With 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
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
Shred some lettuce
chop up 2 spring onions, 2 tomatoes and 3 inches of cucumber adding salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime.
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.
Playing with new materials is always fun. Yupo and ink is new to me but many seem to have been using it for a while. I thought it looks easy but I was wrong. Learning how the ink is going to react can be fun but also frustrating. I have made some interesting surfaces that I have started to use for jewellery and I intend to make some trinket boxes.
So back to the joy of the unknown, if you haven’t tried yupo and you love to experiment with art give it a go.
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.
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.
I 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.