Transitioning

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NEXT CHAPTER

As of Monday we have begun the transition into the next stage of our move. After waiting an age for the estate agents to come through, we finally got our hands on the keys to our new abode and have been doing our best to settle in… despite lacking most of the essentials. Not to worry though, we have booked the removals van for tomorrow, which means we can get our stuff out of storage and into our little house (I’ve been calling it a flat when in reality it isn’t – in fact I’ve taken to calling it Le Petite Palais) and begin the process of unpacking and all that other exciting stuff.

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CARPET WOES

There is a slight complication in that the carpet has not yet been laid, so we’re having to work around the fact we won’t be able to put any furniture in the bedroom for at least a week. I won’t bore you with the saga that transpired today but suffice to day the carpet that did arrive and could have been put down in a matter of hours was not, to my mind at least, any way near something I could live with for a week let alone a year. I’m not normally one for asserting myself but on this occasion I did the rare thing and put my foot down – no brown carpet for us, thank you very much!

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FOREVER RENTERS

Renting can be frustrating because it never entirely feels your own. Of course, we would love to put a deposit down on a house but working freelance (both of us, ahhh!) means getting a mortgage is nigh impossible. That’s not to say that we won’t be in a better position to nab ourselves a property in the future but for now we remain mere tenants.

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HOME IS…

With that said, that doesn’t mean I don’t always put my heart and soul into our rentals and I aim to do the same with this place. Before the serious stuff gets underway and I transform this little cottage from fine to fabulous I thought I would snatch a few shot of some of the things that are currently make me smile  in spite of having virtually none of the possessions that will eventually make it a home.

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MINT!

Oh, and did I mention we discovered we have a garden (it’s more like an overgrown patio but still) that has its very own mint bush? Let the veggie growing commence!

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Gone Fishin’

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Okay, so technically I didn’t actually go fishing (that would be totes weird) but what I did do was venture down to a little spot not too far from were we are staying to catch yet another breathtaking sunset… hence the varying light in the photos. Of course, the fact I happened to be wearing my new shoe obsession, SunJellies, wasn’t entirely unintentional. This was my attempt to reflect their origins and give a little nod to the French fisherman who created them in 1946… which kinda ties in with my land girl meets fifties pin-up gettup. As ever, my outfits are a bit of a retro mash up – I just love mixing up dem eras!

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In my opinion these little jelly wonders are the perfect vegan shoe. Comfortable, cool and chemical free, they are delightfully kitsch in all the right ways and are already on their way to replacing my go-to flats – and they didn’t even need breaking in! I could on and on about how super they are but because I know they’ll be featured again on the blog I’ll leave some of my unbounding enthusiasm for later. Until then, I’ll be busy pairing them up with skirts, dresses, shorts ‘n’ socks, and making the most of this crazy good but unexpected weather. Did someone say Indian summer?

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Our lives are still a little bit on hold at the moment although we’ve been assured we will finally be getting the keys to our flat this week… it’s a ‘believe it when I see it’ kinda thing at this stage. Apparently getting your hands on a cream carpet is quite difficult in these parts – or at least, according to the carpet fitter who has ordered a very specific one for our bedroom. I can only guess it’s some very special flooring indeed – lucky us, eh? In case you can’t tell, this is my attempt at being sarcastic. Seriously unimpressed.

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Until then, I’ve been mostly busying myself with writing (did I mention I have two pieces in the current issue of Hunger?) although we did take a two day break to attend the Encounters short film festival in Bristol. You may or may not remember me talking about our own short films in the past but yeah, we’re both big time film buffs and are planning a feature, which probably sounds ridiculously ambitious and if I’m being honest I would tend to agree. What can I say, we love a good challenge.

