Simple Alternatives

Staying at home during the holidays means I have more time experimenting with bakes and trying something new for a change! Which of these do you like the look of? 😉 Happy to share any recipes or ideas!

Vegan mango ‘milk’ puddings with muesli (made from almond milk and vege-gel)
Wholemeal savoury choux ring with roasted mushrooms, turmeric cauliflower and chicken liver pâté
Gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza with aubergines

Deep Frying Day 🔥 🔥

It’s always so much nicer to deep fry in a bigger kitchen! (And thank goodness it’s not too hot here in Edinburgh!) I was oddly craving for some fried food this weekend, so I decided to make some simple veggie samosas today! 😋👌

The dough is very simple (so much so it doesn’t even really needed a recipe haha!) – it is basically flour with a teaspoon of olive oil and a couple of spoonfuls of water until the dough comes together after some kneading. (I used wholemeal plain flour.) Most of the fillings came from scraps I could find in my family’s fridge/freezer – butternut squash, broccoli, fried tofu, garlic, coriander and spring onions seasoned with some spices including turmeric and chilli powder.

I went for a very simple triangular ‘pyramid’ fold, which is basically folding the three corners over the filling and sealing it with a ‘glue’ made from flour and water.

I then served these with a dipping sauce made from cucumber, coriander, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil and fish sauce (plus salt and sugar.) It was a delicious Saturday snack! 😋 😋

A Late Halloween…

A very big LATE Happy Halloween to everyone here! 👻🎃🕷😂😛😁 (I was absolutely swamped by work this past week, but you are now probably getting very sick of hearing this by now lol!) I hope that you had a chance to celebrate this fun festival. From all those scary costumes to sickly parties, there are many things I enjoy about Halloween, but one of my favourite things, of course, is doing some ‘scary’ baking for it. I didn’t manage to find time to do that this year though, but I thought I will share my Halloween bakes from last year. 😉

These Halloween 🎃👻 coconut biscuits are vegan and made using dairy-free margarine. I adapted a recipe from the allrecipes UK website for the biscuits. (This is the link👉 The icing is made from icing sugar mixed with coconut milk and food colouring. It’s a very straightforward recipe that I was able to whip up before a Halloween night out, and it was fun to able to enjoy these snacks (with some booze of course haha!) before hitting the ‘haunted’ city. 🌃

Though baking wasn’t on the card this year, I still got to celebrate the festival last night attending a ‘Twisted Circus’ event in Clapham. Didn’t manage to drink much this time, as the price tags were super high! 😅 But it was still a good night out! 😉