Working with food startups on the surface level (branding and marketing) has given me an insight into some of the grit and hustle that goes into getting brand exposure - but I wondered about the other cogs in the machine.
These brownies are exceptionally chewy, sticky and moist. I used Holy Lama Spice Drops to get a beautifully fragrant masala chai flavour and I have to say it ended up being so subtle with hints of spice which didn't overpower the dark chocolate and delicate pistachio flavour either.
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You can add and subtract with the various salsas and trimmings although I love the traffic light colours and the varying textures and flavours, from crunchy and creamy to sharp and sweet. Vegetarians could omit the chicken and add a bowl of crumbled feta.
The supermarket may waylay traditional cooking, but at the higher end of the market there is an eagerness to embrace traditional foods. There is a new pop up restaurant with a menu that sweeps the Highlands and Isles, scooping up delicious morsels and displaying them on a banquet table.
If you enjoy cooking it probably does take you out of yourself, and immerses you in a constructive and productive activity. You mix up a batter, pour it in a pan, whack it into he oven and, et voila, a cake. Of course that's good for your brain - if not your waistline. But I think it is more than that.
You're probably familiar with the health halo effect: that's when you think a food is healthy simply because it has a reputation for being so. It's the reason why (like most of us) it may have taken you years to realise that cornflakes and diet coke aren't healthy options. But you're older and wiser now, and there's no way you'll fall for fake health foods again right?
When the Wonky Veg box was released I had to get my hands on one - if only to see how the supermarkets had gone about joining the war on waste. I would never normally spend money on full priced veg, but this had to be done.
There are some things I always try to have in the house: tins of beans and tomatoes, jars of roasted peppers, a spicy chorizo, fresh tomatoes, eggs, cheese, onions and garlic, fresh herbs. That way, I can always knock up something tasty to eat even if I haven't made the trek to the shops, which for me involves a 20 minute drive in both directions.
Most of the time we start with the recipe and then collect the ingredients to fit around what we need. But its time to start thinking about what we have in our fridge, what's best in season or what is there an abundance and how can we can incorporate it into a recipe - or how we make it the best it can be!
Just like any diet, a vegan diet must be balanced in order to be healthy. A vegan who lives off vanilla soya lattes and vegan donuts alone isn't fulfilling their nutritional needs, similarly to the vegan who lives off a plate of lettuce.
I had to check my calendar this morning to make sure we're actually halfway through February. I mean it seemed like only last week I was enjoying a glass (or five) of Prosecco, counting down the seconds to 2016!
I know the feeling of coming home from work in the evening and not wanting to make anything at all yet still being completely famished. I also know the feeling of coming home in the evening and really looking forward to a warm and comforting meal to enjoy while you cozy up for the remainder of the night. This recipe is the happy medium.
It can be distressing when our dog stops eating and continually refuses their food. Before long we start to panic and try and tempt them with goodies from our own plate. Whilst understandable it's probably not going to help and may actually end up making matters worse.
You can throw in almost any vegetable here; baby corn and pak choi seem to fit the Eastern-themed flavours the best but I wouldn't say no to some broccoli, spinach or potato and peppers were they a) permitted or b) abundant in my fridge.