Review: Rawnchy Raw Vegan Afternoon Tea

Merry Christmas! I hope that you had as lovely a day yesterday as I did!

I know that a lot of people will be looking to the New Year now and thinking of making a new year’s resolution to eat healthier, begin Veganuary, or maybe you can just feel your body craving something more nourishing after the indulgences of Christmas time! Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be all juice fasts and rice cakes – you can treat yourself to this amazing raw vegan afternoon tea at Rawnchy! This tea is all vegan, gluten free, soy free & refined sugar free.

I visited Rawnchy‘s cafe on Maryhill Road for afternoon tea a few weeks ago with Gemma of Vegan Foodie Gems. We arranged this on the pretence of getting lots of planning done for our blogs, but we mainly just ate, chatted and took lots of photos.

Rawnchy is such a beautiful, dreamy cafe – every where you look there is another lovely little touch. It is full of light, lovely pastels & plants – everything looks amazing, but everything tastes great too.

To drink, you can choose any of Rawnchy’s wide range of hot drinks – including colourful lattes with matcha, lavender, rose & turmeric! You can also choose to bring your own bottle for a small additional charge.

Poppy, the owner of Rawnchy, brought our afternoon tea to us on a beautiful cake stand that was reminiscent of raspberry ripple. Her passion for her business was clear as she described each level to us and she is just so lovely!

For savouries, we had 3 delicious triangles of sourdough toast each, one topped with avocado, one topped with fresh cherry tomatoes, and one topped with a delicious homemade hummus. These were served with antipasti: roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, gordal olives & toasted tamari sunflower seeds!

Then it was onto the sweets! We were really spoiled for choice in this department with a great selection of Poppy’s gorgeous raw vegan cakes – we had 7 different types to try, and 3 tasty petits fours! So 10 different sweets to enjoy! My favourite of these was the salted caramel cake – it really reminded me butterscotch angel delight!

This afternoon tea was £17 each which is great value for money when you consider the cost of the individual elements and the sheer amount of choice you get with this tea! You can choose to BYOB for an additional £3 per person. You do need to book in advance – just drop them an email!

Recipe: Vegan After Dinner Mint No Bake Tart

I wrote this recipe as a guest post for Vegan Foodie Gems. This is a really easy to do dessert which you can make even if you think can’t bake! It’s quick to prepare, just needs some time to set, and you don’t need any special skills to decorate it. Simply put – anyone can make this!

SERVES 4-6 PEOPLE

Base
1 pack / 14 regular Oreos
3 tbsp vegan margarine like Vitalite or similar

Filling
120g vegan chocolate – I used Chocolate and Love 80% Cocoa which gave a really rich tart – but just choose whatever vegan chocolate you like for this
60ml vegan single cream alternative – I used Provamel but Alpro do one too
1/2 tsp of Peppermint Extract – I used Dr Oetker American Peppermint which was clearly labelled as suitable for vegans

To Decorate
I used icing sugar and edible glitter, to recreate a frosty winter’s day!
You could also use mint leaves, vegan mini mallows, or more Oreos. Be careful with cake sprinkles as so many of these are not vegan!

Small cake or tart tin ideally with a loose bottom – I used a 6′ cake tin

  • Prep your tin – grease the sides, and if you don’t have a loose bottomed tin put in a couple of strips of greaseproof paper that stick out over the sides to make it easy to release the tart later.
  • To crush the Oreos you can either use a food processor, or put them into a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin. I usually use the bashing method even though I have a food processor! It is quite soothing and I like getting slightly bigger bits in there too. Don’t worry about removing the creamy centre!
  • Melt the margarine – I do this in the microwave in a bowl that will be large enough to contain the Oreo crumbs too. Once the margarine is melted, mix the crumbs in until they are all soaked.
  • Press the mixture into your tin. You can use the bottom of a glass to help compact it tightly if you want! Pop this in the fridge for about half an hour if you can, or at least while you are making the filling.
  • For the filling, put your chocolate and cream into a bowl and melt the chocolate. Again, I did this in the microwave but you could do it in a bowl over a pot of boiling water too. In either case, keep a close eye on it and keep stirring (stop the microwave at 20 second intervals to stir) until you are happy the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream.
  • Add in the peppermint extract and stir in throughly
  • Pour the mixture on top of the base, smooth out as much as you can
  • Leave to set overnight ideally & then decorate and serve!

