GRILLED: VEGGIE DESSERTS

Beet Nut Deserts

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Today we find out about Kate, who makes the most incredible desserts, cakes, cookies and everything in between using vegetables! From kale cupcakes to cauliflower cakes… you’ve gotta find out more about these!

Enter Kate, from Veggie Desserts.

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Hi, I’m Kate. I live in Somerset, UK and I’m completely obsessed by vegetables. It’s a worry.

Veggie Desserts is about creative desserts using vegetables (hello Kale Cupcakes!) as well as healthy, vegetable-heavy meals. I started the blog two years ago as a place to share my unusual vegetable cakes, biscuits, brownies and pies and from there it has grown to include main meals and breakfasts. All of my recipes focus very strongly on vegetables, from Spinach and Coconut Yogurt Cake to Cucumber and Mint Cupcakes with Rose Water Icing. They might sound a bit odd, but once people realise that you can’t taste the vegetables they often get quite excited to try them. Including vegetables in desserts usually means you can add less sugar and fat, plus they last for ages without drying out. You also get a bit of the veg goodness left in them and often an amazing natural colour. Since my first Beet Chocolate Cake, I’ve been experimenting constantly. Some of my desserts are sinful, others virtuous, but always with vegetables.

My love of cooking all started when…

The first thing I remember cooking by myself was scrambled eggs when I was six. My parents instilled in me a love of fresh, homemade healthy food from a young age I helped them cook. That first meal that I made solo felt like a real right of passage. That pride in creating nice food has never left me. I have two small children and whether they’re helping to make vegetable muffins or green smoothies, I feel it’s important to not only feed them healthy food, but to let them make it themselves.

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My style of cooking is…

My style is definitely experimentation. Whether it’s breakfast, dinner or desserts I just mix things up to see what works. If I’m making oatmeal in the morning I might add some vanilla and a handful of spinach and some blueberries – just to see if it works. I always want my meals as full of vegetables as they can be. I’ve been experimenting with spices a lot lately, so I’d like to explore even more world flavours.

My desert Island dish would be…

The vegetable cake that I’ve made the most is definitely Kale and Apple Cake with Apple Icing. I’ve made it dozens of times. It’s bright green and filled with kale and apples. It has less sugar and fat than a standard cake, but is still fluffy and moist. For the apple icing, I replaced half of the butter with applesauce, so not only is it a great flavour, but it is much lower fat.

My favourite food blog is…

At the moment I’m really enjoying Kellies Food To Glow http://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/, she’s a cancer nutritionist so really knows her stuff, and her flavour combinations are amazing – I want to live with her and have her feed me. I drink her golden turmeric milk all the time and look forward to her posts.

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My most embarrassing food moment was…

My most embarrassing moment ever involved food. But I’m not telling…

My top hack…

I think that people worry too much about baking being an ‘exact science’. It’s not. I play about with baking recipes all the time and I’ve found them to be surprisingly flexible. Most cooking is – if there is a missing ingredient, people shouldn’t be afraid to substitute it. I suppose it takes experience to realise what substitutions can work, but really the worst that can happen is is turns out badly and you end up having beans on toast for dinner instead. Plus you’ve then learned something.

My one and only kitchen gadget would have to be…

I love my blender. It gets used daily for smoothies, sauces, soups…

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Would you rather eat cake covered in gravy OR eat stew covered in icing?

Perhaps I could develop some sort of sweet onion cake based on an onion gravy? No, that’s gross. Perhaps it’s a step too far.

  • Esther

    cauliflower cake?? I can’t wait to try that recipe!

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