Vegetable Pancake Recipe

Vegetable Pancake Recipe

Vegetable Pancake Recipe

This is another fabulous and delicious recipe from my mum! She is a really great cook and I always tell her she needs to start a YouTube channel or something. Anyway, she wanted to share this vegetable pancake recipe with you guys since last year but I took a break from blogging and then I got busy with school so I wasn’t able to post until now. It’s such a simple, healthy and delicious recipe I’m sure you guys will enjoy it if you try it.

Ingredients

2 medium potatoes

1 carrot

1 onion

1 small or 1/2 a large beet

1 ginger

4-5 cloves of garlic

A few coriander leaves

These were the vegetables my mum used but feel free to substitute them with other vegetables that you prefer or may have in the fridge.

Instructions

  1. Grate all the vegetables and mince the coriander, garlic and ginger.
  2. Mix the this with 3-4 tbsp. of rice flour/plain flour or any flour you prefer. You can use a GF flour if you want to make this recipe GF.
  3. Add salt and black pepper to the mixture according to your taste- I added 1 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp of black pepper.
  4. Mix everything really well.
  5. Add a bit of oil to a skillet/frying pan and add enough of the mixture to make a pancake- see image below. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes and check to see if it’s done. When the bottom is done flip it over and cook the other side till both sides are cooked well and crispy.
  6. Repeat this till all your pancakes are done.
  7. You can garnish the pancakes with some fresh coriander leaves if you like.
  8. You can serve this with plain “dahi” (yogurt) or if you’re vegan you can serve it with vegan plain yogurt or vegan mayonnaise. Enjoy!

Thoughts

Have you tried vegetable pancakes? Is this something you would try? Do you like coriander because a lot of people surprisingly don’t? What is your favourite vegetable? Let me know in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi because I always love hearing from you in the comments!


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Korean Sour And Spicy Tofu Recipe

Korean Sour And Spicy Tofu Recipe

Korean Sour And Spicy Tofu

As you know I love Korean food and I love tofu so obviously this Korean sour and spicy tofu dish is one of my favourites. It’s quite simple to make and does not take very long which is always great when you have a million assignments to do every week. I’m not sure how authentic it is because I’ve seen some recipes for this on YouTube which is what inspired me to make this but they were all a little different from the way I make mine. A lot of them also fried the tofu which I’m sure tastes amazing but isn’t very healthy so I usually just stir fry it.

I mentioned that I had made this on my latest What I Eat In A Day post and I promised you guys the recipe so I decided to share it today. I really hope you guys try this because it is so delicious and super easy to make. If you like it you can even make it in bulk and freeze it which is what I do sometimes. In case you don’t have all the Korean ingredients at home I would recommend checking at your local grocery store or at any Asian stores because most of them carry Korean items. Also I apologise for the quality of some of the images but it’s way harder to simultaneously cook and take pictures than I assumed it would be…

Ingredients

1 block of extra firm or firm tofu

1 white onion

2 spring onions

1 tsp of minced garlic

Gochujang

Soy sauce

Ketchup

Molasses or sugar or any kind of sweetener

Recipe

  1. Chop and stir fry the onions on a pan with a little bit of oil and salt till they are well cooked and put aside.
  2. Cut the tofu into bite sized pieces as shown in the images below, add a little salt and stir fry them till all the pieces are golden brown. To make the tofu extra crispy you can add a bit of potato starch to them before you stir fry them.
  3. Leave the tofu on the pan and add in the onions but turn the heat off so it doesn’t burn.
  4. For the sauce mix 4 tbsp. of soy sauce, 2-3 tbsp. of gochujang, 1 tsp. of minced garlic, 1-2 tbsp. of ketchup, 2-4 drops of molasses or 1/2 tsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of water. If you don’t want it too be too sour add a little less ketchup and vice versa. If you don’t want it to be too spicy start with 1 tsp. of gochujang and than you can add more later on if you like.
  5. Mix the sauce, tofu and onions together on the pan and stir fry on low to medium heat for a few more minutes till the sauce thickens up and everything is evenly coated.
  6. Chop the spring onions into small pieces and use them as garnish. You can also add some sesame seeds as garnish.
  7. Serve with rice, kimchi (optional) and seaweed (optional).

             

             

Your Thoughts

Do you enjoy Korean food? Do you like tofu? Are you a fan of spicy food? What recipes do you want to see on this blog next? Will you be trying this recipe? Let me know your thoughts below or simply stop by and say hi because I always love chatting with you in the comments below!


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What I Eat In A Day #4

What I Eat In A Day #4

Introduction

I really love doing what I Eat In A Day posts so I was excited when I got a couple of requests for them! I have done a couple of these posts last year because I thought they would be a fun new addition to the blog and since I do talk about food and recipes a lot I thought it would be fun for you guys to see what I eat in a day. I also thought it would be fun for people trying out veganism or going plant based this year since apparently a lot of people are trying that. All the food below is vegan/plant based and the recipes for two of them are hopefully coming soon depending on how busy I am next week and the week after. Even if you may just want to add a few vegan/plantbased options to your diet some of these may be fun for you to try out.

