Why not make your guests some traditional cucumber sandwiches to go with their tea? Traditionally made with cucumber and cream cheese, you can either substitute this for vegan cream cheese like Tofutti, available in many supermarkets, or a delicious cashew nut cheese! The Cruelty Free Shop has a great range (and they deliver)!
Alternatively you can make you own vegan cream cheese with:
- 2 cups of raw cashews soaked in water for 4-12 hours
- 1 lemon
- Half a cup of nutritional yeast
- Teaspoon of salt
- Tea spoon of powdered garlic
Put the cashews with half 1/2 of the water, a good squeeze of lemon juice, the garlic and salt in a food processor and pulse until roughly blended.
Gradually add in the nutritional yeast, more lemon juice, garlic and salt until it you’re happy with the flavour and texture.
To make the sandwiches, just spread a layer of your chosen ‘cream cheese’ on one slice of soft white or wholemeal bread. Thinly slice some cucumber and add that on too. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and cover with another slice of bread and you’re done! If you want to be fancy you can cut off the crusts too!
Serve with tasty tea and strawberries!
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Cucumber sandwiches by James Petts
Creamy Dill Potato Salad
PETA’s website has lots of tasty recipes to choose from – but here’s one of our Picnic faves, a trusty potato salad!
1.5kg of potatoes, peeled
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1 cup vegan mayonnaise (you can buy this from the Cruelty Free Shop http://crueltyfreeshop.com.au/)
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1-2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
Place the potatoes in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover completely. Add some salt and bring to a boil. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until just tender but not falling apart.
Drain the potatoes in a colander and let cool.
Combine all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Cut the cooled potatoes into 1-inch cubes and add them to the bowl, stirring carefully until coated.
Then devour 🙂
Seriously tasty chocolate brownies!
Who doesn’t enjoy treating themselves to chocolate! This tasty brownie recipe will please any guest!
2 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Pour in water, vegetable oil and vanilla; mix until well blended. Spread evenly in a square baking pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is no longer shiny. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.
You can also add in walnuts or dark chocolate chips to make them extra tasty!
Peace-nic food you don’t have to cook, straight from the supermarket or health food store. De-lish! Here we have (from left) Olive bread, vegan cheese, olives, artichoke hearts, avocado, hot spiced chocolate (chai and chilli), sparkling grape juice, baby spinach, vegan sausages, and raw vegan chocolate. Yum — food for the soul and you don’t have to cook!!
This is simply olive bread served with hummus, artichoke and fresh avocado. Yummo.
A Deep Peace Dip!
Here’s all you need to make a tasty hummus!
Simply throw the (drained) chickpeas into a blender or food processor along with lemon juice, a glug of oil, a generous tablespoon of tahini, a bit if salt and pepper and then blend until smooth! So easy! You can add more/less oil or lemon juice to get the consistency you want. We have also added in things like roast capsicums or olives or a flavoured hummus before too. Be creative! x