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vegan baking | banana pancakes |

Now, this isn’t technically a recipe as I am not exactly sure how much of each thing I used… when it comes to pancakes I just tend to gauge how ready the mix is by how gloopy it is (im so profesh haha.) So feel free to use these measurements I got from the Tesco website. It’s so great that so many supermarkets are jumping on the vegan wagon and sharing recipes #vegantakeover.

  • 100g flour
  • 2 teaspoon of sugar (optional – depends how sweet you want them)
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 2 teaspoons of agave nectar (again optional)
  • 400ml soya milk
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Feel free to add baking powder and more/less flour depending on how thick you want them but I ended up having to add more flour to my first mixture as they weren’t properly cooking in the pan.

There aren’t really any steps to this recipe, just fling all the ingredients into a mixer (or by hand) and fry on a low heat using vegan butter to coat the pan to avoid the pancakes sticking!

I topped mine with strawberries and sugar :)

ENJOYYYYY!

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vegan recipes | vegetable and quinoa stuffed peppers

I have another super easy recipe for you all (Y) Funnily enough when I rang my dad the evening I was making this turns out mum and him were having the same thing, spooky ey?

Anyway, this is my made up completely hit and miss recipe for stuffed peppers. They were scrummy and I had them with a side of sweet potato mash :)

So, you will need:

  • 2 bell peppers (size dependent on hunger levels)
  • half a red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 mushrooms
  • half a carton of tomato pasata
  • half a packet of microwavable quinao and rice (you can be fancy and cook it yourself from scratch but this is so much quicker)
  • salt, pepper and mixed herbs to taste

Before you even start cooking pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C ready to soften your peppers.

  1. Cut of the top of the pepper and scoop it’s insides out. Just cut enough off to be able to stuff the entire pepper.
  2. Chop the onions, mushrooms and garlic into small pieces. I used coconut oil to fry it all off until soft.
  3. Once soft, pour in the pasata and stir in until mixed in. You can use chopped tomatoes or tomato puree but I thin the pasata acts as a good sauce and glues it all together.
  4. Cook your quinao packet in the microwave for specified time. Once cooked just pour half (or more if needed) into the mixture and combine.
  5. Take your peppers out of the oven after around 20 mins. They should be half cooked so that when you stuff them and bake again they turn out perfect.
  6. Spoon the mix into the peppers. I then topped them with some grated vegan cheese coz I love it haha.
  7. Bake for a further 15 mins until the top crispens. Sometimes the peppers don’t always stand up by themselves so try using some scrunched up tin foil as a wall for them to lean against or just lean them against each other.

Serve with whatever takes ya fancy and enjoy :)

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london diaries | moving house and anxiety blips |

Let’s start with the slightly more positive half of this blog… I’VE MOVED HOUSE!! And it is honestly a dream. It’s like a slightly smaller Barbie’s Dream House. My 2 housemates will also agree with me.

TRUST – its the kitchen. My new housemates Alice (will explain more about how she popped back into my lyf in a sec) and Mary also love it. We have spent all our spare time just downstairs in the kitchen. It might be slightly further out than I used to be but it’s worth it for the kitchen alone.

I’ve also been super lucky with price and stoof. It’s a steal – just like my old place. BUT the perk of the new house is that it doesn’t come with a (to put it lightly) less than ideal housemate. Friends who I have explained my previous situation to have been shocked – I won’t reveal on here as I’m not about that (Y). I’m not one call out other peoples faults over the internet but I am just so glad I’m out of there, in my new Barbie Dream house (any applications for a Ken would be greeted with open arms and immediately considered).

So it’s so lovely that Alice is now living with us! We were at uni together but we never really hung out… guess our friendship groups just worked out like that but we were always friendly. ANYWAY, long story short, she saw I was looking for a new housemate on Facebook and here we are :) Gotta love the power of the internet.

One more positive thing that has happened is that the fam and I went to see England v. Wales Six Nations match and it was the most stressful 80 minutes of my entire life. I honestly didn’t realise how into it I’d get! I was screaming, swearing, yelling, jumping out my seat and just generally being a hooligan… it was great haha! My dad was also swearing when England did something stupid… and my dad NEVER swears, so they must have been playing so badly. But luckily they pulled it out the bag in the last 10 mins and won and the tri was scored in the corner we were sitting which was insanneeeee!

