Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

vegan chocolate peanut butter cookies

You might remember a recipe on the blog for easy cookies a couple of months back. I've been making these cookies since, they take about 15 minutes from start to finish and are just really delicious.

I made a chocolate version of this recipe a little while ago, and due to the fact that I didn't realise that I didn't have any eggs on hand until after I'd started, and I'd already used a sunflower spread in the cookies, these ended up being a vegan recipe and to be honest, they're even better than the original!

Ingredients:
2 tbsp vegan spread/butter
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp self raising flour
3 tbsp medium oatmeal
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease or line a cookie baking tray.
  • Melt vegan spread or butter.
  • Combine all dry ingredients. Note: If you don't have medium oatmeal, you can either pulse some regular oats in a blender, or just use them as is.
  • Shape the cookies into balls (I got three out of mine) and then press down with a fork.
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes, keep an eye on them as they tend to turn quite quickly

    vegan chocolate peanut butter cookies
  • Thursday, 24 May 2012

    Nettle Tea


    organic plant food


    Today I've got a recipe for you - but unfortunately not for something edible!

    I make this nettle tea all the time to feed to my plants, it's a great, free, organic alternative to plant foods, and really easy to make!

    You will need:

    Large container
    Nettles
    Water

    Method:
    Find an old container - it needs to have a lid - I used a glass jar this time, but I often use big old plastic tubs of screws which I get from my electrician husband.
    Pick some nettles (and be careful - they sting!) to loosely fill the container.
    Pour water in to fill the container.
    Put the lid on, and leave out of the way to rot down for a couple of weeks.
    After a couple of weeks, dilute the liquid to about 1 part nettle tea 8 parts water, and water over your plants.
    Warning: It will smell vile, but it's worth it as it's so good for the plants! You can use it over pretty much any plant, but tomatoes in particular love it. Scoop out the nettles and plant directly with the tomato plants, or you can put the nettles on your compost heap.

    Monday, 21 May 2012

    Pictures from my weekend

    decorating

    decorating

    nettle tea

    radishes

    Decorating biscuits with chocolate, icing and other sweets at work // Close up // Nettle tea jarred and waiting // Freshly picked radishes from the kids' plots

    Monday, 14 May 2012

    Monday, 7 May 2012

    Pictures from my weekend



    garden centre

    tomato plants

    seed packets

    Seed potatoes

    newt

    A trip to my favourite garden centre // Tomato plants // So many seeds! // Seed potatoes // We found a newt at work! (Which we promptly released, back into the pond it came from.)

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