Tag: raspberries

Raspberry and Thyme Shrub

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the launch of the summer issue of the Chilterns Food Magazine at the beautiful Wild Strawberry Cafe at Peterley Manor Farm (well worth a visit if you’re out these ways), celebrating food from the local area. The Chilterns sits just to the north-west of London, and it’s where i’m lucky to call my home. It’s one of those places that often sits in the shadows of the Cotswolds, but the Chiltern Hills definitely stands alone as a scenic place to live. Chilterns Food Magazine celebrates all things local, and I’m a firm believer that food should be as seasonal and local as your purse and lifestyle dictates, whether you’re vegan or not.

The drink recipes in this magazine have got my thirst needing to be well and truly quenched, and having never heard of a ‘shrub’ before seeing this recipe, although a little time-consuming, looks well worth the effort. It turns out “shrubs were originally colonial drinks, the name coming from the Arabic word sharab which simply means, to drink. They are made from fruit, sugar and vinegar and are left to ferment and infuse, sometimes overnight, sometimes for longer.”

Raspberry and Thyme Shrub
Makes approx 500ml

2 cups of raspberries
1 cup of raw cane sugar
8 thyme sprigs
1 cup of apple cider vinegar

  • Wash and slice the raspberries and mix with the sugar in a bowl, cover and leave to infuse for two days.
  • Put the thyme sprigs in a non-reactive container (so not metallic) and cover with the apple cider vinegar (use unpasteurized otherwise you get a cloudy drink), cover and leave in a cool dark place for two days.
  • Strain the raspberres through a non-metallic strainer and pour the vinegar over the top.
  • Place the combined shrub into a sealed glass bottle give it a good old shake then leave in your fridge for a week before using.

This method is a slightly longer process but the way the flavours combine make the effort worthwhile.

To get your Gin game on, find your local provider of Gin and add 50ml of gin with 30ml of this shrub!

Enjoy!

Veronica x

Recipe from: Chilterns Food Magazine
Photography: Jamie Orlando Smith

Raspberry Vegan Victoria Sponge

I turned vegan nearly four years ago. Around that time I made my sister a vegan victoria sponge not to dissimilar to the one below. I was determined to not miss out on the food I was used to. To be honest, when I made the decision to give go vegan most people thought it was a phase, even I probably wasn’t wholly convinced how long I’d be able to stick to it. But, here I am, four years on and I haven’t looked back. Sure, there is food I miss occasionally, but not enough to warrant me eating it.

I made this cake last week to celebrate my friend’s birthday. It’s not quite a true Victoria sponge, as I popped some raspberries into the sponge mixture, creating quite a dense and moist sponge rather than light and fluffy one. But, needless to say it was a success and very much enjoyed, so I thought I’d share it. I used some almond soya yoghurt and it gives it a delicious hint of almonds, reminiscent of a bakewell tart – perfect!

Raspberry Vegan Victoria Sponge

300g plain flour
1 tspn baking powder
150g caster sugar
100ml vegetable oil
1 tspn vanilla extract
250ml almond soya yoghurt
100ml oat milk

For the icing:
100g vegan margarine
150g icing sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract

2 tbsp Strawberry jam
225g Raspberries
100g Strawberries

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C and line a 7 inch cake tin.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and sugar.
  • Add the oil, yoghurt, vanilla extract and milk and stir together. Add half of the raspberries.
  • Pour the mixture into the cake tin, and cook in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Turn the cake out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 
  • Once cooled cut the cake in half.
  • In a large bowl, add the margarine, icing sugar and vanilla extract, mix together using a blender or fork until smooth.
  • Spread the strawberry jam onto one side of the sponge. On the other half spread half of the buttercream filling. Place the two sides together then spread the remaining buttercream on the top of the cake.
  • Decorate using the remaining raspberries and the strawberries.

Keep in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

Veronica x