I also wanted to add that this is not how I generally eat but to be honest my meals these days have been a bit boring because I’m trying to eat healthier so I try to make everything from scratch except I don’t have a lot of time because of university so I usually end up eating the same pretty simple meal for lunch and dinner. I feel like you guys don’t want a What I Eat In A Day post where it’s just me eating rice and veggies (as much as I love eating that) for most of my meals. I do have cheat days sometimes where I eat stuff I want which may not be super healthy for me because it’s okay to eat like that once in a while and I had one of those a while back and I was like perfect I can finally do a What I Eat In A Day post now! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post!

Breakfast

As you may know if you’ve read my previous What I Eat In A Day posts you know that I generally don’t eat breakfast but I have been waking up super early these days because I have early morning classes so I have started eating breakfast because otherwise I get too hungry during my class. I usually eat like fruits and yogurt but today I was like I’m going to eat a what I feel like. So, I ended up making some waffles- they are frozen and from a brand called Nature’s Path. If you haven’t tried these you absolutely have to they’re so delicious! They’re nice and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. I love them.

I also had some tofu that I needed to use up so I decided to make some tofu scramble. I made two types and they both turned out delicious. I’m a huge fan of tofu scramble and I make it all the time but for some reason I wanted to switch things up so I decided to make it differently and I’m glad I did because I found a new favourite way to make tofu scramble. Also my phone keeps autocorrecting scramble to scrabble for some reason so if you read tofu scrabble instead of scramble at some point just ignore it…

I really wanted hashbrowns too but unfortunately I didn’t have any but I did have some frozen fries so I made those instead. That’s basically the same thing right lol?

Lunch

                             

I was extremely excited for lunch because this was something I had been wanting to make for a while now! I was going to make the Gardein sweet and sour porkless bites. I’ve made these before so I know they’re delicious but last time I didn’t have bell peppers or pineapple so I couldn’t make them the way they are supposed to be made. This time I had all the ingredients so I was finally able to make them properly and I honestly can not even describe how good they tasted. Like seriously they were amazing. If you haven’t tried these I would highly recommend them even if you aren’t vegan because the flavour is in the sauce that comes with it.

I generally try to avoid alternatives like Gardein because they can be quite expensive and I don’t think they are very healthy but they are super convenient and they taste amazing so they can be great as a treat once in a while. I ate the porkless bites with some rice that I had made because I love rice and it’s just so delicious with everything and so easy to make.

Dinner

       

I had some leftover rice from lunch and some leftover tofu from breakfast so I decided to make some Korean style tofu for dinner. I like using my leftover as soon as possible because our fridge is not very big so I usually just end up using leftovers the same day or at least in a day or two.

As I mentioned I love rice and I really love Korean food so this tofu has been my go-to these days. It’s so simple to make, it’s super filling since it’s tofu and it just tastes so good. I never used to be a huge fan of tofu because I always thought it was kind of blend and gross but I think I just was not cooking it correctly. Now that I know how I like my tofu I make it all the time and it turns out amazing. The recipe for this tofu side dish is coming very soon so be on the lookout for that. I ate this with some Mother In Laws vegan kimchi I had in the fridge because you can’t have Korean food without kimchi. It just makes it so much better.

So that was what I ate all day. I know I usually add some snacks or something but I didn’t have any snacks on this day so it was pretty much just this. I also didn’t have anything special to drink because these days all I drink is water or Bubly. 

Your Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. What did you eat today? Do you have cheat meals or cheat days? Do you usually make things from scratch? Have you been trying to incorporate more vegan meals in your diet? What are some of your favourite dishes? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear your thoughts or simply stop by and say hi!


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Tips For Veganuary

Tips For Veganuary

Veganuary

I read that this year more people are trying out veganuary than any year before which made my vegan heart very happy to hear. Every year people try eating vegan, vegetarian or plant based in January and a lot of people choose to continue to eat that way for the rest of the year or at least attempt to decrease their meat and dairy intake.

People do veganuary for different reasons each year. A number of people do it for ethical reasons as they believe the killing of animals for food is unnecessary. Others do it for health reasons as they believed eating a plant based diet is healthier. Some people try out veganuary in an attempt to lose weight. A lot of people these days are trying to eat plant based as it is better for the environment. Most people in my opinion do it for a bit of all the reasons which I think is really great.

