Carbon Cutters Recipes

Cooking your own food allows you to use what is in season, adapt it to your family’s tastes (avoiding waste!) and is a great way to celebrate and involve the whole family.

Making things vegan reduces your carbon footprint and often only involves substituting vegetable oil (or Pure margarine) for butter, and egg-replacer for egg. Cakes don’t seem to need eggs at all – see the vegan cakes below.

What’s in season now? Beetroot, pumpkin and squashes, apples.

The tried and tested recipes we use in Caldecott Family Centre are on the HotchPotch Cook’s page.

Click on any recipe below to download it as a pdf:

Vegan cake with variations

Ginger Bread Cake (vegan)

Blackberry & apple jam

Chocolate beetroot cakes

Fruit & Seed Quinoa Flapjack

Celine’s steamed rice snack

Fiona’s yummy Rhubarb Cake Recipe

Fiona’s spicy apple bars

Neda’s apple lemon cake

Chocolate beetroot cake


Elderflower Cordial

Apple Lemon Cake

Seasonal Vegetable and Lentil soup as served at Apple Day


Spinach balls with spicy sauce

Fiona Habermehl’s Muffins

Fiona Habermehl’s Muffins

Dry ingredients:

  • 5oz sugar
  •  9oz SR flour
  • 1tsp bicarb

Wet ingredients:

  • 85ml oil or 3oz melted cooled butter,
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 200ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Mix wet ingr. and add to dry. Mix in extras at the end and stir as little as poss. to mix.
Bake in a hot oven 180C for 15 to 18 mins.(or until golden ,raised and firmish)

-Add 2 sticks rhubarb (or 3 pears) with 2 balls of ginger (crystalized or from a jar), 1/2 tsp ginger power, reduce milk to 5tbs.
-Swap milk for tub le.mon yoghurt,zest & juice 1 lemon and punnet raspberries (drizzle with lemon glace icing).
-reduce milk to 100ml add 2 mashed bananas and 2oz desiccated coconut
-Replace vanilla with almond extract, decrease milk to 150ml,2oz flaked almonds, 6oz apricots or plums chopped (tbs amaretto?)
-Switch 2oz flour for oats and milk for 2 pots yoghurt,add 2 grated bramleys and 4oz walnut pieces,tsp cinnamon,1/2 tsp nutmeg (sprinkle top with oats before baking)
– Add a punnet of blueberries
– Add white choc cut in to tiny pieces with 6oz of any fruit you fancy… loganberries, recurrants……..think I might try goosegogs?