16 December 2014

My 5 Favourite (and super useful) Vegan Recipe Books.

Even though I don't follow recipes from start to finish too often I have learnt so much from the recipe books I have. It's super important as a vegan (or veggie, or anyone, really) to have a few amazing recipe books to hand. It's so easy to live on of fake-meats and processed crap when you're vegan, which is not healthy at all. These books will help your broaden your food horizons, discover something new and improve your cooking skills overall. 

Veganomicon - The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook // If, as a vegan, you don't have at least one book by Isa Chandra on your collection there is something going wrong. Veganomicon is a monster book. Aside from the unbelievable recipes (Mac Daddy is the best mac & 'cheese' recipe ever) it tells you how to cook grains, how to cook beans and what you should have in your pantry. This book is absolutely perfect for anyone interested in improving their cooking. Or anyone interested in eating some beautiful food.

Vegan Pizza- 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes // I love pizza. Duh, who doesn't?! But, it's pretty easy to get stuck in a boring-rut when it comes to vegan pizza, sooooo I bought this recipe book. What I really love about it is how it has in it all these amazing tips on what you can use (ingredient and equipment wise) to make your finished meal perfect. It has sections on different doughs, different cheesy causes and the best bit, on home-made 'meats'. So many different options to perfect your pizza party.

The Vegeterranean - Italian Vegetarian Cooking // The people who wrote this book run a hotel in Italy, it looks so dreamy there. The book is vegetarian, but has vegan options (or you can adapt). In Vegeterranean you'll find a break down of all the basics you need to make amazing Italian food, from sauces to pastries. Every single thing in this book shows you how amazing vegetarian food can be. If you want to take your cooking to another level and really impress someone, get this book. Each recipe is broken down into difficulty ratings so you can learn and improve on yourself!

Prashad - Indian Vegetarian Cooking // Prashad is my absolute favourite restaurant. Its a little trek away from us but totally worth it. If you aren't lucky enough to be within travelling distance of Prashad than I can't recommend this book enough.  Everyone knows Indian food but this recipe book will show you something you've never seen before; you wont find any boring curries in here. Although the book isn't completely vegan, its very easily adaptable. It has endless tips, pantry must-haves and there is even a meal planner at the back which gives you some amazing ideas from supper to a celebratory feast (which I'm going to convince Dixon to do for us and friends one day). Kaushy is one talented lady and I can't get enough of her recipes.

Chloe's Kitchen - 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes // My parents bought me this book, solely for the name. Ha. But I am so glad they did. The recipes in this book are classic meals re-interprited to be free from animal products. From burgers to noodles, from pies to cakes (Dixon actually made my birthday cake from one of Chloes recipes! Mocha Almond Fudge Cake, oh man). She has a little section on pantry essentials which is really helpful, but my favourite section has to be  'Eat with your Hands'... because thats the best way to eat, right? 


12 December 2014

Christmas Wish List.

Usually when Christmas comes around there is nothing I want, and my family will get annoyed that I have nothing to suggest to them, this year is totally different! There is tonnes of stuff I really want, of course I don't need half of it, but it'd be nice to have. This year I'm hoping for books, mostly. What about you? Here are a few other things I wouldn't mind finding under the tree:

1// Vanillary - I loovvve this perfume, it isn't too sweet like a lot of vanilla scents. And of course its vegan, which is pretty difficult with perfumes! (from Lush2// Saint Jude Medallion - I've loved this necklace for a while, I love everything by Datter, actually. (from Datter) 3// Frankstein - I'm a sucker for a book with a good cover, even if I have already read it, I'd definitely read it again. (from Waterstones) 4// Mountain Tote - I love that this tote has real (non fabric) handles! The mountains are beautiful and it's black, my favourite colour. (from Nelly & Mary) 5// Enid Brooch - Ghost World is perfect and I love this brooch so much! I wish I was Enid (with green hair). (from Kate Rowland) 6// Star of the Slumber Party - I have hardly any socks at all, I don't wear them often but I really want these constellation ones! (from Modcloth7// Nordic Knits -  I've gotten into knitting a lot recently, and really really love nordic style patterns. Desperate to give them a try. (from the Book People8// Curly Maple plugs - My current plugs are getting a little tired and I really fancy some lighter coloured one next. (from Omerica Organics)


4 December 2014

River Wear & Roker Beach on Film

These photos are from a while ago but they basically sum up my ideal day. A long walk, lots of dogs and the beach! These photos are from when we took Eva on the train up to Dixon parents in Sunderland. His parents live pretty super close to the River Wear and you can walk right up it to the coast. It was super misty and rainy, but warm. The pups spent a lot of time cooling off in the water. Eva absolutely despises being wet but she was always the first one in and the swam the furthest out... I think she might have been trying to impress her uncles. I was pretty proud of her. I wish Leeds had a beach.

Camera: Olympus XA2 // Film: Expired 2004, ISO 200.
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