This Meat Free Monday I’m embracing Blue Monday by getting involved in the new blue food craze using the powerful antioxidant Blue Spirulina (powder). It’s benefits include protein and Vits A, K1, K2 and B12, iron and Manganese, which makes it perfect for creating my vegan (coconut yogurt substitute) mermaid breakfast bowl!
I’ve decided to re-introduce Meat Free Mondays as a regular post and what better time to do that than Veganuary! So if you need a little inspiration to get you through the month then look no further. Here my breakfast smoothy bowl of soya and coconut yogurt alternative… they make such pretty pictures, taste pretty good too!
T’was the weekend before Christmas, so technically I’m feet up and enjoying the holidays. However I couldn’t possibly have a Christmas with out my favourite holiday treat… the Christmas Yule Log. I love to make one of these every year and the version I make is so simple it’s just pure joy! Recipe below image.
Ingredients – shop bought Vanilla and Jam Swiss Roll, 2 100g bars of milk chocolate.
Method – Unwrap and place swiss roll on your christmas serving board, chop a large slice off the end of the swiss roll and place it on the side of the main roll. Melt all the chocolate in a Pyrex dish in the microwave or saucepan method. Once melted, decorate the swiss roll with the melted chocolate using a pallet knife to create a log-like texture. Dust with a little icing sugar and use Rosemary sprigs to look like trees. Simple but beautiful!
We LOVE sprouts in this house!
First time using this prop knife and colander in a shot, picked them up in one of my favourite junk shops for next to nothing! I love rummaging in junk shops finding other peoples unwanted vintage treasures 😀
This weekend (with just 9 days to go) we’ve decided it’s time to get into the festive spirit. We’ve put the tree and decorations up, we’ve made and eaten mince pies and started watching Christmas movies, my favourite is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (I believe it to be a Christmas movie, it has snow in it and Father Christmas).
I made this tree two Christmases ago, it’s really easy to make and is a great alternative to a traditional tree. Just collect large sticks of various lengths and string them together (best way to do that is to string it together whilst it’s hanging in position). This year I’ve treated us to a new Polar Bear decoration, as soon as I saw him I knew we had to have him… I love bears!
This year I’ve added to my decorations by making a PomPom snowball garland, which happens to tie in nicely with my gift wrap theme this year.
As for the mice pies, I cannot recommend this recipe enough… honestly the best mince pies you’ll ever taste! And so easy to make too, recipe below. They’re a winner every year!
Mince Pie Recipe (makes 9)
Ingredients – 112g cold Butter, 175g plain flour, 50g sugar and a jar mincemeat.
Method – Rub together the butter, sugar and flour until it turns into a dough. Then divide the dough into half. Roll each half into a sausage shape and divide and cut into nine discs. Flatten the discs into the holes of a patty tin and fill with mincemeat. Make lids out of the other half of the dough and press onto the filled bases with the warmth of your fingers then bake for 20 mins at fan 180C. Simple! And so yummy!
The first batch of mince pies have been made!
This weekend, inspired by the Paddington Movie and the idea of making our own Christmas gifts we’ve been making Marmalade. As it was my first time I decided to use a tin mix where you just add sugar and water and bring to the boil… nice and easy. I loved the printed tin so much I’ve kept it to use as a utensil holder. We’ve made cute little labels and made the jars look very cute. I think they will make very thoughtful gifts.
5th of November, Guy Fawkes Night, whatever name you choose to call it make sure you have a toffee apple in hand this evening.
These are handmade, my first attempt, much easier that I thought and really good fun, highly recommend giving them a try.
Easy recipe… goats cheese, caramelised onion chutney on puff pastry and a sprinkling of rocket… yum!