Foodie pen pal – another winner

Well just look at these goodies. All from the lovely Maddy Jones, a fellow Londoner.

The popcorn was eaten upon delivery – and very good it was too!  I’m saving the Montezumas chocolate for special ‘must have chocolate’ moment.  My favourite item though has to be the Bacon Jam – can you believe such a thing exists!?!  I haven’t tried it – but think it will be a great burger topper.

Yummy times, as always!

Time for a little peace


This is where I go to refresh my mind and feel remind my myself how lucky I am to be alive.




Raw vegan brownies

I just love a strong espresso and a brownie.  Coffee and chocolate go so perfectly together, to me an espresso and a brownie are the ultimate way to enjoy this classic combination, I love the intensity.

But what to do when this craving hits and you’re at home, and don’t have the ingredients to knock up a batch of brownies, or just can’t wait the couple of hours it would take?

But what to do when this craving hits and you’re at home, and don’t have the ingredients to knock up a batch of brownies, or just can’t wait the couple of hours it would take?

It sounds wrong, but you make raw vegan brownies.  It’s too simple and delicious to be true, but true it is.

All you need is ten minutes (even I can wait that long), and a few basic ingredients:

1 cup dates

1/2 cup walnuts or almonds

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup raw cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

And here’s what you do:

1. Blitz the nuts and coconut in a food processor, until almost ground. set aside

2. Now blitz the dates and vanilla until you have a sticky dough.

3. Add back in the nut mixture, blitz again.

4. Mould into a square dish so you have a patty.

5. Dust with cocoa powder if you so wish, cut into little squares and eat!

These are so much easier and quicker than actual brownies, and almost as delicious!  And you get to feel all smug and healthy, winner all round in my book!



Banana oatmeal cookies

You’ll love these babies – they’re totally good for you, delicious and so easy to put together.

The recipe is ever so slightly tweaked from the version on the clever Fuss Free cooking blog.  All you need is:

1 ripe banana

55 g Oats

40 g Chocolate chips (or raisins if you want to be super-healthy)

25 ml Low flavour oil (I used rice bran oil)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

(Makes around 8 small cookies)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, leave to sit so they combine nicely.  In the meantime pre-heat your oven to 150C and cover a baking tray in parchment paper.  Then place tablespoonfuls of the cookie mixture on the parchment sheet, they don’t expand much so size and shape them as you want them to turn out; place in the oven and leave for around 20 minutes, or until they turn a golden brown colour.

Leave to cool.  Then eat and enjoy!

What a great foodie pen pal

It’s Foodie Pen Pal time of the month again.  This month I was very lucky to receive a parcel from the lovely Rebecca Doyle.

There was so much inside.

Most of the contents were home-made, which makes it so much better.  The little silver bottle is a mix of lemon verbena, lemon vodka and lemon thyme vermouth – wow sounds amazing, I’ll save it for the weekend though!

Rebecca also included freshly ground spices to make Chai tea. Also included were two roasted sunflower and pumpkin seed mixes. Cannot wait to try these.  The real stars for me were Chocolate and pistachio biscotti; and vanilla marshmallow with white chocolate and toasted coconut.

Both were sampled almost immediately after opening and both were delicious.

Thank you Rebecca, for all the love you obviously put into this.

I have a touch of the lurgies today, so I’m off to try out the chai tea and maybe a couple of medicinal marshmallows too!