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How to have an Ethical Easter

                                   I recently joined a social justice group at my church, and it's been a real eye-opener as to how much injustice there is in the world. Over the lent period, we've been looking at International Justice Mission's   lent videos , in which every week they focus on a different food product that slavery is a problem in. After this week's video on chocolate, it inspired me to share some of the tips to have your own Ethical Easter... 1. Choose ethical chocolate brands If you haven't already bought your Easter eggs, then 2021 is the perfect year to spend some time seeking out the impact unfairly traded chocolate has on the growers and workers. IJM's video on chocolate was a real eye-opener for me, and it led me to get my family's Easter presents from Tony's Chocolonely this year.  If you've already bought this year's Easter presents, then don't worry! Make it your mission to look into the companies you bought from an
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Veganuary: Sloppy joes

Over the years, I've made meat, vegetarian, and vegan versions of sloppy joes and I have to say I've enjoyed them all. The vegan version uses green lentils instead of mince, and I love the fact that they still give a meaty texture, but without using real mince or a processed plant-based mince. Using tinned green lentils takes out all the fuss of having to soak and boil the lentils, so if you have the option, I'd use these! The arrival of delicious vegan mayonnaises and cheeses on the market means that it's easy to top the mince with some tasty toppings, but you can also use dairy versions if you prefer.  I like to make the coleslaw from scratch because it's not difficult to make, but I don't normally bother making the rolls from scratch. If you do want to, I'd recommend putting a tray of boiling water in the bottom of the oven to keep the crusts soft. If I fancy a different filling, I like to swap out the sloppy joe mix with pulled barbeque jackfruit too (pi

Veganuary: Product Reviews

My final product reviews article for Veganuary is here, and I tried out some really tasty new products that I hope you'll give a try! Enjoy x Pukka Pie Vegan Chicken and Mushroom Pie (£1 for one pie) I've been getting a bit bored of not having many veggie/ vegan options when having fish  and chips, so when I saw this for sale in Sainsbury's I knew I had to pick one up ready to go in the freezer. The pastry was just as good as a meaty Pukka Pie, and the sauce inside was really tasty. Considering how many great chicken style pieces you can get nowadays, I was a little disappointed in the ones in here. They were quite soft and chewy rather than meaty- quite similar to the mushroom pieces. This meant I couldn't really differentiate between the chicken and mushroom. However, it was still very tasty, and even better once doused in gravy. ASDA Plant Based Wraps (£2.50 each) We've started going food shopping in the evenings so it's quiet, and this means there's ofte

Veganuary: Product Reviews

Another week means lots more vegan products to try, and I found some really tasty new foods to add to my vegan journey this week. Enjoy! ASDA Roasted Veg and Houmous Pizza (£1.75) Don't grate directly onto the baking sheet if you don't want difficult washing up later Perhaps I should have read the description more carefully, but I was very surprised when I went to cook this and found it didn't have any cheese on it. Pizza without cheese is pizza not worth having at all in my mind, so I topped it with some Violife mature cheddar before baking. This worked well and I enjoyed eating this. The houmous didn't really add much, but nonetheless it made for a very tasty, easy to prepare dinner. ALDI Double Chocolate Cookies (£0.99 for 8) Already took a bite sorry xo When the only vegan biscuits on the market are often Oreos and bourbons, snacks can get a bit boring. So when I found these in ALDI, I knew I had to try them. They reminded me of Maryland cookies, as they're more

Veganuary: Product Reviews

With more and more supermarkets jumping on the bandwagon and releasing new products during Veganuary, I thought I'd review some of the new things I try whilst I take up the challenge. I'll be trying to cook more from scratch throughout the month too, so keep an eye out for some posts about my favourite recipes too! Gregg's Vegan Sausage Rolls (Iceland: Bake at Home, £2.50 for 4) I've had the Gregg's Vegan sausage roll countless times, but more often than not, it's cold by the time I buy it so it's often a bit disappointing. So, when I noticed these, I bought them purely so that I could finally try one hot! They take 30 minutes to bake from frozen, but it was worth the wait! They were just as good as I was expecting and work out a bit cheaper than going to Gregg's, so it's a win win.  ALDI Pain au Chocolat (£1.49 for 8) These were placed at the end of a random aisle and I almost didn't notice they were vegan, so it's a good job I was checking

Veganuary: Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

For the second year running, I'm taking part in Veganuary , where you pledge to live vegan for the whole month of January. After last year, I resorted back to a fully veggie diet, but this year I'm going to try and stick to a vegan diet beyond January. I'm using this month to try out lots of new recipes, and revisit some of my favourites, so I thought I'd share some of the best with you guys! First up is a delicious, comforting curry that you won't miss having meat in. The textures of the chickpeas adds a feeling of meatiness and are a good source of protein too. I adapted this recipe from Eat Like a Girl's post , which alone is a very delicious curry. However, I added in a couple more spices to give it an extra depth of flavour. Also, I like to swap out the butternut squash for sweet potato sometimes, to change it up a bit. Make sure to chop up the spinach well, otherwise it can form quite large clumps once it's wilted. If you're not a big fan of spinac

Food Reviews: The Ivy

I finally got to visit The Ivy in Cardiff, and it was so worth the wait! My friend and I booked in to go as a treat before I went home for Christmas, and it's a good job we did when we could! The Thursday we went was the day before pubs and restaurants had to shut again in Wales, so luckily we got in just in time. The restaurant was decorated for Christmas, with Christmas trees made completely of baubles and beautiful wreaths. It's a beautiful restaurant at the best of times, so with the added magic of Christmas it looked even more spectacular! I love any excuse to dress up and feel fancy and this was the perfect place to do this. The atmosphere was lovely, and the staff were so polite and accommodating. We were sat next to eachother on a small table rather that opposite to ensure we were two metres away from everyone else, which did feel a bit strange, but we got used to it. It meant we both got a good view of the rest of the restaurant, so we could really appreciate the d├ęcor