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10 December 2017

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

 Chewy, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, filled with tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate, perfect for the holidays, sharing with friends and giving as gifts! I shared these cookies with some friends recently and the feedback was more than positive, with the whole batch being effortlessly polished off. There's nothing better than a chewy cookie, with slightly crisp golden edges and there's actually a bit of science to achieving perfectly textured cookies, that believe it or not, I learnt during my nutrition degree! 

 During my time at uni I learnt a lot about the role different ingredients have in baking and cookies are no exception. Chewy cookies must have more sugar than fat, it's a fact, so maybe these aren't everyday foods, most sweet things aren't. But they are holiday party and gift worthy cookies, that are delicate, chewy and a little crisp and golden round the edge. With tart dried cranberries and chunks of vegan white chocolate, brought together by the warmth of a pinch of cinnamon. I also used aquafaba (chickpea water) to replace the need for eggs in this recipe.

4 December 2017

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

You can't get much more Christmassy than peppermint hot chocolate - creamy, rich & minty, topped with vegan whipped cream, a grating of dark chocolate and a candy cane. This recipe really couldn't be simpler, yet the result is a luxury hot chocolate, that you wouldn't even know was vegan.

To me, hot chocolate is always supposed to be comforting, when it's cold outside and you hold that warm mug between your hands and breathe in the scent of the chocolatey goodness. In that moment everything feels perfect and that's the feeling I'm trying to recreate here. So take a few minutes, make this mug of peppermint chocolate comfort, top it with vegan whipped cream and sip away to your own little world. 

2 December 2017

Spiced Plum Crumble

There are few things that feel more comforting than this warm dessert, infused with mulled, Christmas spices. This pudding is a twist on the classic crumble, using plums, which perfectly take on the spices and cook down to be sort of jam like, but still holding their shape and a little tart too - topped with a hearty crumble topping, all crisp and perfectly golden brown.

This is the type of recipe that feels your home with the warm smells of the spices and really bring on that Christmas feeling. This recipe is super easy to prepare and only takes 20 minutes in the oven, I even used the same dish that I prepared the fruit in to bake the crumble - especially at Christmas, you want to save on washing up when you can and this dish goes from stove top to oven to table!

26 November 2017

Cauliflower and Chestnut Soup

Yesterday I went shopping, bought decorations, a Christmas tree and put it up whilst watching a Christmas movie...and in case you were wondering, no, of course I'm not in the least bit excited about Christmas. So, my home is now lit up with twinkly lights and smells like cinnamon and orange peel...which is just about perfect. This next recipe is the perfect dish to start of your Christmas meal with...with packed with holiday spirit through the deliciousness of chestnuts. 

This cauliflower and chestnut soup is packed with smoky, caramelised flavours that just scream winter and will warm you right through, I topped it with a swirl of herb oil and crunchy, smoky  garlic sourdough croutons. Soup doesn't get much better than this and it may be the best soup I've ever eaten.

18 November 2017

Cinnamon Whiskey Roasted Veg

If you've seen my previous post, then you'd know this recipe was coming, along with a secret ingredient that makes the most incredible roasted veg ever. I've made whiskey roasted carrots before and I'm sure you've all seen plenty of recipes for cinnamon glazed veg online...but what if you combined them?

So, I was talking to my mum and full disclosure, she came up with the genius idea of using her new favourite drink Jack Daniels Fire - for those not in the know, this is cinnamon whiskey - to roast veg! So, there you have it, the secret ingredient to this amazing roast veg is Cinnamon Whiskey! The hint of cinnamon, combined with the sweet acidity of the whiskey, a drizzle of maple syrup, olive oil, fresh thyme and a good pinch of salt just makes this roasted root veg the best you've probably ever tasted.