Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake with Almond Butter Frosting for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake with Almond Butter Frosting for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

To continue my Pumpkin Series, today I bring you this truly whimsical Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake with indulgent almond butter frosting that’s designed for GERD and Gastroparesis. It’s also a luscious treat that is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

As it happens, Autumn is a great time to embrace the fruits of the labour of a low-FODMAP diet as there is an abundance of hearty seasonal ingredients around. Because of this, I’ve been creating a Pumpkin series on my blog.

First, we had a hearty Pumpkin Soup, then a soothing Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl, and finally this yummy pumpkin and banana bread that also feels like a cake that’s a mix of the two, and just as warming!

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Georgie xoxo
This scrumptious Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake with indulgent almond butter frosting is a scrumptious treat for GERD and Gastroparesis that's also vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. With the earthy mix of pumpkin meeting the exotic blends of banana, this bread feels like a cake that's moist, soft and perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up. 
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 225 grams Gluten-Free Flour (or flour of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 10 tbsp Coconut Sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 3/4 cup Walnuts
  • 115 grams Pumpkin OR Pumpkin Puree (Grated)
  • 2 small Bananas
  • 2 Eggs/Flax Egg OR Vegan Egg (I'm using Oggs)
  • 2/3 cup Coconut Oil (melted)

Instructions
 

  • Place the oven onto 180C or 160F and allow it to warm up
  • Line the base and sides of a deep 20cm/8 inches round fixed-based cake tin (pan) or a suitably sized dish with baking parchment.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt into a mixing bowl and combine.
  • Stir in the sugar, chopped walnuts, and grated pumpkin until thoroughly mixed.
  • Make a slight hollow in the middle of the dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the bananas (if you're using pumpkin puree rather than grated pumpkin add it here) egg/egg substitute, coconut oil, and then stir in the dry ingredients.
  • Turn this into the prepared tin and level the surface. Place in the oven for 30 minutes. You'll know it's done by placing a clean knife in and see if it comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool and now it's time to create your icing! This was a really intuitive process so I used: 1/2 cup of almond butter, 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Paste, 1 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup, 55 grams Vegan Butter and a Pinch of Sea Salt. Pop into a blend and if you need to sweeten it more add more maple syrup.
  • Apply your frosting to your cake and you're done! Whimsical decorations are optional!
Keyword banana, banana bread, gastritis, gastroparesis, gerd, low fodmap, pumpkin, pumpkin bread, vegan, vegetarian

With the earthy mix of pumpkin meeting the exotic blends of banana, this bread feels like a cake that’s moist, soft and perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up!

If you would prefer to make this as a bread, you can simply adapt the container you place it in. As for the whimsical decoration, I was really called to honour the sweetness of this season and all the gorgeous animals that frequent my local habitat.

Will you decorate yours, or leave the almond frosting as it is? Speaking of that, this was such an intuitive process to make this indulgent topping. I really just threw lots of things in a blender and felt it was complete when it was sweet and silky enough for my preferences. Feel free to have fun with this! You can also make yourself a vegan cream cheese frosting.

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I hope you love this banana and pumpkin cake and that it’s something that can comfort and nourish you as we enter into these colder months, and of course this next lockdown here in the UK.

Would you like to see more Low-FODMAP recipes that are suitable for Gerd and Gastroparesis? You can get access to all the recipes to date right here.

Please note that if you’re reading a recipe that is not before August 2020 it will not be specifically low-FODMAP. Going forward, however, many more recipes will be added that will be all low-FODMAP, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free focussed that serves those with GERD, Gastroparesis and beyond.

Finally, do you have any recipe requests for me? Especially for autumn and winter.

Also, have any of you had any experience of the low-FODMAP diet? Would you like to see more posts about my experience to date? As always, please be sure to let me know how this has landed in your heart and mind.

