Food

Manna restaurant review

I know I’m ridiculously late with this post, like over a month late, but there has been so much going on and it wasn’t until I was looking through photos on my phone the other day that I realised I still hadn’t told you guys about the insanely good birthday dinner Matt treated me to at Manna!

Manna is a beautifully elegant restaurant in Primrose Hill that offers a 100% vegan menu. How incredible is that?! As it was a birthday dinner, we decided to go all out and order starters, mains and desserts, and every single course was delicious.

Apologies in advance for the poor quality photos, Manna had some major mood lighting going on!

▹▸▹▸ STARTERS

The falafel slider starter was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had; it was so good that I could have eaten 3 or 4 okay 5 of these burgers for a main course! The burger was delicious and perfectly complemented by all of the toppings and the wholemeal bun. Matt was also obsessed with fluffy  yet crispy potato wedges it was served with!

falafel slider

▹▸▹▸ MAINS

For main course, I ordered the spaghetti and veatballs and it was delicious! The spaghetti was cooked to perfection whilst the tomato sauce and veatballs were incredibly flavoursome.

Matt ordered the bangers and mash and judging by his entirely empty plate at the end of the meal, I’d say it was a big hit!

mains at manna

▹▸▹▸ DESSERT

Whilst the starters and mains were both delicious, the highlight of the meal was hands down the birthday cake dessert. The vice cream & cookie semi-freddo was honestly the best dessert I have ever eaten. EVER! We’re talking crumbly cookie dough filled with layers of ice cream topped with berries – OH MY GOSH! It was absolutely insane.

dessert at manna

I can’t wait for our next trip to Manna, mainly but not exclusively so that I can order a vice cream & cookie semi-freddo all to myself!

Vegan afternoon tea at La Suite West

As a belated birthday treat, my lovely friend Maria surprised me with…

▹▸▹▸ VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA AT LA SUITE WEST

I have always absolutely loved afternoon tea. There’s just something about the tiny little sandwiches that make them taste so much better than regular sandwiches. And the scones, oh the scones. Then, no matter how full you are, there’s always room for delicious, bite-sized cakes because who doesn’t love cake?!

Since going vegan, this was the first time I’ve had an afternoon tea that wasn’t home-made, so to say I was excited would be an understatement and this afternoon tea definitely did not disappoint.

vegan afternoon tea at la suite west

▹▸▹▸ SANDWICHES

The selection of sandwiches was absolutely delicious. There was such a unique mix of flavours which made for a lovely twist on traditional afternoon tea sandwiches. My favourite was definitely the kimichi coleslaw with red pepper, whilst Maria unsurprisingly loved the summer herb pesto with tomatoes. I say unsurprisingly as she has a serious pesto addiction, we’re talking pesto pizza with pesto pasta for dinner on a pretty regular basis at uni (which I may or may not have participated in)!

vegan afternoon tea sandwiches

▹▸▹▸ SCONES

The scones were hands down the best scones I have ever eaten in my entire life, bar none! The combination of warm scones, coconut cream and strawberries was just heavenly!

scones at la suite west

▹▸▹▸ CAKES

Even though we were both completely stuffed by the time the cakes were served, we of course managed to squeeze them all in, because I mean, look how yummy!!!

vegan afternoon tea cakes

All three courses were absolute perfection and I will definitely be returning to La Suite West for more delicious afternoon tea ASAP.

Tibits vegetarian and vegan buffet, London

I absolutely love sharing all of my favourite places to eat out with you guys, as whenever I’m looking for a cool new place to eat out, I always check other bloggers recommendations. As well as reading a menu on line, I find it’s also so helpful to hear which places other people love and for what reasons! So, today I am gonna share with you guys one of my favourite places to eat in London ▷►▹▸

Tibits Veggie/Vegan buffet located just off of Regent Street

Ever since we discovered Tibits around 6 months ago, it has become mine and my BFF Alfia’s go to place to hang out and eat at after work. All of the food is veggie, most of it is vegan, and everything I’ve tried so far is delicious.

tibits buffet

Tibits operates a pay by weight system, meaning that if you’re a big carb lover like Alfia and me, it can end up being fairly expensive but in my opinion, totally worth it!

