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  1. The continuing adventures of a gastronaut - Vegan tomato soup

    This soup takes about 20 minutes to make and is seriously good, cheap to make, healthy and can be used as a base for more flavours or even pasta.

    1. Fry some onion and garlic in olive oil until soft then add herbs of your choice.
    2. Add 2 cans of tomatoes and heat through.
    3. Take off the heat and (using an empty tomato can) add 2 cans of cold water.
    4. Place in a blender with a slice of white bread and 60ml of olive oil (use virgin olive oil for a peppery taste). Blend until smooth
  2. It's the Cumbernauld Gordon Ramsay again!

    Just made the-best-dinner-ever! It's a version of Soubise sauce over pasta. Variations include leaving out the cheese and adding nutmeg and pouring over baked cauliflower.

    This sauce is not healthy but tastes so good it's worth it.

    This makes several meals worth of sauce. It's also vegetarian. No really - stop laughing!

    2 kilos of frozen onions.
    2 garlic cloves, mashed.
    Half a pack of butter (approx 150g).
    Large glass of white wine. ...
  3. Today I have mostly been....

    The weather here is a bit wild with a strong wind blowing our metal garden table and chairs about the place Once I've tidied up the garden I'll get ready for my trip to Leicester University tomorrow. A research group is trying to set up the same model of myocardial infarction as we use in Glasgow and have asked me to go down and trouble shoot for them.

    So how else to amuse the kids on a wet and windy day but get them making banana waffles. And here's how-

    6 eggs ...