LOW-FODMAP PUMPKIN RECIPE SERIES:

CLICK HERE FOR A LOW-FODMAP PUMPKIN SOUP RECIPE

Click here for a Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Did you see my recent Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup Recipe from yesterday? Well, depending on how big your pumpkin was, you might have some leftovers so I have just the recipe for you: a Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis that is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

This warming, festive and sweet Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl boasts a delicate spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves paired with a soft vanilla base. If you’re a fan of a certain latte blend, see how you find making this gorgeous easy recipe from the comfort of home.

After making this recipe, do you still have more Pumpkin leftovers to use? My next recipe will be a dreamy banana and pumpkin cake so look out for that soon!

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Georgie xoxo
Depending on how big your pumpkin was, you might have some leftovers so I have just the recipe for you: a Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis that is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
This warming, festive and sweet Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl boasts a delicate spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves paired with a soft vanilla base. If you’re a fan of a certain latte blend, see how you find making this gorgeous easy recipe from the comfort of home.
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin
  • 1 Banana (small or half a big banana)
  • 1 tbsp Dairy Free Yoghurt (I'm using Oatly plain yoghurt)
  • 100  ml Dairy Free Mylk (I'm using Hemp Milk)
  • 1 scoop/tbsp Protein Vegan Powder
  • 1 tbsp Peanut OR Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 whole Clove
  • Pinch Nutmeg, Ginger or Allspice
  • Gluten-Free Granola (I'm using Nature's Path)
  • Coconut Chips
  • Edible sparkle and decoration

Instructions
 

  • Place the chopped Pumpkin, the Banana, the vegan yoghurt and vegan mylk into a blender and blitz together. You can always add a scoop of vegan protein powder if you would like to. You'll want to give this all a good few minutes to create the consistency you're after! Add all the spices and vanilla.
  • Pour your smoothie mixture into a bowl. I'm using a small bowl from Coconut Bowls. If there's too much smoothie for you, put some in another bowl and keep for another day.
  • Now it's time to decorate! To start, I added a semi-circle halo top to the bowl with the Coconut Chips. Next, add the gluten-free granola in front of where you added the Coconut Chips.
  • Anything else you add is now down to your whimsical imagination! I added some of my edible woodland animals, some raspberries, and some edible glitter. Now, enjoy enchanted being!
Keyword acid reflux, autumn, banana and coconut smoothie, dairy free, fall, gastroparesis, gluten free, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, samhain, smoothie bowl, vegan

Honouring Samhain

The sight of Pumpkins truly conjures up the arrival of autumn, and there’s an abundance of Pumpkin related specialities such as Pumpkin scented candles, and a certain latte blend (!), that also coincide with events such as harvest, the arrival of Pumpkin patches and Halloween that takes place on the 31st October.

I’d love to know if Halloween has any significance for you, or if it’s just another night of the year? For me, I take time to dig deeper into my Celtic roots by honouring this festival that originated from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition.

In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “sow-win” that’s derived from a compound of two ancient Gaelic words, “sam,” which was an old word for “Samrad,” or “Summer,” and “fuin,” an ancient word for “end,” referring to the “end” of Summer).

Traditionally, Samhain was usually celebrated from 31st October to 1st November to welcome in the harvest and the remaining dark half of the year.

For those that celebrated, and continue to celebrate and honour Samhain, they believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and “otherworld.”

This meant that the fairies and other immortal beings might roam the Earth as they pleased on this special night. As a result, only the very brave ventured out of their homes on Samhain Eve for fear of meeting one of these supernatural beings.

I lean so heavily into the origins of this magic, now more than ever. It reminds me how special it is for me to lean into mysticism in all forms.

Added Whimsical Touches

So if you’ve become enchanted by the above, why not add a little bit of whimsy to your smoothie bowl? I’m using a mix of edible sparkle, woodland creatures and granola to create a truly enchanting mix.

Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Granola has been such a magical discovery and it’s quickly become my autumnal granola of choice!

With clusters of golden baked oats, toasted pumpkin seeds, almonds, coconut, tangy cranberries, raisins and a pinch of cinnamon it’s the scents and taste of the seasons in a bowl.

Discover more about Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed, Almond and Raisin Granola right here.

