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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!!

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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

 

Vegan style mushroom quiche

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Recipe

1 Pack of vegan pastry

2 handfuls of mushrooms sliced and fried in olive oil

1 Packet of silken tofu

1 teaspoon of onion granules

1 teaspoon of turmeric

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

3 spring onions chopped

1 teaspoon of mixed herbs

salt and pepper

Line  pie dishes or dish with rolled out pastry and place in a medium oven for 10 minutes.

Cook mushrooms in olive oil and season.

Mix tofu, onion granules, turmeric, nutritional yeast, spring onions, herbs and seasoning.

Take pastry cases out of the oven. Divide the mushrooms up and lay on the bottom of the pastry case. Divide up the tofu mix and cover the mushrooms.

Place back into a medium oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Served with paprika oven chips and salad.

 

Recycled paper jewellery pieces

imageI love using recycled items to create my jewellery. Here I used scrap pieces of art work that were going to be  thrown away. I mount the pieces onto recycled mount board or other strong card.

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The next stage is adding glitter, let’s face it you can never have enough glitter, and finish off with glazing the pieces with dimensional glue. Once these are dry I will punch holes into the ones to be necklaces, or add pins to brooches and mount the smaller pieces onto cufflinks or rings.

So for minimum expense and little effort Iwill have a lovely new range of jewellery to sell.

So excited to see the end results.

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Vegan pizza – well worth the effort

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vegan pizza

I sometime miss pizza especially from Pizza Express, so I decided to make my own. I did not have enough time to make a bread base using yeast so I used a scone base and it did not disappoint.

 

Pizza base

175g self raising flour

half teaspoon of baking powder

50g vegan spread

soya milk

herbs

onion powder (optional)

salt and pepper

sieve flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, add the herbs and onion powder, salt and pepper, rub in the vegan spread until you have crumbs and add enough milk to make a dough.

Get a baking tray and line with parchment paper, spray with oil and add rolled out dough. pop in a medium oven for 15 minutes.

Tomato Sauce

1 can of tomatoes

1 chopped small onion

1 garlic clove

herbs

1 teaspoon of maple syrup

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of oil

Add oil and onions to a saucepan and cook until soft, then add the tomatoes, garlic, herbs and maple syrup. Reduce the sauce over a medium heat the test the seasoning.

Topping

large cup of blanched broccoli sliced

small onion sliced

half a pepper sliced or chopped

Cup of mushrooms sliced

Some artichokes, olives and sundries tomatoes in oil

Violife Cheese or any other vegan cheese

Basil leaves

salt and pepper

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Make the pizza by spreading some tomato sauce onto the base then add the vegetables and top with the Violife cheese. Place in the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 2o minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.

Oh so yummy sweet potato hummus

So quick and easy to do, with lots of goodness. Why not give it a go.

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Hummus

1 can of chickpeas, reserve a quarter cup for later

1 sweet potato

half a garlic clove crushed

2 teaspoons of tahini paste

juice of 1 lemon

water or olive oil

salt and pepper

smoked paprika

sumac

Wash the sweet potato and prick the skin. Place into a microwave and cook for 5 – 7 minutes depending on the size. Allow to cool.

In a processor add the sweet potato flesh and the rest of the ingredients apart from the reserved chickpeas and process until you reach the consistency you like. Add water if the hummus is too thick (if you want a low fat version,) or drizzle some olive oil in until consistency is reached.

Check seasoning and add salt and pepper if required.

With the quarter cup of chickpeas add to a pan with smoked paprika and a dash of oil and cook for 1 minute.

Add hummus to a serving dish, top with chickpeas and sprinkle on sumac.

This can be served as a dip or sandwich filling. Either way you won’t be disappointed.!

Witley Court – beautiful ruins

I love this place, I try to go at least once a year. The house and gardens are being renovated by English Heritage and they have just finished a seven month restoration on the main attraction. The Perseus and Andromeda fountain. It is spectacular when it is erupting a huge spout of cascading water over the figures. IMG_1873Everyone gasps as they look down from the ruins and see a truly beautiful site in front of them. The gardens are starting to take shape and is a great safe place for families to have a picnic.

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There are also walks of varying lengths which are not too strenuous for all. There is the old boat house, a play area  and a most magnificent church. To top it off tucked behind the church is a tearoom which serve delicious homemade cakes which you can eat inside or outside under trees.

The history of  Witley Court is fascinating, destroyed by fire and once overrun with bikers at one point, all the information you need to know is on a free audio guide.

Witley Court has a romance about it that draws you back time after time.

So if you are looking for a day out with the family or a walk with the dog I cannot recommend Witley Court enough.IMG_1875

Cauliflower steak with ginger stir fry and quinoa

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Cauliflower steak

1 Cauliflower

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

1 tablespoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of coriander

1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon of soy sauce

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

1 teaspoon of olive oil

Pull the leaves off the cauliflower and wash. Using a sharp knife slice down the centre of the cauliflower and slice off half inch steaks, the ends will separate. Mix all the ingredients and rub over the cauliflower. Place on a baking tray and cook for 30 minutes on a medium heat. Turn half way through. Use a skewer to make sure the cauliflower is soft, if not put it back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

Stir Fry

1 Pack of tender sweet

1 Red pepper sliced

1 carrot sliced into batons

1 courgette cut into half moons

handful of mini sweet corn sliced to 1cm pieces

3cm piece of ginger grated

2 garlic cloves chopped

Sesame oil

Olive oil

Soy sauce

Put a teaspoon of olive and sesame oil into a wok and stir fry vegetables until they reach the texture you like, add ginger and garlic stir for a minute and splash in some soy sauce to taste.

Quinoa

1 cup of quinoa

1 tablespoon of lemon

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

1 and a half cups of water

Rinse quinoa until water runs clear, this removes the bitter taste. Place in a medium saucepan adding the water, lemon and soy sauce. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes, reduce heat and simmer until you see the quinoa start to separate. Once this happens drain and replace back into the sauce pan and cover with some foil leave to steam without any heat. The quinoa should become fluffy after 10 minutes.

Enjoy..