Review: Elfingrove

I went along to Elfingrove with Gem from Vegan Foodie Gems, who had been invited along by itison, last week. I was a little apprehensive as there had been a lot of negative reviews and bad press from the opening night, which was the day before we went, but I went along with an open mind, ready to have a fun evening!

I won’t give anything away as I know a lot of people hate spoilers, but I will say that I really enjoyed myself. I have been going to Kelvingrove all of my life, and it was really great to see it in a new light! There were lots of fun little areas and lots to see.

Outside, there is an array of food vendors, a silent disco, a bar set in a huge teepee with fire pits and, my favourite thing of all, Marshmallowland! I believe that this originated at the Glasglow event and was so popular they brought it back for Elfingrove. You buy yourself a marshmallow stick – they have vegan choices too – and then toast it on a fire pit and tuck it to delicious, soft, melty marshmallows! Yum

Of course, they have savoury choices too! These include The Cheesy Toast Shack, Freddy and Hicks, Nomad Pizza, and Shrimp Wreck.

For dessert, I had this delicious Nutella brownie with cream & chocolate sauce from Three Sisters Bake, which I would definitely recommend! Loop & Scoop‘s churro van was there too, as well as a waffle vendor!

Elfingrove is running until the 5th of January 2020.

Recipe: Cinnamon Madeleines

I made these cinnamon madeleines last week and they were delightful! I based the recipe on one I found at Delicious. Madeleines are a classic little shell shaped French sponge cake . There is some debate about whether they are biscuits or cakes – in my opinion, they are definitely cakes!

MAKES ABOUT 12 MADELEINES

85g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
85g caster sugar
95g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp clear honey
1 medium free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

12 hole madeleine tin

  • Heat the oven to 160°C / fan 140°C / gas 3 and butter the madeleine tin.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over a gentle heat.
  • Combine the sugar & flour in a bowl with the vanilla essence, honey, egg & cinnamon
  • Mix in the melted butter into the other ingredients until you have a nice smooth batter – I did this in my KitchenAid stand mixer with the flat beater.
  • Spoon into the tin & bake for 15 minutes
  • While the madeleines are still warm, put some sugar & cinamon in a broad, shallow dish and roll the warm madeleines in the sugar to coat.

Review: Afternoon Tea at The Bowfield Hotel and Country Club

My sister & I visited The Bowfield Hotel & Country Club last week – we had bought a voucher for afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly and spa access for 2 from itison. It was such a lovely & relaxing day! I love their spa, so a little more about this at the end, but first I’ll tell you all about the afternoon tea we enjoyed!

The afternoon tea was booked in the Plumpy Duck restaurant – it has a really cosy log cabin feel which is perfect for this time of year! We were shown to our table by a polite and friendly waiter who took our drink orders – there was a choice of tea or coffee, and instead of the bubbly you could have a glass of fruit juice if you preferred.

Shortly after our food appeared, nicely arranged on the traditional afternoon tea stand. Alongside the usual triangle sandwiches was a lovely mini croissant with brie and chutney. The scone was served with proper cream & a mini pot of Tiptree Strawberry jam. Of course, the sweets were my favourite part! We had a lovely light swiss roll, a piece of tarte au citron, a bite of brownie and a macaron each.

We received lovely service but perhaps they were a little understaffed – this could be because it was a bit of a funny time on a weekday afternoon though and it wouldn’t put me off going back.

It was such great value for money when booked with the itison voucher – this was just £32 for afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly and spa access for 2!

While this is not really about the spa, I just wanted to mention how lovely it is! We have been going the the spa at The Bowfield for years, but recently they have really upped their game by upgrading the spa itself. They have added lovely relaxation rooms as well as a spa sauna and outdoor hydrotherapy pool which look out across the fields – perfect for moody winter days!

Hello!

Hi! I’m Louise. I’m 31 & I live in Glasgow, Scotland. Welcome to my blog which will be focused on cakes, desserts & all things sweet!

That’s right – Betsy Pud is not my real name! Betsy Pud is a poem that stuck with me long after it was read to me from A Very First Poetry Book by John Foster. It tells of someone who ‘ate much more than a nice girl should’ which I felt was quite fitting! I am hoping I don’t end the way she does though…

You can expect to see reviews of afternoon tea, exciting desserts and cakes in and around Glasgow. There will be recipes for cakes, desserts and other sweet treats.

And what else? I’m not sure yet! It’s been a long time since I have done anything like this, so I am happy to let it develop organically and enjoy the process. I hope that you enjoy it too!