Starting the year with a cooked brekkie. Square sausage sold in Morrison’s 🙂
It’s summer! Well, summery… sometimes. Along with the start of barefoot beach walks this means The Last Bus Canteen (totally vegan café near New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire) is open again at weekends:
Also of interest to local people: The Davron Hotel in Rosehearty has a new extensive vegan menu which boasts starters, mains and various puddings.
Book-wise we’ve been enjoying:
And rainbows, we’ve been enjoying rainbows…
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!
Don’t miss our own festive recipes on the Yule page!
Now… off to decorate the enormous tree that has come home this year…
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):
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
And don’t miss our own Vegan Christmas page!
They’re light. They’re fluffy. Gluten free. Soft and gooey too. Welcome to vegan chocolate chip pancakes made with aquafaba and the wonderfully sweet and mild, just like high quality milk chocolate, Moo Free Baking Drops!
This recipe was developed for the #MooFreeBakeOff 2017
Just look at the chocolatey gooey-ness…
And the fluffiness? Can you see the fluffiness?
And the magic ingredient that makes them light and fluffy? Aquafaba, the cooking liquid from beans or chickpeas. Here we used the water drained out of one tin of chickpeas.
water from one tin of chick peas (or other beans)
1 heaped tablespoon of caster sugar
1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
1 bag of Moo Free Baking Drops
10 heaped tablespoons of Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
soya milk to mix to a good pouring batter (about a cup, but add it gradually)
a dash of vinegar
We used a cake mixer but you could whisk by hand! Pour the aquafaba into your mixing bowl and add the sugar. Then, on the highest setting, whisk for about six minutes: until frothy and possibly forming peaks. Turn the mixer down to a slow setting and add the sunflower oil, baking drops, and then gradually, bit by bit, alternate soya milk and flour until you have a good thick batter that can also pour. Pour in those Moo Free Baking Drops and turn up the speed on the mixer to fluff things up!
Our first batch, with only 8 spoons of flour, was too runny and the pancakes were not fluffy, but we quickly ate those up and added flour 🙂
At the very end of mixing add the dash of vinegar.
Spray or wipe a sturdy frying pan or skillet with a tiny amount of oil and heat to quite a high temperature. We made small pancakes using tablespoons of the batter, three at time, in a large frying pan. Once little holes appear in the batter (probably after about a minute, depending on heat) that’s the time to flip them over and do the other side which generally needs less time.
We ate them while still warm, with strawberries.
Montezuma’s do this gorgeous dark number with large blocks of chocolate.
And this year they have a dairy free kids one too!
Playmobil do a lovely range with great scenes to build from traditional Nativity to dragons, unicorns, pirates and Santa’s workshop.
Coco Loco Dark Calendar from Ethical Superstore
Lego also have a nice selection, some sweet and Christmassy, others less so!
CIATÉ’ LONDON’ MINI MANI MONTH 2017: all the nail polishes you could want!
Chocologic Calendars are for sale in Tesco and at Amazon
Ethical Superstore are selling an organic fair-trade tea calendar here.
Moo Free have this really sweet and mellow tasting chocolate calendar:
The picture below is of mini gluten free chocolate logs, recipe here