Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Vegan Pumpkin Mac 'n' Cheese // Recipe


Hey lovelies! When most people think 'VEGAN' they don't exactly think comfort food. More like green smoothies and tofu really, but in this post I thought I'd show you an easy Vegan meal for the autumn: Mac 'n' Cheese! 

Now when I first tried Vegan Cheese it was in a snack subscription box I was trying out on my blog, let's just say I'm was NOT the biggest fan at all. But after a bit of research I found that most vegan recipes don't include any pre-packaged cheese substitutes, they actually use one secret ingredient of 'nutritional yeast.' These yeast flakes taste like Parmesan when cooked and are what gives the Mac 'n' Cheese it's super cheesy taste, paired with creamy blended cashews for a thick sauce that tastes just like your classic 'Mac 'n' Cheese.' I tried this recipe as a bit of an experiment a few weeks ago (doubting whether it would actually go to plan at all and taste any good) but I was so pleasantly surprised. The perfect autumnal dish for sharing, cosying up on a night in, or if you're in need of some warm comfort-food!


YOU WILL NEED: (Serves 4-5)


  • 1 Cup of Raw Cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 250g of Pasta
  • 1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3 Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp of Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp of Black Pepper 
  • 1/4 Tsp of Cumin and Paprika 
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped

METHOD:


1. Cook pasta according to the packet instructions, "al dente" (this should only take 8-10mins.)
2. Meanwhile In a food processor or blender, blend together the pumpkin puree and cashews until it forms a creamy orange sauce. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients, including the yeast to give it that super cheesy taste, and blend again.
3. Preheat the oven to 180°c. Empty the cooked pasta into a medium-sized dish and pour over your pumpkin-cheese sauce, stirring to combine. Sprinkle on some extra yeast flakes and seasoning before popping in the oven for 15-20mins until golden brown on top.
4. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot, served with a sprinkle of Vegan Cheese on top!


To read my other VEGAN RECIPES just click the link and let me know in the comments what vegan "re-makes" of your favourite foods you'd like me to make next?

QOTD: WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR HALLOWEEN NIGHT?


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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Pumpkin-Spice and Pecan Cupcakes // Recipe


Hey lovelies! Welcome back to another autumn post and this week I'm featuing one of my favourite recipes lately: my "Pumpkin-Spice and Pecan Cupcakes." This time of year is my absolute favourite for baking, there are pumpkins all over the supermarkets for crazy-cheap and I love taking advantage of this in all things baking. Pumpkin-Spice seems to be everyone's favourite drink of choice at Starbucks in the autumn, but for me my favourite way to include it will always be in some sweet baking. 

These cupcakes are moist, loaded with spices and topped with a cinnamon buttercream for the perfect cupcake. And unlike most of my other Vegan or Gluten-Free recipes you can read here this one is just a classic cupcake - no healthy substitutes or frills! Because we all need that once in a while right? Hope you enjoy this week's recipe and let me know what else you'd like me to try out this Fall. 



YOU WILL NEED:



FOR THE CUPCAKES

  • 1 Cup of Pumpkin Puree (can always use butternut squash if you can't find it!)
  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 200g Brown Sugar
  • 1Tsp Baking Powder
  • 50g Butter
  • 1Tsp each of Cinnamon and Nutmeg
  • 1Tsp Vanilla Extract 
  • Handful of Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
FOR THE ICING 

  • 150g Unsalted Butter
  • 300g Icing Sugar
  • 1Tsp Cinnamon
  • Chopped Pecans to decorate
METHOD:


1. Preheat the oven to 180°c and line a cupcake tray with 12 cases (I went with orange for an extra autumn-feel!)
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and whisk until combined. 
3. Sift into the mixture the flour and baking powder, then add all the remaining ingredients and gently fold into the mixture. Feel free to add more cinnamon and spices to suit your taste. 
4. Divide evenly into the 12 cupcake cases and then bake for 15-20mins  in the oven or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of one of the cupcakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
5. While the cupcakes are cooling, beat together the butter and icing sugar to make your icing (this is the bit that often gets messy oops) Add cinnamon to taste, and then pop into a piping bag and pipe that classic cupcake 'swirl' on top of each cake. 
6. Sprinkle with Pecans and a final dust of cinnamon and enjoy!


