Dairy Free Banana Milkshake with Peanut Butter, Shame and Sharing Life Experiences

Gavin WrenDairy free baking, Drinks, Vegan

Ice cold and ready for summer, this dairy free banana milkshake with peanut butter is also vegan, perfect for a hot day and anyone's diet, it's a summer drink that will keep you cool and your tastebuds tantalised. Made with any non-dairy milk, frozen banana, a smattering of peanut butter and topped with crushed pecans, it's even more delicious than it looks.
What's more important in life? Honest, open connection to other people or a dairy free banana milkshake recipe mixed with peanut butter and topped with pecans? The answer lies in their similarities, as you'll see...

I'm lost. Really, I don't know what I'm doing. I hit two hundred blog posts just over a month ago, I'm about to hit three years of blogging and I'm reaching a creative hiatus. I promised myself at the beginning that blogging will be what I want it to be. I swore never to cling to a certain subject or style, simply because that's what I did last week; it's the creative freedom which brought me to blogging, so creative freedom is what I must defend if I'm to continue to thrive in my blogging.

To be frank, I enjoy writing about life the most. Food may feature, because there is something utterly compelling about... come and read more...

Virgin Mojito or ‘Nojito’ Alcohol Free Cocktail

Gavin WrenDrinks, Recipes

Virgin mojitos, or ‘nojitos’ are the most refreshing drink this side of a fresh lime soda. Perfect for a hot summer day or when you simply don’t want alcohol, these alcohol free cocktails are stunningly tasty, filled bashed lime and mint, topped up with chilled soda and ice cubes. The perfect mocktail for any occasion.
Today, I’m making a virgin mojito, or a ‘nojito’ as I call them. Alcohol doesn’t have a monopoly on awesome drinks and these alcohol free cocktails full of bashed up lime and mint make the perfect mocktail to tease your tastebuds, whatever the weather.
Alcohol Free.
I don’t drink alcohol, I stopped a few years ago. I wondered what the future of drinking would hold for me, was a destined for a life filled with fizzy water, squash and fruit juice? Had I just turned my back on the diverse, technicolour world of cocktails forever, consigned to boring, simple drinks forever more? Well, no. That was clearly not the case and simply the ‘old’ Gavin wondering how any drink that doesn’t have alcohol could ever be exciting. The fact is, virgin cocktails still taste absolutely awesome, there is no need to have alcohol in them, unless you want

Soul Warming Golden Turmeric Milk

Gavin WrenDrinks

Hot, soul warming golden turmeric milk packed full of the spices turmeric and cinnamon, plus a fiery dose of ginger, a twist of pepper and some rounded honey to sweeten things up. This hot milk drink can be made with any milk, from cow and goat to any of the dairy free options you might like. It's the perfect way to kick off your day, or to round your evening off after a hard day.
Today I’m making my version of golden turmeric milk, a traditional hot drink made with turmeric, cinnamon and ginger to give your body a heart, body and soul warming hug from the inside. It’s simple to make and incredibly comforting, plus features a wide range of health benefits associated with the consumption of turmeric. This one’s a keeper! Winter Wonderland. When I made and photographed this recipe a few days ago, there was a clear narrative in it’s seasonal timing. A hard frost had fallen across the land, I had spent 5 minutes de-icing my car before being able to move anywhere and my 6am dog walk felt like an arctic exploration, with the amount of warming layers of clothing being considerably increased. It was baltic, brass monkeys, freezing. I came home late on the Friday night of that sub-zero week, desperate to feel warm and nourished. I threw together…

Hot cinnamon milk

Gavin WrenDrinks, Recipes

Hot cinnamon milk
It’s not even deepest winter, yet there’s a chill breeze whisking it’s way through our creaky, draughty old flat. Last night, the air outside was so crisp and clear that it felt like every noise I made was amplified and the background clattering of London was gently quietened for a change. Our quaint Victorian home has wonky floors, parallelogram shaped window frames and a staircase with uneven height stairs which makes first time visitors stumble when they head up to the loo. The central heating, although noble in intent, does daily battle with the ingress of cold, damp air, a fight which brings to mind the vulgar, but nonetheless highly illustrative phrase ‘like pissing into the wind’. I sometimes feel like I need to wear gloves at my desk, or even a onesie, because despite the high levels of ridiculousness that they embody, they’re supposedly very good at keeping you…

Banana peanut butter smoothie – dairy free

Gavin WrenDrinks, Recipes

banana peanut butter smoothie
It’s no coincidence that my previous post on this blog was how to make peanut butter. When you’ve got half a kilo of freshly made nut butter laying around, you suddenly start using it a lot more, for instance putting a few dollops into a smoothie, just to see what it’s like. I don’t normally publish recipes like this, they feel massively frivolous when I could be developing some long winded, boring piece about a hearty and nutritious vegetable dish. It was just a simple idea, to chuck a spoonful of peanut butter into a smoothie I was making. I even proclaimed that “I won’t post it on the blog, I just want to see if we like it”. Then I tasted it. I’m struggling to find a suitable superlative cliche to apply to this smoothie, however I shall try to convey my feelings about it for you. As I…

Sweety salty fresh lime soda

Gavin WrenDrinks, Recipes

Sweety salty fresh lime soda
‘Sweety salty’ is something that I first discovered on holiday in India about 5 years ago. We were picking up some snacks en route to the beach one day when I spied a packet of biscuits called Krack Snack. On the front of the packet were two perfectly jolly characters proclaiming “Sweety” and “Salty” and the snacks were described as ‘Sweet and Salt biscuits’. I thought this was a slightly random and peculiar taste combination, after all, biscuits are exclusively sweet or savoury, non? The idea of combining the two together seemed like saying a shop is open and closed simultaneously, or after last week’s post, like having mozzarella on a marinara pizza. A chance to experience such exotic gustatory experiences cannot be passed over, so I bought a pack. They lived up to their name, although I doubt the name ‘Krack Snack’ was decided upon because of their…