Food

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?

Sunday Lunch at Bistro 1847

You guys know from my previous review how much I love Bistro 1847. It’s a really cool vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Birmingham city centre with a chilled vibe and incredible food. As it is one of mine and Matt’s favourite places to eat out, after a long weekend of packing (*cough* procrastinating packing by watching The US Office – seriously though, I’m addicted) we decided to treat ourselves to one last meal there (it’s actually so awesome that we ended up going back again on Tuesday but that’s besides the point ;)).

Bistro 1847

We normally order our favourite battered tofu and chips which is absolutely delicious, but this past Sunday we decided to mix things up and try out the new menu. The result? Oh. My. Gosh. This meal turned out to be one of the best Sunday lunches I have ever eaten, and what Matt later proclaimed to be his favourite vegan meal yet! This food was seriously good. Oh and btw, did I mention that their presentation is majorly on point? It’s basically art on a plate and a party in your mouth.

On to the details of the menu ▷▻▷▻▷

Vegan sunday lunch

For starter we had the polenta chips with oyster mushrooms and tomato relish. This combination is a match made in heaven and the only possible way it could be improved is by serving 5 plates full instead of one.

polenta chips bistro 1847

For main course, we had the spiced squash filo balotine with new potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and ale gravy. I absolutely loved this original twist on a traditional Sunday lunch, especially the veggies which were all cooked to perfection.

vegan roast dinner

The entire dining experience, from the service to the food, was amazing as always; and I couldn’t recommend Bistro 1847 highly enough.

Where are some of your favourite vegan restaurants? Have any of you been to Bistro 1847 before? Also, is anyone else obsessed with The US Office?! Seriously though, Dwight is life. Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Vegan Restaurants in Paris

Last Sunday Matt and I visited Paris for the day; we had so much fun hanging out in some of our favourite places in the city, as well as checking out two amazing vegan restaurants. I have always found it a little difficult to find a lot of veggie options in France, so was extremely excited when Matt did a little research and found not one but two vegan restaurants: 42 Degrés and Hank Burger. I’m so excited to share the details with you guys as they were both great in different ways and are definitely worth checking out if you find yourself in Paris.

42 Degrés

42 Degrees is a raw vegan restaurant within walking distance of Gare Du Nord, and one of my favourite places in the entire world – Mont Martre! The lunch buffet includes a green juice, a hot drink of your choice & an amazing variety of everyone’s favourite foods in raw vegan form.

42 degres paris

Both Matt and I loved everything we tried from the buffet and went back for a second (and third) serving! Matt’s favourite was the rocket and mushroom pizza (soooo good), and I was absolutely obsessed with the mini falafel burgers in a mushroom ‘bun’ – how cool are they ▽▼▽▼▽?!

raw vegan food in paris

There was also a great selection of deserts; however, I unfortunately did not have the self control to take a picture of my dessert plate before wolfing down the 3 slices of chocolate cake. Needless to say, they were delicious. The lunch buffet was awesome, and I would definitely love to go back to try out the evening menu.

Hank Vegan Burger

Okay wow. Hank burgers are seriously the bomb. I’m pretty sure even the most carnivorous people would find them hard to resist. The restaurant has a really cool vibe and the menu is so varied to cater for everyones’ burger tastes.

Hank vegan burger

Matt and I both decided to go for L’Allumé with chips and lots of vegan mayonnaise (which by the way was the best vegan mayonnaise I’ve tried yet) and finished off our meal with a cookie for dessert. It was all absolutely delicious; so delicious in fact that we bought six cookies to-go to eat as train snacks on the Euro Star home. That purchase definitely got us some strange looks but was so worth it! Next time I’m in Paris, I will definitely be eating at Hank Burger; whether you’re vegan or not, it is a must visit.

hank vegan burger paris

Have any of you had any great food in Paris? Do share, I’m always looking for great new places to check out!

Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been a while, I have been insanely busy at work these past few weeks so haven’t had much time to do anything other than work, sleep or eat – oh what an envious life I lead! However, to make up for my lack of posting, I am coming at you with a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe today. These little bites of yumminess have kept me going over the past couple of weeks – I ate seven on Friday, yes you read that right, seven – I know, I know I’m an animal, but they’re seriously that good, plus I’m a major comfort eater! TMI? ANYWAY, everyone who has tried them, vegan or not, have loved them so I thought it was only fair that I shared the recipe with you guys.

vegan chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup molasses sugar
  • 1 cup vegan margarine
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 bar of dark vegan chocolate
  • icing sugar and a love heart stencil to decorate the cookies (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250°c
  • Mix together the sugar and margarine until smooth
  • Add in the almond milk and stir until the milk has combined with the mixture
  • Add in the flour and baking soda and stir until well mixed
  • Chop the chocolate into small chunks
  • Add in the oatmeal, chocolate chunks and cacao and stir
  • Spoon small balls of the mixture onto a baking tray covered in baking paper and flatten
  • Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes or until done
  • Place the love heart stencil on top of each cookie and sprinkle icing sugar on top
  • Finally, leave them to cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy your yummy cookies!

vegan cookie recipe