Make your own Christmas Chocolates
All throughout December you can come along and make your own Christmas Chocolates
Check out my video of a previous chocolate cooking class
All throughout December you can come along and make your own Christmas Chocolates
Check out my video of a previous chocolate cooking class
We all know how important it is to start the day with a good breakfast. Normally I have porridge with fruit and peanut butter but at the weekend I like to spend a bit more time relaxing with the papers, a coffee and something more substantial, but I don’t always want to prepare it. That’s where the Cross Keys at Weekday Cross in Nottingham came to the rescue one Sunday.
I’d heard their name mentioned a number of times when recommendations were sought for good vegan options.
The pub was nice and quite so we sat at a window table and perused the menu. The vegetarian breakfast with vegan options sounded just the ticket; my other half ordered the Eggs Benedict.
Whilst we waited for the food to arrive we had a look through the free Sunday papers, admired the beauty of the building and watched more tables fill up with fellow brunchers
Our food arrived together and (as requested) with our two black coffees. I was really pleased with the portion size, not too big, not too small and only two slices of bread. The homemade sausages had a crunchy outside texture, so did the potato hash, the avocado was lovely and soft as was the well cooked grilled tomato half and the mushrooms had been fried rather than boiled; all in all an almost faultless breakfast. I have it on good authority that the eggs benedict were also tasty and filling. Our coffees, which are included in the price were also substantial, hot and tasty. My vegan breakfast was £6.95 and the eggs benedict was £6.75.
Would I go back? The food I had was absolutely great but looking at the menu there is only one dedicated breakfast option, which is not enough choice to make me a regular visitor. Likewise there are no specific main course dishes, but rather surprisingly I could have vegan cheeses as a dessert.
Maybe the menu is a work in progress but high marks for a very tasty well cooked vegan breakfast
Christmas is just around the corner and what better present to give than a vegan cookbook. But which one?!
I’ve asked a number of fellow vegans for their favourite, so apart from downloading or printing one of my vegan recipes (http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/category/recipes/), consider buying one of these
BOSH! Simple Recipes * Amazing Food * All Plants
Its been described as “good honest and simple cooking with some show stoppers in there too”
Thug kitchen – 101: Fast as F*ck: easy and accessible recipes to give you a solid start toward a better diet.
So what do you eat by Liz Cook : Simple, all “Traditional “recipes made vegan, with every day ingredients. Tells you where to get all your essential nutrients. Handy guide is in back cover and kitchen charts
The Happy Pear – Healthy, Easy, Delicious Food to Change Your Life – full of irresistible recipes for everything from everyday breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to scrumptious and yes, still wholesome! cakes and sweet treats, to special occasion splurges and
Recipes for Happiness – clever meat-free versions of popular favourites and inspiring advice on how to be healthier
Deliciously Ella Every Day - simple yet tempting plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes. Be inspired by her quick weekday dinners, slow-cook comfort food designed to be shared, amazing colourful salads and incredible food to take with you when you’re on the go
Minimalist Baker’s, everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes. These recipes require 10 ingredients or less, can be made in one bowl, or require 30 minutes or less to prepare
My vegan travels - Comfort food inspired by adventure: 75 satisfying plant-based recipes for comfort food from around the world.
Mouthwatering Vegan by Miriam Sorrell : Included in the book are recipes for vegan cheese, cream and mayonnaise; Chilli Con ‘Carne’, Shepherd’s Pie, Mince & Ale Pie, Stroganoff Supreme and the Perfect Roast
Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin: This books keeps it simple with easy-to-follow recipes, using a sensible number of ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket
Vegan Richa:Everyday Kitchen: Epic Anytime Recipes with a World of Flavour – These unique recipes have amazing depths of flavour, are easy to make, and have allergy-friendly options
Lucy Watson’s Feed Me Vegan: Packed with comforting, easy-to-make and totally delicious recipes, Feed Me Vegan shows you can be vegan and still have your cake (and mac and cheese, and lasagne, and pancakes) and eat it
Vegan: The Cookbook by jean-Christian Jury – delicious vegan dishes from around the world
Does Nottingham cater for vegans?
Today, 1st November is World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan month. This year sees a huge rise in the number people adopting a vegan lifestyle or regularly including vegan meals in to their diet; New data revealed the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds three-and-a-half million, or 7% of the population. These figures indicate that veganism has seen a 700% growth in just two years (data from
For some people it’s none of the above but they have allergies to dairy products or are lactose intolerant, hence the increased popularity and availability of non-dairy alternatives
But generally being a vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.
You can now buy ethical clothing, shoes, toiletries and makeup. But for ‘World vegan ay and month’ I’d like to focus on the food aspect of being vegan.
Tune in to drive time from 4pm today on Gem 106 radio to hear snippets of my interview about World vegan day and its impact
In Nottingham over the last couple of years I have seen more vegan options in shops, supermarkets and eateries, an increase in wheat/gluten/dairy free cakes and goodies and special vegan events to raise awareness.
