Pumpkin Pie

Halloween is my favourite event on the calendar and Autumn for me in general is all about pumpkin spice and all things nice!

So of course it will come as no surprise when I tell you that pumpkin pie is one of my favourite things ever and it’s surprisingly easy to make!


Serves 8


Pumpkin Spice

2tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground cloves


200g of plain flour

100g of dairy free butter

2 tbsps of cold water

Pie Filling

1 can of pumpkin puree (or 425g fresh pumpkin pureed)

1/2 can of coconut milk (use the full fat canned cooking variety rather than the cartoned)

50g corn flour

100g brown sugar

50ml maple syrup

1tsp vanilla extract




Put the flour, dairy free butter and water in to a food processor and mix until the dough gathers together.


Sprinkle a little flour on your worktop and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough in to a circle a couple of inches bigger than your pie dish.

Place the rolled out crust in to your pie dish, pressing the edges with your fingers.


Cut off any excess pastry and smooth the edges.

Pie Filling

Mix all the filling ingredients and pumpkin spice in a blender until smooth.


Pour pie filling evenly in to the pastry lined pie dish.


Place in oven for 1 hr.

Remove from oven and let cool. The filling might still seem a little runny but will start to set more as it cools.

Once cool, place in fridge for a minimum of 4 hours.

Serve with a squirt of vegan cream!




Mushroom, Chestnut & Lentil Nutroast Stuffed Squash

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Halloween!!!

Autumn brings with it my favourite yearly event and rich foods fresh from the harvest.

When the leaves change colour and weather turns a little colder, I don’t know about you but I crave more hearty meals and this one is perfect for Halloween dinners or just for instead of a normal Sunday roast between now and Christmas.

Serves 4


2 small squash (I used carnival)

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

1/4 cup chopped chestnuts

1/4 cup green lentils, soaked

1/2 tin copped tomatoes

2 tbsps breadcrumbs

2 tbsps olive oil

1 tsp dried sage

1 tsp dried parsley




Preheat Oven to 200°C.

Cut squash in half and removed seeds and stringy bits (pumpkin guts).

Brush the exposed fleshed with olive oil.

Wrap in foil.

Place on a baking tray in the oven for 30 mins.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan.

Add garlic and onion and heat for around 5 mins or until onion starts to become transparent.

Add tomatoes, lentils, mushrooms, chestnuts and herbs and salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to boil and then turn heat down, put lid on pan and simmer for around 10 minutes.

Remove lid and stir in breadcrumbs until mixture starts to stick together.

Remove Squash from oven and upwrap foil.

Spoon nutroast mixture in to squash and return to oven for 30 mins.

Serve with trimmings.

Vegalicious – Norwich

Browsing instagram a couple of weeks ago I stumbled across Vegalicious, a company based not far from Norwich that and delivers (if you live in Norwich or surrounding areas) all vegan afternoon teas straight to your door.

Well as it turned out, the timing of my insta stumble was perfect as I had a trip back home to Norwich planned so placed my order straight away for afternoon tea for 3, for me, my mum and step dad.

The menu is easy to follow and contains all the traditional afternoon tea items but veganised.


I opted for the Coronation Chickpea, No Tuna & Cucumber, Ne Egg Mayo and Moroccan Falafel Sandwiches.


Anybody who knows me, knows that  I’m a huge fan of faux tuna and faux egg & cress sandwiches that taste authentic and these didn’t disappoint.

Then the Caramelised Red Onion & Cheese Tart, Fruit Scone with Jam & Plant Cream (which goes on first, the jam or the cream? I say jam first) and the Elderflower & Lemon Drizzle Slice and Victoria Sponge.



All delicious and beautifully presented in a Vegware box (eco friendly and recyclable) with a wild flower bouquet by the wonderful Dee.



Whether you actually drink tea with you afternoon tea of opt for champagne like I did, this is a wonderful treat which I’d definitely recommend.

