Picture perfect morning run earlier. Now it’s time to get my granola making on…. I panic if my jar is running low. My secret ingredient is… Leftover pulp from whatever juice I’m making. This morning it was apple, lime and … Continue reading
A few weeks back my boyfriend and I stopped off at a local restaurant and Dave slurped on the most delicious looking bowl of French onion soup! I won’t lie… I was jealous! it was just the sort of comfort food I was craving so I couldn’t resist making a vegan equivalent that evening.
Now true french onion soup connoisseurs will be shuddering at the thought of me using the name “French onion soup” to describe this pot… No beef stock, no gruyere, no dairy butter.. What is she doing…. So I will simply call it the easiest yummiest cheesy drunken onion soup you will ever make.
Here we go:
Melt 50g of dairy free butter and a glug or two of olive oil
Add a batch of onions (as many as you have or want in the soup) finely chopped (if you were to invest in one kitchen gadget let it be an mandolin it saves time, it’s fun and it makes you feel like you’re a kitchen pro ha ha)
Followed by 2 cloves of crushed garlic and then a generous squeeze of agave syrup.
Reduce heat and cook away until it caramelises.
Add a glass of white wine a veg stock cube crumbled and fill up with water.
Boil again and reduce to a simmer (ideally leave it do it’s thing for an hour or two but I was too
Hungry to wait)
Season to your liking with a generous amount of sea salt and pepper.
And serve up…. Mmm…
While I was grilling the bread I grated a generous amount of violife pizza cheese (thank you Art of Zen Foods for my amazing cheeses once again) into the soup and let it get gooey and sink.
Cut up a few slices of crusty bread and use a potato peeler to slices a few pieces of violife pizza cheese to pop on top. Onto the grill they go until melted and yum.
Sit them into the soup and it’s time to eat.
You could add some fancy leaves and spices but I think simple is best when it comes to this soup.
No it’s not on my top ten for healthy vegan dishes but it wins the top award for food hugs.
I arrived back after a busy morning at my “I’m a little vegan” food stall craving a sweet and a coffee. Of all things to crave coffee is neeeeeever one of them but I gave in and created this little plate of deliciousness. Bliss.
I had a humongous bag of mulberries that a lovely friend gave me, some delicious bananas from organic republic, a leftover piece of tofu and a bit of chocolate sauce and ice cream from the other night. Yum!!!!
For the base:
I blitzed dried mulberries and coconut oil and flavoured with vanilla essence and agave.
For the filling:
I blended tofu, agave, some melted chocolate and a banana.
Press the mulberry mix into a lined pan and top with the filling and into the freezer it goes for an hour or so.
I prettied it up with a few slices of banana and raw cacao and served with a shot of espresso and agave, two scoops of dairy free vanilla ice cream and a squeeze of chocolate sauce (coconut oil and raw choc melted)
A plate of heaven.
There’s something so comforting about a nice slice of fruit cake and a cup of tea but nicer still is a fruit cake that is rich and delicious but doesn’t require flour, sugar or plant milk.Almost sin free wiithout losing out on yumminess.
How to: Blend a cup of almonds until they are powder like. Combine in a bowl with your favourite fruits, seeds and nuts. I simply used what I had available. Sultanas, cherries, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds approx a cup of each but anything and everything works here. Figs, apricots, dates, hazelnuts and so on.
Add 3 teaspoons of egg replacer mixed with 6 tablespoons of water. 1/4 cup of agave syrup And a splash of gin (optional but gives it a little zing and oh my gin and I are great friends) Bake in the oven at 150c for 45 to 50 min. Remove, cool, cut and eat with your favourite cup of tea.
The perfect naughty but not so naughty tea cake.
Heavens above! Every Friday needs to be celebrated with this over indulgent choc and fig breakfast smoothie. Out of this world. Mmmm…. I had half a tin of coconut milk in the fridge and thought ah its Friday live a little.
I blended a handful of dried figs a generous spoon of cacao nibs (optional) a squeeze of agave, 2 tablespoons of raw cacao and 2 teaspoons of maca from lovely iswari, a glug of agave, half a tin of coconut milk and 3 glasses of water (as little or as much as you like depending on your desired consistency)
It’s like drinking gold or some other metaphorical equivalent. This is definitely becoming a regular treat.
Have a wonderful friday! Sending out love and happy vibes for the wkd.