Monday, 5 October 2015

Instamonth #September

popcorn and dark chocolate for movie night || i like yellow flowers || Sharp Objects
last summer outfit || vegan coconut balls || vegan coconut balls with cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate
the beach never gets old || new kitchen wallpaper! || double necklace kinda day

I've become fully vegan this month, apart from a couple of packets of quavers that apparently have milk powder in them... I've made a few bean burgers (they're actually damn easy), a BBQ pulled sweet potato burger, and those coconut balls of yum in the pics. Just three simple ingredients and they came out perfect first try! They didn't last long - best eaten hot out of the oven with jam! The second time I made them I split the mixture before kneading and added cocoa powder and kneaded it in that instead of flour, it worked really well! And melted dark chocolate perfected them. Vegans aren't all about salads ya know...

I can't believe I've been back in Portsmouth a month already. Everything's in full swing; I've written 2,000 words of the first draft of my thesis, I got a job working at the football club, and today was the first day of truly bad weather! It has been so warm and sunny most days, and then today it poured. Winter is coming.

How has your September been? 


  1. Fully Vegan? How is it going?
    You should definitely do an update post on it. I hope it is going well for you. I recommend watching Niomi Smart's What I Ate Wednesday Videos as she is totally vegan (plant based diet) and her recipes are really good. As per usual, some great Instagram shares. <3


  2. Yay for vegan! Go you! It's really easy isn't it?! Mostly I just eat fruits veggies and carbs haha... I like the simple food :)

    I like the sound of this BBQ sweet potato burger, do you have a recipe for that?

    Go go go with the thesis! It's so great when you get an early start on it :)

  3. Just discovered your blog through Danielle and I'm definitely sticking around! I'm very interested in veganism at the moment, I'm still umming and ahhing about going fully vegan but I love learning more about it and discovering new recipes so I am intrigued and I bet the bean burgers were so good too. Good luck with your thesis too, my friend just finished her Master's and I graduated from uni a year ago so I love hearing about other people's times and studies as I do miss it a lot! - Tasha

  4. It's going really well thanks, I'm enjoying it a lot! Thank you for that recommendation, I will deffo check her out, I'm always looking for new recipes to try!

  5. Yeh! It's sooo much easier than people think. Me too, I love my veggies!

    So I saw the pulled seiten recipe you pinned and the sweet potato thing looks similar to that - you just grate sweet potato, fry it up for 5 mins, then add BBQ sauce and fry up some more. Put in a burger bun and add all the crunchy lettuce.

    I have some ethics form to fill out for it now - does killing oyster embryos count? :-( everyone doing their projects here has to fill out loooads of COSH forms, but I didn't have to 'cos, ya know, France.

  6. Aw yay, I love Danielle! Welcome to the weird family ;-P

    I'm loving it at the moment, I'll write more about it soon, I'm finding it much easier than expected, but I swapped out milk for soya last year, and haven't eaten eggs since I did a horrible lab practical on a chick embryo, so I seem to have done it very gradually! And the trick is not to beat yourself up if you make a mistake (like I did when I ate quavers, which have milk powder in!) you can just carry on! I have some decent recipes and tips I'll share soon :-) would love to hear any good vegan recipes you know!

    Thank you very much, I need all the luck! Ooh what did you study? I'm looking forward to graduating, I have hardly any lab work this year and that's what I want to do really so I can't wait to start working and do my masters :-)

  7. Haha, happy to have found you! That's great advice, I'm definitely headed that way now I think - I'll definitely keep an eye out for your recipes! I studied Applied Geographical Sciences, which is just geography really but they added in a lot of GIS which is digital mapping so it had a slightly techy side which I enjoyed! I used to love my lab work but I definitely agree, I've always been looking forward to the next thing, haha!

  8. I was TERRIBLE at Geography at school :'D I had a terrible teacher though - when I think of Geog I just think of the pranks we used to pull in class :P I'm also hopeless at techy stuff, still hopeless with excel and I'm in third year!

  9. Oh I'm the same with Maths - I'm not the best with numbers and my teachers weren't very nice so it just made for a bad mix and I'm not a fan to this day, haha! I don't think I'll ever be amazing at Excel either, some things I'm fine with, others I need to practise a lot! So don't worry!