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Vegan Easter Approaches

Holland & Barrett have a ‘Buy One, Get One Half Price’ offer on many things including their large vegan Easter Range.

Don’t miss all the listings, recipes and books on our Vegan Easter page!

It’s still frosty though, it’s still cold, so here’s our soups too.

There is one delicious sign of Spring just appeared in the woods: wild garlic! See the recipes for soup and pesto over on Frugal Living in the UK

Frosty beach:

hot chocolate

Winter sunrises.

And reading (review soon).

And hot chocolate (ginger and orange and on sale).

That’s us just now.


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Carrot, Coriander and Ginger Soup

This is such a bright and flavourful recipe, it would make a good addition to a festive meal!

Ingredients (for four):
a little olive oil
8 carrots, scraped and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 stick of celery, chopped
1 small potato, diced small
2 inch square of fresh ginger, peeled and cut up
1 tablespoon of dried coriander (you could use fresh but it will make the soup go a bit green/brown in colour)
6 or 7 cloves of garlic, crushed or sliced (or even thrown in whole)
a handful of cashew nuts
water as needed
seasalt to taste

In a large pan, fry off the onion, carrot and celery until softened. Add the potato, ginger, coriander, garlic and nuts and cover with water. Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender. Add salt to taste and then blend it all up! Delicious 🙂



ice cream and doughnuts

Three exciting new vegan ice cream flavours from Ben and Jerry’s, though not cheap at £5.50 per tub (Tesco), so they’re being kept for Christmas!

Also new on the pudding/cake front from supermarkets are Morrison’s Salted Caramel Donuts, confirmed as suitable for vegans, and, in direct contrast to the above ice cream, only 50p per pack 🙂

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Chocolate Ginger Mousse

For four people, blend up: 2 ripe avocados, 3 bananas, an inch or so block of fresh peeled ginger and 1 or 2 tablespoons of cocoa (or cacao if you would like to keep this totally raw).

That’s it! It’s rich and creamy and surprisingly good for you 🙂

Optional variants: add the grated rind of an orange, or exchange the ginger for a little chilli, fresh or dried.

 

Don’t miss our Vegan Christmas page!

 


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Tofurky Roast

Photo taken from this Guardian article: Tofu Turkey with all the Trimmings; Britain carves out a meat-free Christmas.

Tofurky Roast with herb gravy, available from online (and instore) vegan supermarket GreenBay!

GreenBay sell a variety of gourmet vegan products that would be great for Christmas treats such as cheeses (including Camembert), steak and bacon etc.

Don’t miss our own festive recipes on the Yule page!

Now… off to decorate the enormous tree that has come home this year…

A Library of Chocolate!

Montezuma’s, a company that has provided vegans with completely delicious chocolate since we went vegan over 20 years ago, has some lovely gift ideas this year! There’s truffles and buttons and gift bags and even a library, yes a library, of chocolate! Go see!

a little more Christmas

Holland and Barrett have a gorgeous selection of dairy free Christmas goodies in store and online here.

Cranberry & Orange Tiffin Mini Bites and Mini Iced Fruit Cake Bites from the Co-op (click photo for bigger image):

Don’t miss our Vegan Advent Page and our main section of Christmas recipes and gifts!



more Christmas chocolate!

This year hotel Chocolate have produced this gorgeous Yule Log! It’s 70% dark chocolate praline with almonds and hazelnuts…

There’s some other sweet things going on there too, see them all in the vegan section of their site:

   

And… don’t forget the amazing All Dark Collection

The All Dark Collection!

And don’t miss our own Vegan Christmas page!

Eating, Reading, Looking

Eating: a simple trifle made of bananas in vegan jelly, topped with thick custard and this rather nice provamel cream (we were lucky enough to find a few of these cheaply on Approved Food recently). There’s a more detailed trifle recipe on the  Vegan Christmas page.

Reading: Manda Scott’s Boudica series.

Looking at: wintry sunsets.


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