Petit Paris – restaurant review

 

Petit Paris – restaurant review

Veg out

Now I know a French restaurant is not instinctively the first place you’d consider for a vegan meal out, but the Nottingham vegans Facebook group had first hand knowledge that things had changed in this Parisian establishment, Petit Paris on Kings Walk in Nottingham town centre

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So I ventured out on a blustery Friday evening to see for myself.   We were seated by the window and it was all so cosy.  I was immediately presented with a vegan menu, my other half stuck with the general one.

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The wine waiter came over to point out which of the drinks were also suitable, which was a nice touch.

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French bread with both butter and vegan spread was served, again another nice touch and we were left to make our choices

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I was amazing at the sound of all the dishes and genuinely confused as to what to have.  I opted for the Sri Lankan soup with coconut dumplings followed by the Moroccan and bean burger.  My other half loved the sound of the mushroom crostini from the vegan menu, followed by a chicken dish, with a side order of green beans.  We also ordered a glass each of the vegan pinot grigio

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Whilst we waited for our starter we munched on the tasty bread and watched the world go by.  Very swiftly our starters arrived and the smell coming from my soup bowl was mouth-watering.  It was the right side of spicy with lots of chunky well cooked veg and 3 delicious mini coconut dumplings.

My review is also available at https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/nottinghams-petit-paris-introduces-impressive-2675744

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The vegan crostini looked equally tasty and I was able to purloin a slice of the toasted bread with a highly flavoured mushroom pate, grilled mushroom, pea shoots and hummus.  Wow it was gorgeous and such a generous portion.

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We quaffed our chilled wine whilst we waited for the mains to make an appearance.   I was really pleased to see that my burger didn’t come in the usual carb heavy bread roll but between pitta bread, which had been smeared with guacamole, layered with thinly cut crunchy veg, then the small burgers and topped with pickled radish.  Served with more guacamole and sweet potato fries

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Again, it was just so tasty. Often bean burgers can be claggy but this was moist and full of flavour. The crunchy veg was a nice touch and the radish added an interesting flavour that was slightly fermented and possibly not to everyone’s taste, but I loved them.  The sweet potatoes fries didn’t let the side down either, they were thin and crispy and plentiful.

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I was reliably informed that the chicken supreme (served with fondant potatoes and a watercress sauce) was very tasty and moist too.

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We really didn’t have room for a pudding but I was determined to try one so we shared what was hopefully the lighter option: roasted pineapple, dark rum caramel and sorbet.  It was very well cooked,  not overly sweet and a fairly small portion, so we just about managed to finish it

 

Overall I was really impressed with the level of choice, the dishes themselves, the service offered by this long established restaurant and the value for money (starter and dessert £5.95 and Mains  £12.50).

As a vegan if you’re bored of pasta and pizza then pay a visit to Petit Paris and try food from all over the globe. You wont be disappointed.

Cauliflower wings

Cauliflower wings

This  recipe is a slight variation on the Bosh recipe.  I’ve used gram flour instead of plain flour as I prefer the taste.  And if you use gluten free breadcrumbs as well it makes this recipe suitable for a gluten free diet

cauliflower wings

I’ve had a few people ask why a ‘meat’ associated word like ‘wings’ is used for a non meat recipe.  I think it gives people an idea about the texture, taste etc of a dish i.e. small pieces of spicy morsels.  Familiar words help those who are not fully vegan or are new to it understand what the dish might be like. Words like sausages, steaks etc will also encourage children to eat it. They may not if we said ‘cauliflower bites’ I’m sure new words will start to appear.

cauliflower wings

So maybe this recipe should be called ‘cauliflower crispy bites’, not so catchy though.  What do you think?

cauliflower wings

Serves 2 

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 40 minutes

Cauliflower wings

  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 65g or ½ cup Gram/chickpea flour
  • 150ml or ½ cup unsweetened plant milk
  • ¼ tsp salt , ¼ tsp ground black pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder and smoked paprika
  • 100-150g or 1 cup bread crumbs – toast slightly before using or panic breadcrumbs (no toasting required)

