Recipes for #Veganuary2021 continue! This glorious chocolate cake recipe was taken from Virtually Vegan by Heather Whinney.

The best bit about this cake is that you can lick the spoon knowing there is no raw egg involved. Don’t expect the same rise you would get for a cake with eggs – but it will still look the part once sandwiched together and piled with chocolate frosting.

Taken from Virtually Vegan by Heather Whinney

Serves 8 | Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients

85g/3oz/scant ⅓ cup dairy-free spread
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
300g/10½ oz/2½ cups self-raising/self-rising flour
2 tbsp dairy-free cocoa/unsweetened chocolate powder, at least 70% cocoa, plus extra for dusting
100g/3½ oz/½ cup golden caster/superfine sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
½ vanilla pod, seeds only
300g/10½ oz fresh raspberries, roughly chopped, leave some whole for topping

FOR THE TOPPING:

200g/7oz dairy-free dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa
80g/3oz dairy-free spread
2 tbsp almond milk or dairy-free milk of your choice
6–8 tbsp icing/confectioners’ sugar, sifted plus a dusting for decoration if you wish

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and base-line two 20cm/8in cake pans with parchment paper.

2 Put the dairy-free spread in the bowl of a food mixer, add the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and 300ml/10½fl oz/1¼ cups of boiling water. Mix slowly until the spread has melted and everything is combined.

In another bowl, put the flour, cocoa, sugar, bicarbonate of soda/baking soda and the vanilla seeds and stir. Add this to the wet mixture and beat on slow until you have a smooth batter.

Divide the mixture between the pans, smooth the top and bake for about 20–30 minutes (check after 20 minutes), or until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.

Leave the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

6  To make the frosting, put the chocolate and dairy- free spread in a heatproof bowl. Sit it over a pan of just simmering water and stir occasionally until melted. Remove from the heat and leave to cool a little, then stir in the milk and slowly add the icing/confectioners’ sugar, beating as you go, until it begins to thicken and become glossy. Put in the refrigerator to set.

To assemble the cake, remove the frosting from the refrigerator and beat until glossy. Spread generously over one of the sponges, top with most of the raspberries then top with the other sponge and cover with the remaining frosting, and use a knife to neaten. Top with the remaining raspberries and a dusting of icing/confectioners’ sugar or cocoa, if using.

We’re almost halfway through January, plus it’s Thursday, it’s time for a little chocolate flavoured indulgence. Don’t forget to tag us, @NourishBooks, if you give any of our recipes a try!

Who knew #Veganuary and #TacoTuesdays were so meant to be! This recipe was taken from The Part-Time Vegetarian’s Year by Nicola Graimes.

Crisp, golden, batter-coated tofu, a summery pea crema and a zingy salsa with a corn tortilla – what’s not to like? If you’re using fresh peas, don’t forget to save the pea pods; they make a flavoursome light vegetable stock.

Taken from The Part-Time Vegetarian’s Year

 

Serves 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

165g/5¾oz/scant 1¼ cups plain/all-purpose flour
2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
300ml/10½fl oz/1¼ cups light ale
4 tsp chipotle powder
4 tsp ground cumin
sunflower oil, for deep-frying
550g/1lb 4oz block of firm tofu, drained cut into 2cm/¾in wide x 1cm/½in thick fingers
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

PEA CREMA
1 large avocado, stone removed and flesh scooped out
55g/2oz/⅓ cup cooked peas
4 tbsp crème fraîche
1 large garlic clove, peeled
juice of 1 lime
1 green jalapeño chilli, deseeded and chopped

TOMATO AND CORIANDER SALSA
4 vine tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1 handful of fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, chopped
½ small red onion, diced
1 green jalapeño chilli, deseeded and chopped
juice of ½ lime

TO SERVE
8 corn tacos
2 Little Gem/Bibb lettuces, shredded
chilli sauce (optional)

Method

To make the batter, sift the flour and cornflour/cornstarch into a large mixing bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. Make a well in the middle and gradually whisk in the ale to make a smooth, fairly thick batter. Set aside to rest. Mix together the chipotle powder and cumin on a plate.

