My Top Picks of Festive & Winter Vegan Dinner Centrepieces

For the past six years or so, my family has eaten our Cranberry Glazed Nut Loaf as the centrepiece to our Christmas dinner. It’s our favourite nut loaf and I only make it once or twice a year to keep it special. I originally posted the recipe on the blog in 2013 and it fast became a reader favourite. If you have the Bit of the Good Stuff cookbook, you’ll also find the recipe on p141 along with my favourite easy vegan Red Onion Miso Gravy.

The loaf stores really well (in fact I think it tastes even better a day or two after its made) so I’m planning on making it today (Christmas Eve). Then, tomorrow, all we need to do is cut some slices and heat them up either in the oven or in my mum’s microwave. Easy peasy and minimal time spent in the kitchen, which means more time for fun, games, films and forest walks. That’s how I like to spend my Christmas day!

While I have our main Christmas meal sorted for this year, I am really looking forward to trying out some new recipes during our week off. There are a handful in particular that have caught my eye and I thought I’d share them in today’s post in case you’re looking for some recipe inspiration too.

It wasn’t intentional, but all the recipes I’ve picked happen to be pastry-based. I do love a tasty pie or tart this time of year!

Let’s kick off with a couple of puff pastry pies that would make fantastic centrepieces for festive or winter dinners. Continue reading

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Last Minute Vegan Christmas Gift Ideas 2016

Today’s post is for anyone who, like me, STILL hasn’t started their Christmas shopping. I can’t be the only one left surely?

Rather than traipsing round the shops, checking labels to see whether products are cruelty-free, I find it so much easier and less time-consuming to buy the products direct from vegan-friendly businesses, whether that be at Christmas markets or from online shops. I especially love to support the independents, family-run businesses and charities.

In this post, I’ll give you the low down on a few of my favourite places to buy vegan gifts. I’ve also hand-picked some goodies that would make great Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

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Giant Chocolate Biscoff Cookie Butter Cups. Vegan.

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious chocolate treat that would be perfect for sharing in the upcoming festive season.

Say hello to the Giant Chocolate Biscoff Cookie Butter Cup…

Chocolate Biskoff Butter Cup

This mix of melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate and biscoff cookies in butter form is a match made in heaven. Whether you’re vegan yourself, or looking for a chocolatey gift for a vegan/dairy-free loved one, these cups are bound to impress. And the fact that you made them yourself is sure to win you extra brownie points. Continue reading

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Froothie Optimum 9400 Blender Review and Reader Offer

Just over two years ago I wrote a review of the Froothie Optimum 9400 blender. It was the first time I’d ever used a ‘Power Blender’. Until that point, I’d always used mid-range blenders and was become increasingly frustrated with their lack of longevity. (You can read all about my experiences and my side-by-side comparison of the Froothie Optimum 9400 and a mid-range blender in that 2014 post).

However, it probably wasn’t a 100% fair comparison back then as I was comparing my brand new Froothie with a year-old blender. In this post, I thought I’d give an update on my Froothie blender, two years on. Has it withstood the test of time?

I also have a fantastic offer available to my readers. You’ll find details at the end of this post.

Froothie Optimum 9400 Blenders 500

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Top Picks of Vegan Christmas Chocolates 2016

In today’s post, I’m sharing some of my top picks of chocolates for the upcoming festive season. So if you’re looking to buy chocolates for a vegan loved one… or are vegan yourself and looking to buy a gift for family and friends, I’ve got you covered!

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Vegan Town is a great place to head if you’re looking for something special and a bit different. It’s my ‘go to’ shop for vegan chocolates and here are a few reasons why… Continue reading

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