Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 x Sweet potatoes
  • 1.5 x Tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 x Pre packed/cooked beetroots cubed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 x A tin of chickpeas
  • 2 x Tbsp of fresh chives finely chopped
  • 2 x Heaped tbsp of sweetcorn
  • 1 x Tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 x Tsp English mustard
  • A few hazel nuts and spring onions to garnish.

Directions

1. Prick the sweet potatoes and put them in a pre-heated oven. 200°c for 30 minutes.
2. Bring the potatoes out of the oven and cut each one down the middle. Remove the flesh from the skin and place it in a separate bowl.
3. In a frying pan toast the fennel seeds for a few minutes and then put to one side.
4. Mix the diced beetroot with half of the sweet potato mixture and the fennel seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Now in a separate bowl mix the other half of the sweet potato flesh with the sweetcorn, chickpeas, mustard, soy sauce and the chives.
6. Fill the sweet potatoes with half of each of the mixtures and place under the grill for 10 minutes.
7. Now serve using hazel nuts and chives to garnish.

 

Chocolate, Banana and Coconut Balls

Ingredients

  • 120g x Hazel nuts
  • 2 x Small bananas (removed from skin)
  • 3 x Heaped tbsp of coconut powder
  • 1 x Tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 x Tbsp sweetener
  • Extra coconut powder to coat them

Directions

1. In a bowl place all the ingredients and use a hand blender to bind them together.

2. Using your hands roll the mixture into small balls.

3. Roll the balls in the extra coconut powder to coat them.

4. Place them on baking tray lined with baking paper.

5. Now place them in a pre heated oven at 200°c.

5. Cook for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven. You can eat them straight away or allow to cool and eat later.
This is a really healthy dessert that took hardly any time to make. I made these bad boys when I had a evening craving for something sweet. I created these delights out of what I had in the cupboards at the time. They are lovely! Enjoy

Pea-nut Soup

Pea Soup with a little heat

Ingredients

  • Frozen peas
  • boiling water
  • stock cube
  • peanut butter
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt
  • Bombay mix

Guidelines

  1. Pour as many frozen peas into a pan. (I used about 1/3 of a bag of peas which made one BIG bowl of soup for me : ) )
  2. Add a tbsp of peanut butter and stir.
  3. Now cover the mixture with boiling water (just enough to cover the peas) and add salt to season.
  4. Crumble in a stock cube and allow the peas to cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Keep stirring.
  5. Using a hand blender give the mixture a quick blitz.
  6. Now pour into a bowl and sprinkle over some cayenne pepper… I didn’t put on loads as I wanted the pea flavour…but enough to give a little warmth in each taste.
  7. Put some Bombay mix on the top to add some crunch.

 

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Now I know this recipe may seem vague… however I find the most enjoyable part of cooking to be the experimentation…For instance…Pea and peanut butter! Slightly random combination, but it works well together. Now I thought I would share this with you and allow you to use your own taste buds and intuition to work out exact measurements that suit you. That’s the fun part…so who am I to take that away from you?? Keep tasting until it is the right heat, texture, saltiness and consistency…As an added extra sit some Bombay mix on top of your soup to add some crunch. It acts as a type of crouton and again worked well to give a little kick of spice.

I hope you enjoy playing around in the kitchen with this one!! It shouldn’t take too long to prepare…It was probably the quickest meal I ever made : )

Birthday Beetroot Brownie Cake

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/4 x A cup of apple sauce
  • 2 x Tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 x A cup of vegan butter
  • 1 and 1/2 x Tsp of baking powder
  • 2 x Tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 x A cup of sugar
  • 1/2 x A cup of sweetener
  • 1 and 1/4 x Cups of plain flour
  •  1/2 x Cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 x Cup of soya milk
  • 1 x Cup of beetroot puree
  • Salt

Frosting

  • 1 and 1/4 x Cups of powdered icing sugar
  • 1 x Tbsp of vegan butter
  • 1 x Tbsp of soya milk
  • 2 x Tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 x Tsp yellow food colouring

 

Directions

  1. Place all of the brownie ingredients into a blender and mix until a smooth batter has formed.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Pour the brownie mix into the baking tray and cook in a pre-heated oven at 200°c for 45 minutes. You can check it is cooked by placing a cocktail stick into the middle of the brownie. If when you pull it out there is no cake stuck to it…it is cooked.
  4. Take the brownie out of the oven and allow to cool. Using a heart shaped cutter, cut 4 heart shapes.
  5. Now to make the frosting, use an electric whisk to mix all the ingredients together.
  6. Now spoon a layer of frosting onto a piece of the brownie and stack another brownie on top and repeat using all of the brownies. Voila…you got yourself a Birthday beetroot Brownie cake.

A beetroot treat I made for my fabulous friend Sophie’s 30th Birthday! Its very easy to make and can be whipped up in a few hours.

This is a little poem I wrote for Sophie’s Birthday…

I’ve known this Yorkshire lass for ages, her name is Sophie Grey….today is very special for her… It’s her 30th Birthday.

Hope your having a great day and are being treat like a king…hope you got loads of gifts, chocolates, booze and bling!!

Make sure you go out and rave, like in the past we did…Make sure you enjoy your day, you deserve it R kid!