Blend together all the ingredients for the pea crema in a blender or mini food processor (or mash with a fork if you like a chunky mix), then season. Taste and add more lime, if needed.

Mix together all the ingredients for the salsa in a bowl, then season.

Place the tacos on a baking sheet and warm in the oven preheated to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.

To prepare the tofu, heat enough oil to half-fill a deep heavy saucepan to 176°C/350°F (or until a cube of bread turns golden and crisp in 40 seconds). Pat dry the tofu slices with paper towels, making sure you get rid of as  much moisture as possible, then dust in the chipotle mix until coated all over. Dunk the tofu, one slice at a time, into the batter until well coated, then lower it into the hot oil. Cook 3 slices of tofu at a time for 11/2–2 minutes until light golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and keep warm in a low oven. Repeat until you have cooked all the tofu.

To assemble, place some lettuce in a taco shell, top with 2–3 slices of tofu and a good spoonful of the salsa, followed by the pea crema. Finish with a dash of chilli sauce, if you like, and serve with extra wedges of lime on the side.

#Veganuary2021 is going strong with this glorious recipe! Nicola does offer a part-time variation to mix things up – swap out the tofu for white fish fillets! Cut them into bite-sized chunks, coat in the spiced flour and batter, then deep fry until crispy and golden brown. Delicious!

We’re keeping the #Veganuary train running with this truly necessary comfort food recipe – BROWNIES!

Quick, easy and delicious brownies from Rose Elliot’s Complete Vegan

 

From Rose: ‘These brownies are the result of my many attempts at making ‘the perfect vegan brownie’. For me, it’s perfect just as it is, but if you want it even more ‘fudgy’ you can simply double the amount of chocolate and bake the brownies for a few minutes longer. Either way, they are quite delicate when they first come out of the oven, but they soon firm up. In fact, they are even more delicious the next day and keep well… if they are allowed to. I hope you will enjoy them.’

Makes 15

Ingredients

100g (3½oz) plain (semisweet) vegan chocolate

100g (3½oz/scant ½ cup) vegan spread

125g (4½oz/scant ⅔ cup) soft brown sugar

4 tbsp soy or other plant-based milk

1 tsp cider vinegar or wine vinegar (red or white)

75g (2¾oz/generous ½ cup) self-raising (self-rising) flour

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F/gas mark 4.

Line the base and sides of a 20cm (8in) square baking tin (pan) with 2 strips of good-quality non-stick baking paper (so that the bottom has a double layer of paper).

Break the vegan chocolate into pieces and put them into a saucepan along with the vegan butter and sugar. Heat gently until melted, then remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, mix the milk with the vinegar in a bowl and set aside to curdle.

Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) into the chocolate mixture and stir until well combined. Add the curdled milk and mix quickly with a wooden spoon until combined, then thump the pan on the work surface to get rid of any air bubbles. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it to the edges, then thump the tin sharply on the surface once again.

Bake for about 20 minutes until firm.

Let cool, then cut into pieces in the tin. The brownies become firmer and fudgier as they cool. They keep well stored in a tin.

Happy #Veganuary baking everyone! These brownies hit the spot every time, forgoing meat shouldn’t mean you forgo your favourite foods – especially in a time when everyone deserves some comfort food ❤️ 

We are getting stuck right into #Veganuary2021 with this delicious, veggie-filled pizza from Virtually Vegan by Heather Whinney! We’ll be posting plant based meal inspo and dairy free dessert recipes – join us this month for a #Veganuary adventure!

‘Who needs dairy on a pizza? What you need is flavour, and this combo has lots of it. You can make the dough ahead and leave it to prove slowly in the refrigerator for a few days or wrap well and freeze for up to a month. For a change, try tossing a handful of fresh wild rocket/arugula on top to serve and give the pizza an extra drizzle of chilli oil.’

