Monday, 11 January 2016

Vegan Yorkshire Puddings, Take One (and a makeup update)

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Ok so, I know the whole world has gone flipping bananas for aquafaba (BEAN JUICE) in the last year or so. I have completely missed the boat with this one; I am way late for the party. There was a boat that left for the party and I missed it and therefore I was uber late to the party. I'm surprised the party is still going on, frankly, but lucky for me it is.

This was my first attempt and it turned out pretty good. My second attempt (an effort to improve on Attempt One) was disastrous. I called these creations 'Yorkshire Dumps' and even though Mr Spice-Box ate 3 and declared them tasty, I found them a bit grim, and they were more like weird savoury cupcakes. (I'm not sure if it was the wine talking.) I still want to try and improve this recipe if I can, but I thought I'd share what I have so far.

The gram flour gives these a nice wee crunch, so definitely include it if you can.

Attempt One: Not too shabby.

Ingredients (makes 6)

  • 100g self raising flour
  • 20g gram flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1/2 pint soy milk (or other plant milk)
  • 6 tbsp aquafaba (I used pinto bean juice)

Pre-heat your oven to HOT. Like 210 degrees hot. Pop a little bit of vegetable oil in 6 of the wells in a muffin or cupcake tray.

Let the oil heat in the oven while you prepare the batter.

I'm not usually one for sieving, preferring to whisk up my dry ingredients, but I recommend sieving the dry ingredients together. Add the soy milk and aquafaba and gently mix until just combined, with minimal lumps.

Remove the muffin tray from the oven as quickly as you can and close the door. Pour the batter into the wells (they should be quite full) and then put the whole lot into the oven ASAP.

DO. NOT. OPEN. THE. OVEN. until at least 12 minutes have passed. Keep an eye on them and basically leave them in there as long as you can get away with. Whip 'em out as soon as they start getting a bit too brown on top.

Please let me know if you have any success with these; I'm sure this can be improved! I will definitely try again, perhaps with proper chickpea juice and maybe less liquid overall. Note: using vinegar to help with rising was a disaster. Roast dinner cupcakes!

And now a little update on my previous post. I've been on a journey of cosmetic discovery. Sadly, the undereye concealer I posted about won't be used, as MUA provided a pretty shoddy non-response to my (very specific query) about the origin of two of their ingredients.....

Translates as: 'we can't be bothered to check this' :(

Anyway, here is my face with B. Illuminating foundation and that super £3 MUA hydro powder stuff as well as the £3 Revolution vivid baked highlighter. Also I trimmed my fringe.

Maximise at your peril.

Mr S-B and I went for a totally super amazing lunch at the totally super amazing V Revolution at the weekend too. I didn't snap a photo of my burger because it was stuffed down my gob before I knew what was happening, but here's what else I inhaled:

I also took a rare shopping trip in Manchester's ahhhhhhrrrrndale centre yesterday and picked up a couple of mags as a treat....

My next post is likely to be my own sad little review of Vegan Life. It's exciting to see a proper vegan lifestyle mag on the shelves of WH Smiths! Lord knows there's every other magazine known to (wo)man........

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