Archive | January, 2010

Cooking for the Girls

26 Jan

Saturday night was a catch-up with the girls. It was at my house and I offered to cook. Both of the girls that were attending were omni, and to make life even more interesting one of them has a legume allergy so no tofu, soy beans, lentils or pulses, peas, beans or sweetcorn! And of course I’m wheat-free and vegan, so that really cut down the options!

In the end I made a vegetable tomato curry with baked potato and salad. Baked potatoes are best if brushed with olive oil, rolled in sea salt, and then baked for a minimum of 2 hours. Ideally you would dollop a lump of soy cream cheese on the top, but  not on this occassion.

For dessert I made vegan ganache fondue. It’s super easy and super yummy. All you need is a can of coconut milk and 2 x 100g bars of dark chocolate (I used Divine). Pop the coconut milk in a pan and heat until bubbles appear at the edges. Meanwhile, break the chocolate into small pieces and melt them in a microwave in a microwavable bowl. Pour the melted chocolate into the coconut milk and stir until smooth. I served it cold (it’s still pretty liquid at room temp, but if you put it in the fridge it goes hard) with popcorn and sliced fruit, but you could serve it hot if you wanted to.

The verdict was a thumbs up (thank goodness) and the epi-pen was not required. 🙂

Vegetarian Shoes and Manchester

19 Jan

My vegan Ugg boots from Vegetarian Shoes arrived today, and they are well worth the wait – so warm and cosy! I’m totally thrilled with them! If you want warm, toasty feet and maximum style you can’t go far wrong ordering a pair for yourself!

I’ve also been in Manchester for the past two days for work, but whilst I was there I dropped into the 8th Day Co-op and Cafe.

The Co-op first of all, which is great, and stocked with all your favourite vegan/vegetarian foods, drinks, chilled items, frozen items, beauty and household items. I came away with some black rice udon noodles, and nearly bought some spelt pizza bases but the fact I would have to carry them around Manchester for 2 days put me off!

My evening meal was taken in the cafe in the basement below the co-op. It was lovely and cosy down there, and quite quiet. I ordered their Dragon Pie (and aduki and vegetable cottage pie) which came with a lovely side salad, and finished it off with a slice of chocolate rum pie. Both were really yummy, and the reason I have no photos to show you is because I had troughed my way through the pie and half-way through the desert before I realised I should have taken a picture. Ooops!

There was plenty to choose from in the cafe from soups to salads to more substantial hot dishes. They do breakfasts too. There was also lots of gorgeous looking cakes and biscuits, and coffee and tea galore. Upstairs in the co-op there were also fresh items to take away (sandwiches, pie, pastries, cakes, etc.) so good vegan/vegetarian food a plenty, and lots of wheat-free options. I would definitely return here next time I’m in Manchester.


17 Jan

I am sulking. I ran on the snow and seem to have done something to my left ankle / achilles so I can’t run or walk. I’ve been resting it since Wednesday and I’m already getting twitchy. I just wish it would heal itself already so I can get back onto the roads and up into the hills. 😦