Spaghetti Bolognese (Vegan style!)

By Sarah O’Brien

Is there anything better than spaghetti bolognese-I think not! Deliciously rich tomato sauce is the key to emulating this famous Italian dish, and if you can cut the added sugar by making your own, well why wouldn’t you?

Spagbol, as it shall hereunder be affectionately called, is one of the first recipes I ever mastered in the kitchen. Now I’m by no means a chef, but I like to experiment with food by putting my own twist on classic dishes.

I’m definitely a bit of a dash of this, pinch of that kinda gal and can never quite stick to the recipe *we’re peas in a pod mom*. But that’s exactly why I love spagbol and all its wonderful variations, it always tastes good no matter what combination of veggies you use. Continue reading

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Creamy Cashew and Carrot Stew

I know it might sound cracked to any non-vegans out there, but following a plant-based diet does NOT mean restricting yourself or only eating salad *pinky promise*. You can actually eat an abundance of all kinds of crazy colourful foods and find plenty alternatives for the ones you already know and love.

Even if you’re just interested in having a #MeatlessMonday and want to introduce new foods into your family’s diets, this recipe will satiate the hungriest of bellies and might encourage them to try more vegan dishes!

This creamy cashew and carrot dish was particularly hearty and would be perfect on a winter’s evening, but there’s no dairy or meat in it so it’s light enough for a spring/summer meal too. This recipe can be thrown together in less than 15 mins (prep time), so it’s the perfect way to get healthy good food into your diet without all the fuss. Continue reading

My journey to a plant-based diet

By Sarah O’Brien

Four years (and several blog title changes later!), has seen the theme of this blog grow and shift dramatically. I’ve featured everything from poetry to news articles and my latest endeavour – Sam’s story *shameless plug*. I’m on a journey of sorts, of personal discovery, one where I try and figure out how to survive being 23. I’m continuously trying to figure out how to balance my professional goals with my interests and passions. Anything to keep my fingers typing and my brain sharp is the goal really. In short, to keep on writing. Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Venice Galway

By Sarah O’Brien

The aroma of roasting garlic and freshly baked bread fills the air, teasing and taunting, heightening the senses. A lone man stands, a placard abound his person, advertising a quaint little Italian bistro slightly off the beaten track. A little laneway, 20 Lower Abbeygate, just off Galway’s Eyre Square, is home to this spectacular hidden gem.

The restaurant so aptly named Venice, promises all the rusticity of the Italian countryside with the convenience of a city central location. Streets bustle as tourists mill around the myriad pretty cafes and bars, celebrating Ireland’s patron saint. Venice’s pretty red fascia beckons, bright windows showcasing happy customers savoring their food. Friendly staff greet customers, seating them at rough wooden tables, offering the best house wine. Continue reading

What the heck is Snack Wave culture?

By Sarah O’Brien

A trend that emerged on tumbler in recent years has finally reached the catwalks and is well on its way to the high-street. Mochino’s homage to Mac Donald’s in theirAW14 Collection and Katy Perry’s love of quirky foodie outfits demonstrates how popular this culture has become.

For those still at a loss over the term snack wave, it can be broken down into two categories; snack wave fashion and the culture that goes with it. According to Hazel Gillis and Gabrielle Noone, the two girls over at Thehairpin.com who coined the term, Snack Wave has risen as the anti-culture, as in anti-healthy food and as they put it, it’s about ‘’Women not giving a damn’’.

They equate healthy eating with the body shaming of women, explaining that it is often a thinly disguised way for men to control how women look. They also purport that women are choosing this Snack Wave lifestyle are: Continue reading