Ombar is a brand well known in the vegan community for their delicious vegan chocolate bars. When I got the opportunity to review their chocolate I couldn’t wait for them to arrive. I say their chocolate is delicious because not all vegan chocolate is created equal. I have come across some vegan chocolate not fit for human consumption but this is NOT the case with Ombar. It is an incredibly creamy, ‘mylk’ chocolate made using the finest-flavoured, unroasted and organic Ecuadorian cacao which gives it deep, rich chocolatey notes.
The ingredients list is a short one and consists mainly of unroasted cacoa, coconut sugar, creamed coconut, coco butter and vanilla extract. The chocolate bar itself is small in size and consists of 6 small chunks. I loved the texture of the chocolate it's quite soft and fudgey and melts in the mouth easily. The flavour is really tasty with plenty of rich cacao that is perfectly paired with creamed coconut, vanilla and a few other ingredients.
I cannot recommend this product enough I tried their gut friendly range. You can choose from Strawberry Mylk, Coco Mylk or 72% Cacao – all of which include added vegan live cultures (Lactobacillus Acidophilus), so you can enjoy an ethical, vegan snack and keep your gut happy too.
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Aside from the probiotics, Ombar’s chocolate also contains magnesium, a deficiency of which is linked to muscle twitching, palpitations and even high blood pressure – all symptoms of being highly stressed.
If you ever needed more of an excuse to eat chocolate, there you have it!
So get yourself a couple of bars today and let me know what you this of this tasty vegan treat.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
1. Take a small-sized saucepan and mix in apple juice, water, bring the mix to a boil
2. Add half cup oatmeal, cook for 1 minute
3. Add pecans, cinnamon, fruit pieces
4. Stir well, add your desired fruit as a topping
Nutrition (Per Serving)
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Crumble (also called Brown Betty) is a traditional English desert. The original version is made with apples (apple crumble) but my version celebrates the range of orchard fruits that can be found in the UK and in other countries throughout the world. Crumble can be made sweet or savoury depending on the ingredients used, although the sweet version is much more common. In some recipes the topping is made from crumbled biscuits or cookies. Oats can be added to the topping as well, but this is not traditional. Crumbles have only really been made in UK since the 1940's.
This recipe came into existence during the second world war. In the UK there was strict rationing of basic ingredients needed to create a basic pie and these were often not available. A pie requires a lot of flour, sugar and butter to make the pastry. So during the 2nd World War people had to be creative and made a simple mixture of flour, margarine and sugar and used this to make the top of the crumble. This is a lovely easy-to-make desert that can be served with ice cream, custard or just on its own.
2 ripe apples chopped into small pieces
2 ripe pears chopped into small pieces
½ cup of ripe black berries
½ cup of ripe raspberries
5 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon vegan margarine
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves
5 digestive biscuits (can also use graham crackers)
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
2. In a saucepan, over a gentle-moderate heat, cook the apples and pears in the water until soft and stewed.
3. Keep stirring to prevent from sticking to the bottom of pan.
4. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, rub together the margarine and flour with your fingertips until it completely blends together and you get a fine crumble.
5. Add the 2 tablespoons of the sugar and digestive biscuits (or graham crackers) and stir the mixture well.
6. When the apples and pears are stewed, add the leftover tablespoons of the sugar and the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and stir in until the sugar dissolves.
7. Put the apple and pear, mixture in a bowl and stir in the blackberries and raspberries then place in an ovenproof dish and cover with the crumble topping mixture
8. Bake for approximately half an hour or until the crumble is golden brown.
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I thought it would be really useful to share with you five tasty recipes that are low cost, easy-to-make and of course plant based. At the time of writing this blog, there is a possible second lockdown coming to the UK where I live. In addition there is mass unemployment and many people working from home.
According to an article in the Independent Newspaper, more than a fifth of people in the UK are cooking every meal from scratch due to the coronavirus lockdown.
I understand the struggle, so I've put together 5 plant-based budget-friendly recipes
These meals are great for
With that in mind I wanted to share some recipes with you that can add to your recipe bank of midweek meals. The meals I have for you today are as follows:
Butterbean & Lentil Curry
1 onion chopped
1 inch piece of ginger minced
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium tomato
1 teaspoon all purpose seasoning
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 a vegetable stock cube
I tin butter beans
1/2 cup red lentils
Coconut cream to taste
Sweet Potato Roti
INGREDIENTS (5-6 roti)
Vegan Jamaican Pulled Jack fruit
• 1 400g tin of young jackfruit
• 1 medium onion chopped
• 1-2 inch piece of ginger
• 1 teaspoon season all (all purpose seasoning)
• 1 spring onion (scallion) chopped
• 2 teaspoons coconut aminos (can also use soy sauce)
• 1 vegetable stock cube ( I use the low salt ones)
• a dash of black pepper
• ½ cup of water
So those are my 5 budget friendly plant based dishes,
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In the UK we dispose of more than 26 million tonnes of paper, glass, plastic, wood, food, metal, clothing, electronics and other refuse annually. The problem of managing mountains of waste may seem overwhelming, but experts note there are easy ways for consumers to make a difference every day.
