Month: May 2020

Working From Home And Being Productive During Lockdown

Working From Home And Being Productive During Lockdown

Coronavirus has changed working patterns for many people, in particular, for people like myself who work in digital media. Most employers were hesitant and had only a restrictive working from home policy in place before coronavirus. However, now that they have been forced to allow 

Elderflower Cordial Recipe – A Delicious Drink For The Summer

Elderflower Cordial Recipe – A Delicious Drink For The Summer

At the end of May up until the end of June, you will have seen the elderflower trees flower here in the UK. It is a great opportunity to go foraging and collect some of the scented elderflower sprays. If you ever wondered what you 

Delicious Vegan Sourdough Crackers

Delicious Vegan Sourdough Crackers

One of my rituals every week is baking my own bread with sourdough starter. Now personally I follow the no discard rule as I hate wasting anything and the bread still turns out fine. I’m also a bit lazy and don’t want to feed my starter all the time. However, I know a lot of people produce discard so I want to share a few recipes that can use up the discard. Here is a favourite of mine: sourdough crackers for snacking!

Vegan sourdough cracker

Sourdough Discard

If you want to ensure that your sourdough starter is always fresh and ready to bake you will feed it and produce discard. Personally, I only feed it before I bake so avoid the whole discard issue. If I want to bake something, like my English breakfast muffins, I just produce a bit more of my sourdough starter when I feed my sourdough starter before baking.

Sourdough Discard Recipes

There are quite a few great recipes you can follow if you need to use up discard. You can make English breakdfast muffins, these sourdough crackers, normal muffins and so much more! I will share more recipes when I try them.

Sourdough Crackers

Yield: About 100 crackers

Vegan Sourdough Crackers

Vegan Sourdough Crackers

Make this snack with your sourdough discard. It is great for hiking trips or picnics and goes well with vegan spreads, cheese or hummus.

Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Toppings: coarse salt and rosemary (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine starter and oil then add the dry ingredients.
  2. Knead the dough a few times to incorporate the flour.
  3. Cover and let rest for 6 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 175°C.
  5. Flour surface and roll out half the dough on parchment paper. The dough should be about 2mm. Then cut with a knife or I often use a pizza cutter into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and rosemary.
  7. Bake for 6-8 minutes, turn crackers and bake for 6-8 more minutes
  8. Transfer to a cooling rack. Store in a glass. They also freeze well.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

Have you tried this vegan sourdough crackers recipe? Share it in the comments!

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Best Vegan Empanada Fillings – 5 Recipes

Best Vegan Empanada Fillings – 5 Recipes

I love making empanadas and have started recently to make them vegan. My partner is vegan and I just wanted to come up with a few new vegan empanada fillings so I can vary the fillings. In this blog post, I am going to share 

Zero Waste Alternatives – 10 Tips for Beginners

Zero Waste Alternatives – 10 Tips for Beginners

There are so many zero waste alternatives that it can be daunting to start thinking about it. But fear not. This helpful guide will show you the best alterative products for someone new to the zero waste lifestyle. These are meant to be easy switches 

Cheap Vegan Cheese Recipe

Cheap Vegan Cheese Recipe

Whenever I tried vegan cheese so far I was not sold. It is expensive and the consistency and taste never seemed quite right. I decided to make my own soft vegan cheese spread to use with my sourdough bread and as an empanadas filling. This vegan cheese recipe can be used as a simple spread, cheese dip or even a filling. I find it to be quite versatile and as it is quick to make and so affordable it has become a staple in our household.

Vegan Cheese Recipe
Vegan cheese and sourdough crackers.

The vegan cheese also goes great with my sourdough crackers and makes a great light snack if I feel peckish. So if you like a bread and cheese combination thise may be the right cheese for you.

Most vegan cheese is based on raw cashew nuts to get the consistency right. Cashew nuts are delicious and packed with nutrients. If this is your first vegan cheese recipe, don’t worry, it is also one of the easiest recipes you can try. Maybe you have to buy nutritional yeast but you will soon notice that is one of the staple items in the vegan kitchen – especially if you like cheesy recipes. There are alternatives of course but nutritional yeast will give your recipe that cheesy kick. Most people just sprinkle it over their dishes if they crave cheese but I also like to have a cheese consistency.

To try this recipe all you need is a food processor and a few simple ingredients. Most likely you will have the majority of the ingredients already. All are regular items in the vegan diet and once you made this cheese at home you will realize how much money you will save by simply making this cheese yourself rather than buying the ready-made vegan cheese in the supermarket.

Vegan Cheese Recipe

To make vegan cheese you only need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (unsoaked)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup water (as needed)

When you have all of your ingredients together and are ready to make your first cheese, place all ingredients except the water in the food processor.

