Vegan Cashew Chow Mein

This simple and quick recipe is perfect for a midweek dinner.

What You Need:

2 Handfuls Cashews
1 pinch of Golden Caster Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Chinese 5 Spice
4 Tablespoons of Vegan Soy Sauce (I use This )
600g Thin Soba Noodles (Get there here )
5 Cloves of Garlic
Medium knob of Ginger
2 Tablespoons Coconut oil (or sesame)
5 Spring Onions
2 Handfuls of Edame Beans Frozen
2 Radishes
2 Tablespoons of Sesame Seeds
Handful Fresh Corriander

 

How To Make:

Simply start by prepping all the ingredients, crush the Garlic Cloves right down, peel and finely grate the ginger and thinly slice the spring onions.

Bring a large Saucepan to the heat add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and wait until melted. Once hot add in the spring onion, Ginger and Garlic. Cook for 2 Minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a separate pan of water to the boil and follow the noddle cooking instructions.

Next, Add the Cashews and Edame Beans, allowing to cook for a further 2 minutes.

Mix in the 5 spice, Soy Sauce and sugar along with the remainder of the oil, stirring continuously.

Once the noodles are cooked add these as well as half of the coriander and sesame seeds and mix together for around 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and serve in bowls with sliced radish, sesame seeds, coriander and an extra slug of Soy on top.

Enjoy

 

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One for the bucket list 

So last week I was lucky enough to get tickets for myself, Josh, Khrissie (over at khrissieloves.com) and Nick to got to a silent disco, not just any silent disco, this one wasn’t the natural history museum and what an epic time we had. Rocking around the big dinosaur to all sorts of music. It was so much fun and well worth a boogie! It’s a great chance to release! All I can say guys is add this one to your bucket list!

Easy Granola

I have been super busy these post months! But I have got some delicious recipes and some great things to talk about so keep your eyes peeled and your bellies ready for a treat!
This is the first of a few recipes to try this is a delicious breakfast treat you can prepare at the weekends ready for the week (if you can keep it in the Jar that long).
**please note all the ingredients I use are Organic

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You’ll need:

  • A variety of nuts, I use raw Cashews and Almonds – 2 handfuls of each
  • Seeds – I use raw Sunflower Seeds -2handfuls
  • Goji Berries – 1handful
  • Oats – 4handfuls
  • Desicated Coconut – 1handful
  • Acacia Honey -2-3tablespoons
  • Pinch of Salf
  • Dash of cinamon
  • 1/3 of a vanilla pod

To make:
(this step is optional) Soak the nuts seeds and Goji Berries in water for a minimum of an hour.*
Pre heat the oven to 150°C (fan).
In a bowl mix the berries and nuts with the oats,Acacia honey, Salt, Cinamon and Vanilla.
Take a sheet of baking paper and lay the mix down evenly.
Place in the oven untill starting to brown.
Sprinkle the Desicated Coconut over the browning mixture and place back into the oven.
Once golden brown remove from the oven and leave on the side to cool.
Place into an drystore pot and serve portions for breakfast along with almond milk, and fresh berries.

*I soak the nuts, seeds and berries to release any toxins and help with digestion.

 

Beetroot Brownies

Following the The Great British Bake Off I have been inspired to get back into the kitchen! Trying to sneak a healthy twist in there too. I came across this delicious recipe on BBC Good Food and made a couple of amends to make it gluten free. I also use all organic ingredients as a preference! This is a must try as they are truly delicious!

  • 500g Whole Raw Beetroot (3-4 medium beets)
  • 100g Unsalted Butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 200g Bar Plain Chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 250g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 100g Brown Rice Flour
  • 25g Cacao Powder
keeping my fingers stain free, and getting messy!

keeping my fingers stain free, and getting messy!

  1. Start with Beetroot, I pop on a pair of rubber gloves so I don’t get Beetroot stained fingers. Then peel and chop the beetroot, pop in a steamer and cook until soft.
  2. Pre-Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. While the Beetroot steams, butter and line a 20 x 30cm tray bake or small roasting tin. Roughly break the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes and pop into a blender with the vanilla. Once the Beetroot is tender, add this to the blender and mix it up until you have a smooth mixture. (The heat from the Beetroot will melt the butter and chocolate)
  3. Pop the Sugar and Eggs into a large bowl, and whisk together preferably with an electric whisk until it is thick, pale and foamy. Gradually spoon in the Beetroot mixture, and using a large metal spoon, fold the mixture in. Trying to retain as much air to the mixture as possible.
  4. Sift in the Flour and Cacao powder, gently folding into the mixture to make a smooth batter
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30mins or until the brownies are completely risen and there’s a tiny bit of mixture left on the knife when you check the centre of the bake. Once cooked cool in the tray and cut and enjoy!
delicious and soft here's the final thing (they didn't hang around long)

delicious and soft here’s the final thing (they didn’t hang around long)

Benefit Haul

Benefit Roller Lash and Sun beam
Having recently had a benefit makeover I made a couple of purchases (I definitely have a couple more to make). For me as soon as I saw these two product they were an initial must.

