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March 02 2017


Chick Peas, Potatoes & Mixed Veg in a Green Thai Curry Sauce


Can of chick peas, coconut milk, sachet Blue Dragon Thai green curry paste, medium potato, large onion, garlic paste, ginger paste, frozen mixed veg, coriander leaves.

Gently fry onion until translucent, add garlic and ginger paste, after a few minutes add coconut milk,  stir in curry paste and bring to the boil before adding chick peas, sliced potatoes, veg and coriander leaves. Season to taste.

Serve with rice or noodles

February 26 2017

Oh, it’s been a long, long time…

February 15 2017


Bonobo Kickstarter

Bonobo Cafe, a 100% vegan café in Aberdeen, also a worker co-operative, has just launched a Kickstarter campaign.

They started as a Saturday pop-up, ploughing all the takings back into the business and saving in order to open up full time. It’s been 18 months since then and now they’re almost there, having agreed a lease on a premises. They’re hoping to raise the funds for the fit out through this campaign.

Their reward structure includes the option to provide a vulnerable person in Aberdeen with a hot drink every day for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months of the year as well as some other nice gifts.

The kickstarter campaign link is:é

You can also visit them on Facebook or Instagram

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January 23 2017


Fitness, Mountain Peaks and Cake

Bennachie in the mist

It’s a new year, a good time to get fit and healthy, so let’s climb a mountain! Up we go into the mist…

Bennachie in Aberdeenshire has several peaks. We’re going to visit four. Firstly the Mither Tap, then Craig Shannoch then onto the Little Oxen Crag and the Oxen Crag. The Little one is somehow the toughest, you’ll be peching as we say up here, Fitbit lighting up with joy at the raised heart rate.

path on Bennachie

Keep going! Keep going! Think about the healthy chocolate protein shake you’re going to have when you get home!

Purition Protein Shake

Purition‘s Raw Vegan Chocolate Hemp Mix blended in soya milk with some added banana and avocado. Yum, yum, yum.

But we’re not there yet, we’re circling back to cover more of the hill.

mist and sun

And down we go.

And it snows.

So we’re inside.

On YouTube.

And dancing.

Sweaty Betty Ballet Bootcamp Encore is a great cardio and core workout from the ladies at Sleek Technique (lots of nice DVDs available too), no dance training required.

And now, a smoothie made with frozen blackberries, bananas, orange juice and a sachet of Purition‘s Raw Vegan Hemp Mix.

berry smoothie

For simpler and (sometimes) shorter routines try Lazy Dancer Tips or some Pilates workouts or, if you’re hardcore, you could go for a full class from The Royal Ballet.

And after all that, how about some fortified cake? Yes, cake. It’s doesn’t have to be (that) unhealthy. This one’s made with 3 large mashed bananas mixed into a cup of gluten free self raising flour, a packet of Purition‘s Vegan Vanilla Hemp mix, a little sunflower oil and enough soya milk to make a nice thick batter. Pour into a greased square cake tin and bake for about half an hour at 200c/400F.


Cut into pieces and cover with dark chocolate, chopped pecan nuts and fresh blueberries. Happy Eating!

sugar free banana cake

The Purition mixes mentioned in this post are their three vegan products, all made with nuts and seeds, all natural, nothing nasty, and over 14g of protein per 40g serving! See them all on their site here.

chocolate protein mix

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January 12 2017


Veganized Lashes: The Ultimate Vegan Mascara Guide

My daily makeup routine consists of clear glowing skin, eyebrows on fleek, winged eye liner, and long healthy thick eye lashes. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, many commercial makeup brands still use animal based ingredients in their products and test on animals.

Luckily for us, other makeup brands are stepping up and producing high quality mascaras that are great for your lashes and kind to animals.

Here is my review of 10 fashionable vegan mascaras that will have your eye lashes looking completely fabulous!

Va-Va-Voom: Mascaras that are Dressed to Impress


Arbonne is a vegan certified, non-toxic, beauty company. I mentioned Arbonne before in my article about the 5 must try vegan cosmetic brands, so of course their “It’s a Long Story” mascara would end up on my list.

