So, it’s been far longer than anticipated but I’m back! Where have I been? Well, it’s been a hell of a year; ups & downs with brilliant things in between. It’s been almost two years since I wrote a post & so much has happened in that time! Health wise I finally got a diagnosis for why my legs kept giving way beneath me & the reason I’ve become a full time wheelchair user, I’ve had so many issues – most of which I now know are co-morbidities of my main diagnosis. What is it? You might ask, well, I have Ehlers-Danlos; there will be a separate post going into what Ehlers-Danlos is & how it affects me but basically my genes make faulty collagen (the ‘glue’ that holds everything in your body together) & therefore this has a knock on effect of many of the body systems. It’s tough but I’m learning how to live with it; there’s so many things I now have to do differently than I did before, things I used to never even think about!
Now, with that being said, one thing I have learnt is that I need to listen to my body, pace & not over-exhaust myself. Im not going to lie – it has been hard; I had a fair few months where I felt like I’d failed, myself & everyone around me & although it’s taken quite a while, I’m glad now that I’m in a better place physically (& mentally) & that I am more accepting of the fact that life isn’t what I had planned, but that’s okay! Life just has a different path for me, things don’t always go to plan & there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s okay to do what’s best for yourself & put yourself first sometimes.
So what’s happening now? Am I still going to write? The answer is yes…however things will be a little different; the will be less recipe & food related content (I’m now on a medically prescribed liquid diet – I might choose to talk about this at a later date; but I may not) & more disability related posts. There will still be many vegan-related posts but also other topics from disney to planning. Before my (extremely long) break, I was slowly falling out of love with blogging; I wasn’t enjoying the content I had been putting out and slowly loosing the love of writing because of that. I need to make a few changes because if you’re not enjoying what you do, why do it?
I hope you all still enjoy the new content as you did the old, I want my readers to enjoy what I put out as much as I enjoy writing it!
How have you been? Do you have any requests for content topics? Let me know in the comments below x
This weekend just gone; 27th of February to the 29th, was Brighton Vegfest. If you don’t already know, VegfestUK hold four vegan festivals nationwide, each year. Vegfest Events are great for vegetarians, vegans or just anyone interested in veganism – I took my omni family with me on the Saturday! Brighton Vegfest 2016 was my first Vegfest of many to come; Bristol Vegfest is in May, it’d be nice to see some of you there.
On day one I spent the majority of the day on the ground floor; looking round stalls & talking to like minded vegan friends. Richard Watts aka Vegan Sidekick was there; I couldn’t not buy a signed copy of his volume 3 book! I also tried some drinks labelled ‘salad in a bottle’ but despite the unusual name, they tasted great! We went upstairs for lunch, I chose ‘fish’ & chips from The Loving Hut stall – delicious! My mum and I then found my dad over at the Ms Cupcake cake stall devouring a cookie sandwich; because vegan food is so disgusting right? I got my meat eating (yuck!) family to try loads of different vegan foods that day & I think it’s safe to say they loved them; who goes to bed without dinner if they’re not happily full? We got home around 6pm having a lovely day.
Sunday was slightly different as I was alone; a challenge but one I faced quite well, other than a panic attack at the end due to one of the Brighton Centre staff: I did okay. I spent the day looking round floor one mostly (and a couple of stalls I missed on the ground floor). There were many different brands, charities & activists there; I got to meet Elizabeth, the lovely lady behind Vegorium – we had a lovely chat about YouTube, Activists & her t-shirt activism video with Rehana Jomeen. Ms Cupcake provided a wonderful lunch of Macaroni Cheese & shared the recipe with myself and a lovely transitioning vegan. Throughout the weekend I got to try and purchase an array of different vegan products, I also got many informational leaflets and a couple of educational DVDs. You can get an idea of what I got from the slideshow below.
Overall it was a lovely weekend full of food, fun & laughter. It was lovely to be able to put faces to names; from brands I’ve worked with to other activists I follow. I hope to be attending Bristol Vegfest in May and London in October!
Did you go to Brighton Vegfest last weekend? What was your favourite part? Let me know in the comments below x
After posting a picture of my dinner to Instagram the other day I was asked how I made it. This is a vegan twist on a family recipe; for those of you who don’t know my family is omni, originally this recipe contained prawns (yuck!). I hope you enjoy!
– Vegetable stock cubes, two
– Rice noodles, 1-2 nests
– Chinese Leaf, 4-5 leaves, chopped
– Mushrooms, five, sliced
– Beansprouts, one handful
– Mixed Herbs, one teaspoon
– Salt & Pepper, a pinch of each
– Soy Sauce; one tablespoon
– Thyme; half a teaspoon
Step 1. Fill a large sauce pan with water & bring to the boil.
