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Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

This recipe is probably my favourite cookie one so far, and its also gluten free! It’s not too sweet at all which I love, its holds its shape perfectly but still not dry. I found that these cookies were even better the next day, which makes them great for making ahead and taking to Christmas parties. I decorated these with vegan fondant icing and it was so fun to play around with, even though it did take a lot of practice! So play around with them, get kids involved and enjoy!!! The dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours before using, just leave to sit to room temperature until rolling out and baking.     Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies 1¼ cups buckwheat flour ¼ cup chickpea flour ¾ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda ⅛ tsp pink Himalayan salt ¼ tsp xanthan gum ½ Tbsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon ⅛ tsp ground cloves 1 Tbsp ground flax seed, mixed with 1½ Tbsp water 2 Tbsp vegan butter …

English Apple Crumble

Apple crumble is in my opinion the best thing to come out of Britain. Simple as that. And this is my recipe for it. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of different recipes for Apple Crumble out there, some of them with new twists and some five generations old, passed down through families. This one is a mixture of the two for me. There was never anything written down in our family, just at Christmas we made Apple Crumble. I never really stopped and thought how we did it, we just did. Not until later when I started to teach myself how to really cook did I appreciate how important these memories were. Cooking intuitively without following recipes to the very last teaspoon took me a long time to grasp, before I would stop worrying about it being perfect and just have fun with food. Then I remember these memories… it’s exactly what we used to do and how my mother still cooks today. It’s where the best recipes originate from. So this is my version …

Cinnamon and Date Scrolls

This recipe is definitely a guilty pleasure. I enjoy making them as much as I enjoy eating them… but if you’re looking for a healthy recipe then this isn’t it. But where would be the fun in being strictly healthy all the time! I can’t remember where the first recipe I tried for cinnamon scrolls came from, but over the years I have refined it and changed some parts to suit my tastes, and this recipe is the result. These are perfect treats for picnic’s, tea parties or cold rainy windy English Sundays where there’s nothing else to do. So enjoy, they may take a while with the rising times but these Cinnamon Scrolls are definitely worth the wait.   Cinnamon and Date scrolls Dough 1¼ cup non dairy milk ½ cup caster sugar ½ tsp salt ½ cup vegan margarine 1 tsp vanilla 1 Tbsp fast action dry yeast 4½ cups plain flour Filling ⅔ cup packed brown sugar 3 Tbsp margarine 1½ tsp ground cinnamon ¾ finely sliced pitted dates Icing 1¼ cup …

Si Ma Bo vegan awareness day in Mindelo, Cape Verde

I have just got back to the ship, exhausted and absolutely covered in dog hair (and also a little dog urine) after a day spent helping out at Si Ma Bo in Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde. The day started with me and Jeannie, my sous chef for the day, making 25 Mini Pizzas, a Carrot Cake, a Peanut Butter Brownie Pie and Black Bean Salsa to take for a vegan awareness lunch organised by the amazing Silvia Punzo who founded Si Ma Bo (which means ‘like you’ in creole) in 2008. Over the last 3-4 years, which the very few resources they have they have managed to spay and neuter over 7000 dogs and cat. The animals picked up are given any medical treatment required, given the time and space to recover from surgerys before either attempting to re-home them with loving families, giving them a home at the shelter, or returning them to their homes on the streets. The day was such a success and we got to meet many people involved with Si …

Sundried Tomato and Olive Scrolls

So we are past the half way point of Vegan Mo Fo 2014, and it’s been crazy! I have had no life these last few weeks as I have spend all my time either in the kitchen or sat in front of my computer. I still haven’t mastered the art of speedy blogging… I am the slowest typist ever, but I am good with a deadline so I have thankfully managed to keep up just about. It’s been amazing to be part of and to see everyone else posts. Next week I’m off to Italy until the end of the month (SO EXCITED!!!), which means I won’t be able to blog as often, but hopefully will be able to post about all the amazing Italian food we will be eating… by far my favourite type of food. I mean pizza, gelato, focaccia, olives, basil, fresh tomatoes – there’s not much more you need in life. I pretty much love puff pastry anything and these scrolls are one of my favourite things to make with puff …