I have been eating plant based for a few years now and I thought this year I would share some tips and tricks with you guys in case anyone is trying out veganuary or just thinking about reducing their meat and dairy intake in general. Here are some tips to help you with veganuary this year:

Do Your Research

Just like with anything new you try it is very important to do your research and find out exactly what you are getting into. I would highly recommend checking out some vegan bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers and more to see what the vegan lifestyle is like and to get ideas on what kinds of foods you can eat. I would also recommend doing your research because if you have not been vegan your whole life your body may need a certain amount of certain things and that way you can add vegan/plant based alternatives to your diet accordingly. I personally tend to get low on iron easily- it runs in my family- and that’s why I try to eat more iron rich foods daily to make sure I am getting enough iron.

Another reason I would recommend doing your research is because a lot of very popular vegans that you will find online will talk about products that they are probably sponsored by that are insanely expensive and totally unnecessary. Instead do your research and figure out what you REALLY need not the stuff being advertised by influencers. Not saying all of it is useless of course- some of it may be super helpful but you just have to be very careful.

Try New Things

Think about veganuary as an adventure and instead of sticking to the same meals you generally eat but with vegan alternatives try branching out and making new recipes you have not tried before. There are so many amazing vegan recipes out there (I know because my mum send me a bunch of them every day 😂) and a lot of them are super easy to make.

I know that I personally had really not eaten a lot of dishes before I went vegan. I usually stuck with the same things I would normally eat. However, after going vegan I have tried so many new things and I even tried a lot of international foods which was so fun. It was the first time I made Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Ethiopian and so many other types of foods from all over the world. I’ve talked to a lot of vegans who say the same thing too- that they ended up trying a lot of new things after going vegan.

You can have a lot of fun with a vegan diet if you try and making or eating new foods will help you get used to eating vegan much faster than if you stick with the same foods you generally eat.

Avoid Replacements And Alternatives

There are so many alternatives and replacements for literally any products you can think of. There are vegan replacements, plant based replacements, gluten free replacements, grain free replacements, paleo replacements, keto replacements and the list can literally go on for like another hour at least. Although this can truly be a blessing when you want to make a dish that needs specific ingredients I think it can some times also be a bit of a curse because constantly using replacements or alternatives can be quite expensive and more importantly it is not very good for your health.

Vegan alternatives are incredibly expensive and this is actually one of the main reasons why so many people avoid going fully vegan because truth be told not everyone can afford to eat these alternatives on a regular basis. However, as someone who tries to eat less alternatives and eat as many home cooked meals as possible I can confirm that’s super easy to eat vegan without using alternatives on a regular basis. Like I mentioned on my first tip you just need to do some research and find recipes where they don’t use meat/dairy alternatives and use homemade ones instead.

I know that a lot of these alternatives also talk about how healthy they are but truth be told they probably are not as good for you as they say. In general, eating something you have made yourself from scratch is always the best option whether you are vegan or not.

Meal Prep

Meal prepping is a total game changer not just for people looking to try out the vegan diet but for people in general. It saves a lot of time, allows you to stick to your budget and you get to eat things you love on a regular basis since you will be making them in bulk.

If you are not used to making vegan foods on a regular basis I would definitely recommend meal prepping because it takes a while to make something new and perfect the flavours and things. It’s particularly difficult if it’s something very different from what you are normally used to eating. Therefore, it may not be possible for you to cook something new for every meal as you may be busy with other things like work, school etc. It’s just easier if you have something that is ready to eat that you just have to heat up. Even if you don’t want to fully cook it try keeping the ingredients ready like for example you could chop the vegetables in advance.

Treat Yourself

My last tip is this- treat yourself. Don’t forget to enjoy veganuary because there are so many fun vegan things out there that you can try and enjoy. Remember not to just survive on salad- unless you like salad- and try eating something like pizza or fries once in a while. Obviously, do not just eat junk food all month but it’s okay to eat stuff that is not super healthy every once in a while because life is all about those small pleasures.

In my History of Food course I learnt that food is about so much more than just eating. It is about who you are, who you want to become and most importantly it’s about the emotions and memories that are attached to the foods we eat. Make sure to make some good memories this veganuary.

Final Thoughts

I think it is a really great idea to try new things because that’s the best way to grow as a person and veganism has helped me a lot with both my physical and mental health so I would definitely recommend trying to eat vegan for a month or even a few days.

I hope you found these tips helpful if you are trying out veganuary or even if you are just trying to decrease meat and dairy in your diet.

Your Thoughts

Are you currently vegan or thinking about going vegan? Are you going to try veganuary this month? Have you tried vegan foods and if so what is something you enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi!

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Korean Fried Cauliflower Recipe

Korean Fried Cauliflower

As you guys may have guessed I love Korean food and one of my favourite things to do is try to make vegan versions of popular Korean food. Korean Fried Chicken or KFC (not that one) is a very popular Korean dish and I always see people eat it in Kdramas so I thought I would try making a vegan version of it.
I decided to use cauliflower wings instead of chicken but you can substitute the chicken with anything you prefer such as soy wings, broccoli or even tofu. I used premade cauliflower wings which I just had to heat in the oven but if you want a recipe for how to make vegan cauliflower wings click here. I used the Wholly Veggie brand cauliflower wings so if you are like me and don’t want to fry your own I would definitely recommend those.
I talked about making this dish in one of my What I Eat In A Day posts and I’ve been meanng to share the recipe since that post but haven’t had the time so I decided to finally share it today.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a try because it is one of my favourite dishes I have made so far!

