Thursday, 30 August 2018

Great British Bake Off Week 1 - Wagon Wheel


Who watched the first episode of the Great British Bake Off?! I get so excited when it comes on and I said to myself that this year I would try and make at least one recipe a week that they do. S0 of course for those who watched it know they made Wagon Wheels and I really wanted to give it a go.

I was inspired further by Livia's Kitchen with her gigantic Wagon Wheel which just looked amazing but I've still tweaked it a bit with my own version. Have a go and see what you think! Please tag me @bakelikeavegan_ on Instagram with any recipes you make I would love to see them :)


Recipe 

Prep: 40 minutes + 2 hours freezing time
Cook: no-bake 
Serves: 12 slices 

Ingredients

Base
200g oat flour
130g coconut flour
75ml coconut oil
tsp vanilla flavour
125ml honey (swap to maple syrup for vegan)
Jam Layer
Raspberry Jam 4/5tbsp 
Creamy layer
150g cashews soaked - these can be done overnight or simply put in a bowl and pour boiling water and leave for 15/20 minutes then out in food processor.
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
2 tbsp cashew butter
5 tbsp almond milk
3tbso coconut oil 
2 tbsp honey
Chocolate Layer
 100g dark choc melted (70% cocoa or over)
3 tbsp cacao powder
4 tbsp honey
3 tbsp almond milk


Method

✿Start by making your Base layer. Make your oat flour by putting oats in the food processor. Then add the coconut flour to blend together. 
✿Add flour to rest of Base ingredients and divide in half. Transfer one half to a lined cake tin (18cm) and press down until you have even surface.
✿Make your Creamy layer - add all ingredients into food processor to blend together. Spread over Base and put in freezer for 30/40 minutes.
✿Spread your Raspberry Jam on the creamy layer evenly and put back into the freezer for 30 minutes or until frozen.
✿Spread the remainder of base layer on top of the jam and put back in the freezer so everything firms up.
✿Make the chocolate layer - in a ban-marie, melt together all of the ingredients, stirring together till combined then remove from the heat. 
✿Place the wagon wheel on a rack or plate and pour over the dark chocolate - use a palette knife spreading the chocolate evenly around till covered. 
✿Eat whilst its fresh or keep in freezer for up to a week in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Christina
xx


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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Best Brunch In Amsterdam



Coming back from Amsterdam was a real struggle to be honest. It's definitely one of my favourite cities (I haven't been to many I'll admit but it will still be at the top) and I have already planned in my head the exact things I would do when I return - which I hope is soon! 

One of these 'things' will most definitely be finding more places for brunch. I'm not a breakfast kind of gal, in that yes I LOVE breakfast but I don't eat it at the allotted time in some eyes. My nana would call it 'Elevenses' in which her version would be tea and cake. God I love cake. 
But Amsterdam is full to the brim of the cuuuutest little cafes that are bursting with smoothies bowls, coconut lattes and sweet little homemade treats. The brunch culture here is evidently still growing which is why I have to return to try them all. 


Tell tale signs of the best cafes


- Healthy menu
- Probably have the word Vegan somewhere
- Adorn with rustic benches and vibrant instagram worthy decor.

So here are the BEST brunch spots (so far) that I stumbled upon in the lovely Amsterdam. 


1. Lavinia's Good Food


I don't even know how we found this it's really tucked away but once you're inside it's very delightful. Lavinia's brick walls and old bookshelves have a wonderful homey feel plus you will want to order everything on the menu. 

TRY: Shakshuka and Chai Latte

Find Lavinia'sKerkstraat 176, 1017 GT Amsterdam, Netherlands




2. The Avocado Show


This one was a recommendation and it did not disappoint. The Avocado Show only opened up back in November and has been a hot topic for foodies and avo lovers like myself ever since. Of course once we heard about it our curiosity led us to join the sort of long waiting list (you can't book) and our mouths salivated at the thought. Every dish comes with avocado - the burger bun, ice cream, smoothies!

TRY: Nachos, Pancakes, Heart Beet Rose toast

Find the Avocado Show DaniĆ«l Stalpertstraat 61, 1072 XB Amsterdam, Netherlands





3. Pluk


Probably the girliest cafe I've ever been to, Pluk is laiden with pastel pink cushions and whitewashed benches giving you the perfect Nordic style cafe. It also sells charming little home accessories which reflect their unique lifestyle of happiness and content. I wish I had bought something! Their menu boasts a selection of healthy dishes for breakfast and lunch and on the front counter there are many exquisite cakes with bright colours and unicorn decorations. 

TRY: Acai bowl, Pluk Breakfast, Beetroot Latte

Find PlukReestraat 19, 1016 DM Amsterdam




4. Bakers and Roasters


This cafe I never actually got to go to but it sounded so good I thought I too would recommend it. Serving all of your favourite brunch dishes (separate pages for eggs and bowls!) their menu screams tasty and hearty. They do many veggie and vegan options too which I have drooled over and I'm gutted I didn't get to go - but a great excuse to go back nonetheless!

WHAT I WOULD HAVE: Vege Brekkie or Summer Bircher Muesli, Matcha Latte

Find Bakers and Roasters: Kadijksplein 16
1018 AC Amsterdam

Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54
1072 BH Amsterdam





Let me know your favourite Brunch spots

Christina
xx











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Friday, 3 August 2018

Plastic Free July Update



Afternoon everyone, two irrelevant mentions today, I am very hungry as I write this - not ideal when the post includes food. And later I am off to see Motown wheheyyyy which I'm super excited about. Maybe I'll write a post about must see shows? Hmm.

More onto the topic of today, PLASTIC FREE JULY.

My sister and I pledged to each other that we would do this and the first week or so we took it seriously to the point where I nearly cried because it became so hard, oh my god was it difficult.
And now here we are at the start of August, July over and done with and I feel as though I should reflect on that month of trying to be more sustainable.

Firstly, what an incredible idea to do that. The thing with trying to eradicate the use of harmful sources is that most people need to take baby steps. So instead of saying "let's get rid of plastic entirely" the founder of PFJ thought let's at least try one month and see how we get on. As the saying goes

"Small changes make a Big difference"


So yes, the first 2 weeks I would say was fine. We have this lovely International Supermarket in my high street which sells all of their fruit and veg loose so actually the majority of fruits and veggies we could get were plastic and it was fantastic! except for berries and spinach but very minor of course. I mean look at how much we got!


Then we started to notice that it wasn't just food we needed to be wary of (always thinking about our stomachs eh). I was buying things like washing up liquid and bin bags and I thought nothing of it. We couldn't buy pasta or rice because they come in plastic packaging. Not the end of the world of course but it is a staple in our household. My mind was and is still going crazy at how much we actually use. By the end of PFJ we did become a bit lazy with it I'll admit because we were SO frustrated at what we couldn't buy that we sort of rebelled. Not exactly the right attitude to take but something we felt so strongly about when people around us were buying plastic left right and center. One girl at the gym noticed my reusable water bottle and said because it was so big (it's one litre) she would just rather keep buying them than carry it around. It's people like this who are ignorant that let us down!! It makes me so angry. 

If I've learnt anything from trying to reduce my plastic intake it's that actually I do a whole lot more than a lot of people do so I really shouldn't be to hard on myself. 

My pledge to myself is to continue to be mindful about this as I possibly can. Unfortunately I am still going to buy things like pasta and toilet roll that where I am from you cannot buy it in loose form although that would be incredible! I am not perfect at this but I have loved the challenge of doing so. Will you join the pledge?


Christina
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