October 24, 2007

Shepherdess Cafe, City Road


First time we'd gone here to the Shepherdess Cafe on City Rd, despite going past it many times. A little more expensive than other nearby places, but service was good and quick. Felt absolutely stuffed afterwards - chips, eggs, beans, mushrooms, toast and coffee, which I was unable to finish only because the serving was so massive - I did my best though!


If anyone can help me find out how to turn off the very loud CLICK sound emitted by my mobile phone (Sony Ericsson K750i) when I try and take a photo with it, do tell.

Anyway, what else? Oh - we got free chewing gum afterwards.

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October 14, 2007

Free range eggs - 20p each

At the Whole Foods Market, High St Kensington. You had to pick these yourself. Maybe the process was supposed to make you feel like it was a more 'natural' experience, but I was too afraid of picking one and causing the entire mound to collapse.

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September 20, 2007

London Photos is back!

After our amazing 3 month journey in South East Asia, we are back in London (see our Slow Way Round journal to read about our travel adventures and see a selection of our photos). Of course, we had not eaten a massive unhealthy English fry-up in all that time. So when this arrived, I had to capture it with my cameraphone!

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May 01, 2005

Where are the photos?

Where are the London photos, you ask? Well, they are still here - browse the archives or use the search box. Where the new photos are is another story! I've just come back from holiday seeing family in Sydney, and I'm still getting over jet lag and contending with work again! I do hope to take a few photos on Tuesday which should be interesting - another series of secret bunker photos :)

In the meantime, I don't actually have any new photos to include. But stay tuned, I haven't forgotten about this site!


Other things we've been doing is trying to make bak chang (vegetarian style). Whenever we go back to Sydney we get lots of home cooked family meals. Family and family friends always make some veggie variation on a typical meat-based theme. Hiang, for example, makes her own veggie spring rolls, bak chang, tempeh choko based meals and jackfruit-based curries, which come from her Indonesian locality, Cirebon. Maria makes tempe and tofu gule, lontong, sayur lodeh and gado gado.


Hiang's tempeh
Garlic cloves
Small onion
Couple of cups of water
Lemongrass to taste
Galanggal to taste
Bay leaves
Sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
Coconut milk (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Fry the garlic and onion. Cut the tempeh into cubes, mix it in with the garlic and onion, then add a little water, the lemongrass, galanggal, bay leaves and a few generous dollops of the sweet soy sauce (you can buy it at most Asian grocery stores; in London go to Tawana supermarket on Chepstow Rd, Loon Fung or New Loon Moon in Chinatown, Wing Yip near Edgware, or Oriental City in Colindale).
Add the pepper and tomato, then a small amount of coconut milk if you want. Cook until there is a small amount of sauce left which has been absorbed by the tempeh. Serve with boiled rice.

You can see Hiang's tempeh in the photo above; it's the top left dish.

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August 21, 2004

Vegan Barbeque

It may look like a typical suburban backyard barbeque, but it's in London, and the sausages are vegan (no animal matter of any sort) and made in South Africa (Fry's brand).

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July 09, 2004

Strawberry Fields


We've got a strawberry plant in our garden and, although the poor thing was about to collapse during last week's winds, we managed to salvage two strawberries from it this afternoon. There was some nice light in the garden, so I took a photo... These guys are in our stomachs now, but here's a photo of them before we ate them... not actual size, of course :)
If anyone wants these strawberries on a T-Shirt (white bg) let me know. I've ordered mine from T-Shirt Zoo. Okay... just thought I'd ask...

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April 24, 2004

Yellow rice, chick peas and mock abalone (gluten)


Indonesian yellow rice (turmeric), chick peas and curry, mock abalone (fried gluten), tomatoes and raisins.

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October 02, 2003

Tempeh Burgers

Tempeh- fermented soy - is a vitamin rich source of food and our creation was inspired by the tempeh ruebens at the Organic Harvest Cafe in New York City. You will need a slice of tempeh available at health food stores (usually in the freezer!) Click below for the recipe. Recipe by Rob.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

1. One burger-sized slice tempeh
2. One slice vegan swiss cheese, or vegetarian swiss cheese
3. 1 Onion
4. 1 Portabello mushroom
5. 1-2 cloves garlic
6. Sweet soy sauce or any favourite marinade.

Cut the onions into rings.
Put the marinade on each side of the tempeh.
Place mushrooms, onions and garlic into pan, and fry in a little oil for a minute. Move these to the side and put the slice of tempeh in the pan, fry all until nice and brown with vegetarian worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce and/or soy sauce.

Serve between hamburger buns or toast. Add spinach if desired.


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September 28, 2003

how to make vegan pizza

After a low key London Sunday we decided to go home and make some pizza. We make vegan pizzas, which means there is no meat or cheese on them. But contrary to what you may think, our pizzas are always delicious, full flavoured, moist with a crisp base and easy to make (as you can see from the image). Find out how to make them here...

You'll need:
Medium pizza base
Some "mock meat" - a word about these. They're readily available canned, in Chinatown, and are made of fried gluten or seitan. You can get mock chicken, duck, fish and so one. Or, you can get something like veggie bacon or vegan sausages (we like Wicken Fen brand sausages and fillets; they are available at Sainsbury's. Today we used frozen vegetarian chicken nuggets, a vegan brand purchased at Wing Yip superstore in Cricklewood.
Young leaf spinach
Some tomato-based pasta sauce
Crumbled firm smoked tofu, or crumbled tofu marinated in sweet soy sauce (we like Kecap Manis ABC brand
Spices of your choice - curry, or Indonesian rendang, lodeh or gule
Mushrooms (preferably portobello)


1. Preheat the oven at 220C.

2. Get your base and spoon the pasta sauce on it, then layer with spinach leaves and mushrooms.

3. Get your spices and mix them into a thick paste.

4. Cut up your mock meat into thin strips. Place the mock meat into the paste and mix together, then marinate for a few minutes.

5. Layer onto your pizza, then sprinkle some finely chopped basil on top. Add some pepper to taste and dribble extra sauce on top.
6. Place in oven for 12-15 minutes, or until nicely sizzling.
7. Enjoy!

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