Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Stokes Real Mayonnaise and Other Sumptuous Sauces – A Review

Stokes Real Mayonnaise

Food Reviews - general | 10th December 2017 | By

Sauce can bring a certain je ne sais quoi to a meal, transforming a quotidian repast into something truly outstanding. I’m a big fan. Mayonnaise is one of my standbys and you’ll always find a jar of it in our fridge, whether homemade or shop bought. Stokes produce a range of sumptuous sauces and one of these is their iconic Stokes Real Mayonnaise. Keep reading to find out why it’s so good and how to win a foodie trip for two to Greece.

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Strasbourg Kouglof – Brioche Buns with Almonds & Rum Soaked Raisins

Strasbourg Kouglof

Kouglof is a speciality of Strasbourg and the wider region of Alsace, that fascinating, oft-disputed region, where France and Germany rub shoulders. It’s a sort of brioche studded with almonds and raisins and shaped to look like a crown. Although they can be found all year round, they come into their own at the Strasbourg Christmas Market. The recipe for Strasbourg kouglof here is my take on this classic French bake.

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14 Festive Chocolate Recipes and December’s #WeShouldCocoa Link-up

14 Festive Chocolate Recipes

We Should Cocoa | 1st December 2017 | By

November is generally my least favourite month of the year. However, we’ve had some wonderful weather here in the New Forest and the autumn colour on the trees is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Lots of cold crisp weather with blue skies and stunning sunrises and sunsets puts a real spring in my step. To make life even better, lots of lovely comfort recipes have been rolling in. And, of course, with Christmas drawing nigh, bloggers are getting into the festive spirit. In this month’s We Should Cocoa round-up, you’ll find 14 festive chocolate recipes.

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Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burgers with Prunes

Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burger with Prunes

Dinner, Nutri Force, Vegan | 29th November 2017 | By

Who doesn’t love a good veggie burger? Not many I’m guessing. I’m a big fan, though I don’t make them as often as I should, or, maybe could. These black chickpea & red quinoa burgers with prunes are easy to make, hold together well and taste super scrumptious. Served with caramelised onions, tomatoes & chilli, they are truly hard to beat.

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Spiced Prune Chocolate Pots with Amaretto – Christmas is Coming

Spiced prune chocolate pots

Christmas, Dessert, Nutri Force | 19th November 2017 | By

Prunes and chocolate is a winning, but often overlooked combination. These spiced prune chocolate pots with amaretto are a particularly indulgent way to eat them. They make for a sumptuous dessert and are ideal dinner party fare. With flavours of orange, clove, nutmeg and allspice as well as amaretto, they would also make a good alternative dessert to Christmas pudding during the festive season.

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Barley Lentil Dinner with Walnut Gremolata and Roasted Tomatoes

Barley Lentil Dinner

Dinner | 5th November 2017 | By

This barley lentil dinner is a simple recipe made somewhat sophisticated by the addition of walnut gremolata and roasted tomatoes on the vine. It’s also very garlicky. If you love garlic as much as we do, this is a very fine thing.

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8 Tempting Chocolate Recipes and November’s #WeShouldCocoa Link-up

8 Tempting Chocolate Recipes

We Should Cocoa | 1st November 2017 | By

October brings lots of colour, fabulous autumnal produce and Halloween of course. All are reflected here in these 8 tempting chocolate recipes. The cold weather gives an excellent excuse to indulge, so take a look. You may end up craving chocolate, but there are some surprising healthy options.

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Hot Chocolate – The Real Deal – So Easy, So Good, So Comforting

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Fluff

Drinks, Vegan, We Should Cocoa | 29th October 2017 | By

As the days gradually shorten and the temperature drops, there’s nothing quite like a bracing afternoon walk followed by a comforting mug of hot chocolate. Most hot chocolate is good in my book, but for the ultimate Theobroma experience, it’s worth taking that extra few minutes to make yourself some real hot chocolate.

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Spiced Apple Chutney – Easy, Delicious and Simply The Best

Spiced Apple Chutney

Christmas, Gifts, Preserves | 22nd October 2017 | By

Apples have to be the best autumn treasure. They are versatile, delicious and can keep well. This year, they are also abundant. If you have more apples than you know what to do with, or even if you don’t, I urge you to make a batch of this spiced apple chutney.

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Toffee Apple Hazelnut Cake for Bonfire Night or Other Autumnal Occasions

Toffee Apple Hazelnut Cake

Autumn, Large Cakes | 15th October 2017 | By

The leaves are turning, the mornings are misty and the season of mellow fruitfulness has definitely arrived. There are apples aplenty here in the New Forest and apple cake is an autumnal essential bake. For Bonfire Night last year, I reckon I created my best ever. It’s a toffee apple hazelnut cake and is just perfect for this time of year.

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