Now… something slightly less positive but hey ho, lifes life is that I have had a couple of anxiety blips recently. Usually they come about when something in my general life isn’t going as well as it could – but I usually don’t even realise until the anxiety kicks in. I know that is probably how a lot of peoples anxiety sets in but no one can ever completely know the extent of another persons mind… who knowsss. Anyway, my bezzie m8 Beth and my mumma have been actual angels talking me through my nutcase phase(s) coz sometimes, that’s what you need to do – talk it all through, get it all out to try and unscramble your mind – it works for me :). Anyway, hopefully I’m over the hump of it but nothing happens over night.

Anyone who does struggle and suffer with anxiety – please know that it’s totally normal to have blips and slips in the road to overcoming it. I sometimes have to remind myself of that too! I’m not superhuman – I’m a regular gal with regular problems who happens to have anxiety like millions of other people. I, and you, if this applies, are totally normal and totally fine.

Anyway – it’s taken me so long to write this as I kept getting distracted by YouTube videos but I have started a new insta account for all of the vegan food/products I eat/find… go give me a follow at vegan__megan :)

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week!

Peace and love xox

 

P.S 8 days till my birthday… ;)

 

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london diaries | resolution review |

January is finally over woo freakin’ hoo! And now its Feburary… my birthday month… where my birthday WEEK will soon commence WAHOOOOO.

Anyway, I have planned to talk about my resolutions and the worst January Blues I have ever had. Firstly, let us review my resolutions and how well I’ve stuck to them.

As follows…

  1. Drink more water (bought a basic bitch gal Fiji water bottle to ensure I have my 2 litres a day)
  2. Make the bed every morning
  3. Stick to my vegan diet
  4. Treat myself better

Ok, lets start with numero uno. Apart from this past week I was actually doing really well with this. I was feeling more awake at work and my bladder was hating me so much due to the constant toilet trips. I have slipped up recently and have noticed more frequent headaches… pretty sure the 2 are connected. Note to self: keep on drinking that waterrrrr (ignore the protesting bladder)

Number 2 has also been a ‘if I remember/if I leave myself enough time’ sitch. I actually walked into my room after work today and told myself off for not making it. It definitely feels nice walking into my room, after a long day at work, to a made bed. Note to self: Being a couple of minutes late for work is worth it for that ‘made bed’ feeling. It’s like a present from past Meg <3

I’ve been SO good with this. Free breakfast Fridays at work (all the muffins, pastries and cookies) have been pretty hard to resist but I just make sure I bring in my own sweet stuff so I don’t feel left out haha.

And 4. This one has been interesting. Had a bit of a blip with my anxiety towards the end of the month and it (and my mumma) just gave me a sharp reminder that I need to be kinder to myself and realise that I’m only human. I’m not perfect – heck, no one is. If we were we’d all be very very dull people.

Ive posted a couple of things recently about dating and mental health and it’s a reminder to myself that I’m young, in control and excited about whats to come. I’s also freakin’ scary butttttt let’s not go there.

I’ll be moving into a new place soon, I’ve started sharing some of my favourite vegan recipes and I’ve started exercising again. I considered cancelling my gym membership but, lets be honest, I’d only spend that £25 on clothes I don’t need. If anyone is feeling a bit low and enjoys exercise – get back into it! Srsly, it hurts, but it you’ll never ever regret going.

AND IT’S MY BIRTHDAY SOON. Once Feb 1st hits (and pancake day comes and goes) I tend to bypass Valentines day and just have a daily countdown to the 25th (my birthday guys :D). 23 is a weird age. 21 and 22 still didn’t feel particularly adulty… but I feel like 23 might. Guess I’ll find out.

Anyway, January was pretty shite ngl. I’m deciding to just write it off and work harder to make February a bloomin birthday bonanza WeeEEEeeeEEEEEEeeeeeee! (plus it’s the shortest month so money may hopefully last longer??? Ha, heres hoping!)

Peace and love xoxo

(Photo cred: Natalya Lobanova)

 

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vegan baking | chickpea and peanut butter cookies |

Hey friends, thought it was about time to stop just taking pictures of my food and actually show you guys how you can make it yourselves (if thats something you wish to do).

All the recipes I will be sharing have been adopted from ones I’ve mostly found online or in various books. I tend to change up the ingredients due to either not having them or personal preference :)

Today I wanna show you guys these GLORIOUS chickpea cookies. Now, I know what you’re thinking… Meg. Chickpeas… in a cookie? Trust me, they taste delicious (I’ve had many rave reviews!)

