VEGAN THAI SOUP - KHAO SOI SOUP (V+, GF, NF, V, GrF)

VEGAN THAI SOUP - KHAO SOI SOUP (V+, GF, NF, V, GrF, P)

''When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty'' - Thomas Jefferson

I am acutely aware that over the last few weeks my instagram feed has been either incredibly quiet or dominated by what dominated my life - The Women's March on London. Despite the fact that I'm keen not to make my food blog be more political than it already is (it's a vegan food blog, y'all. I mean, that in itself speaks volumes), I have also always used this space as an on-line, public, open diary to explore and express my thoughts and feelings.

So what can I say? Just that we - a handful of ordinary women - came together now, 11 weeks ago to try and make a positive difference. To stand in solidarity with those groups of people who were attacked and marginalised, demonised and hurt in one of the most vicious and divisive presidential campaigns ever. To raise awareness and consciousness and to bring people together. We never expected a turnout of 100,000 people in what police described as one of the most peaceful and positive marches ever (no arrests in London, if you're wondering). We never expected the outpouring of support we received. We never expected that this march would mean so much to so many people, many of whom were still distressed about the Brexit vote. We never expected that the march and rally would have such a profoundly positive impact, especially on young women, many of whom left inspired and uplifted. What we also hadn't expected was the huge amount of hatred and animosity that would be directed at us in the days leading up to and after the march. It's incredibly you guys, I won't go into details, but trolls are SO disgusting.

We also hadn't expected that we would need to 'justify' our march or our motivation to march (mainly to men, I hasten to add, though some women too). But most of all, I'd never expected to feel this huge weight of responsibility on my shoulders the day after the march. So many questions started to suddently formulate in my mind: What do we do now? How can we ensure that 100,000 people didn't march in vain? How can we continue to protect those most in need? How can we keep going when we're exhausted and wanting to find our way back to our old, 'normal' lives? How could we have been so naive as to think that one march would be enough?

I never ever thought I'd be an activist (I'm just like YOU, trust me), but I'm riding this wave that destiny has swept my way and am not afraid to see where it takes me. Tired, yes, but afraid, no. And now that resistance and everyday activism are my new normal, I've decided to embrace it and run with it because we STILL want our voices to be heard. Because we know that many people want to continue to protect human rights and be a part of this 'movement'. Because we will not go away until this terror STOPS. Because we won't let history repeat itself.

I will most likely not mention politics on the blog again (hopefully), but if I'm absent or quiet, you can bet your bottom dollar I'm plotting away with the rest of the girls - peacefully, positively but with hella determination! Because this is no time for retreating. This is a time for action!

Thanks for reading everyone.
See you in 2 weeks time.

P.S. If you'd like to support The Women's March on London, please e-mail us at womensmarchlondon(at)gmail(dot)com or if you want to do 'something' then check our 10 actions in 100 days on the website for ideas and suggestions, cuz remember politics is by the people, for the people; and that means YOU ;).

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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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CREAMY WINTER CAULIFLOWER, PARSNIP AND GARLIC SOUP (V+, GF, GrF, ChF, NF, P)

CREAMY WINTER CAULIFLOWER, PARSNIP AND GARLIC SOUP (V+, GF, GrF, ChF, NF, P)

I love January! Sure it's cold and dark and I'm always short of cash, but there is something so fresh and promising about having the whole year ahead of me; it's what makes me January's biggest fan. You see, I feel the beginning of the year gives us a chance to reinvent ourselves, to dream of all the things that weren't possible the previous year and to make them happen this year. With that sense of hope in mind, I've been thinking loads about the direction of the blog for 2016. What do I want this space to be and how can I make it better still? That's not to say that I haven't been incredibly pleased and proud of what I've achieved in the last 12 months. I SO have, but I know that I haven't reached my destination yet and that I am STILL moving towards my own creative peek. So what does this mean for the blog in 2016 and what can you expect to find here over the coming year? 

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MUSHROOM SERIES 3: THOUGHT ON MACROBIOTICS + EASY MISO SOUP WITH SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS (V+, GF, NF)

MUSHROOM SERIES 3: EASY MISO SOUP WITH SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS (V+, GF, NF) + I TALK MACROBIOTICS

Meet my new favourite breakfast buddy: Miso Soup! I know it might sound weird, but I can promise you, it's weirdly wonderful :).

