About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1913-1980)



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Happy Birthday, A.

Yesterday was A.’s birthday. I made a cake.

Although it was a recipe I had made several times before (here,  but veganized by using almond milk and vegan margarine), baking with different ingredients and different equipment meant that the birthday cake was more like a large birthday cookie. No matter, it still tasted pretty good.

Instead of adding garam masala with the cocoa, I just used some cinnamon and cayenne pepper. I stayed with the orange vanilla icing with a garnish of toasted coconut.

We went to dinner at Carnavale, a Mediterranean vegetarian restaurant nearby. We shared our starters: ‘Quinoa, Wild Mushroom, Spinach and Chilli Cakes with Apricot and Ginger Chutney’ and ‘Young Artichokes stuffed with Walnuts, Lemon and Parsley on a bed of Caramelised Red Onions’ which were both outstanding but my photos didn’t make them look very good.

Phyllo Purse stuffed with Rosemary and Wild Mushrooms served with Pumpkin, Leek, Cannelini Beans and Basil Casserole topped with Pumpkin Seeds. The entrée was somewhat bland, but looks good in a photo. 

Even though we had just had cake at tea-time, we got dessert – ‘Chocolate Roulade, filled with Raspberries, Earl Grey Truffles and Vanilla Soya Cream.’ It looks rather unappetizing here, but it was delicious. Really.

At Carnevale.

ISDA & Co. gray velour dress, thrifted. 1970s waistcoat (which has a matching
dress to be shown in a later post). Antique Indian and stone pendant strung
on a cord (had as long as I can remember). Bangles from India. Purple tights, |
Sainsbury’s. Shoes thrifted and painted by me.

I know that the blogging platform I use is not the most user-friendly. So, I’m about to embark on the daunting task of transferring my blog to Blogger. This blog was originally on Blogger and, in 2006, I became dissatisfied with its limited customization abilities and abandoned it. Which means, luckily, I still have the Joyatri Blogspot URL. But, I need to figure out how to transfer 7 years of content without losing it all as well as transfer my domain name. After that, there will be a lot of re-configuring, re-doing tags, and fixing links. So, please bear with me, and, hopefully, the result will be a blog that is easier to find, follow, navigate, and comment on.

Reader Comments (8)

Yay blogger! I hope you have a smooth transition. Your food looks scrumptious, especially that cake...with garam marsala no less? WTF? Completely unique from anything my taste buds have embraced.

Are you going to visit Seattle sometime soon? I have an apartment downstairs and it has a kitchen!

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Arghhh, that waistcoat is gorgeous! You know I loved the dress too, can't wait to see you in it! Your hair looks lovely in the causal side plait, too.
Happy Birthday, A! What an interesting sounding cake with garam masala, I've always got it in the cupboard so it's a definite must try. The food looks delicious, too.
Good luck with the changeover, it'll be brilliant when you've cracked it! x

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

all that food looks delish!

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersian

Love your waistcoat & your cake looks good. Hope your blog changeover goes well.

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Your cake sounds interesting, flavoured with cayenne or garam masala! And all the food at the restaurant looks delicious.
Can't beat a bit of vintage and velvet, you look very stylish and very happy!
Good look with your blog changeover. xxxx

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

More power to you!! I can't imagine attempting it, I'm so lacking in know-how. I have major complaints about my Wordpress site, but it's so agonizing for me to try to get it right, I just decide to get Zen about it all. You look beautiful and I love the food. I'm not vegan, but I love to cook and I'm always looking to grow my repertoire.

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean at Dross into Gold

Happy changeover! And here's to a smooth transition! Looking lovely in your vintage ensemble and the food sounds, if not looks, good.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

I'm fascinated by the ingredients of this cake! I'm not a big cake fan, as I don't have a sweet tooth, but with some spiceyness I just might be tempted!
Your food pix are great,it all looks delish! YOU looked delish, a lovely bit of crushed velvet does for me everytime,not to mention the divoon wastcoat and pendant!
ooo, I'm not very techno, so the thought of all that transferring work scares me! Hope it goes smooth!

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelga

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