Book Club

My friends and I recently started a book club. Every month one of us picks a book to read and discuss, and hosts a little “party” at our house.  This month, I chose the book, The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.  After we had all read the book I held a little get together/discussion at my house.  As well as planning ways to discuss the book I made some yummy snacks to enjoy, here is everything that I made.

 

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The first thing I did was decorate a jar and put inside it quotes and questions about the book.  This jar idea is a really good conversation starter and is a cute, fun way to start your book club!

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The next thing I did was decorate the room accordingly.  In the book I chose, there where a selection of maps which I replicated.  It took quite a while to make each map but it was definetly worth it!!

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Another thing you definetly need at a book club is snacks, lots of them! I made oatmeal raisin cookies, humus, carrot sticks, bread sticks, grapes and popcorn.  Usually people bring stuff to contribute anyways, so we ended up with pretzels and liquorice too!

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Hosting a book club is a great way to have fun with your friends, its like having a party every month!! I would definetly recommend starting your own and sharing your favourite books with others!

 

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Eating out as a vegan

One of the things most people think about when they go vegan is, what will I eat when I am out of the house?   Well to be honest 5 years ago you might of not found anything,  but now there are loads of veggie/vegan options around.  Whether you fancy a vegan latte or you are craving a hummus and cucumber wrap, you will find something!

Zizzi’s is one of my go to places with some fantastic vegan dishes; pizza or pasta, they have it!

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The Vegan Pepperonata, in my opinion, the best vegan pizza ever!                                                                                             WP_20171214_003

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         The Vegan Lentil Ragu, tomatoes, lentils and pasta…. perfect.

WP_20180117_001                                The Vegan Zucca, vegan mozzarella, squash, caramelised onions and spinach, yum!

They also have an awesome kids menu with loads of vegan friendly options:

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The Vegan Sticky Chocolate and Praline Torte, I’ve got one word for it… delicious!!!

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The Vegan Dessert Calzone, warm pastry, filled with fruit.  You can’t get any better then that!

As you can probably tell, Zizzi’s is my favourite place on earth!  But there are so many more vegan friendly restaurants and cafes, you will never be hungry! For more places to eat go to: ( https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/lifestyle/food-and-drink/vegan-friendly-options-uk-and-us-chains ) for the UK and for the US go to: (https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/blog/navigating-us-fast-food-restaurants-vegan)

Gardening?!

Hi everyone!

You know that post I did on how I was starting a gardening diary?  Well…… I’ve found out that I don’t have green fingers!  I’ve decided that gardening is not my thing.  However the rest of my family have been very busy at our allotment and here are some of the veg we have grown:

Even though I’m not down at the allotment everyday, my job is finding lots of yummy vegan recipes to try!!!
 

Crab Apple Jelly

Hi everyone!

I wanted to tell you about my recent experience with crab apples.

My family just got a crab apple tree and at first we were puzzled on what to do with the apples because you cant eat them straight off of the tree. WP_20170927_16_58_54_Pro I then discovered that you can make jelly with the apples and I wanted to have a go.

 

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First I put the apples in the pan, covered them with water and boiled them for 30 minutes.

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Next, I put the boiled apples in a cheese cloth and let them drain overnight.WP_20170928_11_19_55_Pro     Then I took the juice, added sugar and boiled it in a pan.

 

WP_20170928_12_23_16_Pro  After 40 minutes I took a spoonful of jelly and popped it into the fridge.  I let it chill for a while and I knew it was done when it rippled at touch. I poured the jelly into sterilised jars and left them to cool.

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I find the best thing to eat crab apple jelly with is peanut butter…. yes a good old PBJ sandwich! Oh I can hear you English people saying….”WHAT???!!!!!!!! You crazy American girl!” The proper way to eat crab apple jelly is with meat…. but I’m going to stick to sandwiches!

Food Faves Friday

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I made this really yummy vegan chocolate  brownie from The Vegan Scoop  by Wheeler De Torro.  I also added some chocolate frosting and two cherry’s.

