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Vegan Welsh Rarebit

My wonderful gran used to make the most delicious Welsh Rarebit

I attempted a vegan version for the first time using the ever wonderful vegan egg by Follow Your Heart (which by the way lasts for ages!)

Here is what I did:

  • Make up the FYH vegan egg as per pack instructions.
  • Add 2 tbsp vegan Ale or strong dark beer (I used Black Isle Organic Porter)
  • 1 tbsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • Approx 2 tbsp. grated vegan cheese (I used Sheese by Bute Island Foods)
  • 1tsp mustard (I used Dijon)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric and a pinch of black pepper or cayenne pepper

Stir all ingredients together

Dip bread in mixture to coat both sides well

Fry in a non-stick pan with coconut oil/ other cooking oil or vegan butter

Cook for roughly 4/5 mins on each side

Alternatively fry each side for a few minutes till begins to firm then finish under grill turning to heat both sides

The quantities listed are for one slice, so just double up for making two.

If you make this please tag me on Instagram @lovelightleaves and let me know what you think!

 

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Easy sweet potato pizza

 

Delicious, easy peasy sweet potato pizza.

I’m on a bit of a sweet potato bender/love in of late… I mean, I’ve always loved them but recently I cant get enough of them! I’ve been making a lot of sweet potato fries coated in smoked paprika and chilli, a fab combo and just so tasty.

I will be adding my sweet potato gnocchi recipe soon, but for now enjoy this oh so easy pizza.

It’s so quick and simple to make and gives such a light and fluffy base which is hard to go wrong with.

Instead of rolling out into a pizza crust, this dough would also make delicious garlic bread or dough balls… just divide and roll into balls before baking, yum! (Find more ideas for uses with this versatile dough below).

 

To make a single serving, you will need:

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • Self raising flour
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Warm water
  • Oil
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Microwave your potato till soft.
  2. Remove from skin and mash.
  3. Add 1 tsp bicarb.
  4. Add flour (approx equal amount to mashed potato).
  5. Add a splash of warm water and blend to form a dough
  6. Add a drizzle of oil & a pinch of salt.
  7. Add more flour until you can knead dough with hands and it doesn’t stick to your fingers. I did this in a large bowl using enough flour to coat.
  8. Transfer to a baking tray.
  9. Bake on 200 for around 5-10 minutes while you prepare your toppings.
  10. Remove pizza crust and layer on your chosen toppings.
  11. Bake again for a further 10 mins approx, depending on your oven, don’t let it burn!

 

Notes

*Double quantities for 2 pizzas or to make 1 Larger pizza

*Add other flavours while making your dough e.g. a little tomato puree or cayenne pepper, herbs etc

*Use flavoured oil such as sundried tomato or basil infused

*Experiment making other dishes with this dough such as garlic dough balls or mini pitta style breads for dipping in hummus or baba ghanoush!

 

Let me know what you think of this recipe in comments or tag me on instagram @lovelightleaves

Chickpea ‘tuna’ mayo

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My girls go crazy for this chickpea toona… OK they go crazy for near enough anything but they do know a good thing when they see it.

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This chickpea tuna salad or ‘chickpea of the sea’ as some folk call it, is so easy to make and such a yummy alternative to regular fishy tuna mayo. Before I went veggie over 17 years ago tuna mayonnaise was one of my favourite things and I’d have it regularly. Hubby also was a big fan (prior to himself going veggie 2 years ago and vegan a year ago) so it’s nice to have something that’s reminiscent of flavours and textures we used to enjoy.

Not to mention it’s blinking brilliant as a jacket potato filling or even used to make a ‘tuna melt’ on a panini or toasted sandwich with some vegan cheese (as a cheese addict I’ll be sharing a blog post dedicated to vegan cheese and the best ones out there as well as the optimum ones for specific purposes… melty cheese pizza? there’s a cheeze for that).

So for this chickpea tuna, the key ‘of the sea’ flavours come courtesy of seaweed. You can use any type of seaweed such as nori flakes etc but here’s a pic of the ones I use.

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I use 2 different types of dried seaweed – this one my mum got me on the left and also this smoked one my friend gave me. Mix in with some vegan mayo and/or salad cream, fresh lemon juice and some other bits n bobs and, well, Bob’s your uncle!

A delicious cruelty free alternative to hurting our fishy friends and damaging the oceans, result!

