Monday, 7 May 2012

A fun weekend...

I spent Friday afternoon baking cupcakes for the Brighton Pro-Choice fundraiser at The Cowley Club.

I made Bourbon Biscuit & Raspberry Sweetie cupcakes. The Raspberry Sweetie cakes are topped with chopped Strawberry Pencils and pink sugar. I love how sparkly they are! Operation Icing has recently been baking for various local feminist events but I am still selling not-for-profit cupcakes through the website. This summer I'm going to start selling cakes in boxes of 6 rather than just 12, hopefully this'll make them more affordable for people as I know buying a batch of 12 cupcakes isn't something people can do very often.

This weekends Brighton Pro-Choice fundraiser was called Riot For Choice and we served food & showed films from 7-9, had spoken word performances & bands from 9-12 (Check out Caitlin's performance poetry on You Tube, she blows my mind with her awesomeness!) and then there was a DJ 'till 2am.

We made a meal of tapas which I was too busy serving to take a picture of! The kitchen crew made six dishes including Dal, Beetroot Soup, a rice & aubergine dish, Patatas Bravas, and a 'threesome' of roasted vegetables. Each plate cost £4 and came with free bread, you could choose from Paratha, Pitta, Rye Sunflower, Khobez or Chapati. Everyone seemed really into the food even though we ended up serving it a little late!

It was a super long but super fun day (how could an event with free candy floss be bad?!) which ended with my friends Nick, Caitlin & I washing up at 2am after the boiler had broken! Thankfully those guys are so awesome that it was somehow kinda fun & not a craptastic end to a great night!

I spend Saturday night with my BFF's Sal, Kip & Holley at Holley's house for her turn at fake Come Dine With Me! 

To start she made a wonderful Leek & Potato Soup with Homemade Bread.

This was delicious & even came with a fancy swirl of cream, very impressive Holley!

Her main course sounded incredibly fancy... 

...somehow Holley managed to make Smash (packet potato flakes), a Fry's chicken burger, gravy and spring greens sound, look and taste fancy! I don't know how she did it! Smash* is kinda a running joke between us and we were all amused and excited that someone finally served it!
*Smash has always been vegan but looking at their site it seems that they are in the process of changing the ingredients & adding milk. Check the ingredients of your Smash or buy Sainsburys own brand Potato Flakes to recreate this tasty meal at home in minutes!

Dessert was a huge chocolate brownie, vanilla Swedish Glace ice cream sprinkled with cinder toffee and chocolate dipped strawberries.

This was another excellent plate of food. Chocolate dipped strawberries, brownies and cinder toffee are three of my favourite dessert items and a trio of desserts is a winning way to end any meal.

The whole night was made extra awesome by the fabulous company, Holley's amazing slideshow of pictures of us having 'all of the fun', hula hooping on the roof (a skill I didn't know I had!) and Kieran's awesome vegan White Russians. 10 out of 10 lady! 

Today has been spent writing, dying my hair, baking banana bread & sorting through my pictures from Barcelona...hopefully I'll manage to get a blog post or three about that trip up soon.


  1. Ha! I love that your friend took instant potatoes and a veggie chicken patty and made it fancy. That's awesome! And the vegan White Russian is calling my name. I haven't had one since going vegan.

  2. WOW!! what a food-fun-weekend! So many creations. Your icing on the cupcakes is totally perfect! I'm not very good with the piping bag, so I have to go for a simpler look. Also, the tapas menu sounds incredible. Good work for a good cause!!

  3. Huuum this chocolate cake looks so delicious <3

  4. Dang that menu sounds super gourmet! Hehe!

  5. Hiya! I just saw in your twitter thingy that you went to Stockholm and I'm going in a couple of months. Would you recommend any nice places for food? Are you going to make a post about it? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hey Violet! I just saw your message & I'm currently in the process of sorting through my pictures from Barcelona, America & Sweden! I'll definitely have a post about Stockholm up before you leave on your trip but my favourite places were probably Herman's Tradgardcafe, Kafe 44 & Naturbageriet Sattva.

    2. Amazing! Thank you, I'll take a note of those!

  6. Your cupcakes looks so perfect! I gave you an award over at my blog, check it out when you have a chance. :)

    1. Thank you! Coming to check out my award now...

  7. Hey Jojo! I've missed visiting your blog :)

    Your cupcakes look absolutely perfect, hun! And what a fun dinner you girls had :)

  8. Hi Jojo
    Hope you are okay and enjoying (??!!) our lovely summer weather.
    Have missed reading your blog - come back to it soon won't you?
    Take care.


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