Hot sauce

  • 80g or 1/2 cup hot sauce (such as Dunn’s river hot sauce, Franks buffalo sauce or sriracha and Gochujang )
  • 40g vegan butter,
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder/paste

Dipping sauce

  • 100g vegan plain yoghurt,
  • 1 tsp lemon juice,
  • Handful chopped chives, parsley, coriander or mint

Preheat oven to 180C, lightly oil a baking sheet

Using a knife, remove florets from the stalk.  Chop the florets and stalks into smaller bite sized pieces.

cauliflower wings

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, plant milk, salt, ground black pepper, paprika and garlic powder/paste in a bowl to make a thick batter.

 

Pour the breadcrumbs in to a separate bowl and place it next to the batter bowl. Dip the cauliflower one at a time into the batter, shake off excess, then dip in to the breadcrumbs to coat completely and place onto the oiled baking sheet. Repeat until all of the wings are coated.

cauliflower wings

Bake for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, make the hot sauce: In a small pan over high heat, mix the vegan speed, garlic and hot sauce. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. It should thicken slightly

cauliflower wings

Remove the wings from oven. Dip the wings in the spicy sauce . Return to the tray and bake for another 10-15 minutes for the sauce to soak into the wings.

cauliflower wings

 

Remove from oven and serve with the cool yoghurt sauce if desired.

I love serving this with a large mixed salad.  Alternatively serve on top of a spicy bean stew, or with some spicy Mexican rice (A packet of microwaveable Mexican rice is ideal), or as part of a vegan tapas meal

Soon my vegan cooking guests will be making their own cauliflower bites.  Let me know how you got on and if you made any changes

 

My next vegan cooking class is all about the falafel

My next vegan cooking classes are all about the falafel – Tuesday 5th March 2018 5.30 – 6.45pm and Wednesday 6th March 12 – 1.15pm

In West Bridgford

I have a few places left on my next vegan cooking classes taking place this coming week in West Bridgford

I’m now on Trip advisor, so if you’ve been to my classes and enjoyed them could I please ask you to write a short review

Trip advisor

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1749652-d13807709-Reviews-Nutrition_Coach-West_Bridgford_Nottinghamshire_England.html

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The cost of attending a class is £25 and includes all the ingredients, recipe and nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with. Or why not buy a bunch of them; if you purchase 5 classes for £125 I’ll throw an extra one in for free, and you’ll have a whole year to attend.

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The recipe is very versatile and can also be used to make burgers.  The tahini dressing is a great accompaniment for a salad, Moroccan tagine or drizzled over a filled jacket potato

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Contact me if you’d like to book a space, but please be quick as places are limited.
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vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make these dates I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

vegan cookery class

Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

cookery review

 

Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 to book your place.

 

 

Next vegan cooking class – risotto

Next vegan cooking class – 27th February 2019

11 – 12.15pm In West Bridgford making delicious beetroot risotto

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I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on Wednesday 27th February at 11am in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make a delicious beetroot pearl barley and quinoa risotto.

This short video shows a cooking guest making the risotto

 

The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe.  Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

The recipe is very versatile, so if you don’t like pearl barley you can revert back to good old risotto rice and you will still make an unbelievably tasty risotto.

Contact me if you’d like to book a space, but please be quick as places are limited.

vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make this date I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

vegan cookery class

Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, nut roast, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

cookery review

 

Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 to book your place.

Pilates and vegan lunch

Pilates and vegan lunch

Welcome to our first pilates and vegan lunch workshop.  The event is taking place in West Bridgford, Nottingham on Monday 18th March from 10.30 – 12.45pm.

 

Pilates and vegan lunch

Michael will be delivering a Fitness Pilates session incorporating elements of stretching, relaxation and meditation as well as improving flexibility, mobility and core stability. You will need to wear comfy clothing for this and bring a yoga mat if you have one, although we have some spares
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Whilst you are being stretched and flexed I’ll be preparing your 3 course vegan lunch.  After a comfort break we’ll sit around the dining table and enjoy some delicious and nutritious vegan food.  You can ask questions about Michael’s session or ask me about healthy eating.  You will also be able to take home the recipes
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The whole morning is very relaxed and informal, you may see the odd cat weave their way through the pilates session to seek out the underfloor heating!

