Lately

Hello there!

How are you guys?  Life has picked up the pace around here recently.  And since this pregnancy has now hit the 34 weeks mark I feel like I should start preparing for labour and life post-birth.  It’s going to be crazy around here for a while.  Thus my aim for the blog is to post once a week for the foreseeable future.  This may well change once the baby arrives.

I’ve been rubbish at taking photos recently, mostly because our meals have been repetitive and straight-forward.  There are 3 meals in particular that seem to be on rotation (apart from variants of pasta with marinara).

1. Jacket potato with different accompaniments.  So quick and easy.

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2. Dreena Burton’s Chickpea Ratatouille (as previously mentioned)

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3. Elise’s Tempeh, Corn & Rice.  Love how quick and easy this is (which is the current prerequisite for all our meals around here).  Shame Tom isn’t a big tempeh fan.

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I’m going to try to cook a couple of golden oldies this weekend; I may even try out a new recipe since I’ve been craving baked goods like nobody’s business.  Speaking of cravings, I can’t seem to shake the cheese and dairy milk chocolate cravings I’ve been having all week.  Not good for this vegan gal.  I’ve been trying to find vegan alternatives but they end up being inadequate.  However, I do think the cravings are because I’m tired and want junk food.  Thus, my baking and making some of the more indulgent vegan meals should sort this out.  No fear.  All I need is time and energy…. Easy, right?

Vegan MoFo 2014 – Final Post!

Goodness me I dropped the Vegan MoFo ball last week!  There were many good reasons for this.  I was without access to my macbook from Monday-Wednesday (I’m a “write-on-the-day-of-publishing” style blogger).  Then when I had the opportunity to blog after that I just couldn’t face it.  MoFo burnout?  Perhaps.  But more likely I think it was due to third trimester burnout.  Food is a bit of a struggle these days.  I have little interest in it and can become full so ridiculously easily.  Plus, I just feel tired.  Ah well, only 7 weeks to go until due date; woo woo!

Anyway, for my final MoFo post I’m going to share with you some recent food highlights.

1. Vegan Tuck Box!

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They are the best!  I’ve signed up for the next 3 months, and I’ll probably go for an ongoing subscription.  So exciting seeing what goodies you get each month.  I haven’t been disappointed yet :) I particularly love their chocolate selections.  I should probably do a separate post dedicated to them.

2. Dreena Burton’s Chickpea Ratatouille

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Such a tasty, easy dinner.  Made all the better with Nooch, obvo.

3. A variation of Isa’s PB-Choc Chip Oat Bars.

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Again, amazing.  I just subbed the PB for sunflower butter and used raisins instead of the peanuts.

4.  This year’s London Vegfest!

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We were there for the Sunday.  Honestly, for the most part it was stressful.  Theo refused to nap so he cried the majority of the time despite our best efforts to appease him/help him to sleep.  However, when he was happy I loved browsing around the stalls.  I ate some amazing food.  The above Bahn Mi Buddha from one of the food vans (best stuffed baguette ever), and Ms Cupcake‘s cupcakes were the highlights.  Oh my, I’m still dreaming about those cupcakes.  I think I have a girl crush on her/them (is that possible?).  Darn, I wish there was an equivalent in Bristol.

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Poor Theo was so tired that as soon as the car engine was started, for our return journey home, he was out like a light.  In fact, I think he’s still recovering!

Next year, I’m going to try to go to Vegfest on my own so that I can check out some of the seminars and chat to people too.  It’s easy to feel alone when you don’t know any other vegans in person (other than through blogs).  I’ve struggled with this recently.  Veganism is a radical lifestyle choice, and sometimes I wish I knew other vegans to share it with.

And there we have it!  This year’s final MoFo post.  I’ve loved being part of it, discovering new blogs, and checking out all the vegan food porn.  Bring on next year!