Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies – easy, soft, chewy cookies that are full of pumpkin spice flavour and totally vegan too.

Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies - easy, chewy cookies that are full of pumpkin spice flavour and totally vegan too!

This weekend I did something that I almost never do – I had the weekend off. No work, no social media, no thinking about the blog (well, that last one is a bit of a lie, it is pretty much impossible to stop thinking about it altogether). Instead we went out for dinner, went to a gig (Eluveitie, an awesome folk metal band, in case you were interested) and did some shopping. I even had time to get stuck in to Book Of Dust by Philip Pullman which I had been eagerly awaiting and am thoroughly enjoying thus far. (more…)

Vegetarian Breakfast Pizza

Vegetarian breakfast pizza – enjoy pizza (or breakfast) at any time of day!

Vegetarian breakfast pizza recipe - enjoy pizza (or breakfast!) at any time of day!

Vegetarian breakfast pizza recipe - enjoy pizza (or breakfast!) at any time of day!

If I had to pick one favourite food I think it would have to be pizza (with ice cream for dessert!). I think that I could probably eat pizza every day and not get bored of it; and now I’ve come up with a pizza recipe that means that I can have it for breakfast as well as lunch or dinner! And no, I’m not talking about cold leftover pizza! (more…)

Witches’ Finger Cookies And Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Witches’ finger cookies served with red velvet hot chocolate ‘blood’ make a spooktacular treat for Halloween!

Witches' finger cookies - a gory but delicious treat for Halloween!

Witches' finger cookies - a gory but delicious treat for Halloween!

This is my last Halloween post (for this year), I promise! These witches’ finger cookies are fun to make and very creepy looking, especially if you serve them with red velvet hot chocolate ‘blood’ for dipping them in! (more…)

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pies

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies – put your pumpkin carving skills to good use with these tasty, creepy (or cute – your choice!) pumpkin pies for Halloween.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies - creepy (or cute - your choice!) pumpkin pies for Halloween.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies - fun, tasty individual pumpkin pies for Halloween.

It is very nearly Halloween so I should probably get a move on and share the couple of Halloween recipes that I have left before it is too late! these Halloween Jack-O-lantern pumpkin pies take a little bit of time and effort to make but they look really effective and would make a great addition to a Halloween party spread. (more…)

Monochrome Cake

Monochrome cake – a stylish black and white stripy chocolate and vanilla cake which is perfect for a classy Halloween party.

Monochrome cake - a stylish black and white stripy chocolate and vanilla cake. Perfect for a classy Halloween party.

Monochrome cake (aka Beetlejuice cake) - a stylish black and white stripy chocolate and vanilla cake. Perfect for a classy Halloween party.

I’ve had the idea for this cake in mind since last year and have been collecting black and white sweets for it for months so I figured i should probably get round to turning my ideas into reality. The reality did not disappoint, the cake turned out exactly as I had imagined and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is quite the looker! (more…)

Vegetarian Mushroom Meatballs (With Vegan Option)

Vegetarian mushroom meatballs – these moist, herby, delicious meatless ‘meatballs’ taste amazing with tomato sauce and pasta and are the perfect healthy comfort food.

Vegetarian mushroom meatballs - these moist, herby, delicious meatless 'meatballs' taste amazing with tomato sauce and pasta and are the perfect healthy comfort food.

Vegetarian mushroom meatballs - these moist, herby, delicious meatless 'meatballs' taste amazing with tomato sauce and pasta - perfect healthy comfort food!

The weather the last couple of days has been utterly foul. Non-stop rain all day and the darkest, gloomiest skies. Comfort food is definitely in order and these vegetarian mushroom meatballs are just the thing. Spaghetti with tomato sauce, meatballs and plenty of cheese has to be one of the ultimate comfort foods and it is really easy to make an amazing tasting vegetarian (or even vegan) version of the classic. (more…)

Apple Cinnamon Brioche & VonShef Stand Mixer Review

Apple cinnamon brioche – a soft, sweet brioche bread braid filled with juicy cinnamon apples. Post sponsored by VonShef.

Apple cinnamon brioche bread braid - the perfect Autumn breakfast.

Apple cinnamon brioche bread braid - the perfect Autumn breakfast.

The apple tree in my garden has yielded a decent crop this year. The apples are a little too sharp to eat as they are however so I need to do lots of baking to use them up. I haven’t decided exactly what to make with them all, but I started by baking this apple cinnamon brioche which used up four of them and was very tasty too. (more…)

Chocolate Orange Doughnuts

Chocolate orange doughnuts – soft, orange scented fried doughnuts topped with chocolate orange ganache and candied oranges – pure heaven!

Chocolate orange doughnuts - light, soft, orange infused yeast doughnuts with chocolate orange glaze and candied oranges.

Chocolate orange doughnuts - light, soft, orange infused yeast doughnuts with chocolate orange glaze and candied oranges.

A fresh, fried, yeasted doughnut is a beautiful thing. Pillowy soft, sweet and so full of flavour, fried doughnuts are the pinnacle of comfort food. I do think that baked and cake doughnuts have their place, but they simply cannot beat the perfection of a fried one. (more…)

Halloween Haunted Pavlova (AKA The Haunting Of Anna Pavlova)

Halloween haunted pavlova – a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Halloween haunted pavlova - a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Haunted Halloween pavlova - a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Now that we are firmly into October I figured that I should probably start sharing some Halloween bakes. I really enjoyed making (and eating!) this Halloween haunted pavlova, also known as ‘The Haunting Of Anna Pavlova’ – props to my cousin Maddy for coming up with that one! (more…)

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