Spaghetti Squash in a Mushroom,Garlic & Parsley Cashew Sauce

dsc_1655A few years ago I fell in love with gardening. I grew everything from chilli peppers, courgettes and herbs; to pak choi lettuce and spaghetti squash. It was an effort and a lot of hardwork, which was made harder by the fact that I had to use plant pots to grow my crops.  Nonetheless, I persevered and nurtured my plants like a new mother and received an abundance of squash and other vegetable that Summer. Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash in a Mushroom,Garlic & Parsley Cashew Sauce”

Mixed Nut & Maple Granola

Granola3.2I never actually buy, or eat granola. It wasn’t something that we ever had in the house growing up, so I never became accustomed to the sugary cereal. However, I have made homemade granola twice over the last year and I always wonder why I never make it more often – It’s quick, easy, and it’s great as a crunchy topper for fruit bowls, or vegan ice cream – which is exactly what I needed today for my melon bowl. It was delicious – full of flavour, healthy fats and it added that extra pizzazz to an otherwise boring melon.Granola1.2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Pecans
  • 1/4 Cup Almonds & Brazil Nuts
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Goji Berries
  • 65g Apple Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon

Directions

Pre-Heat oven to 185c (Fan Assisted)

Crush the nuts into smaller pieces using a pestle and mortar, or roughly chop them with a knife.

Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan or microwave and stir all of the ingredients through the oil, making sure to coat everything evenly.

Spray a baking sheet or tray with low fat spray and spread the granola mixture onto the tray.

Pop the granola into the oven and bake for 20 mins. You will need to turn the granola with a spoon, every so often, so that the nuts and berries don’t burn.

Remove the granola from the oven and leave to cool completely, before storing in an airtight container. The granola will get crunchy when cool.

Tip: For an extra indulgent snack, stir melted dark chocolate through the granola and store in the fridge.

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Blueberry Choc Chip & Lemon Banana Pancakes

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI rarely ever had luck with normal pancakes, let alone vegan pancakes: too thin, too flimsy, too fragile; the list of faults I’ve had with pancakes over the years is endless. Not to mention that they are also too time consuming.

Today however, all that changed. Today I made pancakes and they were none of the above.They were a success.Yes. You heard right – successful pancakes made by yours truly – the pancake assassinator.

I was shocked. I was so shocked that I may have squealed with delight and gave my back a cheerful pat, when I saw my pancake success rate keep going up – 6 whole pancakes and not a broken one in sight.

 

So obviously I had to share the recipe.

It all started when I watched Sophia Devita’s recent vlog on YouTube – she was making Oreo choc chip pancakes and while those pancakes looked delicious, I was focusing more on  her pancake making technique and how she managed to successfully make these delicious looking pancakes with banana – she mashed it.  That was it. That’s exactly where I was going wrong all these years. I wasn’t mashing the banana, I was pureeing the s*it  out of it, in a food processor. Now, it all made sense.

And that my friends, is how these successful pancakes were born – thank you Sophia Devita 🙏🏻

Makes 5-6 Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup (50g) – Self Rising or Oat Flour ( I used SR)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 Cup (60ml) Dairy Free Milk
  • 1/3 Cup (45g) Alpro Vanilla Soy Yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp Tapicoa Starch or Cornflour ( Tapioca = Arrowroot)
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Sweetener of Choice ( I used raw cane sugar)
  • Low Fat Cooking Spray

Directions

If you are using oat flour, blitz the rolled oats in a food processor until you have a powder/flour.

Add all of the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk with a fork or ballon whisk to remove any lumps.

Next, mash the banana with the back of a fork and combine it, with the dry ingredients. Add the remaining wet ingredients to the batter and combine until you have a smooth batter.

NB: If the batter is too thick, add a little more water – too thin add more starch or flour.

Lastly, fold the chocolate and blueberries gently through the pancake batter, until evenly distributed.

Now heat a frying pan, or skillet on a medium heat and when hot enough, spray with cooking spray, add three tbsps of pancake batter to the centre of the frying pan, cover with a lid or plate and leave to cook for two- three minutes. Remove lid, flip the pancake and cook for another three minutes.

Continue this method until all pancakes have been cooked.

You can serve plain with vegan butter and syrup,  or add some stewed berries too.

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Vanilla Date Jam

imageThe more popular dates become within the vegan and plantbased community, the more I wonder why date jam isn’t a condiment that we can easily buy in stores yet. After quitting the whole macro counting thing in October, I have finally found that relationship with food that I’ve so desperately been trying to achieve for years and with that, my relationship with carbs has developed ten-fold. I love them. Probably a bit more than they love me, but I’m hoping with time, my body will adapt and the bloated feeling will disappear. That said, I haven’t been able to workout since October either, due to things going on in my body that are out of my control and I’m not entirely sure when I’ll be able to workout again. But, I’m enjoying my food at the moment, eating all the carbs, and for the first time in my life, I’m also sleeping like a baby and as always, making sure I am looking after myself through proper nutrition too. So that’s what matters to me. image

However, I’ve never had so many cravings for carbs, until lately –  it’s like I’ve created a monster: rice, pasta, potatoes, bread; I don’t know what’s going on, but I can’t stop eating and I don’t think I want to. I’ve never been more in love with toast than I am right now either: spread with coconut oil and jam it’s just heaven; which is why I’ve made some vanilla date jam today, just to add something different to my toast, but also to prevent meal boredom setting in. Although, don’t be fooled into thinking that this jam is only for toast. No. This vanilla date jam can be added into a smoothie, used to spread on cupcakes, used as a cupcake filling. You could even make sticky toffee pudding or dip apple slices into it, for an afternoon snack. It’s just so versatile, healthy and delicious.

