Wow, it feels like a long time ago when I last shared a recipe on my blog. Well today I wish to share with you something different - my Taste of the Sea Spaghetti. Some of you will remember my La-Vish/Lavish Vegan Ocean 'Fish' Pie, well this recipe is loaded with some similar ingredients: such as sea vegetables, spaghetti seaweed and sea flakes to give it that natural taste of the sea, but instead of mashed potatoes we have spaghetti pasta.
The Taste of the Sea Spaghetti Pasta was silky, chewy and slippery, but in a good way. I added a few drops of liquid smoke to mimic that smoked salmon flavour, but if you don't have that you could also try vegetarian 'fish' or 'oyster' sauce, but its not essential. There was lightness to this homemade pasta meal as we both fancied having a dessert afterwards.
I am taking a weekend break from sharing my Cornish Holiday photographs. Today I share with you my rainy day in Bristol. For the third year running, we went to Bristol Veg Fest. I took loads of pictures, so will be sharing them in two parts. Today I will share with you my favourite discoveries and tomorrow the rest will follow.
I kick off with the lovely Poppy Lettice-Boss the founder of Letttices. Poppy is very much like me (that is when I was doing vegetarian and vegan farmers markets) in lovingly creating small batches of artisan food.
Letttices makes small scale plant based foods, but also vegan 'meat' and vegan 'cheeses'.
Many of you will know that I am not vegan, but a vegetarian - although my diet is 95% vegan, I am still a vegetarian. Anyway, I tried her Blue Cheese and wow, I loved how it really mimicked the real thing. Totally recommended.
Some of you may know that a couple of weeks back I went to Cornwall for a weeks holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and hope to go back again and visit those places we missed. I've shared so many pictures of Cornwall on my blog already, but today for Five on Fridays I wanted to share Five things that made me smile, made me think positively and I am not the most positive person you'll ever meet, I am too grounded in reality and it makes my heart sink, but here are some things that warmed my heart.
Some people call the zillions or thousands of followers on their Facebook page their friends, I can only count my close friends on one hand and I do cherish them, even though many of them live far away. This particular sign was on a shop window in Mousehole reminded me of how grateful I am having them in my life.
We went to Padstow and opposite the famous British seafood chef Rick Stein's Eatery there was a little place raising funds for cats. Outside the door was some secondhand book, mugs and some painted slates. I went through them slowly and took a fancy to this one. I loved the simplicity and quirkyness of this donkey and robin and donated £2.50 to the honest box. I miss my Moggy still, so it has a warm place on our windowsill in the living room.
On one of the days, we went to The Eden Project. This cheeky robin in the Meditteranean Biome Dome in the Citrus Grove reminded me of our own cheeky robins and other birds back at home. Also if you are able to read the writing on the lemon it gave me a chuckle 'Scientist have discovered that scents stimulate our nervous system to create a positive effect on our behaviour, increasing feelings of generosity and potentially even the desire to do housework! Yes right!
I totally loved the fact that all the coffee shops were local and Independent. It really was so refreshing not so see the High Street Coffee Cahan Shops dominating the villages and small towns. There other thing about them, they were all just so original, not copy cat. Everywhere we went, we stopped at various independent coffee shops and drank loads of tea, lattes and herbals.
Finally, my favourite piece of reminder from Cornwall. A beautiful handcrafted seahorse wind- chime. This photograph does not does not showcase the craft women-ship that has gone into creating this spectacular piece. This gold twined seahorse is made from recycled seashore materials. I got it from a little craft stallholder called Serial Beachcomber in Megavissey Jubilee Hall near the church. As an occasional vegetarian and vegan pop up food stall at crafts markets, I don't ever underestimate the time, energy, love and skills that go into making such intricate pieces. I adore frequenting Craft fairs and admiring the marvels created by each stall holder and often try to come away with something as a way to remind me of my visit to that place. I was also tempted by The Serial Beachcombers seahorse ear-rings, but with this Seahorse windchime both myself and my husband can enjoy. So I want this talented craftster to know, this will be truly treasured. It is hanging in our front door to welcome visitors with its shimmer and shine - that is of course when the sunshine hits it, we are in the Welsh valleys after all - where it rains most of the time - it really does.
Next on our Cornwall holiday, we went to a beautiful little place called Mousehole.
Mousehole was perhaps the most postcard picturesque fishing village that we had visited whilst in Cornwall, it was stunning - made even more inviting by the sunshine that came out to welcome us and warm our skins. Mousehole is located on the south coast of Cornwall between Penzance and Lands End.
You would be forgiven if you thought this was an Independent Cafeteria, but its actually a little shop that sells nick nacks to tourists. For me this was the most delightful and colourful store on the harbour.
I am ashamed to say that I have not been in the garden gardening for over a month. But over the weekend, with our Cornish holidays behind us. It was time to really focus and get down and dirty. The weather was much cooler, so I've been weeding and clearing the ground most of the weekend. It still feels like we have hardly made any progress in the garden, hence the reason I am not sharing any progress pictures of it today - maybe next week when I am a little more proud of my work. I am hoping to return to it next Sunday, or maybe in the evenings if we have the energy after coming in from work.
I harvested some earlier in the week too, whilst my mother in law was here as she accompanied us on holiday in Cornwall. It was the first time my mother in law had PSB and she enjoyed it, saying she preferred it to the traditional green bushy head variety.
I also came across some surprise spring onions.
Whilst gardening, one of our older neighbours called out to us and said did we want some beetroot seedlings ?! Yes please. and Thank you very much.
Last week we returned from a lovely long week in Cornwall and as promised this week I will share lots of photographs.
It was my first time in Cornwall and it did not disappoint, even the sun rewarded us with good weather.
First stop on route to our rented abode was a little village called Tintagel.
This medieval building was once Tintagel Old Post Office with a rather quaint cottage garden It is now managed by The National Trust of which we are members.
D an myself also took a walk towards Tintagel Castle, but we did not go into it as my mother in law was left with a cup a tea at one of the cafe opposite this place Tintagel Toy Museum. We wandered back towards the streets and visited a couple of the local Craft fairs and picked up some Cornish Pasties (see above), mine was Cheese and Onion before driving towards out destination Cubert.
We had rented a static caravan with a balcony at a Holiday Park in Cubert (above cute salt and pepper shakers in the shape of caravans).
Our spacious caravan was called 'Beachcomber' offering all the creature comforts of home.
A lovely welcoming touch by our hosts was opening the fridge and finding homemade scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream. It took us no time to devour them. D said this was the best clotted cream he has ever had in his life and the scones were light and fluffy too, that it had me yearning for more.
After checking in, we went into the village to check out every tourists essentials - the nearest shop, pub and 'chippy'!. (Above) St Cubert Church.
Later in the evening, D and myself left his mother with her novel, whilst we took a drive out to explore Holywell Bay.
We parked up and cut through the sand dunes to watch the sunset in Holywell Bay.