Supreme vegan roast vegetable pasta bake

A cheezy sauce topping gives the finished bake a wonderful contrast between crispy and creamy.

Tonight we wanted to make something lazy, but fancied something more than just a good tomato sauce on our pasta, so we added loads of roast vegetables, topped with a cheezy sauce, and baked in the oven.

I loved this recipe, it was so yummy! The cheezy sauce gave both brown crispiness and a moist creaminess. I would therefore recommend the sauce topping method (instead of grated cheese) to any non-vegan readers too!

This recipe has a lot in common with our ultimate vegan lasagne, but is quite a lot less effort as you just stir everything together then top with cheezy sauce.

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Soft vegan almond cookies

Tonight I set out to make a cookie that resembled marzipan, using only what I had in the cupboards (i.e. not marzipan)!

The result is light, fluffy, soft and squishy, deliciously almondy and sweet.

Makes 6-8 cookies.

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Vegan coffee cream cake

Layered and dusted liberally with cocoa powder

I made up this recipe last night, as I was in the mood for tiramisu but I didn’t have ladyfingers. Instead, this recipe is a sticky coffee and syrup sponge cake layer topped with lush coffee and amaretto flavoured cream and dusted with cocoa powder.

The most interesting element for me in making this recipe was my first experience of making coffee-flavoured tofu, an experiment which worked brilliantly!

Despite being one layer, the cake looked fairly big, however we are about to polish it off just 24 hours after making it. You can get 8 reasonable slices or 6 generous ones out of it. For an even more impressive cake you could add additional layers of cake and cream filling.

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Tasty quick raw tomato sauce

We used a jug blender, but you could use a hand blender or food processor.

This sauce is quick, seriously yummy and because it’s not reduced you get loads of it – it’s great!

However, I have with a confession: the way that this sauce is normally made by me probably wouldn’t satisfy the standards of someone who is a “raw foodist”. However, it can be easily modified to meet the most stringent of raw standards and I’ll talk you through it. I don’t make it raw because, well, it’s quicker and easier not to and I’m fond of the taste of shop-bought chopped tomatoes!

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Delicious flavoured oil

We like to treat ourselves to good quality olive oil like this one. The second bottle ows an infusion of chilli, garlic and mustard seeds.

Mmm, tasty oil! There are two ways to add delicious flavours to your oil; flavouring by infusion and flavouring by cooking. Infusion can take quite a while but, for delicately flavoured oil such as basil, it’s the only way. It’s also much better suited to drizzling as it has fresher flavours. Creating flavoured oil by cooking, on the other hand, can be done as an adjunct to normal cooking to provide a steady supply and allows a rich palette of vegetable flavours such as roasted onion oil or roasted aubergine oil.

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Ultimate Vegan Lasagne

Excellent tomato and cheese sauces layered with fresh pasta are the key to perfect lasagne.

This is our favourite indulgance meal! John tells me that before we met he would take a whole day to make one and then a whole evening to eat it!

It’s much quicker now with two of us. I do the pasta and the cheezy sauce, while John does the roast veg and the tomato sauce, then we put it all together! For a slightly quicker version use dried lasagne sheets, but it’s going to take a long time to make either way and once we tried it with fresh pasta we never went back to dried!

We have tried various combinations of vegetables and lentils, but recently made our favourite one ever so I think it’s time to share the recipe! I can’t get enough of the creamy cheezy sauce, so we put loads in, but you could adjust to suit your preference.

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Sourdough Spicy Garlic Bread

We often have a bit of sourdough pizza base left over when making vegan pizza, when I trim around the edge to get the right size of base, and as we’re usually desperate to start eating the yummy food by then I tend to make it into a garlic bread that we can nom down while our pizza is in the oven!

This recipe includes spices, inspired by one of John’s Native American bread recipes, but you can use just the garlic powder, salt and olive oil if you prefer a more simple flavour.

Best eaten fresh out of the oven.

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