Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas presents!
 The long awaited book; Vegan Eats World
  It is bigger than it looks on Amazon and I'm in the process of bookmarking what to make first, but the Green Thai soup is looking pretty good!
Wearing last years scarf and Santa hat christmas presents from Beijing.
Also here is my christmas day roast dinner with Cheatin's Celebrations roast, bacon wrapped sausages and turkey, sprouts, parsnips, stuffing and creamy cheesey leeks.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Festive treats; Cookies, Yule Log and Santa's

Cooking christmas 2012
Last year I was backpacking and did no cooking at Christmas :(
This year I'm feeling very festive and have set some great challenges on myself, and tasted some great food.
Strawberry Santa's
Strawberries piped with icing, I made these for the work buffet, they didn't survive the many roundabouts on my route into work, and after a while the strawberries mixed with sugar and made a juicy mess.
Thankfully, my collgeus liked them and I heard someone say
'Who made these strawberry santas? They taste amazing'
Chocolate sprinkle eyes!

Gingerbread people and bears
I used the PPK recipe, which i realised is also tucked at the back of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.
I substituted Molasses for Golden Syrup and used Muscavado instead of regular sugar to give that deep flavour.
This cookies were just to my taste, crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and not too sweet. If you have a sweet toooth its worth icing them up!
Little Bears!

Black Forrest Chocolate Yule log
I made a gluten free sponge using the Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World Chocolate cupcakes, rolled the sponge, left to cool and then iced with a vanilla butter cream and topped with frozen mixed red fruits (thawed and cooked with arrowroot) then smothered it all in Chocolate icing.


China, Christmas 2011, Vegan set menu

Christmas 2011 we were in Beijing, only 3 months into our 10 month backpacking trip, we had a lovely meal at The Veggie Table and got to see the Great Wall of China!
The Vegan Set Menu was 208Yuan, which is about £20, for China that seems a lot, but for England very cheap! It consisted of a drink, pudding and 4 savoury dishes and compared to the rice and greens I had been living off, a real treat. The Veggie Table was run by a nice American lady who I spoke with.
Egg Nog (first time to try this) and Ginger tea
Creamy green beans with crispy onion 

Cabbage and apple salad and minestrone soup

Chocolate cake with walnuts

We went back a few days later we went back for Lentil soup, more ginger tea and hot chocolate

Our favourite meal was their Mushroom burger with really good Vegan Coleslaw!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Baked Cauliflower Mmm

Baked Cauliflower and Spinach Rice
Chop the whole Cauliflower head into even size chunks, in a bowl toss the other ingredients in and coat evenly, place on a baking tray in the oven, cook until golden brown and soft.

1 tbsp Garlic infused olive oil
1 tbsp Tamari Soya sauce
1 tsp Toasted sesame oil
Black pepper

 I like it crunchy, so I don't pre-boil it, I have this hot or cold, its so tasty!

Grazing on good food

Recently a friend gave me her graze box; two of the items were vegan, so I happily munched them and gave the other two to my partner to eat.
I’ve known about graze a little while, only signed up this month. I was at first worried not a lot would be vegan, but once you sign up you can “BIN” any non-vegan items; So all things with yoghurt, honey and milk powder gone, YAY!
The first box is free, and you can actually cancel your subscription at any time.
My first box was a mix of fruits and nuts, lots of goji berries and a little chocolate very healthy.
My second box had ‘Jaffa cake’, herby bread basket, afternoon tea and crumble and pure vitality. Less healthy but got eaten quickly! I couldn’t believe the herby crouton style bread basket was only 83calories as it felt quite indulgent. The Jaffa cake orange flavoured raisins are so tasty!
With all their promotions they seem to be growing from strength to strength and are expanding to the USA soon.
Its £3.89 per box and the delivery is free, and the box is designed to fit in your post box. Any friends who join can earn you a £1 off or a charitable donation to farming in Uganda.