Because we’ve been getting a bit of sunshine recently, I wanted to do a quick blog post about Jason Kid’s Sunscreen, which I use for the kids. It’s suitable for vegans, as well as being cruelty-free.
Everything Vegan is a cruelty free apparel company. All of their cruelty-free apparel is 100% vegan and printed with organic water based inks. They asked me to try out a few of their t-shirts, which I was really happy about because I love their designs and wanted some vegan t-shirts for the kids. I got one for me too so might post some photos of that sometime, but for now here are some cute photos of the kids in their new t-shirts!
If I’m ever asked to recommend a vegan cookbook, I always recommend Keep it Vegan by Áine Carlin. It’s one of my favourite vegan cookbooks and would be perfect for anyone who is just starting off being vegan (though would suit longterm vegans too). It has such a good variety of recipes, that even if it was the only cookbook you bought, you’d have perfect recipes for any occasion.
Crystal Spring sent me a sample of one of their new deodorants to try out so I wanted to post a quick review of it. They have a range of Salt of the Earth natural deodorants that are suitable for vegans and not tested on animals. I always use their Pure Aura Lavender & Vanilla spray deodorant or their Crystal Classic deodorant and love them. They’re the one brand of natural deodorants that I found to be most effective.Read More »
I wanted to do a few blog posts about the ranges of vegan food in different supermarkets. So of course I tried the one that I thought would be most fun first! I hadn’t been to M&S in over a year and was really excited to try a lot of the newer vegan products. I wouldn’t shop there all the time, as it’s a bit out of my price range, but it’s really nice to get stuff as a treat. And actually I found the prices pretty reasonable for specifically vegan products.
I was actually so, so excited to try new vegan stuff!Read More »
I really love cookbooks and have a pretty big collection of them that’s growing all the time. I love food blogs too, but there’s something nice about having an actual book to look through. So I wanted to share with you my 5 favourite vegan cookbooks (in no particular order). 3 of them happened to be baking (or unbaking) books but who doesn’t love cake! I just couldn’t choose between them.
Keep it Vegan by Áine Carlin
This is one of those cookbooks where every recipe looks amazing and you want to make them all. And of the ones that I have made, they’ve been really good! If you’re going to buy just one vegan cookbook, this is a good choice as it has such a variety of vegan favourites, like curries, mac and cheese, burritos, and burgers. The recipes are straight-forward and quick to make. They’re also healthy but there are some sweet treats in it too.
My favourite recipe is the Breakfast Brownie with a Strawberry Bottom.
Áine also has a new cookbook out, The New Vegan, which I can’t wait to get some time!
Check out Áine’s blog PeaSoup for more recipes, vintage fashion and lifestyle posts.
Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily von Euw
This is an un-cookbook full of amazing raw vegan and gluten-free cakes, cookies, bars and cupcakes. They taste great and are full of healthy ingredients like nuts, dates, coconut oil and cacao. They give you a nutrition boost while satisfying sweet cravings.
My favourite recipe is the Cashew Coffee Vanilla Crème cake with Cinnamon Chocolate Crust.
Em also has two other cookbooks, 100 Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks and The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook, which are also on my wish list!
Have a look at Em’s blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life, for recipes, feminism, and body positivity.
The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town by Ms. Cupcake
This is a great book for people just starting out with vegan baking. The cakes taste amazing, and are simple and straight forward to make, using everyday ingredients. I’ve made so many of the recipes and they all worked out brilliantly. There are also tips to make most of the recipes gluten-free, which works great.
My favourite recipe is the Jaffa Cakes or the Turkish Delight Cake, can’t choose!
They’re also bringing out a new cookbook soon! I’m very excited.
You can find out more about Ms. Cupcake here.
Vegan Family Meals, Real Food for Everyone by Ann Gentry
This is such a useful book for vegan families, with veganised versions of lots of family favourites. There are loads of kid-friendly meals, but anyone would love them. It’s given me loads of new ideas for meals for my family that we’ll make again and again.
My favourite recipe is the Lasagne Rolls with Tofu Ricotta and Everyday Tomato Sauce.
Ann also has another book, The Real Food Daily Cookbook.
Ann has more recipes on her blog Real Food Daily.
Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed
This book is full of delicious baking recipes, that are not only vegan but gluten-free too. There is such a variety of recipes, including cakes, cookies, bars, brownies, donuts, muffins, scones, and loads of things I’ve never tried before like churros and pop tarts, that I can’t wait to make. I want to make everything in the book, and there is so much! There are also great tips for making your own gluten-free flour blends, icings, sauces, food colourings and even sprinkles.
My favourite recipe (so far) is the Maple Nut Scones.
You can find more recipes from Cara on her blog, Fork and Beans.
If anyone has any more recommendations for vegan cookbooks, I’d love to hear them. Please let me know in the comments.