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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Easy Vegan Potato Salad


Spring has most certainly sprung this week! The warmer weather is making an appearance, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and I'm finally ditching the winter coats for light jackets. The change in the weather and the turn of the seasons always makes me so excited for new food, new produce and seasonal dishes. Spring/summer food is my absolute favourite, because whilst I love winter warmers such as curries and stews you just can't beat pasta salads, BBQ food, fresh summer berries and all the other vibrant, zesty, delicious foods the season has to offer.

One of the best summer foods (in my option) is a fresh potato salad. It's just a classic, isn't it? I remember it eating it as child on picnics or with a family BBQ, I always loved it but didn't eat it for such a long time when I transitioned to a plant based diet because most potato salads you buy in the shop contain dairy. I've made a few vegan friendly potato salads over the last year or so but this recipe I'm sharing with you today is my tastiest, easier and cheapest yet!


The simple dressing (or mayo alternative) is made using tahini, lemon juice and olive oil - so all things you can easily find in your local supermarket, all natural and all super tasty. When combined it makes this delightfully fresh taste and creamy consistency that's perfect for potato salad. The spring onions, parsley and chives add the most wonderful flavours that all scream 'summer'!

I love to pair this potato salad with plenty of baby leaf salad, on the vine potatoes and either falafels or a veggie burger. It'd be a great BBQ dish and one to make on a light, warm evening to enjoy in the garden....maybe with a drop of white wine!

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Friday, 13 April 2018

SIX Review | Brighton Restaurant


My boyfriend and I spent a couple of days in Brighton last week to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. Brighton is only about 20 minutes away from us but it's somewhere we both really love going to and we never tire of the interesting shops, cool market stalls, winding lanes, beautiful buildings and of course amazing eateries.

On the first night we were there we went for a meal at vegetarian restaurant Terre a Terre which was sublime, I literally couldn't fault it! Then for lunch on the day after we visited SIX - a restaurant on Western Road we'd visited once before and absolutely loved. It didn't disappoint the next time round and I really wanted to share the experience with you!





SIX is like no restaurant I've been in before. The decor is classy, ambient and relaxed with luxurious and quite romantic feel. The menu is full of all different dishes from their incredible breakfast bowls to burgers (including a super tasty vegan burger I had on my last trip), pasta dishes, buddha bowls, pancakes and the most insane drinks you could imagine - nutella lattes, natural smoothies, refreshing juices, brunch cocktails and a wide range of tea and coffee. The menu is full of dishes everyone can enjoy with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options as well as meat and fish too. Almost all their fresh fruit and veg is grown organically and delivered fresh each morning which makes such a difference to the quality of their food and shows how much care they put into each dish.

We were welcomed into the restaurant and shown to our table by the window looking out onto Western Road which I loved (I'm such a people watcher!) and were given our menus. We were also brought over a jug of fresh water infused with fruit & mint - a nice touch! I do have to say, it did take the waitress a fair amount of time to come and take our drinks order which is a real bugbear of mine but when she did I ordered a 'Youthful' juice made up of carrot, apple, orange and ginger. I thought I'd try something a little different to what I'd normally have and I'm glad I did, the juice was fresh, thirst-quenching and delightfully zingy with a natural sweetness from the apple and orange.

It took me a while to decide what I wanted to eat as there's just so much amazing choice on the SIX menu, but eventually I opted for the Vegan Breakfast which is described as - A natural treat of Portobello Mushroom, hash brown, sautéed purple potato, vine cherry tomatoes, avocado, beetroot hummus, falafels and sourdough toast (with complimentary baked beans on request). I of course got the beans and I also asked for a poached egg...kind of defeating the point of a 'vegan breakfast' but I thought it would go deliciously with everything else!
My boyfriend order from the main menu and he got the Organic Hot Buddha Bowl, a dish of organic steamed black venere rice topped with organic vegetables and you could choose a sauce between spicy red chilli pepper sauce or light spicy coconut & chilli-garlic sauce - he went for the red chilli pepper. There was also a variety of topping options - crispy marinated tofu, marinated organic chicken or wild seabass fillet - he went for the crispy marinated tofu! We also ordered a side of french fries, because why not?!



It took a little while for our food to come which was a little annoying as the restaurant was very quiet, but knowing everything is cooked fresh from scratch I did expect to wait a little longer. I also never mind waiting a little longer for freshly made meals!
When our meals did come they didn't disappoint and were 100% worth wait. Both our meals looked so ascetically pleasing (definitely Instagram worthy) with so much vibrant colour and the most delicious smells coming from each plate. I couldn't wait to get stuck into my Vegan Breakfast (...with an egg) - and obviously the first thing I did was try and get that yolk porn shot, unfortunately it was a bit of a fail as the egg yolk was cooked solid but it tasted great nonetheless. The gluten free bread was super impressive, I mean you really couldn't tell it was gluten free at all! The purple sweet potato was dreamy, the beetroot hummus was so flavoursome and the falafels were to die for. All the flavours complimented each other so well and the dish was so filling. When I was half way through my meal I noticed the hash brown was missing...I'm not too sure whether this is because it was gluten free or whether they'd just forgotten it but in a way I was quite pleased, I think that extra addition would have been a little too much!

My boyfriend buddha bowl looked so fresh and vibrant with the fresh pack choi, broccoli and radishes. The black rice was cooked to perfection (I tried a bit) and the tofu was cooked really well, nicely crispy with tons of flavour. The one bit of constructive criticism my boyfriend did have was that there was too much rice, he'd have preferred a little less rice and more veggies but apart from that the meal was faultless.  We both also devoured the fries....we were in chip heaven!

