Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious whole food recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Chilli Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Balls

Cookie Dough Energy Balls

Now who doesn’t love nibbling on a bit of raw cookie dough? It’s an experience that evokes happy childhood memories. Well you’re in luck. The chilli chocolate chip cookie dough I’ve made here is not for baking, no, it’s for pure indulgent eating in its raw state. And not only that, it’s also egg and dairy free, made with healthy ingredients. flavoured with chilli and cinnamon and above all else, delicious.

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Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese, Chilli Lime Buttered Corn & More

Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese

When I was challenged by Iceland to make a two course meal for under £10, I went one better and created a three course offering instead. Broccoli cauliflower cheese was the main event. This was served with sweet potato fries for colour, contrast and carbs. We started with colourful corn on the cob smothered with zesty chilli lime butter and we finished with a very indulgent chocolate ice-cream. National Vegetarian Week seems like a very good time to showcase it.

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Smoky Mexican Bean Soup with Wholemeal Spelt Soda Bread

Smoky Mexican Bean Soup with Spelt Soda Bread

In cold weather, there is nothing more warming and comforting than a big bowl of steaming soup. Or do I mean stew? I’m not entirely sure whether this Mexican bean soup is actually a soup or stew, but with a generous amount of vegetables, beans and spicy Mexican flavours, it certainly makes for a satisfying meal. It’s especially good when served with some hearty soda bread spiked with a little smoked chilli honey.

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Slow Cooker End of Season Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings and a Giveaway #66

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings

I was lucky enough to grow up with an Aga in the house. This meant plenty of slow cooked meals. There’s something about slow cooking that really brings out the flavours of ingredients and melds them into something richer and more flavoursome than the sum of their parts. These days, I only have an ordinary electric cooker, so I don’t tend to do much of that sort of cooking. At least I didn’t until I was sent a Von Shef slow cooker to try out. Those delicious childhood stews called to me and I knew I was very soon going to make a slow cooker vegetable stew.

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Squash Chilli Chard Feta Pasties – A Vegetarian Take on a Cornish Pasty

Squash Chilli Chard Feta Pasties

This recipe for squash chilli chard feta pasties makes for perfect autumnal comfort food. It’s a vegetarian take on a traditional Cornish pasty filled with colourful seasonal veg and a bit of spice to keep out the chill. The pastry is really easy to prepare and makes them a joy to put together.

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Cucumber and Celery Smoothie or Summer Soup

Cucumber and Celery Smoothie

A couple of months or so ago, I decided we needed a change from fruity smoothies for our morning breakfast. Delicious as they are, I’m more used to having something savoury at this time in the morning – it just feels right somehow. This cucumber and celery smoothie is so versatile it doubles up as a cooling summer soup.

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Courgette and Chickpea Pancakes with Mango and Cucumber Chutney

Courgette Chickpea Pancake

The courgettes, otherwise known as zucchini, continue to flourish in the way only courgettes know how to. Having enjoyed the spiced courgette fritters I made recently and with plenty more courgettes developing, I couldn’t resist this chickpea pancake version when I spotted it in the February 2005 issue of Delicious.

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Black Forest Gateau – Kick-Back Indulgence

Black Forest Gateau

Why, I’m now wondering, have I never made Black Forest gateau before? It’s a fabulous bake; not only is it very tasty but it’s also naturally gluten-free and relatively simple to make.

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Quick Tomato Sauce with Seaweed – No Cooking Required

Quick Tomato Sauce with Seaweed

Pasta is one of those standbys that is perfect for meals in a hurry. I often make tomato sauce to go with pasta and add carrots and onions and any other vegetables I happen to have around – parsnips work well. The other day, I was in even more of a hurry than usual and so I thought I’d try blending a raw tomato sauce instead. I was a little surprised at just how good this quick tomato sauce with seaweed was.

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Caramalised Chocolota and a Blow Torch

Crème Brûlée is one of my many weaknesses and if ever I’m lucky enough to go out for a meal and find it on the menu, that is what I will order. However, I’ve never made one myself as I’m always afraid of placing ramekins, or any other dish for that matter, under a hot grill; call me timid, but cracked pots and napalm style explosions are not high on my list of kitchen events. So I was absolutely delighted when Buy Catering recently sent me a chef’s blow torch to try out.

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