Vegan recipes I’ve spotted on Pinterest

Even though we haven’t yet transitioned over to being vegan, I’m getting really excited about going vegan fully. It won’t be without its issues though as between us we also need to avoid bread, honey, soy and chickpeas, so nice and easy, eh? I have recently become addicted to Pinterest (I’m a late adopter) and I have been pin-pin-pinning so many vegan recipes. Below are my favourites so far and I am going to make them all at some point 🙂

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

Vegan Lentil Curry


Desserts from my childhood

I have to be honest and say that I have been inspired to write this post because of my friend Nostalgia Pie‘s blog post Old-Skool Ice-Cream Flavours! I was writing in the comments that when we kids we used to eat neopolitan ice cream slices (from an ice cream block) between two ice cream wafers, which was known in our house as an “ice cream sandwich”. This got me to thinking about other desserts that we had growing up, and here we are!

Apple Charlotte
Now, from having a look around Google, it would appear that Apple Charlotte is actually a completely different pudding! The Apple Charlotte online uses bread as an ingredient, whereas my Apple Charlotte didn’t. It actually looked like the below:
Apple CharlotteThe way my mum made it was to layer the bottom of a bowl with canned apples (I think they were puréed). She would then make up some Dream Topping for the middle layer. The top layer was cornflakes mixed with golden syrup. I remember it went in the fridge for some length of time, which as a child just seemed aaaaaages! So, I have no idea what mine was called, but it was decadently delicious!

Arctic roll
Arctic roll was a roll of ice cream (we only ever had vanilla) which was wrapped in sponge with some raspberry sauce between the sponge and the ice cream. To make it last, as it was a treat, we had the thinnest slices going, so if I had some now, I think I’d probably try and eat at least quarter of it in one go!

Before I started researching for this blog post, I hadn’t even known that this pudding had a name! The strawberry ones were my favourite. You were supposed to let them thaw a little but we could never wait and always ate them frozen, which took ages with a small spoon. It kept us quiet though 😀

Instant Hot Crunch Pudding
This was one dessert which I thought I had no chance of tracking down online, but it was actually fairly easy. It was made by Birds and you’d get two packets in the box. One packet contained powder that you added hot water to which created a type of custard, which you’d then serve up in bowls. The other packet contained a crunchy topping which was like bashed up Hobnobs which was sprinkled on top. I think there was a petition a while ago to bring it back, but it never happened. That’s a shame because I would have bought it!
I really want pudding now!

Recipe: apple & cinnamon oatmeal

Inspired by Paula, I have made this today 🙂


Enjoy by Paula

This weekend I came up with this warm and delicious cinnamon and apple oatmeal recipe that Jonas asked me to make for him again on sunday 🙂 I love this combination of apple and cinnamon a lot! Especially during the cold winter months. This recipe is quite easy and only takes about 10 minutes:) I hope you try it out!:)

Recipe (makes 2 portions)


1 cup porridge oats

1.5 cups of milk

.5 cups water

1/4 cup raisins

1 diced apple

1.5 tbsp ground cinnamon


1. Dice apple and place in a pot along with the raisins. Add water and let this mixture come up to a boil and let it cook for about 2 minutes.

2. Add oats and milk to the raisin and apple mixture- cook on a low simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Turn off heat and mix in cinnamon.

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Smashed Avocado Dip

I love guacamole, and love trying different variations of it. I was going through some old Tesco magazines when I came across this recipe. I can’t wait to try it!

Serves 8

4 ripe avocados

1 lime, juiced
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
Handful coriander, finely chopped
8 drops Tabasco
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1. Cut each avocado in half and remove the stones. Scoop the flesh into a bowl and lightly mash with a whisk. Next, add the lime juice along with the remaining ingredients.

2. Season, and mix thoroughly. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Source: Tesco Magazine, June 2014

Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glass

Christmas is coming, which for me signals the start of the Baileys drinking season. Oh, sweet sweet Baileys. I also love marshmallows. So imagine my joy at finding the below video! I cannot wait to try it 😀

If you try it out, let me know how it goes for you 🙂

Benefits of the avocado

I love guacamole, but to be honest that’s the only avocado recipe that I’ve ever tried. I found the below infographic on Twitter a while ago and it reminded me all about the humble avocado.


I found so many fabulous new avocado recipes to try from this article on Buzzfeed, but the one I have to try first is Fudgy Avocado Brownies. Like fudge, and brownie, and avocado? In one recipe? I am so there…. I’m drooling already 😀

Baking Maid Cakes – Custom Made Cakes in Exmouth, Devon.

These cakes are just beautiful 🙂

Baking Maid Cakes

At Baking Maid Cakes near Budleigh Salterton you will find a range of delicious handmade custom cakes, cupcakes and treats to suit every occasion making you and your party completely unique! Designer cakes made by me and designed by you to suit your occasion Maybe you are looking for a fabulous centre piece at a wedding or birthday to give it that WOW factor! or maybe having a design that is completely out of this world just to be different! When you design a cake yourself you can be assured that no one else will have the same and I will always be happy to help you with your decisions too.  Emouth, Sidmouth, Exeter, Devon.

I have all sorts of idea’s on my site, birthday party games using giant cupcakes! this is great for teenage parties, girls love to be creative with the added bonus of eating cake! Also…

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Sultana Flapjacks

Michael decided to make some flapjacks recently but didn’t believe that you needed butter or golden syrup to do this. He devised the below recipe, and I have to say: they are gorgeous, and so easy to make, that even I could make them if I wanted to, but I think they’d be much tastier if Michael carried on making them 😀

Sultana Flapjacks
Makes 18

600g porridge oats

600g semi skimmed milk
200g sugar
200g sultanas

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and then place the mixture into 2 square baking tins (ours are 8″ by 8″).
3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven.
4. Turn the flapjacks out onto a wire tray to cool.
5. Once cool, cut them into 9 per tray (3 by 3).

Et voila!

Though I said to cut them once cooled, no-one here can actually wait that long, so we cut ours first and eat them hot!

Enjoy! 😀