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I’ve had a great week watching some amazing Olympic performances and enjoyed some lovely food.

On Monday I was planning on trying Fry’s falafel burger as I had bought some the week before. However I soon discovered my Husband had scoffed the whole packet so I had to settle for a traditional burger instead!

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On Tuesday I went swimming with Mum and she had made a lovely lentil shepherdess pie served with asparagus.

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On Wednesday my brother came over and we had sausage and mash. My brother said he really enjoyed these Dragonfly Foods Soysages and he’s not great love of soy/tofu based stuff so this was a high accolade indeed!
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On Wednesday we had a lazy dinner of bits and pieces as we were feeling really hot.

On Friday we had arancini made with a red pepper risotto. I usually have panko breadcrumbs in the cupboard and they give such a good crunch.

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On Saturday I met my cousin Katy in Kent with my Mum to visit the FRIEND Animal Sanctuary which you can read all about here. We stopped in at Lakeside shopping centre on the way home to get some lunch. We had pie and mash from Sainsy Pie and Mash they do a root vegetable pie and a soya mince pie. We all went for the soya mince one. Katy and I both love bubble tea so we were pleased to see an outlet at Lakeside. I got a pina colada which was lush!

For dinner I made a teriyaki and ginger vegetable stirfry, I also got a pear and lychee cider from Aldi by Swedish brand Alska which are clearly labelled vegan.

Today Katy and I headed down to Brighton to have afternoon tea to celebrate her birthday tomorrow. I will write up a full review later but here’s a taster!

I am now very tired and have felt very emotional watching Max Whitlock win two individual gymnastics titles (Floor and Pommel Horse)!

Hope you have a good week!

Plumes x

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I’ve had a lovely week spent with friends and family.

On Monday my Husband and I had lunch at Zizzi when we were in town shopping.

I’ve had the vegan pizza a few times and this one was quite disappointing, I went for butternut squash, artichoke and peppers. The toppings didn’t feel that warm and there were only three peppers on there. I was also served a thin a crispy one when I had asked for a classic. We had a long wait for our mains so I didn’t feel like dessert in the end. I had a 40% discount and I don’t think the food we had would have been worth the full price.

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On Tuesday I headed down to Bournemouth to visit my friend Karen who I have known for a long time. She used to work for a broker I dealt with when I first joined my company over 9 years ago. We had to speak multiple times a day and clicked straight away.

She made this lovely pasta dish served with this accidentally vegan stone baked garlic bread from Asda.

On Wednesday we had bubble and squeak with some chard picked fresh from the garden. I don’t eat mashed potato very often as my Husband doesn’t like it so this was a real treat!

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Karen has an amazing vegetable garden and gave me some freshly picked, organic vegetables to take home with me. I’m really excited about the corn cob and the purple carrots!

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Here’s some more pics of her fab garden.

My Brother came over for dinner on Friday and I made a tofu stirfry. When I get the stirfry veg, noodles and sauce from Sainsburys I usually just add a few frozen soya beans and that does it for my Husband as me but as there was three of us I used this marinated tofu my Mum picked up for me in Lidl which was only £1.50. I bulked out the veg with the peas and purple carrots from Karen’s garden.

My cousin and his Wife came to stay with us at the weekend. I had bought some tinned jackfruit a week or so ago and wanted to try something different to the usually bbq wraps I do. I saw this recipe from Leicester Veggie for vegan “crab” cakes that fitted the bill perfectly. The homemade tartar sauce was pretty special which I’ll definitely make again. I served it with some sautéed chard from Karen’s garden.

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Today we went out for a pub lunch. The curse of the brioche bun reared it’s ugly head but I was able to sub it for ciabatta which I saw on the menu was used for the sandwiches. I had a sweet potato and bean burger with chips.

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I tried some of Amanda’s coconut and lime cider from Brothers. I wasn’t too sure about it, I might need a whole one to make up my mind! I think all of Brothers ciders are vegan I picked up some toffee apple flavour in Aldi for the weekend and they are clearly labelled suitable for vegans.

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I’m looking forward to watching lots of Olympic events over the next couple of weeks hopefully my cooking doesn’t suffer!