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what i’m wearing… shirt, scarf & trousers/vintage… cardi/urban outfitters… jelly shoes c/o sunjellies… anchor earrings/st.michael’s mount gift shop… owl print tote/tesco

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Vegan Pineapple & Strawberry Bread

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As I was having a mini trawl through my past posts I suddenly realised that many of the recipes I contributed to Brew Drinking Thinkings (an online mag that no longer exists) are unfortunately not available to view now. So, with that in mind, I thought I may as well put them to good use and pop them up here starting with one of my all-time favourites… Vegan Pineapple, Coconut & Strawberry Bread.

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I also managed to find the original post that accompanied the recipe, which I’ve pasted below for your amusement. Reading old articles you’ve written a few years back can be painful but also a good measure of how you may have improved – or not, as the case may be. Hopefully my writing falls into the former category but as they often say; ‘you can’t please all of the people all the time’, which, as my fellow bloggers may already know, is a sore lesson we all must learn. Hey ho.

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Whoever said Veganism equaled deprivation. This pineapple bread is indulgence personified and if the soft whipped sweetened coconut cream doesn’t send you into spirals I’ll eat my hat. 

Now, if you’ve ever had your doubts (and I’m sure you have) about dairy free baking I am here to dispel those myths with this seriously decadent sweet treat. I promise you’ll not be disappointed!

I’ve called this a bread but really it’s more akin to a cake – it just happens to be baked in a loaf tin. It works better that way. Trust me. It’s sweet, moist and super easy to make.

I’ve used coconut oil in this particular recipe, which may seem like an unusual ingredient but it’s widely available in health stores and some supermarkets. A little goes a long way with this stuff, so even though it’s not cheap, one jar will last and last. It’s fantastic in savoury dishes too and if you like a good Thai red or green curry this will take it to the next level – just sub your normal oil for this and prepare to be blown away by the difference.

Back to the pineapple bread. I’ve told you how fab it is. I’ve exuded enthusiasm about coconut oil. The rest is up to you my lovelies. Go on – let some vegan lovin’ into your life. I’ve sweetened the blow for ya.

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup/230g plain flour ½ cup/115 wholewheat flour
¼cup/60g brown rice flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 scant cup/220g light brown sugar
Pinch salt
1 cup/230g pineapple chunks or pieces (fresh or canned)
¼cup/60g coconut oil
1/8 cup/30g olive oil
¼ cup/60g sweet freedom sweetener or agave nectar
5 or 6 strawberries
¼cup/60g desiccated coconut
1 tsp vegan spread

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METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius/350 Fahrenheit.

Wash, hull and slice the strawberries. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine the flour, bicarb, baking powder, sugar, desiccated coconut and salt. Gently mix using a spatula.

Blitz the pineapple in a blender until you get the consistency of a puree. It will be quite watery – that’s fine. Fresh is best, of course, but if you’re using canned make sure it is the kind in fruit juice, not syrup, otherwise the bread will be too sweet.

In another bowl combine the pineapple puree, olive oil and sweet freedom. Sweet Freedom is a vegan sweetener widely available in stores and supermarkets around the country. If you can’t get hold of it, don’t worry, just use agave nectar, which will be beside the maple syrup in most stores.

Put the coconut oil in a ramekin and place in oven until it melts – it will take seconds. When it is liquid, add to the bowl along with the other wet ingredients. Whisk everything together using a hand whisk.

Grease the tin with vegan spread – I like pure (available in every supermarket) but you could also use dairy free Vitalite. Dust the tin with some desiccated coconut – just enough to coat all sides.

Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry and using a spatula gently fold together ensuring not to overwork the mixture. When everything is thoroughly combined add the strawberries and loosely mix. Pour into the prepared tin and place in oven. Bake for 1hour or, depending on your oven, 1hr 15mins. Insert a skewer into the centre and when it comes out clean, it’s ready!

Allow to cool for 20mins in the tin before gently removing it. Cool further on a wire rack. Cut when completely cool. This is not a bread to be eaten warm.

soft whipped coconut cream
1 can coconut milk
½ cup icing sugar

Place the can of milk in the fridge overnight. The next day open can and carefully spoon off the top layer of coconut milk into a mixing bowl. When you reach the water stop – you can use this water in smoothies.