First, pulse the mixture 2 – 3 times to break down the cashews. It should form a coarse, wet mixture. In between pulses, scrape the sides of the food processor with a spatula.

Once you have pulsed the cashews you can now start blending it. While blending, drizzle in the water until the mixture becomes smooth. You may need to stop and scrape the sides of the machine again. This should take about 1-2 minutes. Add more water if required. The consistency is very similar to hummus. So once you have reached that consistency you know that your vegan cheese is ready.

Taste the vegan cheese and add more lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

Now if you want to keep the cheese find a suitable airtight container and spoon mixture in it. It will last in the fridge for about a week.

Yield: 10 servings

Vegan Cheese Spread

Vegan Cheese Spread

Easy recipe to make creamy cashew cheese. Great as a spread, dip or as a filling.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews (unsoaked)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup water (as needed)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except the water in the food processor.
  2. Pulse the mixture 2 – 3 times to break down the cashews. They should form a coarse, wet mixture. Scrape the sides of the food processor with a spatula.
  3. Now start blending and drizzle in the water until the mixture becomes smooth. If needed stop and scrape the sides of the machine again. This should take about 1-2 minutes. Add more water if needed. The consistency is similar to hummus.
  4. Taste and add more lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon mixture in an airtight container. It will last in the fridge for about a week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Have you tried this vegan cheese recipe? Share in the comments and let me know how you liked it.

If you know of a good vegan cheese that is suitable to use on pizza please share it in the comments. This is my next experiment and I can’t wait to try the perfect melted vegan cheese on yummy pizza.

If you enjoyed the recipe and want to find more head over to my recipe section and join my Facebook Group which focuses on homemade vegan recipes that are affordable and healthy.

Versatile Easy Vegan Spread Recipe

Versatile Easy Vegan Spread Recipe

This vegan sundried tomato spread is full of flavour and so quick to make. It will take you less than 10 minutes in total. The ingredients are easy to find and a food processor is all you need. This simple vegan spread recipe will convince 

Delicious Kale Chips

Delicious Kale Chips

Chips (or crisps as they say here in Britain) used to be a staple at my house. The pre-packaged kind and not very good for you. A few years ago I looked for alternatives and stumbled upon delicious kale chips. I was not convinced it 

Sustainability Books

Sustainability Books

For this blog, I wanted to give you a list of books that either focuses on sustainability or had a clever way of incorporating it. Here is my list of sustainability books. Reading is one of my favourite past times. I much prefer it to just watching tv and I have hundreds of books at home.

Usually, I have at least one book that I’m reading but sometimes even two. I love reading at home. Just sitting on the couch or make myself comfortable on the bed. Also, when spending time on public transport or if I head to the park I will usually have a book with me.

I generally prefer fiction to non-fiction. However, I have read some fascinating non-fiction books in the past that focus on sustainability and zero waste. If you are interested in these topics you may find these books useful.

Non-Fiction Reading List

Non-fiction sustainability books:

Gaviotas by Alan Weisman is a fascinating book. I received it as a present from a friend and could not put it down once I started reading it.

It follows the story of Paolo Lugari, a young Colombian development worker in the 1960s. He wondered if the uninhabited, infertile Ilanos could be made livable for the growing population of Colombia. It is a great example of how to construct a society which has sustainable living at its centre.

The book tells the story of a permanent village called Gaviotas. It focuses on how its inhabitants build contraptions to harvest wind energy and water. It also shows how they managed to restore an ecosystem.

Sustainability Books

Bea Johnson has written Zero Waste Home – a well-known book which has inspired millions of people worldwide to try a zero-waste lifestyle.

I was fortunate enough to listen to one of her talks on how she reduced her household waste to just one litre per year. She has great tips on how you can transform your own life with pratical and simple tips.

Fiction Reading List

As I said I love fiction and there are not too many books here that have a focus on sustainability. However, there are some that manage to include it in a clever way with one of the characters being vocal about living a more simple and sustainable life.

One of these books is Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.

It focuses on the life story of two families, in different centuries as they navigate the challenges of their times. The book is easy to read and has a character who is educating her family on a more minimal and sustainable lifestyle.

I will add more sustainability books here as I come across them. If you know of any interesting books on sustainability please share them in the comments.

If you want to read more on sustainability and zero waste check out the sustainability section of my blog.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Easy Vegan Chocolate Brownies Recipe

For my birthday, I really wanted to make something with chocolate so I tried this vegan chocolate brownies recipe. It has taken me some time to explore baked treats on my journey to eat more vegan foods. I used to bake all the time and