It’s a bit like Christmas morning in the Beach House today……..Peace & Parsnips goes on sale across the world. There are people selling it in Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic (we think), Japan, Korea, Russia….all over…..Its very cool indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Peace & Parsnips is finally out in the shops. It seems like an age since I first sat down to begin writing it and dream up the recipes and how best to showcase vegan food. “How can I make vegan recipes appeal to everyone?” Make them outrageously tasty I think is the answer!
The process has been long and fascinating and I must thank all at Penguin Books UK for their amazing support and enthusiasm. Peace & Parsnips was written in India, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Wales and various family and friends houses in England. It has been a wonderful experience getting this cookbook together and seeing it morph and change, finally creating a gorgeous vegan tome. I still can’t believe it happened!!!! The shoots in London and Wales especially were a real laugh and the photography in the book is just stunning.
Peace & Parsnips have been a labour of love for sure. It really is ‘vegan cooking for everyone’ and I have packed as many tantalising recipes into the 350 pages as possible. No filler, all foodie heaven. There are many recipes I love, so many great memories of friends and family are linked to them. Food is so important to Jane and I, we believe it links us all and goes a long way to representing who we are.
If I had to do a top 11 recipes that I’d make right now for lunch. It would be (drum rollllllllllllllll pllleeaassseee):
– Portobello Pecan Burger with Roast Pumpkin Wedges
– Blueberry and Macadamia Cheesecake
– Shiiitake Tempura with Wasabi Mayo
– Seitan and Sweet Potato Kebabs with Mango Barbecue Sauce
– Oven Baked Squash Gnocchi with Spinach Pesto
– Smoked Chocolate and Beetroot Beans with Baked Chilli Polenta
– Pakistani Beetroot and Pumpkin Bhuna with Banana and Lime Raita
– Puy Lentil and Walnut Burger with Parsnip Clotted Cream
– Chargrilled Chorizo Pinchos with Pistachio and Coriander Pesto
– Okra, Corn and Black Eyed Bean Succotash with Chilli Cornbread Crust
– Spiced Apple and Date Pie
In the book, Jane and I share with the world what it is to live up here in the Beach House and cook in our lovely kitchen. The book revolves around our little cottage and the beautiful landscape around. There is, of course, some shots of us on the beach and me trying to catch some little waves on our surfboard. Unsuccessfully! We also take in local waterfalls, lakes, valleys, mountains and of course, our local glorious veg and fruit farms. Wales sparkles and shines in the book.
Burgers, curries, many sweet treats, bakes, salads, sauces and dips, tapas style little plates, mammoth style big plates, hot drinks and smoothies, its all here in P & P. All superbly healthy and naturally vibrant. I hope you love it as much as I loved writing it!!!
I’m off for some Champagne on toast!