Black rice and wild mushrooms are the star of this one pot cooked on a base of onion, garlic & ginger, mixed with miso paste, mirin and vegetable stock then garnished with chilli, sesame seeds and coriander. It's a dark, rich and mysterious vegetarian and vegan one pot!

Black Rice with Miso Mushrooms

Gavin Wren Main Dishes, Recipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Black rice is the mysterious, dark, hidden jewel of the rice kingdom. A jet black, enveloping chasm of colour, a deep unknown place of hidden beauty, sparkling in the shadows. Black rice – the forbidden fruit. It was the forbidden fruit, a royal treat stored only for the Chinese Emperor, his family and concubines. A mere peasant such as myself could be put to death for laying his hands on black rice, a very dark association to go with this darkest of grains, which earned the name ‘Forbidden Rice’. The Emperor was not stupid, he understood something which we are now learning through scientific analysis, which he must have gleaned through intuition and anecdotal evidence. Black rice is loaded with more antioxidants than any other rice and as such could have a genuinely positive effect on your health. One could even claim it might extend your life, as the Chinese…
Home made granola no added sugar

The ultimate, no added sugar granola guide

Gavin Wren Baking, Breakfast, Dairy free baking, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

What is Granola? Now, this might sound like a stupid question, but do you know what granola is? Google says ‘denoting people with liberal or Green political views, typified as eating health foods.’, so who knew? I’m part-granola! But keeping this on topic, it also said ‘n. a kind of breakfast cereal resembling muesli.’ Which is more like the granola I’m thinking of. But I have a problem with that definition. It’s not particularly accurate and sounds like it was created by two buddies on a Friday afternoon in an office… ‘So, what’s next on the list today… hmmmm, granola…. ‘Hey, Dave! Isn’t granola that health freak rabbit food stuff?” ‘Yeah, it’s just a posh name for muesli’ ‘OK, sweet. So, let’s see… ‘Granola noun A kind of breakfast cereal resembling muesli.’ Maybe I’m being unfair on these people, they’ve got a hugely responsible job…