Food Love Stories, brought to you by Tesco

When I was asked to be part of Food Love Stories, brought to you by Tesco, to help promote the fresh and healthy plant based produce that’s easily available from Tesco, of course, I was delighted. The first thing I thought was that this campaign will help answer “that” question that Vegan’s are asked all of the time; “So, what do you eat?” Well, check out Derek Sarno’s  BBQ ‘shroom buns recipe and there you’ll find your answer. It is not difficult to eat a balanced plant based diet and I’m so excited to see Tesco promote and support the Vegan community with this campaign, showing that it’s not only easy but also inexpensive.


As you’ll read in the “about me” on my blog, my reasons for starting this diary of recipes was to share and celebrate the array of amazing ingredients that are available to us to create delicious food. Watching Derek’s video and hearing him echo that same sentiment is inspiring. Plant based recipes are not about what’s missing; they’re highly creative, sustainable and so simple and quick to make. Not forgetting how ridiculously tasty they can be too.


Mushrooms are one of my favourite ingredients and there are so many varieties available. I particularly like the wild mushroom selection available from Tesco for a risotto, their shitake mushrooms for Asian inspired recipes and, like Derek’s recipe, the portobello and chestnut mushrooms provide that umami-packed meaty bite.

Derek’s BBQ Shroom Buns recipe will delight any guest you have at a summer BBQ. That barbeque sauce with the delicate hint of cumin and smoked paprika in the background is set off with the tiniest hint of rosemary. This meaty dish is full of flavour and is so simple to make. Full bellies and empty plates all round after this treat, I guarantee it. So why not brighten your life with some plant based meals #everylittlehelps .

For this recipe click here


If you try this dish at home please take a photo of it and tag @thetinyvegankitchen on Instagram or@thetinyVK on Twitter I’d love to see them

Tanya x







Finalist in this year’s Blog Awards

Well guys I made it! The Tiny Vegan Kitchen has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Irish Blog Awards, sponsored by Littlewoods Ireland. I cannot tell you how delighted it makes me feel to have my  blog, that just turned one last week, recognised amongst so many other amazing blogs. It truly is an honour.

Unfortunately my delight has been shortlived and I will not be attending the awards next week. It’s been a year that has seen a lot of bad publicity surrounding circuses in Ireland and a nationwide campaign conducted by the ISPCA (The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to end the use of wild animals in circuses in this country. You can read more about that here. The use of animals in a circus is a controversial one for many people. Despite the fact that no animals will be performing on the night, I feel it would go against my fundamental ethical beliefs on how animals should be treated if I were to attend. I also believe that if I were to buy a ticket for such a controversial venue, I would be directly contributing to the circus and justifying the use of animals for our entertainment.

I am utterly disappointed that I will not be attending the awards on September 15th but I most certainly look forward to next year and I hope that I am just as successful.

I wish to thank you all for taking the time out to vote for me, I really appreciate your love and support.

Love back to you all,

Tanya xx




The Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

It’s only three days short of one solid year since I made my first blog post on The Tiny Vegan Kitchen. What a year it’s been. So much has happened, I’ve learned so much and I’ve grown so much. I’ve become very proud of my little blog that I write as a hobby and I’ve been overwhelmed by the recognition it’s gotten over the last twelve months. I never could have imagined that in this short time my Blog would be shortlisted for the Irish Blog Awards. I received confirmation last evening and the voting went live this morning. This is such an honour for me and I’m overjoyed.

I’d like to thank you all for following my blog and my Facebook and the support you’ve given me, you’ve inspired me so much. This stage of the competition is made up of 20% public voting and 80% of votes come from a panel of judges. I would really appreciate it if you could throw me a vote.

If you click HERE!!!! and type in The Tiny Vegan Kitchen on the right hand side search box, the you can vote. Thanks guys, really appreciate it.

Tanya xx