Archive | February, 2010

Shrove Tuesday

16 Feb

My ankle is playing up, which means no running, so I’m feeling very sorry for myself. What better way to make myself feel better than pancakes for breakfast!

Well, it is Shrove Tuesday, so it would have been rude not to!

Recipe for Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes


1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

Mix together and then stir in

1/2 cup non-dairy milk

and a small handful of raisins.

Heat a frying pan on the hob with a little oil and drop a tablespoon of the batter onto the pan when it’s reached the right temperature. When the bubbles pop on the surface it’s time to flip it over.

This recipe makes 5 small pancakes.

Rainbow Cafe, Cambridge

13 Feb

Thursday saw me in Cambridge for work, and a visit from MG, who I haven’t seen for ages. Dinner that evening was at the Rainbow Cafe in Cambridge.

I was a little unsure about whether MG would enjoy Rainbow Cafe. I have known him for a long time, and lived with him for a year, and throughout the duration I have never known him eat anything more interesting than Readybrek, Peanut butter sandwiches on white bread, and sausage and mash. It’s the same every day. Still, he was brave and decided to try vegetarian food for an evening.

Rainbow Cafe is a quaint little place, tucked down a side alley, opposite Kings College. It has a lovely chilled atmosphere and the menu includes both vegan, gluten-free and nut free options.

MG chose the Cuban Pecadillo Pie (Quorn adaption with capers, olives golden, cumin & more topped with white & then sweet
potato, sprinkled with cheese & parsley & oven baked. Served on rice & peas or turmeric rice &
salad garnish. )

I chose Ethiopian Mesir-Wat (Lentil Bowl) £8.95 vgf
Lentils, seasonal pumpkin & more, made with our special “berbere” spice mix & homemade
vegan “Niter Kibbeh” – “Ethiopian butter” – to give a true authentic flavour. Served with turmeric
rice & salad.

The food was ok. I found my choice a little bland and boring but it was fine.

We both had dessert. I chose a vegan wheat-free chocolate and coffee cheesecake, MG had the carrot cake. I really enjoyed my choice, it was lovely, but not enough coffee flavour for my tastes. MG said that his carrot cake was good, but not the best he’d ever had.

All in all the food was good, but not spectacular, but perfectly fine for a quick meal on a Thursday evening – it is a cafe and not a restaurant after all, and the atmosphere and prices are both excellent.

Ceramic Addiction

8 Feb

I love ceramics. When I travel it is always cups, or bowls, or plates, or dishes that I fall in love with, and buy to bring home. I have green tea mugs from Korea, and tea cups from Japan. The drawbacks: the break so easily so I panic all the way home, and they weigh a tonne. I actually managed to reign myself in last time I was in the US and not buy a beautiful set of ceramic measuring cups because they weighed far far too much to lug around for the rest of the trip.

One of the advantages of this addiction is that it is fed by a dear family friend who is a potter. I commissioned some pieces for my 30th and he brought some samples for me to try last week. They are lovely, especially the porridge bowl.