Plumes x

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I’ve lost a bit of my blogging mojo over the last few weeks. This hasn’t been helped by the issues I’ve had with WordPress losing my posts or only publishing them in part. Hopefully I’ll find some inspiration and start posting a bit more! I’ve been having some fabulous food that’s definitely not the issue!

Bolognese or chilli is an easy dinner for us if there’s not much left in the fridge. There’s usually a ropey pepper and a few mushrooms and I always have chopped tomatoes and beans in the cupboard and usually veggie mince in the freezer. I used the leftovers for lunch on Tuesday in jacket potato from the canteen at work.

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On Tuesday I had my monthly catch up with my friend Jo. We took a short bus ride to the Ethiopian Andu Cafe in Dalston. I’d read good things online about this little vegan cafe and we weren’t disappointed. We shared a platter of dishes made of lentils and vegetables served with injera. It was all delicious and filling and a steal at £12 for the whole lot! Afterwards we stopped by a ice cream parlour and I had a gorgeous blueberry and mango sorbet cone.

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On Wednesday I went to do some market research in Holborn, as I had a bit of time beforehand I stopped by Poetry Cafe for some food. I had some summer vegetable soup and a slice of banana and walnut cake. Simple things, done well.

With the incentive I earned doing the market research we had a takeaway on Thursday. I went for a couple of starters with satay tofu skewers and deep fried aubergine balls with sweet and sour sauce. I love these dishes and our local Chinese takeaway never disappoint.

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On Friday and Saturday I just had little bits and pieces, although I did visit the Asian supermarket so I’ve got a few bits for future meals.

It was my Grandad’s 87th birthday in the week so we had a get together at my Aunt’s house on Sunday. My vegan Sister-in-law and I were well catered for. We had Indian spiced chickpea burgers from Linda McCartney with harissa roasted vegetables, couscous, rice and salad. It was all really lovely and I didn’t need much in the evening to keep me going!

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I’m off work this week and going to visit a friend for a couple of days before we have guests ourselves so it’s going to be a busy one!

Have a good week!

Plumes x

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I’ve had a really busy weekend so didn’t get a chance to post yesterday.

I had a virus at the beginning of the week so on Monday I just had some falafel and houmous for dinner. On Tuesday I made a simple dinner (for my stomach) of cauliflower steak quinoa and carrots. This is the first time I’ve done cauliflower like this and I really enjoyed it.

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On Wednesday made me burger and chips using a Quorn spicy burger. A nice mid-week treat after feeling so rotten.

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On Thursday I went to Mum’s for dinner. No swimming this week as I was still recovering. We had sweet potato with houmous and salad with artichokes. Lovely, fresh and simple.

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On Friday I had eaten quite a lot through the day so just wanted something small for tea. I got broad bean, asparagus and mint houmous from Tesco and some rosemary focaccia that had been marked down in Sainsburys.

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I also spotted some vanilla dairy free ice cream in Sainsburys so I got that and used some of my choc orange choc shot on it. I think this is my fave of the sainsburys range.

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Saturday was a busy day. I started off having breakfast at Black Cat Cafe in Hackney with my Sister-in-law and her friend. We all went for the fry up. I really enjoyed it, especially the spicy beans although I would have preferred it on a plate or the beans in a separate bowl so everything else wasn’t swimming in them!

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After that we went to a demonstration against Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) which I’m going to write about separately.

On the way home we stopped by Canvas Cafe off Brick Lane to try one of their freakshakes. They’re serving them until 9pm for the next week and until 7pm for the rest of the summer. We went for the forest fruits one to share.

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We also popped by As Nature Intended an organic supermarket on Commercial Road and I picked up some artichoke dip and some sprouts to go with some bread and other bits I already had for tea.

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After a quick shower and a rest we headed out again to take part in a 10k Star Walk for my local St Francis Hospice where my Dad passed away in December. 600 women took part and we received lots of support from cars and passers-by as well as the fire men handing out water to us along the way!

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Yesterday I was completely worn out! I ached and had blisters on my feet, but I still managed to get quite a lot of housework done. I made some pasta with roasted red peppers and garlic with a sprinkling of violife parmesan.

This week I’m out quite a lot so looking forward to the food I’m going to eat!

Plumes x

 

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I’ve felt really exhausted this week. I thought I had the start of a cold but it hasn’t really amounted to anything. Hopefully I’ll start to have a bit more energy next week!

