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 […]
Well, this mango smoothie recipe is so simple it practically doesn’t need a whole blog post about it but the flavour is just so beautiful that I would feel selfish if I didn’t share it. This recipe came about as I am forever trying to get my little girl to have more calcium-rich foods in her diet. She is also not a fan of bananas unless I can sneak them into a smoothie so I decided to create a milk-based drink for her to have at breakfast time that was rich in vitamins and minerals. This smoothie is so delicate and creamy. The mixture of coconut and mango give it a really summery feel and it is very filling, making it the perfect choice for breakfast. So, a little bit about the nutrition. Aside from using fortified coconut milk which contains calcium, B12 and vitamin D the mango is a real powerhouse of nutrients. Just one cup of mango contains 76% of your daily vitamin C. On top of this it’s a rich source of B vitamins, vitamin A, copper, potassium and fibre. The humble banana adds to this concoction of goodness by offering a healthy source of potassium, vitamin […]
For those of you who know me, you’ll know that this time of year is both my favourite and yet hardest time of year. I am so Christmas crazy that I’m ashamed to admit that one year we even had our tree up in November! (Not my finest hour and not something I will be repeating…pinky promise.) However, with the longer nights and the colder weather, I also suffer much worse with my health anxiety. However, last year I stumbled upon the art of hyyge. It really has helped me to marry the best and worst bits of winter into a more manageable package. It has allowed me to strip back the unimportant things and invest my time and energy into the quiet and pleasurable activities with my family whilst enjoying all the cosy and snuggly things that the festive season brings. This brings me on to this wonderful recipe. It’s traditionally a Swedish version of mulled wine with extra ingredients like nuts, dried fruits and liquor. However, since we don’t drink alcohol and we like to involve the kids with all of our festive traditions we have adapted the original to a family-friendly alcohol-free version. This recipe is so […]
I am so happy to be writing out this recipe for you all. Not only because it is super yummy delicious but also because it’s our Pops first recipe on the blog. Yay! Go Pops! This recipe came about after several failed attempts at getting Pops to enjoy a green smoothie. Bless her, she drank the ones she didn’t like but I wanted to find a green smoothie that she really loved. So I thought what better way to find a recipe than to get her to design one herself. I am ashamed to admit this as I’m meant to be the brains behind the recipes but this truly is the most delicious green smoothie I have ever had. Now admittedly it doesn’t have large amounts of broccoli or kale in it but it is jam-packed with goodness and she has drunk a large jar of this smoothie every day for the last week and has enjoyed every last drop! Serves 4 Ingredients Half a small pineapple 1 large ripe mango (or frozen if you like your smoothie cold) 1 avocado Juice of 2 or 3 oranges 2 teaspoons wheatgrass powder Top up blender jug with filtered water Blend until […]
Since turning vegan we have been ploughing our way through litres of almond and coconut milk and while they are tasty and fairly affordable I don’t like always having added calcium in our food. I prefer to find it naturally in our greens and beans and so decided to do a little research on making our own. It seems you can pretty much make milk out of anything but since we use almond milk most often I thought that that was a good place to start. We went to whole foods the other night and found our nut milk bag. (They don’t have them on their website but you can get this very similar one from Amazon.) We had all the other ingredients we needed at home. The recipe I finally decided on trying was from a pin I found on Pinterest. I can’t tell you how delicious this is. You can’t even compare it to the shop bought nut milks. It really was very easy to make too. Ingredients 1 cup almonds 4 cups of filtered water 2 or 3 pitted Medjool dates (it depends on how sweet you like it) 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla A pinch of […]
Yum, yum, yummy! That’s what I thought after I drank this pretty smoothie. It really does taste as good as it looks. This smoothie is a really child-friendly drink. It kind of tastes like a strawberry milkshake but is loads healthier! Win, win! Makes 4 drinks Ingredients 1 quarter of a watermelon 1 punnet of strawberries 1 banana A little filtered water if you want to loosen it at all. This smoothie is so simple to make and is great as a breakfast shake, an afternoon snack or a healthy dessert option. Enjoy!