Exploring vegan food in Finnieston: review of The Cran

Travelling when you’re vegan can sometimes mean doing some research to find out what’s good to eat where you’re going, and if you’re not familiar with the area, maybe getting in touch with restaurants and hotels to ask about vegan options in advance. One of the best things about having friends living in other areas is making sure they already know about your lifestyle choice and letting them take the lead. In this case, a very good family friend of mine had been to The Cran in Finnieston (planting seeds as I go along!) and kept that in mind as a place to visit when I was next in the area. Continue reading “Exploring vegan food in Finnieston: review of The Cran”

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Not Your typical SugarDaddy’s: gluten-free bakery in Edinburgh

Having a dietary requirement can sometimes make eating out seem difficult. More often than not, restaurants and cafés are happy to accommodate customers with dietary requirements as long as you give them plenty of notice. What about if you have a dietary requirement or two and know that something you can’t eat is a primary ingredient? What if you’re gluten-intolerant or coeliac and/or vegan and don’t know where to go for celebration cakes or cupcakes, just because?

SugarDaddy’s has you covered!


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Eating my way around Glasgow – vegan style!

I made a very special vegan trip to Glasgow at the end of February. James Aspey, vegan activist from Australia, was going to be in Scotland for the first time to talk to over 150 vegans attending a workshop organised by Go Vegan Scotland. My very good friends from Australia had talked about and posted James’ speech on social media (you can watch the one minute version here) and I was touched and encouraged by his passion to speak on behalf of the animals being consumed either as food or products we use on a daily basis. I was also lucky to meet and have a quick chat with James at the Go Vegan Scotland stall at Buchanan Street in the afternoon.

When you’re in another city that offers such a wide variety of vegan-friendly or vegan only restaurants and cafes, you can’t go all the way to Glasgow and not sample all the good places you’ve heard so much about, so that’s exactly what I did…fitted in a few vegan bar/restaurants and a cafe to my day trip schedule!


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Vegan sweet tooth: toffee apple upside down cake recipe

It’s no secret that I love my sweets and cakes. I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember, even if my earlier attempts in high school were made from Betty Crocker cake mix packets and failed attempts at following recipes. Since those earlier years, I’ve become a bit more experienced with making different kinds of cakes, but since becoming vegan while I do know of vegan hacks to original non-vegan friendly recipes (apart from my chocolate and peanut butter pin wheels, see here) I haven’t really been trying my hand too often at making cakes apart from the one I’m about to share with you and a vegan cheesecake I’ll be posting about later on.

I used to be very picky about what goes in my cakes, the thought of banana bread and carrot cake didn’t appeal to me. I did end up trying both of these, and the after taste of banana in a loaf still doesn’t really appeal to me, but I did come to like carrot cake. It’s surprising how this orange stick of a vegetable that is mostly associated with hummus or boiled as a side to go with a main dish can be grated and used in cake.

This recipe from Jamie Oliver follows a similar concept…except we turn to something a bit sweeter and used more often for sweet dishes and desserts.


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