Consistency and suitability: Definitely not for the “natural look” type of girl – but if you love a black dramatic eyelashes look, then “It’s a Long Story” mascara is for you! The wand is almost rectangular shape so getting those smaller lashes could be tricky, but it is wash resistant and long wearing, so it is defiantly worth trying.

Arbone is made in the USA, but ships worldwide.

Too Faced cosmetics

Too Faced cosmetics is a cruelty free makeup brand that is “unabashedly pink and feminine with a playful wink”.

Consistency and suitability: Too Faced cosmetics aims to put the fun factor in their makeup, and with their top selling mascara named “Better than Sex” it is definitely on the right path. Their mascara box is hourglass shaped just like the wand, and every part of the experience of using this mascara reminds me why I love being a woman! The formula is thick and I found that it did everything it says that it will. Define, lengthen, and add volume. “Better than sex” I’m not quite sure, but one of the best mascaras I tried? Definitely!

The company ships in the US and internationally to selected countries. To shop at the Too Faced Amazon store, click here.

Lily Lolo mineral cosmetics

Lily Lolo is an award winning natural vegan cosmetic line. Their “Best Natural Mascara” won the 2015 Natural Health International Beauty Awards, and it is one of Petit Vour’s best sellers; after trying their new vegan formula I can see why!

Consistency and suitability: Lily Lolo’s mascara has a tapered wand, doesn’t clump, and gives me that bold dramatic look that I love.  The fact that the line is vegan and natural is a wonderful added bonus. Plus this mascara is organic. If you love Too Faced “Better than Sex”, but want a natural all vegan brand, Lili Lolo is for you!

Natural Beauties: Natural Look Mascaras

Ecco Bella 

Ecco Bella is a cruelty free organic makeup and skin care line and their mascara is made with natural clay and flower wax, hence its name, “FlowerColor”. Their mascara comes in black and brown, is water resistant, and has a handy mirror in the container.

Consistency and suitability: The “FlowerColor” Mascara has a standard wand with wide bristles so that it holds just enough to layer on a hint of color. Perfect if you like the natural look! The formula is thinner so it won’t clump after several layers and would work well for sensitive eyes or for young girls who are first getting into wearing makeup.

Ecco Bella is made in the USA, but will ship worldwide and offers a 100% money back policy. Their mascara is also available on the Ecco Bella Amazon store

e.l.f. cosmetics 

e.l.f cosmetics is an affordable vegan cosmetics line with products at around $5 – perfect for the cost conscious vegan.

Consistency and suitability: e.l.f makes several types of mascara, but the one I tried was their “Volumizing and Defining Mascara” which only costs $2 and happens to be their best seller. The formula of this mascara is thin so it goes on clump free even after several layers, but I wouldn’t call it volumizing. Also their packaging is not durable, so I would be mindful of that if you are prone to dropping your makeup. I do love how black their Jet Black color goes on and if you like black without a dramatic effect, this would be great for you.

e.l.f cosmetics are made in the US, but will also ship to Canada and the UK, and has an Amazon store.

Flirty Girls: Mascara for Flirty Lashes

Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics

Ere Perez is a cruelty free Australian owned cosmetics company that offers natural makeup, which is great for people with sensitive skin. They carry three types of mascaras, and I was able to try their “Volumizing Waterproof Mascara” (the only natural water proof mascara on the market according to their website).  

Consistency and suitability: The Ere Perez “Volumizing Waterproof Mascara” has a tapered wand for those perfectionists out there who like to make sure they are able to coat ALL of their lashes. And yes, it is indeed waterproof, so make sure you are stocked with a natural oil (such as coconut, almond, or jojoba oil) to help with removal. I do have to mention that this mascara seemed to dry out faster than the other brands, so clumping could be an issue if you like to use multiple layers.

This brand has an international Amazon shop and storefronts across the Australian continent. It offers free shipping within Australia, and also ships abroad.

Marks & Spencers 

In many ways, Marks & Spencers is to the UK what Target is to the US, the place to shop! They carry everything from clothes and food to home goods and they also carry their own line of cruelty free make up. Although their total makeup is not vegan, M&S do carry four mascaras that are: “Autograph Neverending Lashes Lengthening Mascara”,” Autograph Amplified Lashes Volumizing Mascara”, “Autograph  Aqua Proof Water Resistant Mascara”, and their “Autograph High Definition Lashes”.

