Stove Top Vegetarian Lasagna

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I'm always on the search for a good, simple weeknight meal that can be knocked up in less than no time. This Stove Top Vegetarian Lasagna certainly falls into that category, you'll never believe how easy it is to make.  You'll have this piping hot dish on the table in less than 40 minutes and feel super smug at the mountains of veg hidden within the folds of pasta.  The best thing about this dish, is it's cooked entirely on the hob.  No baking for hours on end, just 30 minutes on the gas burner and you're good to go. What a treat!

A fantastic, quick midweek meal made without even switching on an oven.

I absolutely love making this lasagna, it's such an undemanding dish and can be customised with whatever veg you have lying around.  My favourites are mushroom, peppers, courgettes and aubegine. 

A fantastic, quick midweek meal made without even switching on an oven.

If, like me, you have a bit of a weakness for crispy cheese, you can pop the lasagna under the grill for a few minutes before serving but it's completely up to yourself. There's no need to turn the oven on at all. Perfect for when the nights get warmer and the thought of switching on the oven fills you with dread.

A fantastic, quick midweek meal made without even switching on an oven.


Stove Top Vegetarian Lasagna
(Recipe addapted from Two Peas and their Pod)


Ingredients
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 aubergine, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2tsp dried basil
  • 1/2tsp oregano
  • 5 lasagna sheets
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes with herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 125g ricotta cheese
  • 150g mozzarella
  • 25g Parmesan, grated
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large casserole dish with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper, courgette, mushrooms and aubergine, and cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Snap the lasagna sheets into large pieces and fit them into the casserole dish, overlapping and piling them up a bit. Pour tomatoes over the pasta sheets making sure all the pasta is covered with the sauce. Reduce the heat to medium and cover the dish with a lid. Cook for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and dot ricotta cheese around the dish, cover with torn chunks of mozzarella and replace the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes until the cheese has melted. If you like a crispy top pop the dish under a preheated grill for 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and delicious. Serve piping hot with grated Parmesan cheese.
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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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Banana bread is one of life's great pleasures. I love everything about this simple little loaf cake, the intoxicating fug it creates while baking is enough to make me weak at the knees.  I'm guilty of buying bananas with the sole purpose of allowing them to go black and gooey, just so I can mash em up and bake them into my absolute favorite cake. There's a reason we rarely serve up a banana bread in Pet Lamb, it's because I'll eat it all. No lie!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread, the best way to use up over ripe bananas.

There are so many versions of this cake all over the internet, it's amazing how versatile banana bread can be. This double chocolate version is so totally indulgent and rich that I only try to bake it on special occasions, I seriously have no control when it comes to this baby. 

Double Chocolate Banana Bread, the best way to use up over ripe bananas.

This particular loaf was whipped up so I could have an extra naughty birthday breakfast of dippy eggs followed by a slab of double chocolate banana bread, heated up in the oven of course.  Get that chocolate all nice and melty, it's no fun unless you get it all over your chops.  The perfect fuel for a busy day.

If you're a banana bread addict like me, check out my other favorite incarnation Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. It's a more sophisticated take on this loaf but equally as delicious!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread, the best way to use up over ripe bananas.



Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients
  • 50g (1/4cup) Butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 60ml (1/4cup) Sunflower oil
  • 3 Over ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 150g (3/4cup) Light brown sugar
  • 1 Large, free range egg
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 125g (1cup) Self raising flour
  • 60g (1/2cup) Cocoa powder
  • 1tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 150g (1cup) Chocolate Chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C and grease a loaf tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. In a large bowl mix together your mashed bananas, melted butter, oil, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until combined. Sift your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt over the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir through 3/4 of the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the prepared tin. Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate chips and bake for 60 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out mostly clean. Remember there are chocolate chips in there so you may have to test the cake in a few places to ensure you're not just hitting melted chocolate.
  3. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing from the tin and placing on a wire rack to finish cooling. Slice while still warm and sticky, enjoy and try not to eat the whole thing.
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Nutella Swirl Cookies

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A few weeks ago I was browsing the cookbook section of my local bookstore, something I do pretty damn often if I'm honest.  Normally I'll browse, fall in love with a book before dragging myself away, remembering I have a library of cookbooks at home sat begging to be used.  This time I caved, I'm a little embarrased to admit that the book that broke me was the baking book of world famous vlogger Tanya Burr, Tanya Bakes.  I felt like a thirteen year old girl handing it over to the casheer but I have to admit, some of those recipes are pretty amazing, and the one that really got my heart rate going was for these Salted Nutella Cookies. 

These giant salted nutella cookies from Tanya Bakes are the king of cookies.  Give them a try and see for yourself.

Let me start off by saying that these cookies are insane! Not only are they swirled with the godly nectar that is Nutella, but they're bloody giant.  I'm not kidding, these bad boys are two handers. In my eyes, that is never a bad thing.

The thing I love most about these cookies, more than the lashings of Nutella, is the fact the dough doesn't need to be chilled before baking.  That means you can have freshly baked cookies in he timne it takes to boil your kettle.  OK, I may be over exagerating there but you get the jyst, they're fast!

These giant salted nutella cookies from Tanya Bakes are the king of cookies.  Give them a try and see for yourself.



