Saturday, 24 September 2016

Viva Porthcawl Elvis Festival

Even though I had a busy week at work and was looking forward to a low action chilled weekend, we had already unknowingly made plans for the weekend and there was no lazing around.

First there was Saturday: there was the annual Elvis Festival in Porthcawl and then Sunday I wanted to go the first Vegan Welsh Festival in Cardiff. 

A few years ago we were excited to find out about the Elvis Festival in Porthcawl.  Apparently it the world largest Elvis festival.  Its now in its 12th year and of course, D as an Elvis Presley fan just had to attend (and for those of you curious, no there was no Elvis quiff).  

For those of you who have not heard it this event, every September thousands of Elvis Presley fans and impersonators mostly from around the U.K descend upon the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl in South Wales. During the annual Elvis Festival Porthcawl gets dubbed at Porth Vegas!
Here is when we went to the Elvis Festival in 2014And here are some selected photographs from Saturday. 

I am sharing these with Sunday Snap hosted by JibberJabber UK; and My Sunday Photo hosted by One Dad 3 Girls. 
Click here to see photographs from the Elvis Festival in 2014.

Chocolate and Plum Cake

The past month, I have been making, baking and eating some variation of Plum Cake, but this is one of the most delicious cakes I have made in a while. 
As much as D likes chocolate, he is not really a fan of chocolate flavoured things but he also adored this too.
The sponge was almost fondant like, perhaps my whipping and whisking made a difference this time.
I am sharing this We Should Cocoa that celebrates  six years of sharing chocolate sweet and savoury recipes; and Bake of the Week hosted by Casa Costello .
For the Chocolate and Plum Cake follow the recipe here, but reduce the flour by 50g and replace it with 50g cocoa powder. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Vegan Beetroot and Soy 'Lamb' Curry

Another long working week and I am so glad its Friday.

Let the weekend begin.  
I made this vegan Beetroot and Soy Lambless Curry last week with one of the beetroots that was bestowed upon me by a friend of a friend who has an allotment.  I made Beetroot Chutney with one of it and the other, I made this Pakistani Beetroot Curry.

I've had beetroot in a curry before, 
Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry
and Red Onion, Red Cabbage and Beetroot Curry
In some South Asians home cooking beetroot with lamb known as Chukhandar Gosht  is quite popular, I have to admit it was not smoothing I grew up eating, but when I saw the recipe a few years back on blogosphere, I bookmarked to make a vegetarian version of it with faux meat.  Well here it is, the 'lamb' is replaced with vegamigo Soy Schnetzel which I used for my Ethiopian Tibs recipe.  I have found Soy Schnetzel so much nicer than supermarket brand faux soy pieces.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Graffiti and VX Bristol Vegan Junk Food

I still have loads of photographs to share from my holiday in England, but over the weekend on impulse we went to the city of Bristol.

Although the were not many new additions to the Bristol Graffiti art scene, we did spot some. Here are some photographs of Bristol Graffiti Art: Love it or Hate it - its one of the things that makes Bristol the vibrant and colourful city it is. 

If your interested in Bristol Graffiti Art, you will may be interested in the links below too. 
Graffiti Art Down Bristol Alleys
Stokes Croft: Relentless Optimism
Stokes Croft: Part of Bristol Graffiti Art
Welcome to Bristol Graffiti Art Part 1
Welcome to Bristol Graffiti Art Part 2

Monday, 19 September 2016

Dwindling Harvest

The fruit and vegetables in my garden plot are beginning to dwindle
I share some golden and red cherry tomatoes from the greenhouse.  The lettuce has either bolted or the slugs have got to them. 
A handful of runner beans.  We didn't plant that many, but we have have enjoyed them mostly steamed over the past month.
Although I have some beetroot growing in my garden, a friend of a good friend handed me a brown paper bag that contained some beetroot from her allotment plot.  I thought it would be rude not to accept as it was a gift to welcome the start of a new working relationship.  I made this Beetroot Chutney.  I will share the recipe later in the week. 
In the paper brown bag, there were also a couple of allotment grown carrots.  D was a little jealous of the soil covered carrots as we didn't grow any this year, next year we hope we will. I am going to enjoy these two carrots, simply grated in a salad or coleslaw.
The nasturtium flowers are still growing in my garden plot, but some of the plants are turning to seed.   I harvested some fresh green nasturtium seeds for preserving.  Recipe coming soon, so if your interested come back later in the week. 
I mentioned last week that many of the plums had fallen to the ground and bruised.  These are the last of my homegrown plums, other than those still hanging on the branches trying not to be bullied by the breeze and be knocked down to the ground. 
I am sharing this post with  Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave over Our Happy Acres.