…we’re going to catch a big one..(?) (I hope someone got the bear hunt story reference there)

Vegan Coconut Bostock

Hola everybody,

The blog tour of my cookbook kicked off this week as it has just been released in America! For the next few weeks bloggers all over the place will kindly be posting recipes from my book (sometimes with mini interviews too!). Check the schedule out here so you can read (& cook) along with us :)

Read on to get the recipe!

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It’s not hard to tell that breakfast food is my number one genre of tasty things to make. Take one look at my instagram and within a month of photos, 4/15 of them are of a breakfasty nature. I’d like to say that it’s because I’m a ‘morning person’ but I’m really, really not. It’s not that I’m grumpy at 7 am, I’m just kinda slow. Slow and forgetful. Don’t try to tell me facts when I wake up because half an hour later I will have no recollection of what was said. These traits aren’t particularly useful when trying to follow a recipe.

This is why, if I’m eating pancakes or waffles, there’s a 90% likelihood that it is midday. And now that it’s September I can officially feel not weird when eating warm, cosy food all the time. These pancakes are the epitome of what I’d want all my food to be like – warm, subtly sweet and slightly indulgent (helloooo vanilla mascarpone whipped cream! Yes I will dollop this on everything).

Read on to get the recipe!

book launch

I’m in Chicago this week and headed down to New Mexico next week but I still need to tell you about my book launch! I’ve already instagrammed and facebooked it but if you haven’t seen the details yet here ya go!

The book launch will be held at the West Elm London store (Tottenham Court Road) on the 18th of September from 6-8 pm.
I’ll be there (sorry if that put you off :/) and there will be an array of snackies, from the book of course, and drinks. I’ve linked to the West Elm Facebook page event for it below but you don’t have to join it in order to be able to come. Just turn up if you want to for as long as you’d like! If you have a copy of the book you can bring it for me to sign, but there will also be copies of the book there (at a discounted price) for if you want to buy it. I mean you could just turn up and I’ll give you a cookie and a high five, then I’ll sign your arm and we’ll take a selfie if you’d like.

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It has been about a year since I started making my book and today is when I finally get to tell you as much info as poss about it. Mainly I wanted to show you the cover, cos unless you’ve looked it up or seen it on instagram you probably have no idea what it looks like at all.

Other little facts are that it contains 75 recipes, both sweet and savoury! I think like 3 of them are from the blog but the rest are completely new. There are a few gluten-free and vegan recipes in there too (Many of the recipes which aren’t gluten free/vegan would be easily adaptable to suit your dietary needs). I tried to create a balance between the indulgent stuff (like ‘bluebarb’ streusel pie and stromboli) and healthier things (like chickpea + pomegranate dip and banana buckwheat muffins) so there’s something in there for everyone.

The official release date for the book is September 1st in the UK and September 30th in the US, although if you pre-order it on Amazon (UK) or the Book Depository, they’re already shipping it out!

The book is up for pre-order here:

Amazon.co.uk (UK)  Waterstones (UK)   Foyles (UK)
Amazon.com (US)
Booktopia (Australia)
The Book Depository (Worldwide)

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Follow the blog tour!

Monday 29th Sept: Décor Art UK
Tuesday 30th Sept: Fab Food 4 All
Wednesday 1st Oct: The Sugar Hit
Thursday 2nd Oct: Serenity You
Friday 3rd Oct: Anyonita Nibbles
Saturday 4th Oct: Cut Out & Keep
Sunday 5th Oct: Gingerbread Woman
Monday 6th Oct: Farmer’s Girl Kitchen
Tuesday 7th Oct: Lilinha Angel
Wednesday 8th Oct: My Name is Yeh
Thursday 9th Oct: The Vanilla Bean Blog
Friday 10th Oct: Edible Perspective
Saturday 11th Oct: i am a food blog
Sunday 12th Oct: Half-Baked Harvest
Monday 13th Oct: Adventures in Cooking
Tuesday 14th Oct: Two Red Bowls
Wednesday 15th Oct: Reclaiming Provincial

All promo stuff for the book on twitter and instagram will be tagged with #TWCcookbook so you can follow along and add your own photos/tweets!

US cover

It looks slightly different in the US, with a dust jacket cover as shown above. If you want the other cover though just take off the dust jacket and there ya go! The UK cover is underneath so you can take your pick :)

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Every recipe in the first 5 chapters has a full sized photo to go with it. In the last chapter there are a few photo grids (you can see an example of one near the bottom of the page for making pastry) and some lifestyle shots mixed in with the recipes. There are also even more lifestyle shots throughout the whooole book…

…In other words there’s hella photos in there, all styled and taken by moi :)

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Grain Free Matcha Granola and Iced Coconut Matchaccinos

No, that’s not what you might think it is – it’s actually granola (which is addictive as heck). I veeeery nearly called this Munchies Granola and then thought I should maybe not do that. Let’s save the weed puns for the comments sections, yeah? K Cool.

It IS green but that’s due to the heavy-handed sprinkling of teapigs organic Matcha powder that I threw into this grain-free granola mix. Having never tasted matcha before I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but given the jazzy colour and health benefits it boasts I was pumped to try it. I’m already a fan of green tea (especially the genmaicha version with brown rice in it) so of course I fell head over heels for the matcha powder, which is made of very finely ground green tea leaves. It has a slightly grassy/green taste to it (well, yeah) so pairs super nicely with fresh fruit e.g. it’s a perfect granola add-in.

Being pretty much 95% almonds/pecans/pumpkin seeds, the granola is mega yum all by itself. The matcha adds the ‘superfood’ quality and a kick of flavour so you don’t just have boring granola as per ushe. If you don’t have matcha powder you can leave it out of the granola mixture but I’d advise adding some cinnamon (what else would you expect?) to the mixture.

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Before I made this pie (and then ate a quarter of it during a revision break), I’d never actually eaten cherry pie before. I think this is down to two factors: I basically never bake with cherries (yo, £4.50 for a 400 g carton. I’d normally rather just eat them straight up) and I also don’t bake […]

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Strawberry, Peaches and Cream Popsicles with Amaretti

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If you’ve been reading TWC for a year now, you’ll have witnessed the super green popsicles I made for the 2013 popsicle week – aka the best food week of the year. Billy of Wit & Vinegar is the genius behind the popsicle week idea so make sure you head on over to his site […]

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