Step 2. Add the stock cubes, herbs, salt & pepper and stir until dissolved.
Step 3. Add the beansprouts and leaf, simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 4. Add the mushrooms, then leave to simmer for another 10-15 minutes until soft.
Step 5. Break up the noodles and add to the pan, simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Step 6. Pour in the soy sauce, taste; if needed add more.
Step 7. Serve & enjoy!
If you make this be sure to share a picture with me on social media using #CCERecipes. Do you have a vegan family recipe? Let me know in the comments below x
I came across this tasty vegan treats brand back at the beginning of January. Amelia, the lovely owner of vegan snacks sorted, helped me in writing this
post for Veganuary.
I took a look at her products and decided to purchase a couple; some fudge and a vegan sugar cookie. Needless to say they were lovely, the fudge was even approved by my non-vegan father! So when Amelia asked me last week to review a couple of new products, I happily accepted. I also bought myself another six sugar cookies – which are now gone – because I loved them so much! Today I’m going to be showing you two of the new products at Vegan Snacks Sorted; one is a twist on a classic favourite and the other a fruity delight.
The first of the new products is the Almond Butter Cup, a new take on the traditional peanut butter cup. It’s 100% vegan, raw and organic.
When I first opened this, the parchment paper, inside the cellophane packaging, had a lot of oil on the bottom. At first this made me wary of the fat content, however, upon research this turned out to be the cacao butter used in the product; it has a similar melting point as coconut oil. This gives it the melt in the mouth quality that you love in high quality chocolate, it definitely exceeded expectations! The almond butter mixed with the smooth chocolate was just, amazing. As I hate the texture of
nut butters, this product definitely surprised me, it was lovely! The outside of the cup had a flawless zig zag design that reminds you of a Reece’s peanut butter cup, with no bubbles or escaping nut butter; it looked as good as it tasted.
Amelia also sent me their new chocolate squares. When they arrived I was very please to find she had given me the fruit & nut variety; something which I have missed since going vegan almost a year ago. You get six pieces of raw chocolate in each pack. The squares were perfectly uniform – as if they had been produced on a factory line, no bubbles, cracks, nothing – just little squares of deliciousness. After trying the almond butter cups; the dark chocolate squares did not disappoint! The continuity of that melt in the mouth quality is evident across all of VSS products.
The packaging for all of VSS products is high quality and professional, keeping all products secure in the postage process. Each is sealed with a sticker of the company logo, which, by the way, I love! The the pink heart reminds me of the love that goes into the products and the sourcing of the ingredients – as well as the company ethics – and the V shaped half-hearts below it almost resemble the V used in the vegan logo. Everything about this brand is great, from the products and packaging to the ethics. I highly recommend them. Please remember to keep the chocolate products from this brand in the fridge!
Very kindly, Amelia has given me a coupon code to share with you; to get a FREE cookie with a purchase of £15 or more, use code CCECOOKIE at the checkout.
If you make a purchase I’d love to know what you think! What’s your favourite vegan chocolate at the moment? Let me know in the comments below x
As you all know I’m a massive Lushie, I have enough bath bombs & melts to last a lifetime! The majority of my cosmetic and personal care collection is made up of Lush products; from dry shampoo to deodorant, you name it! Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite Lush products this winter. If you’re interested in what I enjoyed, keep reading…
Cinders Bath Bomb:
This spicy cinnamon bath bomb has popping candy & I love that you can actually hear it crackling when you drop it in the water.
The Greeench Deodorant Powder:
I was gutted when I found out Lush had stopped selling my favourite deodorant powder; but when the team at the store in Crawley gave me a sample of this, I fell in love! I’ve now repurchased it.
Butterbear Bath Bomb:
I love using this vanillary, teddy bear bath bomb before bed; it’s relaxing and soothing. I’ve almost fallen asleep in the bath before using this! Apparently butterball bath bomb is the same scent so I might try it soon…
I’m not usually a fan of moisturisers because I hate the sticky, greasy feeling you get for a while after you’ve applied them. I received this in a gift set and it’s changed my opinion completely! I’m definitely going to repurchase this when mine runs out.
Snow Fairy Shower Gel:
Perfume, Tooth Powder, Dusting Powder, Bubble Bar, Shower Gel – you name it; if it’s snow fairy scented I have it…oops. Seriously though I bought a 1kg bottle this year…
Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion:
The thing I love about charity pot is each pot tells you the charity it’s going to, from animal welfare to human rights; there’s a bunch of small charities that Lush support. From June 2014-June 2015 charity pot raised 4.3 million! Giving back
What’s your favourite lush product right now? Let me know in the comments below! x
P.S. If you look back through this blog post there is a link to something special just for my readers, good luck!