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I Am Moving Blog House! :/

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Oh my Tumblr chums, though I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, I have been lured most heinously over to Wordpress! With its tremendous widgets, tag clouds, social networking integration and so on and so forth, I have been hopelessly tempted. I will continue to link from Tumblr for now, for the lovely people who are ‘following’ me, but I hope you will continue to follow from afar, via Google Reader or a good old fashioned bookmark!

EDIT - AND THEN I MOVED TO BLOGGER:

http://spicebox0fearth.blogspot.co.uk/

Top Secret Thrilling News

Oooooh what could it be, what could it be??

Vegan Food Swap The First! (July)

July was my first ever Vegan Food Swap, and a very exciting one! As my first attempt I hope I managed to put together a decent outward package - I included a vegan choccy bar, a yummy chorizo, some fruity gummy sweets and some home baked brownies. I did fear slightly for the home baked goodies but I do hope they arrived in a good condition!

The parcel I received from the lovely Jojo of Vegan in Brighton was wonderful!

I am a huge liquorice fan so it was a joy to receive 3 liquorice based goodies :) The chocolate and sweeties were yummy indeed! Some of them found their way onto my cupcakes, like lots of sweet things in my house……

Thank you Jojo for my wonderful box o’ vegan delights!

To join in with the UK Vegan Food Swap just head over to To Happy Vegans and sign up :)

Lush!

By jingo, I love Lush! Christmas and birthdays are often Lushtastic for me, since I can send friends & family members in there to buy me “whatever’s vegan” and they just can’t go wrong! As well as buying me a mascara from their brand new makeup range (ALL VEGAN!) my boyfriend topped up a gift card for me for my recent birthday, and today I skipped into my local store with GLEE and got the most wonderful haul!

Vegan Blog Roundup - July!

Ooooh deary me. My ambitious plans for a weekly blog post roundup became somewhat swept up in all the cake kerfuffle. But nevertheless! I have been keeping track of all the yummy and interesting happenings out there in the vegan blogosphere….


Fat Free Vegan Kitchen has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I first Went Vegan. For reliably yummy, healthy, wholesome dishes, this blog never fails. This Thai Black Pepper and Garlic Tofu looks mighty tasty to me.


I adore Maple Spice - it has to be in my top 10 vegan blogs out there today, and my top 5 non American. This Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shell Lasagne looks AMAZING and it’ll definitely be on my dinner-for-guests list for the near future. Thank you Maple Spice! <3


Here’s one I am definitely saving for the Autumn months! Veggie num num's Eggplant Risoni Bake looks absolutely delicious, not to mention hearty, rustic and generally cosy as heck.


These Chive & Garlic Dumplings from Olives for Dinner are entirely my cup of tea. Lovely doughy dumplings with a tasty garlic chive filling. In my mouth please!

Vegan Birthday Fun and more…..

My dearest vegan readers, life has been tremendously busy of late! I have spent the last week or so baking like a baking MACHINE, but the busyness has, I hope, now eased off for a little while. Today was my birthday and my first non cake filled day in a while……much to my joy! But here we have a little selection of the cakes, dinners and other treats of the last week or two….

I do hope normal service will resume shortly!

Sausage & Caramelised Red Onion Pie

Here comes another hearty, pietastic dinner idea for all you pie-lovers out there! Recently I picked up a pack of Vegusto herb sausages from V Revolution, who have stocked up on a tremendous amount of Vegusto goodies recently. Though I scoffed one in its glorious natural (grilled) state for breakfast, I wanted to do something a bit more exciting with the other, and you can never really go wrong with pie glorious pie!

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe shortcrust pastry (or buy ready rolled)
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp red wine
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Bisto onion gravy granules
  • 1 red chili, finely chopped
  • 1 large veggie sausage of your choice, chopped
  • a handful of ripe cherry tomatoes, halved

First, grease or spray your pie dish with oil. Line the bottom of the dish with pastry ready for filling and preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Over a low heat, sauté the red onion and chili in a little olive oil. Add the vinegar, syrup, red wine and sugar and leave to cook, covered, over a very low heat for 10 minutes. Add the gravy granules and a little hot water if necessary. Allow the mixture to cook, covered, for another 5 minutes.

In a frying pan, sauté the sausage until browned, and flash fry the halved cherry tomatoes in the pan with the sausage for a few minutes. Then, line the bottom of the pie with the sausage and tomato.

Put the caramelised onion mixture over the top, and top the pie with the remaining pastry.

Bake at 180 degrees for around 20 minutes or until nicely browned…..

Yay for pie! The bestest Sunday food!

Noochy Sausage, Mushroom, Pepper & Tomato Omelette

Ohhh myyyyy gossshhhhhh it’s been busy here at Cake Towers recently! I have some pretty chuffing booked up weeks of baking approaching and unfortunately it’s not really been the time to get SAVOURY CREATIVE in the kitchen :/

And so, I turned to the good ol’ PPK tonight for this tofu omelette. I’m trying to go a bit easy on the fats/carbs lately if at all possible, so I swapped out the olive oil and added a little soy milk. I used my trusty copper bottom frying pan with the lightest spraying of oil and these turned out perfectly. I topped with 1 chopped Linda McCartney sausage, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped spring onion and garlic. All were sautéed over a low heat with a spritz of oil. I mixed in a tablespoon of noochy goodness just before serving.

(Gluten Free) Mac & Trees Pasta Bake

I had a little play with some gluten free pasta today since I’ve been gorging on gluten in a big way recently and I’ve had a bit of teh dreaded bloat.

I used Sainsbury’s standard ‘free from’ corn fusili and the tremendous Appetite for Reduction Easy Breezy Cheezy Sauce, replacing the plain flour with maize meal and adding some olive oil and soya milk.

I baked in the oven with some grated Vegusto and Cheezly on top. A satisfying and hearty dinner after a hard day’s bakin’! Not quite up to Amy’s Daiya Mac & Cheeze standards, but good enough for me :)

Vegan Pizza Day Celebrations!

I rarely venture into Manchester city centre on a Saturday night these days….. I’m far too old for all that, and the staggering men and tottering women that can be seen lurching around town as early as 9pm are not quite my cup of tea.

HOWEVER, yesterday was different. Yesterday was INTERNATIONAL VEGAN PIZZA DAY! So after I had delivered my calzones and pizza slice cookies to V Revolution (a tremendous vegan lifestyle & record store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter) and had spent a fun couple of hours lunching & shopping with the lovely Vicki, it was off home for a bit of a disco nap before our dinner reservation.

I chose Dough Pizza Kitchen, again in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, as they have a variety of vegan options for all courses - a rare treat in a mainstream restaurant!

I started with a big ol’ baked garlic mushroom topped with rocket, which was lovely and ‘meaty’ and tasty and by god, HOT.

Then it HAD to be pizza of course - I went for the veggie option with wonderful Cheezly atop……

And finally I finished with a ridiculously tasty chocolate brownie/peanut butter blondie combo with dairy free vanilla ice cream….

All in all a very satisfying first Vegan Pizza Day for me - what did you get up to??