Donut Peach & Raspberry Jam

Once again we have been experimenting with some yummy food; super sweet and juicy donut peaches and raspberries, which we have transformed into jam 😉

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Donut Peach & Raspberry Jam

1.4kg Peaches

125g Raspberries

1kg Jam sugar (with apple pectin) or Caster sugar


Step 1 Rinse the peaches, then half them and take out the stone, cut them into little chunks and put them in a large sauce pan.

Step 2 Rinse the raspberries and add them to the peaches.

Step 3 Bring the peaches and raspberries to the boil and simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 4 Add the sugar to the pan and stir until dissolved. Then boil rapidly for about 15 minutes or until the jam has reached setting point.

Step 5 Allow the jam to cool down for ca. 15 minutes, then fill it into clean, (sterilized) jars.


All the Best,



Quick & Easy Vegan Family Lunch 2

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Once again I have been experimenting to serve my kiddos a healthy and yet quick, convenient lunch. So the following recipe is yet another successful and very delicious outcome of my latest ‘trial-and-see approach’.

Tested By Fussy Eaters Naomi Mc Laughlan

So I hope you will enjoy it too!




Chestnut Mushroom & Veg Mix Stir-Fry with Wholemeal Noodles

500g Chestnut Mushrooms (brushed or washed, peeled and sliced)

125g Cabbage Medley (White, Savoy, Spring Green and Tenderheart (convenience bag mix or freshly washed and cut into stripes)

1 Red Pepper (washed and diced)

½ Onion (washed and cut into rings)

2 Garlic Gloves (washed and pressed)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dark Soy Sauce

Salt & Black Pepper

600g Wholemeal Noodles

Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients:

50g Brown Sugar

50g Malt Vinegar

150g Tomato Sauce or Ketchup

1 small tin pineapple chunks in juice

1 tbsp light soy sauce

2 Spring onions (washed and cut into slices)

Serves 4 / Preparation and Cooking Time ca. 30 minutes


Step 1

Sprinkle the olive oil in a large pan or wok and when it is hot add the onions and garlic to it. Fry for ca. 2-3 minutes until they become soft and a little brown.

Step 2

Add the mushrooms, mix and let it simmer for about 5-8 minutes. Then add the soy sauce and pepper and stir fry for 2-5 minutes. Lastly add the cabbage medley and allow to fry for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Season with salt and black pepper. Cover the pan and set aside.

Step 4

Combine all sweet and sour sauce ingredients, except the spring onion, in a separate pan or wok and simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the wholemeal noodles and stir-fry them for 1-2 minutes.

Serve the mushroom mix and noodles together and garnish with spring onion.

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Bon appetite!

Let me what you think!

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All the Best,



P.S.: To make this recipe even quicker, you can use ready-made, convenience sweet and sour sauce.

Quick & Easy Vegan Family Lunch

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I enjoy trying out new recipes on a regular basis, as eating the ‘same-old-same-old’ becomes ever so boring. Often this is inspired by what is left in the fridge or freezer, in which case I either quickly google a recipe in terms of the main ingredient or I just make something up.

The following recipe is an outcome of my latest ‘trial-and-see approach’, which turned out to be very delicious. My three kids have also enjoyed it, which in our household means a lot; as they can be quiet fussy at times!

So I hope you will enjoy it too!


Spinach, Veg & Meat Ball Medley

500g Whole Leaf Spinach

5 Tomatoes (washed, and diced)

1 Leak (washed and cut into rings)

½ Red Onion (washed and cut into rings)

400g Vegan Meat Balls (Soya based)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dark Soy Sauce

Black Pepper


Step 1

Sprinkle the olive oil in a large pan and when it is hot add the onions and leak to it. Fry for ca. 2-3 minutes until they become soft and a little brown.

Step 2

Add the tomatoes and spinach to the onion mix and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add the soya sauce and pepper to your taste.

Step 3

Heat up the Vegan Meat Balls by adding them to the vegetable mix for ca. 5-8 minutes.

Step 4

Serve with Basmati Rice or Brown Rice

Bon appetite!

