Scotland’s First VEGFEST. Glasgow ’15

HEY, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything I know, but it won’t happen again – I promise. In the length of time in between my previous blog post and this one, A LOT has happened, so be prepared for a lot of upcoming posts about my travels, favourite recipes, reviews and events. So for now you can sit back, relax and have a read of this.

It HAPPENED, IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. Vegfest finally came to Scotland, and best of all my home city Glasgow. No, actually wait – BEST OF ALL on my Birthday (I turned 19 for those of you interested). What better way to spend the day (hungover) surrounded by good people, good food & good vibes.
I’ve been looking forward to Vegfest for months now and it got to the stage where I was more excited for it than my actual birthday.
Saturday morning was one big fluster of excitement, franticness due to how late we were running and some stressed parents over the insane weather (torrential wind, rain and a lot of flooding aka too much traffic).
We got there eventually, about 2 and a half hours after it had started so everything was in full swing.
So I went with my mum, her twin, my boyfriend Ilia and my friend Jordan who had kindly bought me a weekend ticket as a birthday gift so that was nice also.
We wandered around, did a loop of the hall first to get our bearings and plan what we would be eating/purchasing first and oh man there was so much.
The first thing we had was pizza – it was from the Sheese stall. There was Margherita – which Ilia had & one with Mortadella ham which I had. Both were divine and I was so impressed with how well the cheeses melted! We’ve bought many of their products in the past but never tried melting them so we stocked up well!

  

Not pictured – feta sheese which was SO good. The next thing we devoured were these Vegusto hotdogs, now I had only known Vegusto for doing cheese but these hot dogs were insanely good and probably the best I’ve had.  

 Something I was impressed by was the sheer amount of samples available, during the full weekend I probably consumed a meals worth of samples alone which I was totally okay with.

  
The next day was more of a day for purchasing (don’t get me wrong I was still consuming). This time I pulled my omni brother along.

From a shop called Chiara Lascura, I bought a bag with “Vegan Pizza Gang” on it and  several badges with logos “Vegan Killjoy” & “Cat cuddler” which were both accurate to an extent. 

I also got an amazing massage which I paid £10 for. I was just drifting off into a state of blissful zen and turned to my left to see my brother having his arms twisted over his head, getting his back bent over with violent cracks being made which did NOT look as blissful as mine. 

There was music and stand up comedy on which I wasn’t paying too much attention to as everything else was drawing me in a little too much for me to multitask my attention, however I do wish I had gone to see Dr Douglas Graham’s talks (athlete, raw foodist, author of The 80\10\10 Diet). 

My lunch consisted of a Soy Jerk Wrap, dumplings & plantains from a Vegan Carribbean food stall – which was divine. Ilia had the most amazing flatbread wrap from a world foods stall which both days had a never ending queue (not suprisingly) with falafel, shredded veg, hummus, pickled turnip & peri peri. 

    
 On the way out we couldn’t help but be pulled in by the Koko dairy free coconut milk stall, the offer on was 2 for £1… So yeah we bought 12 cartons (9 plain and 3 heavenly chocolate). They also do strawberry, as well as coconut oil, coconut butter style spread and several other great products.

On the way home in the car before passing out we all shared a heavenly blueberry cheesecake & my brother had an Oreo cupcake from Missy’s Vegan Cupcakes who were also selling Peanut butter pretzel & coconut maple bacon cupcakes – I KNOW. It was a struggle to not buy everything.  

   
There were hundreds of other stalls including Cool Jerk Vegan pies (macaroni, pulled jackfruit pies). Some of Glasgow’s best vegan cafe bars had food stalls including Mono, Stereo, The 78, Flying Duck & The Hug & Pint. There were lots of vegan beauty & skincare businesses as well as clothing too which was fun to browse. 

In conclusion It was a huge success, myself, my friends & family all had a blast and it made my birthday that little bit better. It’s a great event to go to with your loved ones or to even show your non vegan close ones what we aren’t missing out on.