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Pretty Pea Protein (AD-Gifted as I have previously worked with this lovely brand and I have done a separate review here) is a vegan protein powder that is not only incredibly pretty and ethereal to behold but packed with superfoods such as Spirulina, Green Tea, Acai Berry and Chicory Root.

These powerful ingredients that feature in Pretty Pea Protein are all known for their potency and power for centuries. Having said that it’s nearly but not completely Low-FODMAP so I just wanted to add that as a little disclaimer here for those strictly following a Low-FODMAP. I haven’t had any problems whatsoever, it’s been so soothing for my tummy, but as this is a Low-FODMAP recipe just wanted to add that additional info!

If you enjoyed seeing how I add protein powder and have enjoyed this recipe, then be sure to check out my lovely Tropical Protein Pink Porridge using Pretty Pea Vegan Protein here.

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I truly hope you enjoy the sweetness and creaminess of this cosy Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl!

Would you like to see more Low-FODMAP recipes that are suitable for Gerd and Gastroparesis? You can get access to all the recipes to date right here.

Please note that if you’re reading a recipe that is not before August 2020 it will not be specifically low-FODMAP. Going forward, however, many more recipes will be added that will be all low-FODMAP, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free focussed that serves those with GERD, Gastroparesis and beyond.

Finally, do you have any recipe requests for me? Especially for autumn and winter.

Also, have any of you had any experience of the low-FODMAP diet? Would you like to see more posts about my experience to date? As always, please be sure to let me know how this has landed in your heart and mind.

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Recipe Series:

Click here for a Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup Recipe

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

As Autumn greets the Northern Hemisphere, with all its luscious symbolism and poetic richness, the temperatures begin to drop, and it’s a time for truly inviting warmth in with comforting and cosy foods to warm you up.

Today’s recipe will do just that, and I present to you this warming low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup that is ideal for GERD and Gastroparesis whilst also lovingly made in made for those that are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

The sight of Pumpkins truly conjures up the arrival of autumn, and there’s an abundance of Pumpkin related specialities such as Pumpkin scented candles, and a certain latte blend (!), that also coincide with events such as harvest, the arrival of Pumpkin patches and Halloween that takes place on the 31st October.

In celebration of this hearty gift from nature I’ll be making three recipes from one gorgeous Pumpkin: This soup recipe you’re reading now, a sweet banana and pumpkin cake and finally a fun pumpkin pie smoothie bowl.

Let’s start with this Pumpkin soup that is filled with warming spices to nourish your heart and soul.

My experience of the Low-FODMAP Diet for Gastroparesis

As of August this year, I have been eating exclusively on the Low-FODMAP diet as a result of spending most of this year moving through an insidious Gastroparesis flare and chronic nausea.

So far the process of adopting a low-FODMAP diet has helped immensely and I’m blessed to be able to handle more solid foods after months of liquids.

I have had many experiences before this where I would dip in and out of the low-FODMAP diet, but this season I have given it my full dedication and I’ve been so held by the results.

Of course, it is not a miracle cure for GERD and Gastroparesis, however, by eliminating problem areas in my diet, I have been able to eat 3 small meals a day. As a result, I don’t have as many days where I am completely bed-bound due to nausea.

Having said all of that, a low-FODMAP diet takes a while to settle in! I’m still very much finding my feet and sometimes the types of fruits and vegetables that are harmonious for me, and those are not, don’t always make sense!

For example, sweet potato can be enjoyed in moderation but white potatoes are fine. For me, the lower GI elements of a sweet potato was easier for me to enjoy so this was strange to see!

Then there are blackberries that are sadly not allowed on the low-FODMAP diet, whereas raspberries are fine! Things like this have taken a lot of adjustments for me!

