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Thursday 11 April 2013

FIVE... what you waitin FOUR....

.. if ya wanna three three two two one, LET'S DO IT!

I miss the 90s.


So this blog turned 5 years old in March (dodgy 90s song reference duly explained?); I can't believe it.  If it were my baby s/he'd be in school by now - and sorely neglected, but that's a whole nother matter and this just started to get weird. 

So yeah food.  I haven't posted in so long that it is feckin April already and I haven't even shown you my christmas dinner. By this point I know you're thinking 'no one gives a shit Sal'.  And I could probably keep the pic and post it this year if my christmas dinner turns out shit.  But I won't.  Here it is!  I used Julie Hasson's awesome recipe from Vegan Diner for the chicken style roast.  I've made this 3 or 4 times now, it is so easy and tasty!

Merry Christmas! :o)
I made a Christmas cake too but I forgot to take a pic.  So here are the gingerbread cupcakes with lemon icing that I made instead of my usual chocolate log (recipe from vegan cupcakes take over the world).
A few weeks ago I went down to Brighton for VegFest where my awesome friend Jojo had a stall for her not-for-profit bakery. Look at all those cakes!  They were amazing and she was sold out about half way through the day.  There were a lot of disappointed faces on those that didn't have the sense to get there early I can tell you.  This doesn't even show them all but as you are all well aware, I fail at photography.
Afterwards, I went over to my Brother and his Fiancee's place to spend the night and so I decided the night before to make them some cookies.  I wanted to make chocolate cookies with mint extract and chunks of minty chocolate in, because my bro is a fan of mint chocolate. But I couldn't find ANY minty chocolate!  So I bought these things....
Genius right? No.  They are basically just sugar so they turned into a caramelly hard sugar mess instead of cookies.
Speaking of fails - PASTY FAIL!
By the way my pasty fail face is similar to aforementioned cookie fail face. Only less bovvered. Cuz I still gonna eat it.
And just so this isn't a post full of fail - JAZZY UNFAIL. Cuz who doesn't like a cat in a box with laser eyes? Weirdos, that's who!

What else can I show you.... oh yes. Pie!  This is the wonderfully fabulous Mixed Mushroom, Porcini & Ale pie from Mildred's in Soho, that I had on a day in London with my BFFs. It comes with chips and my favourite vegetable: mushy peas.

I had dessert too: it was some sort of chocolate truffle cake but looking on their menu now I don't see it, so I dunno the right name for it. GAH.

This next pic was a jolly nice pasta dish that I knocked up when I was trying to think of something to do with the half a leftover vegusto sausage!

So I fried it in a wee bit of oil then added a chopped tomato, some chopped (jarred) roasted red pepper, garlic, a shallot and a good squeeze of tomato puree.  I added a bit of pasta water to make a sauce, some light soya cream and a crap tonne of nooch.  Oh and lots of red chili flakes.  Then some fresh basil on top to make it seem fancy.  It was GOOD.

And lastly but not leastly I made a massive shepherds pie, because my friend was coming over and I figured I would eat leftovers for a day or so. But she didn't end up eating at mine so I had to finish it off myself.  After 6 days I was kind of glad to see the end of it, even though it was super delish.

I used lentils as the base and the topping was half regular and half sweet potato, which is a magical combo!

I'm outta here.



  1. Sal, your blog posts aways make me actually LOL... and I do not write LOL lightly!

    I love your cookies fail, something similar happened to me when I put crushed up candy canes in a cupcake!

    1. Yes I think I tried candy canes in baked goods once and they just turned in molten lumps of sadness!

  2. Happy blogoversary! Glad you've stayed in the game for so long. :)

    And OMG, mint chocolate. I don't care how ugly the cookies came out, I would gladly take them off your hands.

  3. Your fails made me laugh, as it made me feel better about mine! ha!
    I think no matter how bad a pasty looks it usually tastes good
    Talking about five, did you watch 'The Big Reunion' huge nostalgia fest!

    1. I missed most of the reunion, I just watched a couple.

      I wanted to see the Five one.

  4. I love 90s music.
    I love your Mildred photos, because I ate that pie and that truffle cake when I was there so many years ago and it makes me feel nostalgic!

    Happy fifth birthday to one of my favourite blogs. :)

  5. It's always so nice to see an update from you! I'm with Susan, your blog is one of my favorites too. Happy blog-birfday! Wing-It will also be five this year. How time flies by!

    It's never too late to share Christmas food pictures. Aww, sad cookie fail face! I don't think there is such thing as a pasty fail though. Pasties are awesome! The picture of the lentil shepherds pie just killed me! That's one of my favorite dishes, but I've never tried it with half potato and half sweet potato. Sounds tasty!

    Jazzy looks like she's about to zap somebody with her laser eyes!


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