Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Welcome to the breakfasts of my life (in the UK)

Regular readers of my blog would be clueless to the fact that I've recently moved overseas. For the next year Cardiff, Wales is my home and I intend to eat every vegan dish available in the city while I'm here. Tales of those meals are for another time.

Before arriving in Cardiff I spent some time in Manchester and Liverpool meeting up with friends and soaking in the vegan/vegan friendly culture.

8th day is a co-operative that runs a health food store and cafe. It is also the first place I saw hemp milk being legally sold for human consumption. A fine vegan breakfast is available at 8th day co-op in Manchester. Toast, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, sausages and some battered tofu triangles. There is really nothing to complain about with this other than that there should be more everything. It worked out to about £5 including a freshly squeezed juice.

This place was a very short walk from my hostel in Liverpool and it was well worth the walk. Their scrambled tofu doesn't have much going for it when compared to what you get in Melbourne but brown sauce can make up for that. Solid breakfast that comes with a coffee for only £4.50.

The highlight of the breakfast menu is the breakfast sundae. Violence-free yoghurt, granola and fruit compote.

I had both of these every day while I was in town. They also have sandwiches and a pretty solid dinner menu. It also has a very well-stocked bar (they had coopers!) and is a live music venue too.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Gluten free Meat cake

I think it was vegansaurus that first introduced me to meat cakes. Knowing that I was about to reach a major milestone in my life, I needed to mark the occasion with something out of the ordinary. It was to be  meat cake. I based the recipe on a fresh new stomach's thanksgiving cake. I used just over 1.5kg of tofu to make a multi-layered tofurkey cake with mashed potato icing. I made it GF too by using tamari instead of soy sauce and topped it with massel gravy just before serving.

Thanks to K for the pics and to the wonderful folks at Las Vegan for accommodating my peculiar cake eating ways so readily.