Not only is the food delicious (the okra in breadcrumbs are my fave and we both love and tofu & sundried tomato pasta) but the atmosphere is also super chilled making it a really fun place to hang out. The outdoor seating area is surrounded by fairy lights which look SO pretty on a warm summer evening; whilst inside, the dimmed lighting and modern decor makes for a super cosy atmosphere.

tibias vegan restaurant

For desert, we always share the lemon cake. And when I say share, I mean Alfia says she’s full but starts eyeing up my cake as soon as it arrives and inevitably ends up eating half of it, so now I always ask for two forks whether Alfia admits she’s gonna make room for some cake or not ;).

tibits vegetarian buffet

If you love great food and a cool atmosphere, I would definitely recommend checking out Tibits, it is one major party in your mouth!

Vegan pancake recipe

Without a doubt, one of my favourite ways to start the day is with a big stack of delicious vegan pancakes. This recipe is one of my all time favourites and is absolutely perfect for those lazy Sunday breakfast-in-bed kinda days. Not only are these pancakes insanely yummy, but they are also way healthier than their non-vegan alternative – so major win-win!!

I hope you’ve all been having a great weekend so far in this beautiful sunshine; and if you fancy making it even better, I highly recommend you treat yourselves to these yummy pancakes tomorrow morning ;-).

vegan pancake stack

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2.5 cups non-dairy milk (my fave is almond milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tea spoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tea spoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 banana
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  • Dice bananas into small chunks
  • Mix together in a bowl: flour, non-dairy milk, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup & diced banana pieces
  • Place a frying pan on low heat & spray with cooking spray
  • Spoon four table spoons of mixture into the pan and flip after approximately 40 seconds
  • Leave in the pan for another 30 seconds or until golden
  • Repeat until all mixture is gone (remember to keep re-spraying the pan with cooking spray)
  • Serve pancakes with syrup and diced strawberries & enjoy!

The most delicious green smoothie recipe

First thing this morning (aka 10am) I went for my first run since coming home from uni a couple of weeks ago. 30 mins later, dripping with sweat, and walking home with one very tired out dog, I was majorly craving a big, delicious smoothie.

I wasn’t planning on creating a recipe for the blog, so just threw my smoothie staples into the blender and added some of my favourite superfood powders. However, it turned out to be one of the most delicious, milkshake-like smoothies I’d ever tasted so I couldn’t not share it with you guys.

vegan milkshake recipe

Before we get onto the recipe, I thought I would share some of the reasons why I love adding Maca powder and Spirulina to my smoothie, so that when you’re enjoying its creamy yumminess, you can also rest assured that it is filling you with healthy goodness.

Maca powder‘s amazing benefits include: being rich in calcium and iron, increasing energy levels and being great at balancing your mood; whilst Spirulina is a great source of protein, iron and calcium.

Now… onto the recipe.

WARNING: this smoothie is so addictive, I had to make my second of the day to drink on the way to go bowling with Matt and my gorgeous little cousins. I hope you all had an awesome weekend, enjoy the recipe lovely people :).

green smoothie recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon spiralina
  • 1 teaspoon lotus spread

Instructions

  • Break bananas into small pieces
  • Place all ingredients in blender
  • Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth
  • Enjoy your delicious, creamy smoothie!

Ethos Foods, London

One of my favourite things about working in London is checking out lots of different veggie/vegan restaurants in the evenings. Last week, my veggie friends and I dragged 2 of our meat-loving friends to Ethos – a meat-free buffet near Oxfords Circus – for a big veggie night out. Not only was the food a big hit with everyone, but I’m also told by my carnivore friends that the vegan wine was on point.

The restaurant has a pay by weight system, which if you’re a major carb fan like me, can result in it being a little pricey; or in the case of one of my non-veggie friends, mean that one non-carbed-up plate isn’t enough to prepare you for a big night out ;). Nevertheless, the food was delicious and I was also obsessed with the incredible decor; we’re talking indoor trees, fairy lights and marble tables. So. Cool.

Overall, we all really enjoyed our visit, so if you love eating great food in restaurants with a really cool vibe, I definitely recommend you check Ethos out.

ethos oxford circus

Our table feat. vegan wine aka a carnivore in a vegan restaurant’s bff △▲△▲△

ethos london

Cauliflower in Tahini dressing to die for!△▲△▲△

ethos desserts

Delicious desserts (the raw chocolate and peanut slice was my fave) △▲△▲△

Have any of you guys visited Ethos before? Where are your favourite veggie places to eat in London?

New Horizon, Exeter

In the four years that I have been studying at the University of Exeter, I must have walked past The New Horizon Cafe countless times but had never given it a second glance. However, a couple of weeks ago, a sign saying ‘most of our dishes are vegetarian or vegan‘ caught my eye, and I decided I had to check it out. Two weeks later and it is safe to say I am now a regular.

