Isabella licking out the bowl. She''s just recovering from chicken pox. I said as she's a Vegan, it should be called Soya Pox!

Isabella licking out the bowl.
She”s just recovering from chicken pox. I said as she’s a Vegan, it should be called Soya Pox!

My granddaughter Isabella is only 2 1/2 but she already has a serious interest in cookery and baking.

And when she eats her own food, she really enjoys it!

As she, daughter Rana and partner Dom are all Vegans, I’ve had to adapt some recipes.

The other day, she was ready to cook and she was waiting for me in the kitchen with her sleeves pushed up.

‘Wash your hands,’ she instructed me.

I have a huge collection of cookery books and I’ve found some delicious recipes in wartime cookery books.

This is one of them. It’s absolutely yummy, very rich and you only need a small square of it. It’s similar to brownies or other traybakes. It needs no cooking.

CHOCOLATE & CHESTNUT PUDDING.

10 oz cooking chocolate. I use plain chocolate.

Tin of chestnut puree. I had a packet of peeled chestnuts.

6 ozs of butter or dairy-free marge.

6 ozs sugar.

1 orange.

Orange liqueur (optional.)

Start by melting the chocolate, broken into squares, over boiling water.

Grease a cake tin of your choice.

Cream together the sugar and butter.

Break up the chestnuts if necessary. Don’t’ make them too fine as they add a nutty crunch to the pudding.

Tip the chestnuts into the butter and mix.

Grate in the orange peel and add half the orange juice, plus the liqueur if used.

Carefully ad the melted chocolate.

Mix it all together and tip into the cake tin.

Leave to cool, then place in the fridge to harden up.

It will stay quite soft.

VEGAN CHEESE STRAWS.

I wanted to make these with Isabella but all the recipes added an egg yolk.

In the end, I made shortcrust pastry, using dairy-free marge, a handful of Vegan Cheese, and binding it altogether with a drop of Soya Milk.

You can also add a tsp Marmite.

They worked really well!

VANILLA HEARTS

This is another recipe that is adaptable for Vegans, and is very easy for children to make as the dough holds together well, so it is simple for cutting out the shapes.

225g/8ozs plain flour

150g/5 ½ oz butter or dairy-free marge

125g/4 ½ oz sugar

1tsp Vanilla (You could use grated orange peel & a tsp orange juice.)

Marge for greasing & sugar for dusting (optional.0

Grease a baking tray.

Sieve the flour into a bowl and rub it into the butter with your fingers.

Add the sugar and vanilla, then form the mixture with your hands into a ball of dough.

I let the dough stand for half an hour, but it’s optional.

Lightly flour the surface and roll out the dough to about 2.5cm/I inch thick.

Cut out 12 hearts (or the shape of your choice.)

Arrange the hearts on the baking tray.

Bake in a preheated oven 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, for 15-20 minutes, until they’re a light golden colour.

Transfer them to a rack and leave to cool.

Dust with sugar.

Isabella enjoying her biscuits

Isabella enjoying her biscuits

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.