Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Getting a New Veg Box

One of the things I struggle with as someone with an environmental conscience who travels a lot with work and works a lot of unsociable hours is plastic packaging and food waste. I end up shopping at supermarkets which overpackage their produce a lot more than I'd ideally like to, and although I do my best to try and find the fruit and vegetables which come without a plastic wrapper, it's not always easy or possible to avoid it.

Back in 2013 I posted about a veg box I used to get regularly delivered back when I worked regular hours at the University of Edinburgh. Whilst this was great at the time, once my schedule became more erratic and involved more travelling this stopped working out for me and so I stopped the delivery.

However, recently as looked at me and my partner's calendars for the upcoming months, I realised we're both going to be mostly based at home until January at least, so I decided to give a veg box a try once again. Having looked at the options available, I went with East Coast Organics as they are both local and make it easy to suspend one or more upcoming box deliveries through their website, meaning that when we go away for periods of time we can easily stop the deliveries until we return.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Vegan Mango and Chicken Curry

As we had a mango sat around at home looking a bit sorry for itself this week, I decided that I fancied making a mango curry for dinner last night. A quick peruse of the internet didn't bring anything up that really inspired me, so I decided to make up my own recipe, which turned out very nicely so I thought I would share it here!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Happy (Vegan) Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

This year Paul and I decided to carve some pumpkins for Halloween, but of course I knew that we couldn't let the pumpkin flesh go to waste. According to a recent article I read online, more than half the buyers of pumpkins in the UK intend to bin the flesh as food waste! This really shocked me as there are so many delicious things you can do with it.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Making recipes from the Bosh! cookbook

I recently bought the Bosh! cookbook having seen some of their videos online, and decided to try out a few things from it. I was very impressed with the recipes it contained and I'm sure I'll be bringing it out again before too long.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Vegan food with British Airways

In September I went to Brazil for a climbing skillshare, and on the flight to and from Rio de Janeiro with British Airways I had some surprisingly good food! You can check out the pictures below (and as always, click on any photo to enlarge).

On the flight from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro:

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Vegan MoFo 2018 Day 16: Pantry Meal

Vegan MoFo Prompt Day 16: Pantry Meal

This recipe is a version of one we developed while I was working at Weirdigans Organic Cafe, travelling around the festival circuit many years ago. It's very simple and quick to make, using things you're likely to have hanging about in your kitchen with a relatively long shelf life.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Vegan MoFo 2018 Day 13: Snacks without the packaging in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Vegan MoFo Prompt Day 13: Snacks without the packaging (unfortunately some personal circumstances have made this post a day late)

Once I saw this prompt for VeganMoFo day 13, I knew exactly what I wanted to post about: two awesome low packaging shops in the central belt of Scotland which offer the option to fill your own container in order to reduce waste. In Edinburgh, we have the wonderful and (relatively) well-established New Leaf Co-op, whilst Locavore has recently opened up across in Glasgow.

The way it works is that you can take in your own jar or tupperware box which gets weighed, then you fill it with your foodstuff of choice and it gets weighed again, so that they can work out the difference and charge you accordingly. Brilliantly simple!

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Vegan MoFo 2018 Day 9: Nut-free Vegan Cheese Fondue

Vegan MoFo Prompt Day 9: Creamy Without Nuts

The other day Paul told me that he had never eaten fondue before and of course, I immediately knew that this needed to be rectified! Although I have a go-to cashew-based vegan cheese fondue/sauce recipe that I use fairly regularly, I decided to have a go at making a fondue without any nuts in. Here's what I came up with, and I have to say I'm pretty pleased with it if I do say so myself!

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Vegan MoFo 2018 Day 2: 😂 My Dad Wrote a Porno 😂

Vegan MoFo Prompt Day 2: Emoji Inspired

As soon as I saw the Vegan MoFo prompt for today, I knew exactly which emoji I would choose: 😂

Having listened to a variety of different podcasts over the years, I started listening to the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast last year and I can tell you now that I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life as I have done listening to this one! When Paul and I travelled to Peru for a holiday together in January this year, he told me he could always tell I was listening to that one when I would start shaking with laughter on the flight, and eventually he started listening along too to find our what on Earth I was finding so hilarious. Needless to say, he was soon captivated by the bizarre world of Steeles Pots and Pans!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Vegan MoFo 2018 Day 1: Introduce Yourself!

Vegan MoFo Prompt Day 1: Introduce Yourself

Hello! My name is Imogen and I live in Edinburgh with my partner, Paul, and our four rescue cats: Roxy, Sophie, Luna and Spook. In total, that gives us a household of 20 legs when you add them all together, which suits us just fine!

So how did I get here? In the spirit of introducing myself as part of the Vegan Month of Food 2018, let me tell you a bit about my own vegan journey.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

It's been a while!

It's been a long time since I posted anything on this blog (over 2.5 years!) but recently I've been feeling like it's time to return and give blogging another try.

Lots of things have changed for me over the last couple of years - I went on tour for three months with an aerial theatre show, met someone and fell in love, and now he's moved in with me into our home that we share with four rescue cats! Work has also kept me busy as my freelance business has developed and I've gained more experience in my field, and I've started taking on jobs which involve increased responsibility and often travelling both within the UK and internationally.