Jubilee Pool in Penzance is at once the most calming, awe-inspiring and charming place to take an outdoor swim (besides the sea of course). I went there on a grey day, there was a little rain, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to eat my lunch there too. I mean, most post-swim food in memories that comes in fully vegan is based around chips. There’s always chips you guys. (Please excuse iPhone pictures, I was not prepared for the sheer beauty!)
An allotment abound with courgettes and tiny berries and loads of luscious lettuce is something my family is lucky enough to enjoy in the summer. If you’ve ever grown courgettes you’ll know that suddenly you’ll have a glut and will have made so many stir fries with rounds of the little marrows you’ll be looking for new ideas.
You’ve made banana bread, right? Well, this a is a little like that. Perfect with some vegan spread (I like it with coconut and almond butter) and a cup of tea or coffee. Yep, I’ve decided to bring back elevenses.
It’s a simple loaf in that it doesn’t ping the taste buds with loads of sugar, and it has got a most simple vegetable in it, but in the empty light of a late morning rumbling stomach it’s a little fluffy cloud slice of goodness with a hint of chocolate and a satisfying crumb.
Hey friends! It’s been a while. I’ve been learning to slow down. It’s cool and you can really taste every ingredient in that vegan junk food (I’ve been eating lots of it in Bristol, New York and Cornwall!)
Given my hiatus I thought I would treat you to not one, but four, brand new vegan recipes! They work super well together for a Sunday night feast with friends, and you can also try them out individually to perfect them and enjoy something quicker on a school night.
Let’s talk smoked paprika for a minute. I’m obsessed with those smokey flavours, and a tin of smoked paprika, alongside a bottle of Mesquite liquid smoke, is a must in my pantry. The coveted flavour of La Chinata smoked paprika, my favourite brand, comes from oak-smoked Spanish paprika peppers grown in the Extremadura region southwest of Madrid. Worth investing, pals.
Traditionally this wonder spice is used in chilindrón stews, romesco sauces and adds to the flavour of chorizo (none of that) and here I’m using it to add depth and richness to this vegan stew.
There’s no way I could resist an invite to a party where tea cocktails would be on the menu, and lo, here I am with a lemon matcha and gin version in my hand, mind reeling at the choices on said menu, appetite for more tea-based beverages whetted.
To explain: I was invited to Bluebird Tea Co.‘s Opening ParTEA on Park Street, Bristol, and this was one of the many wonderful things I tasted during my evening there last week. I was accompanied by two of my pals from Lush Bristol, and though we agreed this was the most Portlandia-esque thing we’d ever done, we had such a good time!
This week I hopped on the local train to Montpelier to check out new-ish Emmeline on Cheltenham Road. Marie (from Bristol’s awesome new fabric and dressing-making store SEWN) came with me to explore before we headed up Gloucester Road to forage for plant pots and wander round Amnesty Books.
We chose Emmeline as we’d kind of glimpsed or gathered somehow that there was lovely plant-life, vegan options and, importantly, CAKE. It took us a little while to order because we were busy absorbing all the beautiful little details around the cafe; so much foliage!
It was my dear friend, and vegan warrior princess, Rae’s birthday (pictured here embracing Steve the triceratops on said day of celebration) and as well as making a ridiculous cake (dripping with lemon frosting and and smothered in marshmallows) I made some jalapeño poppers, because, well, I never have before and it seemed like something that might be kinda straightforward and delicious. I’m trying to be less complicated as an overall motif. Smoking hazelnuts to stuff into a tiny pepper: I know, this doesn’t seem to fit the theme, but let me explain…
My gorgeous pal Isabel and I ate lunch at Kale & Kettle this week, a new independent vegetarian kitchen on Stokes Croft, Bristol. We weren’t sure what to expect, though as usual we were hungry and hoping for various vegan options. At least they’d have soy mylk right?! I don’t think we were prepared fall so in love with our lunch!