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Lemon and Olive Oil Cupcakes

So here is just a little vegan cupcake recipe for Mothers Day. These were some cupcakes I made for a baby shower last week and everyone,whether omni or vegan, loved them! The olive oil content of these cake keeps them from getting dry and the cake part is not too sweet, so is balanced nicely by the sweetness of the frosting. They are also again pretty straight forward to prepare… another case of simply mixing the wet and dry ingredients together. Try to get hold of cold pressed olive and avoid using ‘pure’ olive oil or olive oil blends… in fact sometimes the cold pressed, though much better quality, is cheaper at the supermarket. I know this was the case at Tesco. Have a scout around and see what is available to you locally. Have a lovely Mothers Day everyone! Lemon and Olive Oil Cupcakes   Ingredients 2 cups plain flour 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup cold pressed olive oil 3/4 cup …

Rosewater Cupcakes and Vegan Weddings

I am ashamed to say its been over 6 months since my last recipe post, which really is pretty bad. Over winter I found it really hard to find inspiration. Our house was like a building site, literally. We had no floor for the first few weeks, we had plaster crumbling off walls and a ton of wallpaper to strip. We are finally at a stage of having a more welcoming home… at least parts of it anyway, (still waiting on buying carpets, buying a bed etc.) Though I will never forget those few weeks when all we had was a camping stove to cook all our food on! Now summer is nearly here, the house is warm, the kitchen (almost) stocked its definitely time to start writing and cooking awesome foods again. I have been busy the last few weeks catering a few weddings which has been amazing. The wedding season is here and with over 1% of the population of UK now vegan its now more than ever important to cater for vegans at big …

Skillet Rock Cakes with Goji Berries

This week I have been once again facing the perils of cooking without an oven, and in my mind all I want to do is bake. I made up the batter for these rock cakes with the intention of baking them traditionally in the oven.  I had everything all ready and the oven pre-heating! Then disaster…  Once again I heard the noise of the gas change,  had a look underneath and saw the fuel pipe was on fire on the OUTSIDE!  Argh ! The thing drives me crazy. I was determined to not let the batter go to waste…  Wasting food is not something that happens on these ships.  There is a very well enforced rule of ‘if you put it on your plate… Your eating it’. So I grabbed my skillet and thought why not? It could work. These delicious Skillet Rock Cakes were the result and can be enjoyed anytime of the day.  We had them for an afternoon snack served with jam and vegan custard, then this morning I had the leftovers …

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

In 2011 I joined the Sea Shepherd ship M/V Brigitte Bardot in Belgium as the cook and my journey into discovering vegan cooking began. The Sea Shepherd ships are all strictly vegan and so was I when I joined. I soon learned though that cooking for yourself in your own home compared with the reality of cooking on a moving ship, providing 3 meals a day for a hungry group of sailors was a whole different and extremely challenging thing! This was also my first time on this type of ship (a trimaran which jerks in every direction possible with seemingly no pattern, extremely fun when trying to drain a huge pan of pasta). I felt for a while I might be out of my depth, I was sea sick, I wasn’t that good a cook, I couldn’t sleep but at the same time I was so excited o be on board and luckily had a very supportive crew to help me. After a while I started to enjoy myself… we got past the Bay of Biscay …

Superfood Cornflake Cakes

Cornflakes cakes are probably a childhood favourite to thousands of people, and I think it’s one little treat not made enough as adults. I guess it looks pretty sloppy and you couldn’t really serve them up at a dinner party… But that doesn’t make them any less easy and fun to make. These are my almost raw version of that classic. I like to add different seeds, superfoods and nuts to make them that bit more interesting. You can really throw in anything you have on hand, and omit anything you don’t have, as long as you keep the amounts similar. Why not try using some oat flakes, bran flakes, rolled oats or even puffed quinoa in place of the cornflakes. Maybe try adding a bit of Matcha powder, acai or spirulina. The possibilities are endless!   Superfood Cornflake Cakes   1/4 cup coconut butter 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup cacao powder 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 2 Tbsp chopped almonds 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp goji berries 1 Tbsp chia seeds 3/4 cup …

Coconut Lemon Tart

This tart is lovely and refeshing as well as being very easy to make. I opted for a no bake crust with this as I kind of have a love hate relationship with pastry. I love to eat it, but recently I have no interest in making it. I used to love making pastry but I think my change of opinion has something to do with the lack of good quality vegan baking ingredients in Cape Verde. They have a number of vegan margarines here, but the label ‘fully hydrogenated vegetable oils’ seems to be used as a positive selling point for the product. Its not even kept in the fridge. The idea of trying to use this to make pastry repulses me slightly. So here is my recipe for Coconut Lemon Tart, with a gluten free no bake crust. This tart would be perfect served with some vegan cream or fresh berries on top, and will keep for a day or two in the fridge   Coconut Lemon Tart   Crust ½ cup dates …

Raw Caramel Brownie Slice

I have been daydreaming of making a new raw dessert for a while now, but was unsure of what it should be. It can be a struggle here with a lack of available ingredients, and my supply stock I brought over from England is definately on its last legs! So I dedicated the last of my coconut oil and raw cacao powder to these delicious little gems! I had wanted to make vegan caramel slices for a while, and after deciding the best caramel substitute to use would be date caramel, I figured to go one better and make the whole thing raw. So here they are, they don’t need more explaining… I’m pretty sure the pictures tell you all you need to know. Raw Caramel Brownie Slice  Base 1 cup dried dates ½ cup pecans ½ cup walnuts ½ cup raw cacoa powder ¼ cup dried figs  Caramel Layer 2 cups dried dates, soaked in water for 1-2 hours 5 Tbsp water 3 Tbsp coconut oil ¼ tsp sea salt  Chocolate Topping ½ cup raw cacao powder 1/3 cup …

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 …

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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 …