RED CABBAGE SALAD WITH WARM SWEET POTATO WEDGES FOR HEAL'S (ChF, GF, NF, R, V+)

RED CABBAGE SALAD WITH SWEET POTATO WEDGES FOR HEAL'S (ChF, GF, NF, R, V+)

Like any big metropolitan city, London is littered with shops where you can buy 'stuff' and spend money like noone's business. And during the run up to Christmas, it's so easy to do just that. So that begs the questions: How do you make Christmas meaningful whilst still honouring the tradition of giving those you love thoughtful presents? For me, I try and focus on gifts that can stand the test of time, that are beautifully made and showcase heart, craftsmanship, attention to detail and care. In short, gifts that actually are worth spending money on. And I know no better place in London to find presents that match this description than Heal's. In fact lots of my food photography props are from there and most of the plates you see in today's blog post stem from there too. This includes the large handmade Mervyn Gers dinner plates in sapphire and teal, the timeless Falcon enamel plates in blue and the Serax plate in aqua.

Other items that would make stunning gifts this Christmas are:

- THIS milk jug (too much gorgeousness!)
- these little amber glasses (want!)
- and this classy teapot (so much STYLE!)

Considering how much I love Heal's, it's been a total honour to finish my collaboration with them by sharing today's delicious vegan winter recipe, which only looks as good as it does because of the brilliant dinnerware they kindly provided me with. Thanks Heal's for supporting beautiful design and for continuously inspiring little food bloggers like myself ;).

P.S. I've also put a little Christmas gift guide together for The FeedFeed. You can find the link to my recommendations here.

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VEGAN YOGI BOWL + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (GF, NF, V+)

VEGAN YOGI BOWL + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (GF, NF, V+)

There are probably 1000s of cookbooks on the market and being a plant-based foodie and food blogger, I've come accross loads in my time. To be honest after a while, they all start to look the same and there are few books that truly stand out. But in the cluttered cookbook section of any good bookstore, Cassandra Bodzak's vegan cookbook 'Eat with Intention' WILL stand out; in fact for me it already does which is why I'm delighted to be hosting a giveaway of her book this week.

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WARM MARINATED PUMPKIN, QUINOA AND POMEGRANATE SALAD WITH LAUREN CARIS COOKS (V+, GF, ChF, NF)

WARM MARINATED CURRY PUMPKIN, QUINOA AND POMEGRANATE SALAD (V+, GF, ChF, NF) WITH LAUREN CARIS COOKS

If you are a regular, loyal reader of the blog, you've probably gathered that I'm a rather social human being who loves the company of talented, friendly food bloggers. That's cuz...

a) it means I don't have to talk to myself when I'm cooking
b) there's someone to laugh at my silly jokes and
c) collaborations are magical and so, so SO much fun.

Hence you can imagine how I shrieked with delight when Lauren from Lauren Caris Cooks got in touch to say that she'd be in London and would I like to meet up with her. ''YES! OF COURSE! WHY ARE YOU EVEN ASKING?! COME HANG OUT. LIKE, NOW! Thank you :)!'' was my answer. Following some e-mail exchanges we finally got to spend a lovely morning cooking, styling and eating together in late September and despite only knowing each other on-line, having Lauren in the kitchen felt so familiar and totally lovely. The images you see her are just an outtake of the day we spent together before Lauren returned to Switzerland where she lives with her husband :(. Lauren, thank you ever so much for popping by, please come visit me again soon ;).

Would you like to read Lauren's take on the day and see her fab pictures? Of course you do! I knew it! Then just click here and the internet will swiftly take you to your desired destination ;).
Thank you everyone for reading my silly ramblings and for supporting my blog :). I hope you like the recipe below and see you all next week.

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VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE TOFU TERIYAKI WITH RICE NOODLES FOR THE TOFOO COMPANY! (ChF, GF, NF, V+)

VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE TOFU TERIYAKI WITH RICE NOODLES FOR THE TOFOO COMPANY! (ChF, GF, NF, V+)

When I tell people that I eat a predominantly plant-based lifestyle, the first question I'm always asked is: 'Where do you get your protein from?' Though all plant-based foods contain protein - even fruit - legumes are vegan protein powerhouses! Soya beans are legumes and hence full of protein. They are also the key ingredient in TOFOO's naked tofu, which I used in today's recipe.