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Ingredients

  • 200g Pitted Dates or Medjools
  • 1 tbsp Sukrin Brown Sugar Alternative
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice

Directions

Make sure the dates have been pitted and toss them into a saucepan along with the water and boil them until they are soft.

When the dates have started to breakdown and the water has evaporated somewhat, add in the vanilla extract and lemon juice.

Remove the dates from the heat and blend into a purée. Stir in the cinnamon and Sukrin sugar alternative.

Store the date jam in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.

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Vegetarian Herb Pate

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Do you have a vegetarian or vegan visiting you over the Christmas period? Are you are at a loss as to what to serve them? I know it can be stressful to cook at Christmas time – there’s just so much to get done – then throw a vegetarian or vegan into the mix and you have yourself a very stressful little Christmas; as you not only have to be extra vigilant with the ingredients, but you also have to be aware of cross contamination too.  Continue reading “Vegetarian Herb Pate”

Mini Figgy Puddings

 

img_0184This recipe was the first recipe I wrote back in October, just in time for Christmas and the one which I have been looking forward to making ever since. I even bought some cute holly and berries from Amazon, to top them with and I was pleased with myself because I had never seen this kind of take on a Christmas pudding before; that is until this week when one of the girls from Instagram (Sarah) stole the idea right out of my head – don’t you just hate it when that happens? 😉 You can view Sarah’s take on the mini Christmas pudding here and they do sound delicious.

My mini figgy puddings are more of a traditional Christmas pudding though, sadly without the alcohol, but you can use brandy or Cointreau in yours if you prefer. All you will have to do is soak the fruit in the alcohol and leave it for a few days to a week if you want a more potent pudding.

I was very pleased with how these mini figgy puddings turned out, they were full of flavour from the fruit and spices and it all paired perfectly with the white chocolate topping. The best thing about these mini figgy puddings is that you don’t have to steam them or bake them for hours on end which means you can eat them as soon as you make them – winning! As this recipe is versatile, you could even fill ramekins and make proper mini figgy puddings, topped with brandy sauce too.

If you are wondering where you can buy your dried fruit and nuts without spending a fortune, I get all mine from Lidl; they sell 250g bag of dry fruit for just 99p and 500g bags of nuts for just over £1.

Ingredients

 

Directions

Place all the dried fruit into a jar or container, add the chia seeds into a separate jar or container and pour in the water or brandy, then cover and place the jar in the fridge overnight. If you are using the alcohol, you would benefit more if you leave the fruit soak for a day or two.

When you are ready to make your mini Christmas puddings, drain the fruit into a bowl and save 2 tablespoons of the brandy before adding it to a food processor along with the dried fruit and chia seeds; making sure you blend the fruit until they are a thick, sticky puree. Now add in the honey, lemon zest, cinnamon and cornflour.  You can fold in some halved sultanas, if you want them to have a more traditional look, if not then just leave them out.

Now for the fun part or not so fun part if you don’t like getting your hands dirty. Take 1 tbsp of the mixture and roll into a ball, then place the ball on to some greaseproof paper and continue this method until all the mixture has been used and you have 18 mini figgy puddings. Pop the mini puddings into the freezer for 5-10 minutes, this is optional but it will help the puddings set quicker and also the chocolate when you add it.

Next, take the white chocolate and cut it into smaller chunks, place half of the chocolate into a microwaveable bowl and pop it into the microwave on high for 30 seconds. When finished, stir the chocolate and continue to cook for another 30 seconds before adding the second half of the chunked up chocolate – this time there is no need to heat the chocolate, just stir until the cold chocolate has melted into the hot white chocolate. This method is called tempering and it just saves the chocolate from blooming and turning a not so appetising dull colour the next day.

All that’s left now is to add the white chocolate icing, lastly, top with your holly and berry, take a pretty picture and tag me on Instagram: @TheHungryWelshGirl. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family did.

 

St Clemente Tartlets

It’s only the second day of December and I’m already feeling the Christmas blues. I think the older I get, the more I turn into Scrooge and while there are many things about Christmas I have grown to hate, thankfully food isn’t one of them. I’ve been planning my Christmas  recipes for weeks, mainly to keep myself sane throughout the festive month, but I also wanted to create some recipes that I hadn’t seen before, because while traditional is lovely, different is even better. Continue reading “St Clemente Tartlets”

Five – A – Day Scotch Eggs

Processed with VSCO with wwf presetScotch eggs were always a favourite of mine when I was a kid, until I learned what they were actually made of and while Quorn do vegetarian scotch eggs, I have to eat the whole pack just to feel satisfied. So, last night I wrote this recipe with monster scotch eggs in mind and they certainly were huge – the size of my palm. Now I know what you’re all thinking, these are going to be complicated with weird ingredients that you don’t have in your cupboards and I would have to disagree with you all because you should have these ingredients in your cupboards and if you know how to use a food processor, you’re half way there.

