Just a little something something to tide you over until the shiny new blog is ready (fingers crossed for early next year). Get your derrière over to One Part Plant, a most excellent blog from a most wonderful lady (who incidentally you can thank for coaxing me back into the blog word) where I wrote a cheeky little guest recipe. Enjoy xx
Well hello there dear reader.
As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for the past few months. However, all that’s about to change and you can expect a new and improved Peaches and Greens in the not too distant future. Expect lots more practical nutrition advice, commentary on breaking nutrition research and stories, giveaways, and of course, recipes!
Super excited to show you what I have up my sleeve! Stay tuned
I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence day weekend (see here for a Brit’s perspective on this alleged holiday). Clearly I was having too much fun to write a post so I’m here trying to make up for it now
Actually, I took a trip to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY for their July Jamboree. It’s a place I’ve been hearing about for ages so I was delighted to finally have the chance to go. Aside from the animals, there was music, food, cooking demonstrations, and a chicken who thought it was hilarious to try and eat my lunch (not cool). I also got to visit the town of Woodstock itself; a veritable paradise for old hippies! There’a actually a pretty fantastic vegan café there too called Garden Café. I was full from lunch but I did sip on a peach, strawberry, and coconut milk smoothie. I’d love to go back and have dinner there and explore the town a little more. If you wanted to make a weekend of it, you could stay in the Farm Sanctuary guest house where you can have a hearty vegan breakfast on the porch looking out over the gorgeous Catskill mountains. Ok I’m ready to go, who’s coming with me?
It’s been much too hot to cook lately, so instead of a recipe, I thought I’d share with you some of the healthy foods/snacks/products I’ve been loving lately. What would you add to the list?
Treeline Cheese and Nairn’s Oatcakes
Vegan cheeses have come a LONGGGG way (remember Scheese, gross!) and nut based cheeses are all the rage these days. I noticed the Treeline range of cashew cheese recently in my local co-op and decided to give it a go.
It’s rich and creamy, cut with a hint of tanginess. The sharpness is courtesy of Lactobacilus acidophilus, a bacterial culture used to ferment the cheese. Although they say they are probiotic, I’m a little sceptical; there’s not a great deal of evidence supporting L. acidophilus other than to aid in digestion of lactose and the numbers that you would require to have an effect are much greater than what can be provided here (your best bet for probiotics are the freeze dried sort). Read more
Woooohooooooo!!! We made it! 200 Facebook likes! Such an amazing accomplishment given that the blog is only a little over 6 months old! Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me, given feedback, or caught a spelling mistake! I’m so grateful to have you behind me and I can’t wait to see what the next six months have in store!
As promised, I’m going to share the recipe for the Frosted Goji Latte to help celebrate this achievement!
Remember back in the middle of March I was bitchin’ because the weather wouldn’t make up its mind? Just as soon as I thought spring was here it started snowing again. Well anyway, this indecisive weather helped me come up with the creamy goji almond latte. Piping hot for the cold weather, with a hint of fruity sweetness that tipped its hat at the warm weather ahead. It was an instant hit! One of my most popular recipes.
So, now that the weather is all hot and sticky, I thought it was high time I gave this classic a refreshing summer makeover. The result is the Frosted Goji Latte. I can’t quite decide, but I think it may be better than the original. Try it yourself and let me know what you think!
This version ditches the almond butter in favour of icy watermelon to help keep you cool. Hemp seed makes it creamy and provides energising nutrients for those long hot summer days (and nights ) feel free to add a splash of your favourite libation if you’re feeling naughty.
I didn’t get round to posting last week because my apartment was, quite literally, an inferno. It was too hot to cook, too hot to take pictures, and too hot to eat. It was miserable. Even when it was almost 100°F (close to 40°C), my supercilious land-lord refused to provide an A/C unit. Doesn’t he understand that the Scots aren’t evolved to endure such extreme heat? (Cold, yes, but not hot). When I told my mum how oppressively hot my apartment was she kindly offered to buy me an air conditioner, and after battling the 80lb unit up the stairs, all was right with the world and I finally got a decent night’s sleep. Thanks mum!
Even with the A/C unit my apartment isn’t exactly cold, so I have been going out of my way to avoid using the over or the stove top (both gas, both make my kitchen uncomfortably sultry). So that means lots of salads and smoothies (my vitamix has been getting quite the workout lately). And then, my brilliant friend and colleague pointed out a very creative and resourceful solution to a hot meal that didn’t involve the use of a microwave: Waffle iron falafel! No baking, no frying, no hot oil, no sweat moustache! Totally. Brilliant.
On Saturday morning, my friend and I got up bright and early and rode our bikes in the beaming sunshine to the Ithaca farmers’ market. Ithaca has hands down one of the best markets I’ve been to (and I wrote my dissertation about local food so I know a thing or two about markets).
This is the first day of the summer market that I’ve been able to get to (on account of jet-setting around Europe) and even though I got there early the market was a hive of activity, with people trying to buy ALL the produce. I had heard a rather provocative rumour that there would be strawberries available this weekend, and sure enough my strawberry dreams came true. Admittedly not the pretties strawberries I’ve even laid my eyes on, but they were perfectly sweet and juicy, even after getting smooshed around the bottom of my bike basket on the way home.