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Georgie xoxo
As Autumn greets the Northern Hemisphere, with all its luscious symbolism and poetic richness, the temperatures begin to drop, and it’s a time for truly inviting warmth in with comforting and cosy foods to warm you up.
Today’s recipe will do just that, and I present to you this warming low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup that is ideal for GERD and Gastroparesis whilst also lovingly made in made for those that are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course autumn, fall, Soup
Cuisine American, autumn, fall
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 900 g Pumpkin Peeled with seeds removed (leave aside to toast for the finish) and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 2 Celery
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 750 ml Low-FODMAP Stock of choice (I love Massel)
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley to finish (to garnish)
  • Cinnamon (to garnish)
  • Non-dairy yoghurt (to garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Start by carefully peeling and de-seeding the pumpkin and then measure 900g worth of Pumpkin. Cut the large Pumpkin chunks into 1cm cubes.
  • Heat the oil in a big pot and add the celery. Cook gently until softened but not coloured.
  • Add the ginger and cumin and stir for another minute.
  • Add the Pumpkin to the pot and a tbsp of filtered water so that the Pumpkin doesn't stick. Let the Pumpkin soften with the celery and spices for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the stock, salt and pepper, and allow to boil. When it reaches a nice boiling point, turn the temperature down to medium-low so it simmers for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and use a hand blender to puree the soup.
  • Top with pumpkin seeds (you can roast the seeds from your Pumpkin!) and stir through a dollop of non-dairy yoghurt and a sprinkling of cinnamon and parsley. Enjoy!
Keyword acid reflux, autumn, carrot soup, fall, gastroparesis, gerd, gord, low fodmap, pumpkin, pumpkin soup, pumpkins, soups

Pumpkin as a Low-FODMAP Superstar

Well, as it turns out, autumn is a great time to embrace the fruits of labour of a low-FODMAP diet as there is an abundance of hearty seasonal ingredients around and I’m excited to share a lot of recipes soon.

However, let’s start with a feast of Pumpkin recipes that will all be vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and of course, aimed at those that, like me, suffer from GERD and Gastroparesis or similar,

Pumpkins are a miracle food for Gastroparesis that have an anti-inflammatory effect that is wonderful for soothing ulcers, acid reflux and an irritated gut.

In addition, Pumpkins contain high levels of beta-carotene, a pigment that gives certain fruits and vegetables that glowing hue of orange, yellow and red pigment that the body converts this beta-carotene into Vitamin A.

This source of Vitamin A benefits the skin that you might already know from food with a glowing orange hue. This, along with pumpkin’s Vitamin C and E content, plays an essential role in the health, development and maintenance of the glow of our skin that can help to minimise cell damage caused by free radicals and protecting the skin from premature aging, leaving it feeling soft and supple.

Pumpkins also contain tryptophan which encourages a restful, peaceful slumber and balances our moods by increasing serotonin. In a season that arrives so that we are able to retreat inwards and slow down, the relaxing qualities of Pumpkin are particularly potent.

Then there are the gifts inside a Pumpkin: pumpkin seeds!

These incredible gifts that reside inside the Pumpkin like a treasure, contain a heap of nutritional benefits such as magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, and they are also a good source of iron, copper, protein and zinc.

The Spiritual Significance of Pumpkin

At this time of year, there’s an abundance of Pumpkins, and many of us will be carving them this weekend. But how much do we know about the history and the spiritual significance of Pumpkins?

Though the origin of Pumpkins is not definitively known, it’s thought that they originated in Mexico or North America where pumpkin-related seeds believed to be thousands of years old have been discovered. Now they grow on every continent other than Antarctica.

Let us first look at the roots of the fruit itself, where the Pumpkin receives all its nutrients from the ground through the vine of the fruit providing its connection to the world from which it grows. And in addition, this same vine of the Pumpkin has become a symbol of friendship where of course connection naturally blossoms.

Then there’s the significance of the shape of the Pumpkin. In Early societies, many saw symbolism and spiritual significance in round objects, from rocks to seeds and, yes, the pumpkin.

And what else is round, why, the World! And truly a Pumpkin is a world in itself. Being one of the biggest fruits that we know of, a Pumpkin is completely full of seeds and rich flesh and produce. As a result, it’s truly become a symbol of abundance.

So of all nature’s edible gifts, the Pumpkin truly is the poster image for abundance and prosperity! The seeds also carry great significance, where you can find nearly as many as 500 in some Pumpkins!

