Friday, 21 October 2011

Some more Autumn firsts

This week has seen some more Autumn firsts for me.
On Tuesday I had my first Hot Cider of the year, I was so excited. All of last winter I drank Hot Cider in my local and I've been waiting all year for it to make a come back!

Yesterday I made my first Pumpkin Pie of the year. However, it didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped.

I used this slightly adjusted vegan recipe...

Pumpkin Pie Filling


  • 750g of roasted pumpkin blended into puree
  • 150g cup muscovado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 soy milk with a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons cornflour
  • 4 Tablespoons water

  1. Mix the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice together in a large bowl.
  2. Heat the vanilla soy milk in a small saucepan over low heat.
  3. Dissolve the cornstarch or arrowroot powder in a small amount of cold water.
  4. Add the dissolved cornstarch to the heated soy milk. Bring to a boil for one minute, then remove from heat. The soy milk should resemble vanilla pudding.
  5. Stir the thickened vanilla soy milk into the pumpkin mixture.
  6. Set the vegan pumpkin pie filling aside and make the crust, or use a prepared crust and skip to the “Baking the Pumpkin Pie” instructions below.
Pumpkin Pie Crust


  • 125g flour
  • 75g non-dairy margarine (I used Pure)
  • 3 Tablespoons water

  1. Pour the flour into a medium bowl.
  2. Cut the margarine into the flour using two dinner knives or forks, until all the margarine is small, flour-coated chunks.
  3. Add the water to the flour and mix thoroughly, forming a ball of dough.
  4. Spray a pie pan with non-stick cooking spray, or coat it lightly with margarine.
  5. Roll out the dough into a circle and place it in the pie pan, or simply press the dough into the pie pan. Make sure the crust is an even thickness throughout, and covers the entire pan.
Bake the Pumpkin Pie

  1. Preheat the oven 220 degrees.
  2. Pour the pumpkin pie filling into the crust. Bake the pie at 220 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180 degrees. Bake the pie for 40-50 minutes, or until the pumpkin is firm.
  3. Let the pie cool for about two hours before serving.
This wasn't the best Pumpkin Pie I've ever made, so I'm on the hunt for a better one, let me know if you have a good one, I'd love to try it out.

For the original recipe I adapted slightly please see here

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

In 6 Weeks...

My goodness, I can't believe 6 weeks has past since I last blogged, and as always I have to look back through my photos to remember what on earth I have been up to...

1) I've made lots of risottos...

2.) Dog came back from being missing for 2 Weeks :)

3.) I did lots of baking...

4.) I saw a life size remote control Dalek!

5.) My fruit bowl has seen many a squash...

6.) Minni has just been Minni...

7.) I've made some scrummy food...

8.) We've seen a lot of this guy (a cat, who's name we don't know, but I call Fwiend. He lives on OH's street and has no tail)

9.) I drank Tequila...

10.) We saw some chickens...