Saturday Morning Pancakes [VEGAN]

Saturday Morning Vegan Pancakes

Saturday Morning Vegan Pancakes

If there’s a breakfast food which is requested with astonishing regularity in our household, it’s pancakes. Most Saturdays, before I’m even fully awake, a small person (and sometimes a larger person too!) has placed an order for their favourite start to the weekend.

And how can I argue when they’re so simple to make? Usually I prefer to add ingredients by weight (a throwback to school home economy lessons) but this is a recipe where the measuring cup really makes sense. Bleary eyed and pre-coffee, it’s far easier to dig a cup into the bag of flour than it is to ferret around in the cupboards for the scales. And if you use a quarter-cup measure to add the flour and milk, it’s also the perfect size to portion out the batter in equal sized dollops.

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Basil and Sunflower Seed Pesto [VEGAN]

Basil and Sunflower Seed Pesto (Vegan)

Basil and Sunflower Seed Pesto (Vegan)

Quick, simple and guaranteed to be enjoyed even by our super-picky child, pasta is a regular visitor to our dining table. We tend to make sauces from scratch as it’s healthier, more satisfying and a way to sneak extra vegetables in – not to mention it takes barely any more time and is usually just as cheap as buying ready-made.

That said, the one sauce I’d never attempted to make was… pesto. Fresh herbs can be pricy (unless you grow your own), pine nuts and parmesan even more so.

“It’ll be so expensive”, I told myself, “and won’t be worth the effort it’ll surely be to make it”

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Last Minute Chocolate Christmas Cake [VEGAN]

Vegan Chocolate Christmas Cake

Last-Minute Vegan Chocolate Christmas Cake

Christmas just isn’t quite right without a slab of dark, boozy, fruit-laden Christmas cake. But anyone who knows our family will tell you that organisation is not our strong point.

With a three-year-old creator of chaos and a fixer-upper house, we’re just not going to manage the patience and preparation that a proper Christmas cake involves. But all is not lost for us procrastinating types! There is still an option for those of us who decide (cough – as late as Christmas Eve – cough.) that we just can’t do without: the emergency boiled fruit cake.

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