New baby!

I am now the proud Auntie of baby Daniel William who was born this evening weighing 7lb 15 ounces. I’m so chuffed, I can’t wait to see him tomorrow!

My word it feels like I haven’t stopped today! I was up nice and early this morning to get a big grocery shop in. When I got back from shopping I made a lovely breakfast – a huge bowl of blackberries and a chopped apple with muesli, hazelnut and almond rice milk and some passion fruit.

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I also made myself a pot of detox tea. A great start to the day! I received the call to let me know that my Sister had gone into labour so I thought I’d whip up a quick batch of basic ‘baby boy’ cupcakes ready to give her as a gift once the baby had arrived. These are just a very basic recipe from the cookbook I got at Christmas but fingers crossed they taste good. None for me as these aren’t vegan and are full of sugar, I was proud I managed to resist cleaning the bowl out like I usually do!

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A little while ago I saw a recipe on Choosing Raw and knew that I wanted to try it out. I have been loving this blog recently for interesting recipes. For lunch I made some Cashew Ginger Nori Wraps:

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I followed the recipe for the cashew pate exactly but just used one cup of cashews. I used ribbons of carrot and cucumber for the filling. The cashew pate is pretty high in calories and fat (good fats though!) but I only used about a third of the mixture for this wrap, and the nori and veggies are very low in calories themselves. I thought they were delicious and the cashew pate is so tasty! I served mine with the leftover carrot and cucumber made into a salad with some pomegranate seeds, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Yum!

During the afternoon I cooked up some millet for my grain of the week, roasted lots of veggies, left some almonds soaking ready to make almond milk and made a huge pot of my Leek and Greens Soup. There was a little left after I’d portioned this up ready for the freezer so I had a small bowl.

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A little later after cleaning the flat I made an orange, cucumber, apple and mint juice inspired by a recipe in the Innocent Smoothie recipe book.

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This was fabulous and so refreshing!

Dinner was an awesome salad:

Warm Butternut, Lentil, and Fig Salad (makes 2 servings)

  • I medium butternut squash, peeled, chopped and roasted
  • 1 tin of green lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 2 dried figs, finely chopped
  • 1 bag of salad leaves (I used rocket and mixed leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts, toasted in a pan

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons of oil of choice (I used my Cool oil)
  • 1 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • chopped basil or parsley

Combine the roast squash and lentils in a bowl. In a separate bowl or jar combine the ingredients for the dressing. Put some of the salad leaves on to a plate or bowl and top with the butternut and lentils then add the dressing and the toasted pine nuts. Enjoy!

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This was lush! I thought I would miss having a bit of goats cheese or feta in there but I really didn’t. Delish!

Dessert was two chocolate avocado cups from the freezer with a sliced pear, cinnamon and agave syrup drizzle:

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So yummy! I adore these chocolate cups – a great healthy chocolate hit.

Thanks for all your comments regarding sports bras yesterday! Shock Absorber definitely seemed to be most peoples favourite sports bra brand. If anyone is interested Dorothy Perkins are offering £5 off the Shock Absorber range they stock (I hadn’t realised that they stock them!) follow this link for more details.

I really enjoyed making my ‘sushi’ today. Have you ever tried making your own sushi or have you used nori before? I’m going to try using nori for wraps more often instead of bread or my usual egg white wraps. I think it would taste good with hummus and veggies!

I really can’t wait to see my new Nephew tomorrow! Hope your all having a great weekend :-)

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  • Congratulations to your family!!!! How exciting! And your baby boy cupcakes are ADORABLE!

  • Congratulations – babies are such lovely news.xx

  • Congratulations to your sister and your family!
    And the sushi looks amazing!
    So colourful :L
    xxx

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  • many congratulations Auntie Laura on the new arrival – can’t wait for pics :)

  • Aww congratuations to your sister and I’m sure you’ll make a great auntie who will spoil him rotten!
    You continue yet again to make me incredibly jealous of your amazing meal ideas! You truly inspire me so a huge thankyou! I especially like the look of the butternut salad.
    The sushi does sound interesting with the cashew paste. I’ve never made sushi but I’d like to because I do like veggie sushi when I buy it on the go.
    Hope you have a lovely day with your nephew tomorrow :)
    xxx

  • Congratulations to your sister!
    I made veggie sushi for the first time a few weeks ago. It was a major time investment as I used brown sushi rice that had to be washed, and then soaked and cooked for quite a while. I wasn’t so good at rolling the rolls either and my boyfriend had to rescue most of the ones I did ;) Was well worth it though as they were yummy! Yours look good – will definitely give it a go without the rice.

  • Huge congrats on the new arrival.

    I have made my own sushi before (vegan) but it just wasn’t as neat as bought varieties. Probably didn’t help that I used brown rice and didn’t cook it enough for it to be sticky. I do love Nori though, and use Nori flakes on my stir-fries.

    Have a wonderful Sunday :)

  • Your sushi looks amazing, just like something you would find in a fancy sushi restaurant! I adore eating sushi (vegetarian rather than fish-based) but don’t think I have the patience to make my own. Oh and congrats on becoming an auntie again, don’t forget to snap a cute baby pic if you can :)

  • Congrats on the new arrival!!

    Forgive me if I haven’t been keeping up but are you vegan now? I knoew you had gone veggie but don’t remember you saying you were vegan (if you did then I apologise. I must have been tired or something!)

  • Congrats on your nephew! I’m sure your sister will appreciate those cupcakes, they look adorable! And the sushi looks absolutely scrumptious!

  • Congratulations to your sister :)
    That sushi looks amazing. I’ve never tried making sushi at home before but I did a sushi making class at Yo Sushi last year which was a lot of fun. x

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  • Congratulations :)
    Love the cute cupcakes and well done for not licking the bowl!
    Great link for the sports bras thanks :)

  • Madeline – thanks!

    Cait – thanks!

    Mary – thanks, glad you like the sushi!

    donny fan – thanks, pics to come soon!

    Nicky – thank you! Although my sushi certainly isn’t that professional looking it was easy to make!

    Sarah – glad your sushi turned out yummy after all the hard work!

    Jessica – I’m getting used to the flavour of nori and will probably start adding it to salads more too I think :-)

    Bronagh – thanks, glad you think the sushi looks posh!

    Stacey – thanks! I’m not vegan but as part of my January kick start plan I’m avoiding animal products so I’m kind of vegan for the month!

    Leashieloo – thank you, glad you think the cupcakes look good!

    Lily – I bet that class was so much fun! I’d love to try something like that.

    Shamerra – I have an M&S one and was quite suprised how good it was too!

    Maria – thanks!

  • Congratulations and those cup cakes look so pretty!

  • aww congrats on your new nephew! Where do you get your nori from? I quite like the sound of those wraps! Would be perfect for lunches in work.

  • Congratulations!!! I love the look of that sushi!!!

  • By the way, I just wanted to say that I hope you didn’t think my comment sounded bitchy because it wasn’t supposed to. I just couldn’t remember that you were on a vegan detox. Clearly I have the attention span of a gnat!

  • Stacey – oh goodness no, I certainly didn’t think you were being bitchy! I ended up ordering leon 2 today after reading your review, I couldn’t help myself!

  • I love cashew nut butter and paste. It’s a great go-to as a vegan substitute :-)