Ingredients

Soy Sauce
Gochujang
Minced/chopped garlic
Minced/chopped ginger
2 spring onions
Korean dried or fresh red chili peppers- can be substituted with regular chili peppers.
Sesame seeds
Korean red chili pepper flakes- optional
Sugar/sweetener

Recipe

  1. Mix about 2 tbsp. of soy sauce, 1/2 tsp of water, 2 tsp of gochujang, 1/2 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of Korean red chili pepper flakes/powder. Mix everything well until it becomes a liquidy paste. If it’s too thick add a little more soy sauce or water.
  2. Chop the dried or fresh pepper (I usually use one but feel free to use more or less according to your taste) and add it to a pan with about 1tbs of garlic and 1/2 tbsp. of ginger and about 1 or 2 tsp of oil and let it heat on medium high heat for about a minute or two till the ginger and garlic are golden brown.
  3. Now add the mix we made earlier to the pan and let it cook for about a minute.
  4. Now add in the cauliflower and mix well till all the cauliflower wings are evenly coated.
  5. Garnish with some chopped spring onions and sesame seeds. You can garnish it with fried peanuts too if you don’t have spring onions or sesame seeds.
  6. Enjoy on it’s own or with some rice like and veggies like I did!


Tips: Korean food tends to be a bit spicy but if you like more mild flavoured food use less of the peppers, leave out the pepper flakes/powder and use less gochujang. People also usually put in some vinegar but I don’t use vinegar so I didn’t add any but if you want it a bit sour feel free to add a little vinegar too. The soy sauce is a bit salty which I love but if you don’t feel free to add a bit more water to the mix to tone down the flavours more.

Thoughts

Do you like Korean food? Have you ever had or made fried cauliflower before? Have you tried Korean fried cauliflower? What’s your favourite Korean food? As always let me know in the comments below because I love hearing your thoughts or simply stop by and say hi!


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Bibimbap Recipe

Bibimbap

“Bibimbap simply translates to “mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables“.”- Sue from mykoreankitchen
Bibimbap is probably my go-to when it comes to an easy home cooked meal. I love that it’s super easy to make, delicious and also really healthy because it has so many veggies. I make it vegan of course so it pretty much just has vegetables and rice which I think is really healthy.
I also really love Korean food because the flavours are just so perfect for me. I like spicy, sour and savoury food and Korean food is usually the perfect mix of this. It’s honestly so delicious I literally can’t stop eating it.
I also want to specify that I don’t make it the traditional way which is a lot more time consuming. I usually make bibimbap when I’m in a hurry so I make it in a quick, kind of lazy way. It still tastes really good though I promise!

Ingredients

1 Carrot
1 Zucchini
1 bunch of spinach
1 white onion
3 spring onions
1/2 tsp of sesame oil
1 handful of soybean sprouts
2 tbs gochujang
Soy Sauce
Kimchi
Minced garlic
Minced ginger
Cooked rice
Salt
Cooking oil

Recipe

  1. Chop all the vegetables except the spring onions jullienne style.
  2. Put about two teaspoons of cooking oil on a pan and add the chopped vegetables, soybean sprouts, garlic and ginger to the pan and let them cook until they are all well cooked. Add salt to taste. Tip: Add the spinach later on as it cooks faster.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, mix in a small bowl 2 tbsp of gochujang, 2 tsp of soy sauce and the spring onions chopped into small pieces. Mix everything well until it has turned into a liquidy paste. Tip: Gochujang is a bit spicy so if you don’t like spicy food add less and if you do like more spicy food feel free to add more. Soy sauce is also a bit salty so feel free to add it according to your taste.
  4. When the vegetables are almost done cooking add about 2 medium sized bowls of cooked rice and the mixed paste. Mix everything well until both the vegetable and rice and covered with the paste.
  5. Let it cook on medium heat for a few more minutes- about 2-5 minutes- so that the flavours all blend well together.
  6. Your bibimbap is now ready to eat! You can garnish it with some chopped up kimchi, sprinkled seaweed, seasame oil or seasame seeds- or all three!

       
I usually don’t use any meat replacements but if you like you can always use ground soy/vegetables, some chickpeas or lentils, potatoes or vegan beef. The vegetables are also all optional- you can pretty much use anything you have in the fridge that you think will taste good.

Thoughts

Do you guys like Korean food? Have you ever had or made bibimbap before? As always let me know in the comments below because I love hearing your thoughts or simply stop by and say hi!


