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Veggie Bean Chilli, Two Vegan Recipe Book Reviews and Giveaway #84

Veggie Chilli

Book Reviews, Dinner, Giveaway, Vegan | 16th January 2017 | By

As promised for this month of Veganuary, I’m trying to up the number of vegan meals I eat. This has been massively helped by the acquisition of two recently published vegan recipe books authored by talented fellow food bloggers. You’ll find reviews of the books below along with a recipe for veggie chilli which has been rather heavily adapted from one of them. Twas ever thus …

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Prune Porridge Topped with Toasted Walnuts and Cinnamon

Prune Porridge with Toasted Walnuts & Cinnamon

Breakfast, Vegan | 13th January 2017 | By

At this time of year, there’s nothing quite like a warming bowl of porridge for breakfast. It’s quick to make, comforting to eat and keeps you sustained for several hours. Plain porridge is good, but it’s nice to jazz things up a bit and this vegan prune porridge topped with toasted walnuts and cinnamon makes it a bit more special.

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Black Bean Tomato Carrot Curry Bowls with Brown Basmati Rice

Black Bean Tomato Carrot Curry

Bowl Food, Curry, Optimum G2.3, Vegan | 10th January 2017 | By

It may no longer be the International Year of Pulses, but lentils, beans and peas have been a staple for me ever since I can remember. They are not only nutritious, delicious and filling, but they make a great base for many a meal. These black bean tomato carrot curry bowls are simple to make and they taste very good indeed, especially when served with brown basmati rice. A perfect healthy whole food supper for Veganuary and to Jumpstart January.

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Vanilla Almond Cookies (vegan) & a Nice Cup of Tea

Vanilla Almond Cookies

Now Twelfth Night has passed, I’m feeling it’s time to Jumpstart January. Whilst these vanilla almond cookies aren’t exactly healthy, they aren’t too bad for you either. They contain freshly ground almonds and wholemeal spelt flour and the sugar content is relatively low. I’m also trying to eat more vegan meals than usual this month to celebrate Veganuary, so I’ve made them vegan.

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Fig Lemon Marzipan Bundt Cake for a Very Special Occasion

Fig Lemon Marzipan Bundt Cake

Bundt | 4th January 2017 | By

It’s very hard to believe and somewhat difficult to come to terms with, but my mother turned eighty a few days ago. Where have the years gone? To celebrate, we went out for lunch with a few friends and I made this fig lemon marzipan bundt cake.

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14 Celebratory Chocolate Recipes and January’s We Should Cocoa

14 Celebratory Chocolate Recipes

We Should Cocoa | 1st January 2017 | By

It’s a new year and a new start. Always an exciting time with resolutions, ideas and enthusiasm abounding. New diet plans may be in the offing, but we are still in festive season, so I have no qualms in offering up these 14 celebratory chocolate recipes from chocolate loving food bloggers. If you scroll down to the bottom of the post you’ll also find the January link up for this month’s We Should Cocoa. Please do join in. I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

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Banana Spelt Cardamom Buns – A Special Breakfast Treat

Banana Spelt Cardamom Buns

Bread & Buns | 30th December 2016 | By

Christmas may be over but we are still in the festive season. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, quickly followed by New Year’s Day and then a bank holiday to top it off. Why not make the most of it and try these banana spelt cardamom buns for a special breakfast treat?

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Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread with Chestnut Flour and Cinnamon

Clotted Cream Shortbread

Biscuits, Christmas | 23rd December 2016 | By

Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and this will be my last post now until next year. So I’m leaving you with these delicious wholemeal clotted cream shortbread with chestnut flour and cinnamon.

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Christmas Bliss Balls – Cranberry, Pistachio, Coconut & Salted Caramel

Christmas Bliss Balls

If you’re running out of time to make biscuits but want to give homemade gifts this Noel, these Christmas Bliss Balls may be the answer. They’re not only delicious but are refined sugar, dairy and gluten free and easy to make. Rolling the balls in green pistachios, red cranberries and white coconut make them look wonderfully festive.

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Cranberry Sauce and What To Do With Your Christmas Leftovers

Cranberry Sauce

Making your own cranberry sauce is so easy and far more delicious than any I’ve ever bought. Unless you’re making a large batch for festive gifts, you’ll find you don’t need all of the fresh cranberries in a normal pack. In this post, I give you a lovely recipe for cranberry sauce, of course, made with orange and a dash of port. I’ve also got a few hints and tips on what to do with any remaining cranberries as well as other vegetarian Christmas leftovers. Love Food Hate Waste.

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