Vegan pesto with pumpkin seeds

This vegan pesto is far from a traditional – it’s vegan for starters – however it’s full of delicious flavours and adds a flash of vibrant green colour to any dish. In these last few days of summer, I wanted to make the most of seasonal basil whilst giving a nod to the incoming autumnal months, and pumpkin immediately sprung to mind.

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Smoky aubergine and feta dip

I love all things aubergine, and this smoky aubergine and feta dip is similar to baba ganoush, however replacing tahini with feta cheese means that it almost has the consistency of a pâté when cool. This smoky aubergine and feta dip is absolutely delicious spread on bread, crackers, oatcakes, with healthy crudités, or on sweet potato toasts like I’ve done!

The heat wave and lack of rain we’re experiencing in the UK has been tough on our natural environment. The grass, usually so lush and green, is yellow and dry, and crispy brown leaves are already falling from the trees. It feels like autumn has arrived early for us, and although I adore the autumnal months, I’m still enjoying summer too much to see nature’s lush bounty pass so soon.

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Chilled kale and cashew soup

Chilled kale and cashew soup in a white geometric bowl, served with toasted rye bread

As it turns out, summer colds and sniffles are totally a thing!

My dearest hubby is currently suffering from a particularly nasty one and only wants to eat soup, “but we’re in the middle of a heat wave” a tell him! I knew there was a compromise to be found. We needed a smooth and comforting soup that was light enough for summer months, with maximum nutritional value, and using what we had in the fridge, and so, the idea for this lovely vegan kale soup was born.

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