I'm really proud to be partnering with TOFOO as it's the kind of tofu brand you want in your life. That's cuz TOFOO is...

- made with 100% organic soya beans!
- GM, gluten, wheat, yeast and dairy free!
- delicious and tastes so authentic as it is made to a traditional Japanese recipe!
- cholesterol free!
- low in calories, carbohydrates and saturated fats!
- made in the UK! (so you can say byebye to those nasty airmiles)

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VEGAN MINI LAYER CAKE WITH CREAM 'CHEESE' FROSTING + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (ChF, GF, NF, V+, V)

VEGAN NAKED MINI LAYER CAKE WITH CREAM 'CHEESE' FROSTING + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (ChF, GF, NF, V+, V)

SIDENOTE: If you are looking for the gluten-free version of this cute little cake, then please head over to Heal's blog for the full recipe + a handful of other pictures. Heal's kindly provided the totally lush grey linen you see in the pictures here and I'm super grateful for their generosity in making this blog post what it is :).  

ON TO THE MAIN SHOW ;): It's hard for me to believe that it's been less than a year since I met Aimee from Twigg Studios for the very first time. But despite our relatively new-ish friendship, it feels like we've known each other FOREVER. I mean we've baked together, we've been to France together, we hitch-hiked together and Aimee's been to stay so often that the guest bedroom in our house is now referred to as 'Aimee's room'. So when Aimee told me her second book Aimee's Perfect Bakes was on the verge of hitting the bookshelves and subsequently asked me to feature it on my little blog, you can bet your bottom dollar I shouted a loud, resounding YES!

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QUICK AND EASY VEGAN CHICKPEA CURRY (ChF, GF, NF, V+)

QUICK AND EASY VEGAN CHICKPEA CURRY (ChF, GF, NF, V+)

I'll be the first to admit that my blog has been a neglected space of late. But rest assured it's been left to its own devices for good, good reason. Sadly I still can't reveal a thing (SO sorry, trust me, I'm DYING to tell you), all I can say is that 'the reason' has involved an epically long commute (2 hours each way!!!) which I've only survived thanks to some of the best podcasts in the world (modest claim, I know). Therefore I thought I'd share my top 5 favourite podcasts on the blog today, perfect for your commute, long-haul flight and/or cosy, cuddly evening in front of an open fire with a cup of herbal tea. Wherever you are, I am sure you'll enjoy these :). So without further ado (and because I love organising things in lists) here goes...

5. One Part Podcast - This is one of the very first podcasts I ever listened to. Jessica Murnane, a plant-based food blogger, interviews an array of movers and shakers in the world of food, health, spirituality and business. My favourite episodes include this one with Grace Bonney from Design Sponge, this one with my fav AKA the man Dr Thomas Campbell, and this one with Ashlae Warner from Oh Ladycakes! If you're into food blogs and questions about the connection between food and health then there's bound to be an episode for you :).

4. Prince Street Podcast - This is a relatively new podcast all about FOOD! Why we love it, how we make it, who the people are behind it, and what emotions eating it evokes in us. The podcast is this odd mixture of informative, serious, funny and totally weird (interested in a report on competitive eating anyone?). Episodes follow themes such as 'craving', 'triumph' or my favourite so far 'rule breaking'. So if you love food as much as I do, then you'll love this podcast;).

3. Dear Sugar Podcast - The dear sugar podcast is like a true, old school agony aunt column, just re-jigged to make it relevant for audiences in the 21st century. Like traditional agony aunt columns, listeners get to write letters to the show's presenters outlining an array of problems and dilemmas they wish to get advice about. Though I can barely relate to any of the topics or problems presented in the show, I have still found the podcast immensely helpful especially in the last year during which my life has taken rather odd twists and turns (I kinda wrote about those here and here). That's because I can relate to the emotions described by the letter writers - sorrow, doubt, pain, fear all the stuff you sometimes feel no one can understand and no one is going through except you. So yeah, if you need to get confirmation that your crazy, silly, deep, intense thoughts are just normal do have a listen ;).

