Christmas is upon us, and so is the Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Cooks! How we crashed into December so quickly I can’t quite fathom, but as the big day approaches, I’m sure we’ve all been starting to think (fret) about the perfect gifts to buy our friends and family.
Needless to say, we all know how stressful Christmas shopping IRL can be. Wading through hoards of tired shoppers, queueing, queueing and more queueing. I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the less I enjoy and feel inclined to physically go shopping. It’s just so tempting to hop online for a nice relaxed and dignified browse – especially during this busy time of year.
Well, holy moly. Mushroom and chestnut soup, you are dayum fine. I just want to gobble you up for each and every meal until the end of time.
Or at least, until the end of winter. Please??
Seriously guys, this soup is LEGIT. I know what you might be thinking: “ew, but mushroom soup looks so weird and grey and unappetising…”. My response to you: I get it. But – mushroom soup is quite possibly top of the list when it comes to the phrase “DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER”. So you’re just going to need to trust me that this mushroom chestnut soup is not to be feared, but embraced. Like the big, chunky, delicious hug in a bowl that it is. Ok? Promise me? This recipe (with truffle toasts!! More on those in a second) is simply too good to miss out on.
This year, I’ve made it my mission to test as many vegan protein powders as I can in a quest to find the best products on the market today. It seems that it’s a lot harder to find a delicious tasting vegan protein blend than it is a whey protein blend – a predicament not helped by the fact that there is also a lot less choice when it comes to flavours. However, not one to back down from a challenge, I felt positive that there had to be at least something out there.
Well, here’s the great news: there was! Quite a few, in fact! So today, I’m going to share my top picks so far. This has been quite highly requested over on my Instagram, so I really hope this is helpful for any newbies to the world of vegan protein powder.
Before we get onto the fun part, let’s take a look at the common constituents of a vegan protein powder. If not whey, what on earth is in them?
I think it is safe to say that everyone and their dog seems to have a pumpkin pie oats recipe. At least, every food blogger. And they all look lovely. But I’m going to have to cut to the chase right away and tell you that mine is the best and all others should be disregarded immediately.
In case this is in fact the first time that you’ve heard about vegan pumpkin pie oats, then allow me to explain.
I’ve been taking a blogging and social media break.
A REALLY long break, actually. This is in fact the first time I’ve posted on Fuelling the Fork in over 5 months! How did that happen?! This year has absolutely flown by and I can’t quite wrap my head around it. Quite frankly, a helluva lot has happened.
About that. Grab a cuppa, because it’s time for me to explain.
Originally, I took a social media break because I was beginning to feel
a bit really burnt out. Which is kind of funny, because it’s not like I was even doing crazy things like working 20 hour days or skipping meals through lack of time to eat (lol, as if).
Friends, I have a little gem to share with you today!
I was recently invited to a T2 Tea Masterclass at the brand new Glasgow T2 store on Buchanan St. As an Australian company, a lot of Glasgow dwellers may be new to the name T2, but I’m not one of them. For once, I appear to be ahead of the curve. See, a few years ago now, I used to live in Melbourne, which is where T2 opened their first ever store. I was a poor backpacker then, and I knew that buying boxes of exotic sounding teas wouldn’t have done my withering bank account any favours- or my backpack. So I didn’t. But I remember feeling so enchanted every time I saw a T2 store, with their colourful packaging, shimmering teapots and smiley staff. It all just looked so fun. So when I got invited to the new Glasgow T2 store, I was super excited to accept the offer.
Now, I’m going to tell you a secret.
Healthy banana bread lovers, this one is for you. This is YOUR moment.
Well. It’s mostly your moment- but in truth, you don’t even need to be into healthy desserts to enjoy this incredible banana bread. It’s for everyone.
…How do I know? I took it into work a couple of weeks ago -into an office full of sugar lovers- and they gobbled this up faster than you can say ‘refined sugar free’. There were some very surprised looks when I told people it contained oat flour and maple syrup instead of white flour and sugar.
Guys. Are you even READY for the insanity that is this healthy Chocolate Brownie Cake?!
I have to admit I’m in a bit of shock at the success it’s turned out to be. It is SO good. Like, SO SO GOOD. Possibly even better than my Lemon, Coconut and Olive Oil Cake.