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This event is perfect for those who are regular pilates attendees or newbies, as Michael is able to offer different levels to challenge you and your balance, flexibility and strength.  The reward for that commitment  is some superb relaxing meditation to get you ready for my nutritious nosh

The cost for all this is £30, made payable by bank transfer, Paypal, cheque or if necessary cash on the day.  We can accommodate a maximum of 8 people, so please contact me to book your place

Susan Hart: 07946 301338 susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

Next vegan cooking class

Next vegan cooking class – Monday 11th February 2019 

I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on Monday 11th February between 11 am and 12.15 in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make a delicious and nutritious vegan chilli 

 

The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe.  Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

vegan chilli

 

The chilli is packed with goodness like red kidney beans, antioxidant rich tomatoes, loads of fibre rich veggies (as you would expect) and protein packed lentils.

veg chilli

Contact me if you’d like to book a space on either classes, but please be quick as places are limited.

vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make this date I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and  Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

vegan cookery class

Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

cookery review

 

Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 or susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk to book your place.

Cheff, Trent Boulevard

 Cheff, Trent Boulevard Lady Bay – the new healthy eating takeaway

cheff

The old Locksmiths shop on Trent Boulevard has recently been transformed in to Cheff, a new takeaway outlet.  But this is a fast food place with a difference it serves healthy ‘clean’ food.  The owner and inspiration behind the venture is Adam Sinnott..  You may think that Adam has a spelling mistake in the name of his business, but you’d be wrong because Cheff stands for Clean, Healthy, Energising, Fresh Food.

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These are bold claims so I went along to buy and try some of his ‘clean’ food.  As its early days Cheff is operating a slightly reduced menu that will expand over the coming weeks and months.

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Adam and the 5 steps

 

There are ‘5 steps’ to obtain your healthy food;

Step 1 (this sounds like a song!) choose your size, I went for the mini box for £5.95.

Step 2 Choose your protein; being vegan I could either have the homemade falafels or tofu.  I plumped for tofu.

Step 3 choose your base (basically your carbs), garlicky new potatoes for me.

Step 4 choose your veg (either hot or cold or both) roasted parsnips with maple syrup, crunchy slaw, roasted veg and spinach were all packed in to the recyclable cardboard mini box.

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My full review can all be seen on the wonderful West Bridgford Wire, where plenty of locals have also shared their comments https://westbridgfordwire.com/susan-hart-review-cheff-clean-food-takeaway-in-west-bridgford/?fbclid=IwAR2mO-Bl34YkrgF7RRJbL3u5A3_EmJ0Wcaah2sC33ogB9aHktesXtXveR7c

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Step 5 Choose your sauce. I’m not a huge bbq fan so I opted for the homemade blueberry sauce.  Secure the lid, take home and scoff!

mini tofu box

Which is exactly what I did.  And goodness me it was tasty.  I loved all the textures and flavours and the ‘mini‘ portion was certainly enough for lunch. If you were eating it in the park or in the car (not ideal but I know many of you do) then you can pick up compostable or recyclable cutlery and napkins.

The fresh colours of all the different veg made me feel very happy and healthy. The lightness and lack of stodge also made me feel energised and the absence of processed ingredients certainly fulfilled the ‘clean’ element. The protein packed tofu had me feeling nice and full

chef coffee

Another time I’d be happy to pop in for a coffee, not only does Cheff serve coffee from 200 degrees,  a local supplier  but they have a selection of plant based milks to go with them.  If you’d rather have a cold drink, the cabinet is full of healthier energy drinks, vitamin rich fruit drinks and water

As well as local coffee Cheff also sells locally made chocolate from Lovely Fodder , who just happen to be next door

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So if you’re in the area why not give the ‘golden arches’ a miss and pop down Trent Boulevard, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham for some healthy fresh fast food.  I know I’ll be back

