Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My Favourite Dairy Free and Vegan Pancake Recipes

Happy Pancake Day! Pancakes are definitely one of my favourite starts to the day, and I've had lots of fun recently experimenting with different recipes to try and cut milk out of my diet as much as I can, so I thought I'd share the best dairy free and vegan recipes I've come up with so far with you.

For the dairy free butter, I use Vitalite which is available in most supermarkets. 

Dairy Free Vanilla Pancakes


To serve 3 (makes 9 pancakes):
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 large egg
  • 15 grams dairy free butter + extra for frying
  • 150ml almond milk
  • 112 grams plain flour

  1. Beat the egg, melt the butter and sift flour before adding all ingredients into a blender, and blending until mixture is a smooth consistency.
  2. Once blended, transfer the mixture to a jug to make it easier to pour the batter
  3. Heat a pan, then add dairy free butter for frying (coconut oil works nicely too!)
  4. Pour a little bit of the mixture in the pan, and turn once the top begins to blister and bubble. The second side will need less than a minute, then repeat the process for the remaining mixture.

Vegan Banana and Cinnamon Pancakes


Serves 3 (makes 9 pancakes):
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 large ripe banana
  • 15 grams dairy free butter + extra for frying
  • 150ml almond milk
  • 112 grams plain flour

  • Mash the banana, melt the butter and sift flour before adding all ingredients into a blender, and blending until mixture is a smooth consistency.
  • Once blended, transfer the mixture to a jug to make it easier to pour the batter
  • Heat a pan, then add dairy free butter for frying (coconut oil works nicely too!)
  • Pour a little bit of the mixture in the pan, and turn once the top begins to blister and bubble. The second side will need less than a minute, then repeat the process for the remaining mixture.

It can take a while to experiment with quantities to get it perfect for your personal tastes, but these have definitely been my favourites so far!

Now the only question is, what topping will you have with your yummy pancakes? ;)

Don't forget you can also get an amazing 20% off everything at www.littlemissdelicious.com with the discount code PANCAKEYAY - hurry, offer valid today only! Ends 11.59pm tonight (GMT).

    Monday, 16 February 2015

    Freshly Baked: January 2015

    It's been a hectic start to 2015 for Little Miss Delicious! January was an a bit of a difficult one as I spent the first half with a cold and the second with a sinus infection - definitely not fun! But I still managed to get lots of exciting new products up on the website, including fun new stock from other independent brands too :)



    Two brand new coasters are now available, the Cute Cheeseburger Coaster and the Double Scoop Ice Cream Coaster - I really want to work on adding lots more homeware options to the website this year, and thought these super sweet coasters were the perfect way to start!




    I've also been super busy working on exciting new jewellery designs, including the Tasty Watermelon Earring Studs, Hot Diggity Dog Ring and Poppin' Popcorn Hook Earrings. As always, each piece of LMD jewellery is hand sculpted from polymer clay, then delicately hand painted and glazed to not only protect the design, but also to give it a super cute shiny finish! No moulds are used in the creation of any LMD pieces, making each one special and unique.


    Another goal I've set myself is to stock more products from other amazing independent and handmade brands, and I'm very excited to announce that you can now buy these beautiful handmade cold process soaps by Washed Out Soap Co. from Little Miss Delicious! Vegan friendly and cruelty free, both the vanilla scented Classic Soap and the coffee based Barista are packed with a natural blend of lovely oils to nourish and cleanse.


    I'm also the proud stockist of these super fun Donut Prints by Mad Hatter Artwork, available in both A4 and A5 it's the perfect way to sweeten up your home!



    I've also added lots of fun new greeting cards to the website, including the Love At First Slice Greeting Card, I'd Share My Ice Cream With You Greeting Card and the sweet Fries Over Guys Greeting Card. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or just as a little treat, these cards are guaranteed to make everyone smile.