I found this recipe scrolling through insta and it’s via @plasticfitness if you fancy checking her out (Y)

Now, you’ll neeeeed:

  • Chickpeas – To make around 16-20 I use around a tin and half
  • Agave nectar – You can just use honey but vegans say no to honey (plus argave nectar is a much healthier alternative to all sugar in any baking you may wanna do!!)
  • Peanut butter – around 4 table spoons
  • Dark chocolate chips – 200g or however much you like really… the chocolatier the better!
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract – a few blobs hehe
  • Vegan white chocolate – to swirl prettily on the top

Obviously if you don’t want to make these vegan then feel free to use honey, normal milk chocolate and regular white chocolate (but come on guys – you can start doing your bit for the planet by eating cookies?! I think that’s a pretty good excuse, not that you need one.)

  1. SO. Start by draining your chickpeas from the tin (if they were already in water) – you then want to soak them in warm water to soften for around an hour (I got super impatient and only ended up doing it for 30 mins but the longer the better in this case)
  2. Actually, also don’t forget to turn your oven on to 220 degrees (it’s an easy thing to forget haha)
  3. Once soaked, drain again and place into a large mixing bowl. Using either a fork or a hand blender (use this is way easier haha) just blend them up until smooth-ish (don’t worry if they’re slightly bumpy as it adds to the final texture of the cookie)
  4. Once blended, start adding your peanut butter bit by bit, mixing as ya go (Feel free to use the hand blender again as this will make a creamier mixture.)
  5. When you’ve added all the peanut butter, add the vanilla essence, agave nectar and baking powder, mixing all the time to make sure it’s all spread out evenly.(If you want them slightly sweeter which I usually do, add in more agave nectar)
  6. Thennnn, add the chocolate chips! If you cant get your hands on chocolate chips you can just finely chop a bar of dark chocolate (Bourneville is my personal fave!)
  7. Next, spoon the mixture in golf ball sized lumps onto a baking tray (lined with parchment), pressing so they’re cookie shaped.
  8. Pop them in the oven for around 15-20mins, checking on them every now and again.
  9. When they come out they will still be slightly squishy – fear not! They’ll harden as they cool.
  10. While cooling, break up the white chocolate into a heat-proof bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water. Melt the chocolate ready to decorate the cookies!
  11. Finally, once completely cooled (impatient me again didn’t wait completely) swirl, using a fork, the white chocolate artistically (lol) over the cookies!

VOILA!!

Honestly, theyre so so super yummy!

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Arrange for an aesthetically insta-worthy photo and you’re good to go!

Enjoy! (more to comeeeeee)

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london diaries | 10 things i have learnt since moving here |

I have now lived in London for just over 3 1/2 months. I’ve learnt many things, some of those things I am going to share with you now just because they’re slightly irrational and have made me realise I need to chill out. Seriously.

 