Copper cafe, Central Avenue

Copper cafe, Central Avenue

They’ve added a vegan breakfast to the menu

Copper

It was 18 months ago that I first went to Copper cafe on Central Avenue in West Bridgford to have breakfast. And I was presented with a less than appetising ensemble for the price of £7. I vowed never to go back.

copper breakfast sept 17

vegan breakfast sept 2017

But fast forward 18 months and I thought I’d give them another try,  and there is now a vegan breakfast on the menu and it was very tasty.  It’s basically a vegetarian breakfast but the scrambled egg and halloumi have been substituted for vegan friendly avocado and wilted spinach.  The little falafel balls were so flavoursome and had a lot of different textures, the mushroom was juicy and well cooked and they even had vegan spread for the hot toast. All for a standard price of £7.50

Vegan breakfast Feb 2019

Vegan breakfast Feb 2019

The breakfast is the only item on the menu that is specifically labelled as vegan, so I’d advise you to phone ahead to ask about the lunch time menu, cakes, etc. to see what if anything is on offer

Veganuary 2019: the story so far

Veganuary 2019: the story so far

Last year was a record breaking year for the number of people who signed up to be vegan for the month of January (and possibly beyond).  This year looks set to smash that figure, already over 250,000 people have signed the pledge to be vegan and the figure is set to rise to 300k by the end of the campaign

veganuary

The majority of people cite animal welfare and cruelty as the main reason for shunning, meat, fish, dairy, eggs and all of their by-products.  For some it’s also about protecting and preserving our planet, and for a smaller number it’s for health reasons.  Whatever inspires you to go vegan it can only be good news for all creatures that inhabit this precious resource
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And the retailers, restaurants, supermarkets and cafes have been quick to react to this growing trend, with more  vegan options on their menus and their shelves.  Making veganism even more assessable to the masses.

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

So if you are taking part in veganuary (and there’s still time if you haven’t signed up yet https://veganuary.com/blog/veganuary-2019-campaign-launch/), let me share with you a few tips, suggestions and easy peasy recipes to get you going or keep you motivated

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You will also find my article on West Bridgford Online https://www.westbridgfordonline.com/2019/01/susan-hart-veganuary-2019-the-story-so-far/

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  • Harvester (along with other ‘chain’ pubs) has launched a vegan menu, featuring a Jamaican style katsu curry, Pizza Hut’s jackfruit pizza has smashed all sales targets and will now feature in all its eateries.
  • But lets not forget our smaller independents; Fordes café, near Tudor Square has a decent range of sandwiches, plant based milk options etc.  As does the recently refurbished No 8 deli on Gordon Road. Chocks Away at Nottingham City Airport is gaining a reputation for delicious breakfasts and scrummy cakes. The Tea cosy at Edwalton has also added some vegan options to its menu and you can now have a vegan cream tea at Tiffin tea house on Abbey Road.  The newly opened Garden café in Cobden Chambers, city centre not only has imaginative and delicious dishes but a zero waste policy.  And I challenge you to eat a better value vegan fry up than the one served at the Avenues café on Sneinton Market. Its £4.50 and that includes a hot drink.  Bargain of the
  • And supermarkets are not taking it lying down either; Marks and Spencer’s recently launched vegan range ‘Plant kitchen’ is proving a hit.  Their cauliflower popcorn is very tatsy and it’s hard to find their vegan slaw as it keeps selling out.  Iceland not only have a ‘no bull’ range of vegan burgers, sausages etc but they are also committed to ditching palm oil – a major contributor to deforestation which reduces the habitat of orang-utans as well as removing plastic packaging from its own-brand products.

marks and spencer

  •  B&M are selling vegan wines for a very reasonable price, as are Aldi along with vegan milk, ready meals, tins of jackfruit, gluten free spaghetti etc
  • Probably Greggs vegan sausage roll got most people talking, with many shops selling out, and if it winds up Piers Morgan all the better!

sausage

  • In Nottingham we are also very lucky to have Sneinton Vegan market; an outdoor event that occurs on the first and third Saturday of every month.  There you will find vegan fast food, vegan products, clothing and delicious cakes, cheeses and breads.  All from local independent bakers and makers
Vegan sneinton Market

