I've been falling in love with my kitchen all over again..... And it's because I have guests staying.
Having people staying with me inspires me to be the best cook and hostess possible. I want to be whipping up home-made hummus, I want to be lavishing them with the finest vegan smoothies and breakfasts and cupcakes, I want to be whistling happy tunes while preparing our evening meals.
Maybe it's time to retire in the countryside and start running a BNB?
I'm not sure, but in the meantime, I'm a broke, struggling actress who lives in a tiny one-bedroom flat in Manchester, so my cheap, easy hostess ways will have to do for now.
I love preparing simple, wholesome, fresh food. This works for my wallet, my health-nazi, but also, my vegan foodie snob!
One day, we did a giant "leftovers" cook-up, which involved a heap of vegetables, some rice, a tahini dressing and other random bits and took all of our delicious goodies down to the nearest park and had a proper picnic! Everything was vegan, accidentally gluten free, healthy, wholesome and DIVINE.
Oh, and there was wine.
I already have quite the obsession with jars. Jars are so useful! And how did I not realise this until this year?
I began obsessing with jars when I started making overnight oats and now, I seem to have unlimited use for them.
I used a jar in the bathroom for my guests toothbrushes, jars to store all the goodies we were making and to take my leftovers to work. Again - in love with my kitchen!
The other greatest thing I have discovered this last week? Banana ice cream! Oh yes.
The divine Charlotte Emily and I made this together last week and now, I confess, it's become my breakfast most mornings.
It's as simple as freezing some bananas the night before (peel them first!) and then in the morning - chop them up and put them in your blender. Add in some cinnamon and vanilla essence and then blend, stir, blend, stir until you have an amazing ice-cream consistency! It's pure deliciousness.
Below - naughty square of dark chocolate on top!
As much as I love cooking for myself - I'm a huge believer that food should be shared. Eating together is a tradition as old as any other and there's a reason for that. Something magical happens when we share, cook for each other and put a lot of love into it.
I'm happy to be able to share my love of food with others - and hopefully pass along some vegan deliciousness!
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