Add the icing sugar and whisk until fluffy, light and completely smooth. Place back in fridge until you need it.

rose infused strawberries
punnet/1 cup fresh strawberries
1 tbsp rose water

Wash, hull and slice the strawberries. Place in a shallow bowl and pour over the rose water. Give it a stir and leave to infuse for at least 20mins.

Serve the pineapple bread with a generous dollop of coconut cream and a spoonful of fragrant strawberries. Enjoy!

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LFW… Orla Kiely SS14

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I’m currently sitting here wearing my Orla Kiely boat print t-shirt with pride. Obviously where I’d really like to be is at London Fashion Week ogling all the wonderful collections and in particular I would’ve loved (repeat looooooved) to have attended the always brilliant Orla Kiely presentation – but unfortunately this season it was not to be. Our move has coincided rather badly with fashion week although I have written a little NYFW round-up for Hunger should you wish to read my more official views on the subject.

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However, I couldn’t let my adoration for the Orla Kiely SS14 collection go unnoticed on the blog… because, you know, it’s kinda amazing – would ya just look at these outfits!!! Styled by the tremendously talented Leith Clark and with a seventies safari meets Moonrise Kingdom backdrop, this range floated my boat and then some. The knee high sandals and socks combo still gets me every time too – ack, soooo cute!

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There were zebra prints, over-sized pockets and ‘oh my giddy aunt’ beret’s galore, as well as a beautifully muted palette with pops of pink and red that is so perfectly understated I just can’t seem to get enough of it (I’ve literally looked at these images a hundred times already – sad but true). Yep, I’m that giddy girl who just wants everything now, now, now but, of course, I can console myself in the meantime with the fact the current AW13 collection is just as fantastic.

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It excites me so much to see an Irish designer like Orla get so much well deserved attention – sometimes us Irish wans can often be the butt of the fashion scene’s joke but with Orla Kiely flying the flag with super duper designs like these we will continue to hold our heads high.

I think we can confidently say the lady has done it again, don’t you agree? What a gal.

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p.s. images are from fashionising.com

p.p.s. you can read my other Orla Kiely posts here, here, here and here.

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Personal Style & Charity Shop Finds

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‘Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life’  Bill Cunningham

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Ever a man of wise words and even better photos, good old Bill has hit the nail on the proverbial head with this one. Personal style is something which I find to be endlessly fascinating – it’s the reason I scour magazines, blogs and the street for any nugget of inspiration, as well as a tiny glimpse into the person who dons whichever outfit I am currently coveting.

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Of course, fashion is often very far removed from that thing we called style and possibly even further removed again from how each of us chooses to present ourselves on a daily basis. I know for me it is an ever evolving thing that has elements of my teenage tastes whilst always reaching for the person I want to be… and that’s what makes it so exciting.

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To wake up in the morning and not put thought into what I’m wearing would almost feel like a crime. That’s not to say I get it right every time and even the outfit posts I present here on the blog are often not entirely indicative of my normal day to day style but it’s all a process in my eyes, so I’m not afraid to make mistakes or look back and think, ‘hmmm, not so keen on that one now, would probably wear that skirt/blouse/hat differently’. But hey, perfection is pretty much unattainable when you offer it up for public critique (particularly in the blogging world) so it makes no odds if one ensemble goes down like a lead balloon whilst another (usually the one I like least) gets a unanimous thumbs up.

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In the grand scheme of things, fashion may seem futile but everybody, whether they like it or not, has personal style – i’m always reminded of that ‘You think this has nothing to do with you’ scene in The Devil Wears Prada when anyone claims they’re not interested in clothes or ‘fashion’… it tickles me to think that people really believe they are making these choices freely without any influence or coercion from the fashionable powers that be. Not so, I’m ‘fraid and I certainly can’t boast to being entirely original either.

