Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Some recent weekend foods

I decided to show you some of the food we've eaten over the last couple of weekends, as there's been some good stuff!

We decided to make pizza! After unsuccessful trips to 2 supermarkets looking for dough or pizza bases that didn't look total crap, we settled for ciabatta for the bases. Which I love, Simon's not so keen. I added tofurky italian sausage, peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn and a mixture of Follow Your Heart cheddar shreds and Daiya mozzarella shreds (the daiya is still in my freezer from New York!)

Last weekend we took my parents to see our wedding venue (it's booked you guys and it's soooooo pretty!) and afterwards we went over to the Golden Lion in Winchester for a roast. It's a lovely pub that has a vegan menu! (I've blogged about it before if you want to see the non-Sunday menu!) It's a bit of a trek for us but totally worth it.

They do desserts too. I'm 99.9% sure these are Lazy Days millionaire's shortbreads, which I suspected before I ordered it, because the other option was tiffin! When I tasted it my mind was made up. However, I'm a fan of the Lazy Days products so I enjoyed this. It was served with soy cream.

I bought this the other week from a store in Portsmouth and it had been in the fridge a while. I'd sneaked a few bits. But I took it out and ate it at room temperature and OH EM GEE it's amazing (totally better at room temp than cold too and I normally like my choccy chilled!) This is too dangerous to buy often because it's really really good. I've also tried their white nougat crisp variety which is also excellent!

On Friday I saw on Instagram that Lola's Cupcakes (stalls/stores dotted around London) do vegan options. I casually mentioned it to Simon and he brought me cupcakes home from work with him to cheer me up after putting my stupid back out. What a winner.

Obviously these are chocolate flavour and they were excellent. The frosting was fluffy and delicious and not so dense with sugar that I wanted to collapse into a sugar coma afterwards. The sponge was delicious too and not in any way dry!

Then on Sunday, as my back was still out and Simon wasn't feeling great either, we were lazy and ordered pizza. We usually order from Pizza Hut but we decided to give Papa Johns a go after looking at their allergen menu. We are so glad we did because this kicked Pizza Hut's butt!

We got wedges and dips. All those dips are great, especially that garlic dip (there's 2 garlic dips, one is vegan and one isn't so check the allergen menu) - it is DIRTY! Dirty good though.

I got the regular veggie pizza and when it arrived we sprinkled on some grated violife and let it melt in the oven for a bit. I don't normally bother adding vegan cheese, but that day I was feeling it and it was SO GOOD!

There was dessert too. The cinnamon bun things which do seem to be vegan from reading the allergen menu! These are basically croissanty shaped dough covered in a tonne of gooey cinnamon icing and they are dirty amazeballs. 

So that's that for some weekend eats.

Anyone going to the new Forest Vegan Fayre this weekend? If my back is up to it, I'll be there to sample some delights!

Happy humpday all

Friday, 15 April 2016

Mildred's Kings Cross

On Tuesday I found myself in London for work - it doesn't happen often but as it did, Simon and I decided to meet for dinner after he was finished too.

So a quick tube trip from my office to Kings Cross and we made our way to Mildred's. I have been to the Soho one a couple of times, but hadn't yet been to either of the new locations (they also have one in Camden).

A quick scan of the menu showed that a lot of the options are vegan (it's a totally vegetarian place in case you've never heard of it). I started with a glass of Cava, as the prosecco wasn't marked vegan and Simon had a virgin mule cocktail, which was VERY gingery.

We shared a starter of the buffalo tofu with ranch dressing. It was super spicy and delicious and the ranch was amazing! I've never tasted ranch before so no idea what it's meant to taste like but it was great.(Follow your heart do one, so I'll be picking that up when I see it!)

For the main, I had the mushroom and ale pie, which I'm pretty sure I've had all 3 times I've been to Mildred's haha. It's soooo good! Perfect chips and mushy peas went alongside it.

I didn't take a pic of Simon's main as it wasn't vegan. But for dessert he picked the Pavlova so I could try it. It was marked vegan but when I tried it I was sooo suspicious, because it was exactly how I remember egg meringue tasting! OK it's been a while, but I was still unsure. (By the way, I emailed them the next day and asked if they used aquafaba and they confirmed that they do - definitely need to do some experiments with it now!!)

This was seriously, soooo good. In fact, I don't normally go for fruity desserts (as shown by my choice of a chocolate brownie) but I'd definitely pick this next time over the brownie, even though the brownie was also excellent! It was topped with coconut cream and raspberry sauce. It was brilliant.