Chickpea-of-the-sea salad

You will need:

  • 1 tin or carton of chickpeas
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • seaweed/ nori flakes
  • vegan mayonnaise and/or salad cream (approx 1tbsp of each)
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1tsp white wine/ Apple cider vinegar (or use the vinegar from one of the jars listed below)
  • Combinations of the following: capers, cornichons/pickles, celery, sweetcorn, dill, parsley
  • sea salt

Method

  1. Drain and roughly mash chickpeas.
  2. Add variations of the following: lemon juice, vinegar, capers, cornichons, celery, sweetcorn, dill, parsley, seaweed flakes, sea salt, mustard and vegan mayo and/or salad cream to desired consistency.
  3. Stir thoroughly to blend and serve as sandwich filling or on jacket potatoes.

Notes

If you aren’t such a fan of an overly ‘ocean’ vibe just omit the seaweed, or any other flavours listed that you’re not keen on

Don’t drain your chickpea water* down the sink! Keep it to use for a multitude of recipes such as meringue, mousse or mayonnaise. Try my recipe for vegan mayonnaise, perfect for chickpea tuna salad!

*Chickpea water also known as the fabulous, multi tasking Aqua faba!

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Tag me on instagram @lovelightleaves if you make it and let me know what you think!

Vegan pancakes

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Easy peasy tasty vegan pancakes.

This is my go to way of making pancakes. It’s not a skilled or exact science, I just eyeball everything, chucking it straight into my blender and voila, pancakes in what feels like seconds!

But pancakes are such a divine and delicious breakfast, snack or treat that everyone needs to be able to have this at their fingertips.

See Notes section below for ideas and suggestions!

Ingredients

  • Oats
  • banana (riper the better)
  • plant milk
  • chia seeds, cinnamon, peanut butter (optional)

Method

  1. Place oats in blender and blend until a fine mill oat flour.
  2. Add banana and milk.
  3. The ratios are approximately 1/2 cup oats, 1 small banana and 1/4 cup milk. Adjust accordingly until you get a smooth batter with a good consistency – you don’t want it to be too runny or too thick either.
  4. Add optional ingredients such as seeds and cinnamon and blend.
  5. Heat a non stick frying pan and spoon approximately 1 heaped teaspoon per pancake.
  6. Use a spatula to flip after a minute or two.

Notes

*Add the optional ingredients as noted above and try other flavours such as chocolate by adding a spoonful of cocoa/cacao powder

*To make chocoloate chip pancakes, stir in choc chips once you have blended up your batter before frying

*Replace oat flour for any other flour of choice. For Gluten Free flour you will likely need to use a higher quantity of milk/water.

*If you are not using a non-stick pan use a little oil or vegan marg; coconut oil works well.

*Serve with fruit, nuts/seeds, chocolate sauce, nut butters or maple syrup

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Pictured served with Raspberry Whip Cashew Butter by Almighty Foods, Chocshot sauce and dark chocolate drops

Scottish Tattie Scones

Aye ye canny beat a tattie scone! …or for those south of the border, potato scones… a bit like Irish potato bread or English potato cakes… only better of course 😉  I only recently discovered that folk on the West coast of Scotland call Potatoes ‘Totties’ rather than ‘Tatties’ as we do on the East coast… so there you go, fact fans! (As a qualified Literacy teacher linguistics never fail to amaze me!)

A Scottish classic, no full breakfast is complete without them… or hangover for that matter! Delicious on a soft bread roll with ketchup or brown sauce, and obligatory Irn Bru! …or my personal favourite – with marmite and avocado – mmm… a marriage made in food heaven, you’ve gotta try it!

The packets of ready made potato scones you get in Scottish supermarkets are already baked so you can eat them cold straight out of the packet, pop them in the toaster or under the grill, or indeed, fry them up in a pan… but making your own is sooo easy and so delicious that everyone can make their own from scratch, so here’s how…

Tattie (Potato) scones:  (makes 12 scones)

Ingredients

  • 400g floury potato (3 medium, peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 50g vegan margarine (approx. 3 tbsp) e.g. Vitalite
  • 75g plain flour (approx. 4.5 tbsp)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, then drain and mash.
  2. While the potatoes are still warm, stir in the butter.
  3. Add the flour, season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Divide the mixture into three and roll out between two sheets of baking paper. (You want the scones to be at least the same thickness as a £1 coin).
  5. Cut your rolled out scone into quarters and gently peel them from the baking paper.
  6. Heat a griddle or frying pan and lightly brush with oil. Place the potato scones in the pan and cook for approx. 2 minutes each side.

