Ali of Team DC found herself hungry in Manchester, here’s what she found:
Trendy Didsbury in Manchester has a street of tempting, laid-back cafes with attractive, artsy punters enjoying their late lunches on a Saturday afternoon. Shuffling along in t-shirt and jeans, I hope we’re not under-dressed. It’s my first time in the area since recently moving from London, and I’m seeking out the best vegetarian restaurants. An internet search has brought me here, to Greens.
As soon as we walk in the door, I know I needn’t have worried. Greens has a laid-back, welcoming vibe that would suit a special occasion just as much as our planned casual lunch. We’re shown to our table by a confident, bearded waiter, with a hipster-edge that somehow matches the ambience of the place. This is a cool café. Minimalist table design, funky décor and water served in unique blue glasses.
As two hungry vegetarians, this restaurant is like stepping into a creative taste bud dance party. The menu screams veggie paradise as soon as we sit, and we want to try everything… But, we settle for 2 starters, 2 mains, a taster of the incredible veggie black pudding with mustard mayo and a legally binding agreement that we will share all the food. The spiced fried tofu katsu curry is satisfyingly filling, but when the dessert menu arrives, I can’t resist the peanut butter cheesecake with strawberry jam and peanut brittle. It’s sensational.
That is the question I get asked a lot when I’m coaching or giving a talk. It’s a risky business being freelance and doesn’t suit everyone but I love it. Maybe it’s the old actor gypsy in me of having several projects on the go at one time or possibly that I have the attention span of a goldfish, call me Dory. Ah, but you know that’s not true at all, I thrive on the thrill of having lots of plates spinning at any one time.
So, the Christmas binging is over and you want to lose that stone that you’ve put on. Enter the Buddha Bowl – a bowl full to the brim of nourishing grains, raw or cooked veggies, healthy fat, lean protein and heaps of greens. They’re simple to make, delicious to eat and the internet is littered with recipes. Here’s 9 hearty recipes to get you started, courtesy of DailyBurn.com.
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Oh my, this cake is a blend of the three wonders of the world.
- 1 cup soft unsalted butter
- 1⅔ cup (316 g | 11⅛ oz) dark brown sugar
- 1⅓ cup (170 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, such as Maldon or Fleur de sel (or use ¾ teaspoon kosher salt)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 ounces best bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted (I did this in the microwave at 30 second intervals, but don’t walk away — it will burn quickly)
- 2 tablespoons brandy or bourbon
- 1 cup freshly brewed coffee
- Heat the oven to 375°F. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper — just shove a whole sheet in there (versus cutting to make it fit — this way no batter will seep through the cracks). Also, prepare a smaller loaf pan (or some other vessel such as a muffin tin) in a similar manner — I butter the smaller loaf pan well, and I never have issues getting the cake out.
- Cream the butter and sugar, either with a wooden spoon or with an electric hand-held mixer.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter-sugar mixture and beat until combined.
- Next, fold in the melted and now slightly cooled chocolate, taking care to blend well but being careful not to overbeat. You want the ingredients combined: You don’t want a light, airy mass. Add the brandy and mix to combine.
- Next, gently add the flour mixture alternately spoon by spoon with the coffee until you have a smooth and fairly liquid batter.
- Pour into the lined loaf pan, being sure the batter does not come closer than 1 inch from the rim of the cake pan or it risks overflowing. Pour the excess into the smaller prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to 325 degrees and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. (I remove the smaller pan after the first 30 minutes.) The cake will still be a bit squidgy inside, so an inserted cake tester or skewer won’t come out completely clean. Place the loaf pan on a rack, and leave to get completely cold before turning it out. (Leave it for a whole day if you can resist.) Don’t worry if it sinks in the middle — it will do so because it’s such a dense and damp cake.
Source: How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson