Vegan Chocolate Nests with Mini Eggs

vegan chocolate nests

Vegan chocolate nests. Perfect for Easter. Perfect anytime really.

Vegan Chocolate Nest Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 5 Weetabix style cereal biscuits
  • 150g of dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of golden syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable margarine
  • mini eggs (we used Doisy & Dam ones, found in Asda). You could also use other sweets or make little eggs with marzipan.
  • paper cake cases

Method

Crumble the biscuits into a bowl and melt the chocolate, syrup and margarine together in a Bain Marie until well combined. Mix it all up. Divide the mixture between the cases and top with the eggs or sweets. Cool until set. Enjoy!

A chocolatey read to go with your vegan chocolate nests:

Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE, was inspired by the 600 children and young people who were kidnapped from Aberdeen during the 1740s and sold into indentured servitude in the American Colonies. The story follows the adventures of Elizabeth Manteith from the castle and her determined efforts to get back home. There’s love. There’s proper derring-dos on the high seas… And there’s chocolate!

Paperback and Kindle and on Kindle Unlimited:

Amazon UK
Amazon Worldwide
Waterstones
Author website

From the publisher’s press release: “Fiery and forthright, Elizabeth isn’t someone to be argued with. She knows her own mind, and isn’t afraid to speak it. Through her experiences, the reader sees her grow from a girl, into a woman with a powerful voice… a woman of her time, but very much of ours too.”

Also at the library.

Vegan Ploughman’s and Eating Banana Peels!

vegan ploughman's lunch

Vegan Ploughman’s above. Self-explanatory we think!

Banana Peel Pasta Sauce below. Recipe here. It does not taste of bananas.

More new recipes coming soon… see the kitchen section here.

Improve Your Insta Food Pics with a Bag!

Improve your Insta food pics: here's our noodles...
Noodles. Love this background!

We were sent The Instagram Bag, a bag choc full of amazing items designed to help you improve your Insta food pics, from The Paper Bag Co. They produce this and many other paper bags too.

The Instagram Bag

Included in the large zip-up bag are a 5 in 1 pop up reflector:

Imrove your Insta food pics with these reflectors from the Paper Bag Co.
Reflectors

8 postcards with tips from a professional photographer on aspects like composition and lighting:

Photographic tips

… and 4 wonderful backgrounds. We used the gold reflector to good effect in the top noodle bowl photo. It was a really dull day. One of the frequently occurring storms was ongoing and the reflector really helped light the food.

And here’s a chocolate smoothie on the white marble background:

You’ll see us using the backgrounds over on Instagram from now on. We love them, and highly recommend this bag as a great way to improve your Insta food pics!

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Vegetable Curry: a Simple Vegan Recipe

vegetable curry

A simple but truly delicious vegetable curry with onion bhajis from Lidl and some winter lettuce from the polytunnel.

Vegetable Curry Ingredients (serves four)

  • A little oil
  • one onion, chopped
  • a pepper, chopped
  • an apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of curry powder or spices of your choosing (we like a combo of fenugreek, cumin, turmeric and chilli).
  • vegetables of your choice, chopped: we used an aubergine, some green beans, a few small potatoes and a diced carrot.
  • water to cover. We had some broccoli stock from earlier cooking and water saved from a tin of cannelloni beans.
  • a teaspoon or two of cornflour
  • salt to taste

Method

Fry off the onion, pepper and apple in the oil for a few minutes then add the spices. Stir well for a few minutes taking care not to burn the mixture. Add the vegetables and water, bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer until all veg is tender. Combine the cornflour with a little water and mix until smooth then add it to the curry, stirring all the time until it thickens. Add salt. We served it with some golden vegetable rice (add turmeric and a few peas/pepper/celery to rice as it cooks).

Check out these Potato Broccoli Croquettes, a no waste recipe over on Frugal Living in the UK.

vegan potato broccoli croquettes

And see more of our meals on Instagram!

vegan meals on Insta, including vegetable curry
Ailish Sinclair's novels

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the 18th century kidnapped children of Aberdeen.

Set in an Aberdeenshire castle, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features the Scottish witchcraft accusations and a love story.

Paperbacks and kindle: Amazon UK or Amazon Worldwide

“Ailish Sinclair spins this Scottish tale filled with excitement and suspense…” Historical Novel Society

5% off when you spend £50 at Vegan Outfitters using code VEGANFAMILY5.

#vegan bread sauce – perfect for Christmas!

Vegan Bread Sauce

This vegan bread sauce is a beautiful accompaniment to Christmas dinner and easy to prepare (in advance too). Below is a wonderful recipe from Oatly, though we do have a dear friend who makes bread sauce by simply putting all the ingredients in an oven dish and cooking it in the oven with everything else, just giving it a stir now and again. Experimentation required!

