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

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

AUTUMN SPICE COFFEE

Good morning beautiful souls,

Autumn is my favourite time of year for many reasons; the cascades of tumbling burnt umber, sienna and crimson leaves swirling around the pavements, the chilly winds nipping at your face but you don’t mind as your wrapped up warm in your favourite cosy knits, the time to snuggle up in front of real fires (if you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful ingelnook fireplace) and read a book…. the list goes on. I have so much love for autumn and so many post ideas that in the countdown to Halloween I thought I would join in with Blogtober and give you an autumn/halloween themed post every day for a week.

To start my Blogtober – I feel like autumn is the perfect time for creating a hygge atmosphere and in the spirit of this I want to share with you my recipe for making a delicious spiced autumn coffee, the healthy version to all these pumpkin spiced lattes which are full of syrups.

What you will need

French press – Coffee beans of your choice – Burr coffee grinder – Cinnamon – Nutmeg – Star Anise – Cloves

Firstly grind your coffee beans (I recommend to always grind your own for a better fresh coffee) – put 3-4 tsp of coffee grind (depending on how strong you like your coffee) into your french press – add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 a star anise crushed small and 3 cloves – pour on water and stir for 2-3 minutes – press down the cafetier, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!

Now I am a black coffee drinker; a firm believer that if you find a good coffee bean and roast you like then you won’t need milk to balance any bitterness because there won’t be any bitterness. I am lucky enough to be able to get my favourite beans from my dads coffeehouse, however if you can’t find coffee you like black or you are just one of those people who enjoys really milky coffees, do feel free to heat some milk and add!

Hope you hall have a wonderful day!

Love Carina xo

LIFE UPDATE – HEALTH EDITION

Good morning beautiful souls,

This morning after months of not being at the gym (bar yoga on a Wednesday evening) I have finally gone back! My housemate Jessica encouraged me as she wanted to go too, so we went together. I am so happy to be starting a routine again!

We started on a high incline walk on the treadmills, then went on the bikes for 10 mins on an alpine hill course before finishing off with some weight training. It wasn’t the biggest session today but we’ll ease ourselves into it. I’m glad I’ve got company actually because it means I’ll be more likely to stick to a routine too.

Annoyingly I had fallen into a routine of no sugar counting again and so I had of course put weight back on. I started my weightloss journey last January, it’s like 9 months later now and all I have lost is 1st and a bit as I have just put back on some of my original weightloss again. I can’t get to January and be at the same place I started again!! Time to get my shit back together again!!!

So I will start counting my sugar intake again and upping my workouts so that I can hopefully get another 2 stone off by Christmas 😊

So to end this post, here’s a picture of my delicious breakfast; I am currently obsessed with this porridge!

Love Carina xo