Chocolate cake (vegan)

Happy July all! I’m always looking to push myself in baking and try new things, and I had the perfect opportunity when I went to a friend’s birthday. She’s vegan, and I wanted to bring her a birthday cake as a present. After lots of experimenting, and some rather foul-tasting bakes, I ended up with…

Mango prawn salad

Picked this recipe up from a Waitrose card a year ago, and have been using it since! A delicious, light, fruity salad, perfect for summers. I made this at a little BBQ with friends/family the other day, and everyone who had it commented on how delicious this salad was, so thought I would share it….

Honey-soy roasted aubergines

I usually have this recipe with rice, which is surprisingly filling meal. I love that honey-soy sauce combo, and the taste of aubergines for me is just heavenly! Enjoy this super easy recipe 🙂 To make this recipe gluten-free: use gluten-free soy sauce This recipe is: veggie, vegan, dairy-free Ingredients: 4 tbsp dark soy sauce…

Homemade pizza

For real, not much beats a homemade pizza, so here’s my go-to recipe (courtesy of Sorted) for pizza dough (obviously with homemade tomato sauce, and all the delicious toppings!). This dough recipe is veggie, vegan and dairy free. Ingredients (dough only): 320ml warm water 1 packet dried yeast (7g) 500 g strong white flour Olive oil…

Garlic-lime mayo

A simple, delicious recipe to pimp up your mayo – perfect as a dip, in sandwiches, or whatever else you want to use it for 🙂 Ingredients: 5 tbsp mayo 1 medium clove garlic, minced finely juice 1/2 lime* 1-2 spring onions, finely sliced small bunch coriander, leaves stripped & finely chopped (hold some back…

Spicy peanut noodles

Oh Donal Skehan you genius, this recipe was absolute magic. SO tasty and fresh, and so so easy & quick too. Unfortunately, the only noodles I had was spaghetti, and I was too impatient to wait until I’d gotten better ‘noodles’ to make this dish with. In any case, everything still turned out delicious! I’ll leave you…

Spinach potato smash

A fresh alternative to mashed potatoes. Swap in spinach with any dark leaf of your choice (watercress works well too). Ingredients: 1 small bag new potatoes 1 bag fresh spinach OR (same volume of potatoes) frozen spinach juice of 1-2 limes (to taste) 2-3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced drizzle good quality olive oil salt &…

Raspberry red velvet cake

Made this rich, decadent beauty from ‘Cool Layer Cakes’ by Ceri Olofson and adapted the recipe a little, as V and I aren’t fans of marzipan. Turned out beautiful and moist, and is lasting us all week 🙂 Serves 20+ (slice the cake thinly, as it is extremely rich and portions do not need to…

Chicken & butternut squash stew

This is a great winter warmer batch cook which uses the seasonal butternut squash, and is super cheap (great for students). Adjust the amount of chilli flakes to your personal taste of spicy. To make this veggie & vegan: leave out the chicken, and use veg stock or water. Ingredients: 1 pack chicken thighs 1 butternut…

Ham & pea soup

I always forget that this soup exists, and that it’s actually one of my favourite ones. I’m not sure of the exact quantities here, as I kind of just slung everything in, but just use your cook’s intuition to guide you through! Ingredients: (Stock) 400-500g pork ribs (preferably as a rack rather than individual ones)…

Falafels

I saw this recipe x by Foodbycamilla aages ago, and made my first batch back in September, and my second batch last week. They’re absolutely delicious! Super easy and really cheap. (Perfect student food.) Here, I’ve altered the recipe a little more to my tastes (e.g. doubled the spices as I like mine pretty spiced), but thanks…

Ghostie meringues

Here’s a quick and super easy bake for Halloween 🙂 (I originally wanted to make them marshmallow-filled, but I couldn’t get my hands on any suitable sized/shaped ones for this occasion) This is just a simple vanilla meringue*, piped and baked at 100C for 40 minutes, then decorated with melted chocolate. I used the end…