Friday, 31 October 2014

Notice Board: West MidlandsVeganFestival

Hi there!

In my last post I said that I had "got a lot going on at the moment" and that was just the tip of the iceberg. Things haven't got back to normal just yet but I did find a couple of hours to visit the West Midlands Vegan Festival and I'm glad I did!


The West Midlands Vegan Festival was the 7th festival, the first being back in 2008 and it didn't disappoint. There were over 100 stalls covering both the civic hall and wulfrun hall in Wolverhampton. 

As soon as I got there I headed straight to my twitter friend Karris @TheVeganKind Subscription box scheme. 


If you've not heard of The Vegan Kind Subscription Box where have you been? They are celebrating their first birthday and I for one can't wait for the birthday box. Go check it out http://www.thevegankind.com/ I will be reviewing the contents of this box very soon, so watch this space. They have recently started a vegan beauty subscription box too, which I treated myself too.


Next I headed over to another twitter friend Marrie-Anne over @heavenlyskin who makes all her Heavenly Oganics products, and they are heavenly. 


I asked Marrie-Anne which product she was most proud of and it was the first product she created; her body scrubs. Once again I treated myself and Marrie-Ann was offering a fantastic offer of buy 3 products for the price of 2 - how could I resist. To top it off Anne-Marrie gave me a fourth product for free, how lovely is that. I couldn't go without one of her body scrubs and I chose the orange and lime body scrub as it smelt divine. Once again I will be reviewing the products I left with, I've already tried the scrub and the name of her company says it all - Heavenly Organics! Go try it for yourself http://www.heavenly-organics.com/


I couldn't leave out another beauty company and twitter friend @ichoosy, this company was set up out of the frustration of having to read the label of every beauty product to check whether it was vegetarian or not and that's something we can all relate to. 

My eyes were drawn to a funny looking spongey object on the table, a Konjac Sponge. Konjac is a type of potato from Asia and over the last century its properties as a beauty treatment has been recognised. I just had to have one of these! There are a range of Konjac sponges to choose from and I chose the red clay one which is for dry and sensitive skin. I was overwhelmed when I was given this free in return of writing a review. So watch this space to see what I thought of this fascinating product. Go and check out all the vegan products on the web site http://ichoosewhatiuse.co.uk/shop/category/vegan/


I couldn't leave the festival without a present for Marco so I headed straight to the Ethical Pets stall, where I picked up a few treats.


There was also lots and lots of cakes to choose from but I felt myself drawn to the soda bread cakes. I ended up buying a slice of chocolate mudcake, which was huge! I also bought a strawberry and champagne cake which was out of this world. I definitely need to try and re-create this. I loved it with a scoop of vegan ice cream it kind of reminded me of arctic roll! Now there's an idea!


There were lots of food stalls there to chose your lunch, although most of them were fake meats, which I'm not that in to, but I did find a Jamaican stall which had just what I was looking for, I had rice and peas, callaloo and spinach, chick pea curry and a chunk of plantain, delicious!


Overall, I spent a great couple of hours there, with everything going on in my personal life at the moment I nearly didn't go, but I'm so glad I did! I came away with a couple of bags of treasures, including my favourite crisps; Ten Acre Cheese and Onion and a couple of tins of condensed soya milk, now I wonder what I'll make with that? 


I'll be back again soon, but please bare with me whilst things are a little topsy turvey at the moment. Next post will be my review of the Konjac Sponge, so watch this space


Saturday, 4 October 2014

I have a lot going on at the moment but I'll be back soon, with more delicious vegan recipes. Keep checking by, or you can find me on bloglovin'.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Notice Board: Liebster Award Post


Guess what? I'm so pleased to tell you that I've been nominated for a Liebster award by Julie from My Apologies for the Novel and Jesse from Mad Hatter's Pantry! Thanks Guys!

It's not an actual award itself, more like an online chain letter which aims to get to know fellow bloggers better and meet knew bloggers. The rules are simple and here's what you do if you get nominated.
  • Answer the 10 questions provided and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominees
  • Nominate 8 other bloggers, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post
  • No tag backs
  • Nominees must have under 200 followers on any platform
  • You must tell all the blogs that you nominate that you have nominated them
Jesse had a great idea and combined her nominations with vegan mofo by using randomofo, such a great idea! So in honour of vegan mofo 2014 and Jesse's idea I decided to do the same. The blogs I have nominated I have found through randomofo.

So here are the questions - I have answered both sets of questions!

Julie's Questions:
  1. When is your "veganniversary"/the date you went vegan? (Or if, like me, you don't remember the exact date, have you chosen a day on which to celebrate your veganniversary?)

    I'd dabbled with veganism in the past, but I made the full transition on 1st January 2013 so I've only celebrated once! But I'm so pleased that I am now fully committed to it, I feel much better in myself too. I used to suffer with lots of headaches but since becoming vegan I can count the number of headaches on one hand - 4 to be precise!
  2. What's one of your best qualities?

    I'm compassionate
  3. What is your most-used kitchen tool/utensil?

    My Vitamix! I treated myself to one for my veganniversary and I've not looked back since I use it most days if not every day!
  4. Do you share your life with any animals? (If so, tell us a bit about them.)

    My life would not be the same without my gorgeous Marco. He's a border collie and he make our lives complete. He does everything with me, bar coming to work with me, but if I work from home he just curls up around my feet under the desk.
  5. If you could open a sanctuary, what would be the first type of animal you would rescue?

