this trip will be truly unforgettable.

The incredible thing about Cretian, or even Greek food is how vegan-friendly it is. So many of the dishes are accidentally vegan or can easily be adapted and it's centered around locally grown and seasonal ingredients and plenty of fresh herbs and olive oil. So in this blog, I'm going to share with you the food I ate in Chania, some dishes that you can try if you visit, and a few restaurant recommendations, as well as my tips for finding the best restaurants and some fun things to do in Chania! I hope you get comfy and enjoy the read, but I've also included a quick guide below with all the highlights.