On Monday I had pasta using up the left over ingredients I had from the pizza I made last Saturday. I think the violife pizza cheese worked really well in this and I think next time I make a pizza I’ll put the cheese on the bottom, Chicago style.

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On Tuesday I was too tired to cook so I had teriyaki udon noodles and vegetable dumplings from the Japanese takeaway.

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On Wednesday my Husband made some roast potatoes while I was out running and I cooked a Fry’s traditional burger and some vegetables when I got in.

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On Thursday I went swimming with Mum and we had black bean stew which I forgot to take a photo of.

On Friday I made some quick and easy tarts using ready made puff pastry and veg. My Husband’s were topped with onions and red peppers and I had leeks mixed with some cheese from Nutcrafter Creamery that I bought in Planet Organic.

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Yesterday I went to Just V Show which you can read all about in my post here.

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Yesterday my liqueur arrived from Besos de Oro which is a mix of brandy and the Spanish drink horchata. I have really been enjoying and will post a separate review later in the week.

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Today I planned to run to church but I’m still feeling very tired so ended up watching lots of tele, crying through the film Beaches and eating my way through my purchases yesterday.

Now I’m going to make my tea of spaghetti hoops on toast!

See you later!

Plumes x

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Looking back through my food photos I can see I’ve had some great food this week. We do our food shopping once a fortnight and plan the first week of meals when buying food and plan the second week with what we’ve got left, so I’m quite impressed with this second week of food!

On Monday I made some avocado pasta, really creamy and so fast to do.

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On Tuesday I went on a training course in Ipswich and was quite impresses with my vegan lunch which included a Thai satay dip and a flapjack!

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For Tuesday dinner I made okonomiyaki which is a Japanese omlette, using This recipe. Okonom means “as you like it” and yaki means griddled. Okonomiyaki usually has cabbage in it and then any other fillings/toppings you want to add. I kept it simple and just added spring onions to the cabbage. I topped it with tonkatsu sauce which I made by mixing ketchup with Hendersons relish (a vegan Worcestershire sauce). I really enjoyed this and will definitely make it again and loading it up with different veg. My Husband enjoyed it as well which I was really surprised by.

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On Wednesday I got my lunch from a Korean place. I had the spicy tofu and rice and some veggie dumplings. I was a bit disappointed the tofu wasn’t deep fried and was a bit tasteless. I’m not a great lover of spice but even I didn’t think this was that spicy when Korean food can usually pack a punch. I won’t be having this again.

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After swimming on Wedsnesday Mum and I went for an Indian. I had a chickpea dish with dhal fritters and paratha. We also had rice which isn’t pictured as they took so long to bring it out! The chickpeas had the opposite issue to the tofu, they were really spicy and I only managed half of them. The menu didn’t say it was spicy and if it had I would have either asked if they could it milder or gone for another option.

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Thursday lunch I headed down to Protein Haus at Moorgate station. I went for a grains and greens wrap, a peanut butter cookie and some date and cacao truffle balls. This was really tasty. The cookie was huge and a bit dry so although it had a nice flavour I don’t think I’d get it again.

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On Thursday I made a chilli which was really tasty. My Husband said it wasn’t spicy enough but it was just perfect for me!

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On Friday I was really tired so we decided to get a takeaway. I went for salt and chili beancurd with vegetable noodles and vegetables in garlic sauce. This if different to what I normally order and I really enjoyed the change.

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I had popped into Holland and Barrett on the way home and picked up this lovely chocolate orange pot at half price! These are really rich and creamy I always think I should eat half and save the rest but it never happens!

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Yesterday I made a pizza using violife pizza cheese as I’d never used it before. The pizza base I made is from a magazine recipe I ripped out years ago and go back to time and time again. It’s so thick and doughy I love it! I added olives and capers on top to keep it simple. I served it with garlic bread so got a glorious carb overload!

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This morning I ran to church, I usually walk 45 mins but I thought if I ran I could use it as one of my three runs a week. It was really sunny and the first time I have run with a backpack on so I was glad to sit down when I got there.

I made this stir-fry this evening with a veg pack, noodles and sauce from Sainsburys and some extra soya beans I had in the freezer. I don’t normally buy prepared veg but these stirfry packs are great. I’d never use up all the component parts if I bought them all separately.

