Cake and other things

Yo! It’s been a while again; I’ve been very busy with uni recently. I have quite a few exciting things going on at the moment: doing marketing for our summer exhibition in London, having an interview at Bristol Old Vic (fingers crossed!!), and preparing for assessments…

Anyway, it was Jacob’s 25th birthday on Tuesday, and I made him a cake:

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I made this using Betty Crocker devil’s food cake mix, icing, and choc chips from Lidl. For the first time, I used chia seeds as an egg replacer (having suddenly realised I’d run out of Orgran). It’s very simple: for every egg, you combine 1tbsp of chia seeds and 3tbsp of water, and leave for a few minutes to form a jelly 🙂 It went down a treat with our omni friends at the birthday gathering!

Here are a couple of other things:

I finally got around to having hash browns again – fun was had! 🙂

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I put pesto and “cheese” mushrooms ON TOP of burgers!!!!

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I think that, as well as showing some of the yumminess we’ve been having, these photos effectively show my incompetence as a food photographer…

Anyway…

It’s nice to be able to write positive things on here. I’ve actually had a pretty frustrating morning, as last night I commented on an Earth Hour facebook post, basically saying how we should be caring for our planet all the time, not just for an hour, and that switching the lights off it like putting a plaster on a broken arm if you still eat animal products. You can imaging the ignorant backlash I received which I saw first thing this morning… :/

It was a combination of people saying that eating meat has nothing to do with climate change, and calling me a “Debbie Downer” for pointing out these facts. Generally I am a pretty positive person, but it’s sometimes difficult when you are reminded about how in denial, and how mollycoddled, most of the human race is. The frustrating thing is that most people would probably go vegan if they were to actually bother to find out some info and stop burying their heads in the sand.

But, sadly, most people are deliberately ignorant.

And lazy.

And stupid.

We just have to have hope that veganism will soon be so mainstream that people will have no choice other than to see its positive impact, and how easy it is, and how natural it is for humans! Come on 2017, do us proud!! 🙂

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Beyond The Kale supper club & more..

Hey folks!

I’ve just got back from having a late breakfast at The Green Rocket, so I’m happy! 😀

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It’s been quite a busy week-or-so with vegan food 🙂 Jacob and I saw an event on facebook at Beyond The Kale in Bath for a vegan supper club with a three-course set menu, which was last Sunday. Apparently this is going to be a regular monthly event 😀 Funnily, enough, despite this being the most vegan eatery in Bath, this was the first time we had been!

This was the menu:

  • Creamy Cashew & Sunflower Pate with Seeded Crackers & Smoked Carrot
  • Beet Wellington with Herby Roasted Vegetables, Roast Potatoes, Braised Cabbage and Red Wine Gravy
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding, Toffee Sauce and Ice Cream

Next, a couple of useful finds:

  • Swedish Glace magnums – omigosh!!! So creamy… so chocolatey… ❤
  • Cheatin’ bacon rashers – excellent in ‘bacon’ butties with brown sauce or ketchup

And lastly, yesterday at uni, we had a bake sale to raise some money for our Bargehouse exhibition in London next July. I made an Oreo cake using Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix, vanilla buttercream icing and Oreos! It was a hit and sold out quickest! 🙂

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P.S. I owned this idiot:

Latest food!

Hi folks! I wanted to post a few food recipes and images from the past few weeks. I have written about a few new vegan-friendly eateries in my Favourite shops & eateries page recently and thought I would post a few images from them all so you can see the sort of things they do:

My dad and I went to a little cafe in Taunton called The Planet, which is entirely vegan and does fresh hot food and lovely cakes 🙂 I had ‘cheesy’ pasta, which tasted very realistic and was very filling, my dad had chilli, and we both had cake for afters:

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Also, for my one-year veganniversary celebrations, Jacob and I went to Las Iguanas, which has recently expanded its vegan menu, and are currently doing 2-for-1 on all vegan main courses to support veganuary! It was delicious there: we had guacamole to start, then curry/three mushroom fajita, then a really yummy blancmange-type thing called ‘tembleque’, as well as some cocktails!

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Also, here are some of my best home-cooked things from recent times 🙂

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This was spaghetti with a sauce made from Sainsbury’s own vegan mince, their Taste the Difference cherry tomato and chilli pasta sauce, and green peppers, topped with Violife cheese and with garlic bread made from par-baked baguettes and spread with ‘Pure’ sunflower, basil and garlic granules. Yum!

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These are the fajitas I made last night, using Fry’s chicken-style strips, peppers, onions and the same tomato and chilli sauce as above. I also made a ‘deconstructed guacamole’ with avocado, tomato, red onion and a bit of lime juice and black pepper 🙂

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Last but certainly not least, I made Betty Crocker brownies with Swedish Glace ice-cream!!!! ❤

Our standard shopping trolley

Afternoon folks!

