Archive | April, 2011

Easter Monday

25 Apr


Helmet Decal

21 Apr

I just got my Derby name for my helmet. Doesn’t it look ace?

Outdoor Skate Day

18 Apr


I have today as a rest day after my travels so I’m switching my wheels for an outdoor skate this morning.

Before that I need to take my bike in for a service and dash to Lush for new foundation, and after skating I need to rush up to Northumberland to see the family: fun but busy day!

Hire Car

15 Apr


I always seem to get random hire cars when I’m in the US. Check out the comforting sign on the sun visor of my Jeep Cherokee that I had whilst I was in Philly. Comforting no?
And those that know me know that evasive manoeuvres and rally driver corners are the norm for my driving style!

Off on my travels again

4 Apr
I’m sitting in my usual spot at Newcastle airport with a black coffee getting ready to head off on my travels again: today I’m off to America (New Jersey & Philly)

It’s an ungodly hour of the morning.

I spent yesterday with mum and dad in Northumberland. The weather was gorgeous, and it was lovely to chill out up there with them. Yesterday evening, after dinner, we went for a walk up onto the moor above the village – the light was beautiful and the sun was making the clouds pink. They are so lucky living up there, it’s idyllic!

More Cake!

1 Apr

So the smell of chocolate was too overwhelming to wait until lunch time so once 11 came around I decided that cake was perfect elevenses and dived in!

The cake was moist (despite the time royal mail took getting it to me) and had chocolate buttons hidden within the crumb. What I thought were almonds on the top turned out to be white chocolate buttons, which was a nice touch but did cause momentary panic until I remembered that Sweet Nothings was indeed a VEGAN bakery! 🙂

The cake was sweet and rich and had a nice texture, perhaps a little oily for me, but still very good. The flavour was lovely and the size just right: anything bigger would have been too sweet and sickly I think.

The frosting on the top was really nice, but again, very sweet. It worked perfectly with this indulgent cake.

The cake had been a bit bashed about on it’s journey from the bakery to my house, and had lost it’s paper case, but had held together well and was till perfectly edible if not quite reflecting it’s newly baked glory. Perfectly fine for private gobbling, but if it was for a gift or an occasion where perfect appearance was important this might be an issue.

All in all it was a really enjoyable cupcake. I’ve eaten Babycakes NYC gluten free vegan cupcakes when I go over there but hadn’t come across a British baker of such goods. Babycakes cupcakes are lighter and less oily, but I would argue that the taste and pleasure of eating the cupcake was just the same.

So, if you are a wheat intolerant vegan looking for a lovely treat, I don’t think you can go too far wrong with a cake from Sweet Nothings: definitely recommended!


1 Apr

Yay! My wheat free vegan devils food cake arrived today. I’d won it from @xveganbakery. The post seemed to take ages to deliver it – she posted it Monday, but now it’s here and going to be chomped some time today. Noms.