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

Chocolate Banashew aka Chocolate Banana Cashew Cake (vegan)

Chocolate Banana Cashew Cake

Large Cakes, Vegan | 19th January 2017 | By

I have a new piece of Froothie equipment to play with. It’s an Optimum HealthyFry – a rapid air fryer that can bake cakes too. Who’d have thought it? I have used it for frying of course, but I couldn’t wait to try baking a cake in it. With my promise to bring you all things vegan this month, I have created this rich and fudgy chocolate banana cashew cake. Ladies and Gentleman, forget the banoffee, I give you banashew.

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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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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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Let’s Go Romanesco! Easy Romanesco Pasta with Lemon & Garlic

Romanesco Pasta

Pasta, Sponsored Post, Vegan, Winter | 5th December 2016 | By

Pimp up your pasta and have a fabulous weeknight meal that takes no time at all, but feels a little bit special. This seasonal romanesco pasta dish is a taste sensation. It’s quick and simple to make and is also suitable for vegans.

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Kill a Cold Lentil Curry with Kale & Red Peppers

Lentil Curry with Kale & Red Peppers

Curry, Vegan | 13th October 2016 | By

CT has a cold and I can feel a sore throat coming. In a bid to alleviate CT’s symptoms and stop myself from developing the cold, I’m turning to my all time favourite comfort food, dhal. In this instance it’s made with split red lentils, but pretty much any pulse will do. So for National Curry Week, I give you this Kill a Cold Lentil Curry with Kale & Red Peppers. Whether it will stop a cold in its tracks remains to be seen, but it’s a killer for flavour and full on satisfaction.

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Apple and Hazelnut Spelt Rye Sourdough Bread Loaf

Apple Hazelnut Spelt Rye Sourdough Bread

Autumn, Bread & Buns, Vegan | 7th October 2016 | By

As you may have gathered by now, I do like to cook and bake with the seasons. When I made my latest Suma order I had some autumnal baking very much in mind. I still have apples from my mother’s garden and although the wildlife got all of our cobnuts this year, hazelnuts are very much on my radar. So, I made an apple and hazelnut spelt rye sourdough bread loaf.

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Award Winning Gourmet Chocolate: Iain Burnett’s Highland Chocolatier

The Highland Chocolatier

For those of you that love fine chocolate, I have the pleasure of presenting a guest post from the award winning Highland Chocolatier. Founder and director Iain Burnett is on the board of the Academy of Chocolate and so only uses ethical and fairly traded chocolate in his creations. As you’d expect from the name, the Highland Chocolatier is based in Scotland at Grandtully, Perthshire. You can visit in person of course, but for those of us who can’t quite make it, the chocolates are also available online.  I am very much looking forward to trying some of them.

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