15 May 2017

PUMPKIN PIE with WHIPPED COCO CREAM + SALTED CARAMEL


Soooooooo I am really excited about this recipe. It is adapted from one in the GORGEOUS Greenhouse Cookbook and it tastes even better than it looks. I have tried making raw pumpkin pies before and they haven't been bad (in fact I think a pumpkin pie was my first-ever recipe published on this lil blog!?) but they haven't left me wanting seconds either. Finally: I have discovered a recipe that leaves me wanting not only a second slice, but the whole DANG PIE. As of writing this, I made the pie yesterday and have already eaten two pieces. It is so luscious, delicate, light and nourishing for your bod and soul alike. I will be making this often from now on. Please do yourself a favour and whip it up the next day you have an extra moment. It is everything - and more! - that I remember the perfect pumpkin pie being before I went vegan several years ago. Sometimes a recipe is so good that no words really do it justice, you just have to taste it yourself. This is one of those.

7 May 2017

REFLECTIONS IN IRELAND


Ireland: you were good to me. You provided me with much locally-made chocolate, a wonderful host who gave me a whirlwind tour of the south over the course of seven days (thank you again, Cliona!) and some moments of calm, solitude and beauty which were deeply needed and appreciated. You made me rethink why I am so in love with the past, and what it means to live in the present. In fact, the past, present and future are not disparate but flow in and through one another; as do all our lives, collectively and individually. 

2 May 2017

PEANUT BUTTER CARAMEL FUDGE SLICE


As with nearly all my recipes, this one came together randomly, unplanned, and turned out to be pretty irresistible. This isn't so much me trying to brag about my cooking skills as it is simply an example of how ridiculously easy vegan sweets can be to make. If you don't have a lot of experience with vegan cooking and think it's going to be super complicated, I am here to say: not really! Like with any other kind of food, it can be as simple as you like; OR you can get fancy with it if that's your thing. It's up to you!

As we all know by now, I am lazy as crap in the kitchen so I tend to opt for the easy/quick/basic recipes most days. This is yet another one of them. If you dig peanut butter, sweet stuff, chocolate and dessert that nourishes your bod and gives you energy: this is the recipe for you. And this is the blog for you as well... just sayin'. ;)

27 Apr 2017

MY (VEGAN) GUIDE TO SCOTLAND


Note: I am writing this post April 1, 2017.

Ah, Scotland. I miss you already. I was in the country - mainly on a farm just south of Edinburgh - for three weeks in March 2017 and it was everything I needed it to be. It was a peaceful escape from the non-stop noise and energy of city life. It was an opportunity to become friends with an exceptionally warm, kind group of people I hope I will know for a long time (and see again very soon!) It was an ever-illuminating, practical introduction to culture, history, art, food and language - accents as well as vocabulary - in the UK, a part of the world I've always yearned to explore. Thanks to the rural and urban landscapes and folks I had the great fortune of meeting, I learned about myself, mulled over new philosophies and had some epiphanies about The Big Picture. I flew into the country having zero ZZZs for over 24 hours, not yet having met the people who'd invited me into their home. I flew away with a few tears in my eyes, a more familiar person to myself, feeling as though I was leaving a kind of home and family. I was so happy here.