Things I Love Thursday

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❤ Quality time with my Nana. We went to Truro last Friday and had so much fun. We did some shoe shopping, bought some Christmas presents and had lunch at Archie Browns. It was such a nice day. I think it’s so important to make time to chill with your loved ones. Planning on doing it again some time before Christmas, woo!

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❤ This beautiful rainbow of a salad from Swanpool Beach Cafe. It’s Moroccan style quinoa  with mixed leaves, humus and loads of yummy roasted seeds. It was one of the best salads ever, I’m so glad I gave quinoa another chance. Me and Oli had a really nice lunch at the beach. I love going to the beach in winter because you can watch all the happy dogs bounding around the sand and splashing in the sea.

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❤ Winter. I really like winter. I’m not keen on the rain we get a lot here in England but there’s a lot of thing I love about winter. I love snuggling up in scarves and jumpers, lie ins in warm beds on cold mornings, that crisp chill in the air, Christmas drinks at coffee shops, Christmas light switch ons, present buying trips. I could go on for ages!

Not a long list today but I am happy and grateful and that’s what matters. I’m inviting you all, once again, to comment 3 things you are grateful for this week in the comments section.

Toodles.

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Things I Love Thursday

Hello everyone! I am feeling so super positive and amazing today! Don’t you just love it when you have days like that where everything is just so chill and falls into place and you just feel at peace. Anyway, I am going to do today’s gratitude list a little bit differently. I just finished watching Gala Darling on Periscope and she shared 5 specific things that she is grateful for today with us then asked us to comment our 5 things back. She read two of mine out which felt pretty rad. So I’m going to list my 5 things below then it would be a super way to spread some gratitude and positivity if you could all post 5 things you are grateful for in the comment section below. Try to be as specific as possible. Also you should totally check out Gala on Periscope, her chats are always so inspiring and magical. Right, on with the gratitude;

1- My new glittery red nail polish from Barry M. It’s limited edition and sadly I can’t find it online but I managed to get mine in a Superdrug in Camden so they are out there. It’s a beautiful shiny gelly polish with great coverage. It has small, subtle glitter pigments so goes on really smoothly and lasts really well. It makes me feel really sophisticated but fun at the same time. I love it!

2- Once again the new Pagan Society at my uni which I am the secretary for. We had our first event the other night which I sadly couldn’t attend but I hear it went well. We have 76 followers on the Facebook page so not that long until we hit 100! Gala thought this was really cool and progressive which made me smile.

3- Home made humus. Since getting my Nutribullet for my birthday I have been making this a lot. It makes such lovely smooth humus in seconds. I love making my own because it means I can make it super garlicy. It’s also cheaper than buying it and as I almost always have the ingredients in the house it means I can have it whenever I desire.

4- Planning my gluten free, vegan brownies for tomorrows charity vegan potluck I am attending in Truro. I’ve never baked anything gluten free before so I hope it comes out okay! I just wanted to be as inclusive as possibly so when I saw that quite a few people coming are intolerant to gluten I jumped on the opportunity to try something new. I’m quite nervous about going as I don’t really know anyone but it should be fun plus I’m going to get to try so much yummy food!

5- Having freshly dyed pink hair. Although it’s been over a week now it still makes me so happy when I look in the mirror and see a mass of vibrant locks. I’m super lazy so only do my pink dye once every 2-3 months and only bleach my roots every 6 months so when I do both it’s so awesome. I feel renewed and energised. Hot, bright pink is for sure my power colour.

Right, that’s my 5 now get commenting! I want to hear about all the awesome things both big and small that have been going on in your lives this week.

Toodles.

“But I can’t live without cheese!”

As you will know if you know me or keep up with my blog I am now vegan! This has been a long time coming, I had been vegetarian since I was 13 and had been cutting back my dairy intake since moving away from home about 2 years ago. But about four months ago something clicked and I realised I needed to take the plunge. I’m not 100% sure why I decided that day that it was the right time, but clearly it was because I haven’t looked back. Warning- lots of kinda crappy photos of really yummy food (mainly pizzas) ahead!

This was meant to be a post about all the changes, both big and small, I have made on my vegan journey. I was going to talk about how you can make the transition smooth and easy… but instead I ended up rambling on about cheese. So I’m just gonna work with that for this post. Maybe I will write the post I was intending on writing at some point in the future, maybe I won’t. Let me know in the comments if you would like that and I will try my hardest to do so without getting distracted.

I was one of those people who always used to say “Yeah I could totally go vegan… except for cheese… I could never give up cheese”. Now I know you don’t have to give up cheese as a vegan! Vegan cheese has a bit of a reputation, people think it’s bad and is never going to live up to it’s dairy counterpart. This simply isn’t true. My personal favourite vegan cheese is Violife Original. Not only is it super yummy (it kinda tastes like edam but if you leave it open for a few days it matures a bit and tastes more cheddary) but it’s also super accessible; I buy mine in ASDA and it only costs £2.28! I love using it on pizza or just in a sandwich. It’s available in most supermarkets, healthfood stores and Holland and Barret and also comes in other varieties like cheddar and pizza cheese (although the original melts pretty well in my opinion).

If Violife isn’t for you then there’s loads of alternative out there, just pop to your local healthfood store and look in the fridge, there’s bound to be at least a few different brands. You can also make your own using soy milk or cashews or anything on this great list! Or if you just want that cheesy flavour how about trying Nutritional Yeast! It has a really cheesy flavour and is great to sprinkle over dishes much like parmesan. It also dissolves in liquid so can be used to make a great cheese sauce as well as containing lots of B12 goodness and being available at most healthfood stores, online and in some supermarkets in the freefrom section.

There are ready made food items involving vegan cheese too for those lazy days. I got the pizza and potato skins from Holland and Barret (I swear this isn’t sponsored by them, I just shop there a lot). The pizza was okay but the potato skins were amazing, although I currently cannot remember the brand name. Filled with gooey yummy vegan cheese and spicy meat free chorizo. Honestly one of the best things I have ever eaten. Some pizza places have vegan cheese as an option such as Village Pizza, I ordered from there twice when I was in London a few weeks ago, no regrets. You can also ask for no cheese and add your own at home (although do check that the base is vegan before doing this).

These cheese alternative not only cut out cruelty from your diet but they are all healthier than their dairy counterparts, yay! I hope this has inspired you to maybe think outside the box when it comes to cheese. If you want to know more about what vegan options there are in your area maybe have a look on facebook and see if there’s a page for local vegans like my local page Cornwall Vegans. Also be on the lookout for local vegan festivals- there were loads of stalls with different types of fancy vegan cheese at Vegfest so I know there’s more out there. I know I haven’t mentioned all the different brands and recipes that are out there so feel free to leave any more cheesy ideas in the comments.

Toodles.