DIY Coconut Yogurt (Coyo) + Blueberry Pie Oats + Dutch Baby Pancakes + Flourless Lemon Cake (GF)

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I’ve had a few recipes up around the web recently! In the pre-and-post-birthday mayhem I haven’t had time to write about these magical birthday breakfast buns yet (photos and recipe coming shortly, though). However while you wait for all that spicy, buttery goodness why not check out my other recipes after the jump!

Flourless Lemon cake + Dutch Baby Pancake DIY Coconut Yogurt

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Mason Jar Quinoa Salad with Green Thai-Style Dressing (GF and Vegan)

Mason Jar Quinoa Salad with Green Thai-Style Dressing (GF and Vegan) - Perfect for lunch on the go!

I’m heading off to Leeds again! I’m hoping my poor, London-adapted hands won’t freeze and then fall off.. My extremities aren’t used to *The North* haha.

While it’s only a 3 hour journey, my friends and I are catching an afternoon train which poses a dilemma: The dreaded travelling lunch.

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Healing Green Tea & Chickpea Soup with Garlic Tortilla Triangles

Healing Green Tea & Chickpea Soup with Garlic Tortilla Triangles

A problem I’ve discovered from hanging out with freshers* and going to freshers’ parties is that it’s really really easy to become ill.

You might remember that I visited Leeds a couple of weeks ago when I wrote my post about mini lemon cakes. What I didn’t know as I sat there blabbing about food is that the next day I’d have the ‘flu. Ahhh I was so blissfully unaware. A 35p packet of paracetamol, a lot of travel tissues and a few mugs of Lemsip and I was on the mend…or so I thought.

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Vegan Coconut Bostock + We’re going on a blog tour……

…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 :)

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Grain Free Matcha Granola and Iced Coconut Matchaccinos

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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Chocolate Chia Ice Cream!

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(Quickly wanna say thanks for all the kind words on my 3rd blogaversary post a couple of weeks ago!)

I thought that this week I’d go for something a lot more fitting weather-wise. ICE CREAM. Well, maybe it’s ice cream but it doesn’t involve cream, eggs or even cornstarch. Technically  it should have one of those names that brands have to use when they make sketchy diet ice cream and call it ‘frozen dessert’. But, uhhh, that’s not an incredibly appetising name.

Let’s stick with ice cream.

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Chewy, Coconut Granola Bars {GF, Vegan} + Cinnamon Swirl Bread {Vegan}

Chewy, Chocolate Chip, Coconut Granola Bars {GF, Vegan} and Pecan-Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Bread {Vegan} So I’m about to leave to go festival-ing at T in the Park (praying that I’m not going to get too drenched by any downpours when I’m there) for the weekend. I’ve made a couple of things this week which I had zero intention of blogging, I just instagrammed them and thought that was it. However a few people asked for the recipes and my no.1 hate is typing out recipes in Instagram comments so I thought I’d just give you a short, to the point post.

Have a good weekend everybody!

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Strawberry, Peaches and Cream Popsicles with Amaretti

Strawberry, Peaches and Cream Popsicles with Amaretti

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 where you can check all the other popsicles that people have been making for the past 7 days alll over the internet.

Of course I’ve had one heck of a full week because when you spend a month indoors staring at biology notes it makes you tiny bit stir-crazy. So trust that I stirred that crazy up this week and now, finally on Sunday I’m able to share my popsicle creation for 2014.

Strawberry, Peaches and Cream Popsicles with Amaretti

So I also maybe only realised today that in the US, a new week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday whereas here in the UK it’s a Monday-Sunday affair (I don’t really get it – kind of like Fahrenheit and inches which I’m only accustomed to using in cooking situations. Whenever I’m in the US and someone’s like ‘and it was 40 degrees!’ I’m thinking: is that really cold? is that not so cold?…then I end up having to Google it because unless you’re saying 35o F to me, I have no clue man). Weird huh? but hey ho cultural differences make the world a more interesting place and it’s still popsicle week in my casa – it is 11.50 pm right now so only for 10 more minutes – but we can ignore that.

These pops are kind of a world away from last years’ as they’ve got full on luscious double cream going on in there but there’s still fruit! It also wouldn’t matter if you chose to replace the cream with more yogurt because I knooow it’s bikini season or whatev and I’m also going to be posting cake or possibly pie next week, so some healthier treats are probably a good shout…

Strawberry, Peaches and Cream Popsicles with Amaretti

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Frozen Mango & Apple Daiquiris

Frozen Mango & Apple Daiquiris

Wow it has been a whiiile.