  1. Slow walkers need their own designated snail pace lane to save me from loosing my actual mind. Honestly… how do people genuinely get through live walking at such a slowwwww pace. It baffles me completely. I actually walk around places saying ‘Move… Move… Out my way.. OMG MOVEEEE’. It’s a form of stress relief, quietly shouting at strangers, and I know I’m not the only one. Its a common annoyance.
  2. People think it’s ok to press the stop button on the bus … EVEN IF IT HAS ALREADY BEEN PRESSED. Let me spell this out for you. When one person presses the stop button on the bus, the drive has 100% noted this and will 100% be stopping at the next stop. There is absolutely NO NEED for 3 more people to then press the button. Why do people do this?!?! It’s a new pet peeve of mine and if people don’t stop doing this I will be making posters with the hope of creating a London wide campaign called ‘Stop The Double Bus Stop Button Pressers’ (I’m aware the name needs work). Who’s with me?!
  3. Travel is wayyyyyy moreeeeeee expensive that I had previously thought. I have a separate contactless card that I used to use for travel only – when my parents came to visit before Christmas they brought any letters for me that have been sent to my home address. One was a letter from the bank saying I was overdrawn… Oops. Clearly £100 a month isn’t enough for one person (who btw walks to work) to get around London without running out of money. Clearly not. Tip: if any of you have a rail card and don’t need a travelcard for work or whatever – you can actually attach this to your oyster and it means you get a third off all travel!!! This guy I was seeing told me this and its probs the best thing I took away from our 3 ish weeks dating, soz ha.
  4. London makes you fat. Well, I know I’m not fat but I’m definitely not as toned/slim as I was when I first moved here. Something about this city just drains you of all specific exercise motivation. It, instead, increases your motivation for after work drinks, spending other money, day trips around London and other things that aren’t particularly good for you. I was hoping that the New Year would somehow rejuvenate said motivation but instead I’m ill in bed with a gym membership I haven’t used in 2 months.
  5. Buses are the best invention. The Inbetweeners made people who used the bus ‘wankers’. Well, I’m a Bus Wanker and proud of it!! Let’s list the great things about the bus. It’s cheap. You (nearly) always get a seat. For the nosy people, c’est moi, you can eavesdrop on others conversations super easy. Yes, they’re less frequent than the tubes, but if you’re ever late for something you can just blame the traffic. People actually talk to you on the bus. You actually get to see London and for someone like me, who has no awareness of her surroundings, it’s a good learning curve.
  6. Boys still suck here. I love dating, but London has honestly broken my dating spirit. In the past 3 months I’ve  been stood up, lead on, ignored and groped. Now, I know this happens in all cities but I was kind of hoping that in a city full of attractive men in suits I would at least find one. Trust me… the suits lie. Tinder and Bumble prove more active but I’m so done finding someone synthetically – done done done.
  7. Being a vegan is v v easy here. I have mentioned these restaurants so many times but honestly… there is no excuse NOT to be a vegan if you want to, especially if you live in London. I’ve been so used to ordering chips and side salad (don’t get my wrong, still a gr8 meal) but now I can take my friends to a vegan restaurant and they love it! Times are a’changing folks… get used to it.
  8. The air is different here. (Warning: I mention bogies soon). When I first went back, I was with my brother and he said ‘Can you tell the air is different here’. I then proceeded to take a huge breath in and it honest felt cleaner. (Here it comes) My bogies are also black, a lot of the time. I know that’s gross and I’m sorry but yes, girls also have bogies boys – we also burp and fart – sorry to break any previous speculation you may have had. Anyway – to my initial point, the air is better away from London. So if you actually want to do something with your weekend rather than Netflix your life away, go and breath some fresh air.
  9. I tut far too much. I tut at everything. People, people, mainly people. I think writing this has taught me one more thing…
  10. I’m living in one of the greatest cities in the world and I need to stop moaning. 2 thirds of this list has been negative. Living here has also taught me that I love living here! I love being 22 (23 in a few weeks guys don’t forget), I love living near my best friend, I love that I’ve moved in with strangers and met a new best friend, I love living near my brother, I love my new work pals, I love all the opportunities London can offer me and I love that all I need to do is take life by the balls and bloody grab them.

Over and out xoxo

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Let’s try again – 2000 and whatever

Anyone else feel like they need another Christmas? I don’t go back to work until Thursday and the thought of that is already too much to comprehend right now.

I write this from bed, in my parents house, poorly :(. What are the chances that when I take time off I miraculously end up ill – I would say karmas a bitch but I don’t think I’ve done anything to deserve said karma (unless the constant alcohol and junk food consumption over the past 2 weeks counts… then fair enough) 

I haven’t written anything for a while (soz). I’ve wanted to! I’ve had loads of ideas that I’m going to attempt to get at least all started today and then schedule them (see that 2017 organisational bug has clearly infected me also). I also have a  load of other stuff I want to do – so I’m very grateful for a couple of extra days off.

The first of these I have semi-started this morning. 

Freelancing.

I’ve been trawling through google searches trying to work out how to become a successful freelancer and have actually come across a pretty helpful one which suggests ‘Cold-Pitching’. Intrigued? I was… it basically requires you emailing smaller websites who may or may not be completely social media savvy to offer your services.

Now… social media is my second language, not only with my social life but a large chunk of my uni education was focused on how social media can be used to help businesses… I was even a Social Media and Digital Marketint Intern at one point(!)

Over Christmas family friends tend to ask you what you’ve been up to recently and when I tell them I’m a Copywriter they tend to look at me blankly in the hope I continue to explain, which of course I do, probably too much (I mean come on… it’s me)

After my explanation finishes I see I’m quickly losing my audiences attention. So, I therefore continue with my next go-to spiel that consists of ‘it’s just a foot in the door job’ or ‘they’re a great company to work for and work my way up in’ or, my favourite one, ‘I want to be a writer so having my first grad job title as copywriter is pretty alright’.

