This is sooooo quick to make, it took me about a total of fifteen minutes to whip it up! It's one of those type of dishes I create without really knowing that I'm going to create it. I think "I'm hungry" and I look in the fridge, pull out a few things, get some essentials from the cupboards and WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU LEAH I have a sumptuous feast waiting before me to be devoured! This is one of those meals where if you don't have all the ingredients I've listed, or want to substitute them with other things, it's still going to turn out great and tasty!
A rich, chocolatey milkshake that is actually good for you?! Surely not!! YES!!! IT'S TRUE!! This is something that I've been making for myself for ages now, and it only occurred to me the other day that I should pass on the recipe. This is more energising and 'wakey-uppy' than coffee, believe me. For me, a coffee high lasts about 10-15 minutes and then I crash and get a bit lethargic, after a glass of this I am bouncing off the walls with energy for a good hour or so! It's rich, filling and creamy but you don't even need to use any milk if you don't have any (by milk I mean plant milk, obvs!) The chocolatey splendour is courtesy of the raw cacao powder, which is really high in natural anti-oxidants as well as taste!
Here's a quick one that packs a flu busting punch! Now the cooler weather has well and truly hit London, I'm suffering from a fresh bout of pining for Thailand!! One of my very favourite things about Thailand were the incredible fresh tropical fruit smoothies, available for mere pennies on almost every street corner. I drank soooooooo many of them! Not only smoothies, but there are also fresh tropical fruit sellers EVERYWHERE, and one thing I really got into was papaya. It has a mildly sweet really satisfying flavour that is very moreish. Even better than that, it's packed full of immune boosting goodness, so is a great thing to eat/drink at this time of year, cold and flu season.
Now this really is the easiest snack to whip up in under 5 minutes!! I'd never heard of these before last week, until my driving instructor (watch out people on the roads of west London!) was raving about them after his mini-break in Spain. A few days later I was in the supermarket and lo and behold, there they were, sitting there waiting for me to cook 'em up into a tasty tapas treat! They are very inexpensive, one 135g box costs just one of your Great British pounds, so you can't really go wrong.
This recipe has its inspiration rooted in the most unlikely of places - The Toby Carvery. What does a vegan know about Toby Carvery I hear you ask?!!? Well, actually you may be surprised to learn that this "haven of meat" serves not one, but two specified vegan options! So, anyway, my boyfriend (vegan, loves junk food!!) loves their nut roast Wellington and set me the task of recreating it in someway. Since the actual Wellington is pastry, I can't eat that being gluten free, and it makes me very sad to make yummy dinners for us both that I can't eat (obviously!!) so I decided to stuff a mushroom with the most delectable and 'meaty' filling I could conjure up!
I promised a roasted pumpkin seed recipe and here it is! The seeds I used were left over from the pumpkin I used to make the pumpkin soup last week. Don't throw your pumpkin seeds away!! Especially with halloween right around the corner, if you are going to be carving a spooky face into your big orange ball of delight, and have no intention of consuming its flesh (this sounds like a horror film doesn't it!?!) then at least keep the pumpkin seeds are roast them into yumminess! It really is sooooooo easy, it'd be a such a shame not to. Here's what you do....
Have you ever wondered what the hell to do with one of these?!?!
So the temperatures have dropped, the rain has started (this is England, did the rain ever stop?!) and the coat wearing season is back in full swing. The cold makes me hungry. Like I can't stop eating. I want to eat, curl up with my cat and hibernate until about March next year, that's cool yeah?! No Leah, you are not a hedgehog! So the pumpkins are out to play! The other week I was visiting some family friends who live in a huge house in the country in North Norfolk. They have LOADS of land attached to their house and they grow all their own fruits and veggies. Leah heaven. Seriously I was like an over excited child! They let me raid their pumpkin patch and pick my own pumpkins, and courgettes/zucchini which are the ridiculously huge! They were just left to grow and they are the size of missiles or something. Insane!!
You know those times when you are eating something you know is bad for you, and you say "I wish (insert naughty treat here) was actually good for me!" Yeah? Well yesterday I actually experienced something so delicious and decadent that all who tasted it said "I cannot believe this is actually good for you, because it tastes soooo naughty!" Well ok, I may have been paraphrasing a little just then, that that is pretty much what we all said when we were tucking into this fruity, creamy sweet dream. This dessert (or breakfast if you are like me this morning) is, like everything else on this blog, free from gluten, refined sugar, dairy, chemicals or preservatives, meat, eggs, trans fat and cholesterol. So in your face people who think that healthy food can't be tasty. IN YOUR FACE!!!