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Happy World Vegan Day!

Happy World Vegan Day!

November 1st is World Vegan Day!

The benefits of a plant-based lifestyle for humans and the environment are recognised across the globe with various activities. What better month to be talking about the environmental benefits of following a plant based diet then when world leaders are meeting in Glasgow for the COP25 climate summit.

Now, we know veganism isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine! However, there is no denying an excellent plant-based dish means you’d never miss meat!

So, celebrate World Vegan Day with a fragrant butternut squash, chickpea, apricot & date stew created by our very own Head Chef, Leah.


Harissa paste

100g Tomato purée

100g Red pepper, chopped & deseeded

6 Red chillies

15g Garlic, peeled

1tbsp All spice

1tsp Smoked paprika

1tsp Ground coriander

1tsp Cumin

1tsp Salt

½ tsp Chilli powder

½ tsp Ground black pepper


Olive oil

500g Onion, finely diced

2 Celery sticks, finely diced

1tbsp Vegetable bouillon

2ltr Water

100g Tomato purée

500g Passata

800g Butternut squash, cm dice

200g Dried apricots, processed

200g Dates, processed

800g Tin Chickpeas, drain & rinse

¼ pk Coriander, finely chopped



  • To make the harissa, place the tomato puree, red pepper, red chillies & garlic in a food processor.
  • Blend for 1-2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed until a smooth paste is achieved.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend until combined & set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy based pan add the onion & celery, sweat off until soft add the harissa paste.
  • Make up some stock using the vegetable bouillon & boiling water add the tomato puree & passata pour into the pan & bring to the boil.
  • Add the butternut squash turn down to simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the processed apricots & dates simmer for 5minutes then add the chickpeas & coriander. Check the butternut squash, it should have a slight bite to it.

Serve- With cous cous or rice, toasted flaked almonds & chopped coriander (optional) 


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