This year is a special year for us as a family. The last time I was making a birthday spread for my little girl we weren’t vegan. In fact, my little girls birthday cake was the last non-vegan thing I ate. So this year is my daughters 8th birthday but her 1st vegan anniversary. I wanted to celebrate this special day with some of her favourite treats yet keeping it simple so I could still enjoy the day with her and not be tied to the kitchen. She asked me for a grown up girls cake with her most favourite strawberries as the decoration. This small party feast is ideal for both young and old, vegan and non-vegan alike. It is a very simple set of recipes set to wow even the hardest of critics. I hope you all enjoy sampling some of our delicious vegan menu. Cake – serves 12-14 330g plain flour 300g caster sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups dairy free milk (I used soya) 2 tsp vanilla 120 ml olive oil 1 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar For the icing 900g icing sugar 6 tbsp vegan butter 8 tbsp dairy […]
- Kids Recipes
This recipe came about completely by accident but oh my word I am sooo happy it did! On the run-up to Christmas (which starts in about September for me as I’m the crazy Christmas lady), it dawned on me that the kids and I had been making a few too many sweet treats. So I wanted to set a savoury challenge for the kids and get them involved with some inspiring and tasty ingredients. It was a toss-up between Indian and Thai food and since we couldn’t make up our minds we decided to do two recipes. Thai meatballs with a creamy peanut and lime drizzle and vegetable korma lunchbox pasties. Yum! Today’s recipe is a really wonderful one to make with the kids or for the kids as it really gets the senses going. Using lemongrass, coriander, ginger, garlic and lime allows the children to explore smell and teaches them how smelling ingredients can help you balance the taste of a dish. It is a really simple recipe that will have something for all ages to get involved in. As always we ask you to make sure you never leave a child unattended while cooking and always give them […]
Ok, so these were made with the kids with the view that they would make great lunchbox/picnic snacks but as I ate a great deal (most…ahem) myself I can honestly say these deserve a place both in the kid’s recipes section and ours. They have been such a hit with our ‘fussy’ child that I’m asked on a daily basis ‘when can we have the korma pasties again mummy?’ These are a very mild introduction to Indian spices for your little ones but if you’re planning on making a few extra for the spice fans in your life then feel free to add as much curry paste as you wish to this dish. This is a really easy recipe for your little ones to get involved in. All of the ingredients are very soft for chopping and it would be very hard to make any mistakes during any element of this process. As always, please take care of your little ones while they’re in the kitchen. Always use age-appropriate equipment and never leave them unattended. Right then, aprons on and mini fam followers at the ready. Let’s head to India and create these scrummy little spiced pasties. Ingredients (makes 12) […]
Both of our two just love cooking. Quite often I will be in the kitchen preparing breakfast or lunch and a little head will pop around the corner and say “Mummy, can I help please?” I think it’s so important to involve children with cooking from a very young age but I feel it has become even more important since becoming vegan. I think it really helps them to learn about the new foods they are trying and the beauty and vast array of plants we now eat. For example, if I expect them to drink a green smoothie, then it helps them to know that actually, the smoothie is full of mango and orange as well as spinach and wheatgrass. That way they know that their drink is going to taste sweet and not like blitzed up broccoli. (Yes, I have mistakenly made broccoli smoothies before. Don’t do it. Please don’t do it.) It also encourages creativity and an understanding of flavours as they can pick and choose their ingredients too. Their enthusiasm for cooking got myself and Paul to thinking that maybe we should create a child-friendly section on the blog. I’m sure you can imagine that we […]
So it’s that time of year when Halloween and bonfire night fills the shops with crazy sugar-filled treats. Candied ‘this’ and popping ‘that’ and an innocent trip to the shops turns into you being ‘mean mummy’ and saying no to that bright pink apple covered with goodness only knows for the third and final time!…and breathe. So, this year I took matters into my own hands and on stepping across the supermarket threshold I uttered the words “Who want to make some chocolate apples when we get home?” To deafening sounds of “ME!!” I smugly set about asking the kids to pick their favourite apples, dark chocolate and sprinkles and avoided the “I wants” of previous years. It goes without saying that apples are healthy but did you know there is an array of health benefits in dark chocolate also? Dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium and Iron which is great for growing busy little bodies. It is also a great source of antioxidant to help keep those snotty noses at bay. It’s known for being great for heart health and helps improve cognitive function too. Make sure you get a good quality dark chocolate of 70% cocoa […]
Ingredients 2 tbs crunchy peanut butter 6 pitted dates 1 cup dried apricots Half cup pumpkin seeds 1 cup flaked almonds Half cup dried cranberries 1 cup hemp seeds 1 cup oats 5 Brazil nuts Instructions Blitz all of the ingredients in your grinder until they move around the bowl in one sticky mass.You may need to blend in two batches depending on the size of your grinder Portion and roll into balls If you don’t eat them all in one sitting (not advisable!) they will keep in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy!