Monday, 21 January 2019

Afternoon Tea in Cinderella's Carriage

As I was about to write this post I had the urge to discover where afternoon tea originated from. So I googled. It seems Anna Russell the  7th Duchess of Bedford felt so hungry between her breakfast and dinner that at around 4 o'clock she asked for a pot of tea, sandwiches and a cake to be brought to her room. Thus from there she started to invite other ladies to join her and they began to dress for this rather fashionable social event that was up and coming, adorn in long gloves and fancy dresses. I love this little fact. If only afternoon tea was an everyday occasion as they did it back then. Nowadays we don't tend to have silver teapots nor do we scoff down scones on a regular basis or my waistline would not thank me!

My love for trying new places for afternoon tea still grows. For my Christmas present, my mum took me to the Tea Terrace in House of Fraser on Oxford Street where you have the chance to sit in a beautiful carriage much like Cinderella's. Yes it is VERY instagram friendly. Decorated beautifully with pinks and blue and lots of whimsical flowers. Everything is dainty and shabby chic and just so lady-like. Plus you can buy everything there including the teapots and the chairs!


FYI: Book in advance for the carriage though otherwise you'll be sitting in the normal chairs which isn't as fun 😉 and you're allocated 1 hour and 15 in the carriage. 



You'll get the option of 3 different tea packages. They are all relatively the same with a change of cakes except the 'Celebration Tea' comes with prosecco. We had the 'Traditional Tea' which was delicious - An array of sandwiches, 2 scones each, little sponge cakes and lots of tea - what a dream!
They do have a selection of veggie sandwich options which were egg and cress, cucumber cream cheese and cheese and pickle. Not an expensive tea either unlike some I have been to. 

That's another off the list!


Christina 
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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Easy go-to Vegan meals

Veganuary is a chance for a lot of people to have a go a maintaining a Vegan lifestyle for the entire month of January believe it or not. I'm already a vegetarian so to be honest I found a lot of this easier than some who go from a normal meat-eating diet to completely adopting a plant-based one. Hat's off to you guys and to anyone who is giving it a go! It's an extraordinary and somewhat challenging approach but it really doesn't have to be. A lot of my friends and family think that all I eat is vegetables on my plate not thinking that I can be inventive with my meals. I love being creative in the kitchen. I love sharing recipes and using my beloved cookbooks from people that influence me. Yes I eat A LOT of veggies cause they are so blimmin' tasty.

Being a Vegan is easy. You just need to experiment and try new foods. I've got my top five dinners here from my favourite blogs and some of my own for you to try to make your Veganuary a delicious, simple and nutritious month and one I hope you'll try again :)

1. Mediterranean pasta


One of my own recipes - https://www.christinascorner.co.uk/2019/01/vegan-mediterranean-pasta.html

You can't go wrong with  a bowl of pasta that is really filling and perfect for lunch or dinner. 



2. Lentil Bolognese 



The lentils in this dish are so flavoursome and add the same texture as mince meat. 

3. Chickpea coconut curry



I love how creamy this curry and you adjust the spice if you don't like it too hot. 

4. Sweetcorn and Carrot Fritters with Creamy Dip


One of my own recipes - https://www.christinascorner.co.uk/2019/01/sweetcorn-and-carrot-vegan-fritters.html

The best snack or main meal addition, I like mine with some rice and broccoli on the side.



5. "Chicken" Fajitas with Quorn Vegan Chicken Strips


https://www.candis.co.uk/all-recipes/quorn-fajitas/

Fajitas are one of my favourite dinners and the Quorn pieces are so similar to chicken!


Christina
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Sweetcorn and Carrot Vegan Fritters with Creamy Dip



Fritters are the best invention ever. I only discovered them a year or so ago and I  am obsessed! So easy to make with few ingredients and just as easy to gobble up. Great for a snack or a for adding to a main meal, there are endless additions to these. Have a go at making them yourself and changing the vegetables up. 


Recipe

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: About 10 minutes
Serves: Makes 8 fritters (already ate some before the photo shoot commenced oops!)