Consistency and suitability: I tried their “Neverending Lashes Mascara” and I have never tried a mascara brush of this type before. It is so thin and long, and because of this it is able to coat every single one of your lashes. This mascara is perfect for those of us with naturally thick lashes, as it looked great on my top lashes, but clumped up on my bottom ones.

This company does not ship to the US, so if you live in the UK or are visiting there, be sure to stop by.

Cate McNabb

Cate McNabb is another great cruelty free natural cosmetics company. They offer mascara in regular and mini size, which is great for traveling or if you are the type whose makeup expires before you are able to use it all.

Consistency and suitability: Like Ere Perez, the Cate McNabb “Volumizing Mascara” also comes with a tapered wand and a thicker consistency which is perfect to add volume and color. However, despite its thick consistency, this mascara does not clump easily, as I was able to put on several layers without clumping lushes.

Cate McNabb products are made in the USA (free shipping on all US order!), and ships internationally.


Antonym Cosmetics is a cruelty-free eco-luxe makeup line that offers certified natural and organic makeup and vegan makeup brushes. They carry one mascara, called “Lola Lash”.

Consistency and suitability:  This mascara has a curved wand with wider bristles so it is perfect for those with straight lashes. It will definitely give you volume, but easily comes off with water so be careful if you plan on running in the rain or crying at a really good movie. On a side note, I love that their compacts cases are made from sustainable bamboo. So chic and environmental friendly!

Antonym is developed in the US, manufactured in the EU, and ships internationally.


I can’t talk about vegan makeup without talking about Beauty without Cruelty. Per their website, BWC was founded “in 1963 in England by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. Its goal was to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were NOT tested on animals (as was the norm) and did NOT contain any animal ingredients.”

Consistency and suitability: I was able to try out their “Full Volume Mascara“, however, they also sell “Ultimate Natural” and “Waterproof brands”. Their “Full Volume Mascara” has a standard wand and does add some thickness and volume, but it is very wet so make sure you leave time between coats to allow it to dry properly to prevent clumping.

BWC products are available on their US website, their UK website, and on Amazon.

I love that more cosmetics brands are realizing that beauty doesn’t have to hurt animals and I am looking forward to the day when all makeup brands are vegan. Until then I’m happy to support these vegan and vegan-friendly brands, and I invite you to support them as well.

We hope you found our vegan mascara guide helpful. Here’s to long and luscious, cruelty-free lashes!


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January 07 2017


January 06 2017


blue skies, purple smoothie


Wonderful skies just now. Especially on the coldest of days. Wonderful smoothies too, made possible by the wonder of frozen fruit. The combination of pecan nuts and tart purple berries such as brambles (blackberries) or blackcurrants creates a delicious and rich sweetness reminiscent of the best brown sugar.

bright skies

(For four people, big servings, adjust as needed)
1 bag of frozen blackberries or blackcurrants
4 bananas
1 cup of pecan nuts
orange juice to cover in blender (probably about 1 litre)
If you like a thicker smoothie add an avocado or some linseeds.
Blend! Enjoy the brown sugary wonder! Go for a walk among the trees!


Vegan Subscription Boxes For Everyone

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November 26 2016


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Vegan Advent 2016

Chrismas nuts

Pre-breakfast chocolate time is fast approaching so let’s dive right in!

Holland and Barratt have some lovely Christmas goodies, both online and in store, including dairy free Advent calendars.

Holland and Barratt Advent Calendar Holland and Barratt Advent

They also stock many vegan savoury chilled items such as festive roasts and cheeses. These items sell out fast this time of year but you can order them online to pick up in store.

Moo Free have this really sweet and mellow tasting chocolate calendar:


Plamil do two, one with sugar and one without.


Montezuma’s do this gorgeous dark number with large blocks of

Then there’s the non-edible variety for children.

playmobil dragonPlaymobil do a lovely range with great scenes to build from traditional Nativity to dragons, unicorns, pirates and Santa’s workshop.



