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Hello everyone!

Thank you for giving this a read, I would like to introduce you to this blog and what I will be posting about.  I will be discussing various topics which interest me, I will either base the content on my personal experience or I will delve into a subject and provide research to support any given points discussed.

To begin with, I would like to discuss briefly the categories of my blog.

Vegan:

After being a vegetarian for all my life, I have stuck by not consuming any animal products.  After speaking to some friends and conducting my own personal research, I realised as a vegetarian I did not consume the meat from an animal but the produce from one.  Which contradicts my standpoint of not consuming animal products leading me to turn Vegan.

Fashion:

In College, I hated the idea of fashion.  I did not care about the colour of my clothes and if they matched.  I would wear anything together and just get on with the rest of the day.  One of my close friends helped me out to improve the clothing I wore in my second year of college by explaining the importance of wearing clothes which looked good and matched in colour.  Since then I have built an interest for fashion in terms of the brand behind the clothing, the details on the garment, the style and the materials used to make it.

Creps:

I started primary school wearing astroturf football shoes, moved on to velcro tennis shoes.  In my final year of college, I purchased a pair of black Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31, these were so comfortable, the details amazed me and since then I have loved shoes whether they be creps or smart shoes.

Music:

Initially, I did not care for music, however, I dealt with internal and external issues of my own and I found music helped me through the rough times.  During my year 11 revision, I used to listen to Kid Cudi, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Hoodie Allen, Tinie Tempah and Queen and these artists held me together.  Since then I love music with all my heart, I will further describe the importance music has in my life in another post.

Thank you for giving this a read,

Love from Preshul ❤

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What I pack in my travel bag

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Hi guys,

I’ve always struggled to pack, however, since I’ve been travelling quite a bit recently and hope to continue this well into 2019 and beyond; I’ve decided to give you an insight to what’s in my travel bag.

What’s in my Travel bag

  • Change of Clothes

A change of clothes is extremely key! There’s always these horror stories circulating about airlines losing baggage. Keeping a change of clothes with you in your hand luggage/ cabin bag doesn’t prevent this, but makes sure that even if you are caught out with this inconvenience, you can at least have somewhat of a back up in place

  • An IPad/Tablet

Most long-haul flights have a good selection of in-flight entertainment packed with the latest movies. However, with Netflix downloadables, it’s always a good idea to carry atablet with you to catch up with any Netflix shows/movies. It kills time at the airport too!

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Are suede and leather sneakers outdated?

I personally believe using leather and suede to make sneakers is outdated.  Although, quite a alot of iconic sneakers are made with suede and leather.  They look amazing and hold a lot of value, but at what price?

The “Bred” Air Jordan 1’s are amazing as they are an iconic silhouette.  The bred Jordan 1s were iconic as Michael Jordan was “fined” $5000 by the NBA due to the black and red colour scheme violated the “uniformity of uniform rule” (Barias, 2017).  They are special to sneakerheads, but the sneakers are made with leather which is a material from a cow which strikes an issue with me.  As I feel it is personally wrong to use the skin of an animal in shoes in which we wear.  For me personally, my love for them has decreased when I really started to understand what they were made of.

(How It’s Made, 2018)

That did not sit well with me and thus I have stopped buying shoes with leather and now as of recent suede.

Until recently, I did not know suede was a product of an animal.  My pair of Yeezy 500 blush’s are made out of both suede and leather and were purchased before the information actually stuck into my head.  Suede being present in some of the most important shoes in history like the Nike x Tom Sachs Mars Yard, Eminem Jordan 4s, “Grateful” Jordan 4s, Jasper LV Kanye, Air Yeezy models the list goes on.  I then discovered upon further research where suede came from and how it was made.

(PETA, 2018)

Wearing sneakers made from the skin from animals seems like an old practice which should be changed.

