It was Matt's birthday last week so we had both our families over to celebrate. We made two huge roasted vegetable lasagnes served with green salad and garlic bread. If you've not discovered this super easy bechamel sauce recipe from Deerly Beloved Bakery you should definitely check it out. It's brilliant and is all done in a blender with no heating and stirring involved! It went down well and most people had seconds.
For dessert I made two cakes. The first was a coffee and walnut cake from the Cake Scoffer. This is an old favourite that I've made many times and is a great cake recipe particularly for new vegan bakers. The Scoffer series of booklets were written by Ronny who lives near me in Glossop and they are all brilliant. The sequel Return Of the Cake Scoffer is still available but the original Cake Scoffer is now out of print. There's a few copies on Amazon for over £20 so if you do spot one at a vegan fair you should definitely snap it up! There's also the Salad Scoffer and the Breakfast Scoffer.
Matt requested a Victoria Sponge and I had to admit that I'd never attempted a vegan one before. I used the recipe from the Ms Cupcake cookbook and it was a great success. It's an easy recipe and came together quickly. I will definitely make this again although I would halve the frosting recipe. As I ended up with loads of frosting leftover I whipped up a batch of peanut butter cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World for Matt to take into work.
I started on a bit of a health kick last October and everything was going great with healthy eating and daily exercise until the week before Christmas. I was feeling better than I had done in years until I got up one morning with a bad pain in my left foot whenever I put weight on it. After hobbling around for a week I went to the doctors who put me on prescription painkillers over Christmas and told me to come back in the New Year if it hadn't improved. It didn't and got worse with my ankle continually swelling up too. An x-ray didn't give any clues and then a week ago I had an MRI scan which showed that I had fractured my heel! Seems like it was a combination of rubbish trainers and repetative exercise on my hardwood living room floor. It seems to be finally on the mend and I'm hoping to start using my exercise bike next week. I've been pretty fed up with it all in January and February and my good habits went out of the window and there's been lots of carb heavy food and sweet treats. I found this book Sweet and East Vegan for £3.99 in a discount book store recently so I'm going to be trying out some of the healthier treats from this. Has anyone come across this book and made anything from it?