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

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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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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Mulled Cider and Mulled Apple Juice for a Non-Alcoholic Alternative

Mulled Cider

Christmas, Drinks | 14th December 2016 | By

I’m not quite sure why mulled wine has become such a classic British drink at Christmas. Apple cider is a more traditional beverage after all. I’m as partial to a glass or two of mulled wine as anyone else, but given the choice I’d go for mulled cider every time. It has a lighter, fruitier and more refreshing taste. You don’t need to add as much sugar either. Mulled apple juice can be served alongside or even instead of, allowing drinkers and non-drinkers alike to join in the festive cheer.

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Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Leeks, Ginger, Garlic and Chilli

Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Christmas, Sides, Vegan | 11th December 2016 | By

Love them or hate them, Brussels sprouts are an integral part of Christmas. So why not give your Christmas dish a spicy twist? These stir-fried Brussels sprouts with leeks, ginger, garlic and chilli will liven up the event.  They’re quick to cook and unlike boiling stir-frying makes the sulphury compounds of the sprouts less obvious.

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Christmas Butter Biscuits – We Should Cocoa and a Cookie Swap

Christmas Butter Biscuits

Christmas is traditionally a time for baking biscuits and I usually make the most of it. I tend to make an old favourite or two, but also use the occasion to try out a some new recipes. One of them, this time, was to be Christmas Butter Biscuits.

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Braised Red Cabbage – a classic Christmas side dish

Braised Red Cabbage

Christmas, Cornish, Sides, Vegan | 18th December 2015 | By

No Christmas dinner is complete for me without a dish of steaming braised red cabbage. Slow cook it with an apple and some spices and the humble red cabbage is transformed into a dish fit for a king.

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Lentil & Brazil Nut Roast with Sage & Onion Stuffing & Red Wine Gravy

Nut roast

Christmas, Dinner, Sponsored Post, Vegan | 15th December 2015 | By

I know, I know, the nut roast has had a bad press over the years. But thankfully the days of dried out bits of tasteless, hard, leathery tack are long gone. A nut roast is a perfect vehicle for all those delicious Christmas roast accompaniments, not forgetting the stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. It also stops the vegetarians feeling excluded in a mixed meal.

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Figgy Almond and Whisky Christmas Cake

Fig Almond Christmas Cake

Bundt, Christmas | 9th November 2015 | By

Yes I know Christmas is still a few weeks away, but Stir-up-Sunday is fast approaching. It falls on the Sunday before Advent which is the 22nd November this year. It’s traditionally the day when the Christmas puddings and cakes are made and when the family all take a turn at stirring, not forgetting to make that all important wish whilst they’re at it. So to get you in the mood and to offer a little inspiration for your Christmas baking, I made this fig almond cake yesterday with a very cheeky slug or three of whisky – Whisky Galore.

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Fig and Mincemeat Christmas Bundt Cake – We Should Cocoa #52

Fig Mincemeat Christmas Bundt Cake

Bundt, Christmas, We Should Cocoa | 25th December 2014 | By

If it wasn’t for We Should Cocoa, I probably wouldn’t have managed a Christmas bundt cake this year. I’m still recovering from flu and lacking in energy, so cooking has been mostly off this Christmas. However, I’m really glad I made the effort as it’s a light and delicious fruit cake that even CT will eat – he’s not a fan of either fruit cake or mincemeat, but is weirdly happy to indulge in this festive treat.

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Chocolate Mincemeat Flapjacks

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Christmas, Flapjacks | 11th December 2014 | By

Not long back from my trip to London, I’m off on another jaunt. This time I’m in Birmingham, sampling hot chocolate at the Christmas Market. Hot on the heels of this I’m off to stay with friends at my old stomping grounds at Leamington Spa. Flapjacks are a firm favourite of one of my hosts, so I thought I’d crack open a jar of last year’s chocolate chilli berry mincemeat and make him some chocolate mincemeat flapjacks – with a little kick.

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