Indulgent overnight oats

Mornings are always a rush with a toddler so I end up making toast every day, not very inspiring.  Overnight oats seemed like the perfect way to prepare ahead and get some variety into breakfast.

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I wasn’t that impressed by my first attempt so this time I used indulgent ingredients to make sure it was really tasty – success!

Ingredients
4tbsp rolled oats
almond milk
1tsp cashew nut butter
agave nectar
fresh strawberries, sliced
pecans, broken
dark chocolate, chopped

Method

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Put oats in a jar with a lid. I used an  empty peanut butter jar as I don’t have a fancy Mason jar. Add almond milk to cover the oats and the nut butter and give it a shake.
Leave in fridge overnight.
Add more milk if needed to get your desired consistency. Pour into bowl and top with pecans, strawberries and chocolate. Finish with a drizzle of agave nectar.

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Indulgent overnight oats

It’s Liebster Time

Thanks to https://greenmindvegheart.wordpress.com/ for the Liebster nomination 

1. What’s your best dish you can make?

I’m pretty good at making curry.

2. Where’s a place you’d like to visit someday?

I would love to visit Hawaii.

3. Who’s your favorite fiction character?

It has to be Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird doesn’t it?  Just the best.  Some other characters that have a place in my heart are Lyra Belaqua from the His Dark Materials trilogy and Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax from the Discworld novels.

4. Vanilla or chocolate?

Chocolate please. Unless we’re talking about ice cream, in which case I’ll go vanilla.

5. If money were no object, what would you be doing right now?

Exploring Hawaii

6. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Playing with my sister on the beach at the edge of the sea, both in hysterical fits of laughter.  Possibly in Spain.  I think I must have been around five and her nine years old.

7. Do you prefer the autumn or spring? Why?

I love the Spring most of all. As romantic and beautiful as Autumn is, Springtime lifts my heart like no other season does.  The little signs of new life, the fading of winter, the busyness of nature, just magical.

8. What is your spirit animal?

A bear.  Family oriented, playful, protective.  When I look back on me as a child I think of a little bear cub.  And I definitely felt that ol’ mama bear instinct awaken in me during pregnancy and now that I have my own little cub to protect and nurture.

9. Favorite outdoor activity?

I’m pretty fond of just good old walking, (hiking?) especially through woodland. I love camping too, and haven’t done any for a couple of years, so a camping trip is definitely on the cards this Summer.

10. What do you think is the greatest challenge the next generation will face?

Reducing the colossal damage humans are doing to the Earth.  

Ten Facts About Me

I’m a Mum, a Wife and have two giant cats

My middle name is Rae

I’m good at supporting people through emotional stuff and worked in those kind of jobs for ten years before I had a baby

I’m bad with numbers, direction, spatial awareness, all that kind of stuff

I did a degree in literature and sociology

I really like to crochet

I’m a massive wuss when it comes to creepy movies and I’m getting worse as I get older

I do, however, love zombie movies / TV and can’t get enough of The Walking Dead at the moment

I’m so happy I got to a Leonard Cohen gig – I never thought I would have the chance.

I really, really like curry.

Make your own rules for your 10 nominated bloggers, or use my rules on them. I nominate these blogs

https://novaklisa36.wordpress.com

http://chenchew.com/

https://dehappyhealthyhippie.wordpress.com/

https://vegan2k15.wordpress.com/

https://dogoodandbethechange.wordpress.com/

http://theblushingradish.com/

http://thegrumpysailor.com/

http://dandaviswrites.com/ https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/88392916/

https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/86172445/

Here are the ten questions for you to answer

  1.  Who’s your favorite fiction character?
  2. What is your favourite ingredient?
  3. If money were no object, what would you be doing right now?
  4. What is your spirit animal?
  5. Favorite outdoor activity?
  6. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  7. What are you good at?
  8. What are you no good at?
  9. What one person would you like to meet?
  10. What was the last book you read?

 Rules for the nominated bloggers: – Nominate 10 blogs with under 400 followers, then notify the bloggers via their Blogs, Facebook or other social media stating that they have been nominated. – Accept the Award. – Answer my 10 questions on your blog. – Share 10 facts about yourself to your followers and readers on your blog.

It’s Liebster Time

Colchester town gets a vegan cafe

Moving home has kept me busy this last few weeks and we are still decorating and unpacking. I’m still trying to figure out how anyone gets anything done after having children.. I did find time to visit Colchester’s first vegan cafe (woohoo!) a couple of times.  I had high expectations that were more than met and would recommend anyone visits, vegan or not, The Den at 23. image image I’ll admit I was a little excited not to have to remember to request soya milk, and to have the choice of anything on the menu. And guess what? The food was awesome! image A tofu omelette is something I’ve been too lazy to make myself – it was delicious in a sausage bagel. And today I had what I’ve been dreaming about, a freshly made waffle with maple syrup. Lyra recommends the toast. She’s not the most adventurous toddler but the lovely soft bread kept her happy, as did the interesting surroundings, the decor is great. image I wish Jen and Rob of The Den at 23 all the success in the world in their vegan venture.

Colchester town gets a vegan cafe

A Very Vegan Birthday

I haven’t made many three course meals since our Daughter arrived 18 months ago – there is never enough time! So for my Husband’s birthday I decided to make the effort.  All the recipes were chosen with limited time in mind, and the fact that I might be summoned upstairs by a sleepy toddler wanting a cuddle at any point. To start I made spring rolls for the first time ever.  They took way longer than I anticipated to put together, even though I had prepped the veg earlier.  However, they were totally worth it as we both loved them and will definitely make use of the stack of rice paper wrapper I have leftover. Spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce Spring rolls recipe from the lovely blog the curvy carrot:  http://www.thecurvycarrot.com/2014/03/13/thai-fresh-spring-rolls-with-peanut-dipping-sauce-and-a-giveaway/ Next up was citrus baked tofu from ‘The Vegan Zombie – Cook and Survive’ cookbook.  A great recipe that I wasn’t sure I would like but really did.  I thought the sauce sounded a little sweet for my taste but the flavours were really well balanced.  I served it with some blanched then fried broccoli, asparagus and spring onion.

citrus baked tofu       the vegan zombie - cook and survive

Dessert was made ahead – some lovely little shortbread biscuits served with Almond Dream ice cream from Waitrose.  I went for the Salted Caramel after agonising for some time over the options in the ice cream aisle.   My only worry about the shortbread was if they would ‘veganise’ well because their butter content is so high – they did!

shortbread  almond dream

Shortbread recipe adapted from a millionaire’s shortbread on the veggie blog: https://theveggieblog.co.uk/2012/06/03/the-vegan-millionaires-shortbread/

A Very Vegan Birthday

Intros

A quick hello from me to test out this here blog.

I’m Nadine and here’s my little family on holiday in Whitstable last Summer.

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More to follow soon, probably including vegan food, crochet and toddler antics. 🙂

Intros