Actually, let me backtrack a little bit and tell you how I got to swap my fruity porridge for soup...

As those of you who have been reading the blog for some time know, I'm studying to be a nutritional therapist (Yup, Still. In year 2. One more year to go. And in case it's not blatantly obvious: I CAN'T WAIT TO GRADUATE! ;)). As part of my studies we were asked to partake in a diet experiment; we had to live a particular diet and lifestyle for one week and then write a report about our experience. Cool huh? 

By the time I had a chance to look at the options available to us, most of the diets were already taken:(  and I was left with only 4 possibilities: FODMAP, the GI diet, macrobiotic diet and the blood type diet. Sorry, but this was a no brainer for me. As a massive Madonna fan (this is her best album ever and this my favourite tune) I knew full well that Madonna partly attributed her healthy body to her macrobiotic diet and so I HAD to give it a try.

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MUSHROOM SERIES 2: INTERVIEW WITH RUSSELL JAMES + RAW AVOCADO SOUP AND SOUR CREAM (GF, GrF, P, V+, R)

INTERVIEW WITH RUSSELL JAMES + RAW MEXICAN AVOCADO LIME SOUP WITH HOME-MADE RAW VEGAN SOUR CREAM

Though still in the midst of Winter, the sun was shining brightly the day I got to hang out with the most influential Raw Chef in the UK – Russell James. Many of you will know Russell from his youtube channel and other may know him from his popular blog The Raw Chef. I was lucky enough to meet him at an uber-cool converted South London warehouse which is his live/work space. It houses not one but two stunning, envy-worthy kitchens; the first kitchen Russell uses to teach his super popular raw food classes, the second one (an electric blue one nonetheless), is his personal kitchen which is as high tech as it is inviting and beautiful.

Now what do you do when you meet a vegan foodie superstar with more than 190,000 facebook followers? Talk plant-based food of course ;)

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CURRIED ROOT VEG SOUP WITH BEET CRISPS (V+, P, GF, NF, GrF)

CURRIED ROOT VEG SOUP WITH BEET CRISPS (V+, GF, NF, P, GrF)

Earlier this year, my 4-year-old son and I (my husband joined us later) took an epic journey to the Americas. We’d talked about the trip for weeks and were both beyond excited as we boarded our plane on a Thursday evening and set off to the first of many destinations: Miami, Florida.

To be frank, I had been quite nervous about travelling and especially about visiting the States (You know, I always feel rather overwhelmed and saddened by the excessive availability of cheap, unhealthy convenience foods on offer when I enter the US  and I was worried about how my son would manage this new and surely tempting experience. (He was fine by the way)).

I knew that cooking and eating healthily far away from the comforts of my own kitchen wouldn’t be straight forward, so I needed to do lots of pre-planning and thinking about how best to make it all work. Sure, I didn’t want to obsess about food either, but I certainly wanted to be cautious and avoid any processed, (factory farmed) animal-based foods, if at all possible.

The flight went well. I brought a lot of healthy food with me and bought some water at the airport, meaning we ate really well and stayed hydrated for the whole of the plane journey. What I hadn’t expected was what happened at passport control…

UPDATED! SEXY WATERMELON GAZPACHO (R, V+, GF, NF, P, GrF)

UPDATED! SEXY WATERMELON GAZPACHO (R, V+, GL, NF, P, GrF)

NOTE: The pictures for this blog post were in part updated in June, 2016.

Question:
What’s even better than making some fabulicious, seasonal plant-based food? Answer: Making it and sharing it with someone you ADORE. And for this week’s blog post I got to do just that as my gorgeous and über-talented little sis’ Sumera flew all the way from Berlin to come and visit hubby, son and ME in our humble London home.

Sumera might look familiar as she was one of the finalists on the Dutch X Factor a few years ago and apart from being graced with a voice that sends chills down my spine, this little tweety bird can put together a fierce plate of food too. We were ‘cooking’ up a storm in the kitchen, preparing a recipe handed down to us by my mama. So a true family affair all the way ‘round which resulted in a bowl full of LOVE.

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