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:

Handmade Burger Co.

A couple of nights ago, we suddenly realised that Bath has a Handmade Burger Co, branch! I can’t believe I didn’t know about it sooner – I’ve heard a lot of good things. They do about 4 vegan burger options, as well as loads of chips, sides and salads, and even vegan milkshakes made from soya ice-cream and soya milk!!

We had their Veg-Mex burgers, with sweet potato fries and side salads (which they kindly gave to us free, because they had run out of buns!)

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I was actually very glad of this, because it meant that I had room for a strawberry milkshake 😀 Jacob had delicious Oreo flavour:

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Busy and excited!

Hi folks, it’s been a while again since I last posted, what with organising all our stuff into our new house, working, and preparing for our holidays (just a few days to go now yay!)

I think it’s accurate to say that I am one hundred percent happy and comfortable with a vegan diet now 🙂 Really the only difficulties I have are the inevitable feelings of frustration and anger which come from being aware of where food comes from, and the problems with the world’s environment and animal welfare.

But yes, sadly when you’ve hopped off the proverbial fence on the vegan side, you do suddenly become frustrated with people, and are likely to feel isolated if you’re not surrounded by like-minded ones! I’m very lucky to live with Jacob and my mum. The only non-vegan thing my mum will [begrudgingly!] eat is the occasional egg, when we eat out, because she is very restricted in restaurants, what with not being able to eat garlic or onions :/

Speaking of which, I have a recipe for a yummy pasta dish, which is fully vegan, garlic and onion free! (Judge the amounts depending how many people are eating):

  • Fry some Fry’s sausages in a bit of rapeseed oil for a few minutes until they are pretty much cooked through
  • Add peppers, courgette, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes for a few more minutes until softened
  • Add tomato passata and tomato purée, as well as a generous mixture of dried basil, oregano, thyme and sage, and a bit of water if needed
  • Allow to simmer while the pasta boils for however long it says on the packet :

Right, on to my favourite part: yummy things I have eaten recently! 😀

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Shakeaway, made with soya milk and Oreos!

On a very hot and sunny day last week, I met up with a uni friend in town, and whilst I slowly turned a light shade of lobster in the sun, I got a huge, and very cheap, portion of sweet potato fries and salad with sweet chilli sauce from a food stall 🙂

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Hot, in all senses!!
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Grilled ciabatta slices with Sacla freefrom pesto and Violife cheese
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Home-made pizza (well, with bases courtesy of Sainsbury’s!) and salad

Found this in Holland & Barrett, and it turned out to be half price! Should have bought more, as it was amazing:

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Next Tuesday, Jacob and I will be off on our various summer adventures, for which I am very excited 🙂 Firstly, we are heading to London to be assistant production managers for a show in the Camden Fringe, then we are flying up to Edinburgh for the festival! I have booked a great combination of comedy shows and ghost walks for us to enjoy, and I look forward to sampling lots of vegan fare in both cities 🙂

Ciao, until next time! 😀

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 🙂

Caaaaake!!

I always seem to do my best cooking whilst hungover… Very strange, considering I cannot usually eat anything until mid-afternoon! Anyway, today I decided to make a chocolate Oreo cake. Because chocolate Oreo cake. I shared some of it tonight with Jacob and my friend Genesis, and they loved it 🙂 Here’s the recipe I used, and a couple of piccies:

Makes a big cake, serves about 10, because very rich!

  • 230g self-raising flour
  • 350g sugar
  • 85g cocoa powder
  • equivalent of 2 eggs (use Orgran, for example)
  • 250ml soya milk
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml boiling water
  • Chocolate or butter-cream flavoured frosting, and Oreos to decorate
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease two cake tins (don’t use spring-form, as the mixture is quite liquid and may leak)
  3. Combine all ingredients, except the boiling water, in a large mixing bowl until very smooth
  4. Add the water, a little at a time, and combine again
  5. Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and bake for 30 mins
  6. Allow to cool before turning out, then spread frosting between the two layers and on top. I combine crushed Oreos with the frosting 😀