French Bread Pizza! Quick, easy & comforting

This is a classic old time favourite of mine. So quick, easy & cheap to make!

It was one of the first things I used to make as a teenager myself. My best friend Maria & I used to make this all the time when we were poor in Paris!! Funny how food can make you nostalgic!

All you need is a baguette- & some of your favourite toppings! It’s a great way to use up a day old baguette and not waste it.

French Bread Pizza

Ingredients

• 1 large loaf French baguette bread split in half lengthwise and crosswise

• 3 or more tablespoons of Tomato purée

• 3 or more tablespoons of ketchup

• Any herbs you have – Basil, Parsley, oregano or mixed herbs

• Garlic if you like?

• Vegan Cheese – (grated) we used (ready grated Violife)

• We used a combination of pre-fried red onions, mushrooms & sweetcorn

Violife vegan grated cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat the oven to 180

• Cut the French loaf in half lengthwise, then cut each half open into two pieces. Place the pieces of French Bread, cut side up, on a large baking sheet.

• Mix the tomato purée & ketchup

• Top each piece of bread with about 2 Tbsp pizza sauce and 1 oz. (or 1/4 cup grated vegan cheese.

• Add any additional toppings you desire.

• Bake the pizzas in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the bread is slightly brown and crispy on the edges. Serve hot.

I converted my son who initially was not impressed with my lunchtime snack idea but joined in to help make it & loved every bite – he polished off 4 pieces!

French Bread Pizza
French Bread Pizza

Croissants! Can’t believe it’s Vegan!!

So my son always adored a croissant – a treat denied since he was vegan as they are known for their buttery content.

However we’ve discovered Jus Rol – which is chilled ready to roll pastry. They were on offer for 2 packs for £3 in Tesco. Unbelievably they’re Dairy free!

Jus Rol croissants

Really easy to bake! I added a spoon of strawberry jam in the middle before baking for a tasty filling.

Jus Rol croissants - with strawberry jam
Vegan Croissants!

1. Pre-heat the oven according to the packet instructions.

2. Peel open croissant packet and gently remove the roll of pastry.

3. Separate it on a chopping board and cut along the score lines into six separate triangles.

4. Turn the ends in to create a curved traditional croissant shape.

Great for busy mornings – they bake in around 10 minutes. We all enjoyed them.

Jus rol vegan croissants

St Patrick’s Day Vegan Guinness Chocolate Cake

Happy St Patrick’s Day!! It will be a very different St Patrick’s day in Ireland this year -with their pubs being closed due to the covid 19 corona virus.

Government guidelines in the UK are to avoid unnecessary social contact & pubs, restaurants.

We are socially isolating ourselves at home ; it’s a good opportunity to do some good old fashioned baking. In a crisis I make a cup of tea & bake a cake!

So We will celebrate St Patrick’s quietly with a can of guinesss or some Irish ☘️ whiskey & a delicious vegan version of St Patrick’s Guiness Chocolate cake!

(** You could halve the ingredients below as it was very big cake! Or split between 2 baking tins & use the filling in the middle as well**)

• 250 g / 2 cups plain flour

• 120 g / 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

• 2 tsp baking soda

• 220 g / 1 cup caster sugar

• 100 g / 1/2 cup light brown sugar

• 1/2 tsp salt

• 150 g Alpro yoghurt

• 480 ml / 2 cups Guinness

• 120 ml / 1/2 cup vegetable oil, I used mild olive oil

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the “Baileys” buttercream frosting

• 250 g / 1 cup vegan butter, (vitalite or flora)

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 600 g / 5 cups icing sugar

• 2-3 tbsp Vegan baileys almande

You can always swap ingredients- the shelves in the supermarket were a bit sparse so we are trying:

Vegan Shannon’s cream coconut & chocolate drink to replace the Baileys. (Found this £12 in supermarket)

Also sadly there was no Guinness – you can replace with a different ale, beer or we are using black fruit cider 😊

It’s a blissfully simple recipe – drink some of the Guiness or baileys – get a big bowl & (sift. whisk & mix all the top ingredients!)

Base line a cake tin. Put the mixture in & put in the oven 170

bake for 45 mins to an hour until the sponge is springy and a skewer comes out clean when tested. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins then turn out on a wire rack 10 mins.

To make the buttercream, cream the vegan butter and vanilla extract together. Add the icing sugar in a large tbsp at a time & add the vegan Shannon’s Cream.

I hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Shannon vegan coconut & chocolate drink
Shannon vegan coconut & chocolate drink

Family meal review Wagamama

Wagamama

On Friday we went for a family birthday dinner, we chose to go to Wagamama’s as it’s a favourite of both our sons – if you enjoy spicy food – noodles & curry’s it is really nicely cooked. The Vegan menu is very good one of the best I’ve seen with a lot of variety.

Having a vegan in the family we try to be open minded & explore the options. So we opted to share some starters that were vegan.

Bang Bang Cauliflower is sensational- really nicely spiced and a good crunchy texture on the outside. I’m going to try to make this at home we all loved it.

Bang bang Cauliflower
Bang Bang Cauliflower

We also had Vegetable Tempura. A fun way to eat vegetables. Crispy fried tenderstem broccoli, red pepper, sweet potato and asparagus, topped with wakame and served with a sweet + sour dipping sauce. I went to take a photo and missed lol it all disappeared too quickly!

My older son enjoyed a vegan version of Katsu Curry Seitan (a chicken relacement made from wheat gluten) coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs, covered in an aromatic curry sauce with sticky white rice.

Seitan Katsu Curry
Seitan Katsu Curry

The Katsu curry is also available made with sweet potato aubergine & butternut squash.

All the vegan dishes are scattered throughout the main menu but it is much easier to ask for the Vegan menu which lists them all together.

Wagamama Vegan Menu
Wagamama Vegan Menu

It’s not inexpensive but the food is really fresh & tasty and the portions are very generous!

The vegan desserts looked interesting but we were too full to try them!

Wagamama Vegan desserts
Wagamama Vegan desserts

Pancakes Recipe

Just in time for Shrove Tuesday my first vegan recipe – pancake day recipe for tomorrow 25th February!!

I made this recipe as my son always loved my homemade pancakes & I didn’t want him to miss out. They are very nice indeed!

My homemade vegan pancakes recipe

Ingredients Serves 4

    225 g plain flour
    2 tbsp caster sugar

    1 tbsp. baking powder

    1/4 tsp. salt

    300 ml ( any non-dairy milk – oat, soy, nut)

    25 g Ground almonds

    1 mashed banana
    Small amount of vegetable oil or coconut oil to coat the pan

Method

  • In a medium bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, ground almond stir to combine
  • Mash the banana & stir in
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
  • Heat some of the oil in the pan
  • Pour a big ladle of batter onto a nonstick pan over medium heat. When the top begins to bubble, flip the pancake and cook until golden.

Serve with syrup or strawberry jam… or we discovered 2 amazing Vegan alternative products!!

Sweet Freedom Chocolate spread!! Made from natural fruit extracts, cocoa. Great if you’re giving up chocolate for lent!! 😂It’s also only 14 cals a teaspoon so it’s a winner Around £2 a pot in most supermarkets.

Sweet Freedom chocolate spread

Sweet Freedom chocolate spread

I can’t even believe this next product exists!! You can pick up for around £2 in Tesco. Food Heaven Heavenly Whipped Cream. Totally dairy free & vegan, I’ve tried it and can’t taste the difference!

Food heaven Heavenly whipped cream

Food Heaven, Heavenly Whipped Cream

Enjoy your pancakes & if you do try my recipe let me know how it goes?