I came across this really lovely vegan friendly company recently called UpCircle Beauty
Each of the products in their range is sourced from by-products from other industries – the food and drink industry in particular. In recent years there has been a dramatic rise of natural, then organic, then vegan and cruelty-free beauty, but UpCircle Beauty
believe circular / by-product beauty will be the next step –and not many can disagree with that
They have many products in their range including cleansers, moisturisers, serums, exfoliants, scrubs soaps etc. I was able to try a few o their products and was pleased with the results. This is because I have really sensitive skin so I am always cautious what I use.
The products I tried are as follows:
This face scrub didn't disappoint as it left my face feeling so soft and smooth. It didn't leave me with that tight and dry feeling that some face scrubs leave you with. I would definitely get this face scrub again.
I am not able to use any old soap so this was a real treat. I must say the smell is a bit Christmassy for me but hey who doesn’t love Christmas. It is a little pricy but it’s worth it as it has all of the following attributes:
I have saved the pamper kit, which has samples of the full UpCircle face range for when I next travel. However it make a great mini gift set and perfect for those ethical and cruelty free stocking fillers. www.UpCircleBeauty.com
I enjoyed trying this range of ethical and sustainable beauty products. I love the whole up cycling element to this range too. Sustainability starts with you and me, because the smallest change you make in your own home or office can have a huge effect further up the chain. Simply by buying the right products such as those in the UpCircle range you can help you and your family help the environment through these purchases.
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Join me for a virtual vegan cooking lesson which will teach you how to make a vegan sponge cake This culinary experience will take your breath away, dazzle your taste buds, and deepen your sense of community. I am a vegan cook, author and presenter who has a vegan cooking show on Amazon Prime”. You don’t want to miss this Sign up now! click here
Join from the comfort of your own home as you learn to make a vegan sponge cake. The recipe uses easy to find ingredients and I will walk you through how to make a really quick and simple vegan sponge cake. I will also answer any questions you have and you can virtually meet new vegan foodies without leaving your home!
Once you purchase a ticket, you will be emailed a list of ingredients and the Zoom link. If you have any questions please email me on info "at" KirlySuesKitchen.co.uk
What to Expect:
- A 1 hour culinary experience with high energy, fun, and interaction with AMAZING classmates.
- You will get a list of ingredients, cooking tools, and a shopping list upon confirmation. (A separate email will be sent)
- You will also get the full recipe sheet after the class plus an information leaflet on replacing eggs when baking
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A new vegan cooking show entitled Kirly-Sue’s Global Kitchen debuted on Amazon Prime Video in the United Kingdom and United States this week. Hosted by vegan cook author, presenter & YouTuber Kirly-Sue, the show highlights how easy it can be to cook tasty vegan meals using fresh ingredients. The 3 part series filmed in the UK and on location in Montego Bay Jamaica, brings together vegan cooking, travel and a panel of taste-testers for a show that is both informative and entertaining.
The series follows Kirly-Sue as she travels from the UK to where the food is grown overseas and also to see how it is cooked locally. Kirly-Sue then shows you her version of the dish back in her UK kitchen and then features a panel of non-vegan taste testers who taste and rate the dishes. Kirly-Sue (aka Susanne Kirlew) also has executive producer credits on the show. In addition the show will also have a teaching element to it and encourage viewers to try fun, new, recipes for themselves.
There have been a few vegan cooking shows on TV recently but there has been nothing on this scale, shot on location in the UK & Jamaica, with drone camera and involving the hard work and dedication of more than 20 people who contributed their unique talents because of their passion for vegan food. Throughout the series, that has more episodes in the pipe line, Kirly-Sue will try different cuisines and also introduce new foods to her expansive fan base.
Kirly-Sue said. “This is a good time for a cooking show like this because of the huge interest there has been in vegan / plant based cooking. The last couple of years have been great when it comes to the heightened awareness in society of plant-based alternatives.
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Vegan cook & author Kirly-Sue hosts a plant-based healthy cooking show in which she travels to the country where the food is grown overseas and also to see how it is cooked locally. Kirly-Sue then shows you her version of the dish back in her UK kitchen and then finishes with non-vegans tasting the dishes. The programme also gives viewers the opportunity to do a free online healthy eating course.
The first 3 episodes are filmed on location in Jamaica and also in London, England. With tasty and easy to follow recipes, “Kirly-Sue’s Global Kitchen” reveals a glimpse into the inner workings of her philosophies. There are updates of time-proven favourite recipes, inventive new ideas and contemporary twists on some multi-ethnic dishes from around the world. More than just a TV show, “Kirly-Sue’s Global Kitchen” is a testament to Kirly-Sue’s conviction that plant based Cooking is possible for almost anyone in today’s world—with the right mix of creativity, persistence and innovative thinking.
Here is episode 1 of the series
Kirly-Sue said “I am excited about this series that will help people to make plant based meals for their families. In addition it shows how tasty dishes can be made use simple ingredients
This series is a personal journey with Kirly-Sue, featuring some of her own personal anecdotes and the sources of her inspiration. It is an indispensable guide for new cooks and at the same time, a remarkable resource for the experienced home cooks. The Inspirations behind “Kirly-Sue’s Global Kitchen” features lots of memorable dishes representing the best of plant-based recipes by Kirly-Sue.
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