There are materials which could be used as an alternative to make sneakers which are sustainable, recyclable, animal cruelty-free and do not cause as much damage to the environment as the production of leather and suede:

Cork leather

  • Cruelty free
  • Made from the bark of cork oak trees which grow back within a few years

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(Blackwood, 2018), (Vegansouls.com, 2018)

SeaCell®

  • Made from renewable raw materials
  • Sustainable
  • Cruelty free

 

(Nanonic.us, 2018)

Canvas

  • Cruelty-free
  • Recyclable

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(Vans, 2018), (Vegansouls.com, 2018)

Piñatex®

  • Made from the fibres of a pineapple plant which are usually discarded
  • Byproduct of existing agriculture
  • Low environmental impact

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(Piñatex, 2018)

Muskin

  • 100% vegetable layer
  • Comes from a parasitic fungus which grows in the wild and attacks trees in the subtropical forests
  • It does not involve using any toxic chemicals or substances making the material

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(Espace, 2018), (LifeMaterials, 2018)

Additionally, there are plenty of products which are sustainable and both animal and environmentally friendly.

The links will be placed at the bottom of the post.

The current state of popular sneakers released this year consists of silhouettes which are mainly made out of leather and suede.

Jordan 1 Off-White

  • Suede
  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas Yeezy 500 Blush

  • Suede
  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon

  • Corduroy

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter

  • Primeknit

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Jordan 4 Travis Scott Cactus Jack

  • Suede
  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas Human Race NMD Pharrell Blank Canvas

  • Primeknit

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

 

Adidas X Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas Core Black

  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Nike Air Vapormax X Off White 2018

  • Suede
  • Flyknit

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Ash Green

  • The upper seems to be made from Primeknit

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Air Max 1 Parra

  • Suede and leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas Yung-1 Collegiate Navy

  • Suede

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Nike React Element 87 Anthracite Black

  • Suede
  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Jordan 4 x Levis

  • Denim

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(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Nike Air Presto x Off-White

  • Mesh
  • Leather

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(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Vans Sk8-Hi Deconstructed Marshmallow

  • Suede
  • Leather

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(Stockx.com, 2018)

As you can see out of the shoes I have listed, 10 silhouettes have been made with suede and leather.  You may be asking me, why complain? you clearly have mentioned beautiful looking sneakers which are made without suede and leather.

We should understand animals are more than a commodity that we used to satisfy our consumer needs. Companies such as Nike and Adidas have made progress with FlyKnit and Primeknit technology.  I want the market to change further by moving away from using animal products in our sneakers.

That is why I am going to inform you about sneakers which do not use suede or leather.

Alternative sneakers to those previously mentioned O.O

VANS…..

Yes I said it, on the Vans website there is a drop-down menu named “Materials” which you can select a category called “Vegan friendly”

This category will open your eyes to 202 sneakers (including mens, womens, kids, unisex and toddler) which are vegan friendly!!!!!

This is amazing and I believe more people need to know about this!

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(Vans United Kingdom, 2018)

An example of this is Stella McCartney who has changed the game by making the iconic Stan Smith silhouette vegan?

Yes, you heard correctly!

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(Stella McCartney, 2018)

I personally love these shoes and the stance against leather sneakers is amazing.  It is a game changer as it shows how the material of sneakers can be altered without changing the iconic design.

These are a pair of sneakers on Stella McCartney’s website and they look amazing as the price advertises….. at an eye-watering £515! However price aside, the sole is not attached to the upper using glue making each part recyclable after use!

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(Stella McCartney, 2018)

A big name designer such as Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her products and this can expand and brush off on other big name brands to make a change.

The sneaker culture is about moving forward and experimenting with new designs and materials.

I would like the sneaker industries to start moving forward from suede and leather to become aware of our changing environment to make for a better future.  If that means not buying my favourite sneakers due to the materials used making them, then I shall do so and maybe some of you should too!.  Consumers alter the market and hold a lot of power.  I hope you start to change your consumer behaviour.

I will be doing more posts on vegan sneakers, so keep an eye out!

Thank you for reading the post, please post your thoughts down in the comments section.   I would very much appreciate you dropping a like on the post.  Keep up to date with future talks on sneakers by pressing the follow button as there will be more interesting content to follow.

Bye for now!

Love,

Preshul Shah ❤

Links to other alternative materials to suede and leather:

References:

Toronto on a budget

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I was super nervous to be flying on my own, so naturally, when I landed in Toronto, It completely slipped my mind to let the immigration officer know that I needed to activate my IEC visa. This is basically a document that allows you to work and live in Canada for up to 2 years.

