Dinosaur Kale Mac and Cheese

Because dinosaurs are cool.

Chili and Lime Black Bean Burger

The perfect vegan burger!

Beer Battered Halloumi

Nom, nom, nom.

Ginger and Chili Tofu

Crispy delicious tofu that's easy to make... say what?

Chocolate Cake Balls

Cakes, but not as you know them.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Tibits, London

Last week was wonderful, I took the week off of work to dog sit for 2 lovely pugs, went to Southampton to for a surprise tea party for Georgie and best of all, the lovely people at Tibits invited me to go and try their newly refurbished restaurant, in Heddon Street Food Quarter, just off of Regent Street. I've heard loads of good things about Tibits and their self serve food boat, so I was really excited to go and eat there. I took my little vegan mermaid friend Hannah G, (she really is a mermaid, with long red hair and an intense love for the sea!) and after a beautiful day in London, we walked to the restaurant were greeted by a totally buzzing, lively atmosphere. The staff we're really friendly and after being seated we were shown the food boat, had the concept explained to us and set off to stack our plates with delicious looking veggie food!

I really enjoyed the experience of picking different dishes to load your plate with, everything on the boat looked so fresh and inviting that I wanted to try it all! We made an initial trip around the boat and then went for it. I chose the spinach quiche, with quite a few different sides (you can check out the menu here)! There were so many different dishes, there really is something for everyone. After choosing your food you take your plate to the counter and they weigh it for the price, a bit like pic and mix. You can order drinks at the counter too, we went for the special juice, which was super green and super delicious! Every dish on my plate tasted great and I loved the variety in flavours. Rather than being cheese heavy and overly rich, the food was light and there was loads of vegan options for Hannah G. I left feeling full in a good way, not a 'I need to take my clothes off for the journey home' way.


After our main we couldn't resist trying some pudding, I went for the panna cotta with a bit of vegan mango cream (seriously good!) and Hannah G went for the vegan sticky toffee pudding. Again you get your puddings from the food boat and take them to be weighed.


We both really enjoyed the meal and I loved the pay for your plate concept, because it means you can get as little or as much food as you want. My plate came to about £10.70 which I thought was amazing value for the amount of food I had. I'm not surprised they've just won Cook Vegetarians Best Restaurant award, it's definitely one of my favourites so far!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Cashew Butter, Honey and Chocolate Cookies

Mr Hef and I have been living in our house for over 2 months now, which seems insane as I feel like I've lived here for ever and only just moved in yesterday all at the same time. It's been hard to find time to bake around removing wall paper, painting (these are the two jobs I can do) and all the other stuff Mr Hef has been doing. But the lovely people at Meridian Foods sent me some of their nut butters to try and it was just the thing I needed to get me on the baking train again. First I used their almond butter to make some vegan salted caramel popcorn, I don't have a recipe because it was a bit of a chuck lots of ingredients in a pan and hope it works job, but you can see a picture here and find an amazing looking recipe for almond butter popcorn on Meridian Foods website. I do however have a recipe for cookies, soft gooey cashew butter, honey and chocolate chip cookies. Once again they were a chuck lots of ingredients in a bowl and hope it works job, but this time I actually remembered to write down the recipe before they all got eaten and forgot how they were made. 


Ingredients:

125g butter, softened
100g Meridian cashew butter
200g light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
300g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g milk chocolate chopped in to chunks

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line some baking sheets with grease proof paper.
2. Cream together the sugars, butter and cashew butter until fluffy.
3. Beat in the eggs, water, honey and vanilla paste until smooth.
4. Sift in the flour and baking soda, adding a bit at a time and fold the flour in. 
5. Fold the chocolate chips in and make sure they are distributed well, then using a regular spoon (I think they're called a desert spoon) drop 4 spoonfuls of mixture on to the trays, with loads of space in between. You may have to do them in batches if like me you only own 2 trays. 
6. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden all over and leave to cool on the trays, otherwise they might implode (they're very soft). 
7. Once cooled, shove in your mouth and enjoy! 

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Cider Pantry

Every time I go to visit my friend Georgie there is some seriously good food involved, wether it's homemade pizzas, a picnic or an cute cafe, she literally has an eye for an amazing eat. After spending the week in Poole on a Lush related thing, I thought it would be silly not to pop to the New Forest for a Georgie visit. And boy, did she not dissapoint on the food front! She took me to a place called The Cider Pantry in Burley (a town that used to be full of witches, according to Georgies local knowledge), which was not only super cute, but also had the most amazing ploughmans I have ever experienced in my life. 


I think the picture does most of the describing here. 3 New Forest cheeses with cider chutney, pickle and salad, what's not to like. We also had a side of rarebit, which I forgot to take a photo of, as it was pretty much straight I'm my mouth as soon as it hit the table, needless to say, it was also incredible. 

You'd think we might have been done after all of that cheese. Well, there was something else tempting us on the menu. Cider and sultana scones, with jam, clotted cream and tea. 


They were the lightest, fluffiest and most delicious scones I have ever eaten. They literally melted in your mouth. It was the perfect place to sit, relax and ingest a really large amount of food. I'm already thinking of when I can next go back. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Breakfast Club, Soho

Every time I go to post recently it seems that I'm looking for a reason why I haven't posted in ages. This time I have an actual reason, Mr Hef and I just brought our first house! We moved just over 3 weeks ago and have only had the internet for 1 and I've spent most of my internet time so far watching videos of puppies on Youtube. I've always been told that moving house is stressful, but to be honest it wasn't that bad. Buying the house on the other hand was on a whole other level, we put the offer in over 6 months ago and literally had one thing go wrong after the other. As I mentioned in my last post, we went to London to see The Book of Mormon in January and it was a much needed break from house stress. And one of the best parts of the trip? I ate myself stupid, like literally felt sick. One of the best parts of the eating/Book of Mormoning adventure, was going to The Breakfast Club. I love a good breakfast as much as the next person (actually probably more) and the menu for The Breakfast Club looks insanely good, so I was very much looking forward to it.


I decided what I wanted from the menu before we even got to London, because there was SO MANY amazing vegetarian options and I basically wanted to eat them all. Breakfast is without a doubt my favorite meal and I think a good breakfast should contain the following things (in order of importance) 1. Avocado (I could eat them all day every day, but there's something special about having them for breakfast) 2. Chili (who doesn't love a bit of spice in the morning) and 3. This isn't really a thing, but it should be massive, you haven't eaten for at least 8 hours! I wake up every morning feeling like I haven't eaten in about 3 years, so it has to be big! So that's why I chose the Huevos Al Benny (minus the chorizo) with poached eggs, roast peppers, avocado, fresh chillies, spicy hollandaise on toasted English Muffin. It's basically the perfect breakfast and I can confirm that it also tastes incredible. The whole Breakfast Club experience was great, our waiter was super nice, it was busy (we queued, but only for about 10 minutes) but comfy and both Mr Hef and I left with full bellies and smiles on our faces! I should also mention that I found the tiniest bit of bacon on my plate, it's not the first time its happened and i'm sure it wont be the last. I've been super upset about it in the past, but after all we're humans and we make human errors, so I decided, as I hadn't actually eaten it and could hide it on Mr Hefs plate to ignore it. I didn't even want to mention it to the waiter, but Mr Hef did anyway and he wrote off the rest of our bill. Overall, I thought it was amazing! I'm already planning what to have on my next visit.

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