Top 6 Christmas Markets Across Europe – What better excuse for a shopping trip!

It seems that everywhere I look just now there is a Christmas based theme, the shops have stocked up on their festive chocolates, wines, decorations & selection boxes and the Christmas lights are appearing in the town centre and neighbours are already wondering if it’s too early to put up the Christmas tree! So it seems that when it comes to Christmas time, what better way to get in the festive spirit than a trip to a traditional Christmas Market. There were so many across Europe that I narrowed it down to my favourite 6, otherwise this post would never […]

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Vegan Recipe for Divine Chocolate Cupcakes lavished with Coffee Frosting

About a month ago I came across a little implement for icing cakes, it had 4 changeable nozzles for whatever type of effect you wanted for your pies & cakes, so I picked one up and put it in the cupboard and forgot all about it, until Monday of this week that is… and I think I may have created a monster! Frosting is such a fun addition to the baking process (my first attempt didn’t turn out too well, I really should have done the sensible thing and allowed my cakes to cool, but missed the cooling step… I […]

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Vegan Dinner Option – Spicy Chickpea Patties & Paprika Wedges

On Friday night we decided to opt for some home made fare instead of eating out and it was a toss up between a pizza or making use of all the buy one get one frees cans of chickpeas we bought during the week. Well, no contest, really, I love chickpeas, they go with pretty much anything, so I kept it simple and opted for a burger/patty style dinner option and my favourite paprika wedges. Friday night in this house is movie night and we ended up watching Safety Not Guaranteed, which was a great film, entertaining, funny and heart […]

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Mushroom & Split Pea Loaf served with Blanched Broccoli Florets, a possible contender for Christmas!!

This will be our very first Vegan Christmas and I’m really excited about all the new recipes I can try out, as you can see I’ve already started on the sweet stuff, brandy balls, mince pies etc but now we’re currently thinking ahead to the type of festive main meal we want to have (it’s not all about the sweet treats….). We’ve been looking out for something that will go nicely with our roast parsnips and cranberry sauce (there has also been some dangerous talk of brussel sprouts…yuck!) and I think we could be onto a definite contender with this […]

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Looking for a great holiday that won’t leave you penniless? Then Glamping may be the travel inspiration for you!

I only just heard the term “Glamping” today when I saw this gorgeous site next to Loch Ness in Scotland. Glamping, is luxury camping… such a cute term! We’re planning on heading back up to Edinburgh next summer and if I’m in that vicinity anyways… well it would just be rude not to give this a go. I posted a few weeks back that I’ve taken a real interest in “Tiny Houses” and this is just a great way of sampling the premise of small living areas. It also helps that these particular armadilla’s are beautifully furnished and so close […]

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Vegan Shortcrust Dark Chocolate Pasties, incredibly quick and easy teatime treat, ideal for sharing.

Now that I have perfected my shortbread recipe to how I like it, I’m going to start experimenting with fillings to see what weekend desserts I can come up with and this weekend I’ve started with the very basics… dark chocolate, I had a little left over from the Brandy Balls recipe, so thought I would use it up. This turned out just lovely and I am so chuffed with the pastry as well, it would be perfect for other sweet pies and crusts, so it’s a keeper! Shortcrust Chocolate Pasties Makes 6 pasties   ½ cup of vegan margarine […]

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