** I’ll either create a video or a post on here with more information on how to apply for the IEC Visa**

After around an hour of stressing & fighting back the tears, after being told by the immigration officer that I wouldn’t be able to activate my visa. I managed to sort it all out and leave the airport with my 2 year IEC.

‘Ey’ – This was the first thing I noticed upon arrival.

No matter where you are in Canada, (in my case Mississauga and Toronto) I’m telling you, this word will…

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Raspberry vegan doughnuts

HEADS UP BEFORE WE BEGIN THIS MAGICAL JOURNEY:

I have a trash phone, so the photos are not as good as they seem… trust my spectacular eyes.  So trust me again because your doughnuts will be on the buffness scale of over 9000 or if they are not, plz don’t @ me because I would have signed up with Elon Musk to be the first to populate Mars…. and you will not be able to complain to me…. thanks and enjoy!

Das some fine ass vegan doughy nuts

(Taken by mum with a better phone)

Inspired by:

https://avirtualvegan.com/vegan-raspberry-donuts/

Tips:

  • If you don’t have a doughnut tray you can buy one from here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cavity-Silicone-Donut-Doughnut-Baking/dp/B07CGXFTJ9/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1539975405&sr=8-5&keywords=doughnut+moul
  • OR you can use a cup cake tray and place scrunched up aluminium foil balls to make the doughnut rounded.  I will explain further in the next bullet point.
  •  How to prepare the baking paper for the moulds…;) LOOOOL
    • Cut a square which is larger than the cupcake mould
    • Cover the paper with vegan butter and place it in the individual moulds
    • Then scrunch up a ball of aluminium foil and place it into the middle to create the hole of the donut (depending on the size of the cupcake hole adjust the size of the aluminium foil)
  • PRE HEAT OVEN TO 175°C or 350°F
  • If you want to make more than this initial batch I suggest making this amount first and then increasing the load (with instructions I will provide for you)

NOW WE BEGIN….EXECUTE ORDER VEGAN DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!

ImPoRtaNT INfoRMaTION:

  • This batch will make however many you can fit into your tray
  • Prep time: however long you take
  • Cook time: 17 minutes

INGREDIANTS…..DONT FORGET….O.o:

  • 105g frozen raspberries (you can substitute for other frozen berries)
  • 150g all purpose flour
  • 100g cane sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 60ml of coconut milk (the drinkable kind not the thick can/ cardboard box one)
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (can use lemon juice instead)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Glaze:

Inspired by (you could just use this recipe as it could be quicker)

Glaze/toppings ingredients:

  • Iced nutty RASPY berry butter icing:

    • 4 table spoons of nut butter (can be peanut, cashew, hazelnut etc…)
    • A splash of coconut milk
    • 20g of icing sugar
    • leftover pulp or juice
  • Cookies and cream:

    • 50g icing sugar
    • 6 Oreos (use which ever kind you want)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175°C or 350°F
  2. Take your raspberries (or any berries you would like to use out of the freezer and defrost in the microwave for 1 minute)
  3. Take your defrosted raspberries and sieve them over a bowl. Push the raspberries through the sieve with the back of a spoon or ladle.  Keep pushing until all the liquid has passed through the sieve and what’s left looks like pulp.  Put the seedy pulp in a small bowl and set aside as you might need them later.
  4. Measure out 85mls of the strained juice. Set aside and keep any leftovers separately AS YOU CAN USE THEM IN THE GLAZING!!!!!.
  5. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt to a bowl.
  6. In a jug or another small bowl add the light coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract and the 85mls of raspberry juice you measured out then stir together really well.
  7. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Mix only just enough that you can’t see any dry flour. Do not over mix as it will affect the texture/rise of the donuts.
  8. Spoon or pipe (if you want, whatever floats your boat) the mixture into the donut pan (or cupcake tray with the foil centre) being careful not to cover the middle part of it. Work as quickly as you can.
  9. Put in the preheated oven and bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If you are using a muffin tin they will take about 5 minutes more.  (CHECK THEM AS THEY COULD BE DONE SOONER THAN EXPECTED!!!!!)
  10. When ready remove from the oven and turn out very carefully onto a cooling rack
  11. Leave to cool completely before glazing.

