Here are a few of my favourite things for the first week in June 2018!
The Chickpeeps podcast
Set up by Evanna Lynch (of Luna Lovegood fame), it’s a fantastic podcast all about veganism. Each episode, Lynch and her co-hosts talk to a vegan guest on being vegan or their latest project or activism. It’s great to listen to on a long journey or on a lazy Sunday while you’re still in bed! Also, shoutout to the new Get It & Give It podcast set up by Irish Mountain Child!
I love mango smoothies, mango sorbet and mango on its own, so why not mango curry? I’ve recently gotten over my childish notion that savoury and sweet shouldn’t mix. Savoury and sweet is a match made in HEAVEN. My only tip: add the mango last or it’ll be too soft in the curry!
Superdrug Own Brand Vitamin E Cream (Limited Edition)
I love love LOVE Superdrug, but I especially love the limited edition Vitamin E cream as it smells like dragonfruit, it glides on so easily and it’s very moisturising. Plus it’s super cheap at approx. 4 quid a big pot!
If that wasn’t good enough, 10% of the profits go to the Marie Curie charity. I really hope it becomes a regular in their line as I’d HATE to see it go!
I’ve decided to put together a 30 Before 30 bucket list to give my goals some structure and to have some things to look forward to that aren’t just abstract thoughts floating around my noggin.
I just turned 25 so I have five more years before I hit the big 3-0. It’s actually incredibly hard to believe that in just five short years I’ll be the same age that I considered old when I was fourteen. Like, thirty is NOT old, past Mary you little brat!
The following list are things I really want to achieve in the next few years. Some of them are simple wants and others are needs that are rooted deep in my heart, things I absolutely must achieve.
It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve used an aerosol deodorant. They were my go-to since I hit puberty and I never thought twice about using it. Once I went vegan and I started looking for a vegan version of my deodorant I came across information on aerosol deodorants that alarmed me.
Aerosols are not only bad for the environment, they’re also bad for our personal health. Breathing in deodorant/antiperspirant aerosols can cause asthma and allergic reactions, and there are worries that regular use could affect the development of breast cancer. There hasn’t been much research on it, but as someone with a lot of breast cancer in my family, I’m erring on the side of caution.
If you haven’t yet made plans and you’re looking for something nice (and vegan) to do in Dublin for Valentine’s Day, read on!
Get a three course 100% vegan Valentine’s meal for just €25 at Aperitivo! If you’ve never been, the eatery is VERY small, so expect to be a little cramped as Valentine’s night is super busy. But it’s all worth it for a slice of Buttercream Dream’s vegan rolo / cookies n’ cream cake!
Note: there’s an error in the Aperitivo menu – it’s not coconut cream!) and a Speculoos cake (Lotus biscuit flavour) is also available on the normal menu! Woo!
According to their Facebook page, there are a few spaces left so get booking! If, however, you aren’t lucky enough to bag a place, you can also head to Cornucopia, who have an ALL DAY Valentine’s deal as well! It’s slightly cheaper at €40 for 2 rather than €50 (like at Aperitivo).
This recipe has been a long time coming (mostly because I keep forgetting to pop it up!) but it’s still technically winter time, which means stew season isn’t over yet!
It is a perfect meal to make on cold days, or even days when you’re feeling down and want to eat something that feels like a hug for your tummy.
Vegan mince or tofu mince (recipe below)
3 large carrots
1 small-medium onion
1 clove of garlic (or 1 heaped teaspoon of garlic puree)
A bag of baby potatoes
1 vegetable stock cube
Steam baby potatoes for 20 minutes.
In the meantime, mix the stock cube with 1 litre of boiling water and transfer to a pot over medium heat.
Then add chopped carrots, onion and garlic (and peas, if including) to the stock with 1 tsp each of rosemary and thyme.
Mix 3 heaped tablespoons of Bisto gravy granules into the stock (you can add more depending on how thick you want the stew)
Add the steamed baby potatoes and store-bought vegan mince (or tofu mince) to the pot.
Let simmer for 20 minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with fresh parsley.
After draining a firm block of tofu, crumble it into mince-like chunks. Marinate the chunks in 6 tablespoons of soy sauce, half tsp smoked paprika, a pinch each of rosemary and thyme, half tsp garlic puree. Leave to soak for 10 minutes, then bake on baking tray in pre-heated oven 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Take out and move the chunks around, drizzle some more soy sauce on top and pop back in for another 10 minutes.