DAY TRIPPING TO YORK

Good evening beautiful souls,

Yesterday I spent a lovely day in York with one of my best friends from uni. I hadn’t seen Chloe since autumn last year and so it was lovely to catch up again.

I hopped on the train at around 9.55 and arrived in York at 10.40 ish. We started our day with our umbrellas pitched against the pouring rain and fighting a battle with the wind as they kept blowing inside out. Because it was so miserable we decided to do a spot of shopping and went into Primark where I tried some nice pieces on but didn’t buy as sadly non looked good on, but I did come out with some basics that needed stocking up, more socks and simple tank tops and the like.

After having a browse around topshop and a couple of other stores we sat down in Pret for a bite of lunch and I enjoyed a yummy avocado, olive and sun-dried tomato baguette.

The rain had finally stopped by the time we finished lunch and so we did a bit more window shopping discovering some really beautiful stores (I love a good window display) including a fragrance shop where I had to really resist spending my money. We also crossed paths with a cute tea shop where I bought a loose leaf gingerbread rooibush tea which I am excited to try as it smells amazing.

We then visited the three Harry Potter shops that can now be found in the Shambles and although I didn’t buy anything it made me want to go to the Harry Potter studios even more!

As it started getting colder we went for a pint and a nice long chat before walking along the wall a bit and then going for a cocktail. I tried an Amaretto in da ghetto aha which was super tasty!

Towards the end of the day we treated ourselves to dinner at the Botanist which was really tasty. I had olives for starters and then a delicious aubergine stake with giant morrocan couscous for mains. I was happy with the Vegan options available, a good selection and lots I wanted try; I shall have to go back another time.

At around 7.30pm we sadly has to say goodbye and I made my way to the station to catch my train home.

It was such a nice day despite the rain. I love York, it’s such a beautiful place and it’s always nice to catch up with friends you don’t see often.

Love Carina xo

BEETROOT BROWNIES

Good evening beautiful souls,

It’s time for me to share one of my favourite recipes with you – I hope you are excited!!!

This recipe is from the beautiful vegan cookbook Peace & Parsnips. I love this book and everything I have tried so far has been super tasty, so I can’t wait to try more recipes in the future!

I’ve made this beetroot brownie recipe a couple of times now; the brownies are super easy to make, perfectly moist and of course taste amazing! So no excuse not to try this recipe for yourselves!

I have altered the original recipe a little, but it is quite flexible so don’t worry about experimenting. Anyway, let’s jump right into it!

Ingredients:

300g dark chocolate

150ml vegetable oil

125g Flour

100g Prunes

100g Nuts

200g Silken tofu

125g Beetroot, finely grated

150g Unrefined brown sugar

(I also added some dried apricots and a little rosewater – although apparently not enough of the latter as I couldn’t taste the rose flavour – I need to experiment more with this I future)

Method:

Firstly, melt the dark chocolate carefully in the microwave on a low heat/defrost setting making sure you don’t burn it. Once melted stir in oil. Leave to cool.

Preheat oven to 190 degree.

Whisk tofu and sugar together in a bowl before stirring in the cooled down molten chocolate. Next add the beetroot, Prunes, and nuts (as well as apricots or whatever else you want to add) then slowly fold in the flour until all is combined.

Pour the mixture into a ca. 27×17 cm tin lined with banking paper and level out.

Pop in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes on the middle shelf.

Leave to cool in tray then lift out onto wire wrack and cut into squares. The brownies should be nice and moist with a slight crust on the outer edges.

Best served warm with vegan vanilla ice cream or fruit compote.

And there you have it! Brew yourself a nice cup of coffee, sit down, pick up your favourite book and enjoy this yummy treat!!

Please let me know if you try these as I’d love to see what you think!

Love Carina xo

LIEBSTER AWARD

Good evening beautiful souls,

A couple of weeks ago I was nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely m4gical.com; if you don’t follow her already please go check her out she writes a lovely blog from makeup reviews to her wonderful ‘If we were having coffee’ chat posts – go show her some love!

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The rules are:
1. Make a blog post saying you’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award
2. Include the picture in your post
3. Answer the questions I ask below
4. Nominate new upcoming bloggers
5. Set them your own questions

Here’s the questions I have been asked to answer:

  • If you had to rename your blog, what would you change it to?

Ok this is really difficult, I really have no idea, I struggled with the name part of my log the most having had previous blogs before I felt like I was running out of ideas aha, so no idea what I’d choose now if I had to rename my blog! Sorry!

  • What made you start a blog?

