Mexican style vegan black bean stew

imageWith all these ingredients it could only be vegan black bean stew with tacos. So easy to make but packed with loads of flavour and texture.

Black Bean Stew

1 can of black beans

1 onion chopped

1 carrot chopped

1 stick of celery chopped

large handful of mushrooms sliced

half a yellow pepper chopped

handful of mini sweetcorn sliced

3 garlic cloves crushed

1 red chilli chopped

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of coriander

salt and pepper

spray of oil

taco shells

Violife cheese sliced

spray pan with oil and cooked onions, carrots and celery for 5 minutes then add mushrooms, peppers, sweetcorn, garlic, and spices. cook for a further five minutes then add tomatoes and 2 cups of water, cook slowly over a low heat for twenty minutes. Season to taste.

While the stew is cooking make the side dishes

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 Salad

Shred some lettuce

chop up 2 spring onions, 2 tomatoes and 3 inches of cucumber adding salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime.

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Avocado cream

Mash 1 avocado and add lemon and salt.

Cashew sour cream

1 cup of cashews

1 and a half cups of water

Half a lemon

Salt and pepper

Add the water to the cashews and place in the microwave for 4 minutes. Allow to cool then add lemon and salt and pepper, blitz with a hand blender.

Place the taco shells into the oven for 4 minutes on a medium heat.

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load the plate and enjoy.

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Vegan Rocky Road

Definitely worth the calories

Recipe

200g dark chocolate

handful of crushed nuts

pk of vegan marshmallows

pk sour cherries

10 vegan biscuits

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

Melt chocolate, coconut oil and maple syrup

Add Crushed nuts and biscuits, sour cherries and marshmallows

Mix everything together and put into a dish.

Chill and cut into squares

 

 

Clee Hills

A breath of fresh air – instagram tizzy1718vegan

What wonderful colours, I feel inspired to create a painting of this view, or maybe a textile piece. I never can resist stopping the car and pulling over to take photographs that inspire me to be creative. Sometimes it’s worth taking a moment and being thankful.

Another area of natural beauty well worth getting in the car for and donning on walking boots to recharge the old batteries. I would imagine when snow falls this view would be outstanding. When you are a the top it really does feel like you are on top of the world.

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Carding Mill Valley instagram tizzy1718vegan

Such a beautiful place to visit, clean air, autumn colours, gentle hill walking, what’s not to like. Well worth a visit to clear the brain and be thankful of the beauty on our door steps.

The village is also very sweet to while away a little time. There is a well known ice cream shop which I didn’t visit this time, but by all accounts it is very good. I don’t know if they sell vegan ice cream but I’m sure there would be plenty of choice for the ice cream lovers out there.

There are a variety of shops, cafes, pubs, antique shops etc. Also some pretty buildings.

Something for everyone!!

Jumping on the bandwagon or just totally shocked…….what are we doing to our environment?

IMG_0022I have just come back from a lovely holiday in Rhodes Greece. The beach outside the hotel was lovely, well groomed and litter free. Yet I walked 100 metres along the beach and could not believe what I saw. I know the news has been full of items on plastic and its awful effect on the environment, but until you see it with your own eyes I don’t think that the issues sinks in.

 

I think I to wake up and start to realise the ugly truth and think about what I buy and how I dispose of items. There were so many bottle tops, straws, glow sticks, shoes, bottles etc. lots of items that we really don’t need.

I hate to sound like I’m preaching after all I am guilty of buying unnecessary good with out a thought to what will happen to them when I have grown bored with them.

If there is a good side to this issue, it has really made me stop and think each time I go to buy products. I also intend to make sure I continue to recycle as much as possible and do what I can to help tidy up beaches, parks, public places etc.

MENS ACCESSORIES

Well over the past two years I have been making jewellery and accessories for women, so I thought it was about time I did a range of mens accessories in the form of cufflinks.

The cufflinks were made by layering birthday cards and adding some art work to them and then glazing to protect the finished pieces.

I am reasonably pleased with the out come and the three pairs above are my favourite.

The next thing to do is to see if I get a favourable response or not. Fingers crossed.

I have enjoyed making them and think they would look dapper with a crisp white shirt.

There is no reason women could not wear these, but I don’t know if women can get blouses with cufflink cuffs.

Hope you like them