I’m not one for national “holidays” but when I woke up to national pancake day, you knew I had to grab the change to create a delicious stack of goodness. As much as I love eating my rainbowls, I do want a little treat every now and then! And it’s not even the pancakes that are the most indulgent, no, the toppings is where it becomes an indulgent treat. But toppings would be nothing if it weren’t for a delicious fluffy base! These pancakes are thick, full of fluff and stuffed with raspberries, that’s a win right?…
We’re in the middle of the holiday season, but to be honest, I’m not really feeling it. There’s so much happening in the world right now, that I’m not really feeling the holiday spirit this year, which is fine by me. I might not be blasting “all I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey from my speakers, but we will be making it festive in the kitchen. One thing food has the power to do is to bring people together and to put a smile on someone’s face. So don’t worry, these weeks will be festive, I might even catch the jingle bugs along the way!
Aside from the holiday season we are in the middle of winter, if you live in the northern hemisphere that is, and one thing I associate with colder weather is tea, and lots of it! Now if you’d ask me for my favourite tea I’d say “a deliciously warming chai” but I’ve got a chai recipe in the works so for this recipe we are using another popular tea, earl grey.
Growing up I was obsessed with London Fog’s, which is basically earl grey tea with warm milk and vanilla. In this case we can speak of one plus one is two, why not turn a basically healthy tea into a indulging treat, because remember, were in the middle of the holiday season, so indulging foods are ok! And if you want to make it even more indulging (which has become another word for disgustingly unhealthy, but yum) you can make a pink cinnamon/vanilla frosting to go along. Just take a few tbsp’s of vegan butter and whip this up with some vanilla, cinnamon and powdered sugar until you get a nice thick and sweet frosting.
To be quite honest, I was going to make an earl grey cookie recipe, but didn’t feel like putting in the extra work, so I decided to go with muffins. This is a testament to how easy this recipe is, I didn’t mix wet and dry separate and didn’t even bother making a flax egg, no I threw everything in a bowl and it worked out perfect! You can see it as a life lesson if you might, since sometimes we over complicate things, while sometimes we should just throw everything into a bowl and hope for the best.
Now let’s get to it, pre heat that oven and make yourself some delicious muffins, and don’t forget to pour yourself a cup of tea to go along with it, or not if you’re not into tea.
Every time I see an overripe bunch of bananas lying around my kitchen I start getting excited because I know it’s time to either freeze them to make ice cream or use them in bakes goods, how exciting is my life, right!?. To everyone throwing away their perfectly ripe bananas because they look disgusting, those yucky looking bananas are tropical gold! I’m being over dramatic but I mean it, there is a point at when bananas start being really brown and mushy, but once they are used in some good baked goods, we turned gross bananas into a delicious banana flavoured treat, win.
This is a one bowl recipe, as I didn’t feel like mixing the wet and the dry separate, I’m kind of a rebel when it comes to baking! So far it has worked out great, so why fix something that isn’t broken.I topped these muffins with pieces of bananas and others with a mix of pumpkin & chia seeds and some crushed walnuts. You can top it with whatever you want though, you can try making a crumble or topping it with other nuts and/or seeds.
Now let’s get backing and make yourself a nice warming cup of tea (or not) to go along these scrumptious muffins! I really hope you like these recipes and feel free to leave a comment below or to tag me in your recreations on Instagram and don’t forget to like my Facebook page.
A party just isn’t complete without a nice sweet snack/dessert, and since we’re still working towards a spooky Halloween menu why not make a spooky recipe for cupcakes!? These cupcakes are moist and rich with a decadent silver frosting that will ward off all the evil spirits, some might even say that this frosting will even protect you from werewolves. No I didn’t use any funky food colouring, just black tahini which you’ll find a recipe for over here. By now you might have figured out that black tahini will be making an appearance into almost every Halloween dish this year, so go to your nearest asian grocery store and get yourself a big bag of black sesame seeds, it’s worth it! You can also order the seeds or the tahini on-line if you don’t have any store selling these product near you.
Now to be honest even though the frosting adds a nice flare of magic it isn’t very necessary since the muffins are sweet by them selves, having said that, it does add to the presentation and might be just what you need! You can also skip the black tahini if you don’t have any on hands and still want moist and dense cupcakes, or use less like the picture below. One thing to keep in mind when using black tahini is that you’ll want to let the cupcakes cool before you eat them, cause otherwise the taste of the tahini will dominate the cacao and that’s, not, delicious! But once they’ve cooled down they’re the most delicious chocolate cupcakes ever!
These cupcakes were an instant fave for my family, they weren’t to sweet and perfectly moist, just the way they like them! I also sneaked a couple of pieces of chocolate in the batter so some cupcakes would have a chocolate core, because who doesn’t like a chocolate overdose!?
You can expect even more Halloween themed recipes during the next week so we’ll all be ready for our Halloween parties, or ready to simply indulge, parties are overrated anyway! I really hope you like these recipes and feel free to leave a comment below or to tag me in your spooky creations on Instagram and don’t forget to like my Facebook page.
If you’ve been following me for a while you might know I like colourful food, and I made a “rainbow” sushi before, but this time I decided to go all out and make real rainbow sushi! One requirement the sushi had to meet was that the rice had to have all the colours of the rainbow, without having to use any artificial colourings (yuck). Well mission complete! This sushi is so colourful and stunning that I’m sure you’ll impress whoever you decide to make this for, or yourself, which is totally ok since I devoured all of these rolls by myself…
This brings me to another point, although the whole process can be a bit time-consuming, just make a big batch, this will last you a couple of days. You can easily store the prepped rolls in the fridge for a couple of days, keep in mind that this depends on the fillings u used, if u use things like avocado then I don’t recommend storing it to long. This is why I made some rolls with and some without avocado.
tip: If you cover the slices of avocado (or other veggies) with some lemon or lime juice it’ll keep longer as the acidity will keep it fresh for longer, this way you can keep it in a fridge for at east two days.
You can also store the sushi rice for a couple of days, just make sure you cool the rice as soon as possible when it’s done cooking and place it in containers and keep it in your fridge so you can have some more sushi the next day, awesome right!?
Now lets talk fillings! Whenever I tell an “omnivore” that sushi is one of my favourite foods I often get the response “but sushi isn’t vegan right?!”, to which I respond with “of course it is, just fill it with plant based foods”. There are a million different ways of making sushi vegan, just use your imagination, there are no limits.
For these rolls I used bell peppers, avocado, cucumber and roasted sweet potato, but feel free to fill the rolls with whatever your heart (aka stomach) desires. You can use tofu, tomato, tempeh, pickled daikon radish, carrot and whatever else you can think of, be creative. I’ve even filled sushi with humus and green asparagus, just to name one strange combination.
I didn’t want to use any artificial food colouring, but chose to go for all natural food colourings, such as:
- Spirulina powder to make green, you can also use matcha powder
- Turmeric to make the yellow (if you combine a bit of turmeric with spirulina you get a light greenish colour)
- Beet powder (or juice) to create a red colour (and combining this with a bit of turmeric makes orange)
- Gochujang although red makes a nice orange if u use a little
- Purple cabbage make a nice purple and adding baking soda to the purple cabbage water turns it blue.
Now you don’t need to use any artificial junk and keep the sushi clean and healthy.
Now its your turn to make rainbow sushi! I promise you, this will impress your friends, family or bae (no not the Danish bae!). The whole process can be a little time-consuming (not too much though), and it’s definitely worth it! Make these for a party, take leftovers to impress your co workers or just have them for the fun of it!
Be sure to let me know if you liked them!