Simple mushroom & no bacon pasta (vegan)

Mushroom & no bacon pasta / vegan

My son actually made up this recipe from stuff we had in the fridge after he refused to eat some leftovers I wanted to re-heat lol.

It was simple & delicious I also ended up eating a bowl, he should cook more often!

Ingredients

Serves 2

1 spoon olive oil

100 G sliced mushrooms

2 spring onions – chopped

2 garlic cloves – crushed

60 g Vegan Lardons or chopped vegan bacon.

125 ml non dairy cream we used Alpro soy cream.

2 spoons nutritional yeast

150 G pasta

Spoonful paprika

(Optional – teaspoon crispy dried onions)

Mushrooms & no bacon with dairy free cream

Method:

Heat the olive oil in a big pan, gently fry the mushrooms, onion & garlic for a couple of minutes until they soften, turn golden.

Add the lardons heat for 3/4 minutes.

This isn’t bacon plant based lardons

Mix in the soy cream

Add the nutritional yeast flakes

Heat for 1-2 minutes until the cream is bubbling

Cook the pasta according to instruction

Stir through the pasta in the sauce

Sprinkle with the paprika.

You can also sprinkle with some crispy dried onions my son sprinkles these on everything as likes the contrast of the crunchy texture.

Enjoy! This is a delicious creamy flavoursome hearty bowl of pasta 👌

Easter Egg Cheesecake- Vegan, Dairy Free

  • For a special Easter treat i thought I’d try this lovely surprise for my son; An Easter egg cheesecake in an Easter egg!! All vegan & dairy free but a scrumptious delight & so easy to make which is all important when you’re a busy working mum.
Easter Egg Cheesecake vegan & dairy free

Easter Egg Cheesecake- Vegan & Dairy Free

All you need is a vegan dark chocolate Easter egg , cream cheese & some biscuits:

The ingredients are more than enough to fill 1 whole Easter egg – 2 halves.

For the base

• 15 g (0.5 oz) Flora or vegan butter

• 85 g (3 oz) digestive biscuits crushed

For the filling

• 200 g (7.1 oz) vegan cream cheese (We used Violife)

• 35 g (1.2 oz) icing sugar

• 100 ml (3.4 floz) vegan double cream ( I had run out so used some of the vegan squirty cream as replacement)

To decorate

• 25 g melted dark chocolate

• A Biscoff/ Oreo or if you can source any vegan chocolate mini eggs.

• 10 g Grated dark chocolate

I used a Bourneville Dark Chocolate Easter Egg.

Method:

  • Chill the Easter egg in the fridge for at least an hour.
  • Take a hot knife ( I ran it under the kettle) and slowly carefully seperate the egg gently by inserting the sharp knife along the edge.
  • Prepare the biscuit base by crushing the biscuits into small crumbs.
  • Heat the vegan butter in a pan until melted.
  • Pour the melted butter into the biscuit crumbs.
  • Mix the butter & biscuit crumbs well it should resemble wet sand.
  • Carefully press the mixture into the shell of the egg.

Biscuit base – Easter Egg cheesecake

  • Chill the biscuit filled egg in the fridge whilst you prepare the cheesecake mixture.
  • Mix the vegan cream cheese with the icing sugar & cream.
  • Place in the egg on top of the biscuit base.
  • Take the melted chocolate and drizzle or swirl over the top – you can use a skewer to make a marble effect.
  • Decorate as you like with grated chocolate – a biscoff , Oreo or any vegan Easter mini eggs or bunnies you can find.

Vegan Easter egg cheesecake

Vegan Easter egg cheesecake- dairy-free

Vegan Easter egg cheesecake- dairy-free

Happy Easter!

Oreo Chocolate Truffles vegan 3 ingredients no bake treat! Dairy free

These delicious 3 ingredient Oreo Chocolate Truffles are an easy no-bake treat made with crushed up Oreo cookies, vegan cream cheese, and dark chocolate.