The reason I called these Five – a- day scotch eggs is because they are made with beans and pea protein which are both considered one of your five a day, plus there are mushrooms and onions in there too. So not only will you be reliving your childhood when you bite into one of these delicious scotch eggs,  you will also be getting vital vitamins and minerals too. I will add that these scotch eggs are much nicer warm, but I like my food to be hot, so it could be down to personal preference.

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Beans (I used butter beans)
  • 4 Free Range Eggs
  • 1 Free Range Egg White
  • 100g Mushrooms
  • 60g Red Onion
  • 35g Pulsin Pea Protein
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 tsp Mixed Herbs
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • Salt to taste.

Directions

Start buy boiling your eggs in a saucepan of cold water for 10 mins. When they are cooked run them under cold water for 5 minutes, peel and dry them and set aside.

Pre-Heat an oven to 175c (fan assisted)

Drain the can of beans and empty the contents into a food processor, blend until the beans are puréed and put the beans into a separate mixing bowl

Add the garlic, mushrooms and onion to the food processor and finely chop the vegetables, before adding them to the beans with the mixed herbs, chilli, salt and protein powder and combine the ingredients well.

I will agree that at this point the mixture doesn’t look very appetising, but take a heaped dessert spoon and place the mixture into the palm of your hand, add the egg to the centre and add another heaped desert spoon of the mixture over the top of the egg and secure it tightly around the whole egg. If the mixture doesn’t stick to the egg, roll it in some pea protein or flour. Continue this method until you have used up all the mixture.

Blend the bread in a food processor until it is breadcrumbs. The scotch eggs should be sticky enough for the breadcrumbs to stick to, if not you will need to dip the scotch egg in egg white before rolling in the breadcrumbs.

Pop the scotch eggs into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. I tried frying these and they stuck to my pan, so I would advise baking.

And that’s it. I told you it was simple.

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‘Corned Beef’ Hash with Fried Egg & Toast

Were you a person who enjoyed a hearty corned beef hash, before you crossed over to the vegetarian side? Yeah. Me either, but I was watching Diners. Dives & Drive-Ins on the food network the other night and someone had made this very dish, as a carnivore meal. I couldn’t remember the ingredients as it was 3am, so I threw this together this morning using leftover potato mash, cauliflower and peas; which my family had left  from a dinner last night. Even though this was made with Quorn mince, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. Thankfully Quorn mince is a lot more visually appealing than corned beef and a lot tastier, as well as being vegetarian – I couldn’t live without it.  I don’t like to toot my own horn often, but my vegetarian ‘corned beef’ hash was full of flavour and didn’t require any additional sauce either, as the yolk acted like a natural sauce and when each element was spread on some warm, buttered wholemeal, crusty bread, this was definitely one meal I didn’t want to end in a hurry and the best part of all was that I didn’t feel bloated after it either.

This ‘corned beef’ hash is extremely simple to make too and providing you are using leftover vegetables, it’s fairly quick to make  –  I made this in 20 minutes. You can also replace the potato mash with cauliflower mash if you prefer and use whatever vegetables you have really. This doesn’t even have to be served as a big hash: you could make burger sized cakes with them too. I don’t have children myself and the future looks bleak for me, but I think this is definitely a good way to get those little tykes to eat their veggies, while getting a decent amount of protein too and you could even add a little more grated cheese over the top of the hash; if they are anything like me, they will devour the whole thing, or just pick the cheese off 😉

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 200g Mashed Potato
  • 100g Cauliflower Mash (cooked)
  • 100g Garden Peas (cooked)
  • 1 Large Spring Onion
  • 100g Quorn Mince (defrosted)
  • 25g Low-fat Cheese
  • 1 Free Range Egg White
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Handful Fresh Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli
  • 5-10g Butter
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Free Range Egg
  • 2 Slices Wholemeal Bloomer Bread (optional)
Directions
  • Heat a non-stick pan or skillet with the butter, on a medium heat.
  • Add all of the ingredients minus the last two, into a mixing bowl and combine the ingredients evenly. You will need to grate the cheese and garlic, and chop the rosemary too before adding to the bowl.
  • When your pan is hot enough, spoon half of the mixture into an 8′ frying pan, pat it and form it into a circle and cook on both sides until golden brown.
  • Place your bread into a toaster or under a grill, then with the leftover butter, butter the toast.
  • Pop the hash onto a plate and keep it warm with foil or in an oven with the heat down low.
  • Crack the egg into the pan, place a lid over the top and cook until all the albumen has turned white.
  • Plate up and enjoy.

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