Afternoon tea just £15 per person with a minimum order of two.

You can find Vegalicious on:

Instagram @vegalicious_dee


Sound Of Mind


When my Mum first told me she’d been to a sound bath, I literally had no idea what she was talking about. 

She explained that it had nothing to do with water as I first suspected and was all to do with sound and relaxation but it was still a long time before I actually experienced a sound bath for myself.

Well, earlier this year, before the apocalypse, courtesy of one of my BFF, Lynsey’s Shoreditch House membership I finally did.

We met up bright and early in Shoreditch on a cold but Sunny Winters morning outside Sound Of Mind and were quickly welcomed in to the studios.

I was pleasantly surprised that it was more luxurious than bohemian inside, dark and cosy, lit with fairy lights.

The gongs are situated in the middle of the room with comfortable mats lined up around the edge, pillows to rest your head on and blankets to keep you warm.


Gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, drums, pipes and bird noises were all used along with aromatherapy oils and incense to create a holistic sensory experience.

I have to say, the hour went by very quickly, I was actually worried I’d fall asleep in a dark room, all cozy with my eyes closed (ask my boyfriend, I can never make it through a full movie whilst curled up on the sofa on an evening) but although feeling relaxed, I was enchanted by the sounds and managed to stay awake and definitely left feeling calm and balanced.

I’d 100% recommend a trip if you’re London based, I’m certain I’ll be going back once the apocalypse is over and the world gets back to normal.

Sound Of Mind don’t just do gong baths but also yoga, meditation and massage.

To find out more, check out the Website.

Sound Of Mind

28 Redchurch Street



E2 7DP

If you’re not London based, google search for a sound bath near you.

Vegan Dippy Eggs

Before going vegan, a boiled eggs with soldiers was without a doubt one of my favourite breakfast options and one of few things I’ve actually missed since being vegan.

Well I don’t have to go without anymore!

I tried a few different recipes for this but although seemingly simple, all  either tasted too salty or too curried but I believe with trial and error, I’ve got it cracked! (that was a terrible pun wasn’t it?)


Serves 4


3/4 cup of water

2 tsps of cornflour

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp kala namak (black salt, you can find it in most Indian shops)

2 heaped tsps nutrirional yeast flakes


Pour 1/2 cup of water in a pan and heat.

Add the cornflour to the remaining 1/4 cup of water and stir until there are no lumps.

Add nurtitional yeast flakes, turmeric and kala namak to the pan of water and continue to heat.

Once boiling, turn heat down to simmer and stir in the water/cornflour paste.

Stir until the ‘yolk’ thickens.

Serve in egg cups with soldiers!

Jackfruit ‘Tuna’ & Pasta Bake

Serves 4


1/2 tin jackfruit, broken up in to flakes (in brine not syrup unless you’re Joey Tribiani and enjoy dinner/dessert fusions)


1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 carton vegan single cream (try and get an unsweetened one although the lemon will neutralize if you can’t)

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped 

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 heaped tbsp nori

1 tsp vegan bouillon

1 tsp dried basil

1tsp dried parsley

1 tsp dried oregano

250g pasta  (I used farfalle but use whatever you like)



1 cup breadcrumbs

100g vegan cheese, grated

1 tbsp olive oil

Water for boiling 


Preheat oven to 200°

Boil water and put pasta in to cook.

In another pan, fry the onion and garlic for around 5 mins until the onion starts to become transparent.

Add the tinned tomatoes and cream and stir in the jackfruit, nori, lemon juice and bouillon.

Add herbs, basil, parsley and oregano and salt and pepper to taste.


Bring to boil and then Turn down heat and simmer with lid on for 10 minutes.

Drain pasta.

Stir in to sauce.

Pour pasta and jackfruit mix in to an oven proof dish.


Sprinkle over breadcrumbs, covering the top.

Add the grated cheese on top.


Cover with lid if your dish has an oven proof lid or tin foil, this helps the cheese melt.

