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Coconut Chips, Urban Fruit

It’s Monday! A great opportunity for a fresh start. I want to be more planned and organised this week to make sure that I can get better posts on here. I’ve got some other ideas of things I want to start doing in connection to the blog eventually so we’ll see when I can start doing them. I’m excited and feeling a bit more hopeful than I did when I wrote the blog post yesterday. I just need to figure out the best set up for everything I’d like to do so I can do it all as well as possible. It will take work but I’m determined to get there.

I wanted to give a little shout out to these snacks today, Sriracha Chilli Coconut Chips from Urban Fruit. On Saturday when Jamie and I had been out for a while in city centre I was getting a bit peckish when we were grocery shopping for dinner and saw these by the till. I love coconut chips and thought these sounded tasty. They’re baked and only made with natural ingredients, which is always a thumbs up for me. I ripped the packet open as soon as we were outside the shop and they were sooo good. Packed full with flavour and spice but also a hint of coconut of course. Two thumbs up from me! I found them in Tesco so keep a look out for them in there.

By the way, Jamie and I tried out a recipe from Minimalist Baker yesterday and it was delicious. You guys have to try it. It’s a vegan chilli, I think Jamie might’ve put some extra spice and magic into the one the  we made yesterday but great recipe anyway. Find it here. We served it with a salad, brown rice and homemade guacamole. I’ve been told I’m the guacamole master 😉 I could try and get a recipe together if anyone is interested?

Today we’re having a big meeting at voomfit HQ which will be interesting I think. Other than that content and blog are on the agenda.

Speak soon!

M xxx

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Belated birthday brunch

Food is served

This time a week ago we had this lovely bunch (and some more who managed to sneak out of my very few photos) over for brunch at ours. I thought my 25th birthday was a great excuse to have some of our friends over for some tasty food and brunch is the best meal of the day, let’s be honest. We didn’t realise how full our little flat would get. I’ve always thought we had loads of space but when everyone decided the kitchen was the place to hang out it all of a sudden got quite cramped haha. Plus we had two cute dogs running about!

Jamie and I had spent the morning cleaning the flat and then cooking lots of plant-based deliciousness for everyone. Or at least we hope it would be delicious. Unfortunately we ran a bit behind schedule and were still cooking when everyone was arriving. I don’t think anyone minded though. Some of the things we made were vegan banana pancakes, homemade baked beans, homemade hummus, a kale and butternut squash salad, sautéed mushrooms, sweet potato wedges and I also baked banana bread (recipe here). We then had lots of avocado, fruit, berries bread from Kember & Jones, Almighty Foods Hazelnut Fuj and peanut butter. I think that was it…

We received lots of kind comments about the food and some even saying we should be selling it somewhere. This made me so incredibly happy as one of my dreams for when I get older and want to settle down is to have a healthy café together with Jamie that serves healthy but super exciting and delicious food.

I loved having everyone over but it went by far too quickly! I wish I could’ve cloned myself so I would’ve had more time to speak to everyone who had taken the time out of their day for this little celebration. I love putting people together who perhaps otherwise maybe wouldn’t have met. It was amazing seeing everyone connecting.

Jamie and I were absolutely exhausted after that fun and busy day. It was one of the days when I wished we had a dishwasher! Let’s say tidying up took a little while but it was all worth it and I can’t wait until we next have friends over. It’s actually happening tonight as I’m having Kajsa and Ellie over for dinner. I just need to figure out what I’m going to cook. I’m feeling something warm and hearty considering how chilly it is outside!

Now time for food with my man before he heads off to work! Have a lovely Sunday everyone xxx

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Vegan banana pancakes

I’m always on the search to make dishes vegan but still delicious and healthy. Pancakes have been on my list for a long time but I haven’t been convinced by the recipes I’ve come across until I read this recipe on Swedish fitness blogger Ida Warg’s blog. It sounded very simple and with ingredients most people would already have at home. I don’t know about you but sometimes having to buy loads of new ingredients to create one dish can feel a bit off-putting. Especially something that you don’t make very often, like pancakes.

I had no expectation really when I made these but wow, they were delicious. They reminded me a bit of banana bread and boy do I love banana bread. I served them with fresh berries, coconut flakes, cacao nibs and Almight Foods Hazelnut Fuj (this spread is just meant to be on pancakes, it takes them to a whole new level). I did offer the option of peanut butter and cinnamon too but we didn’t even touch it because the combo of the other toppings was just perfect.

Now to the recipe, you can find the original here:

4 ripe bananas
600ml oats
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tsp baking powder
200 ml oat milk (I’m sure any other nut milk would work well too)
A sprinkle of ground cardamom
A sprinkle of raw vanilla powder (I think vanilla extract could work too)
A pinch of salt (Himalayan pink salt is my go-to)

Blend the oats until flour consistency. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and mix until smooth. Leave it to stand for ten minutes and then cook them in a pan with some coconut oil. Enjoy ❤

Thank you Ida Warg for creating such a delicious recipe. Emma and I were stuffed afterwards. This recipe I would say is for two very hungry people since we almost managed to eat all of them! We were stuffed afterwards.

Hope you love them as much as we did!

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Going to the beach

Hi! How are you guys? I just got back from a fun meeting this morning and am now waiting for Jamie to get ready. He’s been sleeping until just before eleven. The poor guy is exhausted after working so much but today he’s off and the sun is shining so we’re thinking of going to the coast. I think we’ll end up going to Irvine. None of us have been there before so we’re looking forward to go and explore.

I can’t wait to being by the sea. One day I’m going to live by the beach. I love breathing the fresh air and feeling sand between my toes (although, it probably won’t be quite warm enough to take our shoes off haha). I’m hoping for a picnic on the beach but we’ll see whether the weather allows it.

This is a photo of the lunch I had yesterday. I wasn’t feeling super hungry but felt like I needed to eat something amongst all the running about. Waitrose has started selling frozen edamame beans to my great delight. I absolutely love edamame beans and they’re a great source of protein. They’re great in any kind Asian dishes really. So yesterday I threw together this super simple meal, not at all very glamorous but it tasted really nice! Basically it’s courgetti, mange touts and edamame beans stir fired in coconut oil with herb salt. I then served it with some leftover sweet potato and hummus (because a a dish is not complete without hummus).

Now it’s time for me to get my stuff together so we can leave! Speak to you later xxx