Kinda disappeared off the face of the (internet) world for about a month and a half there… 6 weeks, four plane journeys plus 11 exams later and I’m back! Finally, phew.

I know this is pretty late now but you may have seen that I went to Las Vegas (hence the rando plane journeys) for Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards. It was incredible to get to meet so many food bloggers at once – I know that food brings people together but was made even more aware of how easy it was to already feel like everyone was a friend during my short time there. After hearing Molly yell out “IZYYYY!” about two seconds after I’d awkwardly set foot into the first event I could tell it would be a good couple of days (there were waffles, mid-morning chocolates and dim sum, and me being coerced by Cynthia, Molly and Stephanie to attempt an American accent) . Only minor downside was that although I just became legally allowed to drink here in the UK, being under 21 in Nevada does not a legal-drinker make.

I’m making up for it this week though both in this post and in real life ;)

That’s not the most major thing that happened during the last few weeks though cos guess what!?

I’VE FINISHED SECONDARY SCHOOL!! Literally today was the last time I’ll ever make that trek up to the third floor of the science building to go to chemistry, or walk through the courtyard or sit in the dining room. It’s kind of weird to leave a place I’ve spent the majority of the past 7 years of my life at. Of course we had our Sixth Form Leaver’s Ball last night, so the ‘goodbye’ wasn’t so abrupt – complete with selfies with teachers, S-Club 7 dancing and a dolphin-shaped ice sculpture/vodka luge (..don’t ask).

Frozen Mango & Apple Daiquiris

Given all the circumstances I think that a(nother) cocktail recipe is pretty appropriate, right? And these frozen mango & apple daqs are just SOSOSOSO perfect for the boiling hot (okay it’s 23 C..but that’s hot for the UK, man) and double up as a dessert due to the fact that they’re basically boozy mango sorbet. Of course the rum is easy to just leave out if you’re feeling the virgin cocktail vibe instead.

Frozen Mango & Apple Daiquiris

Ahhh I’ve missed this space! Glad to be back.

So yeah, Cliffs Notes version: I’ve finished school: Let’s drink, cheers!

Frozen Mango & Apple Daiquiris

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Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails Before we head down this cocktail path I’m just putting it out there that I have pretty much zero clue about making cocktails. Sooo I’m going to apologise in advance for a) just calling this a cocktail rather than a proper name (it’s vodka and fruit… I dunno man, does that have a real name?) and b) probably butchering it by shaking it too long, serving it in the wrong glasses et cetera, et cetera…

I say: let’s just enjoy all the coraly colours and fancy (although slightly failed) twists of grapefruit zest whilst trying not to laugh too much at my first attempt at making a drink.

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails Making this post has been a learning process. I think I’m better at learning by trying things rather than reading about them so I hope I’ll be able to pull off the next cocktail I make with a bit more finesse.

I did manage to pick up on the fact that the zest should be peeled a LOT thicker than I had been doing so for the photo below. So uh, if you’re planning on ever doing the curly zest thing, make sure you peel it thickly (get a bit of pith on it ) then curl it around the handle of a wooden spoon and leave it to sit for a while before using as a garnish.

Also a tip I learned: Don’t drink in the afternoon when you have other things to do. It’ll turn figuring out how to fix a computer monitor into a much longer feat.

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails The basis of the drink is grapefruit juice mixed with a rhubarb syrup that I jazzed up with a few strips of grapefruit peel and some sprigs of thyme. It is the most gorgeous cerise colour and I imagine doesn’t need to be used exclusively for ‘dranks’, but would be dreamy mixed with a bit of sparkling water for a fizzy, non-alcoholic drink. I could also see myself swirling it liberally into a plain froyo base which I’d inevitably devour in a very short space of time.

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails

Anyway the syrup and juice are shaken up with vodka and ice to make a very pretty concoction. The rhubarb is a welcome background note here – at first I thought I couldn’t actually taste it but the more I sipped the more floral, complex flavours I could taste underneath the grapefruit twang.

 

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails

All in all I’d say it was pretty successful! I know I’m probs making you pretty sceptical because I only just turned 18 so I’m no drinks expert, but it honestly was good. I’ve had a great time writing this post after enjoying those cocktails..ummm I meaaan…that one cocktail….and if you’d seen this post pre-spell-check you’d probably know what I mean. (I’m kidding guys, don’t worry)

But I’ve gotta go now because I just realised I have to make myself supper and it’s almost 8 pm.

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails

 (Yes I DIY-ed a mason jar cocktail shaker. Don’t hurt me)

Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme Cocktails

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