QOTD: FAN OF STARBUCKS PUMPKIN-SPICE LATTES OR NAH?
Don't really get the hype with them myself!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

An Autumn To-Do List!


You all know I'm a huge lover of 'To-Do' lists. I write everything down, whether it's to get me excited about something like a Bucket List or plainly to GET STUFF DONE... you can never go wrong with them. As Autumn is my favourite season of the year, I thought I would kickstart October with an Autumn To-Do list, filled with all the things I want to do to prepare for the Autumn months and goals and things I'd like to achieve this season. To read more Autumn-themed posts I've put up on Just Morgs just click here, and let me know in the comments what you're most excited for this season. 



1. MAKE AS MANY PUMPKIN-SPICE RECIPES AS POSSIBLE

You'll be seeing these go up a lot on my blog in the next few weeks and I could not be more excited! Autumn baking makes me think of all things cinnamon, pumpkin-spice, apple and toffee and aside from Christmas it's my favourite season for baking. Let me know if there are any special requests you have for recipes coming up in the next few weeks - I'd love to know. *And the picture above is a sneak peek at a recipe coming up next week.


2. CONTINUE WAKING UP AT 5:30AM EACH MORNING

Yep you read that right - but hear me out before you all think I'm crazy! This September (after binge watching UnJaded Jade revision videos) I decided to try something new that she does and try getting up at 5:30am each day. Normally I'm still dragging myself out of bed at 7:30 on a school morning so I doubted how long this would last, but after a month of it I actually love it! Waking up this early each day is not only eerily peaceful but gives me time to do exercise // yoga in the morning, actually enjoy my breakfast and (more importantly for Year 11) get 45mins of Revision done before I even get to school. Overall I'm loving this and it makes me feel so much more productive so I want to make sure to continue this in the Autumn months!


3. BUY A NEW PAIR OF PJ's IN PREP FOR WINTER

Gone are the months of shorts and a bralette like I used to sleep in through Summer and our UK heatwave! This month I definitely need to get myself some cosy PJ's to get me through the winter, and so this is on my To-Do list for sure. Too early to buy Christmas ones oops?


4. GO ON MORE NIGHT RUNS

Out of all the exercise I do, generally I'm 'a runner' and while it may not feel like it at the time when I'm a sweaty mess, I really do love it. The gym will always be there, but one of my favourite things to do as the evenings get darker is to go on night runs. So much more peaceful and I can't be the only one who finds it easier to run during the evening?


5. CARVE A PUMPKIN AND HOST A HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT

I've already seen pumpkins start to pop up in all the Supermarkets near me and I can't wait!  Here in the UK Halloween is still a big thing but not as much of a widely celebrated holiday like in America, but I still love planning things with friends and family (whether that be trick-or-treating like I used to love when I was younger, Halloween parties or horror movie nights.) I also love seeing everyone's carved pumpkin designs each year.


7. ACTUALLY KEEP UP WITH ALL MY FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMS 

I don't know why it is, but this time of the year seems to be when all my favourite series and tv shows start up again. At the moment most of my evenings are already taken up by classics like The Great British Bake Off, Strictly, X-Factor and that's not even until I'm a Celeb and Doctor Who are thrown into the mix! Going to be waving goodbye to most of my free time aha, but hopefully I can keep up with all my favourite programs this Autumn. What are your watching at the moment?


7. GO TO A FIREWORKS DISPLAY // BONFIRE

This time of year just reminds me of all things toffee apples, marshmallows, cosy nights and fireworks. It's a long way off in November that the fireworks displays start but I can't wait to go to this year to the amazing ones around my area with friends.



QOTD: DO YOU CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN?

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