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Glasgow is now Britain’s best city for vegans, according to Peta. Jane Hughes picks the city’s top vegan hangouts, plus other great meat- and dairy-free restaurants around Britain

The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Britain
Vegan rose and pistachio cake at 78 Cafe Bar in Glasgow.

The campaigning activities of Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are designed to shock, with bucketloads of fake blood, semi-nudity and sexy vegetables. But have they gone too far this time? Quite a few cages were rattled when Peta announced last week that the best city for vegans in the UK is … Glasgow. Has Brighton really lost its crown?

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Ms Cupcake baking range – British Baker

Ms Cupcake baking book

Ms Cupcake baking range launched

Ms Cupcake collaborates with TK Maxx23 July, 2013By Antonia HawkenVegan bakery owner Mellissa Morgan has launched a bakeware line in TK Maxx.From the founder of Ms Cupcake in Brixton, the range consists of five pieces: a 20cm sandwich mould; 20cm sandwich mould twin-pack; a 2lb loaf mould; six-cup muffin silicone mould; and eight-cup heart muffin silicone mould.The twin sandwich mould pack has a RRP of £24, and the rest of the collection has a RRP of £12.50 each.

Speaking about the launch and the use of silicone, Morgan said: “Silicone is a very versatile product and can be used in the oven, microwave and freezer. It’s dishwasher safe, but the non-stick properties are so good is very easy to hand wash in warm water.” Continue reading

KTC coconut oil review – from bottle to pan

This post is the cooking with KTC coconut oil review! This comes off the back of the recent investigation into KTC coconut oil, to see whether it was hydrogenated or not. I’m NOT going to use hydrogenated oil or fat, it’s a long way from good. This investigation indicated that generally KTC coconut oil is fine to use. Not as fine as raw, organic, virgin coconut oil but usable and so so much more affordable. If you want to have a deeper look at the refining process, read the post on refined coconut oil, which explains a lot of what goes into the KTC refining process.

Reviewing KTC coconut oil

So, this means I will now be reviewing using KTC coconut oil for cooking and any other purposes. Before any reviewing can take place, the stuff needs to be removed from the bottle. Bizarrely, KTC bottle their coconut oil, which is probably fine in India but the temperature in the UK is usually insufficient to loosen the oil enough to use it. We need to decant. Continue reading

Ms Cupcake’s snickerdoodles recipe or cinnamon cookies…

When I was asked to review the Ms Cupcake cookbook Snickerdoodles was one of the recipes I was looking forward to checking out, because of the name. It is an odd name! I was baking the vegan soda bread again and wanted to have something else in the oven so Ms Cupcake’s snickerdoodles seemed like a very decent choice.


What are snickerdoodles anyway?

Snickerdoodles are cinnamon cookies! Ms Cupcake says

Snickerdoodles is the name those on the other side of the Atlantic have given to sugar cookies that have been rolled in cinnamon-sugar prior to baking

I thought Snickerdoodles was an Americanism, so there you go. Similar to the Lemon and Blueberry loaf cake I changed the recipe. Well I was never likely to use plain flour so that had to go, as did the caster sugar. In fact, there did seem like an awful lot of sugar in the recipe so I cut right back. And I also cut back on the fat, well virgin coconut oil is not cheap and I prefer not to use margarine… SO there were a few adjustments. Continue reading

Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake and Ms Cupcake

So here’s my first attempt at a Ms Cupcake recipe, which happens to be the Blueberry Lemon loaf cake rather than a cupcake! That might be cheating but I skimmed through the Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town cookbook, picked out a few appealing recipes that I kinda had ingredients for and got stuck in.

Ms Cupcake - Blueberry & Lemon Loaf

As I said in the Ms Cupcake review I do like the layout of the book, as all the instructions are on one page, which is a great help. Nothing worse than spreading the gunk off a load of sticky fingers throughout a new cookbook when you needn’t. And this was nothing like that.

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