  
Roll on next year!

O-Mazing Omni Style Omelette (VEGAN!)

Last night my boyfriend and I stayed at my Aunts, and this morning we were in the mood to get creative and try something different, we were craving something along the lines of an omelette or savoury pancakes so we kind of combined them with the limited ingredients we were working with and voila!

(I’ve listed other things you could try out or that would work great with it but we just didn’t have on hand, so once I try it out with these I’ll update the recipe.)

*You can change up the veg in this, e.g peppers, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms!
*AquaFaba (chickpea water) would probably improve the consistency if you have it on hand!
*Blended potato could work well with the mix.
*Non dairy yoghurt or baking powder may make the end result fluffier, feel free to play around and experiment.

Ingredients (1-2 People)

200g of white or gram flour (Chickpea flour, I used white but added this in as an alternative for gluten free).
3 crushed garlic cloves (or a few tbsp garlic/onion powder)
Seasonings and herbs of choice, I used;
black pepper, smoked paprika, 2 tbsp turmeric, a pinch of salt, a handful of fresh parsley.
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
200ml dairy free milk
200ml veg stock
1/2 tsp black Himalayan salt (tastes EXACTLY like egg)
1 tbsp sesame oil

Vegetables I had on hand to use; (alter to preference)
Potatoes
Red Onion
Garlic

Method

1.Combine dry ingredients, then add wet and whisk (or blend) until no longer lumpy and smooth.

2.Dice vegetables and fry on a medium heat in a pan with any oil of your choice until golden brown or slightly charred.

3.Transfer vegetables to a bowl.

4.Using the same pan, scatter a few vegetables around the pan and pour a ladleful of the mixture over until covering the base of the pan and vegetables.
(You could also pour the batter in then place vegetables on top which would make it easier to flip but you’ll have to work fast!)

5. Flip once edges appear cooked, it usually takes between 3 and 7 minutes.

6.Make sure it’s cooked all the way through (no mushy bits, and usually browned on both sides).

7. Serve hot with condiments, vegetables and any other breakfast/brunch sides you fancy! I love Cholula hot sauce & Hummus, with beans, salad and mushrooms on the side.

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Enjoy!

Chocolate Power Pancakes

The past few months I’ve been more active than I’ve been in a long time (I think it’s got something to do with the amazing weather recently) from yoga to cycling, hiking, walking the dogs, or hitting the gym. So one thing I’m always looking out for is a breakfast that’ll keep me full & going throughout the morning and needless to say, I’ve found it! It’s packed with good stuff, plus it’s oil & refined sugar free. I thought up this recipe and tried it out, and i think it’s one of my best pancake recipes yet if I do say so myself.

Ingredients (1-2 people)

2 1/2 cups oats (about 225g) – Blend in food processor or blender till flour consistency
2 Scoops of protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Raw chocolate)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 – 1 tbsp of Maca powder
1/2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 tbsp flax seeds – Make chia flax egg (mix with 3 tbsp water and leave to gel together)
2 tbsp organic unrefined brown sugar (or any other unrefined natural sugar of your choice)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract (optional)
2 cups of any plant based dairy free milk
Coconut oil (or spray oil if you don’t have a non – stick pan)
Toppings of your choice (fruit, syrup etc)

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Mini Cruelty Free Skincare/Haircare/Make-up Haul

For the past while I’ve been tending to only pick things up when I run out for example concealer, a cleanser etc. So recently I’ve been buying more products to try out as opposed to re stocking, because change is good…right? Right. A few of these things I purchased from Superdrug but my faaavourite favourite place to get new skincare to try out has got to be Tkmaxx. Theres a huge variety of products, one offs, or brands not common in regular shops like Boots, Superdrug, Frasers, Sephora (or whatever your most common local drugstore or department store chain is). Another great thing about buying from there is that it’s not only (almost always) a cheaper price than the RRP but they always stock lots of organic, natural cruelty free brands.

