I have a chocolate hazelnut spread addiction. So much so that I cannot have it in the house. This is because I will find any excuse to eat it and if I can’t, then I’ll go at it with a spoon until it’s all gone. So when I came across this recipe on Minimalist Baker, I knew that I had to make it.
Armed with plenty of hazelnuts and high hopes, I set about making Easy Vegan Nutella with four ingredients. It was surprisingly easy. (Okay, I know it’s called ‘Easy Vegan Nutella’ but this is me making it and I can ruin oven pizza!) I slightly overdid roasting the hazelnuts, so when it was first made, it did have a bit of a burnt tinge, but that passed over time (not that it was around for long!) I used raw cacao for my chocolate, instead of melted chocolate, as we always have that in the house and it was easier. Removing the skin from the hazelnuts was pretty straightforward too, it just took a little time. The nutella works well on croissants, in wraps, on toast and straight from the jar!
I will definitely make this again, as it was so easy and I’ve since seen skinless hazelnuts in Holland & Barrett so might try those next time, just to save a little time (‘cos this recipe isn’t easy enough, right?!) And I thought this might make a great Christmas gift next year. Fyi, I tried the JusRol make at home croissants and I’m not sure whether it was our oven or if I did something wrong, but they weren’t great. They didn’t really rise and for me, they weren’t worth it. I’ll stick to eating my nutella from a spoon thanks!
There’s nothing quite like a decent burger and chips, all washed down with a delicious glass of wine, amiright? That’s what Phil and I had at The Gardener’s Arms in Oxford a few weeks ago. We’d been to the Gardener’s Arms a few times before, but not since I became vegan. That is likely to change is it was freakin’ awesome!
All the food is vegetarian with a huge number of vegan options available, but to be honest, I’m always going to have the vegan burger with all the vegan toppings (everything except the mayo) and a nice large glass of wine. (All the wines are vegan! Almost did a little dance when they told me that!) The Gardener’s Arms is not a gastropub. It’s a pub that serves food. You might have to share your table, it can get cramped, it will get busy. But this doesn’t matter as the atmosphere is lovely and the food is delicious. Definitely worth a visit if you’re taking part in Veganuary, looking for a decent vegan meal or if you just like good food.
As an early Christmas present, Phil got me the box set of Fear the Walking Dead. (I say box set, but there are only 6 episodes.) As a Walking Dead fan, I was keen to see how it compared. It’s set at the beginning of the outbreak, if you can call it that, when no one knows what’s going on or how the ‘flu’ is spread. Watching it after The Walking Dead is quite interesting, as you know so much more than the characters do. One thing that did surprise me was the speed in which people learnt how to deal with the walkers and how quickly people were prepared to put down their own. Needless to say we’ve quickly sped through the series and I can’t wait to get the next one.
The characters are an interesting mix and I’m not sure which ones I like yet and which ones I’ll be happy to be eaten by a rampaging herd. None the less, there are plenty of scenes which make you jump and had me screaming out ‘No, you need to shoot them in the head!’ Not sure if it’s for you? Have a look at the trailer. If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead or zombies in general, then I think you’ll like this.
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!