Chinese New Year Cake (Nian Gao) Vegan

Welcome in the 2023's New Lunar Year with this sweet rice cake that  symbolizes progress, advancement, and growth. Thanks to Chef Berlinda for this beautiful recipe. Enjoy the soft chewy rice cake fresh or slices can also be pan fried for a smoky caramelized coating.

 

*Note this recipe uses 'brown sugar slabs" a type of rock sugar which is a traditional Chinese sweetener that comes in a variety of colors ranging from white to dark yellow. It has an earthy molasses-like flavour. You'll find it in any Asian Grocer.

Vegan Cereal ‘Prawns’

A classic Singapore dish with a twist...oyster mushrooms replace prawns retaining all the classic crispy, buttery flavour of the original. Thanks to Chef Berlinda who created this for the 2023 New Lunar Year celebrations that start Jan 22nd.

Mini Churros with Chunky Raspberry & Blueberry Compote (Vegan)

Although churros originated in Spain and Portugal, these tasty fried sticks of sugar-coated dough are enjoyed the world over. These mini churros are perfect served with a cooling homemade lemonade or iced tea, and the berry-licious compote recipe is sure to become a fave. This recipe makes 20 mini churros (each approx 5 cm long). For double the churros simply double the churro batter. For maximum crispiness, these are best served within 20 minutes of cooking. Or, if serving later, store in a container without the sugar coating and then reheat in the oven, and then roll in the sugar coating before serving.

Christmas Spice Cake (Vegan)

Think dates, apple, ginger, mixed spice, vanilla and cinnamon. With a crunchy crumble topping. Divine. And smells just like Christmas.

Baked Mini Cinnamon Spice Doughnuts (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Ideal for festive drinks, picnics or anytime you want a moorish, cinnamon baked treat, these bite-sized doughnuts are made with sparkling apple juice and apple sauce which gives them a wonderfully light texture, without using any egg or dairy.

Depending on your doughnut mould, makes 36-40 mini doughnuts.

Spiced Fruit Bake with Vanilla Bean Custard (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This is a simple, festive dish everyone can enjoy. Best served warm, it's delicious with just a dollop of custard or your fave ice-cream,  and also makes a great left-over treat that goes with almost every sweet. Best of all you can make a day ahead and store in the fridge until you are ready to bake and serve.

NOTE: You can sub frozen blackberries for fresh, or fresh/frozen cherries instead of blackberries.

Spiced Fish Sliders (Pescatarian)

If you love a bite-sized slider with a touch of heat and splash of zesty lime, these little tempters will make you very happy. Makes 10 Sliders

 

Herb, Eggplant & Chickpea Arancini (Vegetarian)

These oven-baked Arancini are a healthier take on a traditional Italian fave. Enjoy them warm or cold they are great for gatherings indoor or out, and can be made well ahead of time. For vegans sub the parmesan for 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast.

This recipe makes 10 Arancini 

Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry (Vegan)

This is a Nuttelex take on a Nigella Lawson recipe from her fab book At My Table (2017)*. It's a super-easy, mild, yet vibrant curry that works equally well as a light summer supper or as part of a larger feast. To make this a more hearty meal simply add 1/2 can cooked chickpeas. Alternatively, for those that are not strictly plant-based,  add your fave protein to the curry paste just before you add the sweet potato & pumpkin.

It's also well worth the effort to serve this dish with your own home-made flat breads,  see our easy recipe here:

See Nigella's version here: https://www.nigella.com/recipes/butternut-and-sweet-potato-curry

 

Beetroot Tarte Tatin (Vegan)

With its vibrant deep ruby red and light green hues, this delicious tarte tatin makes a great addition to any celebratory table.