Method for Iced nutty RASPY berry butter and cookies and cream icing:

  • Make sure you sieve the icing sugar if needs be to eliminate the lumps and make the icing smooth
  • mix together

How to decorate cookies and cream:

  1. If you are like me and do not want to waste time with a piping bag.
  2. Take the doughnut and place the face you want to decorate into the icing.
  3. Then use a knife and break up the cookies into crumbs (or you can get a zip lock bag.  Place the cookies in the zip lock bag and place it into a kitchen towel.  Place the towel onto a cutting board (make sure it is not glass), grab a rolling pin and break the cookies into pieces)
  4. Then place the crumbs onto the iced doughnut

How to decorate the Iced nutty RASPY berry butter icing:

  1. grab a spoon and complete stripes across the doughnut
  2. In the middle place the raspberry liquid/pulp in the middle or on the doughnut (as you please)

Thank you to A Virtual Vegan for the helpful information on making these amazing doughnuts!!!! I will definitely make them again!

Feel free to leave your comments, suggestions and from your experience in the comments section! 🙂

I look forward to hear from you!

Love from,

Preshul! 🙂 ❤

PS: Check out more of Mel’s amazing work:

https://avirtualvegan.com/about-the-virtual-vegan/

 

CBT & me

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In honour of National Suicide prevention week, I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to my battle with mental health issues, and a review of the treatment I am currently receiving to help overcome this.

I’ve always known I was different, too quiet, too weird, too emotional…

I just never really took the time out to notice the negative impact this was having in my life.

January 2018 was the month that I decided to take my mental health a bit more seriously.

New year new me right?

Not exactly…

After 8 months on the waiting list, I was finally booked in to receive CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy). I had a minuscule amount of knowledge on the different types of therapy offered, due to taking a semester-long course in my first year of university. My mom (yes I spell Mom with an O as opposed to a U) is…

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So you want to be vegan?

Full disclosure before reading my post, I am not a trained dietitian or have been educated in any health field.  Information from this post will come from my personal experience and research I have gained from secondary sources.

If you would like a professional’s opinion on switching to a vegan diet, I would suggest getting in touch with your GP or local doctor for more information.

VEGANNNNNS ASSEMBLE!!!!! :))))))

….What do I eat as a vegan?

grass….

….Jokes aside (I will be surprised if no one laughed) being vegan for me was easy….ish…. being vegetarian before the difference in my diet was not to different.

However, I did realise I continued to eat foods thinking they were vegan when they weren’t as they contained dairy, egg or some animal product.

These included items such as:

  • Some Quorn branded products (I assumed they were vegan… don’t be like me hahaha read the label and only buy the product if it states it is vegan on the packaging)
  • Granola (Quite allot of granola contains honey which is not consumed by vegans due to the exploitation of bees (The Vegan Society, 2018))
  • Figs (sometimes female wasps accidentally enter female figs.  The wasp is unable to escape once in the fig and therefore dies in the trap (Gabardi, 2018))
  • Bread (added omega 3 from fish oil, eggs, milk, whey, butter, and honey (Poblete, 2015))
  • Some cereals (contains dried milk powder or sheep wool grease as an addition for vitamin D (Lee, 2018))

Additionally there are some health concerns that people following vegan diets could be suffering with a lack of nutrients.  These nutrients have been taken from the website: https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/how-go-vegan.

I will list the nutrients vegans could be missing out on and what you can do to make sure you are doing consuming the right foods.

  1. Vitamin B12:

  • Engevita Yeast Flakes B12 – These flakes are amazing! They are a good source of vitamin b12 and they are either mixed in or placed on top of food.  They can be a substitute to cheese as they have a nutty slash cheesy taste.
  • Non-dairy Milk (Coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, almond milk, soy milk etc… the list goes on)
  • Vivera Veggie Shawarma Kebab (you can buy this from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco) THERE ARE OTHER VIVERA VEGAN PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT THOSE STORES TOO!