Vork Pies

  • And don’t forget your local greengrocer has been selling vegan friendly vegetables and fruits for years. That’s a point worth remembering because a lot of the new products hitting the shelves are processed, which means they could be higher in salt, sugar and fats.  I always advocate to my clients and cooking class guests that making most of their meals from scratch is not only cheaper but more filling and generally more nutritious
  • If you want to increase your repertoire of vegan dishes there are plenty of recipes out there to whet your appetite. A good place to start is the vegan society website https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipesand the Bosh boys cook up some mean dishes https://www.bosh.tv. I regularly share my favourite vegan recipes via my blog http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/japanese-broth-tofu/.

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  • If you need to build up your cooking confidence then why not come to one of my vegan cooking classes, where you will be guided through such delights as sweet potato falafels, beany tacos, mac no cheese or a classic nut roast

Professional baker-to-be

Professional baker-to-be

Last week I read a post on Facebook from Vicky Leigh asking for volunteers to taste and critique her vegan cake.  Well, it would have been rude not too.  So the following day two generous portions of cake were delivered.

vegan cake

Vicky had already warned me that it was the first time she’d made this banana biscoff cake, based on the ‘Bosh’ boys recipe (with some tweaks) and said the presentation wasn’t right; having run out of icing, it wasn’t looking as good as it could.

Well, I disagree, don’t you?  I think it looks professional and appetising

If you’d like to check out the original Bosh recipe follow a link to their tv channel https://www.bosh.tv/recipes/biscoff-coffee-cake

What did it taste like I hear you ask!

First of all it looked like any other sponge cake.  Now that’s a good thing in my book because some vegan cakes are very solid but Vicky’s cake was light and airy.

vegan cake

 

I bet if you waved that under anybody’s nose they would not assume it was vegan.  The taste was very caramel (thanks to the biscoff biscuits) and the banana didn’t overpower but made it nice and moist.  The butter cream, made with vegan spread was really creamy and not too sweet.

How many of you didn’t know those individually wrapped caramel biscuits you often get at coffee shops with your Americano were ‘accidentally vegan’!

vegan cake

All it all it was a winner and I’d happily pay for a slice with my oaty cappuccino, if it were served in a local coffee shop.

Which might be a possibility because if Vicky’s cakes prove tasty and popular it may become her new line of business.

Being creative is a constant learning exercise and after watching a few more ‘how to’ videos Vicky seems to have mastered the art of presentation.  This is another of her creations this time a simple (anything but!) chocolate cake

vegan cake

Isabel (another taster) had this to say “I tried the chocolate one and it was absolutely delicious, one of the best vegan chocolate cakes I’ve tried. Heaven.”

So here’s to many more vegan cake tasting experiences.   It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!

Vicky, the soon to be professional baker has done it again.  This time it’s a simple Victoria sponge, that’s been pimped up with some gorgeous pink frosting

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The inside was as good as the outside

But how did it taste….. wow amazing.  If I served this with a pop of tea no one would think it was vegan.  The cake was moist and light with the right amount of sweet jam and ‘butter’ cream.  The frosting was very light and almost mousse like in its consistency.

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I asked Vicky about the sugar she had used to make her frosting, and she admitted her usual make of sugar wasn’t available and the alternative just didn’t come top to scratch as it left a felt slightly graining feel.

It just proves every day is a ‘school day’ and there is always something new to lean and an experiment to me conducted.  But if the results are as good as this….Wow!

vegan cake

 

Another slice of Vicky’s vegan cakes made its way to me this week.  It was a variation on the biscoff cake.  It was very moreish, moist and very tasty.  Im not a massive cake eater so I found it a bit too sweet and the icing was a bit grainy.  Vicky explained that crushed biscoff biscuits were used in the icing hence the texture.

vegan cake

But a breakthrough came when we discussed how Vicky could have the caramel intensity without the grainy texture.  This is all part of perfecting the best cake ever, and sadly it may mean more taste testing for me.  Oh well somebodies got to do it!

vegan cake