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VEGAN CINNAMON APPLE ROLLS WITH SALVIA+LIMONE AND TWIGG STUDIOS (V+, ChF)

VEGAN CINNAMON APPLE ROLLS WITH SALVIA+LIMONE AND TWIGG STUDIOS (V+, ChF)

Two weeks ago I had the joy of working on not one, but TWO collaborations with some of the best food bloggers I know. First, at the start of the week I invited Aimee R. from Wallflower Kitchen into my home and together we made these fluffy vegan pancakes. (Sooooo yummy!) Then, later that same week Silvia from Salvia+Limone and Aimee T. from Twigg Studios popped by to bake today's insanely yummy vegan apple cinnamon buns.

Those of you who read the blog regularly or follow me on instagram will know that Silvia, Aimee T. and I baked together once before earlier this year when we created this vegan matcha pistachio tres leches cake. So gorgeous, right?! We promised one another that very day we'd meet and bake together again and true to our word, we did! 

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SUPER FLUFFY VEGAN PANCAKES AND SEASONAL FIGS WITH WALLFLOWER KITCHEN (V+, ChF, NF)

SUPER FLUFFY VEGAN PANCAKES AND SEASONAL FIGS (V+, ChF, NF) WITH AIMEE FROM WALLFLOWER KITCHEN

If you are a regular reader of my blog or follow me on instagram, then you know I adore hanging out with fellow food blogging friends. In fact cooking and baking with other women who love food as much as I do may just be my most favourite part of blogging. And last week I got extra lucky because I had the chance to create vegan magic in the kitchen with Aimee R. from Wallflower Kitchen and then, a few days later, with Aimee T. from Twigg Studios and Silvia from Salvia + Limone. BLISS! 

If you don't know already, Aimee R. is not just 'any' vegan blogger. Nope! Apart from being breath-takingly beautiful, super duper sweet AND an awesome baker, she's also the successful cookbook author of Coconut Milk Icecream, a book dedicated to making creative and tasty vegan ice creams. Oh and she's always saying I don't look my age, meaning I'm MEGA fond of her and will never turn down an opportunity to bake with her ;).

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VEGAN BUCKWHEAT PORRIDGE WITH SPICED PLUMS + A COOKING APP GIVEAWAY! (V+, ChF, GF, NF)

VEGAN BUCKWHEAT PORRIDGE WITH SPICED PLUMS + A COOKING APP GIVEAWAY! (V+, ChF, GF, NF)

These last few weeks, well months really, have been a whirlwind of craziness and this blog post right here is yet another example of the unexpected twists and turns I never imagined possible. See there are a few blogs out there that I am TOTALLY obsessed with. Like, big crush obsessed; like I follow them like a crazy stalker obsessed, like I loose my breath every single time they post something on instagram obsessed. That's because these bloggers produce images and recipes that just move me in ways I can't even put into words. And sadly my blog doesn't have emojis cuz they might do a better job at expressing my feelings than a collection of random sentences ever could. 

Berlin based Susann and Yannic who you might know as KRAUTKOPF are two bloggers who firmly fall into this 'I'm obsessed with their blog' category. And if you have a quick glimpse at their instagram page you will totally understand what I'm on about. Hence when they contacted me to try out their vegetarian cooking app because they were interested in my feedback, I practically choked on my avo toast. Surely, this couldn't be? I didn't even know they had clocked that I was stalking them, thought I'd covered my tracks real good, but somehow they did know I existed and moreover they wanted my input. So after double checking that they'd not made a mistake and contacted the wrong blogger (I mean, these things happen, right?) and drinking some water to shift that piece of bread out of my throat, I said HELL YEAH!  

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FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROPS PART 2

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROPS PART 2

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed PART 1 of the food photography backdrops series as this week I bring you PART 2! To keep the blog post as short and informative as possible, I haven't included a recipe today. Sorry. But I'll be back with a stunning recipe next time. Is that ok? Cool ;)! Ok, so let's quickly move on to two of my most favourite food photography backdrop options EVER, shall we? Fabrics and metals...

1. Fabrics
Cost: low/medium/high
Effort: low/medium/high
Storage: easy/medium/a tad more complicated
Availability: 10/10

For those of you who have been following me for a while on instagram, you'll know I'm OBSESSED with fabrics. In fact you'll be hard pressed to find an image in which I don't use fabrics. That's because I love the look, feel and texture of fabrics so, so much and believe they often add the missing ingredient to a shot. 