Place in the oven for 30/45 mins.



Wild Garlic, Swiss Chard & Lemon Cream Linguine

My favourite park is abundant in wild garlic at the moment and I used my outdoor exercise allowance yesterday to take Dolly out on a walk and collect some.

I also had some swiss chard from last weeks veg box delivery so came up with this very easy and oh so delicious wild garlic, swiss chard and lemon cream linguine recipe!

Serves 2


I bunch swiss chard

1 small bunch wild garlic (about 10 leaves)

1 small onion, chopped

1 carton vegan unsweetened cream (I actually only had Alpro in the fridge which is slightly sweetened although it was fine because the lemon took away the sweet taste)

Juice from 1 lemon (3 tbsps lemon juice)

1/2 pack linguine

1 tbsp vegan spread/butter




Put water on to boil in a large pan for the linguine (you could use an alternative pasta)

Remove the stalks from the swiss chard and chop them in to small pieces like the onion.

Chop swiss chard leaves and wild garlic.

Place linguine in the pan of boiling water foe about 15 mins or until cooked.

Melt the vegan spread in a pan.

Sauté onion and chopped chard stalks for around 5 minutes or until the onion starts to become transparent.
Stir in chard leaves and wild garlic.
Pour in cream and add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Turn heat down and let simmer for 5/10 mins until the chard and wild garlic wilts and your linguine is ready.
Drain Linguine



Remember, when foraging, only take what you need, pick from different spots and leave enough for others and for wildlife.

New Look Vegan Range

Vegan footwear.

The problem I used to find with vegan footwear is that it just wasn’t that stylish. 

Functional, yes and good quality, well some arguably but not always fashionable.

Not only that but the solely vegan brands I’ve come across can be quite expensive. 

That is up until now with many of the high street retailers having seen the huge surge in demand for vegan products have brought out their own vegan ranges.

There was a time when we simply used to call it PVC and by some it was looked up on as cheap but gone are those days. Now it’s been rebranded as ‘vegan leather’ and is much more sought after.

I’m very much a casual dresser day to day but I like to look nice at the same time which means mostly I’m a t shirt, jeans and boots kind of girl so was delighted when last year, New Look who to be honest already had a great range of fashionable non leather footwear went a step further with the vegan labeling and brought out a whole new vegan range of shoes, boots and also handbags!


Here’s what new Look have to say about their range.

What makes shoes and bags vegan?

If you thought that you were shopping vegan all along, you’re not alone. It’s easy to think that if it’s not leather, it must be team vegan. We went straight to the experts at The Vegan Society to discover more about the shoes and bags, and this is what we found…

The PU leather

Here’s a surprise: not all PU leather is vegan. Most PU leather is finished with ground-cut leather sprays to give it a textured appearance, which features animal product. These vegan styles are leather-spray free.

The adhesives

Some adhesives, like glue and tape, are prepared using collagen from mammals, insects, fish, and products found in mammal milk. Unlike other shoes and bags, ours are free from any liquids and bonding materials that
have animal traces or produce.

The metal hardware

Metal is vegan. However, the process that it goes through to prevent it from rusting often isn’t. Most zips, poppers and other hardware details are exposed to chemical treatments with elements that feature animal products. We keep our supply chain transparent. This ensures that the hardware and adhesives on our vegan shoes and bags do not undergo chemical treatments that contain animal products.

Black boots that easily go on over skinny jeans are a must for me so these black boots were the first thing that went in my shopping basket.

And I fully believe that if you find something you like, you should buy it in every colour way so I also added the dark red (ox blood in name only) too!

And of course I couldn’t resist these stone faux snake heeled knee highs at £44.99 . . . 

When the boots arrived, they all fit perfectly. Sizes can vary shop to shop but I’d say these have it right so when ordering, order the size you usually are.

Oh and I bought A handbag too, because a girl can obviously never have too many handbags!


