Rachael Warren

At the age of 3 I started making the connection about what meat really was and made the decision to become a vegetarian. It was not until I was 29 that I made the same sort of connection with dairy and eggs and realised that vegan was the way forward.

As a home-educating mum of two vegan boys cooking is something that I simply can not get out of doing. I am lucky to have a vegan husband who is also happy to cook on a evening but breakfast and lunch is exclusively down to me.

Sometimes I enjoy cooking and sometimes I find it stressful but I can not deny that I love eating the end product!

There are two things you should know about my cooking style. Firstly, I rarely make a plan and end up looking in my fridge wondering what on earth I can make with what I have in. Secondly my youngest son makes his very best attempt to prevent me from cooking anything at all!

  • Cinnamon and Raisin Pancakes with Mango Dip

    It is a common misconception that you need eggs to make American pancakes but I assure you these pancakes are fluffy and delicious!

    You can use the main 3 ingredients and add whatever flavouring you like. I like to use cinnamon and raisins because it gives the pancakes flavour without having to add sugar.

    To make them taste like a sweet treat I like to serve these with fruit dips and mangoes always blend perfectly.

    Serves: 2 (2 large pancakes or 4 smaller ones)

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  • Apple and Pear Rosti

    Traditionally a rosti uses grated potatoes but when my son asked me to make a fruit rosti I thought I would give it a try.

    This is my kid approved recipe but I am not going to lie to you; as an adult I would like more seasoning added to this dish.

    So if you are looking to please younger children this recipe lets the natural flavours do the talking but for a more mature audience I would try experimenting with adding spices such as nutmeg.

    I served these on a bed of salad. I used mixed leaves, finely chopped celery, and sprouting beans drizzled with a little lemon juice.

    Serves 2.

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  • Salt and Pepper Potato Slabs with Tomato Sauce

    These salt and pepper potatoes slabs with tomato and paprika sauce are so simple and yet so delicious.

    This is my kid approved recipe so if you want a little extra flavour try experimenting with chilli powder or garlic on the potato marinade or in the sauce.

    Disclaimer; as much as I hate adding salt to food when cooking potatoes it does make a difference.

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