Good evening lovely humans- I hope you are well and happy. I have just come back from a beautiful holiday in Tasmania with my husband and I feel so refreshed and relaxed. As much as I’d love to relax amongst nature, drive around farmland, pat and feed animals and eat delicious food, I am slowly getting back to reality. I have spent the day catching up on online lectures and currently, I am writing this blog post and watching latest Riverdale episode, all whilst eating organic chocolate in my pyjamas.
Not a day goes by without a dose of my beloved matcha, usually as a soy matcha latte. When my love for matcha, chocolate and cookies combine, it results in these delicious cookies. These have the perfect combination with a subtle hint of matcha powder and melty [vegan] chocolate chips.
I must admit that it has beens years since I attempted making shortcrust pastry. Well before my plant-based lifestyle in fact. I decided to create a pastry using wholemeal spelt flour and coconut oil and it turned out flakey and crispy just like I intended! The filling for this tart was a creamy chickpea base filled with wholesome organic English spinach leaves and topped with macadamia “feta” and sweet roasted beets.
I’m not going to hide the fact that I am a chronic snacker. I’m also not going to hide the fact that considering it’s currently just my husband and I at home, we go through a lot of food including the mostly-healthy snacks I bake and create. These chocolate, blueberry and oat cookies are delightful raw or baked!
If there is one thing I miss since transitioning to a plantbased lifestyle, it is eggs. I used to justify the consumption of eggs as ok if they were “organic and free-range” however my more ethical and vegan-educated mind now knows that eggs are still eggs. I used to always make a large tray of frittatas or quiches up to last a few days for lunches and now I can make eggless versions thanks to the existence of chickpea aka besan flour.
On this day I had lots of organic carrots that I purchased on special. On this day I was craving carrot cake. On this day I was also craving cookies. All healthy and vegan versions of course. Combine all this and I have a tray of carrot cake cookies laden with secret untraditional ingredients- because that’s how I roll….roll into bed with a belly full of cookies that is!
I must admit that even pre-vegan, I was never a fan of shepherds pie (or potato-topped pie to some of you). I was never a fan of mashed potato- strange I know, or mince. However, my husband absolutely loved it and over the last couple of years I have created several different versions of this dish using chunky mashed potato/sweet potato and lentils.