Wednesday 20 December 2017

Top 10 Vegan Christmas Recipes

If you're short on ideas for your vegan spread this Christmas season, here are my top 10 picks of wonderfully festive recipes to try, in no particular order (because let's be real, jollof rice would beat brussels sprouts to the top spot every. single. time.). These are dishes that are already up on the blog so simply click the titles to get to the recipe page!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and New Year in advance! xo

1. Brussels Sprouts
But y'know, properly spiced and seasoned so they don't taste like old socks.

2. Beans and Plantain Canapes
So visually appealing that you'll want to hang them up on your Christmas tree.

3. Nigerian Roasted Vegetables
The result of plantain, yam, sweet potatoes and other root vegetables hanging out together in the oven.

4. Jollof Rice and Plantain
What's a party without jollof? I'm waiting for you to tell me.

5. Plantain Fried Rice
What's a party without fried rice? Still great if there's jollof rice, but why limit yourself...

6. Coconut and Turmeric Roast Potatoes
A fancy schmancy take on roast potatoes for cooks who want to show off this Christmas.

7. Pumpkin Spice Puff Puff
Little bite-sized doughnut puffs of goodness, bursting with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Yes.

8. Christmas Pudding
Want to really really really impress? Make this.

9. Nutty Chocolate Truffles
Picture it. You're snuggled up on the sofa with a Netflix movie on the TV screen. You've got a whole bowl of these. And you refuse to pass them round. They're all yours.

10. Raw Vegan Mince Pies
I'll be the first to admit that this one is right on the border of ridiculous. But look at how cute it is though!

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Vegan Christmas Feast [Pictures and Video]

I love it when a good plan comes to fruition.

A few months ago, my friend Elisabeth and I were catching up over lunch and discussing the possibility of collaborating on a pop-up event. Fast-forward to December 9th and we were hosting a vegan Christmas feast! It was festive, it was fun, the food was insane (in quantity and hopefully in taste!), it was everything we imagined it would be and then some. Thank you to all our guests and to all the wonderful people involved behind the scenes.

Relive the night with us by watching the video and then check out these snaps (photos by Alex Shaw):

Sunday 3 December 2017

Everything Vegan | Cruelty-Free Apparel

With Christmas just around the corner, I am especially excited to finally share this review. Whether you are buying for a vegan friend or adding to your own wish list, the high-quality apparel from Everything Vegan make for awesome presents.

The company, based in California and founded by Aaron Seminoff, prides itself on providing 100% vegan apparel printed with organic water based inks.

I had the opportunity to pick out a few items from the store to try and as you can see from the image above, I went with a cute berry-coloured racerback tank top with the message 'You Had Me At Vegan' (catering to my inner romantic, no doubt) and a grey t-shirt that reads 'Powered by Plants' (an empowering testament to the energy you feel when you follow a healthy plant-based diet). As a final cherry on top, I also selected a couple of vegan stickers: 'Be Kind to Every Kind' and 'Save the Planet, Go Vegan', perfect for adorning my laptop, notebooks and any other surface that I can use to cheekily spread the message.

If you've ever wanted to make a bold statement about your vegan lifestyle (and why the heck not? - it's great!), then shirts like these are perfect, because they do the talking for you and act as conversation starters.

I found the items to be well-made and beautifully designed. Even after several washes, the colours are still bright and fresh. I've worn the t-shirt casually with a nice jacket thrown over the top in the colder weather. And the berry tank top is especially great for the gym.

Beyond t-shirts and stickers, you'll also find sweaters, hats and socks in the online store. You'll no doubt be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting one of the quippy messages, some of my other favourites being: 'I Yam What I Yam' (ha!), 'I Get Plenty of Protein Thanks!' (say it louder!), 'Vegan Vibes' (so chill...), and the more seasonal 'All I Want For Christmas Is For You To Go Vegan' (subtle...).

For these and many more wonderful designs, visit the Everything Vegan website. If you're quick, you can enjoy 30% in their sale using the code: CYBER30.