Nothing is better on a cold, crisp morning than a steaming hot bowl of delicious oats, whilst snuggling under a blanket with a good book. Whats even better is that no animals were harmed in the making of this bowl of greatness, which is naturally good for your heart health.
Good for heart health you say?
Yes! Old-fashioned rolled oats keep you satisfied for longer and naturally contain a form of soluble fibre called oat beta-glucan which dissolves inside the digestive tract to form a paste which binds to excess cholesterol and helps to prevent cholesterol from being absorbed into the body. Nuts are rich in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, which lower bad cholesterol. I like to add Cacao nibs as they contain phytonutrients which help absorb free radicals that cause damage in the body. Phytonutrients have been said to enhance immunity, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism. They can also be found in colourful fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains and many spices.
Whats more, by adding some fruit (I’ve opted for banana and raisins) and an unrefined sweetener like agave nectar you get the natural sweetness that satisfies that pesky sweet craving!
What’s not to love!?
40g Oats (I prefer old-fashioned rolled oats)
10g Cocoa Nibs
1 Small Banana, Chopped
1-2 Cups Oat Milk (or other vegan milk – I use Oatly Original)
A squirt of Agave Nectar
Add the Oats, Flaxseed, Walnuts, Raisins and plant milk to a pan.
Bring to boil and turn down the heat. Continually stir, being careful to avoid the oats sticking to the pan.
Add the cinnamon and warm through for 5-10 minutes adding extra milk if the consistency is too thick for your liking.
Transfer to a bowl and add the banana, cocoa nibs and agave nectar.
The autumn equinox had me feeling a bit deflated this year. Don’t get me wrong I love Autumn, it’s my favourite time of the year; all the colours, smells, big jumpers, cuddling under blankets and hot chocolate but that change in season affects me physically and mentally. Its a slow transition but I get there. Needing a little pick me up I thought I’d treat myself to some visual beauties. I try to surround myself with things I love to keep me happy; books, art, flowers, photos. I bought two stunning prints by the incredibly talented artist and illustrative tattooist Becci Maryanne. Becci tattoos at The Aviary in Leeds and has lots of prints available, as well as a few originals. I’ve not been tattooed by Becci yet but she is on my radar.
I bought the prints on their own and therefore had to source my own frames which is fine because I’d been looking for these double-sided vintage style glass frames for my own personal art projects – watch this space!
As you can see the prints are framed and ready to be hung. The only problem is I don’t know where.. I love our flat but because we’re in an attic conversion the walls turn into sloping ceilings half way up and so there isn’t much hanging space (welcomes that frequent fantasy of that big light filled house – ahhhh one day). I also don’t want to cause too much damage to the walls seeing as we (Peter Bunny) have already done so much damage to the carpets *rolls eyes*.
For anyone interested in finding beautiful prints like this I came across Becci’s work through a really cool store for artists call Stag and Raven. I found the store on Instagram but they have a physical store on the third floor of Afflecks, on 52 Church Street, Manchester, UK. I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the building filled with indie boutiques but it looks fab – Go check them out!
Last week Reading Vegan Outreach were invited to try Wagamama’s new Vegan Menu and enjoy a private cooking demo.
Check out our short video!
In Reading we have a big outreach team and the number of vegans is growing rapidly. However, we don’t yet have a wholly vegan restaurant or cafe in or round town. We are lucky that we have a lot of chains that offer great vegan options and there are enough vegans to ensure these options remain and are expanded upon.
Wagamama has had vegan options for some time. If you were to check the allergen menu you would see that you can swap out egg noodles for rice noodles, chicken for tofu and just ask to leave animal products out of a certain recipes. However, it’s not ideal to have to sift through allergy charts and can be confusing for those visiting for the first time…
I planned a surprise day out for Tom. There wasn’t a particular reason why, I just love a good surprise and the joy it can bring others. Plus, he does put up with my crazy ass so it feels like the least I can do to say thank you for loving me. I started the day by making him a naughty breakfast of pancakes with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream – Vegan of course.
We then walked to the station. He knew we were going to London but not that we were going to the V&A Museum for the Pink Floyd Exhibition. Being right next door to the Natural History Museum I thought I could throw him off the scent. I have to thank my fantastic friend Catherine for making me aware of this exhibition. We just caught it in time as it had been running since the start of the year and ends mid October.
Both Tom and I grew up with Pink Floyd being a big part of our parents lives. This was obviously fed down and has influenced mine and Tom’s taste in music. Tom, more so than me, is a big Pink Floyd fan. Being a musician Tom obviously geeked out to seeing the gear, in particular David Gilmour’s guitars and old school pedals. I loved seeing the making of the Animals album cover and the film reels from the ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘A Momentary Laps of Reason’ album cover shoots.
You’re provided with headsets that play instrumental parts of various Pink Floyd tracks as you move through the exhibition. What was cool is that there are screens throughout showing small 5 minute documentaries of various aspects of the bands career and the headsets tune into each one when you’re within a certain distance – very clever! At the end you take off your headset and sit in a room and look up at the walls of screens and watch/listen to Pink Floyd at Live 8. The lighting made you almost feel as if you were there in 2005. It was amazing to learn about the band and see just how talented they are and how destined they were for great things. It’s a very visual exhibition with a lot of videos, posters, photographs and installations. If it wasn’t ending next week I would definitely recommend music fans check it out.
Afterwards we headed over to Camden to hit up VBurger and explore the market. Camden on a Saturday is hell on earth, I should have known better. It was so packed you were going at a snail’s pace, if moving at all. The seitan shcnitzels with cheese and skin on fries with garlic mayo made the chaos worth it. The team at V Burger were so friendly and the burgers were delicious. If you’re in Camden, definitely hit it up. They’re situated in the main food market on the left just as you go over the canal.