XMAS 2016

All of these things are lovely. Simple. 

All of these things could happily tumble out of my stocking on Dec 25th and I would be beaming from ear to ear.... Not that this is an outrageously ridiculous hint or anything. Ahem.

  1. Seletti Neon Font Wall Light. Heals £32.00
  2. Herradura Plata Tequila. Waitrose £35.99
  3. Salcome Brushed Rose Watch. Shore Projects £120.00
  4. Circle Glitter Disc Earrings. Topshop £9.00
  5. Pewter Metallic Shopper. Primark £9.00
  6. Estee Lauder Daywear moisturiser. John Lewis £42.00

COCONUT BACON // VEGAN B.L.T

A couple of weeks ago I went up to London to hang out with the lovely Lucy from London Loafing and whilst we were there, in between sips of our Rose Lattes, we shared an amazing vegan BLT at Farm Girl. Neither of us had tried coconut bacon before and were intrigued by this Vegan BLT idea, so we thought we'd give it a go and wow, what a revelation!

A couple of days later, I was back at home and craving it like mad, so I dug out the liquid smoke* from the back of the cupboard & set to work. Whilst my first attempt was good (i pan-fried the coconut on the hob with only liquid smoke) I've since been baking batches, with a few more ingredients in the oven and decided that it's definitely the way to go.

*You can get liquid smoke pretty much anywhere now, even my local Co-op sells it, just look in the American section.

 

COCONUT BACON

Ingredients:

  • 1  1/2 cups of unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce / tamari
  • 1 /2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160c / 325f and line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the liquid smoke, maple syrup, soy sauce and a little dash of water.
  3. Add the dried coconut to the bowl, and stir to fully combine.
  4. Lay out the coconut onto your baking sheet and sprinkle over the smoked paprika and black pepper.
  5. Place on the middle shelf of your oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 until golden brown.

 

VEGAN B.L.T

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of sourdough
  • guacamole
  • lettuce leaves
  • 1 beef tomato, sliced
  • coconut bacon

Method:

  1. Spread your guacamole over the toasted sourdough slices. 
  2. Top one slice with the lettuce leaves, then the tomato slices, followed by the coconut bacon.
  3. Top with the remaining sourdough slice & EAT! 

BREAKFAST // HUMMUS, AVO, POACHED EGGS ON RYE

What I ate yesterday, was that, up there! Look at it ^^ It's a delicious combination of hummus, avo and poached eggs on toasted rye, topped off with fresh and dried chilli. Absolutely what the Dr ordered for my hungry morning tummy and 100% inspired by the exact same brekkie I enjoy on a weekly basis with one of my besties at The Boston Tea Party. 

It's easy to recreate - it's just layering, but for good poached eggs, then look no further than here.


Psssst - I am totally over yesterday. I've found some of my old posts online (thanks Bryony!) so it seems all is not lost and I can maybe sort something out, so hurrah for that! Onwards and upwards, eh?

I LOST MY SHIT

Literally. Well, literally if you think everything i've ever written since 2014 is shit and even if you don't, thanks, but I've lost EVERY SINGLE RECIPE SINCE 2014 because apparently the words "This cannot be undone"  mean what they say.  I realised a nano-second later that I wasn't moving something, but indeed deleting it and now it's gone. Flushed down the big Squarespace toilet and now, I feel sick.

Oh man, think of all the tacos I've lost....sob

So, what's the problem you may ask? "You're the one who got bored with blogging" you may say and, you'd be right. Kind of. You see, I kind of got un-bored with it and wanted to resume as a the 'on-off vegan food blogger' that I'd become over the past 3 years. So, I brought yet another domain (it's really weird being a collector of domains) and thought i'd pick it up again as What Lia Eats.

AND THEN I DELETED EVERY GODDAM RECIPE SINCE 2014.

And NO, I didn't make a back up of every post, because, well WHO KNOWS, maybe i'm a rebel like that, or maybe i'm just a idiot.

So hi, and welcome to What Lia Eats, I currently have very little to offer, but fingers crossed, it'll get better. Here's a picture of a Turmeric Latte I made, because it's too f**king early for gin.

BASIL & STRAWBERRY PROSECCO COCKTAILS

Tangerine Canteen Basil & Strawberry Cocktails

This is a really simple summer cocktail. Prosecco is my favourite sparkling wine out there when served up with some basil & strawberry, the combination of flavours are delicious. If you like sparkling or subtle flowery cocktails, then this is one for you.

It's pretty easy to make, so there is no real recipe here because we're not measuring out different liquors, we are just adding subtle flavours;

In a glass, muddle together a couple of basil leaves with a couple of strawberries slices & a drizzle of agave (or pinch of sugar). Top with cold Prosecco and serve. Enjoy!