The perfect treat for Valentine’s or any special occasion or just to show you love someone.

Ingredients

  1. 38 Oreo Cookies
  1. 8 oz vegan cream cheese at room temperature (Violife or Oatley do a great vegan cream cheese)
  2. 200 g dark chocolate
Optional

For decorating: melted white vegan chocolate, Oreo crumbs, sprinkles, crushed peppermint, coconut flakes or chopped nuts, if desired.

Method:

  • Line an 18 by 13-inch baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.
  • Crush the Oreos in a food processor or by hand – place the Oreos in a plastic bag, and bash them with the back of a spoon until they’re crumbly.
  • Combine with the cream cheese in a bowl.
  • Scoop the mixture out about 1 Tbsp at a time and form into 1 inch balls then and place on the baking sheet.
  • Place truffles in freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Melt the dark chocolate either in the microwave or steam in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  • Remove truffles from freezer and dip in the melted chocolate, using a spoon to pour some chocolate over the top then lift and allow excess chocolate to run off. 
  • Return to baking sheet, sprinkle with toppings if desired, or leave them plain then allow chocolate to set. ( We drizzled them with melted vegan white chocolate chips after they had set.
  • When they are all dipped and decorated, place the baking sheet or tray in the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour.
  • Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

These were so good, delicious Chocolatey and soft crumbly smooth inside. Vegan or not all chocolate lovers can enjoy these simple yet impressive.

Oreo 3 ingredients chocolate truffles vegan & dairy free
Oreo 3 ingredients chocolate truffles vegan & dairy free

Not Reeses Peanutbutter Cups (Vegan & Dairy-Free)

Delicious home made Not Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Bars – Vegan friendly – no dairy – plant based.

Vegan non Reeses peanutbutter cups
Vegan non Reeses peanutbutter cups

Before my son became vegan his favourite chocolate treats were Reeses Peanut Butter Cups a rare treat which he now denies himself.

I accidentally made this recipe – I started out experimenting to make a healthier nutty bar but epically failed with the introduction of dark chocolate & peanut butter!! 😂

My son was so delighted with the results he declared it was just like the Reeses and he asked me to please make another batch immediately.

I was more than happy – we all love them as an occasional indulgent treat and they are so simple to make!!

Ingredients For Biscuit base:

  • 125 g – hob nobs or oat crumble

  • 85 g melted vegan butter or spread.

Middle:

  • 2 tbsps Peanut Butter

  • 1 tbsp Syrup

Topping:

  • 150 g Melted Dark Chocolate

  • 1 tbsp Vegan spread or butter

  • 1 tbsp Plant based milk

Method

  1. Crush the ingredients for the biscuit base:

  1. Put the biscuits into a food processor and blitz them until you have fine crumbs

  1. Or place the biscuits in a freezer bag and crush them using a rolling pin.

  1. Place the crumb in a glass bowl and add the melted butter mix well to completely combined.

  1. Line a tin or cake cases with the biscuit base & press down.

  1. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  1. Stir together well the peanut butter & syrup & spread across the biscuit base.

  1. Melt the dark chocolate with a spoonful

  1. Of butter & sooonful of plant milk in the microwave or steam in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water – the water must be shallow & not touch the bowl.

  1. Spread the dark chocolate on top & then leave to set in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.

  1. Put in freezer for 20 mins

Serve & enjoy! These were so yummy & satisfied my boy’s craving for Reeses Butternut cups!

Delicious Stuffed Roasted Peppers for Halloween or any occasion – yummy & vegan 🌱

Feeling creative today these peppers were so fun & easy to make.

Stuffed Roasted Peppers
Stuffed roasted red peppers

You can adapt the stuffing to any flavours you like or add rice or Cous Cous or vegan sausages instead of soy mince; different spices or vegetables. I tried to use a combination of ingredients my son enjoys – they were so tasty!

