Did I tell you we had 1 inch of snow in the Welsh valleys at the weekend. It was a bit of a surprise, to look out of the bedroom window to find the greenhouse and dirt ground covered with the cold white stuff. It took us a little while to scrape the ice of the car too.
Anyway, to escape the cold and being stuck indoors, we took a drive and made a day trip of going into Bristol. I love Bristol for many reasons, when I graduated from University all those years ago - I applied for jobs in Bristol, Brighton and Birmingham, but ended up finding a job in the city when I went to Uni - Glasgow. I do love exploring Bristol as well as trying out the many vegetarian and vegan eateries. I also enjoy taking a lazy wander around Stokes Croft for the graffiti art - but there was not much new there this time round, just a handful around the #RefugeesWelcome.
This is the only one that I managed to capture on camera. Its Paddington Bear - Migration is Not a Crime. Instead of Cafe Kino, we decided to try a different place - Wise Beans Cafe - the coffee was real good.
We were not ready to eat, but I was restraining myself as we had walked passed the Market at The Moon and I spyed some beautiful handmade crafted gifts, as well as Kind Cakes, Mean Bakes and I was suddenly tempted by all of their sweet and savoury bites.
Sometimes, I miss my own vegetarian culinary adventures and admire and live precariously through others. If I do return to grassroots cooking, I often imagine it will be something like Mazi Mas or The International Peace Cafe, both recently featured in The Guardian; or even just a 'Pop Up Supper Club'.
I am very cautious when I tell vegetarian and vegan stall holders that I used to do some catering (and sometimes that I even have a food blog). The response closer to home has not always been welcoming. I am often snubbed and perceived as a competitor. Sadly even the non-vegetarian stalls that knock out one sad 'cheese and onion' vegetarian option, give me that sly look, but I have to be honest, its the first time that I got a bit of warmth and it came from two funky vegan women behind Kind Cakes Mean Bakes. I applaud that kind and genuine warmth that they exuded, they were even generous in sharing a recipe with me. Thank you so much Caroline and Jane.
I really really wanted to try everything made by Kind Cakes Mean Bakes, but at the same time I didn't want to be carrying fragile fresh bakes in my bag and wandering the eclectic streets of Bristol for another few hours, so I went for one - the most eye-catching bake on the table, saying that most were incredible - but it was the beetroot topping that made me opt for the vegan Savoury Cake with 'cream cheese'.
Above - Caroline lifting up a generous slice for me to take home. And boy, oh boy it was Awesome - even D gave it the thumbs up.
My one regret on the day was not getting some Jaffa Fakes - some with orange and some with raspberries! I consolidate myself in the knowledge that I will visit Kind Cakes Mean Bakes again, but it may now be next Year, unless we go back in December for some Christmas shopping... You never know....