23 February 2013

Baking Up a Storm

In June last year, my friend Stacey and I went to a cupcake decorating class in Brighton. While I have by no means perfecting the art of piping, my decorating has gotten a lot better! Practice makes perfect, so even though Nat and I live alone, cupcakes are still baked by the dozen, giant bags of icing sugar are ripped open with a flourish, chocolate is melted and turned into ganache, piping bags are filled and icing flows through my fast growing collection of plastic and metal icing tips.

Vegan chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Vegan chocolate raspberry blackout cake with raspberry icing and chocolate ganache

Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Coffee cupcakes with chocolate and coffee icing

Banana cupcakes with banana icing, chocolate and dried bananas

Baking for Halloween: Vegan chocolate cupcakes with coconut icing

Vegan Speculoos cupcakes

22 February 2013

Back on it

I've had all the best intentions of keeping this blog updated, taking photos of virtually every meal, making mental notes of the places I've dined at, downloading the right apps on my phone... And yet here I am a year later, tending to its neglected posts with a heap of photos and memories to sort through.

I've made a few changes over the past year, one of is which is that I'm now a pescatarian. This decision was a difficult one to make, which was a few years in the making and I basically came to the decision to change my diet for my health. That is not to say you cannot have a healthy lifestyle on a vegetarian or vegan diet alone; I am still predominantly vegetarian and I often prepare vegan meals for my boyfriend and I, but noticed a significant change in my energy levels and well-being when little amounts of fish were introduced to my diet (namely salmon) which I did not get by taking vegan DHA. My stance on animal welfare has, of course, not changed.

I found this site really interesting: http://www.fishfight.net/

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