    And finally (and possibly my favourite!), are the brand new 58mm fridge magnets. With 5 fun designs to choose from, they're the perfect way to add a little cuteness to your life!

    Which of the new additions is your favourite? View them all in the New section on my website.

    Friday, 13 February 2015

    Vegetarian Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole Recipe

    One of my goals for this year is to try and cook something new every week, and I definitely went all out with this week's food experiment! We have a lot of Mexican inspired dishes, but I wanted something different to the typical chilli or enchiliadas that we usually have, and so this magical creation involving layers of tortilla wraps, sauce and tasty sweet potatoes was born. It's a great dish to make with whatever you have available, because the filling can be so interchangeable but still delicious every time.

    When I posted a picture of it online, I got lots of people asking for the recipe so thought I'd share how I made it. It's also easily adaptable for vegans too - just omit the cheese!


    To serve 6 (or in our case, 2 very hungry people that also love leftovers): 
    • 8 tortilla wraps
    • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into medium sized chunks
    • 1 can mixed beans
    • 1 can sweetcorn
    • 2 green chillies 
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 bell peppers, diced
    • 200g cherry tomatoes, quartered
    • 2 limes, juiced
    • 2 cups vegetable stock
    • 1 can chopped tomatoes, blended
    •  2 tbsp chilli powder
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

    1. Preheat the oven to 190c.
    2. Boil potatoes until tender.
    3. Saute onion and bell pepper until soft.
    4. When the sweet potato is tender, drain and mash.
    5. Add sweet potato to a large bowl and add the lime juice, mixed beans, sweetcorn, chillis, onion, bell pepper and tomatoes.
    6.  Meanwhile, combine the vegetable stock, blended chopped tomatoes and seasoning in a saucepan, and simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.
    7. Spread approximately 1/4 of the sauce around the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
    8. Lay 2 tortillas in the bottom of the dish.
    9.  Spread approximately 1/3 of the sweet potato mixture evenly on the tortillas.
    10. Pour approximately 1/4 of the sauce on top of the mixture, and spread evenly.
    11. Lay 2 more tortillas over the mixture.
    12. Repeat steps 9 and 10
    13. Add a third layer of 2 tortillas, and repeat 9 and 10 again, adding the remainder of the sweet potato mixture but ensuring there's still a little bit of sauce left over
    14. Lay the final 2 tortillas over the mixture.
    15. Pour the remainder of the sauce on top of the tortillas.
    16. Cover with foil to retain moisture and bake for 35 minutes (add cheese before the final 10 minutes if you'd like cheese on top).
    17. Enjoy immediately. I served it with sliced avocado, sour cream and crunchy lettuce, but it'd be delicious with homemade guacamole too!

    Enjoy, and let me know what you think if you try it or have any suggestions for other filling ideas in the comments below!

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015

    Living With IC - Managing Pain

    The last post I did about my illness nearly 3 years ago continues to be one of my post read posts to this day, so I thought I'd give a little update on my situation - which has actually changed dramatically over the past 3 months! 

    For those of you that haven't seen the previous post, I've suffered from interstitial cystitis from around the age of 4. Very different from cystitis, IC is a chronic illness, according to Erin Barker, is like a bladder infection but the pain is 1000 times worse and it never goes away. Wikipedia states that 'the disease has a profound effect on quality of life. A Harvard University study concluded, "the impact of interstitial cystitis on quality of life is severe and debilitating". A Harvard Medical School guide states that the quality of life of interstitial cystitis patients resembles that of a person on kidney dialysis or suffering from chronic cancer pain'.

    It's pretty much ruined my life on a daily basis non-stop for the past 6 years but, while it's still too early to use phrases like remission or pain free and I don't want to jinx anything, my daily pain levels have gone from 8/10 to 2/10 on an average day, which is a HUGE difference. It means it's not something I'm constantly battling and fighting through, I don't have as many bed days and I rarely need pain killers/a hot water bottle which has just completely changed my life.

