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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 […]
***Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase*** The other day I went on a crazy batch cooking mission, only to realise that I didn’t have enough room in my (pretty giant) chest freezer to store it all. (Note to self…stop cooking all of the time!!) This left me having to remove the less necessary items that I could use up quickly and easily. Besides the millions of ice lollies I didn’t even know we had (where do they all come from?) filling up the bottom of the freezer I found a fair amount of frozen fruit that I thought would be just perfect for smoothies for the next day or so. (Bear with me, it will all link into the frangipane tart in a minute, I promise.) Anyhoo! I set about making smoothies and juices but did not see the big bag of cherries I had left on the counter until later when there was a glorious red juice stretching itself across the kitchen worktop. (Doh!) By this point we were all ‘smoothied’ out and I was stuck […]
Every year my mini ones and I have several Christmas traditions to mark the run-up to the big day. One of which is we have a Christmas tea party when we sit down to watch the CBeebies Christmas panto. Now, this is our first vegan Christmas so I wanted to make it extra special and when I asked Fin what he wanted most at the tea party he screamed the words ‘chocolate’ and ‘cake’ at me! (He’s so my son!) Vegan chocolate cake has not gone so well for me in the past with it usually tasting of coconut, peanuts or being too dry to chew but we have hit the jackpot here. I hadn’t intended to blog this recipe as it was just meant for our quiet tea party but after the reactions from both vegan and non-vegans I felt it would be selfish not to share this awesome recipe. Really, it is truly delicious! So, as a description so you know what you’re getting yourself into, the bottom half of the cake tastes like Black Forest gateau and the top layer tastes like chocolate fudge cake! What’s not to love? The cake rises beautifully and the sponge tastes […]
Is it a cake or is it bread? It is an ongoing debate in our household. I’m still firmly in the outnumbered camp as it appears Pops, fin and even my own mother (shame on you) are sticking to their guns and calling it cake. So I guess you guys are just going to have to make it for yourselves and then you can let me know. This recipe has been inspired by a recipe that I found in the Go Vegan cookbook however, we tweaked the original recipe to suit our taste preferences. It was a book we stumbled upon at the library not long after first turning vegan and Paul sent me a link and said: “We have to buy this cookbook because I want to eat every single thing in it!” So for his birthday I bought him the book and promised to make my way through all of his favourite recipes. This is the first recipe I chose to make because it is a real show stopper. Who wouldn’t want to dive headfirst into the swirly chocolate heaven right? And yes it really is as delicious as it looks. Ingredients For the dough: 450g strong white […]
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS, EVERYWHERE YOU GO… Ok, so I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been singing that since August. Sadly it’s true as I am…one…crazy…Christmas…lady. Really I am. I started thinking about this Christmas around the middle of January. Paul has to stop me from putting the Christmas tree up in October and I’m practically banned from pulling out the Christmas album now, until at least the end of November. This is our first vegan Christmas. Eek! At first, I was feeling a little terrified at the thought of trying to preserve all of our usual foodie traditions but after a few (hundred) food experiments I’m feeling fully confident about nailing the old traditions and bringing in some new plant-powered ones too! So, this is a recipe that I started working on in the summer. (Yes my family have known for a while now that I’m completely bonkers!) I wanted a good long run up so I could check that the cake was good even after feeding it and letting it mature. It actually went perfectly well first time and I can honestly tell you that I’ve never had something more Christmassy pass […]