As you scoop out your Pumpkin this season, just imagine that every single seed is an opportunity to be grateful and find your life filled with blessings waiting to be granted.

Instead of throwing your Pumpkin seeds away, be sure to roast them gently and then assign a blessing to these seeds. Then throughout the season to come, you can really feel into these blessings.

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I hope this Pumpkin soup recipe helps you find magic in some way. I’m a big believer that food is medicine and this Pumpkin soup is just what the doctor ordered! A bowl of soup that, no less, both nourishes the soul and brings together the richness of this beautiful season.

Would you like to see more Low-FODMAP recipes that are suitable for Gerd and Gastroparesis? You can get access to all the recipes to date right here.

Please note that if you’re reading a recipe that is not before August 2020 it will not be specifically low-FODMAP. Going forward, however, many more recipes will be added that will be all low-FODMAP, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free focussed that serves those with GERD, Gastroparesis and beyond.

Finally, do you have any recipe requests for me? Have any of you had any experience of the low-FODMAP diet? Would you like to see more posts about my experience to date? As always, please be sure to let me know how this has landed in your heart and mind.

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

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It’s my ultimate hope that there has been something on my blog that has enabled you to travel into the deepest realms of wonder and enchantment so that you can truly feel and embody your own world, and the world around you, that can be filled with more magic than you could possibly imagine. 

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The Potion Room Harry Potter Inspired Afternoon Tea | Cutter & Squidge, London

The Potion Room Harry Potter Inspired Afternoon Tea | Cutter & Squidge, London

Disclaimer: This experience has no affiliation with JK Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise.

Calling all wizards, witches, students near and far for delicious potions and scrumptious alchemy. That’s exactly the magical world you will find at The Potion Rooms at Cutter & Squidge who are serving up an afternoon tea perfect for wizard and Harry Potter fans.

Tucked away in the busy streets of Soho, London is Cutter & Squidge, an all-natural bakery that has transformed their underground space into ‘The Cutter & Squidge School of Alchemy’.

During your 2-hour afternoon tea experience, you will be treated to a delicious, magical sweet and savoury Afternoon Tea inspired by classic British flavours infused with wizardry magic.

The Potion Room Potion Class

As you enter into the magical underground you are asked to take your cape, and your table number and wait for the class to start.

The first part of the class is lead by the resident professor and you’ll be served a tea of your choice (coffee and juice options are also available as discussed below).

You’ll then mix your first potion by mixing ice and a variety of imaginative juices to make the below tantalising combination. This is named the ‘Galaxy Juice’ with hints of passion fruit, hibiscus and unicorn tear tea.

Our teacher Leslie Lazuli was especially sweet, charismatic, funny, and lovely at leading the activities and is so amazing at remembering little details to add to the experience!

We were then asked to keep the next few lessons a top-secret. Hopefully, you’ll find out for yourself one day if you enjoyed this review!

The Afternoon Tea Menu

The Potion Room Afternoon Tea comes with either a choice of refillable loose leaf tea, Americano Coffee or Pumpkin Juice.

I picked the brightly coloured ‘Unicorn Tears’ tea. This tea is a magical leaf tea, infused with apple and lime. This gorgeous combination provides an uplifting sweet flavour to the gorgeous blue liquor.

After your afternoon tea you can purchase this magical concoction of lime leaves and apple pieces and it’s a lovely souvenir to take home.

The Potion Room Afternoon Tea

After working on some spells and concocting up some edible potions, it’s time to reveal the magical traditional afternoon tea.

The Potion Room Afternoon Tea is a truly enchanting selection of sweet and savoury treats. All served on a truly vintage, magical bird cafe for a truly mystical experience.

On the standard menu, you’ll find Yorkshire puddings filled with roast beef and horseradish, classic finger sandwiches, knickerbocker bites, and spectacular drinks served in personal-sized cauldrons.

And if you’re dairy-free and vegan like me, don’t worry, you won’t be offered anything any less magical! The sandwiches are vegan roast dinner, hummus and avocado and roasted vegetables.