Courgette, mushroom & truffle oil pizza from Virtually Vegan

 

Makes 4
Prep: 20 mins, plus proving
Cook: 10 mins

Recipe

500g/1Ib 2oz/4 cups ‘00’ flour or strong white flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
7g/¼oz/1 sachet of fast-action/instant active dried yeast
4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
sea salt

FOR THE TOPPING*:
8 tbsp passata/sieved tomatoes
300g/10½oz portobello mushrooms, finely sliced
4 courgettes/zucchini, sliced into ribbons
a pinch of chilli flakes
a generous drizzle of truffle oil
1 handful basil leaves, to garnish
a few oregano leaves, to garnish

*NON-VEGAN TOPPING:
Try any non-vegan topping you like with this base and tomato sauce. It works well with dairy-free cheese, too, but you could scatter over some torn mozzarella if you prefer.

Method

1 To make the pizza dough, put the flour, yeast and a pinch of salt in a food mixer. Make a well in the middle and slowly
pour in 360ml/12½fl oz/1½ cups of warm water. Using the dough beaters, beat until the mixture comes together, then add 4 tablespoons of olive oil and continue to mix until it forms a dough. It will begin to make a slapping noise as it mixes, which means it is ready. Transfer to a floured board and knead for about 10 minutes until it softens up and becomes spongy.

2 Put the dough in a bowl, cover with cling film/plastic wrap or a dish towel and leave in a warm place for 30–40 minutes until doubled in size.

3 Preheat the oven to its highest setting and put a baking/cookie sheet in the oven to heat up.

4 Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes to knock out the air, then divide the dough into four equal balls.

Have all your topping ingredients ready. Roll and stretch a dough ball until you get a round, about 25cm/10in in diameter. Making one at a time, lightly oil the hot baking/cookie sheet and put the dough round on it. Add 2 tablespoons of passata/sieved tomatoes to the top of the pizza and spread it out to cover. Top with mushrooms and courgettes/zucchini. It will seem like a lot of courgette/zucchini but pile them high as they will shrink when cooking. Sprinkle with chilli flakes and drizzle the truffle oil over the top. Bake for 10 minutes until golden. Remove and continue making the other pizzas. Garnish with fresh herbs, slice into triangles and serve.

 

We can never say no to pizza, so hopefully you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Don’t forget to check back through Veganuary for oh so many new and delicious recipes.

A very Happy (almost) Thanksgiving to our American followers! If you’re on the lookout for a vegan celebration meal, look no further than Rose Elliot’s Complete Vegan by @roseelliot.mbe. Rose’s recipe for this nut roast is pleasantly festive, making it a perfect, seasonal addition to a plant-based Thanksgiving spread! Save the recipe for Christmas too, you’d be nutty not to 😉 ⠀

Crank’s Nut Roast from Rose Elliot’s Complete Vegan (2019)

 

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
1 medium onion, finely chopped
225g (8oz/scant 2 cups) mixed nuts (cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, walnuts)
100g (3 and a 1/2oz) soft wholemeal bread, crustsremoved
2 tsp Marmite (yeast extract)
300ml (10fl oz/1 and a 1⁄4 cups) hot vegetable stock (bouillon)
2 tsp mixed dried herbs
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Grease a shallow casserole dish, 20-cm (8-in) cake tin (pan) or a large loaf tin (pan).

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan (skillet) over a low-medium heat, add the onion and fry for 10 minutes, until translucent.

Meanwhile, put the nuts and bread into a food processor and process until fine.

Dissolve the Marmite (yeast extract) in the hot vegetable stock and add to the breadcrumb mixture along with the mixed herbs to form a soft mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tip the nut mixture into the prepared dish or tin and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving no matter where you are or what you get up to! Give @nourishbooks and @roseelliot.mbe a follow for more vegan and plant-based foodspiration.

Join us in celebrating #WorldVeganMonth this November! It’s been amazing to see how far the vegan movement has come over the years; here at Nourish, we have made it our mission to aid and assist the movement, by publishing the ideal accompanying vegan guidebooks to help you join in and celebrate.