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Almost Impossible Pastries #2 The Custard Slice | Vegan Mo Fo 2014

I feel like this recipe is a half cheat as I am yet to make my own vegan puff pastry that’s worthy of posting. … So shop bought stuff it is! I started a mission months ago to re-create traditional pastries. It started with chocolate eclairs  and there are still so many half finished untested scribbled recipes in my notebook for pain au chocolat, danish panishes and many more. But today I am going to share my custard slice recipe, the best of British pastries! This recipe has had a lot of fails along the way, from sloppy custard to trying some of those ‘quick’ puff pastry recipes before finally deciding some things are just better bought in the shop… something I don’t say about many things! This is a nice dessert to take along to a picnic or for fancy afternoon tea with earl grey tea, scones and cucumber sandwiches.   Custard Slice    2 x sheets of vegan puff pastry approx 8×8 inches 1 recipe vegan pastry cream, recipe below 2 cups icing …

Chocolate Chunk Muffins | Vegan Mo Fo 2014

This is a recipe I have been meaning to type up for a while and is my absolute favourite chocolate muffin recipe, it just works every time and is full of flavour and never dry! I am always surprised when buying vegan cakes how often they are horrible and dry. I think with all the recipes out there for vegan baking now there really shouldn’t be any excuse for tasteless and dry cakes that aren’t even edible, especially if your selling them! I love to show people who are not vegan just how good vegan baking can be… that the bad reputation vegan baking has is definitely not justified. This recipe is perfect for demonstrating just that, and I think once you get a recipe like that it’s only fair to share it around!   Chocolate Chunk Muffins 1½ cup plain flour 1 cup sugar ¼ cup cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 cup non dairy milk ¹⁄³ cup canola/ sunflower oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ cup dark chocolate chunks (70% …

My vegan Dry Store | Part One

Before heading out to sea for a few months, or when preparing for a long trip to somewhere I will struggle to find specialist vegan ingredients, I do a HUGE inventory of what I need, what I have and start stock pilling goods in our dry stores. This part of being chief cook I sometimes think is the hardest, because if the ship runs out of food its all on my shoulders… so its always best to pack a little extra. As the ships run on donations it’s also extremely important to prioritize the ingredients. I may really want tonnes of tempeh, fancy sauces, vinegars and raw chocolates to feed the crew. But if I blow the budget on things like that but run out of rice and lentils we are screwed! So before I can think about the luxuries its important to get stocked on the necessities. Someone recently asked for my advise on what are good vegan pantry staples to have on hand on a daily basis… and I realized it’s really the …

Fluffy Sugar Free Pancakes

  This pancake recipe is one I have been refining for about 3 years and finally think it’s time to share it. Its gone from the batter being to thin, to them falling apart when they are being cooked etc. I’m pretty satisfied with this recipe now. They hold their shape, the batter is easy to handle, as well as using agave instead of refined sugar and coconut oil as a healthy fat alternative. I would recommend using soya milk or almond milk for these, as I have found rice milk doesn’t work so well. I like to eat these with jam, such as homemade damson jam, or just with lemon juice and syrup. You can also easily throw in a handful of blueberries or chocolate chips into this batter. Fluffy Sugar Free Pancakes   1 cup plain flour ½ Tbsp baking powder 1 cup non dairy milk (I would recommend soya for this recipe) 3 Tbsp agave nectar 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, then …

Gluten Free Chocolate Walnut Cookies

This is my second try at gluten free baking, and I am seriously enjoying playing with new ingredients. For this recipe I made my own quinoa flour, and has really encouraged me to try and make even more of my own gluten free flours in the future. These cookies are super easy to make, you really just chuck it all in and mix up it. Try changing the walnuts for you favourite types of nuts in… or even replace the currants with chocolate chips! I am a big fan of flexible recipes. I have also used buckwheat flour with these before. Make sure you wait for these cookies to cool down before devouring them, otherwise they will be a little crumbly! Enjoy, and happy Vegan MoFo! To make quinoa flour… Place your quinoa grains in a high powered blender (I used my nutribullet with the milling blade), about halfway full, an pulse to grind them up. This can take a while, and keep tapping the blender to mix up the grains inside. Be patient and …