Dark chocolate chunk cookies! (vegan)
I’ve used this recipe before (from ohsheglows, as always) and I remember them being much crisper than these. These are nice, but they’re quite soft, despite cooking longer than required, and remind me more of muffin tops. Oh well, they still taste good. :)
And yes, there were 12. You can’t expect me to take a picture of cookies without eating at least one first, can you?
My attempt at tiger bread! The top didn’t crackle quite like tiger bread does, but it is crispy and and a little crackly, so it could be worse! :)
I don’t really make bread too often so it’s always a pleasant surprise when it turns out fine! I’m somewhat of a bread fiend so I’ll have to use all of my willpower to stop myself from eating the whole, beautifully crusted loaf, with a delicate, fluffy interior… unf. I’m starting to sound like Nigella, so I better end this post here…
Soy/lemon/ginger/honey salmon and baby courgettes, sautéed in coconut oil, with diced red bell pepper, plum tomatoes, pecans and mixed salad leaves.
My free Graze breakfast box came through today! :D
I don’t think I’ll order this one after the trial ends, though. The idea is lovely but the portions are tiny and oatmeal is one of the cheapest foods to make - I don’t need tiny fancy packets charging me £4 for four boxes… which may be 2 portions at most. I love you Graze, but I won’t be buying these, I’m afraid!
Breakfast - wholegrain English muffin, half with soya butter, half with blackberry jam, banana slices and raspberries.
Quinoa pops with cinnamon, banana, raspberries, strawberries, passion fruit, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut and almond milk.
Banana pancake scramble (made with ground hazelnuts instead of almonds this time) with almond butter, pumpkin seeds and a little maple syrup, a passion fruit and some raspberries.
Sorry the lighting is a little off, the sun can’t make up its mind today!
Braided cinnamon roll twist with a lemon glaze and crushed, toasted pecans.
I’m really pleased with how this turned out! I don’t think I’ve ever worked with enriched dough before, only plain and simple bread dough, so I was a little worried but everything turned out perfectly. The top is crispy and delectable but the inside is soft, fluffy and just oozes cinnamon goodness. It was meant to be a wreath but I didn’t make the strips long enough, so instead it’s a twist, but I still think it looks pretty impressive! :)
Recipe can be found here.
Brownies - pre and post baking. (Vegan AND gluten free! :D)
On ohsheglows’ site she has a recipe called “Brownies Two Ways” and I’ve tried the gluten containing ones before and thought they were the best brownies I’d ever made, so I decided to make the gluten free ones this time.
I’ve made gf baked goods before, but only with things like ground almonds or polenta - never with a gf flour. This recipe calls for a mix of ground almonds, brown rice flour and cornflour. Surprisingly nothing seemed to go wrong, and as soon as I shovelled the just cooked mix in to my face I knew that these were now the best brownies I had ever baked. These are the gooey, dense, crispy topped brownies you dream of.
You really can’t beat a good brownie and maybe the Cookies ‘n’ Scream ones in Camden are still my #1 (also vegan and gluten free, actually) but these definitely come in at a close second! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat 5 brownies in one afternoon. Sorry, Ma. (not sorry. really, really not sorry.)
Broccoli quiche with buttery new potatoes, pesto pasta salad, orange and carrot salad and creamy sweetcorn and pepper salad.
I went out to lunch today with one of my oldest friends (I can’t believe I’ve known you 12 years, Elise!) to a lovely delicatessen called Peppers. They have separate vegetarian/vegan and gluten free menus too if you so require them, which is always nice, as I know having a ‘restrictive’ diet can feel like you’re being a pest - this way your options are already laid out in front of you, woo hoo! :D
Breakfast - scrambled eggs with paprika and some strawberries.
I’m so glad strawberries are back in season! Gone are the days it’s £4 a punnet, hurrah!
Baked banana quinoa flake ‘oatmeal’ with strawberries, coconut, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, walnuts, almond butter and agave.
I know I had almost the exact same thing the other day but it’s so tasty I couldn’t help myself. :3
Breakfast - quinoa pops with banana slices, red grapes, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, crushed walnuts, cinnamon and almond milk, a braeburn apple and a glass of orange and carrot juice.
I love starting mornings like this. :)
I saw my GP today about my acne (again) and he has prescribed me a new set of antibiotics together with an antibiotic topical cream, and to give those 3 months to see if that works.
I have been on different antibiotics and a different cream before, but at separate times. Hopefully together they will work! And if not, he said I can be referred to the dermatologist. (Woo! I’ve been waiting to be referred for years now, haha.)
He also said recent studies have found that diet has very little impact on acne, and that my diet (prior to the elimination diet) sounded perfectly healthy and so I should keep doing that. If my diet beforehand wasn’t curing my skin, this one definitely wouldn’t.
Long story short - I don’t have to just eat fish, eggs, vegetables and quinoa any more! Woo hoo!
Now gimme some tofu! :D
(I used coconut oil in place of butter and almond milk in place of dairy.)