My Name Is Spice

Raw Nut Tarts with a citrus avocado cream and zoodles

Imogen Taylor - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Amongst all my raw food dishes; these nut tarts are my favourite - second only to the RAW PIZZA!


They are great fun to make; the base is raw hazelnuts, almond flour, flaxseed, flakey yeast, and olive oil blitzed together in a food processor.

Plus a smidgeon of miso paste for that extra "umami" flavour. The filling is avocado with lime juice, and a drop of maple syrup..

On top I have placed some zucchini noodles (zoodles), mixed in a bowl with kale leaves; both are tossed in a cashew and capsicum dressing.


One is not enough!

Here is another tart on a different occasion; this time I used some semi-dried tomatoes which I dehydrated at the same time as the tart bases..



Raw Pad Thai

Imogen Taylor - Saturday, July 30, 2016


I can't be sure I've ever eaten Pad Thai before; but I certainly haven't had a raw version till I made this one. The Satay sauce is reminiscent of a satay sauce I used to make in a restaurant long ago; and i have recreated the recipe to some degree. 



Coconut cream (or coconut water if the cream is too rich), a splash of soy sauce, coconut sugar to taste, shallot, fresh lemongrass - bruised, fresh ginger, garlic, ground turmeric, fresh red chilli, lime juice, galangal, and a yummy organic peanut butter. Blitz together in high speed blend (or food processor if you want to keep it lumpy)! It's quite nice to have crunchy bits in the satay sauce!!


The Pad Thai Recipe

I have grated courgette and carrot on a mandolin (no; not the musical instrument); sliced some red pepper, red cabbage, spinach and red onion "julienne-style",  then added fresh mint, roasted peanuts and fresh coriander.

One of my all-time favourite dishes; soooo delicious!


For the love of vegetables..

Imogen Taylor - Friday, July 29, 2016

Even in Winter it is rewarding to celebrate Nature's bounty in the form of fruits and vegetables.

I have used the under-rated cauliflower and tossed it in spices; then served it up with an array of lettuces, rocket, and fresh pear, herbs and basil flowers.

This Chermoula spice blend is made up of the warm earthy end of the spice spectrum; which lends itself to root vegetables and Winter cooking generally


NB, the warming spices in this instance be turmeric, cumin and paprika (three of fifteen spices I use in this Moroccan blend).

Spices each have different personalities, and different roles to play in any given situation. (I like to think of them as people)!!


Shepherds Pie made with leeks, courgettes, adzuki beans and an almond crumb

Imogen Taylor - Sunday, July 24, 2016


- hard to describe how good this was! I have sauteed together some blanched yams, with onions, garlic, eggplant, courgettes and leeks; then added "Berbere" spices till gorgeously flavoured; then thrown in the cooked adzukibeans and added all to the pan. On top is a potato and pumpkin mash. And to finish; a breadcrumb, garlic and almond crumb; combined with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, herbs and capers. Seriously tasty






Recent Posts


Moroccan cooking cauliflower pakoras raw cheese dair free vegan food share cauliflower pizza base pad thai eggplant roulades raw lifestyle vegan Indian food gluten free pizza plantbased lifestyle raw food inspiration raw torte alfredo sauce organic cereals mindful cooking dairy free strawberry mousse plantbased cakes vegetarian lifestye raw caramel vegan food ideas raw carrot cake plant based diet refined sugar free raw pizza raw fruit tarts raw vegan quiche macadamia cheese crafting the future of food plant based lifestyle organic quinoa pesto healthy diet glutenfree lifestyle almond crumb dairy free parmesan coconut chutney vegan xmas tarts walnut cheese vegan christmas treats healthy lifestyle raw vegan icing natural cooking zoodles chickpea fritters vegan fritters Indian food chilli sambal Shepherd's Pie conscious life raw vegan gluten free desserts spicy food Moroccan fruit and nuts vegan sushi dips vegan food inspiration umami flavours yummy vegan food raw pad thai spicy vegan food creative cooking stuffed potatoes conscious lifestyle plant-based diet itaian pizza xmas tarts rawfood cashew cheese plantbased cooking Indian chapattis vegan salad raw pizza bases satay sauce salted capers plantbased diet dairy free raw food lifestyle spicy patties raw granola bars dairy free cheese vegetable patties uncooking vegan lifestyle conscious cooking healthy vegan lifestyle marinades vegan beetroot carpaccio spices spice pastes amaranth egg free desserts healthy cooking vegan inspiration gluten free vegetarian sushi socca organic goji berries chickpea pancakes nut cheeses unbaking spicy raw carrot cakes natural lifestyle spicy Vindaloo dairy free pancakes spice blends vegan Indian cooking plant-based pancakes himalayan pink salt dehydrated cauliflower pizza crust Middle Eastern food raw nut tarts pink salt vegan shepherd's pie dairyfree lifestyle vegan pad thai fresh salad vegan pancakes raw quiche gluten free cooking dairy free shepherd's pie plantbased pizza bases vegetarian food my name is Spice super grains vegan salads healthy vegan food vegetarian shepherd's pie organic wholefoods plantbased pastries vegetable fritters Moroccan cuisine organic vegan parmesan cheese gluten free pizza base granola bars rawfood lifestyle plantfood raw food community vegan desserts raw food diet dairy free cheesecake dairyfree desserts raw fod diet spicy vegetarian food vegan foodshare egg free mousse gluten free pancakes peanut sauce vegan food vegan food inspo ancient grains dairy free caramel polenta veganlifestyle sweet potato fritters plant-based cheese vegan French cuisine raw food share spice paste breakfast ideas dairyfree diet mediterranean food conscious living cashew sour cream nut cheese plant strong natural food raw food raw parmesan plant based cheese no refined sugar dairyfree sweets fresh vegetables plantpower raw vegan tarts delicious raw desserts vegan cheese plant based consciousness coriander pesto vegan diet plant power vegan curry vegan breakfast ideas vegan satay sauce courgette ribbons plant-based pear and rocket salad creative vegan cooking veganism raw fermented cheese Moroccan veganplantfood warming spices beetroot carpaccio plantbased no preservatives dairy free desserts dairyfree pesto vegetarian diet goji berries raw food inspo mineral-rich dairy free lifestyle vegan pesto raw foodshare chilli conscious eating felafel spicy indian food mindfulness vegan patties vegan pizzas no additives vegan community pizza no cheese plantpowered vegetarian curry umami plant-based lifestyle plantstrong chickpea patties vegetarian pad thai wholemeal chapattis fermented nut cheese activated buckwheat dehydrated pizza base whole grains zuchinni noodles vegetarian cooking rice malt syrup corn meal organic vegetables zucchini noodles vegan Moroccan food plantbased pizza vegetarian vegan christmas tarts Moroccan spices clean eating VEGAN vegan inspo dairy free pizza miso paste mediterranean cooking super foods vegetarian food inspiration organic rocket raw desserts plant food vegan christmas pies Ras el Hanout French cuisine date paste raw cakes spreads romesco spiralized veggies meat free shepherd's pie Middle Eastern spices spicy fritters raw lasagne vegan cooking plantbasedlifestyle unbaked carrot cake raw cheesecake fresh Summer salad Middle Eastern cauliflower pizza crust vegetarian lifestyle what vegans eat chermoula summer food midfulness vegan comfort food organic ingredients