Sunday, 15 January 2017

Eat In, Eat Out

After the trip round Unicorn on Sunday we didn't really go shopping this week, just nipped in for broccoli, mushrooms and bleach. Despite this I still need to recoup some cash as we had to replace our carbon monoxide alarm (£20), we ate out for my birthday and it was our wedding anniversary yesterday. 

We weren't planning to do anything for our anniversary, we make more of a thing of the day that we met, but due to some bad planning we didn't have anything to take with us to the football for lunch. As luck would have it on Friday night Dan was pointed in the direction of a newish cafe with some vegan options, right in the centre of Burnley - Little Barista. 



 I have to say I was impressed. A good choice of teas and coffee, almond, coconut and soya milk are all available, although at extra cost. There was not one, but five sweet treats - apricot croissant, carrot cake, a fruit crumble bar, chocolate and walnut brownie, and a coffee and orange cake. There was even a sandwich! We shared the sandwich, which they called a taco, it was a soft flatbread with roast vegetables, served toasted, it was really very nice. On this occasion neither of the soups were suitable for vegans but they do have sfv soups regularly.  


We went halves on the cakes (coffee orange on the left, chocolate walnut on the right, the chcocolate one was served warm). They weren't cheap but they were amazing! Also on sale were 10 Acre crisps - yes including When The Cheese Met The Onion, Karma Cola and Whole Earth soft drinks. Oh, and the staff are some of the most pleasant you will come across and were more than happy to help.

As a result of all this spending the menu plan is being stretched as much as possible. On Thursday I made a big pan of spicy rice with lots of veg and black eyed beans, there was a bit too much for one meal, so before I stirred in the rice I kept some of the veg mix aside to have the same again the next night. I don't always want to eat rice, but when I'm in the mood it's all I want to eat! I added an extra couple of pepper slices from a jar of roast peppers, a few more mushrooms and some pumpkin and sunflower seeds. We also had some cauliflower fritters. 


A small cauliflower, or half a large, some fresh coriander, water and the above spices and gram flour, blitzed up and cooked in the frying pan. The original recipe can be seen here.


We ate some with our spicy rice, but had enough mixture left to have some when we got home from the match (Up The Clarets). Served with a little bit of salad, some houmous, mango chutney and hot sauce. Lovely!


Today Dan is making bread and I will be making a mushroom, chestnut and sage bulghur bowl, another pantry meal, another budget stretcher. 

18 comments:

  1. The cauliflour fritters sound and look really nice, very inventive too. Glad you found a cafe that has the options you enjoy.

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    1. Thank you, the cafe was great and I think the fritters will be a regular addition to the menu.

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  2. Belated Happy Birthday and Anniversary wishes.

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  3. I've never tried cauliflower fritters, they look so much more yummy than bland boiled cauliflower. I tend to eat it raw the majority of the time, going to check out the link thanks☺

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    1. They're very nice, the link suggests some variations and tweaks too which is great.

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  4. It's great to see more and more places offering decent vegan options, I can only hope that it catches on near us since Spain seems to be decades behind the UK on that front

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    1. It really is, the last couple of years have been amazing in the UK for vegan products and venues, hope it doesn't take decades for Spain to catch up.

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  5. Belated anniversary wishes. Love the look of those sweet treats, it is certainly nice to have a treat now and again.

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  6. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, and so nice your found a nice eating place. I like the sound of the cauliflower fritters, I shall make note of the recipe, thankyou x

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    1. Thank you. We often have half a cauli hanging around so the fritters are brilliant for that, hope you enjoy them if you try them.

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  7. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!!!

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  8. Your cauliflower fritters look amazing.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks, they were great. Very quick and simple to make too.

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  9. Ooh homemade bread, i must start baking it again..Ah your in my neck of the woods, did you get a lovely welcome from the staff in Little Barista? its very lovely in there, the couple that run it used to work in Rhode Island just round the corner, i think they took inspiration from there and opened up their own, love an Americano when i can afford a little treat
    small world
    sammie xx

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    1. Dan is from East Lancs so we're there fairly often, as well as going to the football.

      The staff in Little Barista were just wonderful, I think everyone said hello to us, they were very knowledgeable about the products and even though they were really busy no-one seemed rushed. Very impressed. Dan had been to Rhode Island a couple of times and was always very positive about it, know I know why.

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