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Beetroot Soup

Coconut milk makes this soup deliciously smooth, while chilli flakes and cumin deliver a spicy kick.

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This is the traditional cake served to first footers at Hogmanay, who came to wish a Happy New Year and...(Read more)

Bonnie Prince Pudding

From "Rainbows and Wellies" The Taigh Na Mara Cookbook.


  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 13 oz oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tsp
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Broccoli with Toasted Almonds

A great way to jazz up your greens.


  • 4 tbsps flaked almonds
  • 8 oz / 225g broccoli florets
  • 2
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Chestnut & Mushroom Pie

Forget the traditional steak pie, this gorgeous chestnut and mushroom pie is ideal for your New Year's Day dinner.

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Chickpea Tagine

If you're not a big fan of dried apricots you could always substitute raisins or even dates. Whichever you use,...(Read more)

Christmas Baked Red Cabbage & Apple

Whatever the main event on your vegan Christmas table, this deliciously sweet side may just steal the show.


Christmas Boozy Fruit Cake

This rich and delicious cake will fool you into thinking it's completely sinful but it actually contains no added fat...(Read more)

Christmas Brandy 'Butter'

This is one to avoid if you're the designated driver! For everyone else there couldn't be a better way to...(Read more)

Christmas Pudding Ice Cream

Customised vanilla ice cream with traditional Christmas flavours, for a lighter finish to your festive feast. Makes 1 large ‘pudding’.

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Chocolate Fridge Cake

Chocolate fridge cake is ideal if you're hosting a kids' party (be sure to make enough for the grown-ups too!)...(Read more)

Chocolate Mousse

Not one for the kids (or the designated driver!) this boozy chocolate orange mousse is sure to hit the spot....(Read more)

Christmas Pudding

The perfect partner for brandy 'butter'. Make sure you leave some room for this after your Christmas lunch!


Coconut Mousse

This isn't one of our easier recipes but it's certainly worth the effort. The refreshing tang of the lemon makes...(Read more)

Creamy Asparagus Soup with Curly Toast

A deliciously decadent start to any special occasion meal.


  • 12 oz / 340g aparagus
  • 2 dssp rapeseed or other
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Easy Nut Roast

There are many vegan options for Christmas dinner, but you can't go far wrong with the classic nut roast with...(Read more)

Festive Feast

This is a great centrepiece to your special occasion table whether for Christmas day, New Year's day or just in...(Read more)

Fruit Jelly

A wonderfully light dessert, perfect if you've overindulged on the main course!


Ginger Snap Basket Dessert

These are brilliant if you're entertaining because the baskets can be made in advance, giving you more time to spend...(Read more)


The perfect accompaniment to your nut roast. Also great with mashed potatoes, mock turkey, pie....the possibilities are endless.



Serve with neeps and tatties and celebrate Burns' night in style. Don't forget a wee dram too...


Hector's Haggis Boats

For something a little more exotic than the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties combo, try these courgette sailing ships loaded...(Read more)


You won’t feel the need to restrict these to just pancake day – these are great all year round! Keep...(Read more)

Pears in White Wine & Chocolate Sauce

We'd better not pretend that this is a healthy dessert option just because it features fruit - I'm sure it...(Read more)

Pine Nut & Fresh Herb Stuffed Aubergine with Tomato Garlic Sauce

This dish is a real crowd pleaser, perfect if you're entertaining. Serves 6.


Roast Garlic Dressing

This is perfect drizzled over salad leaves or just used as a dip for some cut veggies.


Sage & Onion Stuffing

A Christmas classic - vegan style.


  • 7 oz / 200g onions, finely chopped
  • 2 oz / 50g vegan margarine
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Special Roast Potatoes

No celebration dinner would be complete without the roasties. Serves 4-6.


Sweet Potato, Sage & Onion Tart

An attractive, colourful centerpiece that goes with ‘all the trimmings’. Makes 1 large tart, serves 6-8.


For the crust

Taigh na Mara Highland Shortbread

Perfect for Hogmanay, Burns' Night, St Andrew's day...in fact it might be time to invent a few more excuses to...(Read more)

Tofu Croquettes & Cranberry Sauce

If you're not already a tofu fan, this recipe could well change your mind. You won't want to save it...(Read more)

Tomato Garlic Sauce

Stir this sauce through some cooked pasta for an easy mid-week supper. Or, if you're having a party, try making...(Read more)

Watercress Soup

Watercress: an under-rated and exciting plant to cook with.

Serves 4


Wild Mushroom & Creamy Spinach Filo Tartlet

This is exactly what every host or hostess needs: a real showstopper that tastes as good as it looks but...(Read more)