Did you know there is a vegan market in Sneinton on the first and third Saturday of every month?
I regularly write veggie food reviews for the Nottingham Post and the West Bridgford Wire, sometimes it’s a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery like cafe Roya in Beeston or No 12 Hounds gate, in Nottingham https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk in Nottingham
Or a regular restaurant that has a good selection of vegan options like la Storia, Chocks Away (at Nottingham City Airport), Baresca, The Angel microbrewery, Pudding Pantry, Oscar and Rosies, Suda (Wollaton), Horse and Plough (Bingham), wagamama, Alchelmilla; the list just keeps on growing
Not to be outdone the main supermarkets have also increased their range of vegan options. You can now buy vegan ready meals, Christmas selection boxes, non-dairy milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese, pesto etc. And the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also have some great choices too
In Nottingham we are also lucky to have a number of Asian and world food supermarkets and shops that have a plethora of vegan goodies like tofu, spices, noodles, lentils, nuts, Asian greens, sauerkraut, fresh herbs and pulses
For some the transition to being vegan is a staged process; they cut down on red meat and processed meat, then only eat fish, consider following the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign, progress to becoming vegetarian then decide to take the plunge and go for a 100% plant-based diet.
If you are considering eating a more plant based diet but are concerned about nutrition then why not come to my vegan cookery classes. More information can be obtained by following this link http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/vegan-cooking-classes/
For more advice about adopting a vegan diet visit the vegan society website
I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on 7th November at 11am in West Bridgford. You’ll have everything you need to make delicious sweet potato falafels with tahini dressing
The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe. Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.
If you can’t make Wednesday at 11am, I also have a couple of spaces on 8th November at 5.30pm You will be making vegan miso broth with spicy tofu and courgette noodles.
If you can’t make these dates I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm
Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.
Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury. Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.
Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!
If you’d like to come along please contact me on
07946 301338 to book your place.
This is a great time to get to know your fellow students and to ask us questions about yoga, healthy eating, lifestyle changes etc.
The whole event will leave you feeling nourished and balanced.
We are limited to 8 people so book early to guarantee your place
Learn how to create your own bespoke raw vegan chocolates from 3 simple ingredients and a bit of nutritional knowhow. The chocolate making workshop takes place at my West Bridgford cooking school
Previous guests getting stuck in.
And really enjoy making these luxurious chocolatey treats
The event will take place on two dates
Friday 26th October, 12.30 – 1.45pm and
Monday 29th October, 5.30 – 6.45pm
All this and lots of tasting too for £25 per person: maximum 4 people
Take a virtual peak around my kitchen where you will be making your own chocolates
If you’d like to come to either workshop please contact me
For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/
Is your diet in a mess, do you want to eat less meat but don’t know where to start, are you confused about what to eat and not eat to have a healthy balanced diet?
Then maybe my vegan cooking classes are just what you need
The benefits of a plant based diet for humans, animals and the planet are regularly reported in the media.
But what does a plant based diet actually look like, and if you were thinking of adding more veg and less meat, fish, eggs and dairy to your diet what do you cook?
I may very well have the answer! I deliver vegan cooking classes in West Bridgford, Nottingham that will introduce you to the wonders of tofu, the delights of vegan sushi and the occasional but oh so tasty dessert. The classes take place every Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm - although the times could be flexible.
So what’s in it for you if you sign up?
I will provide all the ingredients, equipment and recipes; you will prepare and cook your very own vegan meal, which you can take home for the family to eat and enjoy
This is ideal for all you veggie virgins who want to eat less meat but don’t know where to start. Its also great for would be students who are about to embark on independent living; after all we all know how cheap seasonal veg can be.
Maybe you have a vegan or vegetarian member of the family and you’re struggling to know what healthy and nutritious meals to cook them
Or you want to lose some weight, change your diet, feel fitter, then coming to my ‘simply veg’ class could be just what you’re looking for
The vegan kitchen
As a lifelong vegetarian, recent convert to veganism and trained chef I will share my knowledge, tips and experience and help you to get that veggie vibe. I have advised clients for a number of years about how to make small but permanent changes to their diet, so the meals are going to be balanced, nutritious and above all tasty.
Each class will have a maximum of 4 guests, and rest assured my kitchen is up to scratch having recently been award another 5 star hygiene rating. I am also the proud owner of a H.O.T award (healthy options takeaway)
All this for £25 a session, or if you block book all six you only pay for five i.e. £125
So what are you waiting for?
Back in early 2017, a few months after this family run Italian restaurant opened its doors on Musters Road West Bridgford, Alec of ‘Frusher on food’ paid them a visit and he wasn’t too complementary. Well I decided to see what’s happened to the restaurant in those intervening two years
First of all it looks really pretty from the outside with all the twinkling lights and red checked tablecloths, I could be somewhere on the Amalfi coast if it weren’t for the number 6 bus going into town!