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Of course, I’ve always had a penchant for retro and vintage but that’s not to say I want to walk out my door looking like a fifties housewife or sixties siren everyday and nor do I derive to be too hipster, too twee or too ‘fashion’ – I simply want to look and feel like myself. Some days are definitely more retro derived than others and I would say there’s always a smattering of vintage (or at least vintage inspired pieces) amongst my daily wears. Practicality often comes into it too and this is only becoming prevalent since my move to the sticks. Currently it’s all about casual attire but that may change once we become townies again (secretly hoping) and everyday brings with it a new country bound challenge.

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When we had a brief jaunt into our nearest town the other day the first places I made a beeline for were the charity shops – Penzance has some great ones – and spent several hours trawling the rails and trying things on before settling on this vintage nude St.Michael’s polo neck and a sweet black and white striped number that will definitely come in handy – a girl can never have too many Breton’s, am I right? I could’ve bought way more than I came away with but I’ve learnt the art of being uber selective, which is another personal style note; pare down, pare down, pare down. That is my new mantra and I’m sticking to it. At least until I get the sudden urge to go all beehive and mini-skirts on you.

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what i’m wearing… vintage polo/scope… jacket/primark… trews/h&m… ankle socks/tabio… shoes/charity shop

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Tea & Sympathy

Sometimes all you need is one photo. In this case, and to me at least, it speaks a thousand words because the image above was taken on the first day of this new adventure we currently find ourselves on and it’s filled with hope and happiness, which is exactly what we were searching for when we left our life in London to start afresh in the wilds of Cornwall. Okay, so we’ll be living in the centre of a bustling town but that doesn’t sound anywhere near as dramatic, and if you know anything about me you’ll know I’m all about the drama. Anywho, when I look at this photo I can instantly remember exactly how I was feeling and what emotions I was going through when it was taken (unawares to me), and even though we’re only a month or so into our Cornish life it almost feels like it was captured a lifetime ago – so much has happened, and yet at the same time, not nearly enough.

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Here I am, still sitting in a camper van (kill me now), parked up in one of the prettiest places on earth (in my humble opinion) and I can’t wholeheartedly say it’s gone entirely to plan. First of all there were (read ‘are’) the flat finding problems that have yet to be resolved… we’re still having our application processed (I’ve never had such thorough background checks in my life!) and the leak (which we already knew about) is currently being fixed. So, suffice to say, it’ll be another week (at the very least) before we get our hands on those keys – and by God when I do I may just shed a tear or two of joy.

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You see, not having much living space to play with gives you plenty ‘o time to think. And think. And think a bit more. All this thinking is clearly not good for me. Both of us are at the stage where it’s starting to get to us and, whilst we’ve never really had a cross word in our lives, it’s pretty obvious that tempers are beginning to fray a little… loose translation: I have thrown several strops along the way. So classy, so dignified, so not me. Poor Hubby.

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I’ve discovered a few things about myself too though, which have been, shall we say, illuminating if not entirely disconcerting, especially for a girl who thought she was well equipped to deal with long term outdoor(ish) living. I’ll give you a clue – I’m not. Yep, turns out I like those little luxuries such as hot water on tap, showers, a good mattress, clean laundry and just about everything I have ever taken for granted. In all honesty, I’m currently in camper hell. Is it time to say, ‘I’m a diva, get me out of here’ yet?

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Even getting up in the morning is a struggle and I’m normally the early riser. But since we’ve entered this new existence of ours, my Husband has practically had to lure me out from under the duvet with a cup of tea every goddamn morning – I literally don’t know what’s happened me, or my motivation. Luckily my writing (hallelujah for Hunger) has been the one constant that’s keeping me on track and bringing a bit of very much needed normality into this mess of a situation (I exaggerate but as we’ve just learned, I am undoubtedly a bona fide diva).

