A Vegan Vacation in the Black Forest, Germany

Last Summer, my family spent a glorious three weeks in the Black Forest, Germany. At the time, I was busy editing my cookbook so I never got the chance to write about the trip, so it’s been wonderful to spend time this weekend looking through photos and reminiscing.

In this post, I thought I’d share some of our favourite activities from the vacation as well as our experiences of eating vegan in the Black Forest; an area of Germany that isn’t particularly known for its ‘vegan-friendliness’.

For the majority of our vacation, we stayed in a holiday apartment on the outskirts of Freudenstadt. Just a two minute walk from the apartment and we were in the Black Forest. It’s one of the most beautiful, peaceful places I’ve ever been. Continue reading

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Beating the Stress and Performing at Your Best – The Benefits of Adopting a Daily Meditation Practice

There are so many benefits to adopting a daily meditation practice, and it can be especially valuable at highly pressured times in our life, such as exam time. Today, I’m delighted to welcome back my special guest blogger, Holly Ashby from Will Williams Meditation who is going to explain all.

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As we head firmly into Spring, teenagers and young people up and down the country are preparing for some pretty daunting exams. We all face moments in life where our performance is assessed and our capabilities appraised, and whether it’s in school or at work stress can get the better of us. So how do you make sure your nerves don’t become overwhelming and you have the focus, and confidence, to do the best you can?

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Sultana Banana Mini Pancakes (Vegan)

Today I’m sharing a recipe for Sultana Banana Mini Pancakes ❤️ They are quick, easy to make and use basic pantry ingredients. They’re perfect for serving as a weekend breakfast or for ‘elevenses’. Me and Lil’ L have made them three times so far and they have proven to be a big hit with the family.

Have you tried adding sultanas to pancake batter before? They work beautifully in these American-style fluffy pancakes. In fact, I loved them so much that I ended up adding more than the original recipe called for.

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Orange Drizzle Cake with Poppy Seeds (Vegan / Dairy-free / Egg-free)

Back in 2013, I shared the recipe for a Lemon Drizzle Cake that I baked for my mum for Mother’s Day. It proved to be a big hit with my readers and, four years later, it’s still one of the most popular recipes on my blog!

Though I made it specifically with my mum in mind, the Lemon Drizzle quickly became my husband’s favourite cake. It’s the one he’s requested every birthday…  even though his birthday is a week before Christmas and Lemon Drizzle feels like a Spring-time cake (well, to me anyway!) Recently, however, I made an adaptation of the Lemon Drizzle and, after tasting it, my husband declared that THIS one may just be his new favourite!

With a few little tweaks, I transformed the Lemon Drizzle into an Orange Drizzle speckled with poppy seeds  It still has the beautiful, moist consistency and light texture, but the flavour is of course orange rather than lemon. Rather than ‘zingy’ like the Lemon Drizzle, this one is more sweet and fruity. It reminds me of summer and sunshine. So maybe Lemon Drizzle will be my spring-time cake, and Orange Drizzle will be the summer-time version. But, of course, you can eat it whenever you like. I know we’ll be eating it in December 😉 Continue reading

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Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding and Sevenhills International Giveaway

In today’s post, I’m sharing one of my family’s favourite puddings. Simple and quick to make, this Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding with Goji Nut Sprinkles makes a delicious weekday dessert, yet it’s healthy and filling enough to serve for breakfast too. What a decadent way to start the day!

Also in this post, I’m launching a fantastic international giveaway in partnership with Sevenhills Wholefoods. If you’re a regular reader of the Bit of the Good Stuff, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Sevenhills and often feature their products in my recipes. Not only do I find them to be super high quality, but affordable too. I purchase them direct from their website as they offer free UK delivery on orders over £20, which is great value. I have practically a whole shelf in my kitchen filled with Sevenhills products and amongst my favourites are their chia seeds, cacao powder, goji berries, hemp seeds and royal quinoa.

As well as their products, I also value the Sevenhills ethics. They directly source from farmers and work closely with them, fostering long term partnerships so that the farmers are able to sustain their livelihoods between harvest cycles. Sevenhills products are also processed close to their origin, which further supports the local communities, providing them with regular income and employment.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a chance to win THREE of my personal favourite superfoods from the Sevenhills range as well as a signed copy of the Bit of the Good Stuff cookbook. I’m delighted to say that this giveaway is international so, providing that you’re over 18 years old, you are eligible to enter!

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