Ingredients

Fritters
160g Plain Wholmeal Flour
120ml Water
100g Sweetcorn 
1 Medium carrot grated
3 Spring onions
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Paprika
Salt and Pepper
Dip
3 tbsp Vegan Mayonnaise
1 tsp Tomato puree
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Paprika
Salt and Pepper


Method

✿Mix together dry ingredients then add in vegetables. 
✿Add the water and then mix together until it forms a batter.
✿Melt a bit of oil in a pan and once it is ready add spoonfuls of mixture into the pan - I could fit 3 fritters in my pan but if your pan is bigger add more. Fry for a few minutes on one side till golden brown then flip them over to fry the other side. Repeat process until mixture has gone.
✿I managed 8 medium sized fritters but you make more smaller ones. 
✿To make your dip simply add all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined and smooth. Enjoy!



Christina
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Monday, 7 January 2019

Mediterranean Pasta

A heart pasta dish full of tasty Mediterranean veggies! Perfect to get your 5-a-day in!



The Mediterranean Diet is supposed to be one of the healthiest ways of eating. A completely balanced diet with veggies, carbs and protein (which a lot of them get from fish) it's also incredibly easy to maintain. As Veganuary is here, I thought I would share my favourite pasta dish that is really simple - mix around with different veggies to suit your tastes!


Recipe

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

400g Wholemeal Pasta
2 Aubergines
2 Peppers
2 Red onions
100g Black olives
1 tbsp Olive oil
2 tins 400g Chopped tomatoes
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Oregano
Pinch of salt and pepper


Method

✿Start by adding boiling water to a large saucepan. Bring it back to boil and add your pasta.
✿Meanwhile heat a frying pan on a medium heat with the olive oil. Add in the onions and cook for about 3 minutes until turning slightly brown. Then add in the peppers and aubergines and cook for another 5-10 until softened. Mix in your spices. Once cooked take of the heat and leave to the side until your pasta has cooked.
✿Drain the water from the pasta and put back on the hob. Add the cooked vegetables including the olives and the tinned tomatoes and mix everything together. Once warmed through take off the heat and serve. Enjoy!


Christina
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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Reflecting on 2018

WHAT. A. YEAR. For myself anyway and I'm sure everyone is literally thinking the same whether that's in a good or bad way. I bloody love it when the 31st December comes around and everyone say's "Oh my god where did that year go!" Absolutely classic. But it's true. Time goes so fast before our eyes and we learn so much about ourselves in that year that we didn't realise at the time. I'm currently reflecting on my own personal year and achievements, I don't want to think any of it was bad, only a mistake or a change. I encourage you to do the same - be positive and embrace the New Year. Here are my "moments" if you will, of what I have learnt in 2018.

1. SOLO TRAVELLING IS TOUGH - I did my research for a year before I went and it seemed pretty straightforward but I learnt the hard way that even if you like your own company at home - it's sooooo not the same as in another country. But I did it and I'm super proud of myself! Yay me! I have my travel guides coming to my blog in 2019 for any travel bugs out there :)


2.  YOU DO NOT NEED A "CAREER" TO BE HAPPY - This is my biggest guilt. I have obsessed over the perfect career since I was at school and to this day it has not turned out how I expected. So another tip is manage your expectations 'cause that will always surprise you/ And more to the point, just get a job you will enjoy as that's the most important. If you want to be a Doctor or Astronaut then go for it cause that is more of a career. If you want to walk dogs or read books for a living that's okay too. I wish someone had said this to me a long time ago, but it's allll good. 2019 I've got big plans for you.


3. DOING THINGS DIFFERENT ISN'T WRONG - My Dad actually said this to me the other week and I thought to myself, yes that is SO true! He said it to me because of my decision to choose a different job or skill and the way I made that decision was a lot more creative than his corporate-like mind. Basically we should continue to do our own thing whatever that may be and others will do theirs, simple as. Not wrong just, different. Whether that's eating a plant-based diet or speaking another language, be your best self!


4. SELF-LOVE IS KEY - I put my hands up and admit I will probably need this reminder every year because it's really hard loving yourself but it's oh so important and I wish I had started sooner. You have to love yourself because this is all you have. Love your talents, your mind, your body, your weird ways. Preach about you!!


5. OUR PLANET IS OUR TEMPLE - I have learnt so much this year about global change and the impacts us as Human Beings have on Earth. We are quite literally destroying it which saddens me for my children and their children etc. I know some people love to *eye-roll* at another mention of saving the world and all that, but we have to keep talking about it cause it's so relevant. I just ask that you do your at most best to make it better here.



Happy New Year Everyone, may 2019 be as magical as you make it. 

Christina
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