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:

17495474_1097143297057673_1502411482_n

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! 🙂

17555145_1097143317057671_1863405770_n

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

17506403_1097143277057675_1677705558_n

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!! 🙂

Advertisements

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 😀

14556034_949354838503187_217267560_n

Also some recipes as per usual!

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

14585366_949352488503422_824212244_n

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:

14543621_949352485170089_887425282_n
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 🙂

14522487_10154325482211348_90154683_o
Photo taken with Jacob’s much better camera

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 😀