Chocomint Cupcakes for Kitty

MoFo 2014It’s my son’s girlfriend Kitty’s birthday tomorrow and she is one of my best cupcake fans always saying nice things about them and sometimes having two! I made her chocolate mint ones and here’s the recipe…

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  • 240ml soya milk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 150g sugar
  • 80ml rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 110g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 50g dark mint chocolate, roughly chopped 

Preheat the oven to 180°C and put 12 muffin cases into your cake tins. Whisk up the soya milk with the vinegar and leave for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla and peppermint extract then whisk up until foamy. Sift in the dry ingredients bit by bit keeping the mixture light and airy. Fold in the chocolate chunks then spoon into the liners so that they are three-quarters full and bake for 18-20 mins until a toothpick inserted comes out dry. Transfer to a cooling rack. Ice with frosting made from vegan marg and icing sugar and cocoa… I used half green half chocolate brown. There’s loads of videos on YouTube showing how to do this.

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Vegfest London

I just spend the weekend at Olympia in London with Viva! for Vegfest, Europe’s biggest MoFo 2014celebration of all things veggie and vegan. Lovely people, lovely food and really good chocolate! The next ones will be in Brighton on March 29th-29th then Bristol on May 23rd-24th 2015.

I had some great food; a big fat hot dog from Vegusto and a healthy Tamales with a kale salad – yum! Vegfest lunchThe good news to was that we sold out of our new amazing cookbook! You can still buy it online though…

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Scrambled Tofu

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Scrambled tofu is the breakfast of kings. You can make it with herbs, chipotle, onions, mushrooms… I’ve got a friend who puts peas in his! I’ve had it done very fancy with wild garlic and garnished with the flowers. But I love it plain too… Here’s a simple recipe that you can jazz up if you like. IMG_2126

  • A small spray or splash of olive oil
  • 100g plain tofu, mashed roughly with a fork
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • A pinch of black salt
  • A sprinkle of oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a shallow frying pan then add the tofu, turmeric, salt, herbs and fry gently until it starts to brown. Season to taste and serve with beans, sausages, toast, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, hash browns, veggie bacon… Knock yourself out.

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White Lies report 2014

MoFo 2014We know fish is contaminated with pollutants and red meat can cause bowel cancer, but why is it the white stuff continues to slip under the net? A huge body of evidence links cow’s milk and dairy products to a wide range of illness and disease. This year I updated the White Lies report for Viva! The report combines the findings of over 400 scientific papers from peer-reviewed journals such as the British Medical Journal and the Lancet. The research is clear – the consumption of cow’s milk and dairy products is linked to the development of teenage acne, allergies, arthritis, some cancers, colic, constipation, coronary heart disease, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, dementia, ear infection, food poisoning, gallstones, kidney disease, migraine, autoimmune conditions, including multiple sclerosis, overweight, obesity and osteoporosis. Read the evidence for yourself here!

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To order a paper copy, click here.

 

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Viva!’s 20th anniversary dinner on the Thames

MoFo 2014The charity I work for, Viva! turned 20 this year! Juliet Gellatley and Tony Wardle founded Viva! in 1994 from a garage in Church Minshull (near Nantwich and Crewe in Cheshire). From these humble beginnings Viva! has grown to become Europe’s biggest vegetarian and vegan campaigning group. Viva! have run successful campaigns on a huge range of issues exposing the horror British factory farms, religious slaughter and so-called exotic meats. I am very proud to be part of such a dedicated, compassionate team of people who care deeply about the animals we share our planet with.

IMG_3363 The 20th anniversary dinner was more than a fundraising event, it provided the opportunity for Viva! to thank all our loyal supporters and wonderful patrons for caring so much! It was a truly fantastic evening, and the goodwill expresses was overwhelming. All the after dinner speakers were fantastic – so thanks to John Robb, Jenny Seagrove, Jasmine Harman, Wendy Turner Webster, Michael Mansfield QC and Kerry McCarthy MP. West End on the Thames were great to work with and their vegan feast was delicious.

  • Spiced chickpea soup with rosemary oil, grilled sourdough and black olive tapenade
  • Potato, spinach and roast garlic wellington with port braised shallot and field mushroom duxelle; served with braised red cabbage and thyme roasted root vegetables
  • Chocolate and frangelico mousse with candied hazelnut and butterscotch
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Veggie Chilli, Oven-baked Sweetcorn and Paprika Potato Wedges

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Vegan Finger Foods

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So excited to have won this lovely book from Vegan MoFo! It’s full of great-looking recipes for nibbly treats. It makes me want to throw a party (in my tummy).  I’m going to get cracking as soon as this week’s work is done – it’s the London Vegfest this weekend and I’ll be working flat out until quite late on Sunday night…

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