Recipe: Courgette + Cocoa Loaf

Vegan-recipe-cake-bread-courgette-and-cocoa-loaf-blogAn allotment abound with courgettes and tiny berries and loads of luscious lettuce is something my family is lucky enough to enjoy in the summer. If you’ve ever grown courgettes you’ll know that suddenly you’ll have a glut and will have made so many stir fries with rounds of the little marrows you’ll be looking for new ideas.

You’ve made banana bread, right? Well, this a is a little like that. Perfect with some vegan spread (I like it with coconut and almond butter) and a cup of tea or coffee. Yep, I’ve decided to bring back elevenses.

It’s a simple loaf in that it doesn’t ping the taste buds with loads of sugar, and it has got a most simple vegetable in it, but in the empty light of a late morning rumbling stomach it’s a little fluffy cloud slice of goodness with a hint of chocolate and a satisfying crumb.

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Recipe: Courgette + Cocoa Loaf

Recipe: Smoked Paprika Beans with Miso Mash, Crispy Cabbage + Beetroot Creme Fraiche

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Hey friends! It’s been a while. I’ve been learning to slow down. It’s cool and you can really taste every ingredient in that vegan junk food (I’ve been eating lots of it in Bristol, New York and Cornwall!)

Given my hiatus I thought I would treat you to not one, but four, brand new vegan recipes! They work super well together for a Sunday night feast with friends, and you can also try them out individually to perfect them and enjoy something quicker on a school night.

Let’s talk smoked paprika for a minute. I’m obsessed with those smokey flavours, and a tin of smoked paprika, alongside a bottle of Mesquite liquid smoke, is a must in my pantry. The coveted flavour of La Chinata smoked paprika, my favourite brand, comes from oak-smoked Spanish paprika peppers grown in the Extremadura region southwest of Madrid. Worth investing, pals.

Traditionally this wonder spice is used in chilindrón stews, romesco sauces and adds to the flavour of chorizo (none of that) and here I’m using it to add depth and richness to this vegan stew.

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Recipe: Smoked Paprika Beans with Miso Mash, Crispy Cabbage + Beetroot Creme Fraiche

Bluebird Tea Co. Bristol Opening ParTEA!

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Bluebird-Tea-Co.-Opening-ParTEA-BristolThere’s no way I could resist an invite to a party where tea cocktails would be on the menu, and lo, here I am with a lemon matcha and gin version in my hand, mind reeling at the choices on said menu, appetite for more tea-based beverages whetted.

To explain: I was invited to Bluebird Tea Co.‘s Opening ParTEA on Park Street, Bristol, and this was one of the many wonderful things I tasted during my evening there last week. I was accompanied by two of my pals from Lush Bristol, and though we agreed this was the most Portlandia-esque thing we’d ever done, we had such a good time!

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Review: Emmeline Bristol







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This week I hopped on the local train to Montpelier to check out new-ish Emmeline on Cheltenham Road. Marie (from Bristol’s awesome new fabric and dressing-making store SEWN) came with me to explore before we headed up Gloucester Road to forage for plant pots and wander round Amnesty Books.

We chose Emmeline as we’d kind of glimpsed or gathered somehow that there was lovely plant-life, vegan options and, importantly, CAKE. It took us a little while to order because we were busy absorbing all the beautiful little details around the cafe; so much foliage!

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Review: Emmeline Bristol

Recipe: Smoked Hazelnut Creem Cheeze Jalapeño Poppers

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It was my dear friend, and vegan warrior princess, Rae’s birthday (pictured here embracing Steve the triceratops on said day of celebration) and as well as making a ridiculous cake (dripping with lemon frosting and and smothered in marshmallows) I made some jalapeño poppers, because, well, I never have before and it seemed like something that might be kinda straightforward and delicious. I’m trying to be less complicated as an overall motif. Smoking hazelnuts to stuff into a tiny pepper: I know, this doesn’t seem to fit the theme, but let me explain…

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Recipe: Smoked Hazelnut Creem Cheeze Jalapeño Poppers

Review: Kale & Kettle, Bristol

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My gorgeous pal Isabel and I ate lunch at Kale & Kettle this week, a new independent vegetarian kitchen on Stokes Croft, Bristol. We weren’t sure what to expect, though as usual we were hungry and hoping for various vegan options. At least they’d have soy mylk right?! I don’t think we were prepared fall so in love with our lunch!

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Review: Kale & Kettle, Bristol

Recipe: Gochujang Mac n Cheeze with Miso Spinach, Pink Pickled Onions + Coconut Bacon

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Gouchujang Mac n Cheeze with Miso Spinach + Coconut Bacon | Donuts + Bolts

My friend Luke and I were having one of our movie nights, drinking a few beers/ciders, and as per usual I was whipping up a batch of mac n cheeze. We were wondering what it is about mac n cheeze that makes it such perfect comfort food, and landed on a theory that it’s the creaminess, the stodginess and the simplicity of the stuff that really hits the spot. It’s just the perfect anytime dinner, especially to share with friends so you can both ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ as you’re eating it!

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Recipe: Gochujang Mac n Cheeze with Miso Spinach, Pink Pickled Onions + Coconut Bacon