Saturday, 22 November 2014

World Vegan Month - Bringing vegan to the office

Vegan breakfast

November is World Vegan Month and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the term 'vegan' being invented! In celebration, my lovely work superiors agreed I could bring in mountains of vegan food to force upon my colleagues this week.

Read on for vegan breakfast inspiration and some of my favourite recipes...

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

RECIPE - British Black Badger & Fava Bean Falafel

The age old question every vegan and vegetarian has been asked at least a thousand times (every damn day): "where do you get your protein?"

For many of us, the answer is beans, grains and pulses, those deliciously versatile little chunks of goodness. I love beans. I also love falafel, which just so happens to be made from beans, traditionally chickpeas, or a mixture of chickpeas and fava beans.

This week we decided to make falafel with a bit of a British twist, using a combo of fava beans and black badger peas from Hodemedods* - suppliers of beans and pulses grown here in Britain.

Hodmedods Great British Peas & Beans

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

REVIEW - B. Complete Long-Lasting Nail Polish in 'Sunrise'

Superdrug B.Complete Long-Lasting Nail Polish in 'Sunrise'

Ok, it's time to come clean. I, Emily Slimings, am 100% completely, hopelessly addicted to nail polish. There, I said it.

There is a box in my living room which is literally full to bursting with different shades, finishes, glitters, brushes and brands of nail polish. This box is so full, that when it came time for me to find this particular nail polish to review, I didn't even bother looking in the box because there are so many other bags, boxes and cubby-holes around the house in which I have secretly stashed bottles of nail polish.

It was in the box.

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

North East Vegan Festival - NEVFEST 2014

North East Vegan Festival 2014

Today we spent a good few hours at the North East Vegan Festival at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. It was my second vegan festival this year and I had high hopes.

Andrew had surprised us to VIP tickets, and we'd been dreaming of room upon room of vegan delights for weeks - especially after a particularly disappointing run-in with a Hilton hotel earlier this the week, which started with me being told the 'vegan option' was a bacon sandwich on gluten free bread, and ended with no soy milk. NO SOY MILK.

We weren't disappointed. Four rooms of stalls from cakes to candles to confectionery and everything in between, plus a bar complete with live music - score! It was hard to get good snaps because parts of the festival were so incredibly busy (I'm looking at you and your delicious smelly stall, Harper's Bizarre!) but I did as much sneaky snapping as I could.

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