After our mains we had a look at the dessert menu for a little something sweet and decided to order this incredible vegan gelato sundae type thing which was unreal. There was creamy vegan chocolate and strawberry gelato served in a glass with fresh berries, figs and a raspberry coulis..yum yum!

 The meal cost a little more than your average lunch out but personally I'd prefer to pay that bit more for a good meal full of nourishing goodness, amazing portion sizes, a good range of dishes on the menu plus a delightful atmosphere and room to sit in. I think the value for money is fab and no doubt I'll be making my third visit sometime in the near future!


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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Black Bean, Avocado & Lime Wraps + BFree Sandwich Spa


After being diagnosed coeliac a few years ago I've obviously followed a completely gluten free diet since then, which all in all I've found okay but it doesn't come without it's challenges. Thankfully within that time new brands have started appearing and more gluten free offerings have become very readily available! One of my absolute favourite brands for gluten free goodies is BFree Foods, they just do the best free-from tortilla wraps, pitta breads, loaves of bread and now even pizza bases too. Their products have been staples in my food cupboard for a long time now so I'm excited to be collaborating with them on this blog post to show you a quick, delicious and super yummy Black Bean, Avocado & Lime wrap recipe and also to tell you about their recent exciting project - The Sandwich Spa, a one of a kind salon come deli where sandwiches and wraps come with a side order of a beauty treatment to combat specific wellness issues!


I was lucky enough to be invited down to The Sandwich Spa earlier this month where I got to experience the unique concept first hand. I was really intrigued to hear about the spa packages and just how a beauty treatment could complement a wellness-enhancing wrap or sandwich!
I arrived at The Sandwich Spa on Pall Mall in London at about 12:30 - timed perfectly so I could enjoy a gluten free lunch, and was instantly impressed with the gorgeous location. The sandwich spa was done up beautifully inside with fresh flowers, neutral decor and a fresh, relaxing feel - just what you want from a spa, right?
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Monday, 26 March 2018

Mini Egg Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse


Easter Sunday is this week, which just seems crazy to me...I swear it was Christmas only a few days ago? I love Easter because it feels like the arrival of Spring with the daffodils in full bloom and the pastel colours everywhere, I love that it means spending time with family and of course I adore the food. To me, Easter food should always be indulgent - it should satisfy your taste buds completely, taste heavenly delicious and of course on Easter Day chocolate should always be consumed, it's mandatory.

This new recipe for Mini Egg Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse pots ticks all those boxes, all whilst actually being a slighter healthier version with no refined sugar, no dairy and no gluten either. All the ingredients in these creamy mousses are plant based but the taste isn't compromised because of these, they're sweet, rich and unbelievably more-ish. The mini eggs on top, made from ground almonds and dyed with natural food colourants, add a bit of Easter decor and taste yummy too!

The mousse is made from all ingredients you can find in your local supermarket such as dark chocolate, almond milk, dates and peanut butter (top tip - use crunch for an extra something special). You simply blend everything together, add to pots and set in the fridge for a few hours to create the mousse texture! Then you can top with the cute mini eggs, which you can make any colour you desire. I made a purple, a bright orange and a green - I used berry powder, turmeric powder and greens powder to dye the marzipan eggs but you could also use beetroot, spirulina, coffee, saffron, etc.

These mousse pots are a great recipe to make with kids or to serve up on Easter Day! They'll keep in the fridge for 3 days too, so don't worry if there's any left over....although I highly doubt there will be.
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Friday, 23 March 2018

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe


Almond milk has been a staple item in my fridge for such a long time, way before I went totally dairy free and ages before it was 'cool' and trendy! I just really love the taste, the texture and how it makes me feel plus it makes the perfect bowls of porridge and cups of coffee ever.

I've always bought ready made almond milk from the supermarkets, it's perhaps a little pricey but it's convenient and making my own never even crossed my mind. I didn't even know it was possible to make your own almond milk at home until recently, I thought it would require fancy equipment and a lot of time...how wrong was I! It turns out making your own nut milk is so really easy, requires very little equipment (anything you have to buy is super cheap) AND as you'd expect the homemade stuff tastes a lot fresher, more natural and so much more delicious.


I used Indigo Herbs almonds in this recipe as they're 100% organic (the best for making nut milk) and Indigo Herbs are a brand I know I can trust. All their products are premium quality with nothing weird added, ever. Their almonds made the most yummy tasting milk that was subtly sweet, pure and fresh. You can buy almonds (as well as all sorts of other goodies) from Indigo Herbs here - https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/almonds-whole

The nut milk bag I used was this one - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lovetree-Products-Professional-Cheesecloth-Replacement/dp/B00KY3DZNM/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1521824952&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=nut+milk+bag&psc=1

Being around 50% lower in calories than your standard cows milk and completely cholesterol free this almond milk is a worthy addition to any fridge!

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Sweet Potato Gnocchi


One of mine and my boyfriends favourite meals is gnocchi. We love it with a red pesto or a delicious green pesto and loads of veggies or it's great with a veggie burger, some quorn chicken pieces stirred in or a fillet of salmon. We always buy ready made gnocchi (this brand) but the other day I decided to get create and make my own vegan, gluten free sweet potato gnocchi! Honestly I expected it to go very wrong and be a total disaster, but it was a success! Thankfully I wrote down the full recipe so I can share it with you.



The great thing about this recipe is that although it sounds very fancy and impressive when you say you've made your own gnocchi (a great dinner to make when you have friends over!) it's actually an incredibly easy, quick and cheap recipe. You can jazz it up with any spices or herbs that you like and it should keep in the fridge for a few days too!

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