Chocolate Rose Energy Balls

For this month’s entry to the Suma Blogger’s Network, I’m sharing a recipe for one of my all-time favourite snacks – Chocolate Rose Energy Balls They taste more like a decadent treat than a snack, yet they’re packed with nutrient-rich energy-fuelling ingredients.

Chocolate Rose Energy Bites

Filled with wholegrain oats, nuts, dates and cacao, each ball provides a healthy does of protein, heart-healthy fats, slow release carbs, as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are really satiating, so I find that just one is enough to fill me whenever I need an energy boost or afternoon snack.

They’re easily portable, so perfect for stashing in backpacks for day trips and bike rides. They also make a great after school snack. Lil’ L loves them! Continue reading

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How to Roll Rice Papers and a Recipe for Fresh Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

I absolutely love this time of year, with the trees full of blossom and the wisteria out in flower. Not only does it look stunning, but it smells glorious too! Here in Bath, the weather is finally starting to warm up and we’ve actually managed a few meals in the garden this past week. Our dinners have definitely shifted to lighter dishes, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of our favourite summer-inspired recipes over the coming weeks.

Fresh Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Today’s post was inspired by the front cover of this month’s Vegan Life magazine, which featured these stunning summer rolls by Jessica in the Kitchen.

Vegan Life Issue 15

The rolls are a vegan twist on the classic Vietnamese Summer Roll. Instead of meat or prawns, the rolls are filled with a rainbow of fresh veggies, making them both visually beautiful and delicious. Continue reading

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Jamie’s Italian – Super Lunch Review

Jamie Oliver launched his first Italian restaurant in Oxford in 2008. Following its resounding success, more branches starting popping up across the UK, and then in the USA and Canada. Today, there are more than 40 Jamie’s Italian restaurants including one in my home city of Bath

Jamie's Italian

In Bath, Jamie’s Italian is located in Milsom Place, which is a kind of upmarket mini shopping mall in the centre of the city. There are two entrances to Milsom Place – one on Milsom Street and the other on Broad street.

Jamies Italian

Jamie’s Italian recently launched a Super Lunch menu and, as part of their celebrations, I was invited along to review the new menu.  Since I was heading to Jamie’s at lunchtime, I though it would be the perfect opportunity to catch up with my hubbie and our pals, Joni & Derek, so I invited them along to join me. Continue reading

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Eating Vegan in Rome

As I mentioned in my last post, Rome has to be the most vegan-friendly city I’ve visited so far. Today, I thought I’d share our top tips on how to find vegan eateries in the city and our recommendations on places to eat.

Eating Vegan in Rome

Before we headed to Rome, I did some research online. I checked out the reviews on HappyCow.net and TripAdvisor, as well as asking my lovely readers for recommendations on my Facebook page.

I also found this really useful website called Vegan Quo Vadis? which has a Google map with all the vegan-friendly eateries pinned on it, including cafes, restaurants, delis and gelaterias. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all those pins. There are literally hundreds of them! Continue reading

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Spring Break in Rome

During the Easter holidays, we were lucky enough to spend five days in the glorious city of Rome.

Sightseeing in Rome

We booked a B&B studio at Al Colonnato di San Pietro through Booking.com and, I have to say, it’s one of the loveliest apartments I’ve ever stayed in, with the most helpful of hosts, Rosa Maria

After reading the glowing reviews of Rosa Maria, I couldn’t wait to meet her. After arranging our transfer from the airport, as promised, she was waiting on the corner of the street to greet us. Full of smiles and cheer, she showed us into the apartment that was going to be our home for the next few days. Continue reading

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