Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce – Dairy Free

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Desserts, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spreads & Dips, Vegan

This salted dark chocolate peanut butter sauce is a rich, decadent, dairy free sauce that makes a sumptuous topping for desserts, sweets, cakes and ice creams. Featuring no refined sugar it’s made using 70% dark chocolate, plain peanut butter, salt, agave syrup and almond milk so perfect for those leading a sugar free or dairy free diet.

Today’s recipe is a fuck-me-that’s-good (sorry mum) salted dark chocolate peanut butter sauce which could easily tempt you into eating the entire bowl with a spoon before it gets to the table. Glossy, silky dark chocolate mixed with peanut butter and a hint of salt to offset the sweetness makes for an unapologetically decadent dairy free sauce. Make as much as you desire, just don’t expect there to be any leftovers. Crowd Pleaser. Everything I read about blogging seems to extol the virtues of finding a niche, how that’s the key to good blogging and finding success, because you can build an audience within that niche. Of course there’s a lot of truth in that, because if I only post recipes for spaghetti bolognese and peanut …come and read more!

Simple Mango Salsa

Gavin WrenFish & Shellfish, Recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps, Spreads & Dips

Freshly prepared simple mango salsa with coriander, chilli, lemon and spring onion on succulent turkey atop toasted Hovis Chia bread.

Competitive Sandwiches. A few weeks ago I was invited to be a guest at a sandwich making competition. Yes, yes, I know, I’d never been to a sandwich making competition before either, but it was actually a promotional event for Hovis Chia Bread, laid on by the good people at Hovis who had invited a group of us bloggers to come and test out our sandwich making skills by preparing a selection of Lord Sandwich’s favourites using the new Hovis sliced loaf that’s laced with super healthy chia seeds form the The Chia Company. It was great fun as well, having set things up spectacularly well, with a spread of ingredients fit for an emperor, all ready to load our creations up with. Furthermore, whilst we …come and read more!

The only mint yoghurt recipe you need

Gavin WrenRecipes, Spreads & Dips, Vegetarian

mint yoghurt

It’s my Birthday today, that internationally recognised occasion featuring parties in the streets, brass band fanfares and rolled out red carpets. Or maybe just a small cake at home and a few pressies then we’ll see if there’s any dancing troupes out in the street later. BUT, as a Birthday week special, I’ve got no less than THREE recipes for you. How about that, it’s MY birthday and what do I do? Kick back, put my feet up, do nothing and delve into the realisation that I’m shorter of breath, one day closer to death? Nope, I work a bit harder than usual to give you even more content than normal. There must be something wrong in my head, surely this is the week that I should …come and read more!

Baked honey feta dipping pots

Gavin WrenRecipes, Small Bites, Spreads & Dips, Starters

baked honey feta dipping pots

Beautiful, charming simplicity. There’s a lot to be said for it. Some of the worlds greatest and most prolific inventions are also the most simple, like the spectacularly simple paperclip, coat hanger or hula hoop. Apple products are also noted for their simplicity of approach and elegance of operation, hence their incredible commercial success. But behind that simplicity is a lot of careful thought and work, as Albert Einstein said “Any fool can make something more complicated”, however simplicity is where the genius lies. This is a great concept to carry into the kitchen with you, especially if you’re trying to devise some recipes, so that you err on the side of simplicity. I’ve always had a tendency to add …come and read more!

Sun dried tomato pesto – pesto rosso

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Recipes, Spreads & Dips, Vegan, Vegetarian

sun dried tomato pesto rosso serving ideas

A few weeks ago I posted a traditional pesto recipe and spent some time ruminating on the bastardisation of recipes. This week, I’m going to continue the pesto theme with a recipe for a delicious sun dried tomato pesto, or pesto rosso. I would love to say this is a traditional Italian recipe adhering to the specific ingredients handed down through generations by all Italian chefs, however I’m not sure that’s not entirely possible. Whilst the traditional, green basil pesto has a fairly consistent set of ingredients that are in attendance in all recipes, pesto rosso seems to be a little bit more vague and open to the whimsical tastes of the creator. There are wild variations in content and ingredients from recipe to recipe, and as they say, beauty …come and read more!

How to make peanut or any nut butter

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Breakfast, Food Techniques, Recipes, Spreads & Dips, The World of Food

Homemade peanut butter

Peanut, or in fact any nut butter is so incredibly simple to make, it’s a joke. It’s one of those things that when you discover how it all works, you feel like letting out a Machiavellian cackle, akin to some kind of heinous villain plotting to take over the world, due to it’s fiendishly simplicity. The main ingredient of any nut butter is nuts, something I’m sure you could have guessed. However, there are no other requisite ingredients, nothing else is required to make this work. And the process? You simply blitz it all up in a food processor and you’re done. It’s also utterly non specific regarding quantity or type of nut. They all work the same and can be whizzed up into a smooth and …come and read more!