As I mentioned, I picked the peanut butter brownie which was delicious! It came with vanilla ice cream too. If you're a chocolate/pb fan, you will love this!

All in all, the food was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate going back. in fact I'd really like to go back soon for more buffalo tofu and pavlova funtimes!

Sorry for being a bit absent on the blog the last couple of weeks. I'm trying to get back into a regular posting schedule.

If you are subscribed to my youtube channel, you will have seen there was a new video yesterday; it was a get ready with me with my current skincare and a few makeup favourites. Go check it....

Have an awesome weekend!
Sal xXx 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Experiments with the Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that I got some the Follow Your Heart vegan egg to try out and try it out I did! I spent a day in the kitchen trying out some recipes, to see how well this egg replacer functions.

I am going to say upfront, I'm excited about it! It is brilliant to just scramble up to have on toast, for breakfast. With ketchup of course....

But I also made:

Veggie frittatas (so good!)

'Duck & Egg' Fried Rice

And a bakewell tart. This wasn't a 100% success but it was suuuuuper tasty!

If you want a more in-depth review, check out my video that I made by clicking HERE, or the video below the jump. The video also details instructions on how to make the recipes shown in this post too! Win. Recipes for the fried rice and the frittatas are also below, along with a link to the bakewell tart recipe that I used.

Have you tried the FYH Egg yet? Let me know what you think of it if you have. I am really excited about trying more experiments with this product and would love to hear what everyone's been baking up!


Monday, 28 March 2016

Pixi by Petra - Vegan Items

I was in M&S recently and saw they are now selling Pixi makeup. I knew the brand was cruelty free and had some vegan options. I've been using their peach undereye corrector for years and I love it!

Anyway, when looking at the products in store, there were very few recognisable animal products listed, so I thought I'd write to them for a full list of their vegan options.

And here is their response in full (I've pasted exactly what they wrote but changed the layout a bit to make it read easier ;o) ).

Thank you for reaching out. We are very proud to be a cruelty-free brand, though we do not claim to be a vegan or gluten-free brand.
Our current line up of products free of animal-derived ingredients include:

  • Flawless & Poreless Primer
  • Redness Reducing Primer
  • Correction Concentrate
  • Concealing Concentrate
  • Eye Zone Brightener
  • H2O Skin Tint
  • Illuminating Tint & Conceal
  • Flawless Vitamin Veil
  • Colour Correcting Powder
  • Natural Contour Powder
  • Flawless Finishing Powder
  • Quick Fix Powder
  • Flawless Beauty Powder
  • Quick Fix Bronzer
  • Beauty Bronzer
  • Endless Silky Eye Pen
  • Cat Eye Ink
  • Lash Line Ink 
  • (Extra) Eye Bright Liners
  • Lash Booster Mascara
  • Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes + Duos
  • Brow Duo
  • Endless Brow Gel Pen
  • Brow Powder Palette
  • Mattelustre Lipsticks
  • Lip Contour Liner
  • Tinted Brilliance Balm
  • Beauty Blush Duo
  • Glow Tonic
  • Nourishing Cleansing Balm
  • Glow Mud Cleanser
  • Make Up Melting Wipes
  • Moisturizing Cleansing Cloths
  • Rose Oil Blend
  • Overnight Glow Serum
  • Hydrating Milky Serum
  • Beauty Sleep Cream
  • Glowtion Day Dew
  • H2O Skindrink
  • Glow Mud Mask
  • Nourishing Sleep Mask
  • Makeup Fixing Mist
  • Hydrating Milky Mist
  • 24k Eye Elixir.

Have an awesome week and stay tuned this week for my experiments with the Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg!

Sal xXx

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Zizzi's Vegan Menu

Zizzi's launched a vegan menu! It's an Italian restaurant so you can probably guess the type of things that are on it. But on the plus side, they have vegan cheese! Which means cheesy pizza, YAY!

So obviously I had to try it out, after every vegan on facebook went and posted pics.

I started with the bruschetta, because I LOVE bruschetta and have been fancying it for ages lately. However, this was not bruschetta as I know it. It was like pizza dough with cooked cherry tomatoes on. Not horrible, quite tasty in fact. But not bruschetta and didn't really float my boat.

For the main I had a pizza. It's a margherita and then you add whatever toppings you want onto it. I added balsamic onions, mushrooms and artichokes. It was lovely. The cheese isn't stretchy and it's not gummy like some vegan cheeses. Melted, it's more like a white sauce. It's different and some won't like it but I do - it makes a nice saucy pizza. 