 

The Vegan Foot-Long Sausage Roll

Ingredients

  • 5 x Shallots
  • 3 x Linda McCartney
  • rosemary and red onion sausages
  • 3 x Garlic cloves
  • 1 x Stock cube
  • 3 x Tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 x Tbsp of dried basil
  • 1 x Tin of butter beans
  • 8 x Sun blushed tomatoes
  • 1 x Packet of just roll puff pastry (ready to roll)
  • Oil from the sun blushed tomatoes

Directions

1. De-skin the shallots and roughly chop them. Place them in a frying pan with some oil from the sun blushed tomatoes. Cook on a medium heat.
2. Add finely chopped garlic, Linda McCartney sausages, a stock cube, tomato paste and the dried basil.
3. Allow to cook until the onions are brown and the sausages are soft. Don’t allow them to cook until crispy.
4. Now place the mixture along with the butter beans and sun blushed tomatoes into a large bowl and allow to cool.
5. Roughly blitz the mixture with a hand blender, but leave some of the mixture chunky for texture.
6. Now roll out the puff pastry onto baking paper. Place the butter bean and tomato mixture down the length of the pastry, leaving a couple of centimetres from one side. The filling should be the width of 2 sausages.
7. Now very carefully roll the pastry over on itself to make the sausage roll shape. Ensure the filling is well contained. Cut off the extra pastry.
8. Using your fingers push down the edges of the length of the pastry to seal the filling in.
9. Using a fork mark the edges of the pastry and score the top with a knife.
10. Glaze the sausage roll with plenty of oil from the sun blushed tomatoes.
11. Cook for 25 minutes at 200°c in a pre heated oven.

So there has been lots of hype over the famous Morrisons foot long sausage roll… As they are filled with meat, this makes them unsuitable for me to eat. So I figured I’m not missing out on the fun and made my own…but vegan. I think it would be great if Morrisons brought out a vegan version of the foot long sausage roll…Until then you will have to make your own using my tasty recipe 😁 Enjoy

Pancake Well

Ingredients
For the pancakes:-

  • 1 x Cup of plain flour
  • 2 x Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 x Tbsp sugar
  • 1 and half x Cups of soya milk
  • 2 x Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • ½ x A cup of coconut powder
  • 1 x banana (mashed)
  • Salt

For the topping:-

  • 1 x Punnet of raspberrys
  • 2 x Bananas
  • Golden syrup
  • Alpro vanilla soya yogurt

Oil for the pan

Directions
1. Add all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix.
2. Add the other pancake ingredients to the bowl and whisk into a batter.
3. Heat a pan on a high heat, turn down to a medium heat when the pan gets hot.
4. Add oil to the pan and wipe away the excess.
5. Once the oil has heated add a ladle of the batter.
6. Allow to cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Until the top of the pancake starts to bubble and appear to be setting.
7. Then flip the pancake. Let it cook for about 30 seconds and then use a glass or a cookie cutter to cut a circle out of the centre of the pancake.
8. Cook the pancakes until golden brown on both sides and then stack them up on a plate.
9. In the centre of the pancakes place the raspberry and banana topping mixture or create one of your own.

 

 

Perfect weekend breakfast for sharing with your favourite people. We cut ours into quarters and there was plenty to go around…In fact we were all stuffed. My mum loves raspberrys and as it is her Birthday tomorrow, so this is why I chose them…but you can adapt these pancakes with flavours of your choice! Enjoy .

 

Vegan options on flights

Sitting in the airport waiting to go on a long flight to America, I realised that I have not pre ordered a Vegan meal. To be honest I hadn’t really considered it, because I have just become accustomed to the fact that I don’t get to eat much when I fly…

Then it crossed my mind…fast (like the non vegan food carrying aeroplane I was about to board)…

I am not happy to be hungry…

I don’t want to become accustomed to not being able to eat when travelling abroad…

and… I want the same conveniences as people who eat meat

I am sure I am not on my own that I would like to be able to board any flights with no faffing or pre booking ‘special’ dietry meals.

While I know I am special 🤓,  I am only one of over half a million vegans in Britain (number sourced from Vegansocity.com)… and the numbers are increasing. There are three and a half times as many vegans now as there were in 2006, which again according to the Vegan society makes it the fastest growing lifestyle movement. These numbers don’t even include the rest of the worlds vegans.

So why can’t there just be some vegan food already onboard? Surly it would be easier for the airlines to offer say a hummus and roast pepper sandwich, which is suitable for vegans and vegetarians? Then they wouldn’t have the worry of any of their valued customers going hungry 😣

Worldairlines.com rates the top 5 Airelines as follows: 1. Emirates. 2. Qutar Airways. 3. Singapore Airways. 4. Cathay Pacific and 5. ANA’s

I have looked on the airelines websites and they all offer some form of vegan meal, however they must be booked 24 hours in advance.

However Airlines such as Ryanair have no Vegan options that I can see from their website (and from personal experience)…apart from olives or if you are lucky some fries…at least they have plenty of booze so you can drown your sorrows whilst watching everyone around you filling there faces!

I recently flew with United Airlines and Lufthansa and you had to pre-book with both or spend a small fortune on food in the airport to take onboard.

EasyJets onboard bistro doesnt appear to have any vegan options…but on the plus side you can take your own food on the flight apparently. Flybe, Monarch and Jet2.com all seem to have the same level of options for vegans.

To be honest these are the flights I would largely be able to afford and I don’t think it would be too difficult for these companies to incorprate a vegan option on their regular menu. I know you might be thinking there would be food wastage. However many vegetarian meals onboard flights could be tweeked to be vegan…and if vegans have to pre-book meals because of fear of waste…so should everyone else. So the petition starts here…if you feel my struggle and would like to be able to eat a vegan meal with out pre ordering or think there should be more diverse ranges of vegan options on the onboard menus…Please sign this petition… Imagine…no more grumbling tummies, no more Hangry Vegans…the world would be a happier place 🖖

Copy the link below into your web browser to sign ➡️

https://www.change.org/p/lufthansa-airlines-to-offer-vegan-options-onboard-flights-without-pre-booking?recruiter=86601099&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition