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The best darned frosting in the world!

The best darned frosting in the world!

I’m a bit funny about frosting, I find it can be a bit hit or miss. All too often it’s too sweet and sugary or it can be grainy rather than silky smooth, or worst of all it can become crusty with a hard sugar […]

Plum & cinnamon cobbler

Plum & cinnamon cobbler

Yeah! You did it! You made it through January. I don’t know about you but my January was 178 days long and I’m pretty sure that it rained every day. But it’s February now which means that it won’t be long before we can start […]

Vegan haggis

Vegan haggis

Every year Mr C convinces me to cook Burns Night supper for him, playing on his Scottish heritage. I’m always very happy to do so on the proviso that we have a veggie-friendly haggis. With only two of us, cooking a haggis each would seem pretty extravagant.
Whilst we were living in the states I came up with this recipe (or roughly this one anyway) for a vegetarian haggis so that we could carry on the tradition. It’s worth noting that I’ve never tried real haggis so I’ve based the flavours of this recipe on the veggie versions that I’ve eaten in the past. The vegemite and miso work wonders at adding some savoury, umami notes and using white pepper as well as black really helps with the seasoning.

Ingredients
serves 4
50g pearl barley
50g red lentils
50g oats
1 tbsp oil
1 medium onion
1 medium carrot
100g mushrooms
1 heaped tsp shiro miso
100g kidney beans (canned)
2 tsp vegemite
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tbsp dark brown sugar
pinch of seasalt and plenty of black and white pepper to season

Bring a pan of water to boil and add the barley, cook for 15 minutes. Add the lentils and cook for 10 minutes more, until the pulses feel tender. Turn off the heat, drain away any excess liquid, add the oats and leave them to absorb the last of the moisture.
Whilst you’re waiting for the pulses to cook finely chop the onion, carrot and mushrooms and fry them in the oil until the onion is golden and the vegetables are tender, add the miso and cook for a moment or too longer. Once they’re cooked pop the veggies into the bowl of a food processor and add the kidney beans, vegemite, sugar, thyme, nutmeg and seasoning. Whizz it up to combine everything but don’t make it too smooth. Add the pulses and briefly blitz it again.


Take a longish length of clingfilm and pile the mixture onto it. Wrap it up and roll it into a fat sausage shape, twisting the ends tightly. Wrap the haggis in foil and fold over the ends to seal it. Now you can either leave the haggis to chill until you’re ready to cook it or place it in a steamer over a pan of boiling water. Steam the haggis for 45 minutes, then unwrap and serve with neeps, tatties and whisky sauce.

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are such a classically British snack. I was always quite surprised that they weren’t more popular in the States given how much they love pork but I guess their sausages aren’t quite the same as a good old British banger. Back in the […]

Porcini, Chestnut & Mushroom Pate

Porcini, Chestnut & Mushroom Pate

My mum had a special birthday on New Years Eve. I’m not going to tell you how old she was but it was the kind of birthday that you make a fuss over. Having a a birthday on New Year’s Eve isn’t as great as […]

Chocolate and peanut butter banana bread (vegan)

Chocolate and peanut butter banana bread (vegan)

I’m totally converted to vegan banana bread, I always get better results from it than from my more traditional recipe and I’m really not sure that I can tell the difference as far as the flavour is concerned.

That’s especially true of this recipe, which really does have it all going on! Rich dark chocolate, sweet fruity bananas and creamy peanut butter – pure heaven in banana bread form!

Ingredients
3 medium, very ripe bananas
50g light soft brown sugar
65ml vegetable oil
50g peanut butter (smooth or crunchy is fine but try to use one that’s palm oil free)
135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of ground cinnamon
75g dairy-free dark chocolate chips (or just chop up some chocolate)

Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and grease and line a loaf tin.
Mash the bananas really well and beat them with the sugar and oil. Mix in the peanut butter. Sift together the flour, raising agents and cinnamon and then briefly fold them into the wet ingredients, so that they are just combined. Fold in the chocolate and then transfer the batter to the prepared tin. Level off the top and bake the banana bread for 35-40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean when you insert it into the loaf.

Turn the cake out onto a wire rack and leave it to cool. To enjoy the banana bread at its best, wrap it tightly in cling film and leave it until the next day. Banana bread is always better the next day!

Seasons Greetings (and eatings)!

Seasons Greetings (and eatings)!

Hello lovely readers! I hope you have all been enjoying the Christmas festivities and have indulging in all sorts of delicious treats with your friends and families. I’m sorry that I don’t have a new recipe for you today but Mr Colonial Cravings and myself […]

Cranberry clementine panna cotta

Cranberry clementine panna cotta

This is such a classic Christmas combination. Tart cranberries and sweet fragrant orange combined with all the luxury and indulgence we deserve at this time of year. Panna cotta is also a fantastic dessert for the festive season, when we’re all so busy and could […]

Gingerbread Honeycomb

Gingerbread Honeycomb

What do you call this? Honeycomb? Cinder toffee? Hokey pokey? Mr Colonial Cravings always laughs at me when I call it hokey pokey, but that’s what we call it in Cornwall and I think it’s pretty cute. Whatever name you have for it, this gingerbread flavoured version is just what your homemade gift repertoire has been waiting for!
It goes without saying that you have to be super-careful when you’re making this (it’s not one to do with kids) as the sugar will be crazy-hot and can give you a nasty burn if you splash yourself with it. It’s useful to have a jam thermometer but you can always test for ‘hard crack’ stage by dropping a tiny bit of the caramel into some ice-water.

Ingredients
makes loads
150g sugar
6 tbsp golden syrup
2 1/4 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
about 150g dark chocolate for coating

Mix together the spices and bicarbonate of soda and set aside until later. Line a deep sided baking tin or dish with foil and lightly oil.
Combine the sugar and syrup in a large heavy based saucepan and bring to boiling point. Heat until it reaches 140°c or ‘hard crack’ stage. Remove from the heat and quickly and carefully whisk in the spices and bicarbonate of soda so that the toffee foams up excitedly. Be very careful!
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and let it set and harden – don’t be temped to touch it and don’t try to spread it out, it’s just going to do what it wants to do!
Once it has hardened, cooled and set, cut or break it into bite sized pieces. Melt the chocolate and dip the honeycomb into it to half coat them and then leave them on a wire rack to set.
The tiny bits and dust from breaking up the honeycomb is really delicious sprinkled onto whipped cream on top of hot chocolate by the way!

Crochet mug cosy

Crochet mug cosy

A homemade gift is always extra special. It’s the fact that you’ve gone to the trouble to make something for someone rather than just buying them something. This makes a really nice little stocking filler. It doesn’t use very much wool and works up very […]