Halloween stuffed peppers

Halloween stuffed peppers

Ingredients ( for 5 Peppers)

    Red peppers
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    200g Vegan mince
    Onion
    2 cloves garlic
    Half An aubergine chopped small
    Handful of mushrooms
    6 cherry tomatoes
    Tablespoon tomato purée
    5 slices of bread – made into breadcrumbs
    Salt & pepper
    Mixed seasoning
    Handful fresh parsley
    Crispy Dried onions
    Vegan cheese (we used Violife feta it melts nicely)

Spooky Halloween stuffed peppers
Spooky Halloween stuffed peppers

Method

    Slice the top off the peppers in a circular disc shape

    Remove any seeds

    Place the peppers on a baking tray & heat at 200 for 15 minutes in the oven.

    Prepare the mixture whilst peppers are pre-baking

    Fry the onion & garlic for couple minutes until it starts to soften

    Add the aubergine – fry for few minutes

    Add herbs & seasoning

    Add chopped mushrooms stir fry

    Add the soy mince fry for couple minutes

    Add the tomatoes & tomato purée fry for couple of minutes more.

    Stir in the breadcrumbs & fresh parsley

    (If you are doing faces on the peppers draw them & cut around I used the little pumpkin cutter.)

    Using a spoon fill the peppers with the mixture.

    Put the filled peppers back In the oven for 15 minutes.

    Take out the peppers and add some crispy dried onions on top & then grated or thinly sliced vegan cheese.

    Put back in the oven for 5/10 minutes until the cheese has melted.

Will definitely make these again they were enough for a main meal & looked and tasted amazing.

Roasted stuffed peppers

Roasted stuffed peppers

Pumpkin Flower Arrangement/ Pumpkin Vase

Pumpkin flower arrangement

Pumpkin flower arrangement

I’ve been working & experimenting with pumpkin 🎃 recipes (soon to be shared on here!) & we always carve one to put out the front of the house for Halloween trick or treaters.

Pumpkins are very cheap and have multiple uses! I thought I would do something a bit different & creative so I made a pumpkin floral centre-piece. I’ve gifted some to friends who loved them, something a bit different! A very colourful eye-catching display.

Really simple to make. You just need:

• Fresh pumpkin

• Marker pen

• Knife

• Spoon or scoop

• Diluted bleach

• Clear plastic cellophane/ bubble wrap

• Wet oasis floral foam

• Fresh Flowers, leaves, berries,

• Scissors

1. Use a marker pen & draw a lid around the top of the pumpkin.

2. Use a long sharp knife and cut the top off around the line you’ve drawn.

3. Scoop out the flesh of the pumpkin – I used an ice cream scoop.

4. Wash the inside of the pumpkin with some washing up liquid or some diluted bleach with water.

5. Wait for pumpkin to dry out

6. Line the inside with cellophane & bubble wrap.

7. Push in some floral oasis – you can cut pieces to fit (make sure you soak it first)

8. Cut your flowers to your preferred lengths & insert into the foam.

Pumpkin vase
Pumpkin vase

This can be done on a budget with a bunch of supermarket flowers. The pumpkins from ALDI at £1 – the oasis & cellophane from the Range.

Get creative! It’s very relaxing & rewarding in these turbulent times and something a bit different leading up to Halloween.

Breakfast Fry Up with Eggy Tofu Scramble – dairy free & Vegan

My son always enjoyed a full English Breakfast Fry up before he decided to go vegan; there’s no reason why he still can’t enjoy it with a vegan (plant-based) version which I also love to eat.

Vegan breakfast fry up
Vegan breakfast fry up / Tofu Scramble

A great start to the day especially with the colder weather now. & it’s much healthier and less greasy than a traditional breakfast.

Vegan Breakfast Fry up
Vegan breakfast fry up

I was amazed to discover that Tofu makes a fantastic scrambled egg replacement, it tastes & looks identical and very easy to make.

There’s some great vegan sausages our favourite are the Richmond or Naked Glory. We also use Vivera Bacon replacement.

