This weekend just gone; 27th of February to the 29th, was Brighton Vegfest. If you don't already know, VegfestUK hold four vegan festivals nationwide, each year. Vegfest Events are great for vegetarians, vegans or just anyone interested in veganism - I took my omni family with me on the Saturday! Brighton Vegfest 2016 was my first Vegfest of many to come; Bristol Vegfest is in May, it'd be nice to see some of you there.
On day one I spent the majority of the day on the ground floor; looking round stalls & talking to like minded vegan friends. Richard Watts aka Vegan Sidekick was there; I couldn't not buy a signed copy of his volume 3 book! I also tried some drinks labelled 'salad in a bottle' but despite the unusual name, they tasted great! We went upstairs for lunch, I chose 'fish' & chips from The Loving Hut stall - delicious! My mum and I then found my dad over at the Ms Cupcake cake stall devouring a cookie sandwich; because vegan food is so disgusting right? I got my meat eating (yuck!) family to try loads of different vegan foods that day & I think it's safe to say they loved them; who goes to bed without dinner if they're not happily full? We got home around 6pm having a lovely day.
Sunday was slightly different as I was alone; a challenge but one I faced quite well, other than a panic attack at the end due to one of the Brighton Centre staff: I did okay. I spent the day looking round floor one mostly (and a couple of stalls I missed on the ground floor). There were many different brands, charities & activists there; I got to meet Elizabeth, the lovely lady behind Vegorium - we had a lovely chat about YouTube, Activists & her t-shirt activism video with Rehana Jomeen. Ms Cupcake provided a wonderful lunch of Macaroni Cheese & shared the recipe with myself and a lovely transitioning vegan. Throughout the weekend I got to try and purchase an array of different vegan products, I also got many informational leaflets and a couple of educational DVDs. You can get an idea of what I got from the slideshow below.
Overall it was a lovely weekend full of food, fun & laughter. It was lovely to be able to put faces to names; from brands I've worked with to other activists I follow. I hope to be attending Bristol Vegfest in May and London in October!
Did you go to Brighton Vegfest last weekend? What was your favourite part? Let me know in the comments below x
After posting a picture of my dinner to Instagram the other day I was asked how I made it. This is a vegan twist on a family recipe; for those of you who don't know my family is omni, originally this recipe contained prawns (yuck!). I hope you enjoy!
- Vegetable stock cubes, two
- Rice noodles, 1-2 nests
- Chinese Leaf, 4-5 leaves, chopped
- Mushrooms, five, sliced
- Beansprouts, one handful
- Mixed Herbs, one teaspoon
- Salt & Pepper, a pinch of each
- Soy Sauce; one tablespoon
- Thyme; half a teaspoon
Step 1. Fill a large sauce pan with water & bring to the boil.
Step 2. Add the stock cubes, herbs, salt & pepper and stir until dissolved.
Step 3. Add the beansprouts and leaf, simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 4. Add the mushrooms, then leave to simmer for another 10-15 minutes until soft.
Step 5. Break up the noodles and add to the pan, simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Step 6. Pour in the soy sauce, taste; if needed add more.
Step 7. Serve & enjoy!
If you make this be sure to share a picture with me on social media using #CCERecipes. Do you have a vegan family recipe? Let me know in the comments below x
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I hope you're all having a lovely Thursday. What was your favourite vegan buy this week? Let me know in the comments below x
I came across this tasty vegan treats brand back at the beginning of January. Amelia, the lovely owner of vegan snacks sorted, helped me in writing this post for Veganuary.
I took a look at her products and decided to purchase a couple; some fudge and a vegan sugar cookie. Needless to say they were lovely, the fudge was even approved by my non-vegan father! So when Amelia asked me last week to review a couple of new products, I happily accepted. I also bought myself another six sugar cookies - which are now gone - because I loved them so much! Today I'm going to be showing you two of the new products at Vegan Snacks Sorted; one is a twist on a classic favourite and the other a fruity delight. Read More....
As you all know I'm a massive Lushie, I have enough bath bombs & melts to last a lifetime! The majority of my cosmetic and personal care collection is made up of Lush products; from dry shampoo to deodorant, you name it! Today I thought I'd share with you my favourite Lush products this winter. If you're interested in what I enjoyed, keep reading...
Cinders Bath Bomb:
This spicy cinnamon bath bomb has popping candy & I love that you can actually hear it crackling when you drop it in the water.
The Greeench Deodorant Powder:
I was gutted when I found out Lush had stopped selling my favourite deodorant powder; but when the team at the store in Crawley gave me a sample of this, I fell in love! I've now repurchased it.
Butterbear Bath Bomb:
I love using this vanillary, teddy bear bath bomb before bed; it's relaxing and soothing. I've almost fallen asleep in the bath before using this! Apparently butterball bath bomb is the same scent so I might try it soon...
I'm not usually a fan of moisturisers because I hate the sticky, greasy feeling you get for a while after you've applied them. I received this in a gift set and it's changed my opinion completely! I'm definitely going to repurchase this when mine runs out.
Snow Fairy Shower Gel:
Perfume, Tooth Powder, Dusting Powder, Bubble Bar, Shower Gel - you name it; if it's snow fairy scented I have it...oops. Seriously though I bought a 1kg bottle this year...
Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion:
The thing I love about charity pot is each pot tells you the charity it's going to, from animal welfare to human rights; there's a bunch of small charities that Lush support. From June 2014-June 2015 charity pot raised 4.3 million! Giving back is important.
What's your favourite lush product right now? Let me know in the comments below! x
P.S. If you look back through this blog post there is a link to something special just for my readers, good luck!
There are many different egg replacements available for use in different ways. From commercially made products specific for purpose to byproducts of other baking & cooking necessities; the options are plentiful. Some are listed below with instructions on how to use and the best uses.
Use one tablespoon of chia seeds & three tablespoons of water for each egg required.
Mix together and let stand for 15 minutes, till forms a jelly like consistency.
Perfect for use in savoury baking & smoothies.
Ground flax seed
Use one tablespoon of flax seeds & three tablespoons of water for each egg required.
Blend together until it forms a thick, creamy, egg like consistency.
Best for use in savoury baking recipes.
Use half a ripe banana for each egg required.
Mash until smooth and puréed.
Good for use in baking including recipes such as brownies & cookies.
Aquafaba is the leftover juice from tinned chickpeas.
Use three tablespoons for each egg required.
Whisk until light and fluffy.
Perfect for use in vegan meringue recipes.
Egg replacement powder
Commercial shop bought egg replacement powders.
Brands include Orgran No Egg & Vegg Powder.
Use as directed on packaging.
Best for use in cooking and baking, not suitable for scrambled egg.
Use one tablespoon of agar agar & three tablespoons of boiling water for each egg required.
Mix and leave to set at room temperature.
Good for use in sauces and savoury cooking.
Such as Peanut, Almond and Cashew.
Use three tablespoons for each egg required.
Best for use in baking where no rise is needed i.e cookies & savoury recipes such as burgers.
Purée with a blender until smooth.
Use a quarter cup of purée per egg required.
Good for use in cakes, brownies and any sweet recipes that require moisture.
Baking soda & vinegar
Use one teaspoon of baking soda & one tablespoon of vinegar to each egg required.
Mix together until combined.
Great for use in cakes, muffins and other recipes that require a fluffy texture.
I hope you find these helpful. I love baking and you don't have to miss out on your favourite recipe because it contains egg! What's your favourite thing to cook or bake? Let me know in the comments below x