Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Three's a Crowd Tour Dates

(Cross-post from my work blog)

As I posted about a couple of times in December last year, I'm working on a show with All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre called Three's a Crowd, which opens at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on 31 January 2015, and you can book tickets for that show online here. We will then be going on tour over a number of dates across spring, mostly in Scotland but also down in Wales for one show in March. You can see where we will be and when on the flyer for the show below. It's a brilliant production, so I definitely encourage you to go and see it if you can! You can click on the flyer below to enlarge it.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Festive celebrations (basically loads of vegan food photos!)

As always, you can click on any of the pictures below to enlarge them.

I haven't posted much here over the last couple of months, mainly because I've been really busy with lots of brilliant rigging work which has been pretty time- and energy-intensive. You can read more about it over on my work blog if that's the kind of thing you might be interested in.

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Photo from Three's a Crowd rehearsals in December 2014 at the Lochgelly Centre


Earlier this month I went for a fantastic festive meal with the great people from Edinburgh Vegan Meetup at Henderson's Restaurant. The food was a hit all round, and I especially enjoyed my choices of sweet potato fritters to start followed by a haggis money bag in creamy sauce and a fruit strudel to finish. It's been a really brilliant year with the meetup group and I'm looking forward to more events in 2015!

 


As is usual for me, I spent Christmas Day at home with the cats and enjoyed eating a small homemade roast lunch, this year comprising baked tofu from Veganomicon, peas, marmite roasted potatoes, parsnips and carrots, and gravy. I also made up some gingerbread and chocolate peanut butter pillows for dessert, both from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar recipe book. My brilliant friend Anna and her mum also came round for a little bit in the evening and gave me a fantastic present of a wooden chopping board from Garvald Edinburgh, which I used for my evening vegan cheese board, which included Jeezo vegan cheese from Vx in London as well as some creamy Sheese and oatcakes from local social enterprise The Engine Shed (the ones who make that amazing tofu).




On Boxing Day I went over to see my sister in Glasgow, who had made the most incredible vegan haggis and vegetable pie (with cats on the lid!) for us all to share. It was very tasty! She also made some great gingerbread shapes which I totally forgot to take any photos of, and a brilliant vegan pizza with Mozzarisella for lunch the next day which unfortunately came out all blurry in the picture. Essentially one of the best things about having family members who live in the south of England is that they can import some of the amazing new vegan cheeses up to Scotland when they come to visit.




The final traditional part of Christmas/New Year celebrations in my home is the arrival of two new catnip mice for Sophie and Roxy to play with from my mother, although this year we had a bit of a change on that front as this time they have received catnip fish! They didn't seem to mind the difference in any case.




I hope you've had a great festive season wherever you are, and have a wonderful Hogmanay!

Friday, 7 November 2014

A quick update

I realised today that I haven't posted here in a while, which is partly because I've been busy with rigging work lately, which is great! I have been posting occasionally on my work blog though, including plenty of photos from my time rigging and performing at Enchanted Forest 2014. Later this month I'll be aiming to post some more on my work blog about the upcoming National Centre for Circus Arts (NCCA) roadshow in Edinburgh as well as the Rigging for Aerial Performance course I will be attending next week, kindly funded by the Federation of Scottish Theatre. Check it all out on my work blog here.

Photo credit: Kat Cooley

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Vegan Venues in Glasgow

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

Glasgow recently won an award for the most vegan-friendly city in the UK, and I was not surprised! Every one of the venues in this post is 100% vegan, which is brilliant for a city the size of Glasgow.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Prune-a-leekie soup

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

Cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish dish made from chicken stock and leeks, making it incredibly easy to veganise! Doing a quick online search for other people's recipes suggested adding prunes to the soup for extra flavour, which I loved. If you're not a fan of mixing sweet and savoury flavours, though, they can just as easily be left out. You could also add some rice or barley to thicken it if you like.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Vegan Food in Edinburgh

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

This is a list with brief descriptions of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh as a vegan. There are more places in the city with vegan options than those on this list, but these are my personal favourites! You can find a more comprehensive list on HappyCow. Unfortunately we don’t have any exclusively vegan venues in the city at present, but I’ve marked those which serve only vegetarian and vegan food with a (v).


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Flapjacks

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

After the disappointing result in Thursday's independence referendum, I needed something sweet to cheer me up, and as my theme is Vegan Scotland, my thoughts immediately went to flapjacks. Incredibly quick and easy to make, these tasty treats are a perfect snack or dessert. You can also use different kinds of dried fruit, nuts and seeds in them for variety and depending on what you like.



Recipe: Flapjacks



Friday, 19 September 2014

Referendum Night at the Bread Street Brasserie

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

I've written before about the vegan evenings at the Bread Street Brasserie in Edinburgh, but I thought I'd write up another post for this month's event, which I attended along with other members of Edinburgh Vegan Meetup. Of course, tonight was an extra-special night as today was the day that voters across Scotland went to the polls to vote on whether we should become an independent country. I went to vote with a couple of friends at my local polling station in Portobello this morning, adding another three yes votes to the total!

The photo didn't come out brilliantly, so in case you can't see it, Anna is pointing to her Yes badge :)

Once my vote had been cast, there was very little for me to do until it was time to collect in Green Yes A-boards from outside polling stations at the end of the night, so going to the Bread Street Brasserie for their vegan evening seemed like an excellent idea to keep me busy whilst anxiously awaiting for the results to come in. The official announcement of the result is expected at approximately 7am on the morning of Friday 19 September, so I doubt I'll be sleeping much tonight!

Look at this awesome group of lovely people from Edinburgh Vegan Meetup :)


Friday, 12 September 2014

Independence Biscuits

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

I haven't posted for a few days because I've been a little overstretched with trying to keep up with my work, take the cats to the vet for their annual check up, attend a very interesting and useful discussion to learn about non-binary gender identity and, of course, keep up with the latest developments on Scotland's upcoming independence referendum. Between all of that, I've let my Vegan MoFo blogging fall a little by the wayside, but I'm back today for a quick post.

In the fine tradition of intersectional vegan baketivism, I decided to make some traditional Scottish shortbread biscuits with messages supporting the Yes campaign, and particularly promoting the Green Yes. Directly below is the recipe, and underneath that I've decided to explain why I'll be voting yes in the referendum on 18 September.



Monday, 8 September 2014

Oatcakes

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

Oatcake topped with Vegusto No-Moo Walnut vegan cheese and homemade marrow and ginger chutney.

Oatcakes are a very delicious traditional Scottish food, and one that I love to make! Whilst there are plenty of vegan oatcakes available to buy in the shops here in the UK, nothing quite compares to the taste of a homemade oatcake. They’re really simple and quick to make in an oven, and they last for a while in a sealed container. They’re also very versatile, and taste delicious topped with vegan cheese and chutney, nut butters or even just dipped into soup.