Recipe. Taste. Repeat

So this week I wanted to share with you some of the meals / desserts i’ve been loving lately. I’m making these things over and over again because 1) they are delicious 2) easy to make – win win!

First up – the pizza. Well me and Chris have dabbled in a bit of fake cheese in the past but to be honest, I wasn’t feeling it. I’d much prefer to make something different than try and replicate with a poor substitute. So I came up with a ‘recipe’ for a cheese free pizza, I use the word recipe loosely as I used a store bought pizza base mix (you just add water) ha! I added chilli tomato paste, nutritional yeast, onions, sundried tomatoes, lots of chopped garlic and then drizzled cheese-free pesto mixed with extra olive oil all over the pizza. I then put it in the oven on 180 degrees for about 10 minutes.

I find that the extra oil keeps the pizza moist and indulgent – standing in for the cheese. I can honestly say, hand on heart that we didn’t miss the cheese one bit. The pizza was absolutely delicious and went well halved with some home made chips! Well, it was Saturday 😉

image

Deliciously Ella’s Chickpea, Quinoa and Turmeric Curry.

Oh this is very good, very good indeed. You can just throw everything in and within the hour you have a delicious and nutritious curry which will make six portions. We’ve been taking this to work for our lunch and I was surprised to see how well it reheats. It also keeps well in the fridge. Another bonus is that you don’t need to cook rice or cous cous in addition to this as it already has quinoa in. It’s an all round super curry, really.

image

Deliciously Ella’s Sweet Potato Brownies

When I first heard about these I wasn’t completely convinced they would be for me as I have love hate relationship with sweet potato but I gave them a go and today I’ve just made my third batch – so good! You forget that there is sweet potato in them but they add a moistness to the brownies. They are also very chocolatey, which is great. I would recommend buying a good quality cocao powder as it makes all the difference. For the second batch I made a chocolate frosting to go on the top which was amazing. For the frosting I used 1 tbsp cocao powder, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp of pure maple syrup and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt. Mix it all together and spread on the brownies once they have cooled, then pop in fridge to set. We’ve been taking these to work for breakfast as they give us loads of energy and fill us up until lunch. I think these will be a staple in our house for the months to come.

image

Advertisements

Vegan Delights in Newcastle

The Sky Apple Cafe, Heaton Newcastle

image

We decided to try out the Sky Apple Cafe in Heaton this week as we had heard really good things about it. The menu is both vegetarian and vegan and there is a lot of choice – we struggled to decide! I ended up going for vegan Sweet Potato Burger with Asian slaw, which was so amazing I tried to recreate it the next day at home (tasted great but burgers fell apart a little!). My husband got the Sky Apple Classic burger which he said tasted great. We spotted another diner tucking into The Volcano dish which looked delicious, we both said we would try that next time! Even though we visited on a week day around 2pm it was fairly busy, I would recommend booking for weekend or night time visits. The service was great and we would definitely go back!

Tea Sutra, Newcastle

image

Tea Sutra is one of my favourite places to relax, drink interesting tea and eat delicious food. Both the day and night time menu is very select and consists of wraps such as falafel and butternut squash, salads and soups. The night time menu has such options as the Lebanese Bowl and Sweet Potato Curry. Tea sutra has always been busy when I’ve arrived but have always managed to get a seat. The service is brilliant and the desserts are amazing! I’m delighted to hear that Tea Sutra are now doing take out options. I will definitely be taking advantage of this since I work in Newcastle city centre!

Las Iguanas, Quayside Newcastle

imageimage

This was my first visit to Las Iguanas and I was blown away by the vegan options that were available on the menu. I had the Three Mushroom Fajita which was lovely and the Tembleque for dessert which was like a coconut pana cotta – this blew my mind! Las Iguanas is a all round people pleaser due to the options available to vegans and non-vegans alike. Again the service was great and atmosphere was very relaxed – will definitely be returning!