Sunday 12 July 2009

Wai Kika Moo Kau & Vegan Brunch

I've been too broke to do much eating out this week but I did manage to meet up with some friends at my new favourite place Wai Kika Moo Kau for a smoothie and a piece of cake.

They had 4 vegan options to choose from and I picked the Lemon Drizzle cake. I mainly choose this because it's something I've had no success in trying to make at home, for some reason I can only make chocolate cakes rise, I have no idea why.

The cake was nice and moist and the icing had a stronger lemon flavour than the actual cake which is exactly how I remember traditional lemon cake being. Overall it was really good cake and at only £2.35 it was pretty cheap compared to most places in Brighton.

I also got the Very Berry smoothie which was good but nowhere near as good as the mango passion fruit smoothie I tried last week.

I recently got a copy of Isa Moskowitz's new cookbook Vegan Brunch. She's the author of Vegan With a Vengeance and co-author of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and Veganomicon. Her recipes are always interesting, inspiring and reliable. I always pull out one of these books when I'm trying to impress people with my skills.

So far I've made the Broccoli Quiche.

It was amazing and totally like the egg based quiches I remember eating years ago. In fact I fed lots of this to my veggie boyfriend and he thought it was even better than the quiche's he's usually used to eating. That's a win for veganism right there!

I also finally managed to conquer the omelet recipe. I used to be a pretty big omelet fan as a kid and was really excited to try this recipe but my lack of cooking skills caused my first attempt to get *ahem* thrown at the wall. I can be a bit grumpy when cooking doesn't go so well but this time with the right sized pan, a little patience and a well oiled spatula I managed to get one very small (a bit broke off when I tried to flip it too early) but totally delicious omelet.

It doesn't look much like the picture in Vegan Brunch but it sure tasted good. I filled it with Melting Mozzarella Cheezly and it was amazing. I cannot wait to make more omelets and I'm sure they'll soon turn out looking prettier and once I can afford some bigger pans (flipping room is the key to mastering this recipe) I shall have normal sized omelets.

I also had a packet of Dandies vegan marshmallows leftover from my birthday camping trip and I realised that I'd never had a rice krispie treat, something I had to rectify immediately.

They were really really good and so simple to make, it's basically melted margarine and marshmallows mixed with brown rice cereal. Nick said they tasted just like the rice krispie treats he'd had before turning vegetarian. I gave away half of these to my friend Nick (not to be confused with boyfriend Nick) who's just left to go traveling around Europe, I'm really going to miss him & I figured they'd make good travel snacks.


  1. i can only ever get chocolate cakes to rise too! what's with that? i tried to make a lemon drizzle cake once and it was flat as a pancake and all rubbery. i want to be able to make big fat victoria sponge cakes, but there's no chance of that ever happening.. even the basic cupcakes from vegan cupcakes take over the world doesn't work for me, whereas the basic chocolate one is perfect! siiiiighhh

  2. I have a serious weakness for crispy rice treats. I absolutely can't refuse them! Yours looks so delicious... I Must buy more Dandies, asap!

  3. I hear ya on the lemon cake thing. the last one I made rose but even though the skewer came out clean, it was a bit squidgy inside still. I still ate it though and none of my friends complained! hahaha.

    I just bought VB, so far I've only made the coffee cake (amazing!!) but i'm dying to tackle the omelet - just need to find some black salt!

  4. I'm jealous that you have a cafe near you with 4 vegan desserts! I've got zip, nadda, zilch around here.

    Great looking brunch!

  5. Mmmm....I need a rice krispie treat! I've only had a vegan one once at a potluck. I need to get Dandies and make my own.

    Also, that omelet is my favorite recipe in the world. Love the black salt in it.

  6. I think your omelet looks great! As someone who has thus far failed at vegan omelet making, I'm vurry impressed. Also, I love your cat plate!

  7. Have you tried the coconut lemon bundt cake from V'con? I ice it by putting lots of icing sugar on a plate and mixing in pure lemon juice (from a squeezy lemon (organic). It's making my mouth go all funny just writing about it, but it's good!

  8. Lemon Drizzle cake sounds awesome! I love Vegan Brunch.. & Dandies, of course!

  9. man, i wanna go to the us just to get me some dandies! i am always a little nervous about making quiches but i think i will have to finally try the VB recipe. yours just looks too great.
    and speaking of great: that restaurants has an awesome name!

  10. That brunch looks delish. I have Isa's new book but haven't made anything from it yet. So many great recipes and cookbooks, so little time.

  11. ooh... omelete!!! I've been dying to try one of these but fear my attempt may end up against the wall as well...

  12. Wow, you've been eating all sort of yummy treats! That lemon cake looks great. I totally understand where you are coming from, with chocolate cakes rising better than non-chocolate. I think it's because chocolate is acidic, which helps the rising process. Your omelet and quiche both look delish!


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