Carrot, Millet and Almond Sandwich Spread

19/7 Recipe transferred to new blog site.

It's Sandwich Monday!

I like to make a sandwich pate/spread on a Monday for the sandwiches Mon-Thursday. I usually make it first thing on a Monday so that it can make do for 4 days worth of sandwiches as you need to use it within three days (being on the safe side). If I make it ahead of time on a Sunday I would only get three days worth of sandwiches, but this is what I do if I have a early Monday start.

Today I chose a recipe from this book which I just love. I did a buffet on boxing day and this helped give me ideas and inspiration.

As I slightly amended the recipe, I can safely share it with you. I would definitely recommend the book if you like entertaining.

Approx 220g- 250g carrots, washed and grated
1 yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
100g millet
50g ground almonds
25g dried dates, finely chopped
300ml water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp paprika powder
sprinkle of black pepper to taste

Fry the onion and grated carrot for 3 minutes. Add in the spices and stir round. Add the millet, dates and water and stir well. Bring to boil, cover and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed. Check often to make sure it doesn't boil dry. Take off the heat and stir in the ground almonds and black pepper. Transfer the mixture into a ovenproof dish and evenly press down. Bake for approx 30 mins at 180/350/Gas 4

Serve in sandwiches with salad or on crackers or similar.

This was our boxing day buffet, featuring this spread on bruschetta, chestnut cashew and apple pate stuffed in tomatoes, chickpea and cashew pate on crackers, leftover turkey roast, cranberry sauce and sage and onion stuffing balls on cocktail sticks and savoury bites. More of these recipes to follow over the next couple of weeks.

Leftover mincemeat? Why not make a cake or popcorn!

I am planning on doing a leftover series. This is the first one on how to use up mincemeat.

Leftover mincemeat? Why not make a cake!

225g self raising wholemeal flour ( or add 2 tsp baking powder to plain wholemeal flour)
75g margarine (I used vitalite)
75g fruit sugar
1 tbsp arrowroot mixed with 1 tbsp water (this makes the cake rise, I also make it without when I am trying to make a flatter cake)
125g mincemeat
4 tbsp soya milk or water
crushed sugar cubes or sugar snowflakes to decorate

Switch oven on to 200C/400F/Gas 6
Get a round sandwich tin ready and grease if its not a silicon one. (The larger you use the thinner it will be. I like to use a thin one without arrowroot and make mincemeat wedges.)
Put the margarine and flour in a bowl and rub in with your fingertips/back of a spoon until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar, arrowroot mixture and mincemeat. Add enough soya milk to mix to a soft dough. Spread evenly in a prepared tin and sprinkle with crushed sugar or sugar snowflakes.
Bake for about 20 minces until firm and golden. Cool in the tin and then cut into 12 wedges to serve.

Mincemeat popcorn.

If you are buying mincemeat to make this cake why not use the leftovers to make mincemeat popcorn as featured on Kirsty's Christmas Crafts December 2013 and available on 4OD

She took about 1/3 cup popcorn kernels and popped them in a pan with a little oil, this make a large bowlful. You could also use microwave popcorn. She then added a couple of large dollops of mincemeat. I used more, just wanted to use the jar up. Add in a handful of flaked almonds, mix and then bake at 190 degrees for about 10 mins. I also plan to use this method to make fruit spread and almond flavoured popcorn.

Forgot to take a picture of the completed popcorn!!

Christmas or New Years table centre piece

Want to make a great centre piece for a Christmas/Winter/New Year Themed party? Stack up some goodies and decorate with deer and trees! In the picture I stacked up black forest stollen that I had bought from Aldi. In the past I have stacked up homemade cake, chocolates, fudge etc. Anything that can be cut into squares and stacked. Can even be savoury such as this one or a oreo cookie tower like the one I pinned on pinterest.

Happy New Year

Great book!

This is what Santa bought me. Love it, have already done three recipes. More on this and the recipes in the New Year!

UK Treats - Guide Six Marks and Spencers

Is there more than fruit salad for vegans in supermarkets - well yes - here is a guide on how to feed your sweet tooth in the UK from the main supermarkets and more!


GUIDE SIX- Marks and Spencer Food Halls

Marks and Spencers Desserts
2 Summerfruit Puddings With Prosecco Rose
3 Mini Retro Jellies (multipack)
3 Raspberry Jellies
Eat Well Berry and Cherry Jelly Terrine
Mojito Jelly
Peach Melba Jelly
Pina Colada Jelly
Pomegranate and Elderflower Jelly
See Marks and Spencers vegan list for further info.

iced and spiced soft buns (fruit tea cake with icing on top! - not listed in the vegan list, but confirmed as vegan, but made on a line that handles dairy products). Also available in single packs in the take out section.

in the bakery the pretzel and the bagel are vegan.  There cranberry and pecan bread, walnut bread and fig and ? bread is very tasty. I know not all vegan eat figs, but if you do, these are all available from the bakery and are often reduced at the end of the day!

the sorbet mango madness is also vegan and the lemon sorbet also looks vegan.

They now do baby food and this mango dessert looks to be vegan.

I've not wrote to check if the orange one is suitable, but i understand that shellac coated oranges is unlikely to be used in chocolate.

Not an M and S brands, but sold in there posh deli section.


 There is lots more sweets, see sweetie article for more info

Old seasonal items from earlier in the year!
They also have gelatine free Easter bunnie jelly sweets as well.

They also have a dairy free range of milks, margarine etc
Coconut Milk
Oat Milk
Rice Milk
Soya Milk
Sunflower Spread - 500g
Dairy Free Low Fat Sunflower Spread

They also have lots of smoothie type drinks, both small and large bottles

These fruits look vegan, but I haven't checked with them.

 One of the jellies they sell

More jelly pictures in our jelly article.

 Marks and Spencer's also label there booze if its vegan. Here is one example, chocolate red wine!

These Spanish biscuits are not an M and S brand, just sold in there. 

This is one of many supermarket guides. Click on supermarkets to view other guides.
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