Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake

Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake

I DID IT !!

I promised I would!

I admit it took me a while to make this vegan no-bake oreo and caramel cheesecake, but I did it.

I made the original deep Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake last March and then I made another no-bake cheesecake for my last cake club and I was asked for a vegan version, so it's been on my mind since then.
Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake. www.tinnedtomatoes.com


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Green Mango Curd Tart Recipe & Giveaway


Green Mango Curd Tart


Doesn't that look gorgeous? 

It's a fruity, but slightly tangy Indian twist on a French style tart from Anjum Anand. It's super simple to make, but looks and tastes spectacular.

This recipe comes from Anjum Anand, an award-winning TV chef and cookery writer who founded The Spice Tailor brand in 2011. The Spice Tailor is an authentic cook-at-home range of Indian sauces, chutney and breads (scroll down to the bottom of this post for my Spice Tailor giveaway).

This green mango curd tart isn't one for my vegan readers (don't worry I have a vegan caramel and Oreo cheesecake coming up this week), but the cookbook is an excellent choice for all my readers. There are lots of delicious veggie and vegan recipes to choose from.


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7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 March 2017)



Happy Monday everyone!

How has your week been?



We had another busy week. The weekend was busy too. Cooper got his own Raspberry Pi (a credit card sized computer that was originally designed for educational purposes). The kids' pack we bought was fabulous. It came with a Lego style instruction booklet, which meant he could set it up himself.  It came with an SD card loaded with an operating system, Minecraft and the Scratch coding system on it which is used in schools, albeit usually for older children, so he's had great fun coding.



On Sunday I made a Vegan Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake for Graham (recipe coming soon, it was awesome) and we visited my mum for mother's day laden with cake and gifts.

Now it's Monday and time to plan for the week ahead, so it's time for Meat Free Mondays and another delicious selection of recipes to share.


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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (20 March 2017)


Happy Monday everyone. 

I was about to wish you happy birthday. I have no idea why. Maybe because my dad's birthday is coming up swiftly followed by my own. I did of course mean to wish you a happy Monday as it's the start of a new week with all it's possibilities and seven tasty new recipes to try for Meat Free Mondays.

Of course the concept of  Meat Free Mondays is to encourage you to eat meat-free once a week, but I hope to share so many amazing recipes with you each week that you'll eat meat-free at least a few times a week.


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Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe

Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe. Suitable for vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free diets. www.tinnedtomatoes.com

We eat rather a lot of pesto in this house. Well it's gorgeous stuff isn't it? 

I have to hold my hands up and admit that most of the pesto we eat is jarred. I do make my own pesto, but sods law means that when I want pesto to spread in a wrap or to stir through pasta, I don't have all the ingredients that I need to make it, so I end up using jarred pesto. 

Don't get me wrong jarred pesto can be very good and both Sacla and Mr Organic do really nice vegan pesto, which I always stock up on for emergencies.

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Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew (vegan crockpot recipe)


Yes, I've had my slow cooker bubbling away again.

This time I made a tomato based veggie sausage, mushrooms and chickpea stew. A wonderfully comforting dish that was easy to throw together.

I don't know what happened, it must have been the sunshine streaming in that made me feel full of energy and ready to think about making dinner first thing in the morning. I don't usually have a thought about it until much later in the day.

In fact Graham and I have a little dance each night. After work the first thing he asks me, either as he arrives home (on my day off) or on the way home in the car (if I've been at work) is "What's for dinner?". It drives me nuts. Often because I've already discussed it with him and he hasn't been paying attention or just because I haven't decided yet. Recently I've taken to saying "I'm not telling you!". I know it's childish, but I just can't resist and it's so funny as it makes him even more desperate to know.

Graham arrived home after lunch on Saturday and I probably still refused to tell him what dinner was, even though it was bubbling away in plain sight through the clear lid of the slow cooker. It's definitely a bit of a game now.

Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew

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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (13 March 2017)


Happy Monday!

It's time for Meat Free Monday.

It's all about trying to eat meat-free at least once a week, but I hope to share so many delicious veggie and vegan recipes with you each week that you will be inspired to eat veggie more than once a week.


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Turkish Carrot & Beetroot Side Salad

A simple Turkish salad of shredded white cabbage, carrots and beetroot sitting on a bed of salad leaves, dressed with a fruity pomegranate and lemon dressing. Utterly delicious! Don't be fooled by how simple this recipe is. It's a great one to have in your repertoire.

It's British Pie Week and I've been enjoying one of my favourite pies, a Spinach, Feta and Roast Pepper Quiche from Higgidy with a rather higgidy Turkish carrot and beetroot side salad.

This salad is one I have fond memories of from our many trips to North Cyprus where my husband's parents live. The north of Cyprus is Turkish and this salad is one we always enjoy in a little cafe called Ibrahims (Halil Ibrahim Sofrasi) in Girne.

The cafe is hidden down a side street and specialises in kebabs. They make the most amazing flatbreads in their on site bakery which is right beside the cafe (if you want to stop and watch or to have a chat. They are a friendly bunch).




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Slow Cooker Potato and Haricot Bean Casserole (vegan crockpot recipe)



Last weekend, Cooper made us a delicious casserole in our slow cooker. I gathered the ingredients and he prepared them and popped them into the slow cooker with spices and stock to cook all day while we cleaned the house and then played board games. The smell was wonderful.

I really think it's important to take children into the kitchen at an early age to teach them to cook and bake and to give them a love of it. Not only do they learn important life skills that will be useful for them as adults, but they learn about ingredients and healthy eating. And the fussy eaters,,,,,,,, well they are more likely to try something they've made themselves.


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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (6 March 2017)


Happy Monday!

And ....... welcome to another edition of Meat Free Mondays.

The week past has been a busy one as ever, with work, school and play. Cooper had great fun at school on World Book Day. He decided he would dress up as the superhero squirrel from one of his favourite books Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Needless to say I spent a fair few nights scratching my head as to how I could make a squirrel costume and then a few nights sewing (not my best skill). It worked out well and he had a really fun day.



Graham and I didn't have quite such a fun week, I had a family funeral, which was so sad and unexpected and poor Graham came down with gout (I know not what you'd expect from a vegan who doesn't drink, but there you go). We just have to carry on with a smile until we feel ourselves again.

I digress once more, so let's get back to the veggie recipes I'm delighted share with you this week. As usual it's a tasty selection and I hope the recipes inspire you as you plan your midweek meals.


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Fairtrade Fortnight - What to Buy


Fairtrade Fortnight started on Monday. This fortnight is all about highlighting the work farmers and workers do in developing countries and making sure they are paid a fair wage and that their products sell at a good price.
I have always been aware of Fairtrade and picked up products where I see them. In the past it was always in health food shops and specialist shops, but now supermarkets are realising how important Fairtrade is and they are selling more and more.

I've been trying some Fairtrade products and would like to share them with you. Try some of them yourself and have a look next time you are shopping to see if there is a Fairtrade brand you could buy instead of your regular brand


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11 Verily Veggie Soups and Salads for March


March has arrived and it's still freezing, but the days are brighter and longer so it all feels more hopeful and like we are moving further away from the winter.

While it's still cold, we are all still craving soup, but it's nice to include some salads and with that in mind I bring you No Croutons Required and the eleven delicious recipes bloggers have submitted for our eating pleasure during January and February.


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