The next layer is scones, or as they describe ‘rock cakes’ that is served with vegan cream and handmade jam. For even more temptation, there’s then a layer of cakes featuring an indulgent fudgy chocolatey delight and Knickerbocker Bite.

Oh, and did you think that was it? Well, as you will have seen by now, this afternoon tea is full of magic and delight, so you’ll want to save room for a special surprise ending!

The Potion Room Setting

Throughout the Harry Potter series, potions classes are mentioned at Hogwarts, taught by Severus Snape in books one to five and Horace Slughorn in books six and seven.

The Potion Room is tiny but doesn’t skimp on any magical details. Filled with enchanting, sorcerous decor and atmosphere full of potion bottles, books and wands on shelves around the walls.

There was even a place on the wall to hang your wand between spells!

Overall, The Potion Room Afternoon Tea is an unusual, imaginative experience and the very definition of wizardly.

From the drinkable and edible potions you make to all the treats, surprises galore, by the end of your experience, you will be bubbling to the brim by the time your class ends!

And finally, I’m also in awe of how The Potion Room caters for so very many dietary requirements. This includes vegetarian, vegan, wheat-free, and halal-friendly.

I was also so impressed that they had assigned me to a specific desk so that the serving staff would know where to send the dairy-free food.

And don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Harry Potter (I must admit that’s me!), as this is an unofficial venture and you won’t have to prove your magical knowledge!

If you enjoyed this review of The Potion Room afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge, you can find more afternoon tea reviews on the Eateries tab.

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Address: Cutter and Squidge, 20 Brewer St, W1F 0SJ

Telephone: 020 8453 0212

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10 AM – 8:30 PM

Prices: Prices start from £49.50 for adults, £39.50 for kids (VIP Packages also available)

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Mad Cucumber, Vegan Lounge, Bournemouth Dorset

Mad Cucumber, Vegan Lounge, Bournemouth Dorset

I’ve travelled far and wide but the Mad Cucumber Vegan Lounge in my hometown of Bournemouth will always remain one of my favourite vegan cafes in the whole entire world.

Serving breakfast through to evening meals, Mad Cucumber sources fresh, local and exciting ingredients with an ever-changing menu reflecting the flavours and nuances of the seasons.

Currently, I’m obsessed with their pumpkin specialities for the Halloween season, and comforting vegan bangers and mash for these cold, drizzly autumn days. If you’re visiting on a sunday I highly recommend the roast dinner, but you’ll find a constant array of treats and surprises whenever you visit!

Photos 1, 2 and last credit Jamil Teja photography

Mad Cucumber was established in Bournemouth’s triangle in 2013 by the loveliest Kamil and Ewelina from Poland. Together they wanted to bring positive changes to Bournemouth’s vegan scene, and the quirky café was born!

With 100% all vegan food Mad Cucumber also has the loveliest friendly staff on hand to help with anything you need. There are also some hidden plug points and free wifi making it a dreamy writing spot too.

I’ve written so much of my projects here and it will always be so sentimental to me. In fact, no doubt when my new projects are released a huge big thank you will go to Mad Cucumber! I’m also so inspired by the community at this cafe and the endless array of talent coming in and out of the cosy surroundings.

Since 2013, I have watched Mad Cucumber grow over the years, from a quirky cafe to a favourite amongst locals who only recently began dinner service.

I have no doubt the next few years will see Mad Cucumber blossom even more as they dominate the vegan scene in Bournemouth whilst creating opportunities to build and develop the vegan community as they go.

How many of you are regulars at Mad Cucumber? I so highly recommend a visit to all my friends in Bournemouth or in the surrounding area.

It’s a truly wonderful spot to escape the world for a while whilst enjoying the very best of vegan food you could ever, ever find.

If you enjoyed this post I think you’ll also enjoy reading about Twelve Eatery a plant-based restaurant just a few doors down from Mad Cucumber!

I also have a whole Eateries tab on my blog full of gorgeous cafes and restaurants I find that serve up a huge portion of whimsy!

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Mad Cucumber, 7 the Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RY

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