I never meant to make this dinner. I originally intended to use my mock duck to make vegan duck pancakes, but had a bit of a supermarket failure. What is a supermarket failure? It’s when you go to the supermarket and fail to get what you went there for. I went in with Chinese pancakes on my list, and left without them. Simple as that. Except, things got more complicated because I had all the ingredients for the aforementioned pancakes, and nothing else… But don’t worry, this isn’t a tale of woe and despair, it’s a tale of how I ended up with hoisin mock duck and pineapple rice and a delicious dinner instead.
Hands up who likes chocolate? Come on, just a little bit! I’m always a bit of a flip-flopper on whether I love chocolate or I just like it. I sort of trained myself out of being unable to resist it a few years ago but I’m pretty glad about that. Nobody should be able to eat an entire Terry’s Chocolate Orange in one go and still be up for more. That said… I do love these chocolate lava cakes – I’ve made them a few times and they’re my ultimate quick, indulgent dessert – especially when drizzled with vegan cream!
Last week, I really wanted some cookies. I know what started it – it wasn’t a random craving. At work there is a tin full of biscuits (similar to cookies, for the Americans among you but smaller, and usually with more of a crisp bite). The problem, as I’m sure you can imagine, was that I couldn’t have any! So there I was, 3pm, hankering for a biscuit with my decaf coffee and denied. Utter dismay! That evening I set about making my first batch of mini delights: these mini peanut butter shortbread cookies!
March has literally marched on through for me – it seems to have passed in the blink of an eye! I’ve been busy driving up and down the country this month, but I still posted a few (well, four) recipes to tempt you, and a round up of Easter goodies!
Yes, I know. Meatless shepherd’s pie isn’t shepherds pie BUT if I tell my mum or grandma I am making ‘shepherdess pie’ I can just picture the odd look they’ll give me. And, really, this is the pie my mum used to regularly serve for a weeknight tea. It’s got the baked beans and everything! Baked beans in shepherd’s pie seems to be relatively common among mums in England, and yet every recipe I found online neglected to add them. Perhaps I’m making some massive faux pas but… there’s beans in my vegan shepherds pie and there’s no going back now.
The scone: something I always think of as quintessentially British. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a scone and jam – but I know several (myself included) who don’t like tea. However, so far all of the supermarket scones I check the ingredients of aren’t suitable for vegans. Gah! It mean that in the last couple of years, I’ve had scones about… twice. Enter: making my own vegan scones!
Do you get asked about vegan chocolate quite a lot? I sure do! “Does it exist?” Is the main one. But also “can vegans eat chocolate?” comes up quite a lot. My answer is usually just a confused “…yes?”. So, for those who are also faced by confused friends, family and general acquaintances, I rounded up a collection of dairy free, vegan Easter eggs that we can all point to and say: “look!”! And also “that one please!”
Winter, Autumn, Spring… even Summer, it doesn’t matter what the season is in England there’s one thing you can guarantee: rain! And when there’s been nothing but rain for days, there’s something deliciously comforting about soup. This chestnut and mushroom soup is a warming and healthy alternative to other, more hearty food comforts.
Okay let’s be serious: most people don’t have time to may pretty stacks of pancakes every day, or even avocado on toast. I certainly don’t! I need a quick, easy breakfast recipes that are protein packed (for post-workout), delicious and meal prep friendly! And so, I bring you this salted caramel vegan protein smoothie bowl!