Anyway, back in March, I made these Coconut Custard Cubes for my ma. They're low on ingredients and are a piece of piss to make, but look really impressive. Plus she loved them, which is obviously the important thing.
COCONUT CUSTARD CUBES
STUFF YA NEED
1 can coconut milk
3 tbsp cornflour
3 tbsp icing (confectioner's) sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp strawberry (or whatever flavour) jam
1 tbsp arrowroot
WOT YA DO
1) Line a small-based tin (about 6" x 4 " - depth is irrelevant - but with relatively straight sides) with cling film (shrink wrap), pressing it firmly into the corners and making sure there are no wrinkles. Make sure there's plenty hanging over the edges
2) Thoroughly mix together first 5 things in a pan, then dump half of it out again, into another container and set aside. bring the mixture to the boil, stirring constantly, then quickly turn the heat right down and stir like mad to get rid of any lumps as it thickens. When it's nice and thick and gooey, pour it into the base of yer dish and put in the fridge to set (it'll do this pretty quickly - 20 mins tops).
3) Meanwhile, mix together the jam and arrowroot (in a mug is ideal) and nuke in the microwave for about 20 secs. DON'T OVERDO IT or you'll end up with a congealed too-solid mess which won't spread. Anyway, pour this thickened jam over the set coconut custard, spreading evenly, and return to the fridge.
4) Repeat the heating process with the second batch of the coconut mixture, and then carefully pour over the jam layer, making sure not to mess up the jam. When it's smooth and even, fold over the cling film tightly and return to the fridge to set fully.
5) When set (leave it as long as you like, but it'll be done in anything from 30 mins, but you could leave it up to 2 hours if you wanna be certain), carefully unwrap and turn out onto a plate or smooth surface. Cut into wee cubes and plonk in wrappers.
And yer done! They're ready for scoffin'.
PAD THAIThis has to be one of my favourite meals EVER. So good. Noodles, tofu, ginger, soy sauce... pretty much all my favourite things in one meal.
NB: This isn't the Brooklyn Pad Thai from Vegan With A Vengeance. It's from a book I picked up for £2.50 in Oxfam called Vegan Nutrition: Pure And Simple. It was written in the '90s by some beardy MD, and is basically a life guide on how to be vegan - reasons for veganism, how to get all yer nutrients, meal plans, recipes etc. etc. It's a brilliant book actually - especially since it was written over 10 years ago, when veganism was about as widespread as smallpox is today - and I feel it was definitely £2.50 well spent :o)