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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Here is a pretty simple vegan blueberry muffin recipe. Still people ask me how can you bake without eggs and butter etc but it’s so so easy if you have the right recipes. I find it is just kinda rethinking the basics of baking and the equations of the recipe. Vegans did not invent eggless muffins and cakes, those recipes have been around for decades if not centuries. Back in early early 1900s during the World Wars women were coming up with new ways to make delicious treats with the rations they had… usual when they were very low or completely without dairy and eggs. This is my interpretation of vegan blueberry muffins in which I use the Baking soda with vinegar method to make them rise. In fact that probably my favourite method for all baking. It always seems failsafe. Check out my recipe for Chocolate and Coffee Cake and Chocolate Chunk Muffins. It tastes much better when you know its 100% free from animal products. Vegan Blueberry Muffins Yields 12 Ingredients 2 cups …

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 …

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 …

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 …

All things Rosemary

I have often overlooked rosemary as a herb and really just associated it with roasted potatoes. I feel like I have never really given it a chance! So at the veg market the other day I was collecting my weekly bunch of basil when the lady pulled out this huge handful of rosemary, and I thought what the hell, its something different than usual and I figured I would find something to do with it. It was only about 50p for the whole lot. When I got back to the ship I thought I would get a bit more creative and make a selection of rosemary flavoured and scented things, wanting to give this beautiful herb its due. As with most green herbs, rosemary is an awesome anti-oxidant, it can also stimulate your immune system, improves blood flow to the brain improving mental capacity and concentration, helps with indigestion and protects against certain carcinogen to prevent cancer. Its definitely up there with amazing foods you should include in your diet. So below I give you …

quick rise vegan garlic bread

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 …

grilled seitan kebabs with a creole spiced coconut sauce

Grilled Seitan Kebabs with a Creole Coconut Sauce

  So I have kind of fallen in love with spice mixes recently… See my recipe for Sambar Masala Spice Mix. I love making that big jar of mixed herbs and spices and have it just waiting for me to easily transform a meal. I find it much more time efficient than measuring out the exact spices everytime you make a meal… This way you have a selection ready to go last minute if your in a hurry. As I am in Cape Verde where one of the main languages is Creole it seemed fitting to put together my own Creole recipe. As with the Sambar Masala recipe, after this seitan recipe, my favourite way to enjoy Creole Spice Mix is on oven baked potato wedges or roasted sweet potato. It also makes an awesome rice dish when you replace the spices in this Vegetable Paella with the Creole Spice Mix. For this recipe I used a Seitan I made from scratch, washing a plain flour dough to get to the gluten… It’s a pretty …

Sambar Masala Chickpeas

This side dish can go with almost anything and can quickly bulk up a meal when you realise last minute you havnt’t made enough food… something that happens pretty often to me with the amount of food a crew of hungry sailors can eat! It’s the perfect last minute dish and is absolutely delicious, I could eat this everyday. Its so versatile… serve as a side dish with other curry dishes, rice and flat bread, wrap up in a tortilla with chutney, vegan yogurt and salad, or just eat plain as it comes topped with tons on fresh coriander. I like to make a big batch of this spice mix to store with my other herbs and spices so I can sprinkle it on other dishes… I particularly love it on oven cooked potato wedges.  With this recipe I used chickpeas as I find them so versatile I always have a few cans stored away for emergencies.   Sambar Masala Chickpeas   3 Tbsp of Sambar Masala Spice Mix (recipe below) 2 cans chickpeas, drained …

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 …