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Have you had any great food this week? Let me know!

Plumes x

 

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I had some great food this week and I can’t wait to show you!

On Monday we went to the cinema to see Princess Mononoke as part of the Studio Ghibli Forever festival. We had been planning on visiting the Coach and Horses beforehand but they were replacing their floor so the kitchen was closed. We ended up going to Eat Tokyo, which was apt before seeing a Japanese film. They had quite an extensive vegetarian menu and I went for this tempura bento box. I love age tofu and this was one of the best I have had. There was real variety in the tempura and there was loads of it!

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On Tuesday my Husband made sausages from a Granose pack and sweet potato fries. An easy wholesome dinner.

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On Wednesday I made this mushroom and leek risotto. It was packed with veg and really filling.

IMG_20160622_195426On Thursday I went swimming with my Mum after I had worked from home as I was unable to get to work due to flooding on my train line. I got completely drenched on the walk to her house but it wasn’t too bad. We had pasta in avocado sauce with salad which was light but still filling after the swim.

IMG_20160623_200837On Friday I pre-ordered my lunch from CookDaily its about a 15 minute fast walk from my office to Boxpark Shoreditch so I get a bit of exercise to work up my appetite. I ordered the Hard Bowl which is yam, ackee, vegetables with wholewheat dumplings in a scotch bonnet sauce. The sauce was really hot for me but I managed it and it didn’t burn too much although my nose was running! The hot pepper did give it a really sweet taste as well which I enjoyed so I will endure the heat again to experience that rather than ask for it without!

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We went to my in-laws on Friday night and we had a lovely sausage casserole. I like it when I can have the same dish with just a vegan substitute.

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On Saturday I marched in the London Pride event with my company. I’ll post some more photos once I’ve collated them all.

On Saturday night my Husband and Mother-in-law made Japanese curry but unfortunately my phone was out of battery so I wasn’t able to take a photo.

Today we’ve just travelled home so I just grabbed some sushi from Wasabi when we passed through Victoria.

Hope you haven’t been too rained on this week, hopefully it’ll be better next week!

Plumes x

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I started off this week with left overs from last Sunday so it was jerk tofu again. I didn’t take another picture so imagine this without the peas!

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On Tuesday I made Bolognese with wholewheat fusilli pasta. When I went into the freezer for the soya mince I realised we had none left so used a can of green lentils instead which worked just as well. I served it with my vegan favourite – garlic bread from Sainsburys at 70p for two baguettes!

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On Wednesday my Husband was suppose to make dinner but he wasn’t feeling well so I popped to the chip shop after my run and had chips and salad, I felt I had earned it after all!

My Mum and I went to the amazing supper club hosted by Ruby and Pickles on Thursday which you can read all about here.

picq-1466146511906 On Friday I went to Carnevale with my Husband for lunch which you can read about here.

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On Saturday I took part in the Awakening vegan demonstration at Piccadilly Circus.

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Afterwards I headed over to the nearby veggie Pret pop up. They’ve recently released some results here from their first few weeks. I was surprised when they originally said they expected a 30% drop in sales, they obviously didn’t appreciate the veggie pound as they’ve seen an increase of 70%! Also the 8 top selling products are all vegan! They are now decided what to do next so you can contact them on Twitter to let them know your thoughts. I had an artichoke, red pepper tapenade and olive baguette which was great and I hope they add it to the regular menu. I also had a kombucha which is a fermented green tea and this one was flavoured with lemon and ginger. I’m still not sure if I like kombucha, the fermented-ness reminds me a bit of cider but more vinegary. The chocolate orange pot is amazing and this will go down well with non-vegans too.

IMG_20160618_180609As I was in the vicinity I of course had to visit Yorica! for some ice cream, even though it wasn’t that warm! I went for the violet and chocolate orange with chocolate cornflakes. They had a rose one for the Queen’s birthday which I hope they’ll do again as its one of my fave flavours and would love the floral combination of that and the violet.

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I had a picnic today with my Brother and Sister-in-law to mark the first Father’s Day without my Dad. I baked some banana bread and doughnuts and we had an assortment of vegan savouries. The weather was really lovely and it great being out inn the local country park.

Hope you have a great week!

Plumes x

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