As I type this, there is a snow storm blowing outside my window. But, luckily for me, I am tucked up with Mr Cookie Monster on our second-hand sofa, the fire is roaring merrily away in the hearth, and I’ve got a cup of hot chai by my side. This much I can say: I could not be happier right now.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will no doubt be sick of my odes to Edinburgh by now, but I beg you to indulge me a wee while longer. I just can’t get enough of this city! And this coming from a country girl who hated all three years she spent in the UK’s capital city. But Edinburgh is everything London is not: charming, classical, quaint, local. Just in case it wasn’t clear enough: I LOVE IT HERE AND I NEVER WANT TO LEAVE.
So that’s another item ticked off the bucket list. How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you love them or are you sick of other people vowing to lose 50 gazillion pounds in two days, becoming an overnight superstar, or becoming the best daughter/wife/son/father/what have you? I’m in the second category.
That’s why I made zero resolutions related to food, weight, pleasing others, or swearing. (Last year I resolved to swear les… I only started swearing more.) Instead, I resolve to:
- Learn to speak German at an intermediate level (languages was my favourite subject in high school)
- Go on holiday to Vienna
- Translate my ebook The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Little Book of Chocolate to French
See the pattern here? These are only things that I truly want to do. Oh, and the last one… get really serious about this blog.
Now that I’m no longer in full-time education, though I am in full-time employment, I feel like I can finally dedicate myself to this blog. I’ve been wanting to do it for years, and it’s finally happening! So expect a lot more fantastic content to appear on here: more recipes, more tips and tutorials, reviews of vegan dining in Scotland, giveaways and competitions. And if there is something – anything – you particularly want to see on thevegancookiefairy.com, give me a shout! You can get in touch via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email and of course in the comments here.
Anyway, back to the food. Because I’m not embarking on some mad diet (and I fervently hope you aren’t, either – just eat healthy and stop when you’re full!) I am sharing this super duper simple rcipe for vegan chocolate almond butter fudge with you today. It’s made according to my favourite formula: easy + quick + yummy = food porn. Works every time.
4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge
250g (8.8 oz) 85% cooking chocolate
1 tbsp coconut oil
170g (6 oz, or a scant 3/4 cup) runny almond butter (I like Meridian Foods)
1-2 tsps maple syrup
Nuts of your choice, roughly chopped (optional)
Place a small saucepan over moderate heat on the stove. Break the chocolate into small pieces and add it, along with all the other ingredients (minus the nuts) into the pan. Stir with a wooden spoon until evenly melted, or about 5 minutes. Fold in the chopped nuts, if desired.
Pour the melted chocolate mixture into a small, lined tin or oven dish (mine is 8cm x 14 cm/3inches x 5.5. inches) and set aside to cool. Then place in the fridge for 2 hours, after which the fudge should be completely set. Slice into 24 pieces, or as many as you like, big or small. Enjoy!
Keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days if you can resist that long.
On a less positive note: my new flat comes with a gas oven. Insert GASP and HORROR-STRICKEN FACE. Any tips for cooking with gas ovens? I feel like the heat doesn’t distribute well, even when I leave it to pre-heat for a while.
Love and cookies,