Thursday, 26 August 2010

Guess who's back ... back again...

....Shady's back, tell a friend...... hee hee

HELLOOOOOOO! It's been ages hasn't it, I'm bad! Honestly I just haven't felt like blogging lately, a few crap things happened at the beginning of the month but I won't bore you with that because life is starting to look a bit better now. So managed to finally kick myself into blogging mode! Which means I got a lot a pics for you!

Starting with a dinner this week - roasted veg an polenta. I think this is my new favourite thing to do with veg - hit them with balsamic vinegar after they've roasted. Last night I made more and they were even better but I didn't take a pic. Last night I mixed courgettes, sweet potato, mushrooms, butternut squash, red peppers and red onions with a little bit of olive oil, some dried herbs and chopped garlic. Then roasted them at 180C/350F for about 45 mins. Once done, I poured over 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and a handful of chopped parsley and mixed. They were awesome!




Cookies! I know I know, I've blogged these before, but they are so damn delicious. They are the rocky roads from Vegan Cookies.... These were a present for a friend's birthday.



Pacakes!! Chocolate blueberry pancakes, they weren't great but they hit the spot with a good glug of golden syrup on (maple syrup is about £5 a bottle at the moment, so I had to cheap it!!)


This was a cake I made my friends and I for dessert a few weekends ago, it had big chunks of raspberry and mango in and a sugary, crunchy coconut crumb topping. It was lovely and I'm going to work on the recipe a bit before I post it.


Dinner that day was pie! I made a simple pie crust from 1.5 cups of flour, 3 tbsp of vitalite and 3 tbsp of shortening, a bit of salt and then cold water until it came together. The filling was linda mccartney mince, mushrooms, peas, onions, a bit of red wine and some stock with some bisto powder added. Delish! I just did some plain new potatoes and sugar snaps to go with. It was such a nice day that we ate this on the balcony in the sun! Where oh where did that sun go??



This was inspired by the news that my town is getting a wagamamas soon! YAY! I had a go at making something like one of their soups that i love - the name of it escapes me. But it has fried mushrooms, tofu, pak choi, beansprouts (which I didn't have) and other veg in a lovely broth with noodles. Mine wasn't as good as theirs but it was pretty freakin delicious.


Last month I went to the Sonisphere festival and we had quite a lot of tent-side barbecues. Most of the food was not really blog-worthy but there was a veggie food stand that did the best burgers ever..... In the words of Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction "MMMM HMMM, that's a tasty burger!"


Here's some muffins I made. This pic is so old, I can't even remember what flavour they were, but I have a sneaking suspicion they had spices and walnuts in.


Man, this pic is OLD! I made a lasagne, using Linda Mc mince and lovely white sauce. I topped it with a bit of nooch. The dough balls were awesome, I was winging it but I really wish I'd written down the recipe!! Next time I will I promise.


Close of the dough balls after baking and brushing with melted vitalite.


I tried making the crash hot potatoes that were all the rage on blogs a while ago. They were good but....


I dropped them getting them out the oven and lost a couple! :-(


And here is pics from a PPK meet up back in early July - look at all that food, it was awesome. There were sausage rolls, calzones, pasta salads, falafels, cheezly straws, cupcakes, cookies ..... and a baby! We didn't eat him though - he was too cute!


My contribution was the east coast coffee cake from vegan brunch - the jam swirl variation. I also made carrot falafels again, but didn't take a pic. They are in my last post though if you want to see them.


That's about it for now.
Laterz
xXx

15 comments:

  1. Blogger is hating me at the moment. I just typed a lovely comment, only to have it not work, now I must do it all again!

    Anyway, I am glad to see you back. I think the unblogging bug has been going around lately. I am sorry that things were not good for a while. :( But hurrah that they are looking up now!

    What a tragedy - those beautiful potatoes all over the floor!

    Also, your Wagamama's inspired soup looks to die for!

    But really, thank you *so* much for my new ear worm, right as I am about to go to sleep. 'Guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back, na na na nah.' ;)

    Fingers crossed that blogger will accept this comment!

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  2. Love you blog! So excited to see new posts x

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  3. Always great to see new stuff on your blog! Especially food that looks that great!

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  4. Looks like the crash hot potatoes went CRASH! That sucks. I totally woulda salvaged them off the floor, but I'm gross like that. :-) Also, you didn't eat the baby?! What a waste! Kidding. I probably wouldn't have eaten him either.

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  5. Welcome back! I'm sorry the month didn't start so well. Yay for everything getting better!

    Those dough balls look really tasty and so does the coffee cake. I love that recipe.

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  6. YAY! You're back. You have been missed.
    That mango and raspberry cake looks mighty fine, looking forward to the recipe for that.I'm happy for you that Wagamama's is coming to your town - we always go when we're in Bournemouth and it is the bestest. Have you ever had their endamame? I make it all the time it is my favourite snacking thing.

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  7. Cake AND pie?? I hope your friends know how lucky they are.
    Love your photos as ever Sal. Your posts always give me ideas (and make me hungry).

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  8. Welcome back agai, Sal! Please stay? *puppy eyes* :)

    How come you didn't eat the baby? Did he not taste good? Mwahaha!

    OK - the soup thing with the fried stuff is downright evil. Will you share the recipe with us when you're ready? Is that a big chunk of fried tofu floating around there? It's quite evil! *WANT*

    Poor potatoes! The ones that survive the accident look yummy though, as does every single friggin' thing you made. Even that mystery muffin looks deliciously golden glossy! :)

    I'm sorry your month started off crappily, but I'm glad things are looking better! *hugs* *steals your mystery muffin while you're distracted with the hugs*

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  9. Good to see you back again, Sal!

    Looks like you've been making some great looking food! And I dropped roasted potatoes on the floor the other night when taking them out of the oven :( so sad.

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  10. We do a lot of veg and polenta around here. COOKIES! Man, that picnic sounds fun.

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  11. Hahah oh my :) everything looks so good! Especially those chocolate blueberry pancakes. I love your blog!

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  12. Roasted veg and polenta sounds awesome! And that coffee cake was sooo good. It's the first time I've had it in probably 10 years.

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  13. mmmmmmm
    what is that in the 1st pic?
    What is the polenta mixed with?
    Looks yummy

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  14. Do you fancy sharing your recipe for the wagamama's dish? I've always wanted to replicate it but I can never get the 'gravy' right. It looks delicious!

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  15. Welcome back, so happy to see your words and yummies again! With so many delicious foods, I think that more than make up for your absence. :)

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