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Vegan Fudge

Fudge. It was always the thing I’d get at the pick ‘n’ mix at the cinema, and if I was by the seaside, I’d be hoping for a fudge shop. And then I went vegan and sort of forgot about it. Until I discovered that Holland and Barrett sells vegan fudge! Ooh la la…

mmm fudge

Here’s the stats:

  • Ā£3.09 per bag
  • 200g bag
  • 14 pieces

This stuff is really good. Super sweet, but then the main ingredient is sugar! It’s the same as I remember fudge being in pre-vegan times. Bit of a shame about the price, because that does feel like quite a bit to pay for 14 pieces of fudge, but it’s not the kind of thing you’d buy all that often.

Go get some. Then eat it. Then brush your teeth!

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I thought I would put my favourite smoothie on here. I have it about 4 times per week, when I manage to have all the ingredients in the house at the same time (it shouldn’t be that difficult, but I’m not very organised!).

So here it is!

First things first…

Baby spinach - I generally use about half a bag this size (and usually it's organic but they didn't have any). A couple of big kale leaves is even better than spinach but I can't find any at the moment!

And a vital ingredient…

I think without this, the smoothie wouldn't be sweet, and would taste considerably more like spinach! (a less green banana is preferable!)

Plus some extra awesome nutrition…

Spirulina - about a teaspoon

And a bit of this…

I use light soya milk because it makes the smoothie more refreshing and, err...lighter!

With some ice (about 5 cubes), whizzed up in the blender for about a minute, makes this…

health in a glass, right there

It may look VERY green, but it tastes awesome. Sweet but not too sweet, and refreshing and nutritious all at the same time.

I have a bottle I use to take this with me on weekdays, and I drink my smoothie in my car on the way to work. Such a great start to the day!

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Lovely links

 

Strawberry Soup – what the …?! She’s either a lunatic or a genius. (I actually love her website, so I reckon genius. I definitely want to make this ‘soup’ one day!!)

I’m desperate to try this! Hopefully Vx will have some in stock next time I’m in London.

Definitely want to make these – and what a shame, my husband doesn’t really like lemony things! More for me…

Breakfast ideas! I just wish I had more time to make breakfast on work days. I’d like to start making more exciting breakfasts at the weekends though. Pancakes!

Let’s all be vegan and live forever! I personally plan to live until I’m 100, so this was a great thing to read šŸ™‚

I love Etsy, but I REALLY love Regretsy.

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Trail mix cookies

I wanted to make some healthy cookies, and I found this great recipe (healthy as funk! love it). Nice that it has brown rice flour in, because I have some I want to use up. I halved the recipe and adjusted it to fit what ingredients I had in the house, so here’s what I made:
  • Ā preheat oven to 205 oC
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cupĀ + 3 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup unrefined brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries and sultanas
  • 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp water
  1. Line baking trays with baking paper
  2. Mix dry ingredients together
  3. Add oil, mix well
  4. Separately, mix cornflour and water
  5. Add to the rest of the ingredients
  6. Leave mixture for 10 mins
  7. Drop spoonfulls onto baking tray, form into cookie shapes
  8. Bake for about 15 mins, until edges are browning
  9. Let cool for a little bit
  10. Eat!

yum

These were awesome! And soooo healthy.

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After finding this article and this article, I decided I definitely wanted to work my way through reading all of the books on the lists. And as I do I’ll write a short review of each one on here.

So here’s the first one!

Popco by Scarlett Thomas

I had already The End of Mr Y, and really enjoyed it (it also had a small amount of covert animal rights messages). Scarlett Thomas is great at creating a lead character which is easy to identify with but also very interesting and individual.

The blurb on the back of the book says:

“Alice Butler has been receiving some odd messages – all anonymous, all written in code. Are they from someone at Popco, the profit-hungry corporation she works for? Or Alice’s long-lost father? Is someone else on her trail? The solution, she is sure, will involve the code-breaking skills she learned from her grandparents and the key she’s been wearing around her neck since she was ten. Popco is a grown-up adventure of family secrets, puzzles and the power of numbers”

back cover

I found this a really interesting read. Occasionally the detailed bits about codes went on a little bit, but I just skipped the odd paragraph if I lost interest! I really liked the main character, and it was definitely a book which made you want to keep reading. When I was reading this book, I did wonder for quite a while when the animal rights/veganism bit was going to become apparent, but it does in the second half! I liked the message of the book, and I would probably recommend it. And I do love that as a vegan, Scarlett Thomas is using her fiction writing as a platform to try and spread the message. There’s even a recipe for vegan cake at the end of the book, which I intend to make at some point!

From reading a couple of reviews on amazon, it seems some people found the animal rights aspect of the book a bit “preachy”, but I guess you can only feel that way if you’re being told something you’d rather avoid, and you’re feeling a bit defensive about it…

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I’m always interested to see what other vegans eat in an average day, so I thought I might do that kind of post myself sometimes…

Pre-breakfast:

Green smoothie - drank this in the car on the way to work

Breakfast:

Flapjack I made earlier in the week - eaten at my desk with a cuppa

Morning snack:

Yes I ate the entire punnet

Lunch:

Wholemeal pitta breads with humous and alfalfa sprouts - eat in my car before going to run a training session (I don't usually eat in my car, it was a crazy day)

Tea:

Stirfry: rice noodles, onion, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, wagamama chilli sauce

Pudding:

A couple of digestives with a cuppa chai

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Clever cow

Love this story; click here to read about Daisy the cow and watch the video. If only they weren’t locked up in the first place. Hopefully it might make people think a bit more about the intelligence of cows, their rights to freedom and their individuality as creatures rather than products.

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