    For the first time in 5 years, I've been discharged from my specialist who said I was a rare success story and that he can't believe the transformation from when he first saw me to now, even just noting little things I hadn't noticed myself, like how I stand up straight now rather than hunching over to try and ease the pain.

    I still have bad flare ups that leave me house-bound, but they happen once a month now rather than once a week, and on the average day I barely even notice the pain in my back, tummy, legs and sides.

    I completely changed my life to try and make my illness manageable, and while it's taken a long time to see any difference, it's been completely worth the wait. Just in case anyone else with IC is reading this, I'll give a little overview to what I've changed. One of the perils of IC is that it's so subject specific, so no one thing can work for everyone, but I hope it helps you find even a little relief.


    One of the most effective things for me was completely changing my diet. Before I ate whatever was easiest to cook, which pretty much meant anything that came from a tin or could be microwaved. All the meat I ate was overly processed and just downright unhealthy, with very few vegetables and no regard to what vitamins/minerals my body might need. Even after many attempts to give up caffeine, I was still living off coffee and energy drinks daily.

    I became vegetarian about a year and a half ago, and straight away that completely changed what I eat. It meant I had to think more about what I was eating for meals, and started buying more fresh food and actually eating more of the right things - I even ended up accidentally getting in much better shape because of it! I've also cut down on dairy by switching to almond milk and dairy-free butter, which has also surprisingly made a difference for me.

    I kept a food diary, noting which days I experienced more pain and used that to work out what my trigger foods were. My worst was anything high in acidity - even the tiniest bit of tomato and I was in double the pain. I cut out anything that wasn't worth it anymore, and made certain foods that I just couldn't give up (pizza) an allowable treat every so often, but only when I wasn't already having a bad pain week. 

    I've also been completely caffeine free for about 2 months now, which has made a massive difference. I cut out tea over a year ago, but was still having the occasional coffee in the house and when I was out, but I've learnt to resist the lure of Starbucks and stick to caffeine free options instead! I do miss it every so often, especially on really busy days, but I just remember how much worse the pain used to be to remind myself even one cup just isn't worth it anymore.

    One of the simpliest but effective changes was increasing the amount of water I drink daily. With IC, every time I drink anything it makes the pain worse, and even with low levels of daily pain now it's still excruciating after I pee, so without even realising I was drinking so little water every day to try and avoid this pain. I now keep track to make sure I'm getting at least 8 glasses a day, and while it's made frequency worse and I still get the pain afterwards, it's decreased my daily pain level enough to be worth it!


    One of the main triggers of IC is stress related. Living with a chronic illness is an endless cycle of stress - as soon as I felt I was getting a flare up, I'd stress and worry about how it means I won't be able to do as much, and that stress just made me more ill, and the longer I was ill, the more I would stress. It's a hard cycle to get out of, but I think at some point you just have to come to terms with taking time off when your body needs it. I started letting myself rest instead of working through it, and it meant when I could work, I was getting enough done that I could justify time off every few weeks. 

    Another big change was moving - before I was living between 2 houses, visiting my nana and my boyfriend, but when you work from home it can put a huge strain on your life not having one set place to work. Every week was getting more and more of a struggle to keep LMD afloat while having to pack up my work space every few days, so getting a place of our own made a huge difference. Living with Ash has changed my life so much - I'm just generally a lot happier and easy going now, and I have no doubt that's helped decrease pain levels further.


    Exercising with IC can be very difficult - when I first started training for the Great North Run last year, I was having to do it at a snails pace compared to everyone else because the slightest bit of strain, and I was bed bound for a week. Running is one of the more difficult exercise choices when it comes to IC, but the only one I've found I really enjoy so I've persevered and built it up a little each week, always careful not to push myself too much, and it's made a huge difference to my life. It's meant I feel fitter and my body in general feels healthier - one of the worst things is how weak I feel during a flare up, and knowing I have extra strength now makes a big difference. 