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VEGAN PAD THAI + FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROPS PART 1 (V+, ChF, GF, NF)

VEGAN PAD THAI + FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROPS PART 1 (V+, ChF, GF, NF)

Hi everyone! I can't tell you how excited I am about this week's blog post. Not only am I bringing you an ACE vegan pad thai recipe (so, SO good), but I'm also tackling another major food photography secret - how to create, source and buy FANTASTIC food photography backdrops.

Following this post on instagram and tons of questions on the subject over the past few weeks, I'm well aware that you've been keen to read up on my tips and tricks ;) and truth be told, I'm even keener to share them with you in the hope that they are going to be helpful. 

Now a few notes from the outset - if you're just here for the recipe, please scroll all the way down. The recipe IS there somewhere ;). And if you're hoping to learn everything there is to know about backdrops, let me warn you now, I'm breaking this topic up into 4 blog posts as there's quite a bit to say about the matter. So sorry in advance that you won't find all the answers here today. Thing is, I'm well aware my blog posts have been a tad bit too long recently (ooops) and I really don't want to demand too much of your time in one sitting.

Okay, so without further ado....

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROPS PART 1

As some of you know I recently prop styled a commercial shoot and - just as I do at home - my starting point was my backdrop. It's because a backdrop really sets the tone for your picture and can TOTALLY make or break a shoot. Now, I appreciate not everyone has got a big prop house with tons of backdrops a few tube stops away at their disposal, so here some ideas which you CAN recreate at home with ease.

1. Paper
Cost: low/medium/high
Effort: low/medium/high
Storage: easy/medium/a tad more complicated
Availability: 10/10

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VEGAN MATCHA AND COCONUT PANNA COTTA WITH GREEN LEAF MATCHA (V+, ChF, GF, GrF, NF, P)

VEGAN MATCHA AND COCONUT PANNA COTTA WITH ORGANIC PREMIUM GREEN LEAF MATCHA (V+, ChF, GF, GrF, NF, P)

Hi everyone. Thanks for finding your way back again to my little corner of the blogosphere :). Thanks too for all the AMAZING comments on my last post about working with brands. Both in the comment section itself and on instagram you had heaps to say about the matter and lots of tips to share, which made me feel like it was right to release that blog post into cyberspace. Moreover, ironically, I had tons of brands contact me since I unleased that blog post, which made me giggle. The universe has such a funny way of working ;).

BUT in the midst of all the e-mails one company totally stood out - Green Leaf Matcha. The company is a small start-up dedicated solely and completely to the most gorgeous organic matcha tea I have EVER tasted. Like I said, I felt like a fairy scattering precious gold dust when I was working with Green Leaf Matcha tea, it''s so lush.

The owners explained to me that they chose to sell this particular tea because it was important to them to have an organic super premium ceremonial matcha tea; they'd not settle for anything less. Interestingly, the tea leaves stem from Uji, Kyoto in Japan; this variety of leaves has been cultivating there since the 13th century. Subtle but important nuances in taste sets this tea apart from any other. It also packs a kick-a**-antioxidant- high-level-chlorophyll punch. Plus the colour is just to DIE for!

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VEGAN PEA AND MINT SOUP WITH ALMOND DUKKA + WORKING WITH BRANDS (V+, GF, ChF, GrF, P)

VEGAN PEA AND MINT SOUP WITH ALMOND DUKKA + WORKING WITH BRANDS (V+, GF, ChF, GrF, P)

Is it just me, or did the last 2 weeks just fly by? I could have sworn I was just putting together the finishing touches to my last blog post and now I'm 'due' another one. How did that happen?
Anyway, today I wanted to talk a tiny bit about setting your price when working with brands as a food blogger. Now, if that's of no interest to you whatsoever, than just scroll down and go straight to the recipe at the very bottom of this blog post :). But, if this topic IS of interest, then do read on and be prepared to be bombarded with LOTS of info. You've been warned :)...