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5 Foods I Love And 5 I Hate #2

Foods I Love Vs Foods I Hate

A few days back I did a post about foods I love and hate but concentrated more on specific brands. Today I decided to share some specific foods that I love and hate. This post is a little shorter than usual but I just was not feeling it today and didn’t want to force myself to write.

Foods I Love

I am one of those people who love most foods so it was so hard for me to pick just five but I thought about it and narrowed it down to these five.

Peas

I love peas so much. They are probably my favourite thing to put in pretty much any dish ever. I know a lot of people don’t like the texture because they get really mushy when you cook them but honestly I kind of like that. I love the way it tastes good no matter what you add it to and I also really like that it’s a good substitute in dishes which generally have avocados because as you probably know I’m allergic to avocados.

Tomatoes

I LOVE tomatoes!! I think they’re just the perfect addition to any dish and even if you just eat them raw they taste amazing. I think tomatoes are one of those veggies that you don’t think of a lot but also use a lot. At least that’s how it is for me. Like if someone asked me what vegetable I love I would not instantly think tomatoes but if someone took away my tomatoes there are so many dishes I wouldn’t be able to make.

Samosas

This is my favourite Indian food and it’s been my favourite ever since I was a child! My mum didn’t make fried food a lot so she didn’t make samosas very often but when she did I was the happiest kid ever. I used to help her with the stuffing sometimes and it was just so fun. Also in Kenya we sometimes eat samosas with mandazi which is the best combo ever. To this day eating samosas brings back really great childhood memories.

Broccoli

I know a lot of people hate broccoli and I’m not really sure why but I absolutely love it. I usually don’t even season mine a lot- I just add some salt and oil and grill it. It just tastes so amazing! I also love adding it to rice based dishes because it tastes so amazing with rice for some reason. I think broccoli is one of those things I eat almost daily and still don’t get sick of.

Tacos

Mexican food is probably one of my favourite types of food and as much as I love other Mexican dishes tacos are probably my favourite. I like the hard shell tacos the best because I really love anything crunchy but I don’t mind the soft ones either.

Foods I Hate

This was so hard to write because I don’t know if I really hate any foods in particular. I dislike some foods but I don’t know if I would go as far as saying I hate them. However, I ended up picking five foods that I really dislike.

Carrots

Okay, these maybe I do hate. I just have a problem with the taste and texture. I will avoid eating carrots as much as I can although these days I do eat them occasionally because apparently they’re good for you… But yes if I had to pick something to never eat again it would be carrots. It’s so funny because one of my friends loves carrots and hates peas and we’re always making jokes about it because we’re literally similar in every way except when it comes to peas and carrots.

Apples

I don’t have a big problem with the taste but I just don’t like the texture of apples. I don’t know how to describe it but honestly apples kind of make me feel like I’m eating socks. There is literally no other way for me to describe it and please don’t ask me why I know what socks taste like…

Mung Beans

I’m generally not a big fan of beans or lentils but usually when they are well seasoned I don’t mind having some in my dishes as long as I can’t really taste them because you know protein is important especially when you’re plant based and don’t get any animal protein. Mung beans, however, I just can not eat no matter how well cooked/seasoned they are. They just taste really gross to me and I just literally feel sick just looking at them.

Really Sweet Foods

I like sweet stuff occasionally but I don’t eat a lot of sweet food on a regular basis. Really sweet foods make me feel kind of sick after a while and you get that gross too sweet feeling in your mouth which I hate. I also don’t like food in general that’s very sweet. I prefer savoury or spicy dishes in general- I always have. I was talking to my mum a few days back and we were talking about how my dad’s side of the family loves sweet foods but my mum and I really don’t so we always love the same foods and our cooking tastes very similar.

Cheddar Cheese

I don’t eat dairy cheese anymore but when I did I was not a big fan of cheddar. I just feel like it tastes super sharp (I don’t know if that’s the best way to describe it but that’s the best I can come up with right now) and I just don’t like that cheddar flavour. I don’t mind vegan cheddar cheese though. It doesn’t taste very similar to the dairy one- or maybe I just haven’t tried one that tastes very similar.

Thoughts

What foods do you love? What foods do you hate? Is there any food you avoid at all costs? Is there one food you can’t live without?


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Mystery Blogger Award #9

Thank you!

I want to thank Anjali for nominating me for this award. She has a really awesome blog with posts about blogging, fashion, awards and so much more. Be sure to check it out by clicking here. 

Rules

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you & provide a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award.
  4. Answer the question you were asked.
  5. Tell the readers three things about you.
  6. Nominate Ten to Twenty bloggers.
  7. Notify the bloggers (tell them you nominated them) by commenting on one of their posts.
  8. Ask your nominee five questions with one weird or funny one.
  9. Share a link to your best posts.
  10. The creator of this award is —————————- Okoto Engima.

Questions

1.What inspires you to keep blogging?

You guys and all the amazing comments you leave on this blog!

