VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA @ HARRIETS TEA ROOM // Out

This week we took a short family get away to Ubberston in Suffolk, which while just over one hour from home in Norwich was a lovely week to relax and go visit places we never had before. We also left on the day of Mums birthday, and Dad had booked us a table at Harriers Tea Room in Bury as a birthday treat. Thoughtfully dad had told them I was vegan when booking, and when I asked whether they had vegan options they said they had bought in some extra vegan cakes especially! The menu does say about vegan scones, but I am not sure they have these available every day. I was so impressed they had made a special effort for a vegan diet, and would definitely recommend phoning to let them know a few days before.

They sell an avocado and tomato sandwich on the lunch menu, so I asked for that to go with my vegan scones and cakes. The bread was so soft, avocado thick and creamy, and tomatoes slices added an extra freshness (although next time I would probably ask for granary)

The scones were slightly warm, had a great texture that was soft but not too crumbly. I also had a ginger and apple cake, which was a tad on the dry side but had nice big chunks of crystallised ginger running through (I took one slice home and found it even better warmed in the microwave with a dollop of soya yogurt). Alongside was a millionaires shortbread, which as expected being vegan didn’t have a particularly rich or buttery base, but the sweetness of the ‘caramel’ and layers of chocolate, filling and biscuit was something different to what you usually get offered as a vegan.

Our seat was right next to the counter so we had this view of TONNES of scones staring at us while we waited *drool

They also do a variety of hot dishes, such as jack potatoes, fish and chips, paninis, and breakfasts including a full English and lighter options such as granola on yogurt.

Of course we had to get a selection of cakes to take home for dad – chocolate profiterole on mousse, strawberry tart and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. While they weren’t massive, priced at just over £6 for three, the detail and daintiness of the cakes were worth it.

While Harriets is located in the middle of a fairly busy high street, just five minutes away is the Cathedral grounds which, while still busy, was a lovely way to walk off all the delicious food.

The staff were all friendly and fit the traditional tea room aesthetic with their white pinafore s and head dress, the tea room itself was beautifully decorated with statement, yet not ‘tacky’ chandeliers and the food was great accommodating to everyone. Couldn’t recommend enough.

VEGAN CHICKEN PASTA SALAD // Recipe

   
80g uncooked pasta

100g vegan chicken style pieces

1/2 medium pepper

2inch chunk cucumber

7 cherry/plum tomatoes 

2tbsp pine nuts or cashews

8 basil leaves 

1tsp lemon zest (around 1/2 a lemon)

OR 

This was inspired by Co-op vegan pasta dish, which you can easily buy, add some extra ‘chicken’ or chickpeas into for protein,  and bam easy lunch done.

 
Boil the pasta for 15 minutes (or however long the packet says) and while waiting, chop up your vegetables into small chunks.

Cook the vegan chicken if necessary (I use Quorn in the microwave covered in water for 4 minutes). Then set aside and leave to cool.

When ready, drain the pasta, run under cold water to cool it, and add the veg, chicken, pine nuts, and lemon zest.

Chop the basil finely, and scatter all over just before serving.

This is perfect to take along to a summer barbecue, or you could even pack it up to take to work with you as it lasts up to 5 days in the fridge. 

     
 

LAST MINUTE MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE // Life

With Mothers Day being just 3 short sleeps away, I thought I could write a last minute post on gifts for those who haven’t exactly thought too far in advance.

Afternoon tea 

If you know there’s a restaurant you know your mum has wanted to check out for a while, now is the perfect time to book her that meal out. Afternoon tea is an English classic, and you could book it just for her and a friend or for the whole family.

Check out:

Biddys tea room

Maids Head Hotel

The Assembly House


Bake!

Everyone loves an edible gift, and by baking something you save money, can do it all the day before, and your mum knows you’ve put real time and effort into it. It’s also a great idea to bake something together with your siblings, and can then wrap it up in a nice box with ribbons if your feeling fancy.

Try these recipes:

Carrot cake 

Shortbread hearts

Coconut cake (vegan)

Mini pavlovas


CathKidston Mug

Cath Kidston just opitimises the classic English Mother, and you really can’t go wrong with one of their mugs – they have loads of different patterns and are really affordable.


NEXT Homeware

Their next day delivery is perfect for last minute buying, and their homeware section has so many trinklets your bound to find something your mum (and you) will love.

Check out:

Floral canvas

‘Family’ sculpture

Knitted heart cushion

 

 Bodyshop Gift Set

You can’t really go wrong with a body shop set, but try and pick one you knows is specific to her – maybe pick the flower you know she loves? Or the if she’s mentioned running out of a certain product recently?

Check out:

Strawberry heart set

Beauty ‘classics’ selection box

British rose

 

 (Pretty much anything from) Lakeland

If you know she’s a great cook (or just loves giving it a go, even if she does burn every Sunday roast), then your bound to find something in Lakeland. And if cooking isn’t her forte, they stock tonnes of delicious gifts as well.

Check out:

Mary Berry oven gloves

Sea salt caramel truffles

Tablet stand

Strawberry liquorice

 

 Beauty/Spa voucher

Everyone loves to be pampered once in a while, so check out your local spa or beauty salon and see what treatments you think she’s like best. Jarrold also do vouchers, so you can pick the amount you spend and then leave it up to her to decide on what she wants.

 

 A Bouquet

There’s not many people who don’t like flowers, so why not order a big bouquet to bring with those little shortbread’s or cupcakes you made up to her with a cup of tea as she awakes to brighten her day. If you don’t have a florist nearby, most supermarkets sell bouquets and you can order online.


Wishing everyone out there a lovely lovely Mother’s Day xoxo
 

 

 

VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE // Recipe


Mousses traditionally use whipped egg whites, caster sugar whisked with egg yolks, chocolate and whipped cream, so it’s easy to see why this is such a delicious well loved dessert.However, this recipe manages to replicate that airy, smooth perfection using just three ingredients – silken tofu, cocoa powder and dark chocolate.

Silken tofu has less water pressed out of it then the traditional tofu that you would use in stir fries etc, but it’s still a great source of protein as well as have an almost neutral taste making it perfect to add with other flavours.

You can also custom the basic mousse with any flavours you like;

black forest – stewed black cherries with shaved dark chocolate

chocolate orange – add zest of 1 orange and decorate with candied orange peel

matchmakers – add 1/4tsp of mint extracts and decorate with crystallized mint leaves

  

 

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light, airy, yet luxurious mousse completely egg, cream and milk free.

Ingredients

350g silken tofu

4level tbsp cocoa powder (or 2tbsp cacao)

50g dark chocolate, 70% +, melted and cooled slightly

50g raspberries

30g hazlenuts

Directions

  1. Melt the dark chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of simmer water, or in the microwave in 20 second blasts, until smooth and glossy, then leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the liquid from the silken tofu.
  3. Add to the blender (or nutribullet) with the cocoa and melted chocolate.
  4. Divide between the two glasses or bowls, leave to set for 1 hour.
  5. Decorate as you wish (I toasted some hazelnuts in an oven for 15minutes at 180C, then chopped them and sprinkled them over with some raspberries).

This will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days.