Vegan English Breakfast/ Tofu Scramble
Vegan English Breakfast/ Tofu Scramble

Add some toast , beans, hash browns , fried tomatoes & mushrooms and breakfast fit for a king ! Or Vegan Queen! 👸😊

Ingredients

  1. Half a pack of Firm Tofu
  2. Salt & pepper for seasoning
  3. Teaspoon of turmeric (gives it the yellow colour)
  4. Spoon of olive oil or vegan spread,

Instructions

    Gently heat the oil or spread in a pan.
    Crumble the tofu with a fork & add to pan
    Season & add the turmeric
    Heat for a few minutes, stirring continuously.

Enjoy!!’

Vegan / plant based fry up with tofu scramble
Vegan plant based fry up with tofu scramble

Vegan Fruit homemade Scones dairy-free Cream tea

These Scones are so light, delicious, they look and taste really impressive yet are so easy to make!! In fact the trick to good scones is not working the pastry a lot at all just roll it & cut out the shapes.

I made them for a family birthday party in the garden earlier in the summer and everyone enjoyed them vegan or not!

Vegan cream tea / homemade scones
Vegan cream tea / home made scones

So tasty and you wouldn’t believe they’re vegan they are such a treat!

Ingredients (8-10 scones)

• 350g self-raising flour , extra for dusting

• ¼ tsp salt

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 3 tbsp caster sugar

• 95g vegan vegetable spread

• 100g sultana’s (optional)

• 150ml non – dairy milk , plus extra to glaze

• jam , to serve

• vegan cream alternative, e.g. oat-based crème fraîche, or Alpro Double cream (whipped) to serve

Instructions

    • Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Rub in the vegetable spread until you have fine breadcrumbs.

    • Slowly stir the milk into the flour mixture until you have a smooth dough. 

    • dust your surface lightly with flour and gently roll out the scone dough until 2cm thick.

    • Transfer onto a baking tray lined with parchment and put it in the fridge for 30 mins to firm up.

    • Remove the dough from the fridge and using a round cutter (you can improvise with a jam jar lid if you don’t have a cutter, cut out the scones. (When you cut the scones out, press the cutter straight down, don’t twist it. Flour the cutter first to make it easier to remove the scones.)

    • Put them, top side down, onto another baking sheet lined with paper, leaving a 2cm gap between each one. This gives the scones an even top.

    • Brush with the extra milk, making sure that it doesn’t drip onto the sides (otherwise they will rise unevenly)

    • Put the scones in the freezer for 15 mins. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7
    Remove from the freezer and bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Serve with jam and vegan cream, if you like.

Vegan scones / dairy free cream tea
Vegan scones / cream tea

Broccoli, Mushroom & Vegan non Chickn Stir fry

Mushroom broccoli & Vegan non Chickn Stir fry

A fresh easy & delicious stir fry. It’s loaded with mushrooms and fresh broccoli and you can add fake chicken (Seitan) or Tofu according to your preference. You can make this in under 20 minutes easily.

Ingredients

  • 200g No Chicken – chicken substitute- tofu, Seitan or we used Linda Mcartney Frozen pulled chicken
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 lb broccoli cut into florets (about 5 cups)
  • 1 small onion sliced into strips
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms thickly sliced
  • 2/3 cup vegetable stock
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp corn flour (mixed with 1 Tbsp water into a paste)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp garlic (2 small cloves) grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper to season
  • Rice or noodles to serve.

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a pan
  2. Add the onions, garlic & ginger and gently fry for couple of minutes.
  3. Add the chopped vegetables and the vegan chicn, tofu or Seitan. Stir fry for 3/4 minutes.
  4. Add the sauce ingredients, stock, sugar etc and heat for 4/5 minutes.
  5. You can thin the sauce by adding more water if you like. (The cornflour paste thickens the sauce)
  6. Serve with noodles or rice & enjoy!!