These shortcakes are very chocolatey, fun and vegan. Anyone can make them. All you do is mix the ingredients, bake them, dip in warm chocolate and leave to cool. They taste amazingly buttery even though there’s no butter in them and are perfect as a gift for your loved ones (…or loved ones), in a cellophane bag or a small box with a red ribbon because I think a homemade present is really thoughtful. I’ve tried these out on friends who can’t tell they are dairy free, in fact they even preferred them to normal biscuits made with butter!
A perfect romantic Valentine’s dinner for two or more if it’s a dinner party, just double or triple the quantities for the amount of people you are feeding. This easy risotto tastes delicious and before you think it’s too expensive to cook, I got a frozen lobster for £5.00 from Lidl. It’s a bit of work getting the meat out, but after that it’s easy. For the stock, I can’t praise Knorr fish stock pots highly enough. You would be hard pushed to make a better stock and they are a store cupboard essential round in my kitchen.
You would never know the secret ingredient in this mousse is avocado. The avocados make the mousse really thick and creamy. It’s beyond delicious, takes a few minutes to make and is really healthy. It’s a win win. Perfect for pudding at Valentine’s dinner.
2 ripe avocados
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons of maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Raspberries for decoration (optional)