1. Roller lash – I can’t believe I hadn’t tried this before. It does wonders to my eyelashes. This is a new mascara by benefit and I have heard a lot about it, but I guess you never really believe something until you see it for yourself, and now I’ve tried it, I can’t say I’ll ever go back. I’ve had a few high end brand mascaras , Guerlain, Dior and Lancôme to name a few and none have done what benefits roller lash does. It extends my eye lashes and really opens up my eyes. I now cannot recommend this enough to anyone.

2. Sun Beam – This is an absolute essential for a bronzed highlight sitting on the cheek bones it gives the face an instant summer glow – with a slight shimmer. It’s easy application and light on the skin it was perfect for what I wanted. A brilliant beachy look comes very easy with this product. Keep that summer glow this Autumn.

Going to ride my bike until I get home…

BobbinThis week has been so busy for me (hence only getting up one post. Sorry!) I went to my first ever silent disco – yes it was amazing, and from videos I now know my singing skills aren’t quite what I thought the were… I also brought a bike so that I can start riding my bike to work, rather than getting the tube. It has knackered me out however I absolutely love it. Lots of fresh air and a great way to start and end the day! Here she is (seen on the left) … name suggestions anyone?

I was very worried on my first day of cycling that it was going to be very dangerous, however with plenty of cycle lanes I have loved every minute of it especially when I am going through the parks! I do also have a helmet and lots of high-Vis and I think this helps feeling safe!

As an extra to my bike I have just brought this bag! Can’t wait to review it when it arrives. It simply fits onto the back of the bike!

bike bag

Here’s to week 2! Do any of you cycle to work? Have you got any tips?

Treat your taste buds

treat your taste budsLast week I was lucky enough to visit Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Chelsea! It was by far the most flavoursome experience I have had to date! The food was simply divine, out of this world tasty. It is an expensive place to eat however  ‘you get what you pay for’ really is what you have to remember here, the service was flawlessly do food unexplainabley good. All I can say is that this is somewhere you have to go to really understand what it’s like. So for now I hope you enjoy the photos! If you’ve been to a Michelin star restaurant I’d love yo know your experiences and recommendations too! So my thought for the day is go and Treat those taste buds, they deserve it.

The delicous courses

The delicious courses

Breakfast in Bed

This is a post about how great it is having breakfast in bed, especially on a rainy day like today! This morning I was trying out 2 products, that I have not tried before.

Rosy-Lee

Rosy-Lee

The first I tried was Rosy-Lee, which really does make a great traditionally strong cuppa. Personally I love the branding, playing on the cockney rhyme it’s a brilliant idea and a great product. Check out the site here for more information.

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.The second I tried out was a granola, that is home made and uses organic ingredients. I have tried a fair few granola brands and this is by far one of the nicest out there. It was made by a company who are currently based in West London ( I am hoping they expand to the South) as I would love to order more. The company is called Breakfast in Bed and they deliver all sorts of breakfasts to people in West London, check out the website to see what else they can deliver here.

enjoying a delicious cuppa and some great granola!

enjoying a delicious cuppa and some great granola!

The new kid on the block

bus card copySo Monday was my first time attending a blogger event, and it was just so much fun. Being so new to blogging I was lucky enough to be a plus one for  Khrissieloves. It was a great way for myself as a newbie to get to meet lots of different food brands and create some great connections.
If you are new to blogging and off to your first blogging event one necessity to take along is a business card with email, blog address and twitter handle, you can see mine on the left.

Everyone at the event was so friendly, So make sure you’re ready to chat until your heart is content!

Something I would like to remember to do next time is take lots of photo’s, I don’t feel like I took enough this time!
I can’t wait for my next event to make some more new friends and try some more new products. Watch out for my first ever product review this week, any hints and tips from fellow bloggers please drop me a comment!

few snaps