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It’s probably not as bad as I’m making out but when you can barely feel your toes, are running out of clothes to wear, and have only two sitting positions to chose from (and let’s not even mention the porta potty!),  it can all become a bit overwhelming. The money we thought we were saving by staying in the camper is slowly being frittered away as we entertain ourselves outside the van… Indian takeaways, trips into town and nights at the cinema all add up, so it may have been an entirely false economy but hey ho, here we are, and once the flat progresses from fantasy into reality I’m sure I will begin to feel more settled in my new life. Neither of us regret leaving London for a second but isn’t it strange how the transition hasn’t been as smooth as we first predicted?

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When we last lived in Cornwall, it was all smooth sailing, and we slotted right in immediately. We had the most outrageous flat, managed to make friends easily and enjoyed a year of blissful Cornish living before deciding we weren’t quite done with London – and we were right. Two years later and we knew we’d accomplished (almost) everything we wanted to and were able to bring the additional contacts and skills we’d picked up there back down with us to start a future that didn’t involve long commutes, high rental prices and a generally stressful way of life. I honestly believed we would slip back in as if nothing ever happened, so these initial difficulties have come as quite a surprise. I’m not unduly worried mind, and I’m fully aware these are the wranglings of a partial mad woman whose biggest worry at present is when I can next have a blow dry, but some tea and sympathy surely would not go amiss? Go on, put the kettle will ya – I’ll be round in a tick to bore you with more of my woes.

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Poncho Weather

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A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

Something you may or may not know about Cornwall is that it’s littered with abandoned tin mines. Dotted all over the landscape they have become synonymous with the area almost as much as scones and clotted cream – and in my opinion are eerily wonderful. We often find ourselves exploring these old mines but our favourite spot to catch a Cornish sunset or just have a wander remains Botallack, which funnily enough is where these images were taken. Now that we’re properly settling into our new way of life being able to drive out to such amazing spots is only becoming more thrilling… we live here – say wha? Seriously, we feel like the luckiest people on earth right now and even though our flat is a fortnight away from being ready, we are starting to fully engage in Cornish life and absolutely reveling in it.

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HELLO AUTUMN!

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I’m not quite sure when it happened but all of a sudden the weather has taken a turn. I wouldn’t necessarily say for the worse because I adore autumn but there is a definite chill in the air that seems to have marked the end of summer… although I do hear we are in for a bit of an Indian summer, just to confuse matters further. Whilst it’s not quite cold enough for full on jackets and scarves, I’m combating the changing climate by adding light layers to my daily wears and this poncho is perfect for keeping warm without the hassle of a heavy coat. I also like it for it’s multi-purpose credentials (it can be worn as a cardi and scarf too) but I just love whipping it on over my head for a leisurely jaunt in the Cornish wilds. It’s already become a staple in my emerging autumn wardrobe and I’ll probably switch it into scarf mode come winter time. As ever, another stellar garment from one of my favourite British brands Seasalt – and now that I’ll be residing just a few feet away from their Falmouth store you’ll no doubt be seeing more items like this on the blog. I’m living in literally dangerous territory… for my purse anyway.

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 SELF CONFIDENCE

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the perks of getting older and the one thing that I can categorically say is a bonus is the self confidence that comes with age, hindsight and all that other great stuff. In my twenties I was continually doubting myself – I’ve never thought I was talented, pretty, funny, thin, whatever enough, and I always had a tendency to err on the pessimistic (or as I liked to call it then, ‘realistic’) side. I’m not saying I’m a completely changed woman but nowadays my ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude is bringing with it a happier me. It’s something that I sometimes still have to work on but I’m getting there…

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Of course, this led me on to thinking about my blog and blogging in general. There are so many times I think about how silly it must seem to those who don’t know much about the blogging world and it’s only when I meet people that have read it (it especially freaks me out to hear family members often do) that I suddenly become a wee bit self conscious about the posed photos and honest words I put out there for all to see – and criticise. Now more than ever though, I find myself loving having somewhere to be creative without it really hinging on anything – it’s a labour of love and that’s that. It’s given me a great opportunity to flex what small writing, photography muscles I have and I can categorically say if it weren’t for this site I would never have had the guts to pursue a career as a writer. Quite frankly, I owe this place a lot and for that I will always be grateful – let’s hope the next phase of peasoup leads me to even greater things… that’s the new positive me speaking, all I need now is for the universe to listen.

