Tag: vegan

  • Sweet Potato and Aubergine curry

    Sweet Potato and Aubergine curry

    Last night’s meal. INGREDIENTS 1 large sweet potato – diced into medium cubes 1 aubergine – diced into medium cubes 1 onion – sliced thinly 5 cloves garlic – crushed 1 strong chili – chopped finely * 1″ ginger root – chopped/crushed * 2 tablespoons ground coriander * 2 teaspoons ground cumin * 2 teaspoons […]

  • Making Money out of Muck

    Making Money out of Muck

    When I was thirteen I worked on a farm for the whole of the summer holidays. I milked the cows, cleaned their shit up, baled the hay, and dodged the advances of a sexually abusive co-worker. I worked from early dawn to late dusk for seven days a week. The people in charge of the […]

  • Vegan burgers and the Con club

    When I was growing up in Llanelli we always referred to the Conservative club as ‘The Con Club’. There was no malicious intent in this, after all, in those days, the Conservatives, in Llanelli at least, were not even significant enough to be regarded as a sideshow. I have noticed that in Cardiff the Conservative […]

  • He wouldn’t harm a fly

    He wouldn’t harm a fly

    The link between Animal Abuse and violence against people. (First published in Animal Prints Magazine) I still feel a vague sense of guilt when I remember how I used to swat flies and watch their squashed bodies slide almost imperceptibly down a wall or a window pane, like fat black currants. Recently, I had to […]

  • Autumn food

    My first serious attempt at Rajma – a.k.a. Red Kidney Bean Curry The basic recipe is drawn from here: – thanks to Ceri for the variations and the live tips 🙂 First the ingredients: 2 cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed under running water 2 tbsps vegetable/canola/sunflower cooking oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 […]

  • TLT – Tofu Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich

    Marinate cubes or strips of tofu in tamari, garlic, chilli and ginger before frying in sesame oil until they start to brown. Add freshly chopped or sliced tomatoes and stir for a minute, adding extra tamari and/or seasoning if it floats your boat. Pile into two slices of your favourite bread with crisp fresh local […]

  • Wednesday Woes

    I’m Wednesday’s child and therefore reputedly full of woe. There is, in the bottom of a biscuit tin somewhere in my mother’s attic, a creased black and white photograph of me at around 3 years old and if the expression I’m wearing in it is a typical one then there’s something in those old nursery […]

  • in anticipation of going out

    18:54 Mark Steel is on the radio in Paisley doing his usual low-level piss-taking routine, tickling the locals with his research and turning trivial facts into jokes. To be fair, he’s quite entertaining and informative, but I’m not sure if it’s very funny. News on soon, then The Archers. I’ll probably leave the radio on […]

  • not been out

    I’ve not been out the door today and it’s eleven pm already so it’s not likely to happen. Come to think of it I have been out the door, or doors, both back and front, but only to get the rubbish from the yard and put it out the front seeing as it’s bin day […]

  • what happened today

    “What is human emotion? Love, anger, fear – violence?” What does it mean to be human? Humans – Channel 4 Over the decades I’ve read hundreds of Science Fiction stories and so far there’s nothing new about Humans – Channel 4, Sunday June 14th, 9pm. That doesn’t mean it’s not good, I’m not sure about […]

  • For the Time Being

    While working on my next novel ‘Bums’ which will be published in the Spring of 2015, I have been distracting myself by putting together a volume of other bits and pieces, called for the Time Being. It’s going to end up as a 200 page paperback book and will be published in late October or […]

  • Vegan Beetroot and Black Bean Burgers

    Besides being very tasty and nutritious, these are really easy to make and hold together well Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free burgers 2 medium beetroots grated 1 red onion chopped 1 white onion chopped 3 cloves garlic crushed 1 chilli chopped finely salt and pepper to taste tablespoon dried mixed herbs 3 cups cooked black […]

  • Home Made Tofu

    Home made tofu is amazing – make some today (or tomorrow, because you’re going to need to soak the beans) Get hold of 250 grams of organic soya beans and some coagulant. A heaped teaspoon of nigari is good but you can use the juice of a lemon or even a tablespoon or two of […]

  • The Black Sheep

    He wasn’t much of a ram, small and weak, with no possibility of siring any of the sumptuous ewes that shared the lush green hillsides. He didn’t mind, he had his darling girl. She was tall and thin on her two legs, her hair as black and as thick as his fleece. He knew he […]


    “I’d just taken a couple of paracetamols,” Mr Pain said, speaking yesterday after his wife was tragically injured in a freak accident. “I was on my way to the kitchen to get a glass of water to swill them down with, when my nose began to tickle. I couldn’t help it, I just let out […]

  • How to kill a Lamb

    How to Kill a Lamb A man – Kenneth, stands alone over a table, he’s admiring a big knife, turning it over in his hand and watching the light glint on the blade. A younger man – Sam, comes in timidly. Kenneth looks around at Sam, the knife still in his hand. KENNETH: You the […]

  • Gluten Free Tofu-Wofu Burgers

    just made these and they were delicious we had them as part of a ‘sunday dinner’, including roast potatoes, steamed carrots and shredded greens, green peas, and a gluten-free gravy ingredients makes 4 to 6 burgers, depending on what size you make them 115g / 6oz chickpea/gram flour 1 heaped tablespoon ground flax seeds water […]