Since my very first post on this blog, I realised I have not posted a photo of a shop we have done, so wanted to post an example on here now 🙂 Every week, my mum and I go to town to Holland & Barrett, Harvest, and Sainsbury’s. Today, I was particularly looking forward to Sainsbury’s, as their new range of freefrom cheeses (or ‘Gary’ 😀 ) has recently come out!

So, here is out shopping trolley at the end of Sainsbury’s today, and what is in there from top to bottom:

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  • Renee Zellweger and blokes ;D
  • Uncle Ben’s Mexican bean rice packs
  • Ainsley Harriott couscous packs
  • Organic potatoes
  • Fries to go (very handy microwave chips which actually taste nice!)
  • Freefrom Wensleydale and caramelised onion ‘Gary’
  • Nerds (this was a pack which had no non-vegan E numbers)
  • Some coconut yogurts (blueberry and mango & passion fruit)
  • Taste the difference pasta sauces
  • Moo Free orange milk-style chocolate
  • Spaghetti hoops
  • Chickpea dhal cans
  • Couple of soups
  • Uncle Ben’s sweet and sour rice time pots
  • Soya milks
  • Chocolate soya milk
  • Vegan mince
  • Cartons of kidney beans
  • Wholemeal lasagna sheets
  • Betty Crocker brownie mix

Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but I do seem to be seeing more and more vegan-friendly items coming into the Sainsbury’s range these days… It must be the increase in veganism over the last year 🙂

Also, I made a lovely lunch today, from a recipe I saw in Vegan Life magazine: pitta breads with houmous, radish, cucumber and red onion, with avo on the side 🙂

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Also also, I’ll just casually leave this here 😉

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Cake and things :)

Literally just realised I never posted a picture of my Mum’s birthday cake, that I made a couple of weeks ago! I used Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix (with Orgran egg replacer), Soyatoo squirty cream (which I bought in bulk off the internet to reduce the cost), strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. It was thoroughly enjoyed by me, Jacob and the birthday lady 😀

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Also some recipes as per usual!

Firstly, a vegetable and Fry’s chicken stir-fry, made with Sainsbury’s own sweet chilli cooking sauce:

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Secondly, spaghetti bolognese made from Sainsbury’s own vegan mince, veg and Lloyd Grossman sauce, accompanied by garlic bread slices made from Lidl’s par-baked baguettes and combined Vitalite spread, mixed Italian seasoning and garlic granules:

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Photo taken with my rubbish camera

Finally, just now in fact, I made baked mushrooms! I had seen a post somebody wrote on Facebook, saying to put Sacla freefrom pesto and grated Violife cheese on top of large field mushrooms, and bake for 15-20 mins at 200 degrees C. Tis worked brilliantly, and we had them with spice sensation couscous, avocado and tomato 🙂

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Photo taken with Jacob’s much better camera

Birthday bonanza!

Hi folks, sorry for my absence again recently! Been very busy with work, theatre rehearsals and house stuff… Anyhoo, yesterday was Jacob’s 24th, which I had a lot of fun planning and we both had a lovely day 🙂

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Decorations!

Veganism is now totally instinctive to me, and I’m enjoying finding accidentally-vegan treats, and cooking meals from scratch more than I ever have before. I’m no longer even a little bit tempted by non-vegan food (with the exception of a rainbow cheesecake my housemate made the other day; I must find an alternative recipe!) and feel better for it.

In fact, the hardest part of being vegan is my job, because putting huge hunks of raw meat through the tills is always gross :/ Especially when it won’t scan properly, and you have to hold it for ages whilst trying to type in the barcode! Gragh!! However, I was delighted when one of my colleagues told me that she’s also gone vegan 🙂 It’s always lovely when people tell you that they’re making the change as well (or at least don’t start an unprovoked debate with you about their differing views…!)

In terms of food yesterday, we had a lovely variety: I made garlic mushrooms on toast for lunch, and we went to Indian Temptation in the evening:

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Garlic mushrooms on toast
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I only remembered to take a picture of the starter 😀

I made Jacob’s birthday cake in advance on Saturday night, after rehearsals, using Betty Crocker’s Devil’s Food cake mix (with my own egg substitute added) and vanilla frosting and Oreos on top. It was super-easy and turned out delicious 🙂 (Lighting 24 candles without burning yourself is no mean feat btw!)

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Oreo cake!

Two of our friends popped over unexpectedly in the evening and brought some thoughtful vegan treats, including two nut roasts and some smoked tofu (Jacob’s favourite!), so we’ll have fun cooking some lovely meals with those soon. Right now, I have to go and meet him in town, as we’re going to do some food shopping, as another friend is joining us for dinner 🙂 Ciao for now 🙂