Monthly Archives: August 2013

Yummy photos

I would really like someone to invent taste-able photos. Not the kind of thing where you can lick a sticky spot on a page, I wish you could look at a photo and actually experience what it tastes like. Although, involuntarily tasting something really disgusting could be a downside to this. I’m writing my dissertation at the moment and it’s all a bit sci-fi/futuristic, it’s rubbing off. The point of this post isn’t tomorrow’s world technology, it’s photos of yummy things. It’s a bit of a selection of things that I’ve made but haven’t blogged.

Before I went to Spain I made this orange and poppy seed cake, it tasted pretty good.

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dairy free orange and poppy seed cake

dairy free orange and poppy seed cake

This next one was a recipe I saw on Cupcakes Always Win (what an awesome name for a blog) and I’m going through a bit of a coconut phase so had to try it. I made one disastrous batch, modified again and then made this one. I changed the recipe slightly as I used gelatine instead of agar flakes as they were about 4 times cheaper and I’m not vegan or vegetarian. So I just poured half a can of coconut milk into a measuring jug, topped it up to one pint with boiling water and added a few spoonfuls of sugar. Gave it a good stir and added a sachet and a half of powdered gelatine, in the fridge for a few hours et voila! I love the layer of coconut cream that rises to the top.

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coconut jelly with raspberries

 

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I also made some cookies for my boyfriend to take on his trip away this weekend. His favourite spiced cookie recipe. We saved a few to keep in the cookie jar.

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And last but by no means least, my sister made this amazing cricket themed cake for her boyfriend’s birthday. I was in Spain at the time and she had warned me to expect slightly panicky facetimes about this cake, but there was nothing of the sort, she’s a pro! They are her photos too! I’m so proud.

Cricket cake

 

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This thing called IBS

I warn you now, if it’s yummy home baked cakey goodness you’re after, this post probably isn’t what you’re looking for. There’s no cake here, just my account of how I manage the mysterious and unexplained syndrome that they call IBS.

When I was first “diagnosed” with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) my sister, who was about 5 years into medical school at the point, said doctors use the term “syndrome” because everything about your gut seems normal but it doesn’t function properly. It’s basically an unexplained illness. I was full of questions. What causes it? How do you treat it? Is it curable? To which the resounding answer was “no-one really knows”. The only slightly reassuring thing is this:  IBS is one of the most common problems of the digestive system – about two in 10 people in the UK have IBS and it’s twice as common in women than men. IBS can develop at any age, but most people have their first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 35.* As a twenty something woman, I was definitely not the only one.  I’m also not the worst off, by far. I’ve read other people’s symptoms and it seems like I’ve got off pretty lightly. For me, controlling my diet, exercise and stress levels are the most important things to keep me normal.  Continue reading

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A day of firsts – awards and swiss meringue buttercream

When I first started blogging it was mainly just to keep a sort of diary of the things I was making, but I’ve got much more into the writing and finding other wonderful blogs that inspire me.

The fabulous Nell from I Need a Feed nominated me for a Best Moment Award. Seeing as this is my first award nomination I wasn’t too sure what the protocol is, but the idea is that you go on and nominate some other blogs you love and write an acceptance speech!

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My acceptance speech…… I’d like to thank my Mum (this seems a very overused opening line but is the only way to start really!) as she let me explore in the kitchen, teach me all the basic skills and still believes in me even when I have massive baking fails. I’d like to thank my boyfriend who actually suggested I should start blogging and has been an avid “liker” and re-tweeter of all my posts, and happily devours just about everything I make. My friends and other family have also been great, honest testers/guinea pigs. The change to dairy free seemed daunting at first, but I’ve been so happy to share my experiences and things that I’ve learnt with other people in a similar situation and I couldn’t have done that joining the amazing community of food bloggers.

Now I’d like to nominate these blogs that I love:

An Unrefined Vegan

The Little Loaf

Hungry Little Baker

Sensitive Flour

Trinity’s Kitchen

The Healthy Flavour

And the rules for the Best Moment Award are:

  • Winners re-post this completely with their Acceptance Speech.
  • This could be written or video recorded.
  • Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees!
  • The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES: What makes a good acceptance speech?

  • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way – Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
  • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

 

There has been another first as well – I made dairy free Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I was really quite chuffed with it, and so surprised by how marshmallowy it tasted! These vanilla cupcakes with a strawberry centre went down a treat. It’s a new vanilla cupcake recipe I’m trying out and once I’ve perfected both cupcake and buttercream I’ll share the recipes, but here are the photos for now!

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Spanish Scones

Ok, this isn’t a Spanish recipe for scones, it’s an English recipe for scones in Spain. CakeyKate is on holiday! It’s really tough, there’s not a cloud in sight, a light breeze blowing past the solar-heated pool and my mum cooking awesome food.  Yeh, really tough.

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I am, however, taking the time to actually start writing my dissertation, which strangely enough doesn’t seem that daunting a task when you have this view to look at. It also helps that we’re pretty much in the middle of nowhere between several large hills, so there aren’t many distractions, except when you fall asleep reading Plato in the sunshine by the pool…..

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Scones or chocolate muffins? Both.

I wanted to make scones, my boyfriend wanted something yummy in his lunch box (yes I did say boyfriend not small child), so I made dairy free scones for me and very chocolatey, also dairy free, chocolate muffins for him.

Another reason for making scones was so that I could try out the whipped coconut cream I’ve come across many times whilst browsing dairy free recipes. I can’t claim any kind of ownership over this recipe, there are many versions of it out there and it is so simple I’m not sure you could adapt it at all.

My sister came up with the combination of lemon curd and coconut cream to go with the scones, British/tropical heaven! The only thing I would do differently with these scones is makes twice as many!

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