    Even with low pain levels I'm still very wary of how hard I push myself when it comes to exercise because I know even if it's dormant, I do still have a chronic illness that can flare up at any time and that's just not worth the risk. 


    The only medication I've ever been prescribed that gave me relief was Elmiron. I started noticing a change in daily pain after 5 weeks of taking it, and after 4 months my pain was the lowest it's ever been. I was making all the above lifestyle changes at the same time so I'm not sure if it was the medication or those changes, but I now no longer take the tablets and still keep my IC at a manageable level.

    Another big difference was my contraceptive pill. I was on the normal estrogen and progestogen combined pill since I was 11, but that time of the month always meant an excruciating flare up on top of the usual cramps, and so my specialist suggested trying a progestogen only pill. I've been on that now for a year, and the difference is incredible. While it's not as reliable in terms of regulation, it's nice not having additional hormones in my body screwing things up, and now I tend to only experience normal cramp - which is still so strange to me! After having an IC flare up at the same for all of my life, it's actually a relief to experience what most women dread.

    It's been a very gradual process to reduce my daily pain. While I made most of the changes to my life over a year ago, it's only the past 3 months I've really seen any benefit. So if you do suffer from IC and don't notice any difference immediately when making lifestyle choices, I can't stress enough how important it is to stick with them and give it a chance.

    I still get flare ups at least once a month, but they rarely last over a week and as long as I have my hot water bottle I can still mostly go on as normal, whereas before I'd struggle to move from the pain. I've even been able to slowly reintroduce foods I haven't had in years, such as having the rare tomato and chocolate bar - which might sound silly to anyone that's never had a chronic illness where food can be a big pain trigger, but trust me when I say that's a pretty huge deal. It's taken a long time to get to this point, but I've honestly never been happier!

    Monday, 2 February 2015

    Miss Fortune x Little Miss Delicious Giveaway

    As a little Valentine's treat, I've teamed up with the extremely talented Miss Fortune to bring you a super exciting giveaway!

    Up for grabs is this beautiful Cupid's Girl Off The Shoulder Top in your choice of colour/size, as well as two Little Miss Delicious best selling necklaces!


    To win these great prizes, simply enter using the form below. Each option will count towards one entry, so the more you do the bigger your chance of winning! You can tweet about the giveaway once a day.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    The winner will be picked 10th February 2015, just in time for Valentine's Day. Good luck!

    Wednesday, 28 January 2015

    NEW! Washed Out Soap Co

    Very excited to announce Little Miss Delicious now stocks beautiful handmade cold process soap from Washed Out Soap Co. Both The Classic and The Barista are available from www.littlemissdelicious.com, and are both luxuriously nourishing and vegan friendly!

    Did you know that most commercial soaps have actually had some of their most effective and skin-positive properties removed? That's what is to blame for the dried out, grainy feeling that you feel after using them. Natural soaps are packed with all of the properties that soap is supposed to have, making for a refreshed and gentle wash that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, with no awful squeaky dryness!

    The Classic is a beautiful nourishing handmade cold process soap packed with a blend of lovely oils that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth, clean and lightly moisturised. The fragrance is a light, vanilla cream; smooth, luxurious and sweet.

    The Barista is a beautiful nourishing handmade cold process soap fwith an invigorating twist - this all natural delight is made with a concentrated espresso base and packed with delicious brewed Arabica coffee grounds! The natural acids in the coffee help to smooth and firm the skin, even skintone, and the grounds provide a gentle but very effective natural exfoliant.

    With a creamy coffee fragrance that is rich but not overpowering, this cleansing soap is great for detoxifying and it can also help alleviate certain common skin issues such as eczema and acne.

    All Washed Out Soap Co. soaps are completely handmade and cut and stamped by hand. Vegan friendly and cruelty free, they're the perfect addition to any home and make a beautiful, unique gift!

    Now the only question is - which one will you be treating yourself to first? Shop now.



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