Their menu is filled with a range of delicious Mediterranean food which is available to eat in or to takeaway. My favourite dish is the Mèze plate, as it is the perfect combination of flavours.

new horizon

The falafel pita is also amazing, especially for those days where you fancy your lunch on-the-go. The falafels are cooked to perfection and the pita is stuffed full of salad and seasoned with a delicious mixture of sauces.

new horizon cafe

The Cafe’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect chill out spot. This is definitely one of my favourite places to eat in Exeter and I can’t recommend it enough.

Vegan chocolate flapjack recipe

Ever since I tried Trek‘s delicious flapjacks, I have been determined to create my own version to share with all of you. With the help of my not so secret favourite ingredient – lotus spread – which basically makes everything better, I have created these little bites of yumminess ▽▼▽▼▽.

vegan chocolate flapjacks

I’m seriously so addicted to these delicious little treats and they’ve also been a big hit in my uni flat so I’m sure you guys are going to love them too! I’m off to make another batch of these babies for my road-trip home this weekend, so here’s the recipe, hope you all love them as much as I do!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups oats
  • 2 cups non-dairy margarine
  • 1 cup demerara sugar
  • 1 cup molasses sugar
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lotus spread (optional, but SO worth it)
  • 1 bar of dark vegan chocolate

Recipe

  • Put the oats + butter in a bowl and mix together with your hands
  • Add in the sugar, golden syrup + lotus spread and mix in with your hands
  • Spread mixture into a rectangle on a baking tray covered in baking paper
  • Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 30 minutes
  • Using a sharp knife, slice into smaller rectangles
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave for  1.5 minutes or until melted
  • Using a knife drizzle the chocolate over the top of the flapjacks and leave to cool
  • Enjoy your delicious little treats!

Check out the 2 minute video below if you’d like to follow along with me to see how easy it is to make these delicious little treats ▽▼▽▼▽

Vegan pizzas at Firehouse, Exeter

Aside from Mr Singh’s in Birmingham, my absolute favourite place to get vegan pizza is The Old Firehouse pub in Exeter. They have a day-time menu with lots of meat, veggie and vegan options; then from 8pm onwards they serve the most delicious pizzas.  Their menu is definitely one of the most vegan-friendly I’ve seen, with 4 clearly labeled vegan pizzas.

Firehouse vegan menu

Since the pizzas are absolutely huge, I usually share the Vegan Mushroom with Maria (which is absolutely heavenly btw, I mean rocket + vegan cheese + tomato + mushrooms + onions + peppers on the perfectly doughy base = major party in your mouth). Meanwhile, Matt manages to eat an entire Vegan Margherita by himself – I seriously envy that boy’s metabolism!

Btw, sorry for the poor quality pizza pic, let’s just say that mood lighting + iPhone camera ≠ the best photos; but trust me when I say these pizzas are delicious!

firehouse vegan pizza

Aside from the amazing food, another thing that makes Firehouse so awesome is its cool Harry Potter/traditional english pub vibe. Seriously though, how cute is that decor?!  ▽▼▽▼▽

Firehouse

With such a diverse menu that caters for all diets, Firehouse is the perfect place to hang out with friends, have a couple of drinks and eat some insanely good food!

Vegan cheese and tomato pasta bake recipe

When I’m at uni (and just generally, always), I’m a big fan of super quick and easy dinner recipes that are also packed full of nutrients. This cheesy pasta bake is one of those recipes; it is yummy, easy to cook, and a great way to get the majority of your 5-a-day! It goes amazingly with crispy buttered rolls but is also great on its own. I like to make a big batch and save some to have for a couple of lunch/dinners later on in the week, so this recipe would be enough to serve 3/4 people. I hope you all love it!

vegan cheese pasta bake

Ingredients

  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups spirali pasta
  • 1 cartoon of tomato passata
  • 2 spoonfuls sun dried tomato paste
  • 2 handfuls grated vegan cheese (I like to use vegusto)
  • Seasoning: black pepper, sea salt, paprika, mustard seeds, black and white sesame seeds

vegan cheese pasta bake

Instructions

  • Dice mushrooms, onions & garlic into small chunks
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half
  • Slice spinach into strips
  • Boil spirali pasta for 8 minutes and then drain
  • Mix chopped vegetables, pasta, 1 handful of grated vegan cheese, tomato passata & sun dried tomato paste in a baking dish
  • Season with black pepper, sea salt, paprika & mustard seeds and stir
  • Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and stir
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and 1 handful of vegan cheese on top
  • Cook in the oven for a further 5 minutes
  • Enjoy!

vegan cheese pasta bake

What are your favourite easy and nutritious recipes?