VanilleKipferl (Austrian Vanilla Crescent Cookies)

It’s Christmas! And in my house that can only mean VanilleKipferl time 😋

This recipe was handed down to me from my Viennese father-in-law ❤️ However I have obviously put my Vegan spin on it! It tastes even better (words straight from my hubby’s mouth)  😂

A beautifully gift wrapped tin of these makes the best christmas gift, if they manage to make it out the house 🤷🏾‍♀️

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These little gems have a crumbly texture and simply melt in your mouth.

Let’s bake!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan butter (like earth balance or miyokos kitchen)
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups almond meal
  • garnish: confectioner’s sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  3. In a mixing bowl with a hand held beater or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and water and mix for 1 minute.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt and almond meal.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and combine until a stiff dough forms, 1-2 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, shape each into a ball. Place the balls in a sealed plastic bag or covered bowl in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
  7. Remove one ball of dough from the refrigerator. Roll it into a rope, 12 inches long. Cut the rope into 12 even pieces. Roll each piece into a 3-4 inch rope and shape it into a crescent. Repeat with the remaining dough, removing one ball of dough from the refrigerator at a time, until you have filled one tray.
  8. Just to simplify it, here is a link where you can see how to roll and shape cookies! https://youtu.be/Zr_gYRMC4oM
  9. Bake the cookies, one tray at a time, for 11-12 min, until the tips of the crescents just start to turn a light golden brown.
  10. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. (And place your second, cool tray with shaped cookies in the oven to bake, if necessary.) Let the baked cookies rest on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes while you prepare your sugar mixture.
  11. You can simply just use confectioners or make this simple sugar Mix!  ½ c powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar together in a shallow bowl.
  12. Take the warm cookies from the baking sheet and carefully coat them in the sugar mixture. Place the coated cookies on a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat as needed with the remaining cookies.
  13. Once cooled transfer them to an air tight container to store for up to 1 week. The cookies will keep for several days stored.

If feels like a long process but once you get into the swing of it its easy!

Enjoy my lovelies 🙏🏾❤️🤪

NO FUSS CASHEW ZUCCHINI ALFREDO!


This is one of my favourite super quick, no fuss pasta dishes!

It’s comforting and warming for those winter nights when you just wanna lounge on the sofa and watch a movie ❤️

 

• 2 cups of soaked raw cashews 

• 1 Tbsp arrowroot starch

• 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast

• 3 cloves garlic

• sea salt and pepper to taste 

• 2 Tbsp vegan parmesan cheese

• 1-2 cups unsweetened plain almond or rice milk

 

If you don’t have time to soak cashews overnight just simply soak in some hot water for 15 minutes.

Pop it all the ingredients in a blender until you have a smooth creamy consistency. 

Warm through on a low heat until it’s piping hot 😋

 

Serve with the pasta of your choice! I love fettuccine for this one, and top with strips of  sautéed zucchini or steamed broccoli.

 

Sprinkle with vegan parmesan, black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and some red chilli flakes 🌶🌶🌶 

 

Enjoy 

Vegansoulicious Ramen for those winter nights ahead!

Shiitake mushrooms are heavenly and the perfect base for a creamy, comforting homemade vegan ramen for those winters nights up ahead ❤️
It’s so easy guys and all pops into a blender and simply garnish!
The only real cooking you do is boiling some noodles 🤷🏽‍♀️
Let’s get Started!

* FIRST – Sauté Garlic & Shallots! 

Broth
  • 4 cups of dried shiitake mushrooms (from which you will get 4 cups of broth once soaked)
  • First let’s soak the dried shiitake mushrooms in 6 cups of warm water for around 15 minutes.

Soup

Place all the ingredients below in a blender with 4 cups of shiitake broth and that’s the soup base done!

1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds

• 3 soaked shiitake mushrooms

 • 3 large shallots

• 4 Cloves of garlic

• 3 Tbsp Red Organic Miso

• 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

• 2 Tbsp soy sauce

• 2 Tbsp Tamari

• 4 Tsp sesame oil

• 1 Tbsp minced garlic and ginger

1 packet of Japanese Ramen or soba noodles

Heat the soup in a pot until piping hot and boil your Japanese Ramen noodles separately.

Place noodles into a bowl, pour hot soup on top and garnish with the ingredients below.

Garnish

• Chilli oil & Chilli flakes optional

• Sauté okra

• Sliced Shiitake mushroom from the broth

• Spring Onions

• Bean Sprouts

• Tofu

Such a satisfying bowl of goodness 🙏🏾 Even my Japanese hubby approved! 😂

This Vegan Shawarma – Doner Kebab with tzatziki is crazy!!

