Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Spooky Snacks

It's Halloween (almost).
And I've remembered in time (just) that I made lots of Halloween themed food last year, which I never shared.
We had a whole day where all of the meals and snacks were spooky (apart from breakfast  - so 66% meals... whatever!)

I made them to offset the Halloween sadness over being given treats and snacks at several Halloween functions that weren't dairy free. Understandable both from a logistical perspective, and from a small-child upset point of view.

Not quite decided yet what I'm making this year...

Morning snack
Monster mouths: Apple slices filled with peanut butter, apricot tongue/raisin and peanut teeth, and icing eyes.
Ghosts: Bananas, raisins and dairy free chocolate chips

Scary Snot Face: Hard boiled egg, raisin/sultana eyes. Ketchup blood vessels. Carrot nose, dairy free pesto snot, cracker and ketchup mouth.

Afternoon snack
"Spider" (it's missing a few legs, the plum wasn't very big!): Plum, blueberries on cocktail sticks, marshmallows on halved cocktail sticks with black icing eyes.

Spider-web pizza: Tortilla wrap, tomato sauce, dairy free cheese, black olives

Spooky Sharing Platter:
Hot-dog directed worms (with ketchup and some little bits of olive)
Crunchy bones and blood (crispy chilli beef and sweet and sour sauce)
Pumpkin patch - carrot slices in puree'd pea dip
Mini-crispbread toast gravestones

Proof that not all Halloween food fun is chocolatey (or even sweet!)

Saturday, 30 April 2016

More Cakes for a good cause

In March last year I posted a roundup of the first few cakes I had made since starting to volunteer for Free Cakes For Kids.

They are a community based charity which provides free birthday cakes, baked and decorated by volunteers, to children and families that would otherwise be unlikely to have one.

They have volunteer groups all across the UK, so if you think you'd like to use your cake decorating skills to bring a little bit of sunshine to children and young people coping with a whole range of difficult situations, then find one near you on the website and sign up!

A year on, and I've racked up a few more that I'd like to share.

High-heel shoes 
Football stadium (expressly requested with players) 
Power Rangers
The Incredibles 
BMX Scooter

Friday, 29 April 2016

Q1 2016 - the recipe-less, un-blogged, neglected creations!

Here's a quick run though things I've made, thought were tasty, successful or interesting enough to warrant a picture, but never got round to posting.

All recipes now well and truly forgotten too!

Mini cauliflower, tuna and rice crustless quiches
Spicy honey roasted parsnips
Japanese cabbage pancake 
Quick creamy tomato and almond pasta sauce: before...
Quick creamy tomato and almond pasta sauce: after
Mini caramel apple galettes
Green chicken noodle soup 
Mushroom stroganoff with creamy coconut yoghurt
Veggie meatball toad in the holes
Brown bread salad 
LOTS of little scones!
Mini chocolate-glazed cake doughnuts

Because you don't have to cook when you're on holiday...

So, we went on holiday at the start of April.

I planned a holiday-themed food blog post. Some nice photos, local produce, etc.

Instead, this is what I ended up with when sorting through the holiday snaps....

Tinned spaghetti hoops, heated in the can on mini stove, accompanied by peanut butter bagels. Sheltering behind  a rock from the wind.
Oatcakes. Topped with peanut butter (a recurring theme) and dried apricots. We actually ate these in the car, parked in front of a really lovely hotel, because it was too late in the day to stop for that long with Mini-M. And we looked like drowned rats from a wet walk.

Camping stove. Boiling water to make up instant noodle soup.
Marshmallow and sausage. Cremated together on the same stick.
Go us, and our high standard of culinary excellence....

(We were on holiday in Kintyre - bottom picture is Westport Beach. The fact that it was 8 degrees with squally heavy showers meant we had it to ourselves - the joys of Scottish holidays!)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Not Baking but Faking: Giant veggie sausage roll

There area officially not enough hours in the day.
I'd personally like about 28 each day I think - if anyone could sort that out it would be much appreciated!
Until then, shortcuts are required: kitchen time is finite, and since I use up a fair amount of it baking birthday cakes for Free Cakes For Kids, what's left has to be quick and easy.

Today's lunch creation is definitely in the category I'm christening "Not Baking but Faking". Really tasty though, so I'm sharing it here.

Giant Veggie Sausage Roll (serves 4)
  • 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 pouch cauliflower rice (I used Cauli Rice Indian Pilau style)
  • 1 single serve instant grain pot (I used Artisan Grains mint tabouleh pot)
  • 1 small snack-size humous pot
  • 1 egg, beaten
Take the pastry out of the fridge about 30 mins before you want to use it.
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Make the grain pot according to the pack instructions.
Mix together the rehydrated grains, cauli-rice and humous together.
Unroll the pastry.
Spread the filling in a line down one half long-ways, leaving a centimetre gap all around the edge for sealing.
Brush around the edge very lightly with beaten egg, then fold over the other half.
Seal by pressing down with a fork.
Brush all over with the rest of the beaten egg.
Pierce a few fork holes in the top to allow steam to escape.
Slide onto a baking sheet and bake for around 30-40m until golden brown and puffed up.
Cool very slightly before slicing and serving.

We enjoyed it with a salad. The filling stayed nice and firm - making it a good veggie sausage roll contender, just with a lot more flavour.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Plain on the outside...

Since it is/was Chocolate Cake day today, I thought I'd better bake one!

Here's a white chocolate and apricot loaf, which I'm taking with me to a work meeting tomorrow.

For that reason, I can't tell you how it tastes, as passing round a half-eaten cake doesn't seem so hospitable! It smells gooooood but certainly doesn't look fancy - although as I was often told growing up, it's what's on the inside that counts!

It's adapted from Nigella's "Storecupboard Chocolate Orange Cake". I'm trying to reduce the amount of typing I do, so here's my spidery recipe scrawl… (click on the picture to see the full image and method)

Saturday, 9 January 2016

2015 Sweet Roundup

Following on from the savoury roundup, and without further ado, here's a sweet 2015 retrospective - all dairy free as usual.

Cherry, chocolate and nut galette 
Strawberry scones - Hello Kitty shaped, of course
Pink porridge
Jam on the horizon
Polkadot cake
30x birthday party sushi-style snack packs

Homemade red wine!
One of may batches of pancakes. Probably with some oats and ground almonds chucked in for good measure
Pretzels from the bakery, decorated by Mini-M 
Norfolk hedgerow pudding
Pancake names (turns out you need to write them back to front for them to look good once they're cooked)
Gingerbread pancakes - did I mention we like pancakes?
Chocolate profiteroles with hazelnut filling
Eclairs with chocolate filling 
Fruity mango porridge
Marzipan, mincemeat and plum tart
Oreo and M&M cake with birthday bunting 
Chocolate cake with raspberries 
Glitzy peppermint creams
Rhubarb and custard cake (DF)
Plain fruit cake...
Fruitcake decorate in the way only a 5 year old can
Chocolate brownie 
Birthday cake
Chocolate cherry cupcakes
Pink grapefruit drizzle cake 
Apple and seed breakfast bites 
Chocolate coconut fudge 
Chocolate mug cake


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