Peasant-Style Buckwheat & Broad Bean Stew

My elder sister, who is a fantastic cook, went vegan a year or so ago.  She was a perfect cook then, and, prior to my going vegan, I always lapped up anything she prepared.  I visited her a short while back in England, and I was blown away by the amazing dishes she served us – she is also a gluten free vegan.  But this has not deterred her creations in any way.  Here is […]

No Bake Fruit & Nut Chocolate Cup Cakes

Moreish, chocolate nut cup cakes – so very convenient with no need to bake.  No more to say than make and enjoy ! Makes 8 cup cakes INGREDIENTS 12 plain vegan Digestive biscuits, or vegan Graham crackers, or other of your choice ½ cup roasted salted peanuts (or roasted hazelnuts if you prefer) 3 Tbsp vegan margarine, or coconut oil if you prefer ¼ cup broken sweet sesame bars (I make my own with raw […]

Sweet & Tart Zesty Lemon Drizzle Bites

If you love lemon desserts then there is no question you will love these babies of mine.  Created with instant zest, these slices will bring a smile to the dullest of moods.  Great with a cup of Earl Grey to round off a Sunday afternoon tea.  Or as a dessert to round off a light meal.  Fairly easy too make too.  I think they make a great gift too, and would be great for potlucks […]

Nut & Chocolate Multigrain Power Bar

I am done with buying energy bars and such like.  Today I attempted my own with much, much success, and the result has really made me a happy bunny, as the English saying goes.  Packed with nutrients, fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, these bars have a great chew to them, and will keep you going for hours on end – my energy levels certainly increased.  Sugar-free, and soya-free, it makes a perfect breakfast, snack or […]

Fruit & Nut Chocolate Truffle Slice

This is simply one awesome, sublime, decadent, smooth treat.  Back in the day I used to enjoy my Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut chocolate, and I have always been partial to an occasional truffle.   This creation provides both in one slice.  It’s very rich, and simply too good to be true !  Also easy to make, which makes it even more appealing. INGREDIENTS 200g non-dairy dark chocolate (get a good brand) 1 to 2 Tbsp molasses […]

Apple, Pear & Raisin Filo Pie with Maple Syrup

Filo pastry, apples, pears, raisins and maple syrup come together to delight your palette.  A truly mouthwatering delight – you must try this, it’s simple to mak,e and it will impress your guests.  Serve with vegan cream, ice-cream or hot custard if you dare !  Enjoy ! INGREDIENTS 1 Tbsp custard powder, mixed into a paste with 4 Tbsp (60 mL) water (I use Bird’s : http://www.amazon.com/Birds-Custard-Powder-Double-Size/dp/B000JMBE7M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356971960&sr=8-2&keywords=bird%27s+custard+powder) 2 apples  (peeled and sliced into quarters, then […]

Apricot Cinnamon Custard Tart

A most delicious dessert – reminiscent of the wonderful Parisian ‘tartes’, and a touch of British custard filling.  Here is a wonderful combination of flavours, with a great gentle base.  Serve to impress guests, or as a treat for yourself and family.  It is moreish, and you will love it, as it’s also easy to make. TIP : There are a few vegan custards powders on the market, google and see.  Here is one, and […]

Best-Ever Baklava

Baklava – a dessert served in many countries around the world, all with their own personal touch.  This is a very rich sweet, and therefore not one you will indulge in frequently.  I make this once a year – maybe twice, at most.  It’s not a weight-loss dessert, it’s not a totally healthful dessert – it is an uplifting, and very flavoursome dessert, to enjoy and lift the spirits.  Having tasted the different takes of […]

Strawberry Shortcake

If you love the idea of strawberries and cream and do enjoy an occasional treat then this recipe is indeed the one for you   Here is a rich biscuit that incorporates the magic of strawberries and cream with the addition of coconut.  This is a cross between a shortcake and muffin in texture, although somebody said she thought they were a little ‘scone-like’.  The flavour of these is insanely sublime, as is the texture […]

After Late Dinner Mints

Although I have a sporadic sweet tooth, I have always fancied the idea of a miniature after-dinner sweet. And if it has digestive qualities too – which mint undoubtedly does – then I know it’s got to be a good thing after a well-rounded dinner.  Of course, the inevitable problem lies in self-restraint – something that this little delicacy challenges on a large scale. Suffice it to say, that there was no trace left of […]