I started my first ever blog when I was about 13 and it was a book review blog hehe. Since then I have had different blogs on and off. I love writing and connecting with people. A blog is the best platform for me to share my passions with others and hopefully inspire and bring joy to other people too!

  • If you could choose anywhere to live where would it be?

I want to say somewhere warm, but then I don’t actually do well with the heat aha! But I mean Bali and so many other places look amazing! I would want to live in a place with ocean views and white sandy beaches as well as beautiful mountains for walks through stunning scenery close by. A place with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. A place with like minded people close by…

  • What’s your favourite colour and why?

Can I say black?! Ok I don’t have a favourite colour, but so much of my wardrobe is filled with dark colours haha. I’d say the autumnal colour schemes are definitely my favourite!

  • Do you like cake and what is your favourite kind?

Who doesn’t like cake?!? But again favourite?! I’m sorry peeps haha, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know I’m not good with favourites! I have been vegan since January though and haven’t tried too many vegan cakes yet, I’m looking forward to baking and trying more in the future though! Before I went vegan one of my favourite cakes was a chilled strawberry cheesecake my dad would make for his cafe – it was the absolute bomb! ❤

I nominate:

https://elsielmc.wordpress.com

https://kittyp0p.wordpress.com

https://hunidasblog.com

https://justhannahhere.wordpress.com

https://ameliainhull.wordpress.com

And here are the questions I would like you to answer:

  1. What made you start a blog?!
  2. What would your dream vacation include?!
  3. Do you have a favourite cocktail and if so what is it?!
  4. Last series you binge watched on Neflix?!
  5. Do you have a middle name? If so what is it?!
  6. Favourite ice cream flavour?!
  7. What was the last song you listened to?!

Thanks again for the nomination from m4gical.com, I enjoyed writing this post and look forward to reading your answers too nominees! ❤

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HENNA HAIR DYE

Good evening beautiful souls,

Some of you might have already seen from my Instagram stories that I dyed my hair with henna yesterday. I know not many are familiar with henna hair dye and so I thought I’d share the process with you incase you wanted to try it for yourself.

Firstly henna is a natural permanent dye and because it is a natural product it means that instead of damaging your hair with lots of chemicals the way most boxed hair dyes do, it nourishes it instead.

The one I use, the caca rouge henna from lush, is also vegan which is even better. It’s £10. 95 a block which as my hair is short, will last me for 6 hair dyes. Lush sells 4 different colours, but I’ve only ever tried the red so I can’t say anything about the others really, but I do love the natural look of the cacao rouge especially when the sun shines on it, it has the most beautiful sparkle! I think I used henna for the first time a good 8 years ago or so and gave been using it ever since when I wanted a nice gingery red.

Well let’s get started. Here’s a before photo of my hair with still a slight purply tint to it from the semi permanent dye I put on two weeks or so ago.

You will need:

  • Henna
  • Vaseline
  • Cling film
  • A fork
  • An old bowl
  • An old towel
  • Old clothing
  • Thin hair dye gloves

Firstly boil the kettle. Now the henna block comes in 6 squares and for my short hair I only needed 1. Just grab a knife and crack a square off. Place into your bowl and pour some warm water over it (beware I used too much here, so start of with a little, you can always keep adding too it). Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then using a fork start mushing it up into a tick paste, add more water as needed. It should be a kind of porridge consistency not too runny (which mines is here – oops) don’t worry if it’s bitty, it won’t fully dissolve.

Now make sure you are wearing old clothes you don’t mind doing staining because the henna will get everywhere! Also choose a tilled floor room as it is easiest to clean and won’t stain.

Next put Vaseline around your hairline before putting on your gloves and beginning to apply the henna to your hair (make sure your hair is damp/towel dry). If you have long hair separate your hair into sections starting at the bottom and working your way to the top layers. As it’s a grainy substance it will not spread as easily as the hair dyes you’re used to, so if you have someone to help you it’ll make it easier.

Once your hair is all covered in dye wrap it up in clingfilm and wipe any dye that has gotten onto your skin away. Now the next step is almost the worst. You have to keep the henna on your head for 2-3hs, the longer its on the more vibrant the result. However as your scalp heats up under the clingfilm the henna will start to run so carry a roll of kitchen paper with you as you’ll be wiping away the dribbles every few minutes haha.

One the time is finally up, pop on your gloves again and rinse your hair until water is clear before giving it a wash and blow dry.

And here’s the finished result, beautiful soft fiery red henna hair!

If you’ve ever tried henna or fancy having a go, I’d love to know!!

Love Carina xo