Tipsy Norfolk Fizz (aka Elderflower Champagne)

This is my favourite and most asked about summer creation. This one takes a bit of patience and commitment (well for 2 weeks at least, which is a lot in food terms!) but the results are well worth the wait. This is my so far very successful recipe for Elderflower ‘champagne’, the mild to moderately…

Magic Custard Cake

Happy Easter! I am by no means religious, but Easter is one of my favourite times of the year.  Whatever form your spring festival takes, there is growth and new life happening all around.  And what better symbol of all this fertility than the egg.  The garden is in a state of disarray, jobs just started…

Raw Banana ‘Cheese’ Cake

I get the raw thing. I feel great when I eat raw food.  I encourage my kids to eat as many raw snacks as possible, raw fruit and veg, nuts and seeds, coleslaw and salads, they are all as unrefined and unprocessed as possible and bursting with fresh nutrition.  But I like cooking.  I enjoy…

Sticky Marmalade Bundt (With Ethical Butter!)

I wanted to put some of last year’s marmalade to good use before making another batch this January.  So I did a bit of internet research for a good recipe which I could fiddle with and fine tune to my liking.  This is what I came up with…. but not before having an ethical crisis…

It’s A Date!

This is a simple little treat.  Just a combination of a few lovely ingredients, to make something doubly lovely. Dates are wonderful fruit, sweet and sticky eaten on their own, they melt into banana bread or sticky toffee pudding when baked; and blended, provide a wonderful base for many raw recipes.  But this simple little…

Silken Chocolate Mousse

I tried out a few vegan chocolate mousse recipes before settling on this as my favourite.  I posted up some of my early successes onto social media and had a flurry of friends asking for the recipe, so I thought it was important to do my research and get this right before blogging my official…

Beautiful Banana Bread

I discovered four of these lurking in my fruit bowl today.  I used one in a quick banana and oat-milkshake for the children and then there were three.  These three to be precise.  So I thought it was about time for banana bread!  It’s often time for banana bread in our house, not only because…

Dairy-Free Whiskey Cream

Baileys Irish Cream.  Definitely not vegan.  Not organic either. I have issues with this classic tipple, but there’s no mistaking how amazing it tastes in coffee or hot chocolate, or whipped into a variety of deserts.  After a fairly thorough internet search to establish whether an animal free, or at least organic version existed commercially…

Cashew Cream 2 Ways

I have mentioned cashew cream in a couple of my recent posts, so I thought it was about time I elaborated. When cutting down on or omitting dairy from your diet, it’s good to have an arsenal of alternatives right up your sleeve  The shop bought ones can be handy but often make use of…

Smashing Pumpkins

Since deciding to blog about my adventures with food, I’ve joined a whole host of food and recipe groups, mainly veggie, vegan and wholefoody, on Facebook.  Over the recent months, not a day goes by without another ‘pumpkin spice’ recipe popping up on my newsfeed.  Pumpkin spice tart, pumpkin spice loaf, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin…

Power Snack Bars

Creating something like this makes me feel like I’m somehow getting one over on the big food companies, by making something better and cheaper than the mass produced and packaged alternatives.  This feeling (and my very tight monthly budget!) is what gets me bubbling up huge batches of my own organic baked beans, or setting the…

Banana ‘Tapenta’ Pancakes

At the age of three, my eldest daughter just could not say Polenta. We broke the word down into its 3 syllables, which she could manage perfectly well, but when put together it always came out Ta-pen-ta. Me: Pol Hazel: Pol Me: En Hazel: En Me: Ta Hazel: Ta ME: Pol-en-ta Hazel: Ta-pen-ta! Anyway – she…