Category Archives: Recipes

Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Chai Cheesecake

Chocolate. Chai. Cheesecake. Three of of my favourite things merged into one seriously naughty dessert. Alliteration never sounded tastier!

Having spent the last couple of weeks wading through the boxes I stored whilst travelling, I came across a very special box the other day which filled me with instant happiness: the parcel I sent to myself from India. Due to a limited budget, I had selected only a few small items to purchase and send home.

Naturally the box contained things like incense, fabrics and artwork, but there was one special thing which I knew I could never quite replicate at home: traditional Masala Chai spices! Continue reading Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Chai Cheesecake

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Sustainable party planning

Whether you’re throwing a garden party or a children’s birthday bash, maintaining your own green standards can be a lot harder than you’d expect – as the sheer amount of things you need to get ready and cater for end up taking its toll on even the most well-natured environmentalist. From getting rid of waste, to cooking to please a group, here’s a guide to more sustainable party planning:

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Nourishing Vegan Avocado, Lime and Coconut Face Mask

Ooops I’ve done it again. I have promised to be better at posting blogs, only to get distracted by sunny Australian beaches, lazy Game of Thrones nights and wine…Sorry!

But on the plus side, my lazy winter procrastinations (yes it is pretty cold here in Sydney) has meant that I have been testing out a vast variety of home made pamper treatments and have discovered this tropical blend.

During a long weekend break to Byron Bay with my lovely friend Kate, we binged on episodes of Lost, windy beach walks and this AMAZING avocado, lime and coconut yogurt face mask. We honestly got so addicted we indulged 3 nights in a row, and left the party beach atmosphere of Byron looking more glowing and refreshed than when we arrived! Continue reading Nourishing Vegan Avocado, Lime and Coconut Face Mask

Tropical Thirst Quenching Juice, plus Exclusive Juico UNO Offer

Happy Friday lazy green people, and what a lovely Friday it is! The sun is shining here in Cornwall and I’m trying to stay as cool as possible without reaching for the (dairy-free) ice-cream!  Instead, I’m keeping my hydration up and exporting myself to somewhere more exotic with my favorite tropical thirst quenching juice of watermelon, pineapple and cucumber!

I first came across this recipe a couple of weeks ago, when I was testing out my new Juico UNO juicer (see my review here) and was looking for something extra juicy. What I loved about this recipe is how much juice to pulp ratio you get, and – as my UNO is almost completely self-cleaning – I didn’t have to bother cleaning it out afterwards! Maximum juice and maximum flavor! Continue reading Tropical Thirst Quenching Juice, plus Exclusive Juico UNO Offer

Lazy Vegan Recipe: Asian Spiced Aubergine and Pomegranate Salad

Simple, fresh and delicious: the three things that matter to me the most when it comes to lazy vegan dining. And this little recipe ticks all those boxes!

I actually came across this invention when I was trying to make a side dish for a vegan BBQ, and trying to use up a few salad leftovers from the previous day. It took less than 10 minutes to knock up, and was so different than anything I’ve ever eaten before.

I’m a bit of a sucker for Thai flavors and couldn’t resist experimenting with a vegetable which is usually so much more at home with tomato bases in Italian and Middle Eastern cooking. As always, I encourage you to throw together whatever you have left over which needs to be used up, but if you have any of the below ingredients, I say go for it!

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Five Fabulous Uses for Beetroot

Beetroot. Some say it’s a little like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. To some, its too earthy, tangy or just a pain in the bum to clean up. To others, a salad or roasted veg dish just isn’t the same without it! I personally love the stuff roasted with sweet potato and tossed into some cous cous, or with an oriental twist in my Thai Spiced Beetroot and Cashew Soup. Continue reading Five Fabulous Uses for Beetroot

Lazy Vegan Recipe: Tempeh, Seaweed and Peanut Superfood Stirfry

Walking home from work last night, I felt lethargic. The stuffy summer air made my breathing feel labored, and my limbs refused to cooperate with the motion of walking forward. But most of all, my brain was in hibernation; refusing to give me any indication of what i should do that evening, and what my body craved to make it feel a bit more alive. Continue reading Lazy Vegan Recipe: Tempeh, Seaweed and Peanut Superfood Stirfry

Lazy Vegan Party Recipe: Trudi’s Thai Tartlets

This weekend, for the 7th year running, millions of people all across the UK, got together and enjoyed with their neighbors in the name of The Big Lunch! The awesome campaign (in which I am lucky enough to actually be the Communications Manager for…yes shameful plug!) simply encourages people to sit down on the first Sunday each June and get to know people who live nearby. Some do it to help create more sustainable communities and make new friends, others simply to have a good laugh over some good food.

Yesterday, I popped down to an awesome plant-based Big Lunch nearby which was a 100% vegan friendly party, and full of a lovely mix of like-minded people from all across Cornwall. The event, which was organised by the lovely Sam Grady – a member of the Cornwall Vegans group –  enjoyed a great turnout of vegans and non vegans alike all enjoying the sun.

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The beautiful layout ready for lunchers

 

It was especially important to me, as (up until recently) I’ve been the only vegan in my group of friends, and actually don’t know many people in Cornwall. It was a pleasure to chat to others who enjoyed the same lifestyle, and be at a party where I could enjoy everything on the table without asking what was in it!

Everyone brought a dish to share, with everything from veggie Tagine, homemade dips, pulled vegan pork (jackfruit) sandwiches and raw salads, to vegan lemon cheesecakes and chocolate brownies. Heaven!  Continue reading Lazy Vegan Party Recipe: Trudi’s Thai Tartlets