We have lots of beautiful Valentine's treats for you. Show someone you love them with a treat as sweet as they are. We've gone all mushy here in the Flamingo's kitchen and created some dainty iced biscuits on which we can write your choice of words or names in our aquafaba royal icing. We also have delicately hued macarons which taste exquisite and look incredibly pretty. You can also choose from some old favourites such as Bakewell Tart, Victoria Sponge or Strawberry shortbread cupcakes. We can eve write 'Will you marry me?' on a cake for the ultimate tasty proposal. All you need is love...and cake!
We were delighted to have been featured in the January 2017 issue of Vegan Living Magazine. The feature showcased 3 vegan bakeries - us, Hannah Banana Bakery and Simone's Bakery. Thank you to Amy Pay for writing such a wonderful piece about what we do. It's great to know that lots of new vegan food businesses are popping up across the U.K. It's a better time than ever to go vegan!
In November 2016 we had the privilege of taking our cakes to The House of Commons along with 6 other wonderful local food and drink businesses. Organised by Alex Chalk and attended by our delightful mayor, Chris Ryder, and The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom among others. It was an absolute pleasure to give out lots of samples and speak to lots of lovely people about what we do. The event was a huge success and a great opportunity to get to know some great local producers.
We were delighted to be asked to join Poco Culina for their most recent pop-up event at Flonyx Creative Last Saturday. It's always a pleasure working alongside the lovely Andy and Lisa. We created a middle eastern inspired rose and pistachio cupcake to complement Poco Culina's trademark flavours. We also had the newest additions to our cupcake family - gluten free Lemon and Blueberry and indulgent chocolate orange. Thank you to everyone who turned up and bought a cake. The Poco Culina lunch was out of this world. sizzled seitan and jackfruit which had been lovingly marinaded before being cooked on location on a very cool grill. It was served in warm pittas with Red Cabbage Sauerkraut, Olive Hummus and deliciously dressed salads. I could eat lunch from these guys every day...maybe dinner too! A huge thank you to the wonderful Maggie who runs the show over at Flonyx on Knapp Road. Next time you are in town and fancy a coffee take a short stroll to this little gem for the best coffee in Cheltenham. Seriously, this coffee is so good. You can also browse some of the artwork by the artists who rent studies at Flonyx.
This blog post has been a long time coming but I wanted to say a huge thank you for everyone who came along to the pop up shop last month and to all those who made it possible. We were honoured to be a part of this event which was organised by the wonderful Andy and Lisa of Poco Culina. It was such a wonderful week with some great businesses represented and some very informative talks by the likes of Jamie Raftery (The Holistic Chef) who shared his Kombucha making wisdom and made some beautiful fresh spring rolls, sushi and sauerkraut. Asparagasm were there with some amazing samples of their delicious nut cheeses which are easily some of the best i've tasted. We were pampered by the fine folk at Neal's yard remedies who kept the shop smelling divine. There were also incredible vintage clothes provided by the eternally stylish Su and Trev who looked amazing every time I saw them. There were some great pieces of art on display too, two of which now take pride of place in my kitchen. But Poco Culina's delicious food stole the show. If you haven't already ordered from them I would highly recommend trying it. The menu changes weekly and we have never been disappointed. Fresh, exciting and nourishing food delivered to your door by Andy on the lovely Poco bike. What a great week. Here's to more pop-up shops in the future and to working with like-minded people.
Cor Blimey! Cheltenham has a brand new market on the first Saturday of every month showcasing local fine foods and drinks along The Promenade. We were there for the first ever one with a bunch of new flavours and some very popular chocolate brownies. Thank you to all those who braved the cold to come and check out what was on offer. Lots of great stalls selling all kinds of delights. We're hoping for warmer weather next time. Come along and see us - there will be samples!
So I took a deep breath, grasped my palette knife and made our first ever vegan wedding cake for my sweet friends Rachael and Daniel. Raspberry pavlova sponge cake complete with dreamy little aquafaba meringues. We even had the omnivores fooled with this one. So pleased to have been able to contribute to the most delightful wedding imaginable. Rachael and Daniel looked heavenly and the vegan pie and mash was very much appreciated. What a perfect day.
Since it went so well we are now offering large cakes for all occasions. Keep an eye on the website as we'll be uploading any big'uns we make to inspire you for your next wedding, birthday party or ... well anything you like.
Oh my! I finally got me a copy of Artisan Vegan Cheese by the incredible Myoko Schinner. I am mega excited about creating some cheesy delights.
The lovely Mikoko recommends making rejuvelac rather than buying it so I obediently soak some quinoa and rinse it and soak it and rinse it and leave it until a few days later I have some cloudy rejuvelac of my very own. It was surprisingly effortless and with the aid of bi-daily rinsing reminders on my phone I nailed it. Step one complete. Now for some cheese crafting.
Brie had to be first on the list. When I first went vegan I thought I'd struggle to live without a gooey, creamy brie fix every now and then. In fact I haven't missed anything - I eat far more exciting food now than I ever did before I was vegan. However when I saw the vegan brie recipe I couldn't help but be a little bit excited. Even for a vegan cheese virgin this was simple enough to make and it tasted pretty good. I opted for pink peppercorns and chives for flavour which looked appropriately Christmassy. Not quite cheesy enough - need to play around with coconut oil quantities and culturing times to try to achieve something closer to the real thing but it did the trick piled on a fancy cracker with a dollop of festive chutney.
And now for something completely different. Okay so this does not look massively appetising, nor does it look remotely like cheddar but it does taste pretty darn close to the real thing. The texture isn't quite right but I think that's because I used agar flakes instead of powder which is apparently a crime. Oh boy is it cheesy though. It has just the right amount of tang and I am very much looking forward to a cheese and pickle sandwich thank you very much.
2016 is the year of bread thanks to these two excellent Christmas presents. I have had lots of floury fun experimenting with both the Lekue bread maker (incredibly convenient for meeting your daily bread needs) and free form loafs from Brilliant Bread. I don't know about you but to me bread making has always seemed like some sort of mysterious alchemy achievable only by a talented few. When I watch Bake Off I feel nervous just watching those clever bakers present their loaves for judging. Even they get it wrong sometimes and they are baking wizards. However James Morton promises me I can bake 'something to be proud of' and after a quick flick through I select a recipe for basic white bread, roll up my sleeves and get my bake on. As you can see from the picture I managed to make something resembling bread. It tasted pretty bready too. It was actually insanely satisfying and I am now on a yeasty mission to perfect my bread making wizardry skills. Next stop baguettes.
We had a wonderful time at Montpellier Christmas Fayre in spite of the dreadful weather. Thank you to all those who braved the elements and came out to buy our cakes. It was so great to meet you all and to sell our cupcakes to vegans and non-vegans alike.. Our new Christmas inspired cupcakes went down a treat. We are now feeling very festive and are back in the kitchen tinkering away with some more Christmas themed goodies.