All posts tagged: cruelty free

Savoury Pancake Stack with Pine Nut Cream (gluten free)

This recipe is something I tried last week, kind of just making it up as I went along. This is not something I usually do, I will usually thing about what it is a want to make then list all the ingredients I want to use etc. and work out the best way to make the meal. But with these pancakes it was different somehow, more creative and it felt wonderful. I knew I wanted pancakes, but nothing sweet and I just kind of went from there with whatever I happened to have in the cupboard. This Savoury Pancake Stack really is delicious, and it is really the Basil Pine Nut Cream that makes it. And it’s also gluten free! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Savoury Gluten Free Pancake Stack   3/4 cup Chickpea Flour 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil 1 cup Water Salt and Pepper to taste 4-5 cups of sliced vegetables of choice (I used portobello mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion and …

Vegan Potato Gnocchi

Wow I cannot believe it has almost been a whole month since my last post! The last month has been absolutely crazy, going to sea, organising the ship, and now for the first time in months and months I am back on home soil in England. And this time permanently… or at least for a few years until I need to escape again. Its pretty exciting to be home and honestly can not wait to get more involved once again in some activism in the UK. There is so much need here for people to be active or for fundraising, especially for some animal sanctuaries that are barely hanging on. Take a look at my links page to see some awesome organisations in need of support… or maybe there’s a group in your area. I often feel there can be way, way too much focus within the vegan/vegetarian community on just the food/recipe aspect of vegan living and never enough focus on really being active within your community to generate change and directly help the …

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Quick Rise Vegan Garlic Breads

I haven’t had time to do as many post recently as I would like as I have been going crazy trying to find a job, any job will do really! In a little over a month now I will be returning home to England, I guess permanently for now, and leaving ship life behind for a life on land, hopefully filled with growning vegetables in my garden and visiting forests, the thing I miss most while living on water! Well so far no luck… Lincolnshire is not calling out for vegan chefs unfortunately so I am having to look at very different career ideas, something I haven’t had to do for years now and its pretty daunting, and extremely stressful. The dream is to open a vegan cafe/restaurant in Lincoln, something it desperately needs, but I am a very very long way from having saved enough funds to get that up and running, so I am spending my days trawling the interent for jobs to apply for that are not completely soulless and I can …

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 …

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Lemon and Ginger Spiced Soda Bread

These rolls are an adaptation of my earlier recipe Irish Soda Bread. They make the perfect little side accompaniment to winter soups and stews. They are hearty and filling and best of all so quick to make as they don’t need to be kneaded or left to rise… the beauty of soda bread. Lemon & Ginger Spiced Soda Bread   1½ cups plain flour 1½ cups wholemeal flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking soda zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp dried parsley ½ tsp grated fresh ginger 250ml warm water 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice Preheat your oven to 180c and lightly dust a baking tray with flour Sift the flours, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir in the zest, parsley and ginger Mix the water and the lemon juice together then pour into the flour mixture. Stir and beat together with a wooden spoon until there are no dry patches of flour left. If dough still is too dry add a little more water, a teaspoon at a time. The …

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% …

Blueberry and Banana Smoothie

Banana’s and blueberries… such a perfect combination! This is the perfect smoothie to have for breakfasts. Blueberries are considered a superfood and have some amazing qualities, some of which I mention here in my post about eating rainbow foods. Pair them with chia seeds and bananas and you have a pretty amazing morning pick me up!   Blueberry and Banana Smoothie 1½ cups blueberries 1 banana 1 cup baby leave spinach 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds ½ Tbsp chia seeds 1 tsp spirulina 1½ – 2 cups water/ almond milk Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  

Lemon and coriander couscous | Vegan Mo Fo 2014

This is the Lemon and Coriander Couscous I served along side my Seitan Tagine with Apricots and Dates a few weeks ago. I know its very easy to use a packet of couscous… but its also almost just as quick make your own and then you know exactly whats going into it. Fresh ingredients always taste better and are better for you then dried or processed flavours! This is a dish you can serve with many different meals as a side. Or you can take the base of this and add nuts, crispy seitan strips, tofu, dates or beans and make the side into a main course. Simple cook to instructions and stir through any other extra ingredients before you serve.   Lemon and Coriander Couscous 1 cup pearl/giant couscous 2 cups couscous 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 cups vegetable stock ½ tsp turmeric ¼ cup lemon juice Large handful fresh coriander, chopped   Cook the pearl couscous according to the instructions- usually just boil for 5-10 minutes until soft. Drain and rinse with cold …