2. What is your favourite food?

At the moment it’s kimchi- in particular from a brand called Mother-In-Law. 

3. What do you like more; Camping or Binge Watching shows at home?

It depends on my mood. I would have picked binge watching in general but I have been doing that for the last like five months so right now I’m going to pick camping. 

4. What advice would you like to give to the fellow bloggers?

Blogging is a two way street- be active on other blogs if you want others to be active on yours.

5. If you were to choose between never being able to see water and never being able to see fire, what would you choose? And why?

That one is difficult! But I am not a fan of large bodies of water in general so I would pick not being able to see water. Also not seeing fire would be dangerous because I could walk into it and get burnt to death.

My Nominees

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The Small Joys Tag

Thank you!

I want to thank Tia from tallblondetales for nominating me for this awesome tag! I know that this year has been filled with a lot of negativity but I think it’s always a good idea to remember the positives and be grateful for the small joys in life. Tia has a really awesome blog with lifestyle posts, beauty posts and so much more. Do go over to her blog- I know you will love it- by clicking here. 

Rules: 

  1. Thank the blogger who tagged you 
  2. List 15 of your small joys (they can be as weird, random and silly as you want to make them) 
  3. Tag 5 blogger friends who bring you joy (and feel free to say why they bring you joy!) Have fun with it! 

My Small Joys: 

Rain

One of my favourite things in the world is listening to the sound of the rain! I love to just sit in the rain and drink some tea while reading or take a nap because you know you are going to sleep really well while it’s raining outside. I think rain just has a very calming effect on me. 

Another thing I really love about the rain is the way that everything smells so muddy and fresh. I always open my windows to smell that.

Cooking

Cooking is one thing that really brings me a lot of joy. To be honest I sort of hated cooking when I was a child and even as a teenager. I always thought it was a bit too much of a hassle and to be honest I just preferred to eat the food than make it lol. 

However, by the time I was around eighteen years old I started learning how to cook and I ended up really enjoying. I think what sparked my interest was watching a bunch of YouTuebe recipe videos- the food looked so good I wanted to try making it myself! 

Another thing that really made cook a lot more was changing to a plant based diet. I think a lot of foods look so good but are not vegan friendly so I ended up making my own vegan versions of traditionally non-vegan foods and this was super fun because it was a challenge plus I got to try lots of new dishes. 

Eating Something New

As you can probably tell by the amount of posts about food on this blog- I love food. I love cooking food and more than anything I love eating food. Especially new dishes that I’ve never tried before or that I did not eat growing up. I think one of the reasons I like Korean food so much is that it’s new to me. Eating is definitely something that brings me joy. 

Cats

What can I say- I am absolutely obsessed with cats. They are so cute and weird- I can totally relate lol! I think playing with a cat for a while or watching cat videos on YouTube is such a great stress reliever.

Finding The Perfect Foundation

This one may not be relatable to everyone but if you are someone that wears foundation and especially if you are a woman of colour you know the struggle to find an affordable foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. Thankfully, brands are a lot more inclusive these days but I remember back in the day when I had to mix like three foundations to get my shade. I still mix two when I use my ELF foundation lol. 

But the satisfying feeling you get when you find that one foundation that looks like it was just made for you just hits different. 

Art

Art is something that I have always found interesting because both my mother and my sister are very good at art and my mum used to do a lot of artsy stuff when I was younger. However, I have never been very good at it and I definitely can not compare my work to theirs so I kind of stopped doing art till recently.

During the lockdown I started doing art on apps on my phone and it turned out to be really fun! I think it’s a great way to shut off your brain for a while and just relax. I have really been enjoying doing art and it has also been really great for my anxiety. I have written posts about my art journey that you can check out by clicking here.  

Sleeping In

If you know me you know that I love my sleep. Seriously, if you wake me up I will hate you forever. Like FOREVER. I think one of the best things is when you finally take a day off and sleep in and have a lazy day of staying in and not doing much. It’s such a great way to just relax and get some much needed rest/sleep. 

Doing Nothing

So I have always been one of those people with a very hyper brain and I just constantly need to be doing something otherwise I feel like I’m wasting time. However, over the last few months I have not been able to do a lot of the things I would generally do and it sort of forced me to spend some time doing nothing. I’m pretty glad that I was able to experience that because not I see how vital it is to take some time off and just relax and do nothing. It’s so satisfying and it really helps you prepare for the rest of the week. 

Finding The Perfect Book

As a self-proclaimed bookworm I love reading. I didn’t know if the rest of you guys who like to read ever experience this but sometimes I am just in the mood to read something specific but I don’t know what it is so I start looking at the summary’s of different books till I find one that sounds about right. A lot of times I find books I like but that are not exactly what I was looking for. Other times I find a book that is exactly what I am looking for and honestly it is one of the best feelings ever. 