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what i’m wearing… poncho/c/o seasalt… jeans, top & beret/h&m… shoes/toms

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Camper cooking Pt.3… Crunchy Curried Chickpea Tacos

WE DID IT!

High five y’all! We did it! We found ourselves a super duper, super cute, super lovely flat right smack bang in the middle of town and we are ‘whoop whoop’ ha-ppy. After my last despairing post where I was on the verge of a breakdown (I’m sort of joking) I really didn’t hold out much hope for our situation being resolved anytime soon. But, in spite of my ‘half glass empty’ attitude and our combined perseverance (my Husband officially has the patience of a Saint), something unexpectedly came up that fitted the bill perfectly… I’m literally busting a gut to get into it now and make it a fully fledged home. I feel a ‘squee’ coming on.

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MAKEOVER TIME

In light of our plans actually coming together for once I decided to celebrate by giving the blog a bit of a makeover – I hope you approve. Please let me know any thoughts in the comments, I would love to know your opinions. I sweated over which template to get for a number of days before settling on this very simple theme that seemed to suit the blog perfectly.

I’d been contemplating a change for a while but was waiting for the right time to switch things up a little and it felt best to do it now when we are just at the beginning of our new life adventure. I’m never sure what direction the blog will go in, it’s been several years of highs and lows but I’ve stuck with it – and can’t deny I still get immense pleasure from filling this little part of the internet with whatever I fancy… fashion, food and general ramblings. In other words, it’s fun.

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CRUNCHY CHICKPEAS

Nothing new about crunchy oven roasted chickpeas but maybe putting them in a taco might be? It’s a little bit Mexico meets Morocco via India, which may sound ever so slightly unappealing but believe me when I tell you it works! I had a hankering after chickpeas but didn’t fancy putting them in an actual curry, which is what I normally opt for (I do love a good chana masala) when it suddenly dawned on me I could combine several of my favourite things in one dish… tortillas, chickpeas and curry – with the ever essential fixings, of course, by way of avocado, tomato and sweetcorn. Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention the incredible new addition to our shopping list – Tesco’s new range of vegan cheeses. No lie, the supermarket that I normally loathe has thrown me a curve ball by coming up trumps with the perfect melting, grating, tasting dairy free cheese that virtually laughs in the face of all others. Find it in the refrigerated free-from section and delight in its all round awesomeness with me – actually obsessed.

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RECIPE

1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried

1 heaped tsp curry powder

generous helping of seasalt

good glug of olive oil

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METHOD

Roast in oven for 20-30 minutes until crunchy, giving them a stir half way through. I would give you an exact temperature but seeing as I did mine in a camper oven that only has an on/off setting it wouldn’t be of much help. If I were to hazard a guess though, I would whack them in at 200 degrees celsius/350 fahrenheit and see how you go….

Build the perfect taco: tortilla, good quality hummus, seasoned sweetcorn & diced tomato, crunchy curried chickpeas topped with avocado, hot sauce and ‘cheese’.

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Paling in comparison to Pleshette

Guys, this is a reality check post. After having zero luck in the flat finding stakes and being reduced to genuinely considering a place that stank to high heaven of cat wee, I am here to tell you that camper van living is starting to seriously take its toll. These photos are as real as they’re going to get with regards to my property viewing state of mind right now with even my chipped toenails (I can’t find my orange varnish in this craziness, aaarrggh) living proof of the doldrums with which I find myself.