2.  Protein:

  • Chick peas (found in any supermarket)
  • Butter beans (found in any supermarket)
  • Kidney beans (found in any supermarket)
  • Baked beans (not too much as the sugar content is high) (any supermarket)
  • Haricot beans found in (any supermarket)
  • black eyed beans (found in any supermarket)
  • Pinto beans (found in any supermarket)
  • Lentils (found in any supermarket)
  • Peas (found in any supermarket)
  • Blackbeans (found in any supermarket)
  • Soy beans (found in any supermarket)
  • Almonds (found in any supermarket but cheaper at smaller ethnic owned shops)
  • Cashew (found in any supermarket but cheaper at smaller ethnic owned shops)
  • Dry roasted peanuts (found in any supermarket but cheaper at smaller ethnic owned shops)
  • Dry roasted Pistacchio (found in any supermarket but cheaper at smaller ethnic owned shops)
  • (in moderation and without salt as too much salt is unhealthy for you)
  • Flax seeds (Costco, any wholesaler or online)
  • Pumpkin seeds (Costco, any wholesaler or online)
  • Chia seeds (Costco, any wholesaler or online)
  • Peanut butter (The expensive kind from Meridian as there are no nasty additives in it, which can be purchased from any supermarket or health food shop)
  • Seeded bread (self explanatory)
  • Tofu (I recommend it from a brand called Tofoo but any which is clean without additives is a good shout)
  •  Spirulina powder (Costco, any wholesaler or online)
  • Quinoa (found in any supermarket and wholesalers)

3.  Omega-3 fats:

  • Chia seeds
  • Brussels sprouts (found in any supermarket)
  • Hemp seeds (Costco, any wholesaler or online)
  • Walnuts (found in any supermarket but cheaper at smaller ethnic owned shops)
  • Flaxseeds (Costco, any wholesaler or online)

4.   Omega-6 fats:

  • Flax seeds
  • Tofu
  • Peanut butter

5.  Calcium:

  • Tesco Free From Grated Mozzarella Alternative
  • Any Free From Violife (bought from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morissons and Holland & Barrett)

  • Dried Apricot
  • Dried Prunes (found in any supermarket, health food shop or wholesaler)
  • Sesame seeds (Costco, any wholesaler or online)

6.  Vitamin D:

  • Non-dairy Milk (Coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, almond milk, soy milk etc… )
  • Tofu
  • Dried Apricot
  • Dried Prunes (found in any supermarket, health food shop or wholesaler)
  • Sesame seeds (Costco, any wholesaler or online)

7.  Iodine:

  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries
  • All beans previously listed
  • Baked sweet potato

8.  Selenium:

  • Mushrooms (different kinds ranging from chestnut to common ones)
  • Pinto beans
  • Chia seeds
  • Brown rice
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Flax seeds

9.  Iron:

  • Lentils
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Beans (as mentioned before)
  • Olives (watch out for the seed….ouch!)
  • Quinoa

10.  Zinc (Norris, 2014)

  • Cooked porridge oats (can be bought from online and any supermarket)
  • Tofu
  • Any nuts as mentioned above
  • Broccoli
  • Any beans as mentioned above
  • Quinoa

11.  Vitamin K

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts

Now for the fun! FOOD XD

Being vegan was interesting for me because my relationship with food got better, I have become more curious with adding different flavours and experimenting with new dishes.

These are the foods I usually eat in a typical day:

Morning meals:

  • Spirulina Granola is an amazing meal to have in the morning combining Vitamin B12, D, Protein, Omega 3, Calcium, Iron and Zinc.  When I had made the granola I increased the ingredients to make a larger batch to last me a long time.  This granola mixed with one of the non-dairy milks’ (at the moment my favourite is coconut milk) makes this such a buff meal to get you ready for the day.

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Check out the details below!!!!!! This link will provide you the best instructions on how to make amazing granola!

http://veg.ca/2015/10/01/spirulina-granola/

  • Vegan Porridge…. this title on its own does not give this amazing contributor’s marvellous input of such a beautiful dish much justice.  As I mentioned in the granola, this porridge dish contains many of the vitamins I listed which were important for a vegan diet.

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https://www.greenleafygael.com/warm-winter-porridge-5-ways/

Mid day meals:

  • Stir fry noodles with marinated Tofu…… man….. this is quick and easy to make the night before or on the weekend in a large amount for work/university/college/school.  It contains vitamin K, Iron, Selenium, omega-3 and 6 fats, and protein.

