Seasonal Recipes: English Cherry Flapjacks

These are the sweet treats from my potager garden story: Umbrella boats, windowsill seeds and chocolate flapjacks and I quickly learnt through the comments I received from curious readers that in many other countries, flapjacks are another name for pancakes. These are the English variety – a quick and easy store cupboard oaty bake. This…

Seasonal Recipes: Nutritious and Simple Basil Pesto

Nutritious and Simple Vegan Basil Pesto The addition of Nutritional Yeast to this dairy free recipe not only creates the wonderful parmesan tang that great pesto needs, but also gives you a great big vitamin B12 boost.*  If you have never used it, nutritional yeast comes in delicate little yellow flakes, which melt on the tongue…

Seasonal Recipes: Smokey Garlic Ketchup

Vegan Smokey Garlic Ketchup The base for this ketchup comes from one of my favourite books The Homemade Vegan Pantry – which provides great basic recipes and also explains the science behind store cupboard staples. I was surprised how incredibly easy and fast it is to make ketchup – I’m a complete convert to the homemade version. Ingredients: …

Seasonal Recipes: Maple and Chilli Pickled Shallots

In previous years, we have focused on growing mainly salad veg, which we have harvested as they grow and have eaten straight away.  This year we are expanding our garden, and looking at growing foods that can be preserved and used over many months.  I’ve broken down this recipe so that you can make a simple…

Seasonal Recipes: German Apple Cake or Apfelkuchen

Vegan Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen) Original version of the recipe by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau in The Joy of Vegan Baking This recipe has no need for eggs because of the applesauce, which provides the binding and moisture that eggs normally would.  In just about any cake recipe, you replace every egg with approx 60-70g of apple sauce – and it…

Homemade Natural Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner

The peppermint and orange oils in this cleaner not only cancel out any vinegar scent, but also add antibacterial properties – making it perfect for wiping down kitchen surfaces.  It’s also much safer to have around the house with children than commercial kitchen bleaches. Ingredients: 300ml of boiled, cooled water 60ml white vinegar 10 drops peppermint oil…

Seasonal Recipes: Hazelnut Milk and Dark Chocolate Fudge

Hazelnut Milk and Dark Chocolate Fudge Inspired by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s recipe in The Joy of Vegan Baking. This fudge requires very few ingredients and is simple and quick to make.  It stores very well for a week or more, if kept in the fridge. Ingredients: 340g Dairy-free Dark Chocolate Buttons 6 Tbsp Vitalite, with extra for…