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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Booja Booja

Booja Booja is a luxurious Chocolate company who specialise in making indulgent & speical 'melt in your mouth' handmade Truffles!
All of their products are Organic, Soya, Dairy and Gluten-free.
They are also Vegan & suitable for Coeliac.

They also make Multi-award winning rich & creamy Dairy-free Ice-cream alternatives in a rage of 5 mouthwatering flavours, which i have listed below-

Hunky Punky (Chocolate)
Deeply rich, truffley smooth chocolate dairy free luxury ice cream alternative made with cashew nuts.

Feisty Rollercoastery Ginger
Enlivengly fresh, succulently smooth, feisty ginger dairy free luxury ice cream alternative made with cashew nuts.

Keep Smiling Vanilla M' Gorilla
Sublimely creamy, smooth and rich, fragrant vanilla dairy free luxury ice cream alternative made with cashew nuts.

Coconut Hullaballoo
Creamy, sun drenched island coconut dairy free luxury ice cream alternative made with cashew nuts. 

Pompompous Maple Pecan
Fabulously rich, creamily smooth, maple pecan dairy free luxury ice cream alternative made with cashew nuts.

These Ice-cream alternatives are made with only 4/5 Organic & wholesome ingredients, made with Cashew Nuts, Sweetened with plant-based Agave Nectar. Very Simple but delicious!
You can check out the Ice-creams here-
http://www.boojabooja.com/ice-cream/
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Booja Booja are known mainly for their delectable Truffles!
They have  8 Collections:

The Chilled Collection
Perfect for private moments and friendly sharing — no matter the occasion …. mere enjoyment. A delicious selection of 6 chocolate truffles in an array of gorgeously colourful boxes.There are 8 different flavours in this range.
Check out the flavours here-
http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/the-chilled-chocolate-truffle-collection/

The Mini Collection
A pair of truffles to give you a perfect little Booja-Booja moment when the mood takes youThere are 5 different flavours in this range.
Check out the flavours here-
http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/the-mini-collection/

The Four Corners Collection
Nine yummy truffles of your favourite flavour, what could be better when you need a little treat? Or when you want to let someone know that you care?There are 4 diffenret flavours in this rage.
Check out the flavours here-
http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/the-four-corners-collection/

Fine de Champagne Box
No celebration is complete without a beautiful black and gold box of 12 Booja-Booja Fine de Champagne Chocolate Truffles.
http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/fine-de-champagne-box/

The Special Edition Gift Collection
An enchantingly elegant box with a soft velvety finish makes The Special Edition Gift Collection the perfect present for chocolate connoisseurs, and indeed anyone who enjoys a little stylish pleasure. 12 luxury chocolate truffles.There are 4 different flavours in this range.
Check out the flavours here-
http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/special-edition-gift-collection/

The Gourmet Selection
A luxurious selection of 20 deliciously diverse chocolate truffles. Great for giving and sharing with friends and family. There is a flavour for everyone.There are 6 different flavours in this range.
Check out the flavours here-http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/the-gourmet-selection/

The Artists Collection
A beautiful gift box hand painted by talented artists in Kashmir, India, using traditional art forms. Perfect for those who love chocolate and beautiful things. 16 luxury chocolate truffles.There are 2 flavours in this range.
Check out the flavours here-
http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/the-artists-collection/

The Easter Collection (Available seasonally)
Hand-painted Easter eggs made in Kashmir, India & hand-packed in Norfolk with delicious chocolate truffles. Perfect for those who adore chocolates & beautiful things. Small eggs- 3 Truffles, Large eggs-12 Truffles.There are 8 flavours in this range.
Check out the flavours here-
http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/easter-collection/

You can get to know each Truffle flavour here-
http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/
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Booja Booja as a company, have won 69 awards in 15 years (which is totally understandable & deserving)They support 2 charities per year. One near by and the other far away.If you would like to read more about their charity work, i have linked the page on their website below-http://www.boojabooja.com/booja-blog/general/helping-others/
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As i am a HUGE Booja Booja fan, i was kindly sent 2 of their Four corners boxes...Hazelnut & Around Midnight Espresso Chocolate Truffles.
Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Vegan Falafels with homemade Tomato Sauce

Vegan, Dairy-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Yeast-free
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

VerMints


VerMints are a Mint company, which make...you guessed it MINTS!

 They are based in the glorious USA!
All of their products are 100% Vegan, Gluten-free, non GMO, Nut-free, Kosher and USAD Organic
They have ditched all of the nasty health harming Chemical ingredients which can be found in most Mints, and made their delights into Natural & wholesome tongue tingling pleasures!

They have 6 mouth-watering flavours, which include-

Wintergreen
Cinnamon
Peppermint
Ginger-mint
Chai
Cafe Express
Each individual Mint is cram packed full with tasty & refreshing flavours! 

