LAZY PERSON’S GARLIC GUIDE

Garlic is one of the best, best ingredients out there! It adds insane flavour to pretty much everything BUT preparing it can be one hell of a fiddly, time-consuming process, and I find even with a garlic crusher it still seems an effort to me. So for all those foodies who ain’t got time to waste – here is a quick guide to what to buy and what to avoid in the ready-prepared garlic world…

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PRET SOARS TO NEW VEGAN HEIGHTS!

Okay – so I am already a huge fan of Pret A┬áManger (see here) and their commitment to providing a range of vegan options and generally their being a very ethical and sustainable company. However, they have now gone even further – they are basically so veggie/vegan friendly that they are having to remind meat-eaters that they still serve meat. Here are their new additions:

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VEGAN IN ANDALUCIA: Part 1

So I am currently in sunny Spain, the sun is beaming down, the birds are tweeting and I feel wonderfully relaxed. Spain is pretty hit and miss when it comes to vegans and you can often find yourself in the miss zone, if you don’t know where to go or what to ask for. So I will compile a list of the best places to eat in Andalucia, but to begin with, in this post I will write a list of tapas that are vegan or can be veganified, which you can order anywhere…

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RECIPE: Vegan Mac-n-Cheese

This is the comfort food of the century! Filling, tasty, cheesy, warm, straight out of the oven – macaroni cheese is everything that you want from a lazy evening at home. In the past, my vegan macaroni cheeses have dried out in the oven and I’ve basically realised the trick is to make loads and loads of sauce, so that this will never happen! This one is super easy, vegan and is wonderfully indulgent!

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RECIPE: SUMMER SHARING BOARD

I was feeling quite uninspired about my lunch and was wondering how I could make it more appetising, when I realised that all my favourite salad bowls were dirty. However this spawned inspiration as I suddenly thought, wouldn’t it be nice to make a sharing board for everyone at home instead. I am so pleased I did because it really makes your food look so much more appetising so you enjoy your meal way more. Also, as all the foods are separate and haven’t been mixed together you can really savour the taste of each thing. So for a great and delicious show piece for when some friends come round, that you can whip up in 20 mins max, read on…

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RECIPE: Homemade Vegan Cheese

I love cooking but I never thought I’d get to the stage where I could make my own cheese!! I got this from veganlife magazine but changed the nuts involved to cashews – my favourite for cheese. The great thing about being vegan – is that it is far easier to make vegan cheese than normal cheese, as you don’t need loads of specialist equipment. Just a blender and a tuppaware will set you up. This shallot and chive soft cheese is delicious and has hardly any ingredients…

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REVIEW: Vegan Quorn Burgers!

So Quorn launched a vegan line at the beginning of this year! I know, amazing! Currently they only have two things, but I’m hoping they will expand over time because Quorn is such a great protein sauce, super tasty and crucially, it can be bought from normal supermarkets, so it makes veganism that bit easier. Here’s what I thought of their hot and spicy burgers…

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