Lego Star Wars Advent

Lego also have a nice selection, some sweet and Christmassy, others less so!



Ethical Superstore are selling an organic fair-trade tea calendar here.


Supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda do dairy-free Advent calendars now too. Don’t forget you could also go traditional with little pictures or fill your own reusable calendar with pockets!

The picture below is of mini gluten free chocolate logs, recipe here

gluten free mini chocolate logs


chocolated nutroast

Main Christmas page with lots of recipes here

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November 04 2016


Chestnut & Butter Bean Wellington : Courtesy Vegetarian Society

Wrapped in golden pastry, this vegan
bake is packed with flavour.
Serves: 4-6
Preparation: 25 mins
Cooking: 1 hour 15 mins
For the pastry:
500g vegan puff or shortcrust pastry, in a block
Flour, for rolling out 
For the inner filling:
50g sun-dried tomatoes (oil reserved), drained and chopped
1 onion, chopped
300g cooked chestnuts, mashed
400g tin butter beans, drained and mashed
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
50g ready-to-eat prunes, chopped
1 tsp mild curry powder
100g chopped mixed nuts
Salt and pepper
For the outer filling:
400g mixed mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp soy sauce
200g frozen spinach
1 lemon, juice and ½ zest only

To glaze:
2 tbsp soya milk
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle measuring 40cm x 30cm. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

2. To make the inner filling, heat a little of the sun-dried tomato oil (save some for later) in your largest frying pan and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes. Add the remaining inner filling ingredients, except the seasoning, and cook for another 10 minutes over a low heat, stirring often. The mixture should be fairly dry and hold together. Season to taste and set aside to cool.

3. To make the outer filling, use the rest of the tomato oil to fry the mushrooms and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce, spinach, the lemon zest and juice. Cook for 10 minutes, or until all of the moisture has evaporated. Allow to cool.

4. To assemble the Wellington, line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and transfer the pastry to it. With the long edge facing you, use the back of a table knife to lightly mark the pastry in half horizontally, giving two long rectangles. Place the inner filling in the top rectangle, leaving a 3cm border around the edges, and form it into a sausage shape. Pat the mushroom and spinach layer all over the filling to form the outer filling.

5. Brush the pastry borders with a little water. Fold the lower half of the pastry over to enclose the fillings and press all around to seal, then crimp the ends with a fork. Brush with the soya milk and bake for 45 minutes or until golden.

Note: This can be baked and chilled for up to three days or frozen for up to three months. If frozen, allow to thaw and then thoroughly reheat.

November 03 2016


November 01 2016


World Vegan Day Breakfast 2016

Porridge with bananas, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, bagel with peanut butter and blackcurrant jam.  washed down with hot, black coffee.

October 13 2016


chocolate ghosts, chocolate muffins

chocolate chunk cake

There they are: chocolate chunk and walnut muffins. They’re very very good, but tricky to photograph so we’re going to intersperse with some professional pictures of seasonal Montezuma’s chocolate.

Lets start with the ghosts! Or Montezuma’s Dark and Vegan Halloween Treats to be exact.

Okay, onto the muffin recipe!

Chocolate Chunk and Walnut Muffins
4 (heaped) tablespoons of Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising flour,
2 (heaped) tablespoons of cocoa,
2 tablespoons (not heaped) of caster sugar
100g bar of chocolate
handful of walnuts, broken into small pieces
3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
Soya milk to mix (start with about half a cupful)

Start with the fun part: bashing up the chocolate. While it’s still in its wrapper, hit the bar of chocolate repeatedly with a rolling pin. All over. Backwards and forwards. Up and down. Tip the fragmented contents into a mixing bowl along with the flour, cocoa, walnuts and sugar and mix well. Add the wet ingredients and stir.

With gluten free cakes that are going into paper cake cases, you don’t want the batter too wet or the cakes might stick in there quite badly. So, you’re going for a nice sturdy batter, not too much soya milk. Or you could use silicone cases.

Spoon into 12 cake cases and bake at 200C/400F for 10-15 minutes. Cool, then eat!

chunk cakes in the sun

And now let’s look ahead a little into the chocolatey year… to Advent!ma-600x600

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