Category Archives: Recipes

Onion Bhajis and Coconut Riata


  • Onions
  • Chilli powder
  • Salt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Fresh coriander, chopped
  • Cumin seeds and powder
  • Freshly grated ginger
  • Gram flour
  • Water
  • Vegetable or rapeseed oil for frying


  1. Mix all ingredients into a thick batter.
  2. Drop large spoonfuls of the batter into hot oil until golden brown.

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  • Alpro or Coco yoghurt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Chopped coriander


  1. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
  2. Leave in fridge to chill.

Recipe: Tanu


Dorset Apple Cake


  • 9oz self-raising flour
  • (2tsp baking powder, only if using plain flour instead)
  • 4oz margarine
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 3oz sugar
  • 2 chopped, peeled and cored apples
  • 2oz slivered almonds (or more to taste and extra to sprinkle)
  • Soya (or similar) milk
  • 2tsp vanilla extract

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  1. Rub the flour and margarine together.
  2. Stir in the salt, sugar, apples and almonds.
  3. Stir in enough milk to bind and make a moist dough.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and stir.
  5. Put in baking tin and sprinkle with sugar and almond slices.
  6. Bake at 180c for 45 minutes.

Recipe: Angie Winerbottom

No-Bake Choccie Biccie Cake

Makes approx. 15 pieces.


  • 225g (8oz) digestives, roughly crushed.
  • 85g (3oz) vegetable margarine.
  • 50g (2oz) golden syrup
  • 50g (2oz) sultanas or raisins
  • 25g (1oz) cherries, chopped
  • 25g (1oz) pecan nuts, chopped
  • 25g (1oz) dark chocolate chips
  • 225g (8oz) dark cooking chocolate
  • extra cherries and pecan nuts (optional for decoration)

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  1.  Melt the margarine and syrup together in a small saucepan.
  2.  In a large bowl, mix together the biscuits, sultanas or raisins, cherries, chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Pour the margarine and syrup mixture into the biscuit mixture and combine thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mixture into a small, greased baking tray and press down evenly into the corners. Place in the fridge to harden.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a small pan of water to the boil and turn the heat to the minimum setting.
  6. Place a bowl on top of the pan. Break the chocolate into the bowl and stir it until melted.
  7. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the baking tray. Decorate with nuts or cherries if desired and put back into the fridge to re-harden.
  8. Remove from fridge and cut into pieces.

Recipe: Martin Shaw Cooks Veggie

Vietnamese spring rolls, as demoed at the Incredible Festival of Ideas


Plate of delicious food at IFI
A plate of some of the wonderful food offered by volunteers at Todmorden Learning Centre. See top-left for a spring roll

Hilary demonstrated how to make Vietnamese spring rolls at the Incredible Festival of Ideas future of food event. They are very easy to make, healthy and tasty. You can experiment with different fillings as you wish.


  • Rice wrappers
  • Thin batons of carrot, cucumber and peppers
  • Beansprouts or cooked thin rice noodles.
  • Chopped coriander
  • Thin strips of tofu
  • Soy sauce / chilli sauce etc


Rice wrappers can be small or large, square or round and can be bought from Asian / Chinese shops or the lady selling Chinese food on Todmorden market.

Tofu should be marinated in soy sauce beforehand or cooked ’til crisp.

  1. Soak wrappers, one at a time, in a shallow bowl of water until just soft enough to roll.
  2. Put wrapper on a dry surface and place strips of tufu, veg, herbs and noodles etc in a small pile in the centre, lower half, of the wrapper.
  3. Roll wrapper from the bottom, folding sides in as you go and press firmly to seal at the top.
  4. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with a dip of choice … soy sauce, chili sauce, tahini sauce etc.

Experiment with different fillings and sauces. Better still, watch this video!!

Cauliflower Tabbouleh (GF)

Serves four as a side dish


• 1 medium onion (Lidl 7p)
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or more to taste. (Can use ‘Jif Squeezy Lemon’ but that is more expensive than a fresh lemon, comes in plastic packaging and contains preservative.) (Lidl fresh lemon 20p)
• 2 tablespoons oil – olive oil best but not essential (Lidl 9p)
• 1 teaspoon salt or tablespoon of shoyu (Note shoyu is not GF) (2p)
• 1/2 large head of cauliflower (Lidl 48p)
• Large bunch of fresh parsley or two tablespoons of dried parsley (3 packets of Lidl fresh cut parsley £2.01)
• Fresh mint leaves (half the quantity of parsley) or one tablespoon of dried mint (2 packets of Lidl fresh cut mint £1.34)
• NOTE – I used fresh lovage from my garden instead of parsley and mint for the demonstration.
• Optional – 3 fresh tomatoes (Lidl fresh tomatoes 48p)
• Optional – 6 pieces of sun dried tomatoes soaked in water for 30 minutes (don’t soak if bought in oil).


1. Finely chop the onion and transfer to a large bowl
2. Juice the lemon and add to the onion along with oil and salt/shoyu. Stir thoroughly and leave to marinade while carrying out the next steps.
3. Slice and chop the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces but it still works if the cauliflower pieces are bigger. If you have a food processor, a quick spin of florets (big chunks) of cauliflower will reduce them to rice-sized pieces easily.
4. Finely chop the fresh herbs.
5. If using fresh tomatoes, quarter and then cut in half again.
6. If using sun dried tomatoes, drain and slice into strips or smaller chunks.
7. Thoroughly mix cauliflower, herbs (and tomatoes if using) with the marinaded onion.
8. Tastes even better if prepared a few hours in advance.
9. Leftovers will keep for a day or two.


• 29 calories per serving
• excellent source of vitamin C.
• very good source of vitamin K and folate
• good source of vitamin B6 and potassium
• anti-cancer properties
• fairly high level of antioxidant phytonutrients
Contains vitamin A, K, C, and E, thiamin,riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12,pantothenic acid, choline, folates,calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese,phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and copper.


  • £0.86 with home-grown herbs but without tomatoes
  • £1.34 with home-grown herbs and supermarket tomatoes
  • £1.91 with dried parsley and mint from supermarket but without tomatoes
  • £2.39 with dried parsley, mint and tomatoes all from supermarket
  • £4.21 with fresh herbs bought in supermarket & without tomatoes
  • £4.69 with fresh herbs and tomatoes from supermarket

© Rob Baylis, 2018

Soup pot luck – a wide selection of flavours at low cost

On 2 October 2015 we showed the film Cowspiracy. In the interval, a selection of soups were offered to the audience, made by some of the volunteers in the group.

  • Minestrone
  • Broth
  • Garden vegetable
  • Spicy tortilla
  • Raw vegetable

Soup is one of the easiest vegan dishes to make, and it can go a very long way with very money. This broad selection covered various cuisines, such as Mexican, French and a raw dish (kept under 40°C to preserve the most nutrition).

Cowspiracy soup pot luck