The staff were really friendly and welcoming and seated us in the side extensive (all rustic brick and vines). I remember looking at this place when it first opened but as a vegetarian and now vegan a ‘traditional’ Italian restaurant doesn’t often have great options.
You can also read my review at Nottingham Post online https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/west-bridgford-restaurant-la-storia-2088416
But how times have changed because I am presented with a separate vegan menu and it looks very appetising indeed, I had the choice of 4 starters, mains and desserts and felt spoilt for choice.
After much deliberation I opted for the melon with flakes almonds and balsamic glaze. It was fresh and light, the perfect way to start a meal.
After a suitable wait my main dish arrived ‘Melanzane fritte napolenane’; breadcrumbed fried stuffed aubergine to you and I. It looked as good as it tasted; the aubergine was really well cooked making it soft and buttery which melted in the mouth and was served with a fennel and rocket salad. It was a very pleasing portion but not so large that I felt stuffed which was good because I was already looking at the dessert menu.
If you’ve ever eaten out with a vegan you will be familiar with their excitement at finding a pudding option that isn’t sorbet, so imagine how I felt when I had four options. Realistically there was only going to be one winner and that was the Chocolate and hazelnut semifredo. It was amazingly rich and smooth and chocolately. Delicious.
And for those interested in non vegan options my other half thoroughly enjoyed his crab bruschetta and monk fish main
The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, the staff are the right side of attentive and the tables are a decent distance away from each other. The prices are probably a bit more than I would usually pay; £6.50 for my starter, £13.50 for main course and £6.50 for that indulgent pud. I would hope that if Alec visited again he would have a more positive experience. For me the whole meal was a pleasure to be repeated
Its over a year since I last did a ‘top vegan restaurant’ list, but what a year its been. In Nottingham (and I’m sure it’s the same further afield) there’s been an explosion in vegan eateries as well as regular places providing separate vegan menus, from small independents like La Storia https://lastorianottingham.co.uk and No 12 hounds gate https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk to the large chains like zizzi https://www.zizzi.co.uk and Wagamma https://www.wagamama.com
Here are lots more places I or friends and family have recently visited, that have really proved themselves to be truly catering for vegans. But if your favourite isn’t on the list then please let me know and I may pay them a visit
Pudding Pantry, city centre
Don’t let the name fool you, this cosy cafe offers a full range of food and regularly has vegan only nights. Check their FaceBook page for the next event. They will shortly be opening a new cafe in Sherwood. Lucky Sherwood! http://www.thepuddingpantry.co.uk
Castle Rock Brewery pubs; in particular the Horse and Plough, Bingham and Bread and Bitter, Mapperly
Both these pubs are leading the way in producing great vegan food, including dedicated and imaginative vegan menus, as well as vegan beers.
Coffee House of Nottingham
You will find this gem of a place tucked away up Hurts Yard. It serves amazing toasties, as well as sandwiches, an array of coffees and sweet treats https://www.thecoffeehouseofnottingham.co.uk
Rickshaw Indian kitchen, sherwood
This is one of the new kids on the block. They are a vibrant and modern indian restaurant and takeaway service that has a great selection of reasonably priced vegan options, including this lovey chickpea dish
Opened last year by Alex Bond, this unassuming restaurant serves contemporary British cuisine. There is no hiding from the fact that this is the most expensive restaurant on my list but boy does it deliver! They serve 5,7 and 10 course tasting menus ranging from £35 to £60. You can also have a wine pairing menu and they start from £25. The vegan options, as with the other meat/fish dishes deliver a unique eating experience.
Christine’s Delights in Beeston
This is a small intimate cafe on a busy high street. It has plenty of unusual vegan options including desserts and pastries, and their greek coffee is great too
Bread and butterflies, West Bridgford
A family owned business that has wonderfully mismatched furniture and china cups and saucers. It also sells locally made crafts and every Saturday you can order fresh bread from bake off and pie
Piano in Southwell
A traditional family run Italian restaurant, housed in a beautiful Georgian building. They have a separate vegan menu with some traditional favourites like vegetable risotto, penne arrabbiata and limoncello sorbet
Chocks away! Nottingham airport, Tollerton
Their vegan menu has just celebrated its first anniversary and can now boast vegan breakfasts, No Bull burgers, 3 bean chilli , edamame bean burgers, spicy cheese toasties, wraps, and of course amazing home made cakes!! Its also very child friendly and relaxed
L’olivia in Beeston
They do unlimited sushi for £16.80 per person!
Sneinton Market Vegan Food Market
Nottingham’s monthly Vegan Market hosted on Sneinton Market Square the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month 11-3pm
A fab Sunday roast (at my house!) with a delicious Vork pie taking centre stage