Notes

*Try substituting white potato for sweet potato – you’ll likely need to use more flour as sweet potatoes are a lot wetter when cooked.

*The mixture needs to be dough like but not too moist and not overly dry; Try adding 3 tbsp flour to begin with and mixing, then adding more as required.

*To make these gluten free use less flour; gluten free flour tends to absorb more liquid.

*Instead of rolling into a circle and quartering, try rolling into individual rounds or cutting into squares.

*After mixing in the flour, a delicious variation is to add in some grated vegan cheese and spring onion.

*Experiment with other added flavours and seasonings such as turmeric, smoked paprika or chilli pepper for a kick!

*Once rolled, instead of cutting into individual scones, fry or grill gently then top with pizza toppings for a delicious potato pizza base!

 

Scottish Lentil Soup

Lentil soup makes me think of Christmas as we would almost always have this as a starter on Christmas day. But, it’s a staple that lasts all year round… Lentil soup is for life, not just for Christmas… or winter!

My dad’s mum makes thee best lentil soup in the whole wide world. Nothing comes close. And she actually turned 90 today! (Love you gran!) Second best to my gran’s legendary lentil soup is my mum’s, a very close second. I’ve tasted many wonderful lentil soups in my time and theirs are by far and away the top of the lentil soup league.

Mine isn’t bad I have to say, but it’s only based on theirs & there’s something about mums and grans… they just have the magic touch!

Lentil soup is my go-to whenever I’m feeling poorly, it’s the perfect ratios of flavour and comfort with a health boost to boot… up the garlic and onion if you’re feeling under the weather and whack in a chunk of fresh ginger or even a kick of fresh chili to up the immunity boosting factor, or simply have as is, and you’ll be fighting fit in no time.

Definitely one of my all time most favourite ever dishes, I come back to this again and again, because it’s just.too.good! It’s quick and easy to make and you can prepare a big batch on a Sunday to last a couple of day’s worth of lunches or freeze in tubs for later use. See Notes section below for more ideas and suggestions.

The trick to the success of this soup is the texture – i.e. not blended till it becomes a baby food-esque puree like some places serve it (which still tastes delicious, don’t get me wrong) but the texture is the key to this soup being so intriguingly moreish, therefore roughly chopping, grating and mashing will serve this soup, and you, well – leave the blender in the cupboard!

I wasn’t even going to share a recipe for this as it seems so obvious to me but then I thought it fits neatly in with my Scottish food celebration I’ve got going… plus the fact that there are people in this world who have never had the privilege of tasting a Lentil soup in its simple but delicious glory… plus we can safely say it’s up there with my most favourite things to eat, along with macaroni cheese and avocado toast!

I introduce to you, the best lentil soup in the world (well, 3rd place…!)

Ingredients

  • 50 g dried ready to cook red lentils
  • 3 medium carrots or 2 large – half chopped and half grated
  • 4 small white potatoes or 3 medium – half chopped in various sizes / half grated
  • 1 small or 2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small or 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 160 ml soya milk
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • A little salt & pepper

Method

  1. Rinse lentils in a sieve.
  2. Fry onions in a little oil before adding the other ingredients OR Place all ingredients in a pan and simmer for 30-40 mins.
  3. Allow to cool a little, then mash roughly with a potato masher for a thicker texture.

Notes

*Soya milk quantity can be reduced and just use water (with a splash of milk stirred in at the end).

*OPTIONAL:

-Add spices for a spiced lentil soup

-To make TARKA DHALL SOUP add cumin, garam massala, ginger, smoked paprika, curry powder, chili/ cayenne pepper and extra garlic.

-Add coconut milk for a creamy taste and flavour

*I often serve mine with a warmed tattie scone (potato bread) for dipping, as pictured, but plain rice, cous cous, quinoa or even pasta is nice stirred in or served on the side.

*For an extra savoury flavour stir in 1/2 tsp marmite/vegemite while cooking and / or 1/2 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

*Top with crispy fried mushrooms for a delicious chewy finish

*Also good for for babies aged 10+ months (..feel free to liquidise to a silky consistency!)