Stationery 

I have always had this weird obsession for stationery. I’m not sure when it started but as far as I can remember I was always excited to stationery shopping before school starts and buy cute pens, pencils, highlighters etc. And using them for the first time is just so exciting. I don’t know if this one is weird because I do have a lot of weird mini-obsessions but using new stationery or going stationery shopping is seriously the best. 

Finding Pants That Fit 

I know that a lot of people struggle with finding the pants that fit especially if you’re a bit curvy/thick like I am. The ones that fit your waist perfectly and too tight for your thighs and the ones that fit your thighs are too loose for your waist. However, once in a while you find pants that are just so comfortable and fit so perfectly that you never want to take them off. 

Crying

I always have a pretty hard time expressing myself and I kind of stopped crying for a bit which was an awful idea. These days when I feel like crying I just go ahead and cry and honestly it feels great. Once you’re done crying you feel so much more relaxed and at peace. 

Hanging With Friends/Family

I think what I miss most at the moment is hanging out with my friends and family. Spending time with the people you care about is the most precious thing in the world and I will always cherish the memories we made together. I think at the end of the day the thing you remember the most if the memories you made with your closest friends and family. 

Going Out/Travelling

I don’t like going out a lot but I still like to go out sometimes and I always try to pick a place to go that’s unique and fun. I have been lucky enough to make so many memories travelling both in the country and out of the country. Travelling is definitely something that brings me a lot of joy. 

Fall

I just love fall! Not only is it super pretty but it’s also the perfect weather- not too hot and not too cold. I have a hard time in summer because I’m not used to the heat and I love winter but it can be a bit annoying because I use public transport. However, fall is just right so I try to do my travelling/going out when it’s fall. I also love all the drinks that come with fall, wearing hoodies and sweater and cute jackets! 

My Nominees

I think this is such a fun way to spread some positive energy throughout the WordPress community and that is why I am nominating everyone reading this post. I would love for you to share what makes you happy and what brings you joys. I would love to get as many people involved in this tag as possible so if you are reading this please consider doing this tag. 

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5 Foods I Love And 5 I Hate

Foods I Love Vs Foods I Hate

Today I decided to talk about something we all love- food! I talk a lot about foods I love, foods I make on regular basis, recipes I love and what I eat in a day. So I thought I would do a bit more of that and talk about five foods that I absolutely love and I thought to make things a bit interesting I would also talk about five foods that I hate!
I am pretty open to new foods and it is quite rare that I don’t like something but there are some foods that I just would never eat because every time I put them in my mouth my taste buds are just like nope. On the other hand, there are certain foods that I absolutely love and could probably eat every day without getting sick of them.
For today’s post I decided to stick with brands that I love and brands that I try to avoid as much as humanly possible. I decided that I would do this in two or three parts and write about specific foods I love and hate later on in the next post. The products that I mention will of course be vegan but the companies or brands may not be.
I also wanted to thank the person who left the suggestion for this post on the survey. The survey does not let me see who left the suggestion so if it’s you and you asked me to write about foods I love vs foods I hate let me know in the comments! If you want to take this survey and let me know what you want me to write about please click here.

Foods I Love

Alexia

Alexia Foods | PotatoPro
Image source: https://www.potatopro.com/companies/alexia-foods
I am such a huge fan of Alexia products especially their onion rings. Alexia has a number of vegan frozen foods like fries, onion rings and more. I like that their products are super easy to make and although I rarely eat them as I try to avoid eating too much frozen foods I do always enjoy it when I do make them.
I think they’re great to eat when you make something like burgers or pizza because these would be the perfect thing to eat along with it. I also like that they don’t have that gross frozen food taste that some frozen foods have. I don’t know if I’m just weird but I feel like some frozen foods have a distinct taste that makes it taste a bit off.

Silk

Original Almondmilk | Silk®
Image source: https://silk.com/plant-based-products/almondmilk/original-almondmilk/
Silk is one of the very few vegan milk brands that I love! I loved milk before going vegan so I can be a bit picky about milk substitutes. I know a lot of people who drink Silk milk will agree that they have the creamiest, most delicious milk. Their almond milk is my go-to and I drink it almost every single day especially before when I had in-school classes. I would usually just drink some almond milk or make something like a smoothie with the almond milk.

Enjoy Life

Eat Freely - Enjoy Life Foods® | Allergy Friendly & Gluten-Free‎
Image source: https://enjoylifefoods.com/
I’m not going to lie- I like my junk food lol! I do try to avoid eating too much junk food because obviously it’s not great for you but I love eating something sweet once in a while and honestly Enjoy Life has the best vegan cookies and brownies ever.
They taste so much like non-vegan ones that the first time I had one of their mini-brownies I had to look for the wrapper and make sure it’s vegan. My sister who is not vegan also eats them all the time and loves them. This is definitely my favourite brand when it comes to sweet snacks or desserts.

