Some of you may remember me mentioning my new garden friend last month: who I have named Moggy. Well she certainly has adopted us and we definitely now have a pet. It's so nice to come home to a warm excitable cat, especially after a long day at work.
Yes, yes work. I have found paid employment and I have to say I am not enjoying it one bit. Its been made unenjoyable (is that even a word?) because of the people I am working with, namely women who have been most unhelpful in helping me adapt and learn my new routine in my new environment. I have barely had any training and its like I am meant to know where everything is and how everything operates. I have been coming home really tired: physically and mentally and frustrated that this is what I have been reduced too. I thought the role would be a little more rewarding, but I am expected to do so much in so little time with very little help from those around me. I am going to keep my eyes peeled for other opportunities, but in our current economic environment, well you know paupers can't be choosers and its a job. I am hoping it will get better with time as its only been a couple of weeks, but I have a gut feeling I may not last long there, but I will persevere for now as I have very little in the way of options right now and we need the money.
Anyway, onto some sweet things. I made this Orange Chocolate cake just over a month ago and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who had a slice. I've put some 'vegan cream cheese frosting' on the cake, it's completely optional. Oh I could happily do with a slice of this cake right now.
Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake
You will need a 10 inch round spring form cake tin for this cake
425g plain flour
75g cocoa powder
11/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
180g golden caster sugar
400ml soy milk
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
200ml vegetable oil
Zest of two oranges
Sieve the dry ingredients first over a large bowl, then stir in the sugar. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients and the grated zest, then carefully pour into the dry ingredients and combine well. Then pour into baking tin.
Bake at gas mark 4/180oC for 45 - 50 minutes of until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Best served the following day