My Dad makes great sausage rolls…well as far as I can remember they were great! That was back in my ‘non vegan’ days. I remember when I’d come home from university or when I was coming back for a visit from overseas, and the first thing I’d do was put in an order for his sausage rolls. No shop bought sausage roll could ever compare to my ‘Old Man’s’ recipe -with a side of his home made relish.
So this week I’m reviewing Vegavero Bio Cooking Matcha. Vegavero is a Berlin based company that makes a range of vegan friendly vitamins and supplements; sourcing raw, organic materials from around the world. Their products are 100% VEGAN, ORGANIC and NATURAL, and free from gelatin, gluten, lactose and GMO. The products are certified by the Vegan Society as a Vegan food supplement. https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Beverages-Coffee-Tea/ORIGINAL-MATCHA-organic-freshly-harvested-Premium-Quality/B00FFYU3UI/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1491931709&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=vergara+bio+cooking+matcha
Part of being vegan is knowing and accepting that restaurants and cafes wont always be able to accommodate you. It’s 2017 but it’s still a struggle at times. Who are these strange people who would rather surpass the burgers and chips in favour of rabbit food?! Well obviously we don’t want to eat salad all the time but when the menu is looking bleak, you can usually find some kind of salad arrangement to potentially modify when it’s slim pickings. I say this in my calm, non hungry, completely satisfied voice as I sit behind my laptop all warm and cosy. My partner however would testify that I’m not always so calm and rational when the ‘hangry’ version of myself escapes and I’m faced with a potentially disappointing lunch!
Picante Blue Cheese
*This was the first cheese we tasted and we feel like we started at the top! Neither of us were previously Blue Cheese eaters and I was actually almost going to pass up getting it because I just didn’t think I’d like it or have anything to compare it with. Even the pungent smell of a real blue cheese would turn my stomach. This smell was by no way overpowering like a heady blue. The texture was really creamy and soft and the flavour was delicious, just the right balance of saltiness and not too sharp. It was the most flavoursome of all the cheese we tasted and was our winner by a country mile!
These homemade sweet treats are a take on the American ‘Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups’. Really easy to make and only a few simple ingredients.
If you read the ingredients on packets of supermarket confectionary you might be stumped when you come across certain mysterious additives that you can barely pronounce. These are chemicals designed to give the product colour and longevity in terms of shelf life. Not really what you want to be putting into your body. My theory is that if it sounds like a chemical, it probably is, and it’s probably not good for you. It definitely wont be aiding your nutritional intake. It doesn’t mean you have to miss out though and I’m not saying your alternative has to be an apple! Life is for living and treats are important.
Antioxidants help to prevent and repair damage to body tissues, especially our skin. Vitamin C is one of the greatest antioxidants we have available, and although we automatically think of oranges, it’s actually abundant in pineapple. The addition of avocado brings with it other skin-specific nutrients such as vitamins E, A and zinc. You can actually apply avocado directly to the skin to improve skin texture and quality but here in this recipe we are working from the inside out.
‘Superfoods’ is a buzz words that gets thrown around a lot. It’s an ‘in vogue’ term and trend designed to get people to buy anything from diet pills, to health drinks to cellulite busting creams. It helps companies to market products but at the end of the day, it’s simply fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts that are vitamin dense and rich in antioxidants. The closer you eat to nature, the better!
So I decided to make this simple soup packed with superfoods just to show you that you can pack the nutrients and vitamins into your diet in a really easy, organic way. No expensive powders or potions required!