Gluten-Free Vegan Oat & Berry Bars


This weekend I didn’t have to work or be someplace else, which meant it was playtime in my kitchen!

On Saturday, I whipped up two loaves of Roquefort bread, granola and these vegan gluten-free oat & berry bars. I still had enough time to prep loads of veggie skewers for our barbecue dinner. 

These bars are oaty, chewy and chock-full of berries. Continue reading


Soy-Free Vegan Whipped Cream


I’ve never been a big fan of whipped cream, but I do miss it on occasion.

I’ve longed to find a dairy-free whipped “cream” that tasted good, but I daren’t try any. The store bought cream alternatives are usually jammed packed with nasties. I don’t want to replace the poison I want to avoid (milk/cream) and replace it with another poison.

I stumbled across this recipe for vegan whipped cream purely by accident. I was absolutely intrigued. Could it be that coconut milk was to save the day again???  Continue reading

Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts (Dan Tat)

I’m back!

I put in 60+ hours in my first working week. This was because I was stashing away hours, so when my brother was visiting from the UK, I didn’t have to work. It worked out pretty well. I’m now back on 40 hours a week, which gives me more procrastination time in the kitchen.

I have a love for egg custard. It’s the combination of milk, sugar and eggs that is ever-so tempting for me. It could be plain old crème anglaise, crème patisserie or just a good ole egg custard tart. Portuguese, Chinese or English – I love them all. I am known to devour numerous egg tarts at one sitting. Continue reading

Leave of Absence

Long gone are the days of me frittering my time away, doing nothing in particular but procrastinating experimenting in my kitchen. You’ve no doubt noticed that my blog entries have declined significantly, over recent weeks. There are two reasons for this:

  • When I first started this blog in April, I had lots of recipes from my private blog, which were already written up. That’s why I had over 70 entries in April. In May, things started to slow down. This was because I had to work on new experiments, before blogging about them.
  • On June 1st, I took up a project with and I’m currently working 40 hours a week. 

This working malarkey is seriously cutting into my procrastination time in the kitchen, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It’s absolutely ideal – I’m working remotely, so I can procrastinate, do household chores/other activities in between. 

I’d like to tell you that my blog entries will be quite sporadic until September to October December, so please bear with me. 

Until my next entry, have fun in the kitchen, cook a lot, eat a lot and laugh a lot!

Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter


I’m pretty new to nut and seed butters available in the US. Until a couple of years ago, I’d only tried peanut butter – the others simply weren’t available in the UK.

I’ve now made my own peanut, cashew, almond and coconut butter. I wanted to sample sunbutter (from sunflower seeds) and cheated, by buying it from PCC at $6.99 for an organic jar. It just reminds me not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach! When I do, I can easily add $40 onto my bill! Anyhow, when I got home, I ripped the jar open and Continue reading

Mexican-Inspired Quinoa Salad


A friend of mine, Marissa inspired me to make this salad. I changed the quantities a little and played around the seasoning, but it was one tasty salad! I’m making it again this Friday, I can’t wait.

It’s an all-in-one meal – you have quinoa, beans, green peppers, tomatoes and avocado tossed together with fresh coriander (cilantro), cumin and lime juice. What’s not to like? I normally use black beans, but on this occasion, I used chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Continue reading