They do dessert too, but I was too full! Fail, Sal!

The waiter told me that about 8 people had asked for the vegan pizza that week. I told him that it was awesome that they'd done a vegan menu and that Pizza Express don't provide vegan cheese! hahaha.

I think it's great that more chain restaurants are starting to realise there's a market for vegans now! I have of course added this info (and a pic of the whole vegan menu) to my Chain Restaurant Options page, hop over there if you wanna have a look.

Hope you're all having an ace week.


Wednesday, 16 March 2016

GOSH Cosmetics - Updated Vegan Product List

One of my most popular posts ever is my list of vegan items from GOSH Cosmetics. It had been a while since I updated it, so I wrote to GOSH and asked for a new list. Here it is; the list they sent me was dated January 2016.

#Foundation Drops
BB Cream
BB Powder
BB Skin Perfection Kit
Boombastic XXL Swirl Volume Mascara
Bronzing Powder
CC Cream
Click’N Conceal
Defining Brow Gel
Eye Brow Pencil
Eye Liner Pen (Liquid)
Forever Eye Shadow
Giant Blush
Intense Eye Liner Pen
Intense Lip Colour
Kohl/Eye Liner (Black, Expresso & White)
Light’N Shine
Lip Oil
Long Lasting Brow Pen
Long Lasting Eye Liner Pen
Long Lasting Lip Marker
Lumi Drops
Mineral Colour Pigments
Mineral Powder
Mini Lacquers
Nail Lacquer
Nail Lacquer - Frosted
Nail Lacquer - Special Ed.
Precious Powder Pearls (Glow)
Pressed Powder
Prime’n Refresh Eye Roll-on
Prime’n Set
Primer Plus
Quattro Eye Shadow (Q56)
Rebel Eyes Mascara
Smokey Eye Liner (01, 02 & 05)
Smokey Eyes Palette (01 & 02)
The Ultimate Eye Liner (01, 02, 03 & 07)
Velvet Touch Eye Primer.
Velvet Touch Foundation Primer Anti-Wrinkle Eff.
Velvet Touch Foundation Primer Classic
Velvet Touch Lip Liner Waterproof
Velvet Touch Lip Primer
Volume Lip Shine

Forever Lip Shine (001, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009 & 010)
Kiss Me! Moisturizing Lip Balm: (02, 03, 04, 05, 06 ,07 & 08)
Matt Duo Eye Shadow (Brown Base, Melting Pale, Green Zone & Dark’n Dusky)
Mono Eye Shadow (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15)
Nail Care (2 in 1 Nail Hardener, Fast Dry Drops, Gel Look Top Coat & Nail & Cuticle Oil)
Velvet Touch Eye Liner Waterproof (Black Ink, Truly Brown, Hypnotic Grey, Metallic Brass, Pretty Petrol, Woody Green, Lemon Soda, Blue Moon, Alligator, Silver Screen, Sky High, Pure Natural, Classic Grey, Rebellious Brown, I Sea You & Renaissance Gold, Carbon Black)
Xtreme Liquid Gel Eye Liner (001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 008 & 009)

Products not mentioned in the list above may contain ingredients not suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

I'm excited that their list of vegan friendly products has grown. I'm a huge fan of GOSH products, I think they're fab products and they are reasonably priced too!

You can buy GOSH from Superdrug's stores or the Superdrug Website in the UK.

Stay tuned to this blog, as tomorrow I have another company's vegan list for you! :)

Happy Humpday peeps
Sal xXx

Monday, 14 March 2016

Lee Stafford Hair - Updated Vegan Product List

Just a quickie; this post is super out of date now, so I contacted Lee Stafford again for an updated list of vegan items.

They confirmed to me that most products are vegan but the following are NOT vegan:

•             Ubuntu Blow Dry Smootheee
•             Here Come the Curls Shampoo, Conditioner, Crème Lite and Control Crème
•             Messed Up Shaper
•             Hair Growth Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment and Leave in Treatment
•             Fix It  Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment and Leave in Treatment
•             Frizz Off Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment and Smoothing Spray
•             ARGANOIL from Morocco Conditioner, Curl Crème and Treatment
•             Oily Roots Dry Ends Conditioner
•             Coco Loco Shampoo, Conditioner, Mask, Spritz, Balm and Blow and go.