Vegan Bread Sauce Ingredients (Makes approximately 1 litre)

  • 600ml Oatly Oat drink
  • 1 onion, halved & studded with approx 12 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 pepper corns
  • 150g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 50g vegetable margarine, optional

Method

  • Put the onion, bay leaf and peppercorns into a medium saucepan and pour in the Oatly oat drink. Bring the liquid up to just below boiling and take off the heat. Leave for 2 hours to allow the aromatic flavours to infuse the Oatly.
  • Remove the onion, bay & pepper and keep them to one side. Add the breadcrumbs, put the pan back on and cook gently over a low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bread crumbs have swelled.
  • Season with salt and pepper and stir in the marg, if using. You can use this immediately or chill and reheat it. If you are going to keep it for any time, pop the onion and aromatics back in to continue adding flavour.

Recipe credit
This recipe was made using Oatly Oat drink – a great dairy free, healthy alternative to milk. For more delicious recipes and further information about the Oatly way of life, visit www.facebook.com/OatlyUK 

vegan roast

Looking for something easy to go with your vegan bread sauce? See all the ready made roast options at vegan supermarket GreenBay! They also sell a variety of gourmet vegan products that would be great for Christmas treats such as cheeses (including Camembert), steak and bacon etc.

vegan bread sauce and cheese

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The Mermaid and the Bear

THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR (a novel by Lucy, written under her pen name), has six whole chapters of medieval Christmas, making it the perfect festive gift! Also: romance, witches, and a Scottish castle…

Amazon UK

Amazon worldwide

Waterstones

Author website

Vegan Christmas Recipes and Lucky Truffles

vegan christmas recipes

Vegan Christmas Recipes

We have built a large collection of vegan Christmas recipes over the years for you to see here. Soups. Starters. Mains. Sweet recipes. Some of our absolute favourites are the golden soup above, the best nut roast ever and chocolate Yule log cakes.

vegan christmas recipes: chocolate yule log

Advent

Don’t forget those half price advent calendars. Go see!

vegan advent calendar, half price

Lucky Truffles

Now to the lucky truffles. Winter Solstice 2018. Lucy made these:

vegan Christmas recipes: raw chocolate truffles

You can see the recipe here. They’re delicious and quite healthy. And lucky. Within an hour of making them a book publishing contract was received. Obviously it was the truffles. Not the years of researching and writing and polishing… So make these. You never know what will happen!

The book in question was THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR.

Aberdeen’s 1597 witchcraft panic (mermaid) and 18th century kidnappings (fireflies) combine with love and hope in Lucy’s traditionally published novels THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR & FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE. Christmas features in both books!

Amazon UK

Amazon Worldwide

Waterstones

See the Historical Novel Society review of Fireflies here and a post on the real vegan historical character contained within here.

The Mermaid and the Bear, the perfect read for Christmas!

A vegan Supermarket for those Christmas goodies!

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

Camembert for Vegan Christmas

And a lovely festive book…

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‘Vegetarian Christmas’ by Rose Elliot. Not exclusively vegan but there is a plethora of vegan delights included and most of the lacto-ovo recipes are easily ‘veganisable’. Our favourite Christmas dinner of Chestnut and Red wine pate en croute is one of many included here along with lots of advice on taking the work out of Christmas catering. This book is full of ideas for lots of special touches which can be prepared early and frozen – a firm favourite. Now out of print but the hardcover is available cheaply from both UK and USA Amazons below and has lots of lovely photos throughout 🙂 We love this book so much we even wrote a blog post on it!
Buy UK 

Vegan Advent 2021: toys, traditional and chocolate

vegan advent

The shops are full of vegan festive products now, including Vegan Advent Calendars. Long gone are the days when we excitedly told other vegans about the one and only dairy free calendar that you got by ordering online and paying twice what the dairy ones cost… and it always arrived with all the chocolate having fallen out 😀

There are still some that are worthy of a wee mention here though…

playmobil dragon advent calendar

Playmobil do a lovely range of toy calendars with great scenes to build up day by day from traditional Nativity to dragons, unicorns, pirates and Santa’s workshop. We loved these when the kids were, well, kids, and frankly wish we still had an excuse to buy them. Look at the Back to the Future one!

White Chocolate Vegan Advent Calendar from Moo Free

Then there’s this White Chocolate Moo Free Vegan Advent Calendar available from GreenBay Vegan Supermarket here.

Lego also have a nice selection, some sweet and Christmassy, others less so!

vegan advent calendar from Montezumas - kids like no udder!

Montezuma’s have three calendars for vegans this year: the organic dark, the absolute black (100% cocoa!) and the kids like no udder! See them all here.

Traditional Advent Calendar with pictures

You can also go traditional with little pictures or fill your own own reusable calendar with pockets!

The picture below is of mini gluten free chocolate logs, recipe here

gluten free mini chocolate logs
chocolated
nutroast

Don’t miss our main Christmas section with lots of recipes and gift ideas here

Vegan Udon Noodle Soup with Meatballs

vegan udon noodle soup with meatballs

This vegan udon noodle soup is spicy and richly flavoured and perfectly paired with plant-based meatballs. We used the Birds Eye ones that are made of pea protein but any would do. Alternatively pan fried tofu pieces work well.