As it states on their website-

"Inside every VerMints tin is a heartfelt, headstrong commitment to a 100% all-natural, organic product that wows
We source ingredients from partners who share our passion for healthy living and a healthy planet. Our manufacturing facility is gluten free, nut free, and conforms to kosher standards. And, we never use animal products, so vegans rejoice!
Since the very first “beta” mint on a kitchen countertop in Vermont, our mission has remained steadfast: We will always create the highest quality, best tasting, all natural organic mints and pastilles on planet earth. No shortcuts, no compromises!"


I am someone who loves to have fresh breath 24/7 but in most Mints they contain Sorbitol *booo!!!*

Sorbitol is a Artificial Sweetener, and can be very bad for your Body as it contains Laxitive effects when eaten in multiple consumption, Bloating, Dehydration, Cramps, Acidosis, Headaches, Abdominal Pain and is also linked with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
It is also classified as a Sugar Alcohol.
Sugar Alcohol's are hard for the body to Digest.
Sorbitol is put into Candy/Sweets and Medicine for its sweet flavour and its Zero-Sugar count.
Vermints are 100% Natural and DO NOT contain any Harmful Sweeteners or anything Artificial ( they taste even better too )

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I am so excited to have got my hands on 3 tins of Mints.
I was kindly sent the Cinnamon, Peppermint & Chai flavours.

They come in colourful Tins, which are great to keep in your bag to stay fresh on the go, or to dish out to your friends at School...
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Cinnamon
If you love Cinnamon, then you'll absolutely fall in LOVE with these Mints.
They are packed full of spicy Cinnamon Flavour, and taste very festive.
Its has a Sweet first bite, with a festive kick of spice. A really warming & comforting flavour.
(warning...you may have the breath of a Christmas Cookie/Cinnamon Latte for a while)

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Tisserand Aromatherapy


Tisserand is a Aromatherapy company who specialise in Health, wellbeing & Beauty products containing Essential Oils. 
They have a wide range of Products on their website, from Hair Oils, Bath & Shower products, Deodorants, Natural Fragrances...

Tisserand state-

''We do not use Synthetic Fragrances, SLS/SLES (Which is a Chemical that is used in a lot of Beauty Products), Parabens, Animal Ingredients or no other Ingredients we consider Unsound. 
Where ever possible, we use Organic Products''

Their Products are Vegan and have been approved by the Vegan Society.

 Plus they do not Test on Animals! yay

I am so excited to have got my hands on 2 Tisserand Oils.I was kindly sent the the Coconut & Argan Beauty Oils. These Oils can be used as a Skin & Hair treatment.Both of these Oils are Fragrance Free.

Let me start off with the Argan Oil.
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Sweetcorn Soup

Vegan, Dairy-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Yeast-free


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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Maui & Sons | Taste the Tropics

Maui & Sons is a Surf based company, selling a range of Skater & Surfer clothing & accessories, including Surf Boards (i wish i was cool enough to own...and use one), as well as some yummy snacks!

You can read up on how they first started the company here-
http://mauiandsons.eu/pages/about

The Companies products are sold in over 100 countries around the world! 
Its Headquatres are in the beautiful Malibu, USA.
Their Snacks are 100% Vegan and 100% Natural, including their light & refreshing Coconut Water.
I love Coconut! As you may have been able to see if you read my Blog, i have been using Coconut in almost every baking recipe.

 Health Benefits on Coconut-
Coconut is said to have a quick energy boost, it improves digestion, reducing cravings for sweet foods, is low on the Glycemic index, improves Heart health, high in dietary fibre and helps prevent obesity. These are just a handful of the many benefits of Coconut.
I will do more of a detailed blog post about Coconuts in the near future, so keep an eye out!
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Maui & Sons have searched the globe for the tastiest, sweetest & most mouth watering Coconuts, selecting only premium Coconuts from Farms in Thailand. All Products bought from Maui & Sons goes to supporting Local Farming communities of Thailand.
The Coconuts they choose are cram packed full of Nutrients and Antioxidants which help to boost energy levels and stamina. 
They are Gluten-free as well as containing No Preservatives and NEVER FRIED!
These Little Chips are a tasty snack and can be very versatile. 
You can enjoy them as a snack as they are, sprinkle over desserts/Breakfasts or a tasty topping for any dish. 

As you can see by the Photos below, the Coconut Chips have been lightly toasted which really brings out the flavour as well as giving each Chip a satisfying CRUNCH!  The Ingredients are Coconut, with a dash of Sugar and Salt...no nasties hidden!

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Vegan Bounty Bars

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, utterly delicious!
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Ben & Jerry's Vegan Flavours announced!