    Which ever animal needed my help on that day.
  6. Do you prefer your pizza hot and fresh, or cold as leftovers the next day? 

    Straight out of the oven!
  7. What is your favorite type of tea?

    Its a close call between Lady and Early Grey
  8. What's one food/meal that you thought you'd never have again once you went vegan, only to find out later that there is a vegan version of it?

    I used to love Yorkie Bar's and now there is the Veggo Bar which is very similar, if you haven't tried it, go and buy one right now! Its delicious
  9. What would be your “catch phrase?” (What is your favorite phrase and/or what is the phrase you say most often?)

    The world is your vegan oyster!
  10. What's your go-to dish to bring to a vegan potluck?

    I've never been to a vegan potluck before, but if I was to go to one it would have to be a mushroom dish, like mushroom ragu, mushroom stroganoff or mushroom pie!
And here are Jesse's questions:
  1. What made you decide to take part in Vegan MoFo?

    I took part last year and I had so much fun I thought why not do it again. It was a lot harder though this year as I hadn't prepared for it so most of the recipes I have shared this year were made/created on the day of the post. It was exhausting but still fun.
  2. What is the weirdest vegan meal you've been served?

    I don't think I've had a weird vegan meal, I've been disappointed, marvelled and just not sure. The strangest thing served was tomato spaghetti for a Christmas dinner - does that count?
  3. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go and why?

    I'm lucky enough to have done a little travelling already and I spent almost three years away from home, travelling Australasia. I couldn't chose an outright favourite from all the countries I visited as I loved them all! I've never made it over to America or Canada though so I'd love to give those countries a try.
  4. What did you want to be when you were a child?

    I can't actually remember what I wanted to be as a child, I loved so many things and I just wanted to be happy doing something I loved.
  5. What are you now?

    I work for the Local Education Authority, which is very stressful and very busy but I would love to work in the food industry, own my own vegan bistro and write my own cook books
  6. Do you have any animal friends at your house? Tell me about them!

    Yes, my lovely Marco - see above
  7. What has been your favourite album of the year so far?

    Gosh! That's a toughie! I like so much different music from Elbow to Pharrell Williams!
  8. Which festive season (if any) do you look forward to the most?

    If there's food involved I look forward to it! Christmas is the obvious choice as there is sooooo much food but I'm not a fan of the cold dark nights (and days for that matter). I look forward to the spring when I can get out in my garden
  9. Can you recommend a good book?

    I love reading books that make you laugh out loud, and I've recently just finished reading "The Tent, Bucket and Me" if ever you've been camping as a child this will have you in stitches!
  10. Tell me a secret? (Or a random fact if you don't want to share your secrets!)

    I'm a little piglet! I LOVE my food, hahahahahaha
My 10 questions:

1. What food item could you not do without?
2. What would be your last supper (you can have 3 courses)?
3. What is your favourite TV show?
4. Who is your favourite comedian?
5. What is your favourite junk food?
6. How long have you been Vegan?
7. Has your health improved since turning vegan?
8. What ingredient had you never heard of until you went vegan?
9. What is your favourite smell? 
10. What is a typical Sunday like for you?

My 8 nominations are:

A Little Vegan Blog in Big Ol' Texas - http://andisay0214.blogspot.co.uk/
Stephanie at http://questingadventures.blogspot.co.uk/
Shannon at http://vegansweetandsimple.com/
Bianca at http://www.elephantasticvegan.com/
Cristina at http://www.veggiebytes.com/
Johanna at http://gggiraffe.blogspot.co.uk/
Michelle at http://michellestinykitchen.blogspot.co.uk/
'S' at http://justabtvegan.com/

I'm going to add one more to the list above, which I've chosen myself and that's

Tracy over at My Living Cook Book go check out her blog.

To all you nominees, please don't feel obliged to take part, if you don't want to. Its just a bit of harmless fun so people can get to know you a little better. If you're reading this post before I've let you know I hope it hasn't come as too mush of a shock :o)

Thanks again to Julie from My Apologies for the Novel and Jesse from Mad Hatter's Pantry for nominating me.



Monday, 29 September 2014

Specials Board: Easy Stuffed Mushrooms Not

Vegan Mofo Day 29
Once again I'm late home and the light has gone before I can even start dinner. I wanted something comforting and easy, which was also quick. My go to comfort food is always going to be mushrooms, I love them and any dish with them in really cheers me up! I couldn't live without my 'shrooms :o)

I didn't want to slave over a pan making risotto or stroganoff and I didn't fancy pasta so I decided on making a simple and quick stuffing mix, filling the 'shrooms and popping in the oven. 

OK, So that was my plan! But disaster struck! Because I was rushing I forgot to put any seasoning in the stuffing mix, normally I add herbs and spices and at least salt and pepper, but today nothing! Then as I pulled the stuffed mushrooms out of the oven I dropped the tray as my oven glove wasn't enough protection. It seems I have a thin patch in the oven glove! So most of the stuffed mushrooms went on the floor but I did manage to save two.

I quickly took a photograph of the mushrooms on the floor before Marco found them and started munching his way through, then I took a quick photo of the two I saved. Again everything was done in a rush as I was starving and I couldn't wait to took into my dinner.

As I said before I didn't enjoy them as much as I hoped as I forgot to put in any seasoning! 

What else could go wrong? Everything! As I came to write up the recipe I found out that I had no memory card in my camera! So I have no pictures of the tasteless 'shrooms! So I thought I'd post some pictures of Marco instead.


If you want a recipe for stuffed mushrooms I posted one last year during vegan mofo.