Vegan Udon Noodle Soup Ingredients

  • three small packs of thick udon noodles, or one per person, straight to wok or dried
  • a tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • an onion, chopped into thin strips
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, prepared likewise
  • a thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced or finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 courgette, cut into small strips
  • a bunch of fresh parsley, minced
  • a head of broccoli, broken into florets
  • water as needed
  • soy sauce to taste
  • salt if needed
  • vegan meatballs, prepared according to pack instructions (fry or bake)

Method

  • In a large saucepan, fry the onion, chillis, ginger and garlic in the oil for a few minutes
  • add the courgette and udon noodles and fry for a few more minutes
  • add the broccoli and parsley, stirring to coat in the oil
  • cover well with water and bring to the boil
  • once the broccoli and noodles are tender, add the soy sauce.
  • add salt if needed
  • plate up and top with the meatballs
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‘Vegetarian Christmas’ by Rose Elliot. This title is not exclusively vegan but there is a plethora of vegan delights included and most of the lacto-ovo recipes are easily ‘veganisable’. Our favourite Christmas dinner of Chestnut and Red wine pate en croute is in here along with lots of advice on taking the work out of Christmas catering. This book is full of ideas for lots of special touches which can be prepared early and frozen. Now out of print but the hardcover is available cheaply from Amazon and has lots of lovely photos throughout 🙂 We love this book so much we even wrote a blog post on it!

GreenBay 100% vegan supermarket

Vegan Frittata with Mushrooms or Spanish Tortilla

vegan frittata

This vegan frittata recipe makes a large and delectable dish of food. If you use cooked potatoes in place of the mushrooms you’ll have a Spanish Tortilla!

Vegan Frittata Ingredients

  • 3 boxes of Silken Tofu
  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • Kala Namak (black salt, tastes sulfurous like egg) to taste
  • a little olive oil
  • a box of fresh mushrooms, washed and sliced (or tinned ones)
  • a chopped red pepper
  • one small tin of sweetcorn

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 200C/400F.
  • Grease a baking dish and place it in the oven to heat (frittata will cook more quickly).
  • Blend the tofu with the turmeric, gram flour and Kaka Namak.
  • Wash, slice and fry up the mushrooms and pepper in the olive oil.
  • Add the sweetcorn to the mix and stir until well heated through.
  • Combine the blended tofu mixture with the mushrooms and vegetables (in the cooking pan if big enough, or straight into the oven heated dish) and bake for at least half an hour or until the frittata/tortilla seems set through.

We served it with chips and salad above, but it is lovely on its own and also cold and sliced the next day.

If you liked this vegan frittata recipe try some of our other fare here!


Montezuma’s chunky chocolate snowmen are on offer just now!

vegan chocolate snowmen

THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic while FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the kidnapped children of Aberdeen.

The blend of dark events and romance in these stories is perfect for wintry nights in front of the fire!

Paperback & kindle: http://author.to/mermaid

Spicy Sweet and Sour Pizza #vegan

Spicy Sweet and Sour Pizza. Vegan!
With a salad of lettuce, orange and pinto beans…

This is a totally delicious sweet and sour pizza, made spicy by the inclusion of a chilli in the sauce. And it’s all about the sauce. You can put it on any base you like. We used homemade sourdough (see how we do it here) but you could use ready made bases or even pitta breads.

The quantities below made enough for a large, full roasting tin size pizza, serving four.

Sweet and Sour Pizza Sauce Ingredients

  • a little olive oil
  • one onion, finely chopped
  • a few cloves of garlic, really finely chopped or crushed
  • one small sweet potato, peeled and finely diced
  • one chilli pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • about a quarter cup of pineapple juice (handy if putting tinned pineapple on pizza, as you can use the juice from the can)
  • about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • half a tube or a small jar of tomato puree
  • a few sprigs of parsley, very finely chopped
  • salt to taste (doesn’t need much)
  • Toppings of choice: we used tinned pineapple, tinned mushrooms (they don’t dry up on a pizza like fresh) and Asda Free From Grated Mozzarella (Asda have the cheapest free from cheese we’ve seen).

Method

  • Prepare your base as desired. In our case, we made sourdough bread dough and left it rising in the tin all day!
  • Fry the onion, garlic, sweet potato and chilli in the oil for a few minutes.
  • Add the juice, vinegar, parsley and puree
  • Mix well, adding more juice if too thick.
  • Season with salt
  • Spread it over your pizza base and add toppings!
  • How long you need to bake depends on the base. Our thick homemade one needed half an hour at 200C/400F. Pittas would need much less as they’re already cooked. In fact you could just grill them.
vegan tattie soup

Other recent food and posts elsewhere from us:

Cocoa Loco have some gorgeous new organic and fairtrade Christmas chocolate in, see their large vegan range here.