There are some really good vegan cookbooks being published these days. What a relief. I remember the days when you were lucky to get a dry as dust burger when you were out. Now there’s all to play for. Award winning vegan street food pioneers David & Charlotte Bailey ‘s book: Fresh Vegan Kitchen, is one of the good ones. Their TLT or tofu lettuce tomato sandwich has completely won me over to the wonders of smoked tofu. I have a copy to giveaway for one lucky reader. You’ll find details near the end of the post.
Kefir smoothies are my go to weekday breakfast. They are both nutritious and delicious and keep me going happily until lunchtime. Kefir is also incredibly good for your gut. This summery blueberry kefir smoothie is flavoured with rose and a bit of a treat.
Chocolate has been an abiding passion ever since I can remember. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to try bars produced by some truly excellent brands. Pacari premium organic chocolate is one such. To celebrate World Chocolate Day on 9 July, I’m delighted to offer my readers the chance to try this excellent chocolate too. Read on for details of the giveaway. The chocolate is so good, it’s really best enjoyed on its own, but I have to say it also works wonderfully well in these chewy and delicious coffee chocolate chip cookies with cardamom – I just couldn’t help myself.
Summer may be here at last and it’s definitely hot. Everything’s gasping for water and I’ve been praying for rain. The newly discovered roses in our garden aren’t looking quite as fresh and blooming beautiful as they were in May. But this heatwave hasn’t stopped our love of chocolate or some of us from baking. Read on to find 8 irresistible chocolate recipes featuring biscuits, cake, desserts, breakfast and ice-cream.
If you happen to get hold of a couple of punnets of cheap strawberries, I urge you to have a go at making this easy homemade strawberry jam. No need to use jam sugar, preserving sugar or added pectin. It’s super scrumptious with a nice balance of sweet and tart notes and a bright jewel-like colour.
What do you do with leftover egg whites? I make chocolate macaroons. I adore macaroons and find it very hard to stop at only one. One leftover egg white is the perfect quantity to make a few, but not too many. This chocolate macaroon recipe substitutes chufa flour for ground almonds, but you can easily swap them back again if you find ground chufas difficult to get hold of.
When I don’t feel like making a smoothie, granola with fruit and yoghurt is my go to breakfast. It’s quick to prepare, nutritious and delicious. This simple recipe for easy vegan honey almond granola uses vegan honey as the backdrop sweetener. You can, of course, easily switch this for normal honey if you’re not a vegan.
Jacqueline Meldrum was one of the first food bloggers I got to know when I started blogging all those years ago, back in 2009. So I’m absolutely delighted to introduce you to her first book, Living on the Veg: A kid’s guide to life without meat – that’s assuming you haven’t come across it already of course. I’ve made one of the recipes from the book already, puff pizza pies and you can find it further down in the post. I’m also able to offer a copy of the book as a giveaway.
Well May was a very odd month, with some really cold weather and some unseasonably hot weather. Luckily, chocolate remains a reliable friend and we have 7 easy summer chocolate recipes here for your delectation and delight. Or maybe I just mean my own. Hopefully June will be a more settled month.
It’s been a while since I last made beet kvass. Every few months, I get the urge to make some and this month of May was one of them. It must be my body telling me I’m in need of something therapeutic. Beet kvass, which is thought to have originated in the Ukraine a long time ago, is a probiotic drink that is chock full of health-giving properties and made using the humble beetroot.