Monday, January 16, 2017

Vegan banana pancakes...

NO, I have not turned Vegan, or even Vegetarian over the New Year's resolutions, but if you're reading my blog for a while you probably know that my younger daughter has an egg intolerance... Thankfully it's not a severe case and she can get away with an occasional slice of cake etc. but things like pasta, Belgian waffles, pancakes etc. have to be egg free - otherwise there is a severe case of scratching the following night...
It's easy to buy dry, egg-free pasta, but pancakes are more tricky, and boy they both do love their pancakes! After some research online I wasn't happy with any pancakes that I've made, without using the eggs. But thankfully there was one, I just had to discover it.


I'm following Mayim Bialik on Instagram (who you may know from The Big Bang Theory) and I was tempted to get her cookbook "Mayim's vegan table", when she got it out. It didn't disappoint. I was a complete newbie when it came to vegan, plant based eating, so I found the book really helpfull in terms of explaining what vegan food is all about and how to get around baking/cooking without the eggs in your diet. It's in that book that I found the recipe for egg-free pancakes, that actually worked and girls really liked them!


I've adapted the recipe ever so slightly, to suit my girls' taste buds, but they're really very small changes (for ex. in Mayim's recipe there's no sugar at all). It can be challenging at times to eliminate from your diet things that you took for granted, that are called for in so many everyday dishes, bakes... But it IS doable!

How to make it...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Apple and banana "not so naughty" crumble...

Crumbles are THE desserts designed for winter time. Soft, sweet fruit,covered with crumbly and crunchy layer, all served steaming hot with a side of cream.... What's not to like on a wintry cold day?! There's not a lot of fruit that are in season during winter, but those that are, like apples work perfectly in a crumble! I like to have more than a one fruit when making a crumble - it makes it that bit more interesting, and each time introduces us to different taste and flavour combos.


Why this crumble is a "not so naughty" on? As I believe it's healthier than others!
Well, it has way less sugar than I would add normally, you also have an addition of sultanas, oats, almonds and coconut and... if you choose to swap the butter for coconut oil, not only you'll get a fantastic, tropical kind of taste, but the dessert will be completely vegan. It feels mush "lighter" when you eat it - not as "stodgy" and filling as crumble can be sometimes. I usually have my crumble with a bit of double cream in it, but you can easily do without - as it is delicious and full of flavour!



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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How to make liver "cheats" pâté/parfait...

There's nothing better than a homemade parfait, but we rarely have time to make it. I was never really a fan of a store bought version, unless it's from a really good deli, it's really hard to find a quality one. If you love liver parfait you'll be happy to know that you can make it in less than 15 minutes, then it just a bit of waiting time for it to cool and set in the fridge - that's the "cheating" part here ;) Yes, it's really that quick and really quite easy to make. I believe that when making a pâté you should really buy the liver from a local butcher, please don't but it from a supermarket. For such a small amount needed and when there's barely few ingredients involved, you want the best you can get!

liver pâté

You can use any liver, being it chicken, duck or my personal favourite - lamb. Lamb might not be to your personal taste though, as it's quite fragrant and strong. If you normally don't eat/like lamb meat, don't make the lamb parfait, as the taste is even stronger.

liver parfait

A little jar of homemade pâté makes a great gift, just make sure that the person you want to give it to eats liver and parfait, as it's not everyone's idea of a great accompaniment to a melba toast ;)

How to make it...