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Happy 2019!

Starting the year with a cooked brekkie. Square sausage sold in Morrison’s ūüôā


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christmas tree plates

Morrison’s Veggies in Blankets and Vegetable Tartlets. Labels below. Blankets are the favourite though they’re both very good!

Today’s recipe: Solstice Chocolate Refrigerator Christmas Cake

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Solstice Pudding Truffles!

raw chocolate truffles

Chocolate Truffles (rawish): Blend or food process up two handfuls of mixed nuts and 2 handfuls of raisins with a heaped teaspoon of cocoa. Roll the mix into little balls. We then put them in the freezer for ten minutes while we melted the white and dark chocolate in bain Maries. This meant the chocolate set really quickly when  spooned onto the cold puddings rather than running everywhere.

So: spoon the melted chocolate over the top and decorate with pumpkin seeds and chopped dried cranberry. Yum!

They are now nestled happily in the Christmas Dish ūüôā

raw chocolate truffles

Recipe for today: mini pizza bites

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Christmas Frazzle

salt and vinegar twists

We’ve reached that pre-Christmas time when, regardless of how simple your planned festivities are, everything becomes really hectic. So: crisps on a plate. It is a festive plate though. And people are happily gobbling up their Tesco salt and vinegar twists as happily as they gobbled down the fancier snacks ūüôā Moral of the crisps on a plate? Don’t try too hard, don’t tire yourself out: enjoy Christmas.

Take a little walk on the beach. Breathe. Eat some crisps.

sunrise over the dunes

Today’s recipe: Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Yule Logs

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The Squirrel and the Sweets

squirrel nut bowl

Jameson’s Raspberry and Peppermint Ruffles from Home Bargains, as is the squirrel nut bowl, as is the amazing bargain of a vegan selection box for 99p below.

vegan selection box

Today we have two basic stuffing recipes for you from Frugal Living in the UK: Sage and Onion and Oatmeal or Skirlie

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GreenBay 100% vegan supermarket

Christmas Donut, Winter Trees

From the Co-op ūüôā

We’re¬†eating lots of carrot soup¬†and reading The Telling.

And enjoying the beautiful low winter sun as it lights the trees…



Apples!

Beautiful apple, kale and bramble (blackberry) juice above.

The wonderful summer has produced SO many apples, so many that¬†a branch snapped under the weight! They’re perfectly ripe now so we’re busy juicing and making pies and chutney.¬†And just eating them… that’s probably the best. Badger and deer are clearing up the windfalls.

We’ve also been enjoying semi-blended soups just now consisting of ingredients such as tatties from garden, carrots, leek, garlic, broccoli, parsnips and peppercorns. Similar to this root soup recipe over on frugal.

Also: these are very good ūüôā

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Golden Carrot and Turmeric Soup

A rich and nutritious golden soup for the start of Autumn!

Ingredients:
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled
4 or 5 small new potatoes, skins on, chopped small
5 large carrots or equivalent, scraped and chopped
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
a handful of cashew nuts
1 to 2 heaped teaspoons of turmeric (we used this one)
about 1 teaspoon of black pepper, freshly ground if possible
1 tablespoon of olive oil
water to cover ingredients well
seasalt to taste

Place the ginger, potatoes, carrots and onion in a large pan and cover well with boiling water. Bring back to boil and add the cashew nuts and garlic. While the vegetables are cooking mix the turmeric in the olive oil with the black pepper and leave to stand.

Once the vegetables are tender, add salt to taste and place everything – veg, liquid, nuts, turmeric/oil mix – into a blender and blitz until smooth.

Pour into bowls and squeeze some lime juice over the top. Yum!

Montbretia by the pond:


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breakfasts and All Plants

Breakfast at home (on our new pallet table!) and the Vegan Fry at Food Story in Aberdeen:

It’s great to eat a really good meal prepared by someone else sometimes, isn’t it?¬†allplants deliver 100% vegan meals directly to your door!

The details: customers can select six dishes from their menu of flavourful dishes like creamy Cashew Mac, Golden Sesame Satay and BBQ Burrito Bowl.

  • 100% plant-based (no animals products)¬†and made with¬†healthy whole food ingredients, like vegetables, fruit, mushrooms, nuts and seeds
  • Chef-prepared –¬†simply heat and enjoy
  • Flash frozen to lock in taste and nutrients with no chemicals
  • Delivered directly to homes and offices across Britain
  • Available in portions for one (380g) or two (760g)
  • Gluten-free and high-protein options available
  • New dishes added monthly
  • Available as a one-off order or subscription – customers can pause, delay or cancel their subscription at any time
  • 100% recyclable or reusable packaging, with free¬†CollectPlus returns label for packaging included
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frozen day, frozen pizza

Goodfella's Vegan Pizza

Yes. Frozen vegan pizza from GoodFella’s. It’ll be on supermarket shelves in April, retailing at ¬£2.50, Vegan Society trademarked, and we can verify that it is delicious!

It was perfect on a day like this, when there had been some trudging through snowdrifts.

snowdrifts

Then the courier made it through with our pizzas!

Vegan Pizza!

The crumbled falafel topping makes the pizza dense and satisfying and goes so well with the spinach, always a sturdy inclusion to Italian food. The hummus drizzle is garlic-y and cheese-y and perfect too.

pizza slices

We paired it with leek and potato soup, and with each pizza serving two, that made a big and filling meal.

This will be a great dish to have on standby in the freezer for busy (or lazy!) days.

Okay snow, we’re ready for you again!

snowy path


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