FEELING ILL

Good evening beautiful souls,

Just a quick note to apologise that there won’t be a proper blog post tonight. I have spent the last two days in bed coughing my guts up and my throat raw all the while popping pills and herbal remedies. However I’m still no better and feel like death warmed up so I haven’t had the energy to plan any content. Sorry guys. I know you’ll forgive me! I hope you’ve all had a better weekend than me!

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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 though  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

THE FARPLACE VEGAN STORE NEWCASTLE

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other week I finally got round to having a look around the Farplace Vegan Store in Newcastle. I had been meaning to go there for ages but just never managed. Anyway I just thought I’d share my thoughts with you on the store and on what I bought.

My first impression was oh it’s smaller than I thought and then, I recognise a lot of these products, you can find them in most big supermarkets. However, I guess the bonus here is that all the vegan food is all in one place and you do not need to go searching for it. They stock a wide range from frozen to packaged and from snacks to meals. What was also great was that it had some local produce, like some local vegan ‘cheese’ or baking mixes in cute jars. It also stocks some beauty and household products which is fab because they are more difficult to find in supermarkets.

Here’s what I bought:

Cashew & Cranberry Nut Roast £2.95 – I really enjoyed this actually. It kind of tastes like stuffing, so it goes well with greens, roast potatoes and and gravy. At £2.95 it seems quite pricey at first but I would say this nut roast is good for 3 people, so £1 pp ain’t bad really.

Organic Dark Lavender Chocolate £2.70 – Now at this price it was definitely a treat and sadly one I wasn’t too keen on. I love the scent of lavender and am always interested in floral tasting foods and drinks, but this one wasn’t for me.

Violife Mediterranean Style ‘Cheese’ £2.75 – Violife is by far my favourite vegan cheese brand out of what I’ve tried but I haven’t tried everything they have to offer yet, so I thought it was time to pick a new ‘cheese’ and I went for the Med style. I’m not sure which cheese this med style is supposed to resemble most, but taste wise it’s not bad. I haven’t tried melting it yet, so not sure if that works well or not, but I think this is the kind of ‘cheese’ that would pair well with olives and foccaia as it is advertised Mediterranean style foods.

Organic Grilled Aubergine Pate £1.95 – I have tried various vegan pates before but they have usually been tomato/pepper based so I wanted to try something very different. There was quite a range to choose from but I settled on the aubergine pate. It was well flavoured had a nice texture and went really well with the pitta and avocado I ate it with. Will definitely be repurchasing this.

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Love Carina xo