A very difficult decision, but yes, it is time for me to say goodbye. I’ve been blogging
now since 2006 and 9 years is pretty good going but my heart just isn't in it anymore. This is down to a few reasons but mostly my health - the lupus keeps
acting up and I find I just don’t have the energy or time. (Other food bloggers
will know how much work goes into just one blog post!) As you can see from the
above photo this isn’t down to a lack of ideas – those are all my recipes that
were waiting to be blogged but I never got around to, shamefully just sitting
in a pile!
I started this blog to simply share my recipes, hoping they
would help out other vegans, new vegans and especially the vegan curious to show how easy and versatile a vegan diet is. I hope it did just that :-)
Mostly, I just want to thank all my readers for your kind
words and support over the years. For those who took the time to email me or
comment, to help promote the blog or a post etc…and all those who simply liked and followed. This blog wouldn't have taken
off without you all so – THANK YOU!
As for me, I've been wanting to seriously scale back my ‘online’
time for a while now so will be doing just that. So, no more social media for me and I'll be spending much more time out in
the garden and, when I am able to, working on the house….we built it 5 years ago and are nowhere
near finished! The blog and all the recipes will of course remain up and I
still kindly ask that the recipes are not reposted/reprinted but rather are
just linked to instead.
Lastly, who knows? If I miss blogging too much and feel
better then I may start it up again but for now I’ll say goodbye.....
....but first, one more recipe! What, you didn't think I'd leave without one did you? ;-)
Mocha Cake • Coffee Buttercream • Chocolate Ganache
I actually made this back in May for my husbands birthday - see? I really can't get around to things anymore, lol....anyway, some of you might remember that we've been suspecting gluten is bothering him so I had to make a gluten free vegan cake for him. I had a good search online but in the end decided to "de-glutenize" my basic chocolate cake recipe (which is just the standard wacky cake recipe) with a lot of help from my friend Katie who is a great chef and has been cooking and baking gluten-free for many years now. Thanks Katie!
Well, it turned out beautifully with great texture and flavour. My son remarked that "no one would guess this was gluten-free, it just tastes like regular chocolate cake" - which is just what I was after :-) Unfortunately I have used a product here that may be available only in the UK and Ireland but I'm sure alternative ones exist. To replace the flour I use a mixture of gluten-free oat flour, sorghum flour and Doves Farm's Gluten-Free white flour mix. - a mix of rice, potato, tapioca, maize and buckwheat. So hopefully you can find something similar if you can't buy that, but I'm sure any gluten-free white flour mix will work here :-)
Gluten-Free Mocha Celebration Cake:
240g Doves Farm's gluten-free white flour mix (see above for details)
- 70g sorghum flour
- 70g oat flour
- 300g caster sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 60g cocoa powder
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 160ml vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 480ml cold coffee