 

Vegan haggis

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Served here with mashed potato, roasted veg and vegan yorskshire puddings!

With Burns Night just around the corner (25th January) what better time to share my recipe for this Scottish classic! I am a proud Scot but not going to go into detail as to what the traditional meaty version of this dish includes, suffice to say that when it was on offer at school dinners the stench alone was enough to put me off and I’m pleased to say this born and bred Scot has never tasted haggis of the traditional meat variety. The veggie version on the other hand, well it’s one of my favourite dishes. So warming, comforting and satisfying. It warms you from the inside out so it’s perfect from autumn right through Christmas and new years into January for Burns Night, until the frost begins to clear and spring decides it’s sprung …And even right through the warmer months as it’s just that good!

It’s so savoury and enticing with its depth of flavour and spices… it keeps you full for hours, and it’s versatile – serve up on its own with gravy and all the trimmings, or whack it in a pie or roll it in puff pastry… more ideas below, but whatever you choose to do with it, you can’t go wrong.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know if you make it and what you think!

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots; 1 grated & 1 finely chopped
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
  • [Or 1 large for each of the above]
  • 10g Porcini mushrooms, soaked
  • 30g dry soy mince (I used Granose)
  • 350ml vegetable stock
  • 5 tablespoons dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 can kidney beans, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons finely ground peanuts, hazelnuts & cashews
  • 1 tablespoon mixed seeds, crushed
  • 150g pinhead oats
  • 100g traditional rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon marmite/vegemite
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice

Method

Prep:30min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr30min

  1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5.
  2. Lightly grease a 23x13cm loaf tin. (Or other ovenproof dish)
  3. Soak the mushrooms in enough liquid to cover, and the same with the soya mince.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat and saute the onion for a few minutes. Mix in the carrot and garlic and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the mushrooms, mince, stock, lentils, kidney beans, nuts, seeds, soy sauce and lemon juice. Season with thyme, rosemary, cayenne pepper and mixed spice. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in oats, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf tin.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes until firm.

Notes

  • For frozen soy mince use 40g and stir in with stock.
  • For a spicier kick, use 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • Before baking in oven, the haggis can be:
  • Shaped into balls and baked or deep fried in batter.
  • Shaped into patties, covered in breadcrumbs and fried.
  • As a filling for stuffed peppers or portobello mushrooms.
  • After baking in oven, the haggis can be:
  • Served immediately or cooled and kept in the fridge for later.
  • Frozen for later use within 1 month.
  • Rolled into ready made puff pastry (thanks Just Roll!) like this yummy pic below

If you make this recipe please tag me in your creations on instagram! @lovelightleaves

Vegan Yorkshire Puddings

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Yorkshire puddings served here with my vegan haggis recipe

Yes, you read that right; vegan Yorkshire puddings. You really can veganise anything to make a cruelty free version that’s just as tasty. And no egg replacers or aqua faba in sight, bonus! These are as yummy as I remember Yorkshire puddings to be, deliciously crispy on the outside and soft & fluffy on the inside, perfect. They even raised around the edges and sunk in the middle!

Ingredients

Makes 12

  • Vegetable oil (12 tsp)
  • 1/2 pint soy milk
  • 115 grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt

Method

  1. Heat a 12 cup muffin pan with 1 tsp oil in each cup and put in oven at gas 8/230c.
  2. Mix 115g plain flour, 1 teaspoon cornflour, 1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  3. Gradually whisk in 1/2 pint soy milk until smooth and frothy.
  4. Take the muffin tray out of the oven and half fill each cup immediately so that the oil is still hot.
  5. Put back in the oven for 20 minutes and don’t open the door until then!

Notes

  • Adapted from wonderful recipes on instagram (thanks @carly_182 and @sillygingervegan!)
  • Their recipes both used gram flour instead of cornflour (use 1 heaped teaspoon) and didnt call for the bicarb of soda.
  • Top Tip – use the back of a teaspoon to gently press the centre down if they are not totally aesthetically pleasing upon remvoing from the oven, works a treat!

