And so it happened that I’m one year older again! One year and two weeks to be exact. I’ve never cared so much of my own birthdays and have only really organized a few birthday parties during my adulthood; when I turned 18, 20 and 25. After this there’s not been so much to celebrate (just kidding)! Maybe it’s partly because of the fact that January is often the time when people, or at least me, just like to have a break and calm down after all the Christmas and New Year’s hassle. This year I made an exception and invited some of my friends over for tea and (vegan!) Oreo cake.
The cake has only a few ingredients and is super easy to prepare. On top of this it tastes ridiculously good! Even my husband was impressed, so I can easily recommend it to anyone. Maybe you have a party coming up this weekend?
1 1/2 package of Oreo Biscuits
60 g vegan margarine
2 packages of foaming soy cream
300 g of vegan chocolate
1 package of Oreo Biscuits
2 tablespoons of crushed vegan sucker candy
Cut some baking paper onto the bottom of a cake mold (24 cm in diameter) and grease the edges. Crush the biscuits for the base. Melt the margarine and mix it with the biscuits in a baking jar. Press the biscuit chips into the bottom of the cake mold. Chop the chocolate and melt it carefully in a water bath or microwave. Foam the soy cream and add the melted chocolate. Spread the chocolate soy cream filling on the biscuit cake base. Put the cake in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Remove the cake from the mold and move carefully to the serving plate. Decorate with Oreo biscuits and e.g. crushed vegan sucker candies. I used Fazer Marianne Crush.
There’s actually only a few days left of the vegan challenge and I have to say that I’m quite happy with my performance, although it has not been flawless. I have to admit that there’s been a few slips, but to my defense, it’s never easy to jump into a new lifestyle without having to face e few obstacles on the way.
Okay, so the first slip was perfectly planned. I made sea salt toffee candies including a bit of honey. I convinced myself that this is not that bad and if I continue this lifestyle after this months challenge, I will probably continue eating honey from time to time. The second slip happened at a customer dinner. I made a decision before the evening not to make a number of my new diet and just eat the served foods. It was a good decision and made the night a bit easier, but it also made me more convinced of wanting to continue the challenge. The next obstacle came a bit unexpectedly, as a colleague was having a farewell party and offered us cake and candies at the office. Again surrounded by colleagues, I felt I didn’t want to start explaining myself, so I ate one slice of the cake (and a few candies). Maybe it’s needless to say that I haven’t told my colleagues about my vegan challenge.
I’m not that disappointed about the above mentioned slippages, as I’m of this next one… milk chocolate! My dear mom gave me milk chocolate candy biscuits as a souvenir, and I’m sorry to say I didn’t have enough backbone to resist the temptation, and have been eating one or two of those biscuits every evening this week. Why oh why am I still so hooked on sugar?! One of my targets was to cut down on sugar, so I truly feel I’ve failed on that level.
Now when the confessions have been made, I’m still happy to announce I’m not going to quit. Despite of these slippages, I feel good and have gained lots more energy. Speaking of which, just look at the colors of the green juice I made last weekend!
Last weekend we also had some really cold, yet beautiful, winter days and we had to keep the house warm with help of the fireplace. This weekend will be rainy and we’ve already lost almost all the snow, which is a pity. I loved the surroundings those crispy mornings.
How has your first month of the year been so far?