Okay, so it’s not all bad. We did have a rather more successful exploration of Falmouth today, which led us to a delightful street full of vintage and independent stores, as well as a pretty awesome craft beer joint and vegetarian restaurant… er, heaven!

Now that I know where I’ll be shopping, eating and drinking we just need to make sure that we find the right place to go with our new lifestyle. Again, the estate agents could perhaps be a wee bit more forthcoming and helpful but we’re dealing as best as we can with the situation but I can’t deny I’ve been a terrible grump.

Working and living in these conditions ain’t easy, I can tell you that for nothing – we’ve squeezed a considerable amount of our material lives into this van, which in hindsight was perhaps not one of our best decisions. Here I am in all our messy camper van glory – clothes strewn on the bed, dirty dishes yet to be washed and me feeling generally very unkempt… ugh, not a fan.

I am itching to get out of here now and I do believe cabin fever is slowly setting in (note the ever so slightly crazed look in my eye) so if we don’t find something tomorrow I fear my blog posts and photos many just progressively get stranger. On the plus side, I feel like they fit in rather well with our Cornish location and have an almost Daphne du Maurier/Alfred Hitchcock/Annie Hayworth vibe… all of whom I love.

The Birds remains one of my all time favourite films for both entertainment and style factor and even though I adore Tippi Hedren, I think I always preferred the wonderful Suzanne Pleshette – probably because of her colouring but also for the no nonsense, practical gettups she pulled off so ridiculously well. And seeing as I’m currently living in the original setting for The Birds, it can be difficult not to get a little carried away with my surroundings. Apologies all round and thanks again for putting up with my whining, I promise it won’t be for very much longer.

what i’m wearing… trousers/mango (old)… top/vintage… woven belt/m&co… cardi/h&m… sandals/peacocks… headscarf/vintage

 

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Camper Cooking Pt.2… Vegan Berry Breakfast Sundae

Dealing with cramped conditions and limited cooking resources has meant me resorting to constructing dishes that require minimal (if any) cooking but still look and taste good. This breakfast ‘Sundae’ is a variation on a theme that I often put together on a lazy Sunday… and believe me when I tell you today was one of those Sundays!

Note the little jar which I spied in our favourite secondhand store in Penzance, the glorious Steckfensters. I could honestly spend hours rummaging through their wares but on this occasion we had limited time so it was a bit of a smash and grab affair in which I came away with this plus a super cute headscarf. I’ve been wearing a lot of headscarves lately  – another result of living in a camper… a headscarf hides a multitude and this little bob ‘o mine needs a trim triminy big time.

Being away from London is such a reality check and the transition is harder due to the fact we haven’t been able to find one flat I’ve even been remotely interested in living in. I’ve honestly felt like throwing a tantrum every time we’ve dealt an estate agent… if we have another week of fruitless searching I may just have a breakdown. Remember, we left a pretty adorable flat at an outrageously good price so I don’t think we’re asking for much but it seems to be an impossible task at this stage.

At least this breakfast/dessert dish helped take my mind off our property plight for a few minutes and can you believe what we have managed to find down here… vegan clotted cream!! Seriously, I almost squealed with excitement when I found it in Archie Browns (remind me why I’m moving to Falmouth when I clearly adore Penzance?). So now that we can fully partake in Cornish eating habits (Rowes do a very nice vegan pasty indeed) I feel like we are almost locals again. All we need now is a bloody flat.

ingredients

blueberries

sliced strawberries

soya yoghurt (this provamel orange-redbush flavour is my new obsession)

vegan granola (we like Dorset Cereals Oat Granola)

chopped nuts

hemp powder

chopped apricots

vegan clotted cream

agave nectar

… starting with the berries and followed by the granola, a little agave, apricots, chopped nuts, hemp powder and soya yoghurt – layer that bad boy up until your jar is full. Top with vegan clotted cream, smooshed strawberries, hemp powder, agave and a blueberry. Perfect.

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