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On Saturday I had the pleasure of heading to London, where I ate at a brilliant little vegan japanese restaurant called Itadaki Zen. This place is about 5-10 mins walk from King’s Cross, so it was super easy to get to.

Inside the restaurant was really nice. Very small (I’d probably recommend booking, you can do it online) but really friendly and nicely done out. It isn’t open at lunchtime, so I had booked a table for 7pm.

The menu in the restaurant is quite different to the one on the website, and there was tons of choice (and of course it was all vegan! so many options!). I don’t have japanese food much (ever), so I decided to have one of the set menus. There was a noodle one or a tofu one – I went with tofu.

This was the first course:

Then this beautiful (almost art-like) sushi course:

Then this lovely plate:

And finally dessert. There was a choice of 3, and I went with the muffins:

If I remember rightly, the whole thing was about £21, and it was such a great experience. The food was delicious and I’ll definitely go there again.

More importantly, I can now use chopsticks!! I had never used them before, but once the first course arrived I realised there were chopsticks on the table and I was far too embarrassed to ask for a fork. It took a little bit of tutoring from my friend but I now consider myself competent in the world of chopstick-using (i.e. I ate all my food and didn’t get any on myself or the table). 🙂

Website

Address:

139 King’s cross Road,

London

WC1X 9BJ

Tel: 02072 783 573

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I have been enjoying this breakfast so much recently that I wanted to share it. I tried to tell ze husband about it but he has very limited interest in my oat-based breakfast love.

It’s not really a recipe but I’ll write it anyway…

  • Serves one
  • 50g oats (proper ones. I use jumbo)
  • 1 heaped tbsp chia seeds
  • light soya milk
  • mango
  1. Mix oats and seeds, cover with milk (they absorb a lot of liquid, but you can always add more milk later if needed)
  2. Put in the fridge overnight
  3. In the morning, mix with mango

It’s soooo good 🙂

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These cookies are so good, they once prompted a dude at work to propose to me. It was awkward.

They are super easy and tasty, and have hardly any ingredients or washing up. Brilliant!

  • Preheat oven to 175 oC
  • Makes about 15-20 cookies
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unrefined golden sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable or rapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup soya milk
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups chocolate chips
 

You know what I hate about winter? No natural light = crap photos.

  1. Mix together the sugars, oil, milk, cornflour and extract
  2. Add 1 cup of the flour, and the baking soda and salt
  3. Mix in the rest of the flour
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Roll dough into balls (about the size of a table tennis ball) in your hands
  6. Put onto a tray and flatten a little bit (to about 3 inches across)
  7. Space a couple of inches apart (I put about 5 per tray – they do spread out a bit)
  8. Bake for about 8 minutes until a little bit brown at the edges
  9. Leave to cool
  10. Eat! And share with people you love.

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Naked Vegans

I caught the end of a TV show last week called “My Daughter The Teenage Nudist”, which was a documentary about young nudists (naturists? I don’t know if there’s a difference?). Featured on the show were a group of vegan naturists. I loved them because they had such great things to say about body image and the negative impact of things like the media and airbrushing on how people feel about their bodies.

And hey, they are vegans! Positive body image advocates and vegans? Marvelous.

Turns out they have a blog – check it out:

Naked Vegan Cooking

It has a cool section on resources as well as tons of awesome recipes.

And the documentary is available to watch on 4OD – click here*

*I will say, I think it’s a shame that the show didn’t focus more on this group and what they had to say – considering the title, there was very little in terms of any parents talking about their kids (not that I think there should have been more, but the title was a bit odd) and some random things like a dude getting waxed and lots of young people jumping off a boat.

 

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