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I also made Bircher muesli with cherry’s and red currents.  Bircher muesli is eaten in Switzerland as a popular breakfast.

Ingredients:

1 cup oats

1 cup apple juice

1 cup non-dairy milk

2 grated apples

1 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbs flaxseed

1/4 cup of dried fruit

I added fresh cherry’s and red currents but you can add what ever fruit you like.

Food Faves Friday!

Here are some of the fab vegan things I’ve made recently and I’d like to share them with you!

Last week I made this really yummy vegan ice-cream sandwich, it was so goWP_20170604_20_22_51_Pro (3)od!

Ingredients:

  • 2 vegan chocolate chip cookies (you can use any recipe!)
  • 1 scoop of vegan ice-cream (you can use any flavor but I think chocolate goes best, I used Chocolate Swedish Glace)

I also made this supper delicious dinner of gnocchis.

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  • 1 bag of gnocchis (life’s to short to make your own!)
  • pesto: cashews, basil, nutritional yeast, garlic and rapeseed/olive oil.
  • 1/2 cup of Quorn mince

 

WP_20170608_08_31_20_ProThis morning I made the best breakfast ever!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of soy yogurt
  • 1 shredded apple
  • 8 redcurrants
  • Frozen berries (I chose 1 frozen strawberry, you will probably want to defrost your berries but I like them strait out of the freezer.)
  • And as much granola as you would like! (Try to make your own because shop bought ones will have lots of sugar in them and you don’t want to ruin your healthy breakfast.)

Why I’ve become vegan

vegan-1091086_1920I have been vegetarian for 2 years but I have recently decided that I want to be vegan.  So I wanted to write a post about the reasons why I have made this decision.

  • I don’t want to kill animals.

Some people will say that as humans we are supposed to eat meat, which may be true, but are we supposed to have big factory farms and kill at least 60 billion land animals and over a trillion marine animals (www.vegansociety.com) every year for us humans to eat?  I don’t think so.  As we can live on a plant based diet, there is no need for us to eat meat. I understand that in some places and communities eating meat may be necessary, but where I live I can have access to fruit, vegetables, grains and nuts all year round so I don’t need meat to survive.

Most people think that cows produce milk once they’ve had a baby. Yes, but they don’t actually get to give the milk to the baby calf. As soon as they’re born, the calves get taken away from their mothers and girls get raised for dairy and the boys get sent to a veal farm and eaten or shot. { http://www.getvegucated.com} Then the mother gets made pregnant again and again for about 3 or 4 years until she is killed for meat. So she doesn’t even get a retirement!!

I’ve also read that: “There is a common misconception that free range eggs involve hens roaming outside, happy and free. Yet the reality is that free range hens are actually kept in vast sheds with potentially thousands of other birds, few of which ever see daylight.” Chickens can live for 7 years but egg laying chickens get slaughtered after one year’s egg production. (https://www.vegansociety.com)

  • I don’t want to contribute towards global warming.

Meat production is the biggest single contributor to global warming; even more than trains, buses and cars put together. If we are trying to reduce car use than why don’t we think about our diets?

  • I want to live a healthier life.

A plant based diet is the healthiest diet. Research shows that people who eat a plant based diet are less likely to get diseases and have health issues. You can get all the vitamins and minerals from a plant biased diet. If you are craving dairy or meat there are lots of substitutes although most of your diet should be fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes and wholegrains.

I can hear you saying “Oh, but where will you get your calcium from?” Vegans can get their calcium from lots of foods, such as: figs, plant milks, chia seeds and almonds. The only thing you can’t get through a plant based diet is B12 but you can take supplements for it.

I hope this explains my reasons on why I’ve become a vegan and if you would like more information then these are some sites to visit:

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/why-go-vegan

http://www.getvegucated.com/ (you can watch this documentary on Netflix and its available to buy)

http://christianveg.org/th-anim.htm

http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/

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