The part time #vegan and home made #pizza

R and I have decided to go vegan… Mostly. The thing is, we love food and we love eating out with other people and being a vegan would pretty much make that experience miserable for everyone.
But we also care deeply about the environment, so we have found a compromise – we have started eating vegan when it is just him and me, and carry on eating everything with others.

Which brings me to the pizza:


This was home made pizza dough with chilli, humous, olives, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and a teensy bit of BBQ sauce. It was so yummy we were glad to have it for lunch the next day:


And as far as the foodie cool board goes, I think it might have made it to subzero.
Be prepared for more vegan food to appear here 🙂

Learning self control

Lets face it, self control is a tough job. Particularly if you like food as much as i do. So i was very pleased to watch this 15 minute talk by Daniel Goldstien:

The battle between your present and future self

Its well worth a watch. I also had a go at something he mentions, and took a look at what it would mean for my future self if i threw away all self control around food. Future self, i promise to take care of you:


#Advent 3 announcements we never expect

Luke 1:26-28

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,  to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.  He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.  And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.


I expect Mary needed a sit down and a cup of tea after that. What a huge thing to happen to her. In a moment her life had changed forever, and as she began to consider the implications of what the Angel had said, her faith must have been tested again and again.

The bible doesn’t record the conversation between Mary and Joseph, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it was one painful and difficult conversation.  Notice, Joseph isn’t told by God until Mary has told him, that the child is of the Holy Spirit.

We may not be visited by angels and given a task of utmost importance, but most of us have had something, some news, which has changed out lives forever. Good or bad, we are never the same again. We have to pick ourselves up and begin our lives all over again, from a different place than before. It can be a great challenge.

Just as Mary declared she was the Lord’s servant, so can we. Regardless of how easy or hard the journey is, if we hand ourselves over to God, we can walk in the company of the Saviour.

A craft for today:

Get in a festive mood with Christmas tree pancakes, amongst other cheesy ideas:

Jack Monroe’s lentil dahl and soda bread

The foodie cool board returns with the amazing Jack Monroe recipes for lentil dahl and soda bread.
Not only did it fill R and I up, but as I grew the spinach, the whole meal cost us the grand total of £1.14
How amazing is that!
R gave it a rating of ok, but I loved it and would have given it a subzero… So I guess that makes its rating: cool.
Do go and have a look at all the recipes over on


The sustainable restaurants rating


The Earthbound Report

sra_champion-badge-3-star-2011More and more people are thinking about what they eat, and considering the ethics of their food choices. There is growing awareness of things such as Freedom Foods, Marine Stewardship Council certified fish, food waste, and air miles. But those are all choices we make for ourselves as we shop and cook. What about when we eat out?

In theory, asking whether eggs are free range or if coffee is Fairtrade is supposed to be a good way of informing caterers that these things matter to their customers. In reality, I’ve tended to get blank looks when I’ve tried it. Most of the time waiters are not briefed on where the food comes from and do not expect the question. Ask if the fish is responsibly sourced, and they’re likely to tell you that the sauce comes on the side and you can add as much or as little as…

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