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Food for vegan foodies!

Stewed Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal

Perfect start to the day

Perfect start to the day

” I’d eat the f&*k right out of thon” –  friend and self appointed food critic Tony.

 

With such an enthusiastic endorsement as that, it’s no wonder I decided to share this quick and easy breakfast recipe that can make a cold rainy Autumn morning feel a little brighter! I love porridge almost as much as I love soup, in fact it’s probably the breakfast equivalent. Frugal, warming, healthy, lots of different ways to change up the flavours, it’s a perfect slow energy releasing start to your day. Continue reading →

Carrot, Orange & Coriander Soup

Vegan, Frugal, Filling Soup

Vegan, Frugal, Filling Soup

Oh soup, let me count the ways I love thee. Warm, filling, comforting, easy way to pack in veggies for both adults and kiddies, quick to make, frugal…. it’s like a hug in a bowl. This one in particular is a gorgeous example of a soup that’s fresh yet filling with the slight zingy hit from the orange. A staple in our house when I’ve gotten carried away with organic carrots being on sale then wonder what I’m going to use them all for. Continue reading →

Lavender Lemon Mousse

A rich but airy vegan mousse made from chickpea brine

A rich but airy vegan mousse made from chickpea brine

Chocolate mousse. Decadent. Rich yet light and airy. Bubbly yet smooth and melt in your mouth indulgence. Made from the drained liquid in a tin of chickpeas..wait, what?! Yup. Welcome to the magical world of aquafaba. The glorious vegan revolutionary ingredient that I’d been throwing down the sink for years! For anyone that’s missed the hype the past year about chickpea brine, basically Continue reading →

Vegan Honey Recipe and Autumn Spiced Cookies

Vegan HoneyAutumn. The crisp cool air. Kicking leaves. Open fires. Hot chocolate. Halloween. Warming spices. Soups and stews while snuggled inside listening to the rain hammering off the windows (ok so here in Ireland that could just as easily be July but I digress). I adore it. I always get renewed energy at this time of year and have so much fun finding recipes to use up the fresh seasonal produce. Every year I seem to end up with a glut of apples that cry out for some creative cooking other than the standby crumble, pie and cider. Continue reading →

Vegan Cheese & Onion Crisps

Easy frugal potato peeling snack

Easy frugal potato peeling snack

This is one of those times that I kick myself and think ” WHY have I never done this before?!” Frugal. Quick. So unbelievably moreish I’m not sure I should share in case you all shout at me for getting you addicted. But I’m going to share anyway, they’re too good not to!

Potato peeling crisps. Why. Why has it taken me 33 years to discover these? They make perfect sense. Making something tasty ( though not exactly healthy) out of scraps that would normally be composted. A quick snack that satisfies a craving for cheese and onion flavour crisps ( chips for my American friends) without buying processed expensive junk. Continue reading →

Vegan Lentil Lifesaver

Big pot of money and time saving nutritious goodies

Big pot of money and time saving nutritious goodies

I’m a diehard vegan foodie. I could talk about,make and eat (lots of) gorgeous vegan food all day everyday. My idea of a fun evening is curled up pouring over recipe books,making lists and menu plans to try and incorporate my experiments into our weekly budget. After all, what is life without some cruelty-free chocolate mousse or homemade pepperoni seitan vegan pizza?

Sometimes life throws curveballs and the budget gets stripped back to the bare bones or you don’t have time to indulge in fancy schmancy recipes due to higher priorities. That’s where it’s time to REALLY get inventive Continue reading →

Butterfly Watermelon Cake

So, here it is. My first blog post!! I wanted to keep it short and sweet while I get to grips with using a new form of technology ( any form of technology usually scares me so this a big deal , applause please!).

I decided to share the wonderful refreshing ‘cake’ I made for Coppertop’s 1st birthday ( how is it possible that was 2 years ago,HOW?!) made completely from fresh fruit and a little imagination. It was ridiculously hot here in Ireland that July and this was just what we needed, especially with a teething baby who loved sucking on frozen watermelon cubes to help her gums

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Butterfly Watermelon Cake


All you need to do is cut the ends off a watermelon, slice off the rind and cut into a cylinder. Cut cylinder in half and place curved sides against each other , cut out butterfly wings. Use toothpicks to secure blueberries and kiwi slices in place. Set on a bed of romaine lettuce leaves.Done!! Serve to grateful overheated family. If you made it through this, thank you so much for reading and supporting this new venture , I love you all 🙂