On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at

 If you're puzzled by the blog title it's the name of a traditional Yorkshire folk song and Ilkley was the destination for a surprise birthday day out the other week. We had a great day mooching round the charity shops and stocking up on Christmas treats from the Booths supermarket there.

One of the reasons that Matt had picked Ilkley was Veggie Cafe. The food was wonderful. Fresh and flavourful, well presented and had some nice little touches. I loved the little dishes of dips that came with both our choices containing mango chutney, homemade hummus and tapenade and almond and pea puree.

The first plate is a portabello burger in a tasty grilled bun and the bottom dish is a meze plate that as well as the aforementioned dips also included falafel wontons and cauliflower fritters.

Although they were labelled as dairy free rather than vegan we were delighted to find out that all the cakes on offer were SFV. After some deliberation we went for a cardomon and pistachio cake and a triple chocolate cake.

Both were excellent and the cafe has a great range of teas to accompany them. We will definitely be back for another visit.

Finally here's my birthday cake that I made for my family visiting. It was a simple chocolate cake livened up with chocolate black forest buttercream made with flavoured icing sugar from Sugar and Crumbs and topped with dark chocolate stars which are part of the Divine Christmas range.


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