Monday, 22 May 2017

Three tales

Photograph: Elliott Stallion


I'm not sure anyone would normally come to this blog for political posts, so I've written this from a personal perspective. Tales of childhood inspire most of my writing and this is no different. Three tales where the personal and the political collide.

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Seven Easy Vegetarian Recipes | Healthy & Quick Meals for National Vegetarian Week

Vegetarian recipes to make meat-free healthy meals for all the family

It's National Vegetarian Week. Or, as it's also known, National So What Do You Eat Then? Week. Despite vegetarians making up 12% of the UK population, it's an area of fascination for the other 88%, many of whom are tofu-curious. I love vegetarian food and could talk for hours about various veggie triumphs I've enjoyed over the years. But a list of my favourite vegetarian recipes is probably more useful.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

May picks: Watch, read, listen, visit

Illustration: Brian Rea

One of the reasons I've not been writing blog posts much is that I've gone old school media. Books, newspapers and magazines have been feeding my brain for the past few months and I can see now how much I've missed the feel of paper in hand.

So, what page-turners can I recommend? Read on for reading recommendations plus what to watch, listen to and where to go this month.

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Review: Pacific Yoga and Café Matariki, Bristol

Pacific Yoga and Cafe Matariki Bristol - review

I know, I know, it seems weird leading a review of a yoga studio and cafe with a massive piece of chocolate cake, but look at it! Seriously. This is vegan chocolate cake topped with rose petals. And it was divine. Go and visit Café Matariki now if you share my interest in dream cake. Or read on for the rest of my review.
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Friday, 28 April 2017

Interiors: Outdoor living in summer


Tomorrow, I'm going to view a house with some very unusual attributes. Not for me, unfortunately, I'll be a hanger-on with my parents who are looking to find a new home. This house is built in a rather stark style that isn't to everyone's taste. However, its biggest asset is the incredible view.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Interiors: Tribal trends for 2017


Moving into my new pad a couple of years back, I was struck by how much I craved colour. Much as I love an understated, grown-up colour scheme, bright pinks, yellows and blues made their way into my home – a kind of mental health insurance if you like. The house we live in now is entirely white walls and pale carpet, providing the perfect opportunity to inject pops of colour in the form of accessories. Enter one of 2017’s biggest trends - tribal.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Vegan recipe box: Mindful Chef review

Mindful Chef recipe box review vegan

Food, cooking and eating are pretty much on my mind at all times, whether it's a new cafe or a flick through a recipe book or endless 'what shall we eat tonight?' conversations. A couple of weeks ago I had to go into hospital (hence recent radio silence) and, although I was very anxious about the operation itself, one of my main concerns was eating well during recovery. As the person who does 95% of the cooking in this house, you can see why this was on my mind...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Mother's Day gift guide: What to buy for mum (and me)

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

If ever I want to evoke my childhood, it's smell that instantly takes me back. The powder puff on my grandma's dressing table. The leather seats in my dad's car. The hint of nutmeg in the macaroni cheese my mum made when I was poorly.

Smell is the most nostalgic of the senses and a shortcut to memory. Rip up the map, I know this way home like the back of my hand.
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Monday, 27 February 2017

Recipe: Vegan waffles with warm blueberry and maple syrup compote

best vegan waffles recipe

Forget pancakes, we are ALL about the waffles in this house. Yes, the American-style pancake has always been a staple but since we got our whizzy waffle machine no one asks for them anymore. Instead, the following recipe can be made in minutes and the gadget does all the work, cooking batches of four in minutes, perfect for Pancake Day.
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Friday, 24 February 2017

My style at 40: A new haircut and a favourite outfit

Boden Lottie dress cashmere cardigan boho boots review

'It's only a fringe,' said my hairdresser, Steve. 'You can always grow it out if you don't like it.'

A couple of months back I turned 40. It was a weird one. People kept asking me how I felt about it and I still don't really have an answer. It's just a number. But it's not....
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

February picks: Watch, read, listen, visit

Image: Troy Jarrell/Unsplash













My monthly reads posts seems to have died a death. Oops. What's the professional way to segue that out?

How about: Now that my Five reads series has come to an end, please be upstanding for the start of a new series of monthly picks. Rather than just reads, I'm choosing things to watch, wear, eat, listen to and visit. And probably other things that come my way. Here goes...

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Friday, 17 February 2017

On Instagram stories: Why I love this platform PLUS my favourite follows

Image: Toni Hukkanen/Unsplash





Back in the day, Instagram was the pictures to Twitter's words. A way to visually capture where you were, what you were doing/eating/liking/disliking, all in one easy snap and with a quickly applied in-app filter.
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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Recipe: Vegan mock duck with kung pao sauce


Saturday was Chinese New Year, marking the transition to the year of the rooster. In celebration, we ate a delicious vegan version of mock duck with pancakes. When reading about Chinese food and scouring recipes with a view to making something vegan-friendly, I discovered that mock duck is a fairly standard thing, with loads of tofu options readily available in both Chinese restaurants and oriental supermarkets.  Here's my take.
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Food: A sunny winter's day at Le Manoir with The White Company


Last month, a brilliant thing happened. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire – the hotel, restaurant and cookery school owned by Raymond Blanc – is an all-year-round incredible destination but isn't everywhere better in the summer? That's my usual stance on things, wedded as I am to the sharp sunlight on a midsummer day or the orangey glow of a September Indian summer.
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Made.com comes to Bristol! A pop-up supper with Dela Bristol

I love it when a new shop comes to town. Right now in Cabot Circus, Bristol, there's a temporary Made.com pop-up rammed with gorgeous furniture. And last week, I went there for dinner. Wait, what??

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Charity & Family: Raising money for those in need in Bristol with BT MyDonate


'I wish everyone had a home', said my six-year-old on New Year’s Eve. We live near a pedestrian bridge in Bristol that’s one of the main thoroughfares across the river. As such, homeless people often sit on the bridge asking for money. Kids are so good at cutting through the nonsense to ask the important questions and state things in a way that can’t be ignored.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

On eating and a sunny breakfast recipe for January


Several strange and unexpected things have happened since I wrote my post dismissing resolutions. In it, I spoke about rejecting deprivation and opting for pleasure and both these concepts hold true. But what I didn't anticipate was how much time and energy would be freed up by refusing to diet.
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Monday, 9 January 2017

Interiors: Kitchen makeover with B&Q

b&q kitchen makeover budget how to cupboard paint renovation

Cast your mind back many months to when I first mentioned the idea of a black kitchen... Or if that's too tricky, here's the original post. Since then, slowly but surely, the B&Q kitchen makeover has come together and it's now time for the big reveal. Read on for details of how to completely renovate a dated kitchen on a budget by painting cupboard doors, floor and tiles.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

16 going on 17... On last year and the delicious new one

Image: Unsplash
If you've come here to read a big review of 2016 then I'll tell you now - this post will disappoint. Yes, we all know that year (can we start referring to it in a Voldemort-esque way please?) was a right load of toot for so many people but there were some good things, things to focus on and remember.
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