Let me what you think!

Please Comment, Share & Like

All the Best,


P.S.: To make this recipe even quicker, you can use frozen spinach and vegan meat balls.

Oops…Last Minute Christmas Preparation – 31 Day Challenge / Day 23

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For some reason I am not (yet) in the Christmas spirit, which may be caused by the unlike warm weather in Europe. I honestly just realised today, that I have not been shopping to prepare the three day holiday feast and I am not even panicking at all.

I will have to go shopping later and may face long queues, but I don’t mind. Veg Food Store naomi Mc LaughlanI guess, I don’t need to be worried either, as I am not going to fight over a turkey or chicken anyway, as we will have delicious vegetarian / vegan meals, and I am assuming nobody is going to fight over fruits and veggies…



Here are my Top 3 Ideas for Last Minute Gifts:

  1. Candy & Hot Chocolate Jar Hot Candy Chocolate Naomi Mc Laughlan.png

Fill a large clean jar, for example a spaghetti sauce jar with lid, 2/3 with hot chocolate powder, then add mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes. Close the lid and tie a ribbon around the top and decorate with a hand written note or tag.




  1. Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles 

Truffles Naomi Mc Laughlan.pngMix and blend 100g dry dates, 80g ground almonds or hazelnuts, 1 Tsp. coconut oil, 2 Tsps. chocolate powder, and 2 Tsps. water. Form 12 to 15 balls and roll in ca. 5 Tsps. desiccated coconut, chopped nuts, or for a simple finish, roll them in cocoa powder. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set and  fill the truffles in a gift pouch.


  1. Photo Collage

Collage Naomi Mc Laughlan.pngChoose your most favourite pictures and create collage online using Canva or PicMonkey.

Print it on paper at home or at your local stationary shop, where you may be able to print it on a canvas, cushion, cup, or key holder.




I will leave you with a ‘Good Luck’ and ‘Stay Sane’ over your last preparations for the next three days.

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

(Can you tell that I LOVE CHOCOLATE? 😉 )

P.S.: I am not affiliated with the two online picture editor software providers, but I appreciate their free to use service.

How to start a Hermann – A German Culinary Friendship Chain Cake (+Letter) – 31 Day Challenge / Day 12


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You may be wondering – What is a ‘Hermann’ exactly?

…Okay, let me start at the beginning…

In West Germany where I grew up, in the early 1980s to the late 1990s, almost everyone I knew either started their own Hermann or was given one by a friend. I was received many by my dear friends too.

Hermann was a liquid, bubbly cake sourdough that came in a Tupperware box, accompanied with a letter of how to look after him. The instructions outlined how to ‘feed’ Hermann and how to bake one and share three, after a ten day ‘growth’ period.

I have honestly no clue who initially came up with the idea and even a Google search did not clarify who the inventor was, although according to Wikipedia it has been around since the 70s and was also called ‘Good Luck Cake’ and ‘Vatican Bread’. But I wasn’t born by then and I have never heard the other two names before, so I cannot account to it 😉 . Anyway I think he or she made thousands of people happy.

Last weekend my kids were super bored and I remembered how much fun I had when I took part in the friendship chain cake, so we started one ourselves.

Use the below ‘Dough Approach’ to start your Hermann and use the below letter to give to your friends 🙂

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I have created another printable version of this recipe, and the letter so that you can print them out and start giving it to your family, friends and colleagues after starting your own Hermann.


Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

Human Rights Day 2015 – 31 Day Challenge / Day 10

Human Rights Day 2015 Naomi Mc Laughlan

Today, like every year on December 10th, is Human Rights Day.

The Human Rights Day was first initiated in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to ensure that the rights of every human across the world are protected.

The declaration comprises 30 articles which outline every humans right, including for example basic human needs such as food, water, and housing, as well as the right to education, liberty and security of person, no one shall be held in slavery or servitude and access to free and uncensored information.

Especially considering the current political and social injustices still happening around the world,  it becomes clear that many people still need help to get their needs met, so I believe that the Human Rights Day is a good reminder that we all have to come together and find a way to make it work; locally and globally.

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx