Monday, 23 April 2012

I <3 Super Smoocher!

Just thought I'd share with you my latest order of vegan loveliness from these guys. Not everything they sell is vegan, but it's all really clearly labeled. After ordering a Crazy Rumours fountain pack last time I wanted to go for different flavours - so got a Hurraw! In cinnamon and a tinted Crazy Rumours in Sunset.

 

The Hurraw! Is definitely my favourite - it reminds me of the Big Red chewing gum I used to eat as a kid. Not too sure about the tinted stuff, the colour seems a little different than how it appeared on their chart - we'll see!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Lemon Loaf Cake

Since I'm having to watch my diet at the moment (due to Gestational Diabetes) I decided it wouldn't be such a good idea to make my regular Lemon Drizzle Cake. I'm not suggesting that this is suitable for a diabetic - it's mostly for @mrflibbletweets - honest! This Lemon Loaf still has sugar - just a bit less than the 4 cups worth in my other recipe! I use a loaf shaped tin for this cake, but you don't have to.

Self Raising Flour 275g

Icing Sugar 150g

Soya Milk 170ml

Baking Powder 1 Tsp

Vegetable Oil 100ml

Zest & Juice of 1 Lemon (plus a bit extra for icing)

Sugar 200g

1.Pre heat your oven - Mix all dry ingredients well.

2. Add the zest, juice, vegetable oil and soya milk and make sure everything is well combined.

3. Place mixture into a well greased/ lined tin and bake at around 180 degrees for 30 minutes. May need an extra 5 minutes depending on your oven.

4. When your cake is ready turn out onto a cooling rack.

5. Make up your icing by adding a small amount of lemon juice to sieved icing sugar, then pour across the top. Leave to set - then serve.

 

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Kor Hydration Vessel

Anybody who knows me will also know I have a major weakness for lunchbox related items. I already own a Bobble which I've had for almost a year (they require a change of filter every two months). It's a simple idea - it filters water whilst you drink (it does actually make a difference to taste). Despite @mrflibbletweets initially thinking it was a gimmick, after trying mine out he's thoroughly converted.

I wanted something to carry about with me that I could also use occasionally for things other than water (maybe a bit of squash?). I also own a 0.6L Sigg bottle, but it's just not quite big enough. I'm also not keen on the fact it's not see through - but it does stay cold nicely if i make my drink up ahead of time and pop it in the fridge. Then to prevent the bottle 'sweating' and making everything in my bag wet I use a Built NYC bottle tote - it's just all a bit of a faff! These look like no other water bottle I've ever seen. Kor's website is a bit gimmicky - they seem like a good company who donate a percentage of their sales to charity but 'hydration vessel'? They are clearly trying to make this something it is not.

Each bottle comes with 'Kor Stones' which you can choose and insert into the lid of the bottle. Apparently these are to give you motivation each time you drink. I think it's a bit of a strange idea, and the 'Kor Stones' are really just bits of paper. They sell sets of these on their website with different motivational messages, but at $2 a sheet I can safely say I won't be getting any (should you want some I haven't found anywhere in the UK selling them ).

Overall, despite the gimmicks it's a nice bottle which feels quite sturdy. I like the wide drinking spout and it's ability to take ice cubes. It holds 750ml and is quite large, but that's what I was looking for - they make 500ml versions in some models.

 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Baby Products

You wouldn't think these were hard to find right? Sure if you wonder into somewhere like Boots or Mothercare they have a bunch of 'baby boxes' filled with everything you need - but it's not vegan. I was delighted when I'd discovered a few months ago that Simple Skincare made a baby range and I'd known about their wipes for a couple of years - but I also recently discovered that Simple are now owned by Unilever. In my household we choose not to buy products from companies of which we don't agree with their practices. It sometimes poses a dilemma though - although most Simple products are technically still vegan as they contain no animal products do you continue to buy to encourage and show a big bad company that there is a demand for these products or boycott because you don't agree with the practices the parent company has for it's other brands? It's a real shame as Simple is very accessible and sensibly priced. Unilever is one of the main brands that we avoid due to their animal testing policies. Here is some more information about brands that you may want to avoid. Everybody has different opinions and limits regarding things like this - but it's nice to have the information. I'm going to use up what I had already brought then move on to Superdrug's own brand for myself.

Getting back on subject, there are a few other brands I've found which produce baby ranges. Jason is one of them (their 'Earth's Best' nappy cream is pictured). Some of Beaming Baby's products are also suitable for vegans, though as far as I can tell their wipes aren't. It's the same for Bentley Organics - some of their baby range is suitable.

I've found loads of 'Eco' baby brands out there, some which blatantly aren't suitable and others that may be but don't state it. Since sourcing wipes may turn out to be a problem I've opted for some Cheeky Wipes as we are planning to go down the cloth nappy route anyway - so why not use reusable wipes? It's better for the environment anyway.

If anybody knows of any other vegan baby products available in the UK please let me know! I've been scouring the Internet and my local health food stores and not come up with anything else so far!