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Monday, 19 March 2018

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

One of mine and my boyfriends favourite meals is gnocchi. We love it with a red pesto or a delicious green pesto and loads of veggies or it's great with a veggie burger, some quorn chicken pieces stirred in or a fillet of salmon. We always buy ready made gnocchi (this brand) but the other day I decided to get create and make my own vegan, gluten free sweet potato gnocchi! Honestly I expected it to go very wrong and be a total disaster, but it was a success! Thankfully I wrote down the full recipe so I can share it with you.

The great thing about this recipe is that although it sounds very fancy and impressive when you say you've made your own gnocchi (a great dinner to make when you have friends over!) it's actually an incredibly easy, quick and cheap recipe. You can jazz it up with any spices or herbs that you like and it should keep in the fridge for a few days too!


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Berry Coconut Chocolate Bombs

I recently had my parents over to my new house for a meal, which of course meant I had a lot of fun in the kitchen putting together a delicious dinner for them. I made a masala curry followed by lemon sorbet with fresh raspberries & honey toasted almonds, as well as Berry Coconut Chocolate Bombs for an extra something sweet with a post-dinner coffee. They went down so well I just had to share the recipe on the blog!

These Berry Coconut Chocolate Bombs are like little balls of heaven. They're almost like bounty style truffles with an added bit of sweetness (and pretty pink colour) from the berry powder. Not only did they make a yummy after dinner treat but would also make a delightful homemade gift for this Mothers Day.

The middle of these chocolate bombs is a mouth-watering combination of desiccated coconut, coconut milk, maple syrup and some berry powder (which you could always leave out if you don't have any!) which when blended together make something so tasty, especially encased in a dark chocolate shell! Biting into these chocolate bombs is something quite magical, seeing that gorgeous pink colour through the centre makes the sweet treat exciting and real food for the eyes, not only the stomach. They're vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free but so moreish, indulgent and rich with every bit of flavour and texture you want in a sweet treat.


Monday, 5 March 2018

Creamy Leek & Spinach Pasta (Vegan)

I've always loved a creamy pasta dish with the mouth-wateringly smooth texture and comforting flavours. Following a dairy free diet you might think I can no longer enjoy such delights, but that's where you'd be wrong! Recipes such as this Creamy Leek & Spinach Pasta satisfy that creamy pasta craving whilst only containing plant based ingredients, yes that's right, this dish is vegan friendly!

The creamy sauce is made using soaked cashews, butternut squash and nutritional yeast (as well as a few other little ingredients) which when combined together make this magically creamy and rich cheese like sauce which honestly I could eat by the spoonful! I adore the addition of leeks and spinach too, I just find they work so well with the creaminess of the sauce and add a welcome freshness to this fairly rich recipe. When stirred into cooked pasta it becomes major comfort food but each mouthful is full of so much nutritional goodness that'll leave you feeling on top of the world.


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hummus Spiced Tofu (Inc. Recipe Video)

Hummus and tofu are two of my favourite things ever, but I've never tried combining the two....until recently! This recipe for hummus spiced tofu using Zest & Zing's Hummus Spice product is one of my most simple but most delicious recipes to date.

Tofu has this wonderful ability to be able to absorb flavours so well, so by marinating cubes of delicious tofu in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil and the heavenly Hummus Spice blend really worked amazingly. Once baked in the oven the pieces of tofu turn beautifully crispy and the smell will be enough to make your tummy rumble!

The hummus spice from Zest & Zing is made up of garlic, sea salt, lemon, cayenne pepper, parsley and olive oil and really does recreate that famous hummus taste we all love! It works so well in this recipe but is also a dream cooked with vegetables like aubergine or courgette and can be sprinkled on pitta bread or crackers for a boost of flavour!

Try this tofu recipe as a high-protein, savoury, plant-based snack, a yummy edition to a salad or serve as a tapas dish with things like salsa, olives, pitta bread and cherry tomatoes.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Valentine's Day Dark Chocolate With Rose

Chocolate is most certainly one of the most popular Valentines Day gifts, but have you ever thought of making your own chocolates to give a loved one? This brings so much more thought and meaning to the classic edible gift and you can even customise the chocolates with flavours you know the recipient will love!

Making your own chocolates is much easier than you might think too! Especially with a handy pack like the Indigo Herbs Chocolate Making Kit which comes with all the ingredients you need to make your own chocolate treats. I had a go with the set myself to create these cute and super delicious heart chocolates complete with edible rose petals for an added Valentines touch....did you know they're an aphrodisiac?

I used rose petals but why not try adding maca powder for a natural caramel-like taste, chopped hazelnuts for that nutella vibe we all love or a sprinkling of sea salt for salted chocolate goodness!


Friday, 9 February 2018

Raspberry & Amaretto Pancakes

Pancake Tuesday is just a few days away, so it's most certainly time to start thinking about what pancakes you're going to make on the day! I've got the most delicious recipe that'll make pancake day something truly special - say hello to these incredible Raspberry & Amaretto pancakes complete with homemade raspberry chia jam!

The pancakes are entirely gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free but they're packed with a load of flavour, have a wonderfully fluffy texture and are light yet super satisfying. The amaretto taste comes from Amaretto flavoured coffee from We Are Littles which has been my favourite coffee for a little while now, so adding to a pancake recipe seemed like a fab idea and I was so right! The amaretto flavour is picked up even more by the flaked almonds on top and is complimented by the fresh raspberry jam so well. Heaven!

TOP TIP - enjoy with a hot mug of Amaretto flavoured coffee to pick up that delicious taste more! And enjoy any leftover jam spread on a piece of toast, dolloped on porridge or smothered on rice cakes.

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