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Veggie Burger Atelier by Nina Olsson Review

 
Author: Nina Olsson
 
Genre: Cookbook, Vegetarian
 
Series: N/A
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.42/5
 
 
Synopsis: The veggie burger of the future is here! Using a vast arsenal of ingredients and techniques inspired by global flavors and traditions, Nourish Atelier’s Nina Olsson is here to disrupt your assumptions of what a burger can be. Veggie Burger Atelier is her one-stop guide to making the most flavorful, beautiful, and delicious meat-free burgers you’ve ever experienced.

Olsson shares her secret to the anatomy of the perfect veggie burger with considerations to texture, flavor, firmness, and juiciness. You will also learn substitutions that will let you veganize your burgers, or make them gluten-free. Veggie burgers have never been like this before! These veggie burgers are presented in incredible, full-color photography and with step-by-step instructions. Even if you don’t know your way around the kitchen, Veggie Burger Atelier will prove that you can make these veggie burgers like a pro.

 
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What I thought about the book:

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAbsolutely fantastic!!

So many helpful tips and essential skills for making delicious well-rounded burgers, condiments and bread buns.

I love how the book is divided into regional flavours such as Northern European, Indian, and Southern American. It gives a really diverse flavour choice to suit pretty much anyone. They are so much more than just burgers!

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I think this book is a must for any vegetarian or vegan. It’s so helpful and gives so much choice! I’m certainly delighted to have it on my shelves and I will definitely be getting more books by Nina Olsson.

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My Rating: 5 star review

The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness Taster Review

The Happy Pear: Recipes for HappinessTitle: The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness Taster
 
Author: David Flynn, Stephen Flynn
 
Genre: Cookbook
 
Series: N/A but it’s their 3rd cookbook
 
Goodreads Rating: n/a
 
 
Synopsis: Though they have written two Number One bestselling vegetarian cookbooks, David and Stephen Flynn, the twins behind the Happy Pear cafés and food business, know it can be challenging to juggle everything and still feel inspired! And being busy dads themselves, they also know the pressure of getting delicious healthy meals on the table every day.So Recipes for Happiness is very close to their hearts. And it does what it says on the cover: it is crammed with recipes to make you happier – including a huge section of economical easy dinners that can be rustled up in 15 minutes (chickpea tikka masala, Thai golden curry, one-pot creamy mushroom pasta); gorgeous hearty dishes (goulash, Greek summer stew, an ingenious one-pot lasagne that’s cooked on the hob); a selection of plant-based alternatives to family favourites (burgers, hotdogs, cheatin’ nuggets, kebabs), and irresistible treats (summer fruit Bakewell tart, double choc brownie cake).

For nearly 15 years David and Stephen’s mantra has been Eat More Veg!. They have seen fads come and go and they know that what works – for themselves, their families and the thousands of people who eat the Happy Pear way. Cook from Recipes for Happiness and you too will definitely be well on the way to making your life healthier and happier!

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What I thought about the book: I got a taster of the full cookbook from NetGalley containing 6 recipes. I already own and LOVE their first two cookbooks so I had a good idea I would like this one too. Going by the taster it looks like this book will have more variety than the first two which had a lot of curries in them. I love curry but like other stuff too 😉 This book has delicious recipes for vegan french toast and soda bread which I loved. Soda bread is very popular in Ireland so I loved finding a vegan take on it.
I think this book really shows their growth and confidence in making new delicious vegan recipes for everyone and, of course, promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle.
The Happy Pear has a wonderful YouTube channel with many recipe videos. The dishes they make are great and they are very entertaining. Check them out here.
 
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My Rating: 5 star review

The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness is due for release May 3rd, 2018. Preorder now from Book Depository.


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Coconut Milk Scones & Down Among the Sticks and Bones

A very quick and easy recipe for today’s recipe and another quick read. This is the second book in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series. You can read my recipe and review for the first book, Every Heart a Doorway, here.


31450908Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
 
Author: Seanan McGuire
 
Genre: Fantasy
 
Series: Wayward Children #2
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.24/5
 
 

Synopsis: Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretence of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

 
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What I thought about the book: Absolutely loved this one!! So refreshing to have creepy evil vampires in YA.
Can’t wait for the next book.
 
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My Rating: 
5 paws
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Coconut Milk Scones

Coconut Milk SconesCan’t beat an auld scone and cup of cha. I’ve made a few different dairy free scones but these ones are probably the nicest followed closely by coconut oil ones I made not so long ago. They’re really quick and easy to make as well.

Dairy free scones

What you need…..

  • 200g Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Power
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped Dates

Preheat your oven to 200c. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl. Add the chopped dates and mix. Stir in the coconut milk careful not to mix it up too much or you’ll toughen the dough. Roll it out on a floured surface to about an inch thick and cut into 8 scones using a cutter, mug or cut them into triangles with a knife. Bake in the oven for about 20mins.

coconut milk scone with datesEnjoy x

Recipe and Review

Hi everyone, welcome to the first post in my new series, Recipe and Review. The title is pretty self-explanatory, I’m going to be sharing a recipe and a book review in the same post. My goal is to have them relate to each other in some way. It might be something I cooked while I was reading the book, or a dish that the characters made or something that the book made me think of. For my first post, I’m doing hummus and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire because they’re both quick. Hummus is quick to make, Every Heart a Doorway is a quick read.

Recipe

Basic Hummus recipe

I love hummus. It is so delicious and can be used as a dip or as a spread on sandwiches. It’s especially good in a falafel wrap. It’s really easy to get but there’s a big difference in taste between homemade and shop-bought. Making your own hummus is kinder to your purse, you get more of it and it’s quick and easy to make. It’s also super tasty and easy to spice up with any flavour you want.

What you need…..

What You Need

  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • a blender (or you could try mashing it up with a potato masher)

Fling everything into the blender and blend the crap out of it. Add more liquid if you think it’s too thick. Transfer it all to a jar or container and pop it into the fridge until chilled. Spread it on crackers, wraps or bread or use as a dip for some veggie sticks.

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Review

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

25526296Title: Every Heart a Doorway
 
Author: Seanan McGuire
 
Genre: Fantasy Young Adult
 
Series: Wayward Children #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.87/5
 
 
Synopsis: Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No QuestsChildren have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

 
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What I thought about the book: I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. I’m not a really a YA fan so I love getting surprised like this.
First time I ever read a book with an asexual character as well which was interesting.
I was afraid it was going to be really similar to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but the only similarity is that there’s a home for unusual children run by a woman.
Each subsequent book seems to follow a different character that was introduced in this one (although I don’t know that for sure yet cause there are only 2 books out so far. Book 3 is out this month).
 
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My Rating: 4 paws

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