Podcast update: worthwhile listening

I was talking about one of my favourite podcasts to a family friend the other day when I realised I no longer listen to any of the channels I previously recommended on my blog. Given the every-growing number of fantastic podcasts available, I feel it is time for an updated list; one which features some…

Botanical Cuisine: dips and spreads to change your life

My family are reasonably dismissive, in a loving way, of my desire to eat a largely plant-based (ie. vegan) diet. They seem to conveniently forget this, however, when they see me spreading some BC cashew ‘cream cheese’ on my toast, and will happily demolish the entire thing if I don’t surreptitiously sneak it back into…

Area Guide: Surrey Hills

As someone who is always vegetarian (and increasingly vegan) with an emphasis on whole and unprocessed foods, finding somewhere I am able and willing to eat can be problematic, especially when travelling to new places. While online research can be useful, and I certainly have a number of go-to websites to fall back on, I much prefer personal…

Recipe: Rhubarb, Orange and Rosemary Cake

When I am feeling miserable, Mum will make me a rhubarb, orange and rosemary cake, and so now this recipe is associated for me with a hug, a cup of tea, and the smell of buttery almond-meal drifting from the oven. Admittedly, Mum does tell me to look away while she adds the (frankly ludicrous…

Favourite books of December

December is all about gift giving, so with this in mind I have selected three books to recommend this month which I believe are the perfect Christmas gift. The Art of Frugal Hedonism by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland I made my way through this lovely, slim little book while I lay on a picnic…

Coffee love

Those who know me well would be able to tell you I really, really hate trends. While other people can’t wait to jump on the bandwagon of what is most recently fashionable or popular, as soon as something I like starts ‘trending’, I won’t go near it with a ten foot pole. I am of…