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The first thing I picked up was this Korres Almond & Linseed Shampoo for dry/damaged hair. It retails for £10, in Tkmaxx it was £5.
First off, this SMELLS INCREDIBLE, like good enough to eat. Uhh I can’t stop smelling my hair whenever I’ve used it. I love this product, it’s free of parabens, paraffin wax, silicones, synthetic dyes, alcohol (everything nasty basically) and its 84.7% natural content. I have super sensitive skin so it’s easy for me to get a dried out scalp and frizzy hair from the harsh chemicals found in most hair products, and I tend to find that the more I use products of more natural origins in general, the softer and shinier my hair is, it also brings out my natural curls which I dig. Overall this is great, I’m desperate to get the matching conditioner and more of Korres’ products in general as I don’t have a lot from them.

On to skin care, I purchased 2 moisturisers. First being the Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser. Naturally my skin (especially my T-zone) is oily/combination – I got my mum’s mediterranean skin. This means that without topping up my make up with powder every hour or so, or using a setting spray, my make up slides off with ease daily.This doesn’t keep the oil at bay completely but it helps to a good extent! It’s not greasy or oily at all which is a refreshing change and it smells pretty good! It’s RRP is £7.99 but I purchased it in Tkmaxx for £4.99.

The second moisturiser I purchased from Tkmaxx is Organic Surge’s Nourishing Rose Day Cream (which I ironically have been using before bed). This retails for £21.50 however I paid a measly £4-6 ( I can’t quite remember). I am familiar with this brand as I recieved the Million Dollar anywhere balm in my The Vegan Kind Beauty box the other week, so when I spotted their products on the shelves at Tkmaxx I excitedly skipped down the aisle towards them. I love rose for one, the flower, the scent so that’s one of the first things about it that won me over. It’s’ super moisturising and I noticed a dramatic difference in how soft my skin was left feeling. – I also bought the Replenishing Facial Oil which I gave to my aunt and I’m now left regretting not getting myself one.

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Review: Part 2 ~ The Vegan Kind ~ Beauty Box

So as I mentioned in the previous part of this double review, I recently purchased each of The Vegan Kind’s subscription boxes. Today I’ll go through each of the items in the beauty box and my thoughts! First off, you may or may not know that I love my skincare and makeup, however since being Vegan I’m a lot more aware of the nasty, unsustainable things that are going into the products we use on our bodies as well as the awful things animals are having to endure for them to be decided “suitable” for us to use. This means I’m constantly on the look out for new cruelty free, ethical brands and products to try out so I thought this subscription box would be right up my street.

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Review: PART 1 ~ The Vegan Kind ~ Lifestyle Box (December ’14)

So last weekend I attended The Flying Duck’s ‘Big Vegan Fete’ which comes round every other month, and I was drawn in to one of the stalls in particular, being The Vegan Kind’s. I follow The Vegan Kind on all of their social media platforms and have heard great things about them, I also love the concept of making new or not so popular amazing vegan, cruelty free beauty and lifestyle products more readily available!

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try them both out, so I took the plunge and purchased them both along with a lovely cotton graphic tote bag!

Starting with the monthly lifestyle box, it came with 6 products in total, plus a bonus collectible recipe card.

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Amsterdam Series ~ Gettin’ Down with the Dam

  As far as sightseeing goes, I’ve pretty much seen all of the most popular traditional landmarks, museums & monuments Amsterdam has to offer and trust me they’re all spectacular. I just can’t help but feel like the majority are overpriced and not so worth it. So this time round I thought we’d go see what actually appeals to us instead of feeling compelled to go somewhere because “it’s a must see” or “unmissable” and I’m so glad we stuck by this.
So before hand, of course we did some research so we had at least a rough idea of where we wanted to visit throughout the week, and the rest of our trips were pretty spur of the moment spontaneous adventures which worked out perfectly.

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