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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Vegan Raspberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Chewy, soft, sweet cookies...can you beat them?
This recipe for the most delicious gluten free and vegan cookies is absolutely unbeatable. The texture is perfect, the most is more-ish and the flavour of fresh juicy raspberries and vegan white chocolate is mouth-wateringly good.

The cookies are super quick and easy to make but taste like you've put SO much effort into them. They'd make the perfect afternoon sweet treat with a cup of tea, a delicious dessert with a scoop of ice-cream or even a wonderful foodie gift for a loved one.

In terms of the ingredients they're all gluten free, vegan and apart from the vegan white chocolate they're refined sugar free too! I used a tasty and inexpensive vegan white chocolate from Sainsburys but there are so many on the market these days. If you couldn't find white chocolate you could always use dark chocolate instead, or even chopped nuts would be delicious. The recipe is super adaptable so do some experimenting!

I know this recipe is going to go down a treat, as it did in my household! I look forward to seeing your creations!

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

How Stress Effects PCOS

If you've followed me for a while you'll know I suffer with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and am always up for talking about my experiences with the syndrome. It's a condition that 10% of women of child-bearing age deal with and it can be a real struggle. There are so many factors that I find really effect my PCOS symptoms such as my diet, exercise routines and even my sleep but something I've become more conscious of lately is stress.

When you have PCOS your hormones are already working against you, but when you become stressed this gets so much worse! High levels of stress can cause cause your hormone levels to become more disturbed and it can also increase inflammation - which in turn makes inflammatory PCOS symptoms such as acne and weight gain worse. It's a vicious cycle though, as ladies with PCOS tend to actually suffer with greater levels of stress due to the unpleasant side effects of the condition. We can't catch a break!

I've always known that stress and PCOS are supposedly linked and I've definitely felt stress about having PCOS but I'd never really considered just how much my stress levels were directly impacting my health and my PCOS symptoms until fairly recently.
I'm in a good place with my diet and my exercise. My diet is balanced and full of veg, it's relatively low sugar, anti-inflammatory and contains all the good fats to nourish my body and help to balance my hormones. I don't obsess over exercise any more and no longer endure 1 hour long HIIT sessions 6 times a week (which is not good for PCOS by the way!). So, why are my symptoms and pain out in full force? I put it down to stress.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Pesto & Vegetable Rice Dish

Summer is starting to make an appearance which is getting me so ready for all the light, fresh summer dinners! While I love a spicy curry and a substantial stew there's nothing quite like summer dinners. I'm talking potato salads, homemade veggie burgers with lightly spiced potato wedges, pasta salads and so much more.

My favourite thing though is definitely pesto! I've always loved pesto pasta so much and since becoming more experimental with my cooking I've starting incorporating homemade pesto into more this wholesome & scrumptious pesto & vegetable wholegrain rice dish. It's everything you could ask for in a spring/summer meal - it's fresh, it's filling, it's flavoursome and it's SO delicious.

Making your own pesto might sound like a lot of faff but really it couldn't be simpler. It's just a case of blending together a few ingredients that can all be found in your local shop! It tastes just incredible too - far better than any of that shop bought stuff and cheaper too.
I love to make a big batch of my pesto to keep in the fridge and add to dishes like pasta (of course) but also salads, boiled new potatoes, quinoa, roasted vegetables and meals like this rice & veg recipe too. It just goes so beautifully with so many different combinations...a true staple!


Thursday, 2 May 2019

Bath Eats - Gluten Free & Veggie Cafes/Restaurants In Bath

I've just got back from a 4 day getaway in the beautiful city of Bath and I was so impressed with the cities foodie offerings that I just had to write a blog post about my experiences!

I'm always a little nervous about the food options when visiting new places as my dietary requirements are kind of extensive. I'm gluten free, dairy free and I don't eat meat! Often there aren't many restaurants or cafes that will cater to my needs, and the ones that do often only have one or two dishes for me to choose from. However, I had done my research into Bath before we visited so I was feeling pretty hopeful we'd find some yummy places to eat...and I wasn't disappointed!


Cosy Club
A few people recommended Cosy Club for meals whilst in Bath and I'm so glad they did. Cosy Club have a few different restaurants dotted around the country, but sadly none around West Sussex (where I'm from) so I hadn't actually heard of them before. Cosy Clubs describe themselves as 'relaxed dining, drinking and lounging in a special setting with a dash of nostalgia' 'from a lazy breakfast to a family lunch or night out in your glad rags, were set apart by the character of our team, the opulence of our design and the excellence of our menus' - and I'd 100% agree with it all.
Admittedly I originally picked Cosy Club because I thought my boyfriend would like the pub style feel and quirk interior, but once I researched their menu I was thrilled to see they had both a gluten free menu AND a vegan menu - so that decided it, we had to pay them a visit! In fact, we visited the restaurant twice over the 4 days we were in Bath.

We visited the first time for dinner. It was a warm evening and we were seated on the balcony/terrace outside which was complete with heaters and cosy blankets if we were to get cold - a nice touch I thought. We were seated by a super helpful gentleman who couldn't do more to help me with my dietary requirements - he got me both the gluten free menu and vegan menu then sat down with us to go through all my options, he even went to the kitchen to double check a few things. There was actually loads of dishes I could've had including gluten free fish and chips, a superfood bowl and a Thai curry. In the end I settled for the Thai veggie burger - a spicy quinoa burger with edamame beans, pan choi, roasted peppers, coconut sauce and sweet chilli jam, served in a gluten free bun with fries on the side. I was mega excited because it's rare there's a veggie burger on a menu that's also gluten free, let alone served in a gluten free bun WITH chips!
The service was quick which was fab as they were super busy and I was hangry! It arrived and I was assured again that it was all gluten free and vegan. When I took my first bite I was totally blown away by the delicious flavour, I'm sure you know a lot of veggie burgers can be quite bland or sometimes dry but not this. The gluten free bun was also superb and the fries were out of this world. I demolished every last bit of the meal and could have quite easily eaten it all over again!

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