Chewy Christmas cookies

A simple chewy cookie recipe with some Christmas spices. Easy to make, hard to resist. Serves: 30 Ingredients 75g Flora Buttery (non-dairy margarine) 100g raisins 55g caster sugar 75g soft, dark brown sugar 175g self-raising flour 1 egg 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground nutmeg 0.5 tsp ground cardamom 0.25…

Carrot bacon bandwagon (fake-on?)

Yes, carrot bacon is everywhere at the moment and I was skeptical before I tried it. Now that I have, I love it. This is so easy too, the hardest part is slicing the carrot so no effort at all really. Is it just like bacon? Absolutely not but that doesn’t matter because it is…

Clear mushroom and sugar snap pea soup

This clear mushroom soup is full of flavour and robust mushrooms with great texture. It’s also quite low in calories. Serves: 4 Ingredients 25g dried mixed mushrooms I used a Merchant Gourmet packet which includes Shiitake, Oyster and Porcini mushrooms 4 spring onions (25g) 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed 1 large celery stick…

Madeira cake with vanilla icing

My wife was having a tough morning at work today. She’s got a bad foot and is in a lot of pain. I made her breakfast of chopped avocado, tomatoes and spring onions with a slice of malted brown toast. She looked so sad and asked if there was any cake. Well, of course, there…

Another pear and almond tart

With cherry jam glaze and toasted almonds on top We enjoyed the pear and almond tart so much that I made another, I think we have another family fave. This time I had acquired a proper flan dish so it is more like a tart than a cake. I also added a cherry jam glaze…

Christmas is coming IV

Vegan Christmas Cake – the eating Every Wednesday I took the cake out of its box and brushed it all over with brandy to feed it. On Christmas day itself we had so much food that we didn’t get around to the cake. It was finally cut on New Year’s Day and it was lovely….

Failures

Not everything works out as planned. I wanted to make no-egg amaretti biscuits using aquafaba instead of egg white. All was going well, I’d got the soft white peaks using the aquafaba, sugar and lemon juice with a little vanilla and orange flavouring. I’d also included 1/2 tsp of baking powder to help it rise….

Mince pies – vegan

This recipe came from the BBC site, here. The changes I’ve made are: To use 290g cherries in kirsch rather than 390g. That’s just because that’s the only size jar I could find. Replace coconut oil with vegan margarine, Flora Buttery. Otherwise the coconut taste comes through too strongly. I made 24 out of the…

Breadsticks – quick and easy

Yes, you could buy breadsticks but these are easy to make and will have that non-uniform look of homemade produce that people love. You’ll see in the photos that some of these are rolled and some twisted. The twisted ones are much quicker to do so I’ll stick with them from now on. I wish…

No-egg meringue, vegan

Aquafaba, the miracle alternative to egg white. No, I couldn’t believe it either so I thought I’d try to make meringues with it. After all, meringue is the one dish where you MUST have egg whites! Right? What is aquafaba? It’s the water from tinned peas/beans. I used chickpea water from a tin I got…