Take the Living on the Veg! quiz to get matched with the Nourish cookbook that will be your #WorldVeganMonth companion – share your results with us on social media using the #LivingontheVeg hashtag!

Attention all HallowKings and PumpQueens!  Our sister imprint, Watkins Publishing, published the ultimate spooky season companion: Potions, Elixirs & Brews!

A beautifully packaged collection of magical cocktails, punches and teas that function both as delicious recipes and as effective spells, written by witch YouTube influencer, Anaïs Alexandre.

As part of celebration of spooky season (Halloween, Samhain – you get it!) we put together a quiz matching you with your ideal potion to accompany you through the scariest time of the year. Scarier, in fact, than the year 2020 itself…

Take the quiz below and follow the links to the full recipes to your potions!

Attention all HallowQueens and PumpKings: Our sister imprint, Watkins Publishing, published the ultimate spooky season companion: Potions, Elixirs & Brews! A beautifully packaged collection of magical cocktails, punches and teas that function both as delicious recipes and as effective spells, written by witch YouTube influencer, Anaïs Alexandre.

Click here to get matched to your drink of the spooky season by taking our special quiz – enjoy!

🔁 Déjà Vu Juice 🔁

The Potion to accompany you through the spooky season is Déjà Vu Juice! Made with rum, cinnamon and nutmeg, this potion is will heighten your senses to make you a magickal feeler. You’ll connect more easily with others, have greater empathy and walk the right path for you.

Ingredients:

✨ 200ml/7fl oz/scant 1 cup whole milk/half and half

✨ 3 tbsp sweetener of your choice

✨ 4 tbsp rum

✨ 1⁄4 tsp each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger

Method:

✨ In a saucepan over a low heat, gently warm the milk/half and half. Add the sweetener and stir until it dissolves

✨Add in the spices and whisk to combine

✨ Whisk in the rum, then pour into a serving glass or mug. Enjoy!

🔁 Ritual 🔁

MIX THE SPICES TOGETHER AND PLACE IN A COVERED GLASS CONTAINER. PLACE THE CONTAINER IN THE LIGHT OF A WAXING MOON. USE THE SPICES WITHIN THE NEXT 3 DAYS.

Use the hashtag #Potions to share your cocktails on social media! Happy Halloween!

Attention all HallowQueens and PumpKings: Our sister imprint, Watkins Publishing, published the ultimate spooky season companion: Potions, Elixirs & Brews! A beautifully packaged collection of magical cocktails, punches and teas that function both as delicious recipes and as effective spells, written by witch YouTube influencer, Anaïs Alexandre.

Click here to get matched to your drink of the spooky season by taking our special quiz – enjoy!

💸 Lady Luck’s Kiss 💸

Need a bit of luck in the money department? Imagine becoming a magnet for wealth and prosperity with every sip you take of Lady Luck’s Kiss! Made with chocolate and mint, this is the potion to drink to happy and hearty 2021!

Ingredients:

✨ Ice cubes

✨ 2 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream

✨ 2 tbsp crème de menthe liqueur

✨ 2 tbsp vodka

✨ 2 tbsp whole milk/half and half

✨ Squirty cream

✨ Magickal Garnish: Dark chocolate gold coin

Method:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice

✨ Add all the ingredients (except the squirty cream), cover and shake well

✨ Strain into a martini glass

✨ Finish with a squirt of whipped cream and garnish the glass with a dark chocolate
gold coin.

💸 Ritual 💸

WITH EVERY SIP YOU TAKE OF THIS MINT CHOCOLATEY DRINK, IMAGINE BECOMING A MAGNET FOR WEALTH, PROSPERITY AND GOOD FORTUNE.

Use the hashtag #Potions to share your cocktails on social media! Happy Halloween!

Light, bright and nourishing! This wholesome recipe was taken from The Part-Time Vegetarian’s Year by Nicola Graimes, we’re sharing it as part of #VegetarianAwarenessMonth this October!