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GLUTEN-FREE RICE FLOUR MATCHA WAFFLES + SUMMER FRUITS WITH THE SUNSHINE EATERY (V+, ChF, GF, NF)

GLUTEN-FREE RICE FLOUR MATCHA WAFFLES + SUMMER FRUITS WITH VIOLA FROM THE SUNSHINE EATERY (V+, ChF, GF, NF)

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where –” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” - Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll (1832 -1898)

I kinda feel like Alice at the moment, which is why this quote really resonated with me when I spotted it on Jessica's instagram feed a few days ago. See with all the joy that's come from finishing my nutrition course, I am now faced with the reality of saying goodbye to my student status and getting serious about working again, of finding something 'real' to do. But what do I want to do? Where do I want to get to? I wasn't so sure...

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HIBISCUS POACHED BERRIES WITH VEGAN CASHEW CREAM (V+, V, ChF, GrF, GF) + THOUGHTS ON FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY 4

HIBISCUS POACHED BERRIES WITH VEGAN CASHEW CREAM + THOUGHTS ON FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY 4

Hey everyone! It's another fact filled blog post today, which I'll break into 3 sections for ease. Meaning that you can just skip to the bits that you're most interest in. Sound good?

Great, so in today's blog post I'll be talking a little more about some key food photography lessons I learned during my #InFranceWeCook workshop. You can find the corresponding blog post and all the photos taken during the workshop here AND you can also see a little behind-the-scenes video at the very bottom of this blog post :).

Secondly, I'm over the moon to tell you that I'll be co-hosting a food photography, yoga and creative gathering event in North Devon with Aimee from Twigg Studios and Carole from Mademoiselle Poirot. If you're interested to learn more and wish to join us then do read on ;).

Finally, I'll sharing today's vegan recipe which I developed together with Carole from Mademoiselle Poirot at her gorgeous South London home. Therefore, if you'd like just came for that, I suggest you scroll down to the very bottom of the blog post to find what you're looking for ;)

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SUMMER WRAPS WITH ZESPRI® SUNGOLD KIWI, SMOKED TOFU, VEGGIES + HARUSAME DRESSING (V+, ChF, GF)

SUMMER WRAPS WITH ZESPRI® SUNGOLD KIWI, SMOKED TOFU, VEGGIES + HARUSAME DRESSING (V+, ChF, GF)

After 3 long, ardeous years during which I practically abandoned my friends, neglected my family and pretty much stopped sleeping, I can gladly report that the completion of my nutrition studies is now firmly in sight. In fact if my arms weren't so short, I'd already be able to touch the light at the end of tunnel, but alas, they are short so I still have a teeny, tiny bit to go ;). For me the most important thing though was getting my final exam out of the way and on Friday the 17th of June, 2016 at 11am I handed it in with the hope of never ever writing another exam ever again. Woohoo!!! If that's not reason enough to celebrate, I don't know what is.

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VEGAN TACOS WITH MANGO SALSA + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (ChF, GF, V)

VEGAN TACOS WITH MANGO SALSA + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (ChF, GF, V)

Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing super well. In contrast to me cuz I'm totally stressed :(. Bitten off more than I can chew (again!) and trying to stay afloat during final exam preparations. As a result of my other commitments today's blog post is really short; that's cuz I must get my act together and STUDY! BUT I am leaving you with a really yummy vegan recipe which was a massive hit here in The Little Plantation household. I hope that makes up for the short blog post. PLUS there's also an awesome cookbook giveaway courtesy of The Book People this week. Am I forgiven yet ;)?

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I'm delighted to be able to send a lucky reader a copy of Aine Carlin's book Keep It Vegan. The Book People kindly provided me with a copy for you to enjoy which was super generous of them, wasn't it? 

VEGAN SPRING SALAD WITH WARM POTATOES + #INFRANCEWECOOK FOOD BLOGGER WORKSHOP (V+, ChF, GF, GrF, NF, P)

VEGAN SPRING SALAD WITH WARM POTATOES + #INFRANCEWECOOK FOOD BLOGGER WORKSHOP (V+, ChF, GF, GrF, NF, P)

A few months ago I got a lovely invitation to spend a long weekend in a rustic farm house in the French countryside. The initial idea was to hang out and have some fun, but seeing that it was super talented Aimee T. from Twigg Studios asking, the lazy weekend concept was quickly ditched for a full blown food photography emersion workshop. See neither one of us could afford one of the luscious food photography retreats run by star bloggers, so we set out creating our very own little version of that on a shoestring :).

