Homemade vegetable stock

Before I became vegan, I made my own stock. I always had a vegan good quality stock in my store cupboard but when I made a vegetable one it often fell flat. Last year to reduce my food waste I purchased a compost bin, which I am delighted with. Making a big pot of soup... Continue Reading →

Barbeque glazed vegan meatloaf

I used to love meatloaf as a child, that mash potato and veg was my happy meal. Being either vegetarian or vegan it was a meal that was a distant memory. I have tried many nut loaves but really they hold no appeal, I wanted a smoother texture. I wanted something I could have it... Continue Reading →

Bakewell Tart

Bake well tart has its roots firmly planted in English history, a well know tea-time or high tea delicacy and popular confection. Consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell spread with jam and then topped with a layer of delicious frangipane finished with flaked almonds. It is a variation of the Bakewell pudding which originated in... Continue Reading →

Caramelised onion sausage rolls

I love a sausage roll and they are the perfect buffet finger food for every occasion. I cannot imagine a Christmas without making some. I didn't want to have just sausage meat and pastry, although they are also good too. I wanted to jazz mine up and raise the flavours a bit more. Since so... Continue Reading →

Stollen bites

It seems at the moment that I am in a stollen flavour bubble. While I love making the traditional spiced German loaf marbled with marzipan, sometimes I want to ring the ranges. I have made Gluten-free stollenStollenStollen cookiesStollen muffins and now introducing stollen bites. These are MoistStickyMoreishFruit PackedAlmondyDelicious This is my final foray into stollen... Continue Reading →

Stollen

If there is one definitive food that signals the arrival of the festive season in our house, then it has to be the German Christmas bread Stollen.  This loaf that has a thick dusting of icing sugar on the outside, is meant to resemble the baby Jesus in swaddling clothing. This buttery bread enriched with... Continue Reading →

Gingerbread biscuits

There are certain spices that scream Christmas, these are ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I have been coming up with plenty of ways to incorporate those spices in my cooking right now. Obviously, the most common recipes are gingerbread biscuits and ginger cake. I have been making both of these items for over 30 years now.... Continue Reading →

Mince Pies

Mince pies are one of my favourite indulgencies at Christmas and my first mince pie of the season is something I look forward to. I make my mincemeat too, it gives me the chance to pack in the flavours that I love as I am the only person in my immediate family that like them.... Continue Reading →

Vegan savoury rolls

I love savoury goodies, much more so than the sweet stuff. Best of all for me is pastry, be it shortcrust or puff pastry. I just love the way it crumbles when you bite into it, sending golden crumbs all down your front and sticking to the side of your mouth. In my pre-vegetarian and... Continue Reading →

Stollen Muffins

If I had a pound for every Stollen I have made over the years, I would be a wealthy woman. I started baking these fragrant loaves around 30 years ago, at that time they were not found in supermarkets. Now it is nice to ring the changes a little and incorporate the same essential flavours... Continue Reading →

Plum and almond cake

I love Autumn as much as I love summer. It is the glut of British produce that I love. Apples, plums, pears, leeks and pumpkin. It seems like this lovely produce is ready just when we need it, ready for warming soups and desserts. I love this cake even though I'm not a fan of... Continue Reading →

Dreamy pumpkin cupcakes

I have never made anything with pumpkin before. My best friend is Canadian so sometimes I like to bake something from her home. I thought I would start with something innocuous such as a cupcake. I ordered my cans of pumpkin puree and then crossed my fingers. I was blown away by these and so... Continue Reading →

Cookie dough cookies

I love a biscuit or a cookie, although I am not easy to please. I am not a fan of soft biscuits or ones that are hard. These hit the spot. CrispySoft centreDeliciousMoreishPerfect for dunkingChewy Everyone that tasted them loved them. There are so many varieties of vegan/gluten-free biscuits but I probably have a few... Continue Reading →

Pesto tofu fingers

Two of my favourite ingredients to work with are pesto and tofu, mainly because there are so many ways to use both and I love the taste. In my mind the best way to prepare tofu is to freeze it beforehand, it changes the texture of tofu completely. If you are planning to marinate it,... Continue Reading →

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