Seitan roast

A perfect roast for Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving or any other special occassion meal where you want to enjoy a delicious roast dinner with all the trimmings… and all your loved ones! This roast will impress even the most devout of carnists. Serve with roast potatoes (marmite optional!) maple glazed parsnips, garlicy green beans, sautéed brussel sprouts with ‘bacon’, veggie haggis ‘stuffing’ balls and my creamy parsley sauce (recipes coming soon)… ah heaven on a plate… and Christmas on a plate!

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Setan roast pictured served with herby roast potatoes, sautéed brussel sprouts with bacon & sausage bits, steamed spring greens and a red wine gravy. 

It’s flavoursome, smoky and ‘meaty’ and ideal served up with all the sides that are traditionally served with traditional roasts. For vegetarians and vegans it makes a great and welcome alternative to a nut roast. I mean I love a nut roast as much as the next vegan but change can be a good thing!

It’s also extremely versatile. You can roll this dough out with a rolling pin and fill with your favourite ingredients (last Christmas I made a Seitan Wellington, filled with veggie haggis, chestnut purée and porcini mushrooms then rolled in puff pastry – ah delicious!) or leave out the pastry casing but still serve it up as a ‘stuffed’ roast; basically it’s delicious either way and you can’t really go wrong with it! (More ideas and recipe suggestions below)

So read on for what you’ll need and go experiment and enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups vital wheat gluten 250 g
1/2 cup chickpea / gram flour 50 g
1/2 cup nutritional yeast 30 g
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon dried basil or other Italian herbs
1 tbsp onion powder & 1 tsp garlic powder
1 tablespoon ketchup or bbq sauce
2 tablespoons vegan worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce 125 mL (reduce this amount if prefer a less salty flavour)
1 1/2 cups hot water 375 mL
1 tbsp liquid smoke

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Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy Halloween! Some say it’s the most wonderful time of the year and I for one would have to agree… the colours, the warming spiced aromas (that’s just from the pumpkin spiced lattes across the country) and carved pumpkins everywhere… I love all of it!

I had this idea for a pumpkin cheesecake and now I know this baked one is a delicious triumph I want to try a no-bake version next… but for now, let me just tell you a bit about the heavenly scent this cake will have your house smelling of… who remembers Angel Delight? The sachet powder you’d mix with milk to make a pudding is not suitable for vegans (sad face) but the Butterscotch flavour was my favourite, I’d tend to get so far as mixing it up and then I wouldn’t bother to wait for it to be refrigerated and firm, instead just launching in right away with a spoon or even just guzzling straight from the mixing jug.

Anyway, I digress, that gorgeous Butterscotch smell, this cheesecake smells exactly like that! Oh it’s so good… and the flavour is just pumpkin spice heaven too, yum yummm… on top of all that it’s so simple to make. No pumpkin puree required, easy! And 100% cruelty free and vegan of course.

So here is my easy baked pumpkin spiced cheesecake!

What you’ll need:

Crust/ base:

  • 4 Digestives
  • 4 Oaties (I used Aldi’s own for both but a lot of supermarket own brands are accidentally vegan, just check labels).
  • 5 tbsp oats (I used Tesco value brand)
  • 5 tbsp vegan butter (I used Flora Dairy Free)
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts

Filling:

  • 1 small pumpkin, roasted
  • 1/2 block silken tofu
  • 2 tbsp cream cheeze
  • 1.5tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice (or1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp each of the following: mixed spice, nutmeg, ground cloves & ginger)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
    • 1 tbsp crystalised ginger (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and roast pumpkin till softened
  2. Add biscuits/ crackers to food processor mix until a fine meal is achieved (alternatively, smash with a rolling pin in a large freezer bag). Add melted butter and pulse to combine.
  3. Transfer to a standard cake tin and press with fingers to form the crust evenly on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned, then set aside to cool. Keep oven at 350 F.
  5. Remove pumpkin and quarter then return to oven to cook further.
  6. Prepare cheesecake filling by adding all ingredients to a blender and blending until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings/sweetness as needed.
  7. Once pumpkin is fully cook and soft, allow to cool before scraping out the seeds then add to blender and blend until fully incorporated and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings/flavours as needed.
  8. Pour cheesecake mix onto pre-baked crus and bake at 350 for 1 hour. The edges should be golden brown and the centre should be slightly jiggly.
  9. Allow to cool a little before slicing and serving.
  10. Will keep stored in the fridge for up to a few days, though best when fresh.

Let me know what you think and if you make this tag me on instagram! @vegan_plate