Saturday, 25 January 2020

vegan Haggis Sausage Rolls and Welshcakes for 25th January

....which in Scotland is Burns Night and in Wales St Dwynwen's Day  likened to Valentines Day.
l actually made these last year and took them into work for colleagues last year and the Welsh cakes came from a local place, though in the past I have made my own Welsh cakes many times.
The recipe for the vegan haggis filling came come from my dear friend Johanna who blogs over at Green Gourmet Giraffe.  The vegan Haggis Sausage rolls were popular at work, so much so that I got asked if I could make them again this year, but unfortunately as some of you have noted, I am hardly blogging which means I am not cooking much creatively, partly because I am lacking energy, partly because I have things going on in the background, so I declined.

Tell you what I have been making a lot recently though, is lots of soup!  So expect soup to make an appearance on my blog some time soon. 

Sunday, 12 January 2020

10 Year Blog Anniversary of My Welsh Blog

I celebrate my Ten Year Blog Anniversary - Blogiversary this month with a new blog header.  

Here are blog headers from past years. 










I launched my blog Allotment2Kitchen in 2009 highlighting some of my most thumbed through Vegetarian and Vegan cookbooks.   This year I thought I would share 10  of my favourite Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks from the decade from vegan and vegetarian writers, not food writers who have jumped on the vegetarian and vegan bandwagon to appease their audience (thoughI will admit, I do have some of those books).  

My 10 Best Vegetarian - Vegan Cookbooks of the Decade

Afro-vegan by Bryant Terry
Cooking Up A Storm Laura Dakin from Sea Shepherd's 
Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey
The Gentle Chef
For The Love of Food Denis Cotter

Prashad At Home by Kaushy Patel
Meat Free Any Day by Sarah Beattie

Street Vegan Adam Sobel
The Super Fun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

V is for Vegan Kerstin Rodgers

So, what was your favourite vegetarian or vegan cookbook from the last decade?

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Start of January 2020 In My Kitchen

Happy New Year.

Here's the robin that hangs out in our garden all year round.  Its belly is not that red all the time but it makes its presence known with its chirping, this is simply to say that robins are not just for Christmas. 
Last month kept me busy, that I failed to write up and take many pictures over the festive holidays; and it shows as I do not that have much in my kitchen, just a handful of kitchen related gifts.
First one comes from my mother in law, a pestle and mortar. 
 Secondly some marble coasters with painted elephants, this came from one of D's aunties.  
Here is our 2019 Christmas tree with its eclectic ornaments. 
Every year we get the tree a new ornament, this year we have this quirky old fashion typewriter., not food related I know.

Under the Christmas tree, I was gifted with a bar of Hassalacher's  drinking chocolate.  I've had this before and its featured on IMK in the past.  These are actual chunky dark pieces from Colombia which you melt in dairy or non-dairy milk and enjoy with optional extra sweeteners such as agave syrup, honey or maple syrup.  Its utterly gorgeous.  My Secret Santa at work gave me a cookie mix. I had intended to bake them over the festive season to share, but never got round to it. i will bake them, but think I will end up using a different cookie cutter than the bear.  I was also given some savoury snacks in the shape of Christmas tree (not featured).  
D bought me loads of presents like music Cd's film DVDs, non fiction reading books and a very cool T-shirt, but the kitchen related ones are these three cookbooks, two of which are Vegan Christmas related: Happy Vegan Christmas; and Vegan Christmas Feasts.  So funny, decades ago you could hardly find a vegetarian or vegan Christmas book and in the last two years there has been an explosion.  My go to Christmas Vegetarian Cookbook has always been Vegetarian Christmas published in 1992 from the British Queen of Vegetarian Cuisine - Rose Elliot.  
I look forward to seeing what's in you kitchen if you join in with Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen series.