Cherry Strudel from Wrapped in Pastry by Leigh Drew - photo courtesy of Leigh DrewThis time around, Leigh is demonstrating her utterly scrumptious Cherry Strudel, from her latest cookbook Wrapped in Pastry (released in 2012). This one has a double-barrelled mouthful of a subtitle: “vegan pie, tart & roll recipes for a crowd, including soy free and gluten free dishes” – but hey, at least with that much info provided you know you can judge this book by its cover!
Watch the video for Leigh’s trademark entertaining style, and also to learn why you should make friends with a damp tea towel.
Once again, this video was produced & edited by Nicole Boyd, filmed by Ella Gibbins, and the sound was by Henri Navarro. Sincere thanks to this talented trio!
For convenience, here are the ingredients: 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for at least 6 hours, then drained) 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 tsp Vanilla extract/essence Juice of 1 lemon 2-3 Tbsp water Packet of filo pastry (you'll need a little less than half a normal packet) 1/2 cup melted Nuttelex for between the pastry layers (or applesauce as a low-fat, palm-oil-free alternative) 1-2 cups pitted cherries 1/3 cup slivered almonds (plus icing sugar for dusting!) Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for around 20-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden.
You’ll get an idea of how good this particular recipe is at the end of the video, when I’m supposed to be wrapping things up and instead I just keep on eating the strudel! I guess I’ve got a one-track mind when there’s delicious food in front of me…
Now, just to finish off with some gratuitous cuteness, I'm re-posting the pic of Leigh with Jackpot - but this time I'll also be including the 'aftermath' of a Jackpot cuddling session where black clothing is involved!
I can't possibly be the only one who's astounded that it's February already. Today's post really just explains the delay (yes, again!) in putting anything up on this site. You're actually better off checking out the post from World Vegan Day, last November, featuring Leigh Drew's Chocolate Melting Moments. But, if you truly want to find out what caused the hiatus, by all means click on "Read more". Just don't say I wasn't honest with you!
Happy World Vegan Day! Really, though, any day would be made happy with these delicious treats: Chocolate Melting Moments by Leigh Drew. And with an entertaining video showing how to make them, you're totally set for a vegan celebration – happy happy joy joy!
After a couple of months on a healthkick, my inherent sweet tooth was ready for some decadence, and my recent birthday seemed like a pretty good excuse to indulge it! On the day, my typical green smoothie breakfast was left aside in favour of chocolate cake batter. By midday, the cake & cupcakes were cooled down and ready for icing, so it didn’t take a great deal of imagination to decide to have chocolate icing for lunch. Needless to say, my sweet tooth was swooning. If only we were like dogs and could claim seven birthdays per year…
As probably all vegans downunder know, the Cruelty Free Shop has been a fabulous local resource for buying 100% vegan and cruelty-free items online for over a decade. It’s a successful, award-winning business, that this year finally took the major step of setting up a physical bricks-and-mortar shop-front in Sydney. And yours truly was lucky enough to go along to the grand opening night!
Last month, on 7th September, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of a new vegan cookbook – one that possibly sports the longest title in my collection: “Karo’s nutritious delicious and cruelty-free dishes: a vegan cookbook with recipes, meal plans, nutritional information + more!” They say not to judge a book by its cover, but I urge you to judge this one by its title – because it encapsulates what the book (and its author!) is about!