I hope it’s as beautiful and sunny with you as it is here in Ithaca. After a week of rain it was lovely to go out on a hike this morning in the sun. Take a look at my Instagram for pics!
In the spirit of summer sun, I have this delicious Greek-inspired tempeh burger to help you channel the flavours of the Mediterranean, even if it’s pouring of rain where you are!
Ground flax seeds hold this tasty little number together, without the need for gluten, and gives it an extra burst of nutrition!
Greetings from Europe! I had meant to post this recipe last week before I left but decided that spending some time packing should take priority and ran out of time for the blog. Anyways, I had a fabulous time in Gent, what an incredibly charming city! The place is flat as a pancake so everyone rides a bike; there were literally swarms of people on bikes everywhere you went. The buildings were, of course, beautiful; everything from medieval-gothic cathedrals to modern architecture, and everything in-between. Gent is also really veggie-friendly and on Thursdays, the entire city goes veg. Well, at least all the restaurants offer vegetarian options. I suppose it’s Gent’s answer to meatless Monday. There were a few really fantastic vegan restaurants that put an interesting Belgian spin on vegan cuisine. That is to say I ate several unidentifiable vegetables, all very tasty though. Although I was there for a conference, I did get a few hours to browse Gent’s design museum and it was one of the most beautiful museums I’ve ever been to, well worth a visit if you’re ever there.
I am currently sitting in my friend’s pad in Oxford, waiting for my new visa to be delivered. I need to be here to sign for it and since I’m stuck inside, I thought I might as well share this summery recipe with you. Inspired by persian flavours like rosewater, pistachio, and cardamom this is slightly sweet and complex in flavour but surprisingly easy to put together! It would make a fantastic addition to a weekend BBQ or just as a simple summery meal in its own right.
Well hello there! It’s lovely to be back after what has been a pretty hectic couple of weeks. Between work, trips to Texas, and social engagements, it gets all too easy to neglect the blog. Fear not, however, as I have been working on a few recipes behind the scenes and will be sharing them over the next few weeks, albeit I’ll be posting from Europe! That’s right ladies and gents, I’m going home. Well, home-ish… You see, I’m going to be presenting at a conference in Belgium for work, and in order to get back into the US, I’ll be taking a wee detour through London to get a new visa. So not really home at all, but as close as I’ll get for a little while. It just so happens that one of my very best friends, Ashley, (as in Ashley of last week’s blog post) lives in Oxford, just a stone’s throw from London. I haven’t seen her since she visited me in Texas last May, so suffice to say I’m fairly looking forward to seeing her! And even though we gchat constantly, there’s no substitute for visiting in person! Also, thanks again to Ashley for her fantastic run-down of natural beauty products. I personally love using the avocado oil as a moisturiser and the vitamin E capsules make my skin extra soft. Perhaps we need to get her to do a more regular feature?
If anyone has any recommendations for things to do/see/eat in Ghent, London, or Oxford, then please leave me a comment! For now though, I’m absolutely over the moon to be sharing an incredible Emmy’s Organics review AND giveaway!
I’m very grateful to the lovely people at Emmy’s Organics for sharing samples of their delicious, raw, vegan, gluten-free, and most importantly nutritious, goodies with me. It doesn’t stop there though, because they are kindly offering one of their Macaroon Sampler gift boxes for one lucky reader. You’ll find the instructions for entering at the bottom of the page!
Thanks to my good friend Ashley who wrote this guest post while I was in TX this weekend. What are your experiences with natural beauty products? Do you think you’ll try any of these suggestions?
Hello everybody! It is my great pleasure to have the opportunity to write a guest post on my good friend Laura’s fantastic blog! I find it a great read, and it has really transformed my diet over the past few months. I haven’t tried every single recipe yet, but her persuasive posts have upped my fruit and veg intake massively and I love having my own diet/nutrition guru on hand to answer all my questions.
Anyway, seeing as I am neither a nutritionist, nor a chef, my post is going to take a slightly different form in the sense that what I have been doing over the past few weeks is trialing and testing completely natural beauty products, and giving my opinion on how well they do their job. As well as trying to care more about what I am putting in my body, I am also starting to think about what I put on it. After all, what we put on our skin finds its way into the bloodstream and into our bodies anyway, right? And what exactly does a product need to contain to be considered natural? Because even the ingredients in these kind of products, claiming to be natural, seem to have pretty extensive lists of compounds that I have no idea what they look like (and I am supposed to be a chemist) or what on earth they do to my body.
One particular ingredient that causes me concern is the use of parabens in most body lotions and facial moisturisers. Parabens are preservatives, increasing the shelf life of products, and they also have bactericidal and fungicidal properties. All sounding good so far, except that they can also mimic oestrogen and studies have found the presence of parabens in breast cancer tumours. Whilst the studies can’t yet specifically link parabens to actually causing the tumours, it’s still pretty scary stuff. And it’s not the only questionable chemical regularly making an appearance in the lotions and potions we use every day.
So this is what has inspired me to try out some completely natural beauty products, including avocado oil (sometimes mixed with vitamin E) as a face and body moisturiser, an Indian clay face mask, teabags to brighten eyes and reduce dark circles. So I will go over each of these in turn and give my opinion of how good a job they did. I should point out in the beginning that my skin type can most effectively be described as rubbish. Super dry with lots of spots and bad dark circles.