If I could ask a favour for next time: if people put alcohol in their food, please could you make it really clear! When the great-looking chocolate cake contains whisky & the only clue is a scrawled note in tiny letters, it's less helpful. If someone doesn't consume alcohol for religious reasons, or if they're a recovering alcoholic, it makes things difficult.
1 · December 6
Thanks for all the comments about my chocolate dessert with the liquorice stick so here's the recipe...
Cream cheese (3 tubs)
Chocolate (2 blocks)
Powdered cane sugar (1 cup - sieved)
Pure vanilla essence
Jelly crystals, Dried cranberries and Liquorice root stick (to decorate) and a silver ribbon if you fancy...it's all about the presentation!
Melt the chocolate and blend with the cream cheese adding the sugar slowly, add a good dash of the vanilla and mix together until a smooth paste. Place in the fridge for 1 and a half hours and then spoon into a ball shape, put in the stick and push in a few cranberries on top. Freeze until the consistency of icecream and finally decorate with the jelly crystals!
Now what to do next time :-)
2 · December 6
Almost had to bail today but have rushed back to the south east and now on the train in. But it does mean bought stuff from me again (sorry). I've got a few Free From things from Sainsbury's including Pink Panther wafers. Can any of you long-standing hardliners confirm they are vegan? Ingredients look fine but I sometimes miss some of the lesser known non-vegan sneaky ingredients...
0 · December 5
What a lovely Potluck as ever! And I was delighted at the surrealism of how people ate my Nativity Cake; from gingerly hacking at it, to decapitating the baby Jesus (hahaha!) and so on!! Brilliant! Now....I have 2 months to create some sort of savoury alchemy....ideas are already starting to form...& a theme too! Right...you'll have to wait till February to see what I conjour up!! All the best, Jess x
0 · December 7
So much incredible food! The Banoffee pie was amazing. Julie's blueberry cheesecake made my eyes go to the back of my head. FatGayVegan's caramel squares were incredible. The mint meringues were a game-changer. The Nativity scene and the chocolate delight on a licorice stick were so inspired. And the hot pizzas from Wholefoods were much appreciated! Sorry I can't remember everyone's names. Thanks also to FatGayVegan who cheered me up when an idiot got me down.
1 · December 6
I have an odd request: would anyone be willing to share their kitchen with me on the day of or the day before the potlock? I don't have the neccessary kitchen appliances, i.e. an (immersion) blender. Also, company while making things is more fun. :) Will bring my own ingredients and clean up after myself.
0 · November 19
Hi everyone! I'm leaving the UK 2 days after this potluck, and so I'm going to bring a bunch of grocery items that I haven't finished off free for the taking! There will be quinoa, brown rice, possibly some nutritional yeast, tea, tupperware containers and other stuff.
I also have a blow dryer, hair straightener and hair curler that I thought I'd bring. Is there any reason these products wouldn't be vegan and wouldn't be appropriate to bring? I bought them last year before I ever started considering things like that. I guess I'm wondering if it would be cool to bring them if anyone wants some free stuff. Thanks!
1 · November 27
Enjoyed great company, overwhelmed by the food as always so didn't get to finish my main course which I've had to bring home. I'm not a chocoalate fan but loved the witchey chocolate mousse thing on a stick, and am not a banana person, but the banoffee base was lovely!
0 · December 6
Today's potluck was awesome! So many great people, so much great food! I loved the pizza, the tiffin and the chocolate-banana cupcakes. Special kudos to whoever made the banoffee dish - it was out of this world and I would really really love the recipe if you'd be willing to share?
I made the stollen and forgot to provide an ingredients list (sorry! I'll remember next time, promise!). The recipe was a veganised version of this: http://www.myhouseandgarden.com...
I just replaced the butter with Pure margarine and used soya milk. If anyone has a go at making their own, ignore the cooking time in the recipe: 45 minutes is plenty.
1 · December 5
Almost 60 people have RSVPd for tonight. If you haven't been before (or you have but have a fuzzy memory) here are some bits of info you need:
- please bring your own serving utensils. We only have enough forks for people to eat with. If you bring soup, you will need to supply cups. If you bring cake, you will need a plate to present it on & a knife to cut it.
- please do not arrive with nothing. Don't laugh! This happens every time.
- one contribution from each person attending. This is fair & the decent thing to do.
- we have enough plates for every attendee to have one each. Do not take more than one plate. If you go up for seconds, you will need to use the same plate.
- Take a little bit of each dish so there is enough for everyone. There is always plenty of food so take some, eat it & then return for a bit more when you think most people have had a chance to serve themselves
- scrape your plate when finished and stack on trolley
- sign in & out at the security desk.
1 · December 5
Faxing my complaint letter to the Greene King head office. No indication on their site if it's independently owned or not... Anyway, it's in reference to the pub we go to after potluck for drinks; won't be returning again, that's for certain! Feel free to join me for drinks at the pub next door, though :)
The potluck was great as always, though -- lovely mince pies from
0 · November 11