The broth is loaded with healthy and hearty ingredients such as ginger, turmeric and chilli, and plenty of seasonal veg. To give the broth extra flavour-infusing time, you could make it up to 2 days in advance, then leave to cool and store, covered, in the fridge – although this isn’t essential!

Serves 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes,
plus standing time
Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

875ml/30fl oz/generous 3 and 3/4 cups good-quality hot vegetable stock

7cm/3in piece of fresh root ginger, sliced into thin rounds

6 kaffir lime leaves

2 large lemongrass stalks, crushed slightly with the blade of a knife

1 and a 1⁄2 tbsp light soy sauce

2 bird’s-eye chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced

250g/9oz flat udon or soba noodles

350g/12oz asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed

sesame oil, for brushing

400g/14oz can coconut milk

1 tsp ground turmeric

4 large handfuls of baby spinach

juice of 1 large lime

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve

2 spring onions/scallions, thinly sliced diagonally

1 handful of coriander/cilantro leaves

1 tsp black sesame seeds

Method

  1. Put the stock, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, soy sauce and half of the chilli in a large saucepan and bring almost to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes to infuse the stock with the flavourings. (This can be done in advance and the broth left to infuse until ready to serve. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.)
  2. Cook the noodles following the package directions, then refresh in cold water and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, brush the asparagus with sesame oil. Heat a griddle/grill pan over a high heat and chargrill the asparagus for 8–10 minutes, turning occasionally, until charred in places and tender. You may need to cook the asparagus in batches. Set aside.
  4. While the asparagus are chargrilling, strain the broth, then return it to the pan with the coconut milk and turmeric. Reheat the broth, then add the spinach and cook for 2 minutes or until tender. Add the lime juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. To serve, divide the noodles evenly between 4 large shallow bowls. Ladle over the coconut broth and top with the asparagus, the remaining sliced chilli, spring onions/scallions, coriander/cilantro and sesame seeds.

Part-Time Variation!

Rejuvenating chicken or beef broth: Replace the vegetable stock with chicken stock, made from the bones of a roasted chicken, or a beef bone broth.

In celebration of #VegetarianAwarenessMonth this October, we are sharing some of our most-hearted veggie friendly recipes with you! First up, from The Part-Time Vegetarian’s Year, this Autumn appropriate hug-in-a-bowl carrot, ginger and lentil soup.

Carrot, ginger and lentil soup with carrot crisps taken from The Part-Time Vegetarian’s Year.

Warming and comforting, a bowl of this hearty, nutritious soup is a go-to when the weather is chilly and I’m looking for sustenance. The carrot crisps are a great way to use up carrot peelings. When roasted, they add crunch and a contrast in texture to the smooth soup – they also make a healthy snack.

Serves 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

550g/1lb 4oz carrots, scrubbed

2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

1 large onion, roughly chopped

1 celery stalk, thinly sliced

2 tsp ground coriander

Half-tsp ground turmeric

1 thumb-size piece of fresh root

ginger, peeled and finely grated

175g/6oz/1 cup split red lentils, rinsed well

2 bay leaves

1.2 litres/40fl oz/5 cups good-quality hot vegetable stock

juice of half a lemon

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 tbsp thick plain yogurt and

Half-tsp nigella seeds, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
  2. Start by making the carrot crisps. Using a vegetable peeler, peel away the skin of the carrots into long, thin strips. Toss the carrot strips in a drizzle of oil and place in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes or until crisp and golden, turning once – keep an eye on them as they can easily burn. Remove from the heat, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and leave to cool and crisp up further.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the peeled carrots into chunks. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over a medium low heat, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Add the celery and carrots and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the spices followed by the lentils and bay leaves, then pour in the stock. Stir and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, part-cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the lentils and carrots are tender.
  4. Using a hand-held stick/immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls, then top with a good spoonful of yogurt, a few nigella seeds and the carrot crisps.

Why not give vegetarianism a go this month? Check out this post for some inspiration!

Don’t forget to tag @nourishbooks on social media when you post your version of this delicious meal. Happy eating!