Sweet Things

I've had a lot of fun browsing through my photo folders for food pics to post on my shiny new food-dedicated blog. Here is a batch of cakes and other sweet things...

A Frangipane Tart with Pink Lady Apples adapted from a recipe in Vegan Pie in the Sky.

Served with a generous dollop of whipped cashew cream.

Lime Tart with gingernut crust served with cashew cream.

Carrot and Walnut Cake. The cream cheese style frosting is a vegan adaptation of this recipe and I highly recommend it. I add lemon juice and finely grated lemon rind when I use it to ice a carrot cake.

Here's the same frosting (minus the lemon), topping a Chocolate Carrot Cake with chocolate ganache.

You can never have too much chocolate cake. This is my favourite chocolate cake recipe of all time. Moist, rich and fudgy, but not too dense, and really delicious. It's a Chocolate and Almond Cake from Big Vegan, and the only modification I make is to use ground almonds instead of slivered in the batter, but as you can see, I've topped that generous heap of moussey chocolate frosting with toasted almonds for some crunch. Yum!

And last but not least, some lovely little Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache. Recipe from The Post Punk Kitchen.

Special Occasions

Here are some photos from various celebratory get-togethers. This is a Bastilla filled with spicy chickpeas, nuts and other goodies. I wish I could recall where I found the recipe!

I have made this Baked Almond Feta recipe many times, adapting it with different nuts and flavours. On this cheese platter, from left to right, I made tasty cashew cheddar, cheddar and chili, creamy almond walnut, and creamy chive. I also made French Onion dip and Cranberry and Red Onion Jam, and my friend Mark made Creamy Spinach and Spicy Red Bean dips too.

Another party platter! In the large ramekin is a Seitan Pate topped with cranberry jelly, and in the smaller ramekins from left to right, Muhammara, Spinach and Basil Pesto, Red Onion Relish, and a tangy goats cheese style dip.

Cashew-based Chili Con Queso.

Chickpea-Artichoke Bites with Rosemary Aioli. Recipe from Party Vegan.

Caramelised Onion and Walnut Tart.

A little of everything...

Have you ever made a chocolate tart from silken tofu? It is really quick and easy and absolutely delicious - no one will realise there's tofu lurking in there. There are lots of versions around; here's a basic recipe. I usually add some sweetener to the tofu mixture to counteract the bitterness of the dark chocolate; just some rice malt syrup or agave. I also like to mix it up by adding liqueurs and/or fruit. Here are a couple of versions I've made. Firstly, Chocolate, Cherry and Hazelnut Tart. A chocolate and toasted hazelnut crumb tart shell, Frangelico flavouring the mousse, and fresh cherries beneath the filling. I've decorated the tart with whipped cashew cream and chocolate dipped cherries.

And here is a strawberry version topped with lots of lovely vegan white chocolate.