FAJITAS

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other day I made vegan fajitas – it’s one of my favourite easy meals to make and so I thought I’d share my recipe with you – I hope you enjoy!

(serves 4-5 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • Tofu (Instead of meat I use tofu, although I guess you could use vegan mince as well)
  • Fajita spices
  • Salad
  • Wraps

Method:

  • Chop up your onion, garlic, pepper, chilli and tomatoes
  • Drain the tofu and cut up, then marinate in the fajita spices. Tofu by itself is rather tasteless I feel, but marinate it in fajita spices and it changes everything.
  • Fry your onion and garlic in a little olive oil, once a little brown add the peppers and chilli. After 5 mins add the tomatoes and kidney beans
  • Wash the salad (I used Kale to fill the fajitas, but it is quite coarse so any other salad would work well too)
  • Fill your wraps (I recently discovered these amazing beetroot and spinach wraps in Tesco – I definitely recommend). Alternatively you can use romaine lettuce as a wrap which makes for a lighter fresh meal.

Now sit down and enjoy!

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Love Carina xo

SAYING GOODBYE

Good evening beautiful souls,

This week although amazing has also been very busy and exhausting. Anthony and Tom, two good friends of Jessica and myself were in Durham this week for their Masters Graduation. As Anthony is from Lebanon and Tom from down south, we won’t get to see much of them especially Anthony, so we made the most we of the short time we had with them. I worked long days Thursday through till Monday and then spent the evenings relaxing with them eating good food, playing games, watching Once Upon A Time and Black mirror and of course enjoying some drinks.

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On Sunday Anthony and Tom cooked a feast for us which was scrumptious and included plenty of Vegan options for me including Ratatouille, a Lebanese aubergine salad, deep fried cauliflower, beetroot risotto and deep fried beetroot risotto balls – mmm… It was all soo tasty! It was nice to be able to relax with the guys and catch up with them fo a couple of days. We played lots of games including our favourite, Settlers of Catan (which I won to Anthony’s annoyance and my delight as even though he kept blocking my every move I still managed to best him hehe) and a new favourite Cluedo.

Last night after a lovely full last day together we settled down to our latest night yet playing another round of Cluedo before binge watching Black Mirror until 3am!

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This morning it was time to say goodbye to Anthony. I hate it when good friends have to leave and who knows when I’ll see them next! I really hope they both receive PhD placements near Durham so that visiting each other won’t be so difficult! I’m really going to miss these too, but thank god for the Internet and Skype, at least keeping in contact won’t be too difficult!

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So after a busy week with very late nights I am now settling down to a quiet evening and some self care time. A bath, an early night and some much needed sleep are in order I believe!

Love Carina xo

CLEAR OUT WITH ME!

Good evening beautiful souls,

One of my resolutions this year is to minimalise and so when I had the first 10 days of January off I decided it was a good time to start! The first rooms I cleared out were the kitchen and the living room. I have acquired so many mugs over the past few years (I definitely have a thing for pretty mugs, just can’t stop myself buying more!) I decided it was time to say goodbye to all the mugs I hadn’t used in ages as well as other bits and bobs of crockery and glasses! I had a couple of DVD’s I could part with and also some cushions as the living room was almost littered with them. Although overall there wasn’t masses to get rid off in these to rooms/ maybe I could even have been more brutal, it still felt good to empty the cupboards a little.

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Next I decided it was time to sort through all my clothes – a task I always dread because I tend to come up with excuses like ooh but I really love this or ooh but what if I need this one day for this specific reason… However I managed to be quite brutal and get rid of a decent amount.

Clearing out tip: Make four piles 1. to keep 2. to sell 3. to donate and 4. to bin

Then be tough with yourself, ask yourself when did I wear this last? If you haven’t worn in the last 6 months or so it should go (unless it’s special occasion wear or something).  The next step is then to decide on the quality of the item. Ask yourself – Is it good enough to sell? If yes then great put it up on Ebay, Depop or Shpock! If no then ask yourself – is it good enough to donate? Again if yes then fab put it in the donate pile and if no then put it in the bin pile!

Remember: be brutal – there are always going to be new lovely clothes, or whatever items you are sorting out, that you are going to want – you can’t hold onto everything forever!

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Three hourse, one full Ikea bag and two washing baskets later, I was all done. I only have one clothing rail full of clothes left now and some basics in my cupboard. Even though I feel like I can never find anything to wear, looking at my full clothing rail and cupboard now, I still think that I own far too many clothes and have decided that I would like to reduce the amount even more, but for now I believe this is a good start!

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If you think that is my spring clean done I’m afraid you are wrong there really is still so much more to go through, like all my jewellery, makeup and shoes… It may feel like a big task to really deep clean your belongings but I’m looking forward to continuing this task because it just feels great to clear out and have a tidier and less cluttered space!

 

Has anyone else been doing any spring cleaning or sorting out this January??

Love Carina xo

MATE DATE AT THE BOHEMIAN

Good evening beautiful souls,

On Wednesday I went to Newcastle to catch up with an old friend from uni. My friend Rachel was doing dry January and so we decided to meet up over lunch in Newcastle instead of over drinks as we usually would. I was excited to see what Newcastle had on offer regarding food because with my biggest new years resolution being to eat a vegan  diet this was a great opportunity to try out a new restaurant I wouldn’t previously have given much thought. After some browsing I decided on The Bohemian which had great reviews. It took us a couple of minutes to find (google maps aren’t always helpful aha), but once we found it I realised I’d walked past it many times before as it was just past one of my favourite pubs in Newcastle, The Fourth. It has a cute vibe and is a mix of restaurant, bar and record shop. I didn’t look at the records this time round but will definitely have a browse next time I go!

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Once in and seated we were lucky to discover that The Bohemian was participating in the Newcastle restaurant week and so we got a special three course menu for £15, not a bad deal at all. After some deliberating (I’m actually glad we had a restricted menu as all the choices sounded so good) I went for the Shredded Peking Jackfruit, with hoi sin sauce, pancakes, spring onion and cucumber for starters, The ‘Greek’ Pizza for mains and the Cointreau and chocolate tart for dessert. Wow it felt like I was splashing out, I mean I never order three courses when I go out!

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I really loved the starters, the peking jackfruit was ok on it’s own but wrapped up in the pancake with the spring onion and cucumber and dipped into the hoi sin sauce was an amazing combination!

The Greek pizza was also scrumptious; on what seemed like a homemade stone baked pizza base the vegan cheese was perfectly melted and flavours fantastic. Now I’ll admit vegan cheese can definitely taste different and isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the vegan mozzarella on the pizza tasted fab to me and I really enjoyed the pizza as it had been a while since I had a freshly made stone baked pizza.

After starters and mains I really was rather full, however I still managed to polish of my dessert! The chocolate tart served with a fruity sorbet was the perfect combination of light and tart with creamy and heavy chocolate – heaven.

So if  you haven’t been able to guess – I would highly recommend The Bohemian in Newcastle. If you ever try out this restaurant do let me know what you think – I’d love to know!

Love Carina xo