I’ve always wanted to try my hand at fermenting vegetables, so when I was invited to review Amanda Feifer’s new book ‘Ferment Your Vegetables – A Fun and Flavorful Guide to Making Your Own Pickles, Kimchi, Kraut and More’, I jumped at the chance.
For those of you who have yet to come to across the lovely Amanda Feifer, she is a Philadelphia-based fermentation teacher and blogger at Phickle.com. I would love to attend one of her workshops one day, but since this is unlikely to happen anytime soon considering she lives all the way over in Philly, acquiring her book was definitely the next best thing.
The opening section – Getting Started with Fermentation – provides everything you need to know when embarking on fermentation for the first time, including need-to-know basics; keys to successful fermentation; and what to expect when you’re fermenting.
It also quells any fears you may have about the safety of fermenting. Continue reading
Today, I’m taking part in the Travelodge #FlauntYourHaunt campaign and I’m going to share what I love about my home city. I’ve lived in Bath for sixteen years now, but not a day goes past that I don’t count my lucky stars that I ended up in this incredible place!
So what makes Bath so special to me?
Last Thursday, I visited Sarah Durrant at The Lansdown Clinic in Bath for a session of reflexology.*
For those unfamiliar with reflexology, it’s a gentle and relaxing complementary therapy based on the theory that reflex areas in the feet (as well as hands) correspond to every gland, organ and part of the body. Stimulation of specific points can affect the corresponding area and help to alleviate problems and restore balance in the body.
Reflexology can help to relieve a whole host of health issues, including: Continue reading
One of the most exciting developments that I’ve witnessed in the world of confectionery has been the perfecting of vegan ‘milk’ chocolate. After decades of dodgy ‘dairy free alternatives’ to milk chocolate (that barely even tasted like chocolate!), there is now an array of quality vegan ‘milk’ chocolates available. I’ve discovered most of them via The Vegan Kind subscription box, so a big thank you to the TVK Team for seeking them out for us.
Here are my top picks of vegan ‘milk’ chocolates that would be perfect for gifts, stockings and hampers this Christmas. And if planning to purchase online, why not buy from a charity shop such as Viva! or Animal Aid? That way, you’ll be making a purchase that’s not only cruelty free, but supports the protection of animals too. That’s a ‘win-win’ in my book :o)
When I was a kid, macaroni cheese was one of my all-time favourite comfort foods. Sadly this childhood favourite turned into the ultimate ‘discomfort’ food for me in my 20s, when my intolerance to dairy became acute. With almost instant flare ups of eczema, stomach cramps and joint pain, the pay off for indulging in this dairy-laden dish just wasn’t worth it.
It was probably a good ten years before I tucked into a cheesy pasta dish again. And it was thanks to the highly creative vegan food blogger community that I discovered how cheese sauces could be replicated using non dairy ingredients.
These past few years, I’ve tried a whole host of non dairy ‘mac n cheese’ recipes and have experimented with a few of my own. I now have a favourite self-devised vegan ‘cheese’ sauce recipe which I use for pasta dishes, which the family absolutely loves (and has hidden veggies inside!) but I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try. So when I saw the tantalizing macaroni cheese shot on the cover of November’s Vegan Life magazine, I couldn’t wait to check out the recipe.
I was intrigued to find that the ‘cheese’ sauce is actually a dry mix that you can make ahead of time and store in the pantry. It was devised by Miyoko Schinner (the blogger behind Artisan Vegan Life) and appears in her recently published book The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples.
The recipe sounded so simple to make. I couldn’t wait to give it a try! It’s dairy-free and gluten-free so this is a great dish to serve to anyone that’s vegan or gluten / dairy intolerant. Continue reading