COOK BOOK HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

I recently purchased a few new cook books from The Works and thought I’d show you. If you’re not in the habit of frequenting The Works, I really urge you to check it out on a regular basis because they always have some amazing deals and sales on.

I always find it too easy to fall into the same cooking patterns recycling the same recipes over and over again, so I’m really looking forward to trying out some new recipes from these books. There’s so many yummy recipes out there I just need to make more of an effort to try them all. Which makes me think… Has anyone ever watched Julie & Julia?! It’s about a woman named Julie who decides to cook every single recipe from Julia Child’s cookbook in a year and blogs about it. I’ve always wanted to do that haha a day although it’s never going to happen, the idea of actually cooking every single recipe in a cookbook is kinda cool. I’d love to achieve that, I mean who knows what delicacies we’re missing out on by not trying more recipes!

Anyway here’s the cook books I just added to my collection and I can’t wait to read through them and try some new recipes out!

I’ve already got one of Aine’s cook books but for a fiver I couldn’t complain and the more new recipes for inspiration the better. Then I also liked the idea of discovering some raw food ideas, as I’ve heard lots of positive things about a raw vegan diet. Oh and the last book I guess isn’t a cook book, but a book about vitamins and minerals which I thought would be a very interesting and hopefully informative read. Being vegan now has opened my eyes more to making sure I’m receiving all the nutrients my body needs; and this is not due to the ever present stigma that vegans struggle to get all the nutrients their body needs (a rant for another time), but rather because the whole vegan lifestyle for me is about starting to take better care of my body. So I’m looking forward to educating myself some more!

Now I’d love to know if any of you already own these cookbooks and if so what are your favourite recipes?!

Love Carina xo

NATURAL HACKS FOR COLDS & SORE THROATS

Hey there beautiful souls,

Here’s a post on something I feel quite passionately about. I hate taking medicine – I sometimes feel like that the amount of paracetamol/ibuprofen or even penicillin I have had in my life must have by now made me nearly immune! I am a firm believer in natural remedies and no I am not saying that we shouldn’t use medicine – god knows I still grab the paracetamol when I feel ill or am in pain. However, I also want to put it out there that natural hacks can work too, or at least aid our recovery process and this is something I want to work on. I want to try using natural remedies more in my day to day life to improve my general health, so that I hopefully won’t have to pick up the paracetamol or ibuprofen as often.

Here are two of my favourite natural health hacks suited for sore throats and general colds which I use alongside regular cold&flu medicine. Note these are great for everyday use too and don’t have to just be used when feeling unwell.

Hot water with lemon and ginger –

  • Lemon, which is rich in vitamin C can balance you PH and works wonders to flush out toxins in the morning and being a natural antiseptic helps prevent infections and aids the digestive system.
  • Ginger is apparentlyΒ great for combating nausea, can reduce pain and inflammationΒ and can sooth the digestive system.

This is a great drink to start your day with. It is recommended to drink at least half an hour before breakfast if possible to help flush out the toxins. This brew would also be great to gurgle before bed especially if you have a cold or a throat infection. I am trying to work this into my everyday morning routine and feel much better for it when I do.

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Sage Tea –

  • Sage is also known to be a natural antiseptic, it is high in antioxidants (and apparently aids mental clarity).

In my family we have always drank sage tea when we had a sore throat and especially chewing the leaves has worked for me to reduce the pain for a while. So stock up on some sage tea guys or plant a sage bush in your garden, they are quite hardy plants and survive well. By the way you could also add it to your lemon and ginger brew –Β be creative, this herb also works well in cooking.

Let me know if you use Lemon, Ginger or Sage and if so, what for/if they work for you!?

Love Carina xo

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE & PEANUTBUTTER SMOOTHIE

Hello my beautiful souls,

Today I thought I would share my favourite ultimate indulgence smoothie with you. With feeling so under the weather at the moment this smoothie was the perfect choice in helping me feel better. It’s chocolatey, peanut buttery and most importantly pretty healthy as there is 0 added sugar! So here goes:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (freeze one the for a colder more refreshing drink)
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter (I use meridan of whole earth – make sure it’s a good peanut butter with no additives!)
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 400ml of almond milk
  • 200ml of water
  • 10 dates (optional for a bit more flavour and sweetness, but works well without too)

Pop everything into a blender and whizz together till smooth – then pour into your favourite glass (I love my ball mason jars with a stainless steel straw) and enjoy!

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Love Carina xo

BUTTERBEAN DIP

Good evening beautiful souls,

I have recently been obsessed with this Butterbean dip for the Peace & Parsnips recipe book. It is soo good I just had to share it with you! I use my mini food processor to blend this delight together and recommend you buy yourself one (you can find a link on my Shop page) it’s cheap and super useful. The Cookbook is another I would recommend – even if you aren’t vegan I believe it’s great to try different healthy meals you wouldn’t usually eat and have some fun exploring new recipes. Anyway here goes the easy quick Butterbean dip:

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Ingredients:

  • Garlic (I would use at least 4 large cloves – use this as your starting point and you can always add more or less depending on your taste)
  • Butter Beans
  • Parsley or Coriander (I like to use quite a lot of fresh herbs, more than in the recipe, but again start with a little and keep adding to suit your taste)
  • Pepper & Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice

Method:

Depending on the size of your blender you might be able to make this in one go or like me have to split the ingredients in half and blend two lots.

  • Chop up you garlic and parsley/coriander and put into blender
  • Add the Butter Beans, the olive oil and the lemon juice
  • Grind some salt and pepper into the mix
  • Now blend together

Suggestion – I admit I never measure the lemon juice and olive oil, I just keep adding them into the mix bit by bit until I get a smooth slightly thicker than hummus consistency

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Ways to use the Butter Bean dip:

This recipe comes in the cookbook as an accompaniment to the beetroot burger (which recipe I will most definitely be sharing at some point too as it’s amazing!) but I have since used it in many different ways and here are some of my favourite – have a go and see what you like and if you can think of any other ways to use the Butter Bean dip, do tell me because I would love to know!

  • Use it like a dip (make it less thick by adding more oil, lemon juice or a splash of water) then chop up some carrot and cucumber sticks or use bread sticks, dip in and enjoy!
  • My favourite is probably these pitta breads – pop a pitta in the toaster and spread the Butter Bean dip on then top with tomatoes or cucumbers or whatever topping you like!
  • I tried this one for the first time last week and thoughΒ  it was yummy – the Butter Bean dip works well in a wrap and filled with delicious fresh veg like carrots, cucumber and salad – you could also add some falafel which would be scrumptious.

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Love Carina xo