Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Ice cream and a news article.

So today I was in the local news paper which is great Deerly Beloved Bakery!

I also made some delicious ice cream to enjoy in the sunshine! It's alot cheaper to make than the vegan ice creams out there and they are also alot simpler in their ingredients. No fillers or thickeners here. I buy frozen fruit at the local supermarket. It is probably higher in vitamins as it would have been frozen soon after picking and is also alot cheaper than say, fresh blueberries which can be so expensive!
I made a mango and blueberry ice cream, however be inventive! Think frozen bananas, raspberries, peaches, blackcurrants, vegan yoghurt, for a more indulgent treat add choc chips to cherries, broken biscuits or cookies, vegan toffee, the list is endless!

1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup soya milk + a little more to loosen if needed

Literally get all the ingredients together and blitz in a processor till smooth! Make sure the fruit is straight from the freezer and the soya milk straight from the fridge. Sometimes I use soy yoghurt for a thicker richer flavour, but this recipe is so refreshing on a hot day! Serve and eat immediately!
Who's not happy to eat ice cream and get some of their 5 a day to boot!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Harrisa roasted vegetables with sun dried tomato polenta. Gluten Free.

This is a yummy and low maintenance meal. It is also gluten free! I popped the veggies in the oven while I had a bath, and then did the polenta which is quick, quick, quick! This happily serves 4. I was greedy and plated the lot up, but even Kyle couldn't finish it all, so we have it as a tasty lunch today too! I used a good harrisa paste here to speed things up but you can easily make your own with chilli's, garlic, coriander, cumin and a good glug of oil to loosen. Whizz it up in a processor and voila!

Half a red pepper sliced
A large aubergine sliced
A courgette sliced
2 garlic cloves sliced fine
4 teaspoons of a good harrisa paste. (They all vary in strength so add more or less to how hot you like it)
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Handful of  black olives

Polenta Ingredients:
2 cups of polenta (quick cooking polenta)
4 cups of water
1 tbsp of Bouillon stock powder
1/3 cup of olive oil
5 sun dried tomatoes in oil chopped
3 tbsp of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes
salt to taste

Okay, so pre heat your oven to 200c. Then place the aubergine slices in the bottom of a large cooking dish, sprinkle the slices with salt and with a spoon rub in some harrisa paste. Place the red pepper and courgette slices, garlic, olives, tomatoes, a sprinkle of pepper, salt and the olive oil on top of the aubergine. Place in the oven for 25 to 30 mins, keep an eye on it after 20 mins so that it doesn't burn. You want these veggies to roast and the tomato juice to reduce but burnt bits are a no go!
Right when your veggies are looking nice turn your oven down a smidge and get this polenta cookin!
In a sauce pan, bring the water, stock powder, salt and oils to the boil, when it is just bubbling add the polenta in a thin stream to the water stirring constantly with a whisk. Add the tomatoes.  It will soon thicken. Be careful as it will start to bubble when it is done and has a tendency to spit polenta on to your busy stirring hands!
Okay so plate up your polenta, pile those veggies on top and tuck in!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

More pics of the zine convention and my visit to Manchester.

So here are some more pics of the zine convention I catered for last weekend. My Boyfriend Kyle had a stall too, swapping and selling his brilliant zine Silent V. We also had a great time visiting Kyle's family, friends and his dog Maisie!

We also had a trip to one of our favourite cafes Oklahoma! It is not totally vegan but has lots of vegan options to choose from. It also has a wonderful shop selling everything from quirky jewelery, postcards, kitchen ware and dolls to tea towels, lip balm and note books. I love it!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Zine convention!

picture by Mathew Orlinski

Saturday was an amazing day! A huge thanks to Natalie for putting on such a great event and to everyone who came and ate my bakes! I totally sold out so thanks again!

More pictures to come once I get back to Norwich and upload them! But until then this link is pretty cute...

and here is the special edition of The Shrieking Violet zine! There's a recipe from me on page 12.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Deerly Beloved Bakery facebook page.

Go join, you know you want to!

Also just a reminder that I am catering for the fanzine convention at Victoria Baths in Manchester on saturday! Can't wait!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Deerly Beloved Bakery is official!

May is always a big month for me, big changes always seem to happen, and this week I officialy go self employed! It has happened very quickly and I am so excited! I feel like I have won the lottery! My cakes are also on sale at Rainbow Wholefoods, Pulse cafe bar and Tom's food store on St Benedicts street!
I would like to say a huge thanks to my Mum and Plops, my Baddeley Mum and Dad, Welly, and Darren for cake deliveries! Vada, George, Grace, Tammy, Stephen and Henry, Natalie Shrieking Violet, and everyone else who has supported me and eaten cakes along the way! Also a big thankyou to my Kyle for putting up with my grumps and the washing up, I love ya!   
Right I had better go make some cakes!

My cakes at Rainbow!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011