Posts Tagged: vegan

things to do :: Got Craft? London (UK)

It may not be as trendy as East London, but in a place called Tooting Broadway on the Northern Line, you will find the Tooting Tram and Social pub (46-48 Mitcham Road, London SW17 9NA). On Sunday, November 27th from 11am-5pm, it will play host to London’s newest craft fair, Got Craft?. Started in 2007 in Canada, Got Craft? began as an indie craft fair aimed at bringing together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture.

Featuring over 20 hand picked designers, some of my favourites include custom liqueurs by Alchemist Dreams, decorative wooden ornaments by Anna Wiscombe, homemade jams and chutneys by Homemade Hampers, vegan friendly skincare products by Lovely Gorgeous Things and Pretty Zoo who uses her own illustrations to make beautiful jewellery pieces. Browse this year’s artist line up online – http://gotcraft.com/london/vendors. Buttercupcakes will also be running a tea and cake station with a selection of hot and cold menu items and a full bar will be available by the Tooting Tram and Social.

For those feeling inspired, Crafty Pint, a collective of local creatives living and working in South London, will be leading interactive workshops to teach you how to make your own bow ties using recycled materials and Lynne from Papermash will host a DIY wrapping station (donation to charity). And don’t miss DJ Frida Black-Heart akaDebbie from Craft Guerrilla spinning her crafty beats from noon to 4:00pm!

Admission is £1 and be one of the first 30 people through the door for a coveted reusable tote bag from EtsyUK filled with goodies from all of our stalls! For more information, visit our website here.

field trip :: tooting summer pop-up event

Got Craft brought out the ol’ button press yesterday and took part in our first DIY button press workshop as part of the SW Craft Club‘s Summer Pop-Up event. We met so many great people including Gillian from Crafty Pint and Melissa from Ms. Cupcake (<- a fellow Canadian too!). Didn't make it to the event? We'll be doing it all again on August 7th at the Landor. Stay tuned for details!

cook :: homemade yogurt

I love yogurt and include it in my daily breakfast routine, but buying organic yogurt at the local supermarket can quickly add up on your grocery bill! I decided to take the leap the other day and discovered that it is a ridiculously simple process. So why make your own yogurt? By making your own, you control what you put into it and for those that are lactose intolerant or vegan, a soy option is also available.

My inspiration for this project comes from two sources: The Home Creamery by Kathy Farrel-Kingsley and the April / May 2010 issue of ReadyMade.

Ingredients:
1 litre milk* (I used organic 2% from Avalon)
2 tbsp plain yogurt* (this is your starter)

Tools:
A pot (2.25 litre is a good size)
Wooden spoon
Whisk
A container that can hold 1 litre of yogurt (I used two 500ml mason jars)
A container that can keep the yogurt warm (see picture below—I used a large soup pot with towels for insulation or you may use a camping cooler).
An instant read thermometer to ensure the milk reaches a high enough temperature and then cools to the right temperature for the starter.

Makes 1 litre of yogurt
* For a vegan option, substitute milk with soy milk and yogurt with soy yogurt.

Step one
Clean everything in your work area with soap and hot water and leave out to air dry. Remember that we are working with a cultured dairy product and we want to ensure that no unwanted bacteria is introduced.

Step two
Heat your milk in a pan. I used a basic, fairly thick bottomed pot. You want to bring the temperature to 180° F/83° C, which takes approximately 10 minutes. This is just before it starts to boil and you will begin to smell the milk as it heats.

Step three
Once it hits 180° F, let the milk mixture cool down to 115° F/46° C and then whisk in the yogurt. Make sure that the yogurt is mixed in well.

Step four
Pour the yogurt into your container. This recipe makes 1 litre of yogurt, so I used two 500 millilitre mason jars to hold the yogurt. Make sure to keep the jars warm and still for 6 to 12 hours. I used a soup pot that I stuffed with towels to keep the heat in.

If you do not have a soup pot, the Home Creamery suggests placing the jars in a picnic cooler along with jars of hot water, then pouring the mixture into a thermos bottle.

Step five
After 6 to 12 hours, your yogurt should look like yogurt! Place the finished product into the fridge to cool.

When ready, mix well and enjoy. The yogurt will last up to a week.

Originally posted on Granville Online April 30, 2010