Think vegan food is boring? Think again. These 4 Fabulous Vegan Recipes are ANYTHING but boring!! From Spanakopita to Smoked ‘Salmon’ Bagels, Chilli Con Carne to Nutella Cupcakes, these clever bloggers prove it’s possible to create incredible truly incredible flavours whilst still keeping it vegan…Plus find the linky for #CookBlogShare Week 10.
So how was last week for you? I don’t know what the weather was doing in the rest of the world, but here in the UK we had a mad week of snow, storms, floods, school closures, road closures (and don’t get me started on the trains!!) and general weather mayhem.
Luckily (Or unluckily depending on your feelings about snow) we didn’t get too much where I live in the South East of England…not that that didn’t stop the transport system from grinding to a halt at various points…but at least my kids’ school was open everyday (though my poor boy had to miss out on his first proper tennis tournament – apparently snow is NOT tennis weather…someone should try and explain that to my tennis mad husband – pahahahaha!).
I was stupidly grateful for this…I had a list of things as long as my arm to do last week and the idea of trying to juggle work and kids was not a fun one…it’s hard enough managing the school holidays!
So, what have I been up to this month? This month has been a little quieter than last month (!)…but I have still been pretty busy. I’ve been slowly working through my recipe cards to add US measurements and nutrition data…I’m working backwards and I’ve nearly got to the beginning of 2017, so I think it’s going to be at least another month before I’m finished. I’m fitting it in around other things, which is why it’s taking me so long…and I’m doing one or two other updates on each post as I go…it’s a long and tedious job, but it will be very satisfying when it’s done!!
I have also been re-photographing some of my old recipes, from when I first started blogging (nearly 3 years ago – eeeek). All great recipes, but the old photos really did not do them justice…here are a few ‘before and after’s for your amusement!!
Butternut Squash, Chilli and Coconut Milk Soup
Easy Quorn Chilli Con Carne
I’ve also added extra information and notes to some of the old recipes…my blurbs were a bit short when I first started blogging…so I’ve gone back and added in extra options, guidelines for reheating, wine recommendations, that kind of thing. But don’t worry I haven’t changed the recipes (unless I have spotted a typo or something I thought it needed a bit of extra clarification), so if you have an favourite old EPF recipe, you can rest assured it’s still the same 🙂
The other big change I have made this month is to move ad company, it was a move that was long overdue…my old ads did not pay brilliantly and slowed my site down. My new ads take much less time to load, meaning my site loads up faster, and they pay me a more sensible amount of money, meaning I have to worry a lot less about where my next sponsored post is coming from! I am still fiddling about with the settings, so please bear with me while I get it right!!
And my final bit of news this month is that I am delighted to say I have been featured in an article on Champney’s website all about how to stay healthy at Easter time, which given the amount of cakes, hot cross buns and chocolate flying around at this time of year, is super useful for all of us!! I am in excellent company too as Vicki from Free From Fairy and Jenny from Mummy Mishaps, both regular CBS bloggers, are also featured.
So, let’s crack on with #CookBlogShare Week 10, shall we?
4 Fabulous Vegan Recipes
This week it was 4 fabulous vegan recipes that caught my eye…each from a different corner of the globe and which together really showcase just how exciting and adventurous vegan food can be…and how vegan food is definitely NOT boring!
I love how each of these bloggers has taken a real classic, that you wouldn’t normally associate with plant-based cuisine and shown just how possible (and easy) it is to veganise.
If you are not a #CookBlogShare regular and are wondering what an earth I am going on about, #CookBlogShare is a place for bloggers to share their recipes. If you are a blogger and have a recipe to share, you can link up your post by following the instructions below. If you are not a blogger, but love food and cooking, do check out the recipes that will be appearing below. If this week is as good as they usually are you will find some awesome recipes – the #CookBlogShare bloggers are very good at what they do!
First up is this rather fabulous vegan take on the traditional Greek dish, Spanakopita, by Mandy on her new blog Cook Veggielicious (you may know her from her other blog Sneaky Veg). For those of you familiar with this dish, you will know it normally contains eggs and LOTS of feta cheese. Mandy has used silken tofu in place of the cheese and egg. The tofu is prepared with garlic, lemon juice and nutritional yeast to make sure this vegan spanakopita is still packed full of flavour. Whilst I love regular spanakopita, I’d really like to try Mandy’s vegan version…it sounds wonderful!
Vegan Lentil Chilli with Black Beans
From Greece we head to Mexico, and this delicious looking Vegan Lentil Chilli with Black Beans from Corina at Searching for Spice. I love how she has incorporated two kinds of lentils and black beans, not to mention tomatoes, onions, carrots and celery – this is a bowl chock full of goodness…and will take you a long way towards that 5 a day goal. You may also spot a lovely homemade flatbread on the side…Corina got a tortilla press for Christmas (jealous much!) and has been experimenting with it…she says she’s not quite nailed it yet…but when she has she’ll be sharing the recipe…I can’t wait!
The Best Vegan Bagels and Lox (with Cream Cheese)
I am constantly impressed with Nico from Yumsome and the way she manages to veganise some of the least likely candidates…like these Vegan Bagels and Lox with Cream Cheese. I am super impressed with how she has done it. The clever bit it is the vegan smoked ‘salmon’ (lox), which she has made by slow-roasting carrots which have been marinated in smoky olive oil to bring out their sweet and smoky flavour, and smooth texture. Super clever-huh? She has also used her homemade vegan ricotta, in place of the cream cheese, which she makes using cashew nuts…and her homemade vegan bagels complete this vegan bagel experience. Yum!
Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes
Last, but by no means least…we have these Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes from Cat at Curly’s Cooking. How awesome do they look? And apparently, they are so good she has had people telling her that they were the best cupcakes she has ever made (better than her non-vegan ones). I love how she has used hazelnut milk in the mix and roasted hazelnuts on top for the maximum hazelnut experience. These cakes are a must make for all Nutella fans!!
#CookBlogShare Linky Week 10
And so we come to this week’s linky. You can link up any foodie post that you have – both old and new posts are welcome. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions (maximum of 4, please).
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (you can find the code below).
- Comment on one of the host’s posts and a minimum of 2 other posts linked up here, and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
If you wish, you can tweet a link to your recipe to me @easypeasyfoodie and also (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts Kirsty @k_phillipson, Jacqui @jacdotbee and Monika @MonikasRecipes, using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet them. You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
Need some help on Instagram? You and me both…so let’s help each other! Whenever you post to Instagram, use the #CookBlogShare hashtag, then quickly hop over to the #CookBlogShare feed, liking as many as you can and commenting on any that particularly catch your eye. Not a big job at all, but if we all do it, it would make a BIG difference!!
I will comment on all the posts this week and pin them all to the Cook Blog Share Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been making!
Just to remind you, by joining in, you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a round up and on social media, if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!
Next week #CookBlogShare will be hosted by Kirsty at Hijacked by Twins 🙂
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