You have no idea how long i have waited for this day to come! 
Ben & Jerry's have announced their BRAND NEW Dairy-free Frozen desserts, suitable for Vegans *mind explosion*
I have written a previous post on these creations in more depth, so take a look here-
http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/ben-jerrys-dairy-free-desserts.html

Flavours include-

Coffee Caramel Fudge
Peanut Butter & Cookies 
Chunky Monkey
Chocolate Fudge Brownie.



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Valentines with LUSH!

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I love to use Lush
and you should too!
Lush have brought out a range of beautiful Valentines inspired Products.

If you don't know Lush, you can have a read on my previous Lush post with details of the Company & their beliefs-

I was able to get my hands on 3 of their Valentines Products.

They are-

-The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

-Roses all the way soap

-Lover Lamp Bath Bomb

All 3 products are suitable for Vegan.

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The Unicorn horn is a Magical Bubble Bar with a twist. 

It contains calming Lavender Oil & sweet Ylang Ylang Oil, with Naroli Oil to help you feel happy and content.
All you do is crumble this Fairy-tale inspired Bar under running Water and watch your bath turn into a shimmery, fluffy, bubbly, Purple escape.
Even if Unicorns are'nt real....this bath will make you believe they are!

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Vegan Aloo Saag (Protein Packed)

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free. I decided to make an Indian Recipe for my Mum as she loves Indian Food (as much as i do).Its the first true indian Recipe i have made.
I took Inspiration from ''Food&Spice'' which is an amazing Blog, so go and check it out!
I changed a few of the Ingredients from their version & i added some extra Protein (Chia Seed).

 Indian Food is very versatile and delicious, as they use a lot of Spice, herbs & flavours. This Dish is also versatile as you can enjoy it as a starter with Mango Chutney & Popadom or as a main with Rice & Vegan Naan Bread.

This Recipe takes around an hour to prepare & cook, and serves (as a starter) 3-4 hungry tummies and (as a Main) 2-3 hungry tummies.
If you would like to serve more, just double up the Ingredients.
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Ingredients-
-350grams of Spinach (roughly chopped)
-4 Medium Red Potatoes (chopped into Wedges)
-1 Teaspoon of Sugar (I used Coconut Sugar)
-1/2 a Large Tomato or 1 Whole Medium Tomato (finely chopped)
-1 Lemon (Juice)
-2 & 1/2 Tablespoons of Water
 -1 Red Chilli (de-seeded & finely chopped)
-1inch piece of Fresh Ginger (Grated)
-3 Tablespoons of Light Olive Oil (you can use Sesame)
-1 Teaspoon of Salt
-1 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
-1 Teaspoon of Mustard Seeds
-1/4 Teaspoon of Asafoetida
-1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cumin
-1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Coriander
-1 Teaspoon of Garam Masala
-1/2 Teaspoon of Turmeric
-Chia Seeds (optional)
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Lets get cooking...

Step 1- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the Spices along with the Lemon Juice, Water & Sugar.  Whisk together with a Fork until fully combined.Cover and place aside.Step 2- Peel, wash and chop the Potatoes into small wedges and place into a large pan of boiling water, turn the heat down to low and simmer until the Potatoes are part cooked & tender. Becareful not to over cook the Potatoes.Step 3- Drain the Potatoes and leave to one side to cool.


Step 4- Heat the Oil in a large Wok or Frying Pan over a Medium heat. Once the Oil is hot, add in the Potatoes and Fry until they are light/golden Brown. 

You will need to turn the Potatoes often but try not to brake them.
This will take around 10-15 minutes.Step 5- While the Potatoes are frying, prepare the Spinach, Chilli, Tomato & Ginger.Step 6- When the Potatoes are golden brown, remove them from the Pan and place aside.

Step 7- In a Wok or Large Pan, add the Mustard Seeds & Cumin Seeds with a little Oil, and on a Low heat, fry until they begin to Pop and turn brown.

Keep them moving so they don't stick to the Pan.Step 8- Add the Chilli and Ginger to the Pan. Gently heat for another minute. 

Step 9- Add the Spicy, Liquid mixture to the Pan and stir with a wooden spoon.The Water will evaporate which will take a few minutes.Step 10- Once the water has evaporated, add in the chopped Tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutesStep 11- Add the Spinach a large handful at a time. Cover the Pan with a lid and allow the Spinach to wilt. You will need to keep string occasionally.

 This will take around 8-10 minutes.Step 12- After the Spinach has wilted, remove the lid and continue to cook for a few more minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Step 13- Now's the time to add in the cool Potato wedges. 

Gently heat for another 5 minutes whilst stirring the Potatoes into the yummy Spinach curry mixture.Plate up and enjoy!
Add some extra Protein with a sprinkling of Chia Seeds!

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

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Holly x

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