Salted Nutella Cookies


Ingredients
  • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 300g soft brown sugar
  • 1 large, free range egg
  • 325g self raising flour
  • 200g Nutella
  • 1tbsp flaked sea salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°c and line 3 baking trays with baking parchment.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg, mixing till combined. Add the flour and salt and mix into a crumbly dough.
  4. Marble the Nutella through the dough using a metal spoon and roll the mixture into 10 large balls and flatten slightly with your hands. Place the balls of dough on the baking trays leaving space for the cookies to spread. Sprinkle each cookeswith a little extra sea salt and bake for 13 minutes until set around the edges.
  5. Allow to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transfering to a wire rack to finish cooling. Or eat them warm with icecream if you know what's good for you.
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Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cake

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Vegan baking used to have such a stigma surrounding it.  People automatically assumed because a cake is vegan it wouldn't be good, they were constantly passed over in the bakery and always ended up in the bin. That was until I discovered this recipe, and oh my god is it good! You seriously need to try this vegan chocolate raspberry cake to believe it, so moist and gooey. It really is something else.

The best vegan chocolate cake recipe ever, give it a try and see for yourself.

I whipped up this cake and tested it out on the Pet Lamb counter and couldn't believe the response. Never has a cake sold as fast as this one. Everyone was obsessing over it regardless of their diet, in fact I think the majority of people buying slices were non-vegan.

The best vegan chocolate cake recipe ever, give it a try and see for yourself.

The best thing about this cake is there's no weird and wonderful ingredients that call for a trip to the local health food store, everything can be bought at any supermarket and if you enjoy baking you'll probably have most of the ingredients to hand anyway.  Make sure your spread is certified vegan, I used Pure but any brand will work perfectly, and you're ready to roll.

Let me know if you'd like to see more dairy free, vegan baking on here. I loved whipping this baby up!

The best vegan chocolate cake recipe ever, give it a try and see for yourself.


Vegan Chocolate and Raspberry Cake
Recipe adapted from Veggie Desserts

Ingredients
  • For the cake :
  • 600ml unsweetened soy milk
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 300g vegan spread
  • 125g golden syrup
  • 350g golden caster sugar
  • 550g self raising flour
  • 1tsp espresso powder
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 100g raspberries

  • For the frosting :
  • 200g vegan spread
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • splash unsweetened soy milk
  • raspberry jam
  • raspberries to decorate
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C and line two 9" springform cake tins with baking parchment.
  2. In a large jug combine the soy milk and the lemon juice, stir and set aside to curdle.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer whip the vegan spread, golden syrup and caster sugar together till nice and creamy. Turn the mixer down to the lowest setting and add in the milk, flour, cocoa, coffee and baking powder. Mix until fully combined, stir through the raspberries until evenly distributed.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared tins and bake for 30-35 minutes and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out cleanly. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before releasing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting whip the vegan spread, icing sugar and cocoa powder in the bowl of an electric mixer. Wrap a tea towel around the top of your mixer to stop the mess. If your frosting is too stiff add a tiny splash of soy milk to loosen.
  6. Spread a generous layer of frosting over one half of the cake followed by a good splodge of good quality raspberry jam. Top with the other cake, frost the top and decorate with fresh raspberries. 

I’m sharing this recipe with the blog challenge  #WeShouldCocoa with Tin & Thyme.
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Creme Egg Milkshakes

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Easter is right around the corner, and the iconic Cadburys Creme Egg is popping up in recipes all over the place and this blog is not one to buck the trend.  There's nothing I won't do for a creme egg, they're my absolute favorite Easter treat.  In fact, instead of an Easter egg I usually recieve a Costco-sized box of creme eggs to munch my way through.  I'd love to tell you they last longer than a week, but they rarely do.

This Creme Egg Freakshake is the perfect Easter treat.

These Creme Egg milkshakes are a super fun way to serve up my favorite Easter treat, and boy are they a piece of cake to make. Just throw everything in a blender, whiz it up and prepare to get messy.

This Creme Egg Freakshake is the perfect Easter treat.

I used Nutella to glue the mini eggs to the rim of my glass, but I'm sure melted chocolate will work just as well.  You don't have to go all out on the presentation, but look how fun they look!  When you're making milkshakes from Creme Eggs you may aswell go all the way.  Chocolate overload!

Still needing more Creme Egg action? Why not check out my recipe for Creme Egg Slutty Brownies. Man alive are they awesome!

This Creme Egg Freakshake is the perfect Easter treat.


Creme Egg Milkshake


Ingredients:
  • Jar of Nutella
  • Bag of Mini Eggs, chopped
  • 3 Creme Eggs
  • 450ml whole milk
  • 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • Whipped cream
Directions:
  1. First of all prepare your glasses. Scoop out two table spoons of nutella into a heatproof bowl and microwave for 10 second bursts until it's melted and runny. Pour into a piping bag and pipe swirls of Nutella on the inside of your milkshake glass. Using a teaspoon paint a layer of Nutella around the rim of your glass and roll in the chopped Mini Eggs.
  2. To make the milkshake place the milk, ice cream and two of the Creme Eggs in a blender and whizz up until fully liquidised. Pour into your glasses and top with a big swirl of whipped cream and drizzle with the remaining Nutella. Cut the remaining Creme Egg in half and pop it on top of your masterpiece. 

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