Furthermore we thought: What if we got a handful of other gifted women to join us who were all willing to share their specific knowledge and skill base, not for financial gain but instead for sheer pleasure! Wouldn't it be super empowering and a great opportunity to support one another at becoming the best that we can be creatively? So with that idea in mind we approached Aimee R. from Wallflower Kitchen a talented vegan baker and cookbook author, my sister Sumera an artist and singer who is developing her film making skills and Aoife, a wedding photographer with an eye for portrait photography and photo editing. Needless to say they all agreed to take part.

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Me, wearing my Grace Apron from Thread & Whisk and feeling like a princess        Linen napkins by Heal's 

RAW VEGAN TURMERIC CHIA PUDDING + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (ChF, GF, NF, R, V+, V)

RAW VEGAN TURMERIC CHIA PUDDING + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (ChF, GF, NF, R, V+, V)

Hi everyone. Hope you're all well :)

I've got LOTS in store for you this week. which is why I thought it would be helpful if I break this week's blog post down for you, so you can skip to the bits you're actually interested in ;). Cuz - just so you know - this is a looooong one and I don't want you getting bored ;).

This week you can find info on...

1. SUPERFOODS
I've been dying to write about superfoods ever since I started my little plantbased blog and with turmeric as the star ingredient in this week's vegan recipe, I coudn't think of a better time to share my thoughts on superfoods. This means I'll give you a list of the 7 superfoods that I believe truly live up to their name and should appear on your plate every single day! 

2. BLOGIVERSARY + A COOKBOOK GIVE-AWAY!
It's actually my blogiversary this week. Eeeeek! I STILL feel like a novice, but here I am finishing my second year of blogging. Crazy stuff! To celebrate I'm giving away a copy of Jessica Sepel's new book The Healthy Life. This give-away is open to UK and EU residence, so do check it out:). I'll provide a short review of the book and then I'll let you know what you need to do for a chance to win it.

3. TURMERIC RECIPES
I'm sharing 2 superfood recipes this week. One is this healthy raw vegan breakfast come snack recipe (the BOMB by the way). Two is a crazy sexy superfood Turmeric Cinnamon Tea on the Rocks recipe which you'll find over on Heal's blog this week. Just cuz turmeric is SO good, I had to create 2 easy and delicious recipes so you've got no excuse not to give this spice a go ;).

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RAW VEGAN ACAI SMOOTHIE BOWL + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (V+, V, ChF, GF, GrF, P, R, NF)

RAW VEGAN ACAI SMOOTHIE BOWL + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! (V+, V, ChF, GF, GrF, P, R)

I posted the following statement under this image of Xochi Balfour's new healthy lifestyle book 'The Naturalista' on instagram the other day:

'FACT I get lots of cookbooks sent to me. FACT I buy lots of cookbooks,. FACT I'd never recommend something I don't wholehearted believe in.
So if I say that the healthy living book 'The Naturalista' by @xochibalfour is INSANELY AWESOME you better believe it's true. I hope this treasure gets the attention it so deserves when it comes out at the end of April. @xochibalfour you should be darn proud of this looker.'

And, though it's been a few weeks now since I first received the book, I still feel mega excited about it and super duper lucky to have been given a copy. Yup, it's THAT good. So, what about it is so special, you might wonder? Well, ...

1. The voice behind the book - Xochi is engaging, genuine, so, so sweet and I read the story of her journey to health with great interest. It's one that so many of us can relate to. (I'm not telling you more. You just gotta buy the book ;)). Plus, I've had the pleasure of meeting Xochi in person and I can tell you, she's not a brand. She's the real deal :). 

2. The stunnig, healthy and most importantly achieveable recipes - I have literally bookmarked every other page - banana almond pancakes, kale and avocado rice with pickled carrots, smoky beet hummus etc.. I mean there are soooo many recipes to get excited about and most of them require ingredients that are easy to come by. However, please be warned - there are a few non-vegetarian recipes in this book. It doesn't bother me as you can count them on 1 hand, but I'm aware that for some of you this may be a deal breaker, which is why I'm pointing it out.

3. Drop dead gorgeous photography - In case it's not totally obvious from the hours I spent writing about it, I'm obsessed with good food photography. And this book's got some of the most stunning shots I've seen in a long, long time. In fact, if I ever photograph a cookbook I kinda want the pictures to look like the ones in Xochi's book *blush*. 

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