Archive of ‘Spice’ category

Vegan Ginger Cake

Vegan ginger cake – a moist, sticky, spicy sheet cake that is full of flavour, easy to make and perfect for snacking on. Egg and dairy free.

Vegan ginger cake - a moist, sticky, spicy sheet cake that is full of flavour, easy to make and perfect for snacking on. Egg and dairy free.

I know it isn’t really the right time of year for ginger cake, it is much more of an Autumn/Winter kind of thing; but we have been having a lot of dreary weather recently and I have just been in the mood for comforting bakes and warm flavours. (more…)

Chai Spiced Cashew Butter & Froothie Optimum 9400 Review

Chai spiced cashew butter – a delicious, flavourful homemade nut butter; you’ll want to slather it on everything!

Chai spiced cashew butter - a delicious, flavourful homemade nut butter; you'll want to slather it on everything!

Chai spiced cashew nut butter - smooth, creamy, lightly spiced and utterly addictive! #vegan #healthy

Have you ever tried making your own nut butter? It is really easy to do and you can make so many different delicious combinations. The only problem is that you do need a food processor or blender that is powerful enough to cope with it – I did once manage to burn out the motor of a flimsier model whilst making praline paste (which is basically the same as nut butter). (more…)

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chilli (Vegan)

Sweet potato black bean chilli – a hearty, warming, yet healthy and delicious vegan meal. Quick and easy to make too!

Sweet potato black bean chilli - a hearty, warming, healthy and delicious vegan meal.

Sweet potato black bean chilli - a hearty, warming, healthy and delicious vegan meal.

I suppose that my first recipe of 2018 should probably be a healthy one; start the year off as you mean to go on and all that. Well I certainly hope that my year doesn’t continue as it’s started – with a horrible cold! Here’s hoping that some healthy, nourishing meals like this sweet potato black bean chilli have me feeling better quickly. (more…)

Spiced Honey Roasted Nuts

Spiced honey roasted nuts – sweet, spicy, salty and utterly addictive! They are great to snack on and would make a lovely home-made Christmas gift.

Spiced honey roasted nuts - sweet, spicy, salty and utterly addictive! They are great to snack on and would make a lovely home-made Christmas gift.

It is so very nearly Christmas and if you are in need of an easy yet lovely home-made gift then these spiced honey roasted nuts may just be it. If you wrap them up in a nice jar they would make a really good gift, otherwise they are just great to have to hand to nibble on throughout the holidays. (more…)

Lighter Mince Pies (Vegan)

Lighter mince pies – you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too! Post sponsored by Splenda.

Lighter mince pies - you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too!

Lighter mince pies - you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too!

Mince pies are one of my absolute favourite festive foods; I dread to think how many of them I get through over the festive period! (I actually had my first mince pie of the year in July, at a Christmas in July event!). For me it wouldn’t be Christmas without them, but they are quite high in sugar and fat, and therefore calories; so I’ve come up with this lighter version that cuts down on the sugar and fat whilst still being delicious! (more…)

Chocolate Gingerbread Biscuits (With Vegan Option)

Chocolate gingerbread biscuits – a chocolatey twist on classic gingerbread biscuits; they make great cut-outs for Christmas!

Chocolate gingerbread biscuits - a chocolatey twist on classic gingerbread biscuits; they make great cut-outs for Christmas!

 

I can’t believe that we are only a week away from Christmas; I still have so much work left to do and so many things that I want to bake and not enough time to do it all in! I made these chocolate gingerbread biscuits a while ago but haven’t had time to share them; seeing as we are so close to Christmas though I thought that I had better get them posted quick! (more…)

Vegan Wholemeal Maple Cinnamon Rolls

Vegan wholemeal maple cinnamon rolls – incredibly good sticky cinnamon buns flavoured with maple syrup that just so happen to be vegan too!

Vegan wholemeal maple cinnamon rolls - incredibly good cinnamon buns flavoured with maple syrup that just so happen to be vegan too!

vegan wholemeal maple cinnamon rolls - incredibly good cinnamon buns flavoured with maple syrup that just so happen to be vegan too! #vegan #baking #cinnamonrolls

These soft, gooey, sticky vegan wholemeal maple cinnamon rolls are some of the best cinnamon buns that I have ever made, ever. Damian was completely stunned that they were vegan and said that they were utterly indistinguishable from non-vegan ones, and that they were some of the best, most amazing cinnamon buns he had ever had. Which just goes to show that vegan food can be just as indulgent and delicious! (more…)

Orange Cinnamon Butter Biscuits

Orange cinnamon butter biscuits – crisp, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth festive cookies that make great cut-outs for Christmas.

 Orange cinnamon butter biscuits - crisp, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth festive cookies that make great cut-outs for Christmas.

Orange cinnamon butter biscuits - crisp, buttery festive cookies that make great cut-outs for decorating and Christmas. #Christmas #baking #cookies

I’ve been having a lot of fun making and decorating Christmas biscuits this week. The decorating part is quite time consuming if you are trying to do it really neatly and you have a lot of biscuits to get through, but I find it quite relaxing and it is a nice way to while away a cold, wet afternoon. (more…)

Mulled Wine Chocolate Cake With Orange Mascarpone Cream

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream – a perfectly showstopping festive layer cake that tastes like Christmas.

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream - a festive showstopper that tastes like Christmas!

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream - a festive showstopper that tastes like Christmas!

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? It still feels too early to me but we food bloggers have to start planning things way in advance so my kitchen has been a full-on festive bombsite for the past couple of weeks. I couldn’t wait long to post this mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream; it is too delicious not to share! (more…)

Pumpkin Layer Cake With Mascarpone Cream And Sugared Pecans

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans – this stunning cake is truly irresistible and perfect for any Autumn celebration.

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans - utterly irresistible!

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans - utterly irresistible! #pumpkin #cake #pumpkinspice #baking

I’ve been dying to share this cake recipe with you as it is just SO GOOD. Seriously, it is one of the best cakes I have ever made/eaten. I know that I probably say that a lot, and maybe I do just love most cakes (in fact I definitely do!), but this pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans might just be my ideal cake. (more…)

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