Wonderful pictures from Rosalind Atkinson , i love her photography, truly wonderful. We have set up a shoot for next month and i am looking forward to seeing her in action, how her creative mind works and the images that we will get from this day. I have also started a monthly column in a local food magazine called Feast, http://www.feastnorfolkmagazine.co.uk. We are show casing vegan food with a few words on different spices each month.
Having been mainly vegetarian for the last few years, it was a fun, yet daunting task to start on the vegan journey. I wanted to really get the food and the flavours, working on pairing different spices and herbs, and using totally different products. Through a lot of trial and error, I discovered the joys of vegan flavours and also how adaptable a vegan diet can really be. I am not a massive fan of replicating ‘meat’. My passion for local produce made me want to keep it simple to start with, watching and learning from friends, then jumping in and really going for it. There are so many amazing local producers in Norfolk that you can never run out of ideas – the possibilities are endless!
I absolutely love cinnamon. I add it to porridge instead of sugar and to my chai tea mix. I love using it in baking and have also incorporated it into savoury dishes where a sweet touch is needed. It pairs equally wonderfully with apples or aubergine. Once valued more highly than gold, cinnamon has long been used for its medicinal benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is also believed to have blood sugar lowering effects and contains more antioxidants than garlic.
I believe in working with wholesome, seasonal ingredients as often as possible. And if you’re wondering what happened to the eggs and dairy, I don’t b ake with those. Recipes are always vegan, occasionally gluten free, and every once in a while raw.