Yves

Hain
Image source: http://yvesveggie.com/en/
This is one brand that I have a weird love and hate relationship with. I love some of their products like the crumbles or the tenders and I do buy them once in a while when I want to make something with it. I also really like that the products are super easy to cook and you can find them at pretty much every store.

Deep Foods

Deep Punjabi Style Samosa (Jumbo) - 8 pcs (FROZEN) :: Frozen Snacks - Samosas :: Frozen Foods :: iShopIndian.com
Image source: https://www.ishopindian.com/deep-punjabi-style-samosa-jumbo-8-pcs-frozen-pr-26166/
I don’t eat a lot of Indian food and I especially avoid frozen Indian food because it’s super easy for me to just make them at home most of the time and I feel like it’s a waste to buy something frozen when you can make it at home. The reason I don’t eat a lot of ready-made or frozen Indian food is because sometimes the taste is a bit too spicy or too bland for me. Not going to lie, it’s probably more of a personal thing because I am so used to eating Indian food that tastes a certain way (thanks mum!).
But for me Deep is the perfect amount of spicy and is super delicious. I was so happy when I found this brand because I finally felt like I was eating a home cooked meal. It’s also super easy to make and they have quite a few vegan options.

Foods I Hate

Daiya

Mozzarella Cutting Board Shreds | Daiya Foods, Deliciously Dairy-Free
Image source: https://daiyafoods.com/our-foods/shreds/mozzarella-cutting-board-shreds/
Here’s the problem I have with Daiya. It has this distinct Daiya taste that I just hate. I don’t know what that taste it or why only Daiya products have it but it’s super gross. In particular, I really dislike their cheeses and their Mac n’ Cheese. It just has a really disgusting after taste that I can not make peace with.
I also think that it’s kind of tasteless. My theory is that it tastes off because it’s gluten free. I have tried a lot of gluten free products and it’s very difficult to get the taste just right when you make something gluten free. A lot of bands don’t get it right and their food ends up being super tasteless or weird tasting.
I do want to say that Daiya’s dressings and pizza is really good though!

Dr. Praegers

California Veggie Burgers - Kosher Vegan | Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods
Image source: https://drpraegers.com/our-food/california-veggie-burgers/
Dr. Praegers in general is not awful. In fact, it’s quite good it’s just not for me. I know a lot of people enjoy this brand and I can totally understand why. I have tried a few of their patties and they were not bad I just did not think they were that good- especially for the price.
They were really small and tiny, they tasted pretty bland compared to something like beyond patties or the field roast patties and the texture was pretty off. I get that it’s a vegetable patty but I feel like they didn’t really even try to make it more appealing.
My sister actually LOVES their patties so I don’t know I guess it depends on personal taste.

Amy’s

Amy's Kitchen - Amy's Rice Crust Cheese Pizza
Image source: https://www.amys.com/our-foods/cheese-pizza-gluten-free
Amy’s is a brand that I have a serious love-hate relationship with. On the one hand the products of theirs which I love I seriously LOVE them so much. I love their burger patties, their frozen vegan pizza, their vegan burrito and a lot of their frozen vegan meals.
On the other hand, some of their products are seriously a miss and I would literally never buy them ever again. I tried their gluten free pizza before I went vegan (it had non-vegan cheese in it) and I hated it so much. I also really disliked some of their frozen meals.
I will say that in defense of Amy’s the majority of their products are really good. I’ve tried quite a few of the vegetarian ones before going vegan and some of the vegan ones too and they are very good. I think it they tweak the pizza in particular just a little bit it will be really good as well.

Yves

Hain
Image source: http://yvesveggie.com/en/
I had to add this to my foods I hate list as well because I really do not like some of their products. However, I don’t think their products are the problem- I think I’m the problem. The things is that I really hate meat substitutes because I’ve never eaten meat and I don’t like that meaty taste that vegan meat substitute products have.
I am not a fan of their vegan sausages and vegan bacon because it taste too “meaty.” However, if you are looking for that taste I would totally recommend Yves!

Almond Breeze

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Beverage | Walmart Canada
Image source: https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/blue-diamond-almond-breeze-unsweetened-vanilla-beverage/6000107232591
I know a lot of vegans love this brand so don’t hate me lol! I tried their almond milk once when the store did not have the Silk one I like but I just was not really a fan. I felt like it tasted kind of like a watered down version of Silk to be honest.
I like my milk a bit thicker/creamy and this just did not have the right consistency for me. It didn’t taste bad it just tasted a bit blend.

Conclusion

I just wanted to say that the brands I listed in those that I love are just very few of the brands I love. I tried to pick my absolute favourites but to be honest I could have easily listed like 10-15 more. I also wanted to add that the brands I hate are not necessarily bad- they’re just not for me.

Thoughts

What brands do you guys love? What brands do you hate? Have you tried any of the brands I’ve listed above? What are some of your favourite vegan brands? What are some of your least favourite vegan brands? Is there any brand that you totally avoid eating?


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