COFFEE AND FOOD PAIRINGS…

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Coffee and food pairings to bring the taste alive.

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WORLD VEGAN DAY, THE START OF WORLD VEGAN MONTH…

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It’s World Vegan Daytoday is part of World Vegan Month

World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day, on 1st November each year, marks the start ofVegan Month

World Vegan Dayis celebrated all over the world, in many different ways, from a simple birthday party to a full vegan festival with exhibitions of vegan food and products, talks on nutrition and cooking demonstrations.

Find events in Vegan Month and throughout the year on theVegan Outreach Diary.

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HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CAKE?…

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How much do you know about cakeHeart Matters has put together a fun quiz to test your knowledge. Give it a go, you will be surprised at the answers to some of the questions.

Quiz: How much do you know about cake?

Has the final of the Great British Bake Off got you in the mood for cake? Test your cake knowledge in their fun quiz here.

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HOUSEKEEPING BOOKS THROUGH THE CENTURIES…

Before 1800, housekeeping books tended to be handwritten collections of recipes and instructions tried and tested by the household cook. By the 1850’s they were developed into books for ‘adult women’, in particular for your brides who were setting up home.

They were intended as work manuals, they were without lavish photography or even set in fine bindings but if you can get hold of one from a book shops they will amaze you. They tell us about the lives of the women in the past from where you can see social change and the disappearance of domestic servants.

Mrs Breton’s Book of Household Management, which was published in 1861 was a huge success and sold 60,000 copes in its first year and two million by 1868. Of course with no television at that time these books were inspirational.

By the time Helen Simpson wroteThe Happy Housewife‘ in 1934 modern appliances were starting to pop up everywhere, not only helping with the housework but also removing the servants of that time.

In ‘Keeping House’ with Elizabeth Craig (Collins 1936) she said ‘ I have no use for elaborately decorated or furnished homes or for elaborate meals. The simpler the home, the simpler the housekeeping.

Some of these vintage home books can now fetch a lot of money at auction. A book published in 1687 ‘The Accomplished Ladies Rich Closit of Rarities’, by John Shirley sold at Sothebys for £1,625. So, if your great aunt or grandma are still alive and have some old cookery books make sure they don’t end up at the tip.

Even the National Trust ‘Manual of Housekeeping of 2006’ sold 10,000 copies in 2006.

The Good Housekeeping Institute have written a book The Art of Good Housekeeping in 2010 which is packed with tried and tested answers to every household query, from how often you should clean your duvet, to how to maintain the exterior of your house.

2 OF THE BEST WAYS TO COOK DELICIOUS VEGAN BAKED GOODS…

Leanne’s Dairy Free and Vegan Bakery

The key to cooking the best vegan baked dishes is your dairy and egg swap-ins.

1. Learn as much as you can about egg replacements with foods like ground flax seeds mixed with water to mashed-up bananas.

2. Think about your fats and try using coconut oil, or olive oil, and of course non dairy milks.

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