Monday, 2 January 2012

Gluten free, vegan recipes from the archives

January.  Month of vague depression, thick waistline and oh so many good intentions.

I am not normally a fan of January.  Usually I manage to eat even more in the first month of the year than I do in December, which is pretty remarkable and probably qualifies for a Guinness World Record.

This year?  I am brimming with hope and excitement which is a bit bizarre because we are about to get involved in one of Life's Most Stressful Events.  We are moving house for the second time in six months.

Yes, it will be hellish for a few weeks and my dust mite allergy will go into overdrive giving me an unseasonal Rudolph nose.

Yes, I will be unpacking boxes in the small hours feeling genuine hatred for all other family members who are asleep.

And yes, there will be wrangles with Mr Internet Service Provider and I will be offline and cursing.

But January will disappear in a haze of trips to the tip and when my feet next touch the ground it will be February, which is almost March and then it's nearly time to start drinking rosé because it's practically Summer!  So that's exciting, isn't it?

But in this maelstrom of activity, I have not forgotten you lovely readers.  I have composed this little montage of archive recipes to get you through your gloomy January.  It's also my way of saying I may not be posting a new recipe for a while...

Happy Gluten Free, Vegan New Year to you all!

Time to detox?  Let's start with soup:

Or perhaps mushroom soup?

Then when soup just isn't hitting the mark, let's stay healthy with lentil salad:

Umm, I like lentils as much as the next girl, but shall we have some rice now?

Ok, let's stop pretending.  In January we need cake:

But then after cake we feel guilt because, well, we made all those resolutions, right?  Staying on task with roasted veg:

And Vegetable Chilli always makes me feel smug:

Oh but brownies are sort of obligatory after chilli aren't they?  And doesn't the clementine cancel out the chocolate?

And now I'm just going to cut to the chase and say that the real way to survive January is through carbs.  There, it's out there.  Enjoy!

Let the carbs begin at breakfast:

Beans are healthy.  Bean burgers in a gluten free bun?  Yep, I think they qualify as healthy...

You scream, I scream, we all scream for:

Is it still January?

Raisin Bread!

And sod being 'good'. Let's have a proper pudding instead:

Until the next egg free, dairy free, gluten free fest my darlings!

Pig xx

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