Christmas Cookies Recipe

Countdown to Christmas: 14

FullSizeRender-12Guys I’m so sorry, I missed two days :/ hopefully this recipe will make up for it! These cookies are delicious and super easy, you can really go-to-town with the decoration as well 🙂

FullSizeRender-9To make about 30 cookies, you will need:

  • 1 cup butter/margarine
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups plain flour

 

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  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. I like to add a handful of flour at this stage to prevent the mixture from curdling
  4. Mix in the flour and baking powder a little at a time until you form a stiff dough!FullSizeRender-11
  5. Roll out the dough and cut some shapes. I made Christmas trees, stars, and snowman (using two circular cutters)
  6. Bake for 6-10 minutes until slightly golden, then cool before decorating
  7. Now comes the best part! You can use whatever decorations you like to make the cookies look extra  special. I piped the shape outlines before filling in the centres a few minutes later to avoid the icing dripping 🙂
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Hope x


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Healthy Easy Vegetarian Recipes!

Countdown to Christmas: 7

Hello lovlies! Since turning vegetarian in July, I have spent many hours scouring Pinterest for some inspiration to create my own delicious, healthy (mostly) and simple recipes. The following are all tried and tested and very tasty 🙂 hope you enjoy!

1. Sweet Potato & Quinoa

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  • Sweet potato
  • Quinoa
  • Natural Yogurt

This is a great lunch option especially for the colder months I would say. Pop your potato in the oven at 200°C for around 45 minutes. I love the taste of sweet potato, they’re also great for you as they contain lots of vitamins A, C and B6. Place your desired amount of quinoa in a jug of boiling water and leave to soak for around 20 minutes. Quinoa is super rich in protein (great for vegetarians and vegans). When everything is ready, plate up and add a tablespoon of natural yogurt, and enjoy! 🙂

2. Turkish Couscous Salad

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You will need:

  • 250g couscous
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground paprika
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 fresh chilli
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh coriander/parsley
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

Add the first 3 ingredients into a pan and cover with boiling water for about 10 minutes. Then mix in the tomato puree. Chop the herbs and vegetables and chuck those in as well. Finally stir in the oil and lemon juice and zest and voila! This dish goes really well with grilled halloumi 😛

3. Mixed Salad

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You will need:

  • Romane lettuce
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Optional: Kiwano fruit

Salads are always a winner. You can add what ever vegetables you like, it’s great to add ones with lots of flavour, so you avoid using lots of dressing, which is full of fat and salt. Basically chop everything up, mix it around and you’re done. I added some Kiwano fruit, which I found in the supermarket, for a bit of something extra, though it didn’t really add much flavour.

4. Spicy Veggie Bean Burger

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To make 4, you will need:

  • 425g kidney beans
  • 410g cooked chick peas
  • 100g sweet corn
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp ground paprika
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 3 spring onions (chopped)
  • 1 fresh chilli (chopped)

Family barbecues can be tough for the veggies, but do not fear! This burger is amazing, your meat-eating friends will be so jealous 😉 Place all ingredients into a bowl, mixing and squashing it all together with your hands. Then simply shape into patties and cook! I also made some wholewheat rolls to go with them.

Hope you enjoyed this quick recipe selection. Let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this, I have plenty of ideas to share 🙂

Have a super amazing day, and merry Christmas!

Hope x

 

 

 

Very British Fruit Scones: Easy Recipe

FullSizeRender-28Want to try some british fruit scones? Have a go at this simple recipe, tried and tested to produce delicious results!

Ingredients:
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  • 450g/16oz self raising flour
  • large pinch of salt
  • 110g/4oz butter/margarine
  • 50g/2oz sultanas
  • 50g/2oz caster sugar
  • 300ml/10fl oz milk
    • Produces about 12 scones

Method:

  1. Heat your oven to 20°C/425F/Gas mark 7
  2. Rub the butter into the salt and flour until it looks like fine
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  3. Stir in sultanas and sugar, then add the milk bit by bit to form a soft dough. You may need to add a little more flour if the dough is too wet. FullSizeRender-27
  4. Pat the dough onto a floured work surface and cut into circles (if you can’t find a circular cutter..like me.. you can always use a cup, but try not to squash the air out of the scones too much). FullSizeRender-29
  5. Place the scones on a baking sheet and brush with a little milk (isn’t my brush cute!?)FullSizeRender-30
  6. Bake for 12-15mins, until the tops are slightly golden.

Ta da! Deliciously british scones! Best served with jam (I prefer raspberry) and some whipped cream (if you’re feeling posh). Sit down with a nice cup of tea and enjoy 🙂

Hope x