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Lovely slate signs for the kitchen

I ordered slate signs for my new itches

Ordered nice slate signs for my kitchen

I have just finished redecorating and re accessorising my kitchen and ordered some lovely slate signs for a finishing touch. The kitchen has taken the best part of a month to organise as its been really busy at work and getting home to face a night with paper and a paint pot has been tough. I have fancied getting some so that I can scribble down a new recipe as I experiment in the kitchen and the two I ordered will look really good in the vintage looking kitchen I have created.
With so many things to do before the finishing touches were a distant dream a month ago and I am so happy it’s now all done and I can finally enjoy the fruits of my labour.

I spend ages in the kitchen so wanted the slate signs to be on good quality

As I spent so much time in my kitchen I didn’t want to scrimp on the accessories. I hate cheap looking products and so when I looked at the custom pieces I wanted to use I knew that quality was always going to be high on my list of priorities. I also wanted the signs engraved so that they were one off’s and personal to me and so I contacted a company online that did this kind of bespoke work and set about designing my creations.
Creating the design was really simply as I used a website that showed the design as you went along and although the products were meant to be used as house signs I only wanted a plain piece of slate with a favourite quote and so this was easily achieved without any help. The website I used allowed you to pick the size you wanted and also had a variety of different fonts to choose from. I went for a classic old worldly font to match the vintage look I was going for and next up you had a range of colours to choose from for the letters. I went for gold leaf as my handles were a gold effect and I thought it would match in nicely. I wanted them to attach to the wall and so I went for invisible fixings so you couldn’t see how they were attached but were secure to the wall for when I wrote on them.

Slate signs arrived soon after

I was over the moon in that I didn’t have long to wait for my signs to arrive. I collared a friends husband to give me a hand to fit them, well say give me a hand but in fairness I just called out up a bit no down a bit. He had them up in no time and they look as good as I had hoped. Now I can finally sit back and enjoy the place and all in plenty of time for Christmas. I can highly recommend the people that created my slate signs and you can get yours at

Broccoli Raab, Garlic & Teese Rolls

The long-awaited (in my head) goal of recreating the classic broccoli & mozzarella pinwheels of the local pizzerias of my childhood finally came to vegan, teese-covered fruition!

This is definitely the first test batch, but overall, I’m pleased with how they came out. The one BIG difference I’d change for the next round is to double the pizza dough. There was a little bit of both fillings left over, and with double the dough, I’d be able to make even large, spiral rolls – aka pinwheels! I used broccoli raab, because, you know, farmers markets, the joy of raab, etc.

Broccoli Raab, Garlic & Teese Rolls

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Here’s what you need:

Double batch of pizza dough, fully risen.
Flour for the dough.
One bunch of broccoli raab or small head of broccoli, roughly chopped.
Extra virgin olive oil
4-5 cloves of minced garlic
One batch of Tofu Ricotta (I used Nasoya firm with the recipe from Veganomican/Vegan with a Vengeance with the addition of a teaspoon of tahini).
One small tube of Mozzarella Teese, shredded.

Preheat oven to 400F.
Prepare the Tofu Ricotta and set aside.
Sauté the garlic on low/medium heat in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
Add a dash of crushed red pepper, freshly ground black pepper, a generous pinch of sea salt, and the chopped broccoli raab (or broccoli). Add a splash of water, and stir for 5-7 minutes, until well-cooked.
Remove the sauté pan from heat, cover and set aside.
Flour your hands and roll out the pizza dough to a large oval. Use more flour if needed.
Lightly brush the dough with olive oil, or use a mister.
Place large spoonful of tofu around the dough. Use a spatula to spread out.
Carefully do the same with the broccoli raab mixture.
Spread 3/4 of the shredded teese log onto the other fillings. It’s okay if it clumps a bit.
Roll up like cinnamon rolls, and precisely cut with a sharp knife. Rinse your knife between cuts if you need to.
Lightly grease a 8×13 pan (you may need more than one).
Place rolls in the pan(s). If there is a more open side, place that side up.
Sprinkle the rolls with the leftover (1/4 tube) of shredded teese and a drizzle or spray of olive oil.
Bake for 40-45 minutes.
Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.
Ready to roll

Teese, Teese, Teese! The eventual double-dough rolls will be prettier!


These rolls are part of the official Teese Challenge. Chicago Soy Dairy generously sent vegan food bloggers their soy cheese to cook with and document.