 

In my teenage years this would have been the 3am stumbling out of an East London club rescue remedy 🤦🏾‍♀️
I can not believe that I can now have it again and not feel guilty that I am eating a dead animal, and it tastes even better!!
Imagine guys it’s meat and dairy-free!
The mock duck brand I use is Companion as the wheat gluten is non- GMO, the only extra ingredients are oil, sugar, soy sauce, and salt.
You can get this is most Asian supermarkets. It does not taste like duck 😂 it tastes like a real kebab once seasoned well!
For the tzatiki I personally love using the Tofutti sour cream!

No butterfat – No dairy – No cholesterol – No lactose – No gluten – Non-hydrogenated oil –

Milk free and has the right balance of tangy and creamy!
Tzatziki
  • 1 small pot of vegan yogurt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 squeezed lemon
  • Salt &  pepper to taste
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2Tbsp Toffuti sour cream
Grate cucumber and squeeze excess juice out. Mix all ingredients together and pop into the fridge.
Mock Duck
  • 1 can of Mock Duck
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3tsp Tamari or Soya Sauce
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
Drain and Slice the mock duck thinly, season well with all the ingredients above. Fry in a little oil until it starts to get brown and crisp up!
Fill wraps with:
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Chopped lettuce
I put lashings of Tzatziki and Siracha! 🌶 If I had some green pickled peppers that would have been the icing on the cake!
This was soooooo good 🤪 And easy!

Udon Noodle Soup

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At least twice a week my little monkey needs Udon 🍜  it’s in her genes!! 

We are talking about a 15 minute meal!

Ingredients

1 portion udon noodles
35 G Dried kombu soup stock
2 Bok Choy
2 cups Bean sprouts
A sprinkle of shichimi chilli powder
1 finely chopped spring onions
1 tablespoon Organic White or red Miso paste
Okay let’s do this!
Stir fry Bok Choy and bean sprouts in a little sesame oil, 2 mins only so it’s still crunchy then set aside.
Bring 300ml of water to the boil, then add dried kombu soup stock powder and Miso paste.
When the broth comes to the boil, add the pre-cooked udon noodles and simmer for 10 mins.
Transfer noodles to a bowl with some of the soup. Garnish with spring onions, Bok Choy, bean sprouts  and a sprinkle of shichimi chilli powder 🤪
Every kids dream!!!! 🇯🇵
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EGGLESS MACARONS!! HEAVENLY ❤️

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CUTE LITTLE VIDEO OF EMI HARD AT WORK 😂

 

Just when Emi thought her Macaron days were over!                                                       Mummy investigated and took different elements from a few recipes and nailed it!

I have been reading about how aquafaba, the brine from chickpeas for a while now 😳 and apparently it can replace egg whites 🤷🏽‍♀️

So in the kitchen we went, I was totally going into this with no hope of these Macarons being edible!
I experiment a lot in the kitchen but never with baking as it always goes wrong as I am not a natural baker!
Well let me tell you 🙌🏾 HOLY SHIT THEY ARE BLOODY AMAZING!
I am in SHOCK!

CRISPY on the outside and a little GOOEY and CHEWY in the Center!

YOU CAN NOT TASTE A TRACE OF CHICKPEA BRINE!

This is a whole new Arena for me! Now I can make a Lemon Meringue pie!

INGREDIENTS

Macaron:

  • 250 grams Aquafaba (water from a can of chickpeas) roughly 2 cans
  • 100 grams Ground Almonds
  • 200 grams Pure Icing Sugar
  • A drop of Vegan Red Food Coloring/I used beetroot juice
  • A few drops of Organic vanilla essence

Raspberry Buttercream:

  • 125 grams Vegan Butter
  • 55 grams Icing Sugar
  • A few drops of vanilla essence
  • A few drops of Vegan Red Food colouring/I used a beetroot juice
  • 2 tbls of organic Raspberry jam

Preparation

  1. Pour aquafaba into a pot and reduce over a low heat to 110 grams.
  2. Refrigerate aquafaba overnight or pop it in the freezer for 15 mins as I did.
  3. Preheat oven to 250°F (120°C).
  4. Place almond flour and icing sugar in a food processor and blend for 1 minute!
  5. Add the chilled aquafaba to another bowl and mix on high until soft peaks begin to form. (I added a few drops of vanilla essence, rose could be nice also)
  6. Sift powdered sugar and almond meal into the whipped aquafaba, and gently fold ingredients together. The mixture should be silky and shiny!
  7. Transfer the batter to a piping bag and pipe directly onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  8. Many leave these to sit for 2 hours at room temperature but I just put them straight in the oven 👍🏾
  9. Bake for 25- 30 minutes. Once finished turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 15 minutes, then slightly open the oven door for another 10 minutes. Then take  the macarons out to completely cool. This process really allows them to set and not get stuck!
  10. Place butter cream ingredients into a food processor and mix until smooth.
  11. Pipe the raspberry butter onto the macarons.
  12. Refrigerate macarons for another 2 hours before serving.

VOILA!!! I know it seems long but its worth it!!!! Just have all ingredients in front of you measured out you are OFF!!