I’ve always been a faithful Boots shopper. But since becoming vegan, I’ve wanted a more ethical choice, more organic products, more environmentally friendly products and definitely 100% vegan. In one of the vegan Facebook groups I’m in, someone posted about most Superdrug products being vegan. I was thrilled! Not all of the vegan beauty products I’ve bought have done the job or they’ve been expensive or they’ve only been available online and come with a hefty postage and packing charge. (I understand why, especially for smaller companies, but my money will only stretch so far!) I don’t buy a lot of make up, and generally keep things until they run out so a few things did need replacing. I decided it was time to embrace Superdrug vegan products.
I can’t explain how happy the clear labelling made me! As any vegan will know, you become really good at scanning labels and ingredient lists, just in case, but with everything labelled as suitable for vegetarians and/or vegans, it made it very easy. I’ve since been back and bought some shampoo and will be using Superdrug again. That’s not to say that I’m abandoning Lush or Green People, it’s just good to have options! Plus I’m always a sucker for cherry red nail varnish. Perfect at cheering up even the dullest December day.
We’ve finally had a cold spell here in the UK and boy, was it chilly! I spent most of Saturday on the sofa in front of the fire with Poppy. Sadly, this can’t continue and there have a been a few times recently where I’ve thought I could really do with a warm and snuggly coat. (Plus, I love buying coats! I could quite happily have one for every day of the week!). A chilly bus duty and late end to Parents Evening have left me shivering this week, not to mention walking Poppy as winter draws near. Just over a week or so ago, Pretty Good posted a picture of the HoodLamb parka. Pretty Good share vegan, ethical and sustainable goods, so I knew that I would be able to wear it. Not only that, but HoodLamb use hemp, which is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics we’ve got. Perfect for sustainable fashion.
I particularly like the fact that it’s lined with fake fur, made with recycled PET, or recycled plastic bottles to you and I. I think this is a fantastic way of reusing those horrible plastic bottles. I also like the fact that it’s got plenty of pockets, good for carrying dog walking related paraphernalia around during those dark walks. Fashion doesn’t need to be fast or cruel. I’m definitely treating myself to one of these!
A few weeks ago, a few friends and I took advantage of a very good spa day bargain at Fawsley Hall. We had a massage and a cream for £59. A very good deal if you ask me. When my friend booked it, she made it clear that we needed a vegan cream tea for me. After a little confusion, where they’d forgotten about me, my little stand of vegan greatness was brought out. I wasn’t disappointed.
It was really lovely. I had two scones, just enough cream and jam and a huge pot of coffee all to myself. I was really impressed that I was able to have anything, let alone a cream tea. After a lovely massage, it was the perfect way to end the day.
It’s no secret that I love cake. Since becoming vegan, I still love cake, though, my cake choices are greatly reduced. That doesn’t stop me pinning lovely cake images on Pinterest or keeping an eye out for easy vegan cakes. They have to be easy and quick. I’m not looking to build my skill set for a GBBO entry next year. I couldn’t think of anything worse. I want instant gratification – don’t make me wait for my cake! So when I came across this image on Pinterest when I searched for vegan brownies, a quick glance at the ingredients meant that I could make these without having to go and buy more ingredients. I could make these easily and be eating them very soon.
I made two batches of these brownies. I followed the recipe exactly for the first test batch, with the exception of cooking time, due to the fact that our oven is temperamental and often undercooks things. I added an extra five minutes cooking time, then covered the tin in foil, turned the oven off, but left them in the oven for another five minutes. They were fine. In fact, they were better than some vegan brownies that I paid good money for. Even better than the taste was the fact that they take 10 minutes to make. Yep. You go from raw ingredients to going in the oven in ten quick minutes. The second batch I made was for book group on Tuesday. I was up against it time wise, as I was late coming home from school and had no other pudding option. So naturally I decided to mix things up a bit and swap the vegetable oil for olive oil. What could go wrong? Well, the batter tasted like eating a load of olives, that’s what! So I added an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder and bunged it all in the oven with my fingers firmly crossed. I cooked it for the same length of time as the first batch, let it cool for a bit before tasting. They were delicious! I couldn’t believe it! The extra cocoa was a winner and they were much more gooey than my first batch. They were slightly overcooked on the outside, but as long as they didn’t taste like olives, I didn’t really care! I’ll definitely make these again as they’re so easy and delicious.