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ep 155 – the modern vegan with Richard Makin aka School Night Vegan PLUS 12 vegan recipes

This week we chat to the man behind School Night Vegan about the joy of cooking vegan, plus we've got his vegan recipes you need to try, from silky chocolate cheesecakes to umami shiitake seitan burgers

This week Janine welcomes Richard Makin, AKA School Night Vegan, onto the podcast. Richard has been wowing Instagram recently with his inventive plant-based recipes (including a mozzarella recipe so good it went viral) and he’s written a brilliant vegan BBQ feature for the June issue of olive magazine. We find out how easy it is to leave out the meat when grilling this summer and also get some expert tips for embracing a more plant-based lifestyle. 

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Try Richard Makin’s vegan recipes for yourself here…

Vegan chocolate layer cake

Would you believe us if we told you this chocolate cake was vegan? Decent espresso powder is the key to this luxurious vegan chocolate sponge, sandwiched together with indulgent (and butter-free) chocolate buttercream.

Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

Vegan yorkshire puddings

Complete your vegan Sunday roast with these golden beauties that make the perfect side to a vegan wellington.

Vegan Yorkshire Puddings Recipe

Vegan grilled pepper tacos with mole sauce

Mole compliments the sweet bitterness of green peppers, blistered over the grill in this taco recipe. They’re easy to make and serve 10 so great for a summer party.

Vegan Tacos Recipe with Mole Sauce

Pulled BBQ jackfruit sliders with mustard slaw

Jackfruit pulls apart just like slow-roasted pork and is wonderful at soaking up this BBQ sauce, which is spicy, smoky and slightly sharp with a deep, dark sweetness. Try these sliders are part of a BBQ feast.

Jackfruit Pulled Pork Recipe with Vegan Slaw

Simple vegan chocolate cheesecake

Silken tofu and dark chocolate gives a creamy indulgence to this simple vegan cheesecake, while Oreos (yes, they’re vegan!) make a moreish crunchy base.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Farro, grilled peach and pecan salad

The grilled peaches deliver a satisfying sweetness, balanced by the zing of lime-pickled shallots and the smoky nuttiness of toasted pecans in this vibrant vegan salad.

Grilled Peach Salad With Pecans and Farro

Shiitake seitan burger with kimchi mayo

Don’t be daunted by the long ingredient list or the prep time for this vegan burger: it’s actually a super simple process and the results are delicious – this recipe uses added chunky shiitake mushrooms to replicate the texture of mince and to give an umami boost.

Vegan Mushroom Burger Recipe with Kimchi Mayo

Vegan lemon loaf cake

Impress with our easy lemon loaf (made without eggs, milk or butter). It’s got a delicate zing and lemony tang from the lemon extract.

Vegan Lemon Cake Recipe

Vegan sticky toffee pudding

Want a comforting vegan dessert that everyone can enjoy? Let warming spices and a rich toffee sauce (made with homemade cashew cream) do the talking with this vegan sticky toffee pudding recipe.

Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Classic vegan carrot cake

Rustle up this classic vegan carrot cake for a vegan afternoon tea. Using psyllium husks instead of eggs provides a moist sponge every time.

Easy Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Umeboshi tempeh and pineapple kebabs

Delicious chunks of marinated tempeh work brilliantly with juicy pineapple in this easy alternative to the traditional BBQ skewer.

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Pineapple Kebab Recipe with Tempeh

Cashew crema and ancho chilli elotes

This vegan twist on classic BBQ grilled sweetcorn uses a zesty cashew crema for a creamy sauce. Serve as part of a colourful vegan BBQ feast.