And it is. I want nothing more than to say that writing is my profession. At the moment it’s my hobby – something I do because I love it that I eventually dream will turn into my career. 

And surely the start of a new year is the best time to engage the butt gears and get moving!

So…

After writing this (and the other posts I want to schedule) I will be applying for the some prestigious grad schemes, signing myself up for freelance job board ad websites things (I promise I know what I’m doing haha) and trying to get this ball rolling on what I call my future career. 

I know I’m just a graduate, but I was talking to an old friend yesterday and I heard myself saying that I didn’t want to lose sight of what I really want to do – now, I know I’m strong willed enough to ensure I keep myself on track… but if I don’t do enough to actually get myself there… well, no one else is gonna do it for me are they? 

(Also, cringe side note – thank you so much to everyone who follows, likes and comments on my post. I absolutely love and appreciate it all and can’t wait for what 2017 holds for this little blog)

Happy New Year xox

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London diaries | why do i have so much crap |

…and with a newly acquired New Look staff discount, the crap pile can only continue to grow upwards, oh what a shame.

In an attempt to ‘adult’ I’ve decided to budget (lolllll) my travel money into a different account to make it easier to work out how much I have left at the end of each month to chuck in my savings account (again, lollllll).

How well this will turn out, and how long I stick to said budgeting, is a complete mystery as I am a notorious shopping addict and lazy lazy cook. Especially now the vegan life has taken over, finding food on the go is proving rather difficult and usually more expensive, if you want something semi-healthy.

I’ve therefore taken to following a lot of vegan cooking insta accounts… however these just show all of the yummy cake-y treats that will, in no way shape or form, assist my Great South Run goal bod. But they’re pretty to look at and, on a day I finally get around to making any of them, will taste super good and be completely cruelty free.

Back to my crap pile. I was wandering round Home Sense today, my second fave shop behind the one and only Paperchase (obvy), and picked up this (slight delayed realisation after cradling it for 10 mins) pretty ugly jewellery stand. After swooning over rugs and cushions (see, the adult life is clearly also having an interior decorator vibe effect on me) I put it back in its rightful place and swiftly left the store, realising I should just wait and get the way prettier one I saw in New Look when my discount kicks in. See… I’m learning! Growth (Y)

Dad has also dropped the bomb that only 4/5 boxes will fit in the car, and seeing that my London room is like 2/3rd the size of my current one, this doesn’t fill me with joy. But I have been leaving clothes I haven’t (and probs will never again) worn in the wardrobe in favour of the clothes I actually like… anddddd the fact I need to make more space for all the new clothes (soz not soz) and cute homey roomy bits I’m gonna be buying.

Filming a moving out vlog which I will hopefully get edited and uploaded Saturday evening but I’ll attempt to take some Pinterest worthy pics of my new room for a blog post too :)

Anyway, Gilmore Girls are a callin ma name!

Peace and love xox

 

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new job new city (new vlog)

I GOT A JOBBBBBB WOOOOOO YEYYYYYYYY EEEEEE!!! I’m going to be a Product Copywriter for New Look, based in Bermondsey and I’m buzzin’!

I had the interview at 9.. and they phoned me at 3 with the good news. Nearly cried on the phone to the recruitment guy and then had to keep pretty chill about the whole thing because I was at the pop-up shop and couldn’t run around screaming/telling anyone who would listen whether they wanted to or not.

The clothes at the pop up are amazing! Literally I want everything and I just wish I could afford it (all).

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Room hunting however is proving more frustrating than trying to find a job… There are so many little specifications that I need – location, price, transport links, age of the people living there and all this other malarky that has to be considered before signing on the dotted line.

Stressssssss.

I did my usual thing of finding one that ticked maybe 2/3rds of the boxes, but it was in a quite industrialised area so didn’t feel very homey… but the house was so so pretty, so clean, so modern, small room but that doesn’t bother me. However, my mother, as per, was probably right in saying that if I’d gone for it I’d wanna move in a couple of months, but who knows! Got a few more lined up so something will hopefully capture my heart soon.

I also filmed a new vlog and baking video! Head on over to my channel ThreadHead and check them out (and like and subscribe please and thanks)

Peace and love xxx

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