As a whole I’m hugely impressed with the collection, there’s a broad range of styles to suit all tastes and it’s affordable and cruelty free.

Click Here to shop online during lockdown and fingers crossed that we’re allowed back out to shop in store soon!


Pease Pudding

My Dad was originally for ‘Up North’, County Durham to be precise and he loved pease pudding. 

Pease pudding for those who don’t know and to be fair, most people who do not hail from ‘Up North’ do not, is a traditional northern delicacy.

Although the word ‘pudding’ in the name might suggest a sweet treat, a sweet treat pease pudding is not, it is still however, very much a treat.

As the rhyme goes:


Personally, I like it both ways, hot straight from the pot or cold in a crusty roll.

You can buy it in a tin but nothing tastes quite like the home made version and at a family christening last year, my Aunty Brenda gave me her recipe which was my Nana Jenny’s recipe which was passed down to her I assume from her parents (my great grandparents) before that and so on.

The recipe however wasn’t vegan but I adapted it and I’ve decided to share.

Serves 4


1 cup yellow split peas

2 cups water

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp vegan bouillon or stock

1/2 pack Vivera plant bacon pieces 



1 tbsp cooking oil


Fry the onion in cooking oil for around 3/5 minutes or until it starts to become transparent.

Add the lentils, water and bouillon and bring to boil.

Turn heat down, add plant bacon pieces, put the lid on the pan and simmer for around 45 minutes or until lentils are soft and mash easily when stirred.


Stir with a wooden spoon until lentils are almost of a paste consistency. You can use a hand held blender to make it really smooth but I like mine a little lumpy.


Add salt and pepper to taste.



Superdrug Colour Sensations

Well the Corvid – 19 apocalypse has called for a lockdown but that’s no excuse for a girl to let herself go!

I mean there’s a lot going on in the world right now and I grant you that having perfect hair might not seem like a priority but if you look good, you feel good so do your hair, paint your nails and put on your lipstick, even if you’re quarantining alone and nobody can see you!

All the salons are closed but before the lockdown, I managed to get my hands on some Superdrug Colour Sensations semi permanent hair dye. (Superdrug also being a drug store, might well still be open so you could be lucky, obviously be responsible though and only visit if you absolutely have to for medicine and then whilst you’re there . . .) 


I’ve been dying my hair since I was a 14 year old Spice Girl wannabe, ginger to be precise . . . and have been various shades of red, blonde and brunette ever since so I don’t even know what my natural colour is anymore, before I ever tampered with it, it was medium brown but prone to blonde streaks in the sun.

I’m a big one for DIY beauty, it’s only when I was blonde that I had my hair coloured professionally.

I used to use permanent colour but found it tried my hair too much and although the semi permanent colours are only supposed to last 28 washes, I always find my hair holds the colour so it’s only when my roots need a touch up that I need to refresh.

When it comes to buying cruelty free, hair dye can be tricky as most of the big brands that produce home dye are owned by companies that still test however all Superdrug own brand products are Leaping Bunny certified and cruelty free.


So I went with the 5.0 Dark Chocolate.

The contents of the box are pretty standard and easy to use, mix tube 1, the creme colour in with bottle 2, the creme developer and shake, put on the gloves, apply and leave for 20 minutes ,wash off and condition with tube 3, the intensive conditioner.



After drying my hair, the colour looked great, a nice, even, rich brown and my hair was glossy too.


Picture taken immediately after colour refresh for a Jawbreaker themed shoot! Jawbreakers are also vegan FYI.

The only fault I found was not in the product itself but that there wasn’t enough of it, luckily I’d bought two bottles as they were on offer at 2 for £5 so I had enough for full root coverage.

Maybe one bottle would suffice for root coverage for someone who has finer hair but I do have quite thick hair so definitely needed two just for roots and would probably need three for a full head coverage.

At £3.59 though or 2 for £5.00 the dye is great value and works out much cheaper than the big brand equivalents even if you do need two bottles.

Would I buy again? Yes!