Ingredients:

Marinating Tofu (it is optional):

  • 1 tbsp chipotle sauce (I used Tabasco chipotle sauce)
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (I used organic maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (I used Heinz dark soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp mustard (I used English mustard from Sainsbury’s)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (I used to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove of garlic (already in the bowl)
  • Garlic granules

Tofu Method:

  1. Mix up all the sauces with the tofu making sure they are all coated then cover them up and place them in the fridge overnight or for however long you feel is right.
  2. Then when you feel it is right, place the tofu on a baking tray with baking paper and cook it at 180°C for roughly 16 minutes.
  3. Leave it to cook and we will come back to it… 🙂
  • Tofu
  • Vermicelli rice noodles
  • 2 x small red Indian Onions
  • 2 x Carrots
  • Half a head of broccoli
  • 1 x large green pepper
  • 1 x packet of asparagus
  • 1 x large courgette
  • 3 garlic cloves…. garlic is love….garlic is life….garlic is forever

Vegetables method:

  1. Wash the vegetables and cut them into small pieces
  2. I cut up onions and garlic cloves into small pieces
  3. Heat the pan to medium heat
  4. Then place a small amount of oil (I used coconut oil) and distribute it around the frying pan
  5. Throw in the onions and cook for a few minutes on a hot pan
  6. Add the 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
  7. I started with putting the vegetables into the pan in this order: Broccoli, Asparagus, Carrots, Courgettes and then Peppers
  8. Take the tofu out and place it in the frying pan to cook
  9. I boiled the kettle and I put the vermicelli rice noodles in a pan with the water for three minutes
  10. Once the noodles were cooked I put them into the vegetables along with the tofu
  11. I cooked the lovely food until the vegetables were slightly soft whilst still maintaining their firm texture.

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Creamy pumpkin pasta!!!!!!!!

To be honest @CheapLazyVegan does any amazing job at providing the best step to step instructions for making this amazing dish! Check out her YouTube Chanel for more information regarding quick and easy vegan food!!!

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Evening Meals:

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If you do not have much time to prepare food there is this simple vegan burger you can make, like I did.

Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Strong roots kale and quinoa burger patties
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Rocket
  • Sliced carrot
  • Vegan butter
  • Vegan mayo
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Sriracha Tabasco
  • Drizzle from a lime

This meal includes protein, vitamin K, Iron and Zinc.

Method:

  1. Toast the bread
  2. Apply vegan butter to either side
  3. I added the ingredients as listed in any order I felt was right…. whatever floats your boat to form a perfectly formed burger!!!!! yaaaaa boiiiiii!

The last meal is a favourite of mine…. the downside is that I do not have any photos of the dish because I always am so eager to eat it I forget to snap a photo of it.

This is….

Kidney bean nu sac! (aka Kidney bean curry)

Serves two

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin of kidney beans
  • 1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander cumin powder

Method:

  1. Chop the onion up
  2. Add 1 tsp of oil to a medium heated pan (sunflower oil is what many use but I use coconut oil to be slightly healthier)
  3. place the onion into the pot and cook until golden brown
  4. add the 1/2 can of chopped tomato
  5. Add the salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander cumin powder to the pot and mix together until thick
  6. add the can of kidney beans into the mixture and let cook until the kidney beans are slightly soft
  7. Serve and enjoy! 🙂

How to cook rice to match make the curry (White rice)

Other rice may take longer to cook!

  1. Wash 1 cup of rice thoroughly
  2. Wash the rice 2-3 times in water then let the rice soak in water for 15 minutes
  3. Add 2 cups of water to the rice and set it to boil
  4. Add 1/4 tsp of salt
  5. Cook on high heat 5-6 minutes then turn down the heat til low and let it cook for a further 5 minutes
  6. Check a grain of rice if it is soft enough to eat, if not boil some water in the kettle and pour a little in the pot.  Close the lid and let it cook slowly, patience is your friend when making amazing rice!

This meal contains protein, iron, zinc and iodine….. making this a must make meal! you will not regret it!

This has been a very eye opening experience as I have written most of my vegan journey so far, it has been an amazing challenge at times due to the restrictions or cravings I have faced.  I would honestly recommend anyone to try being vegan as it makes you feel amazing!

Stay keen, stay in tune and if not enjoy the music!

Love from,

Preshul Shah ❤

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Poblete, D. (2015). 10 Foods You Probably Think Are Vegan—But Aren’t – Thrive Market. [online] Thrive Market. Available at: https://thrivemarket.com/blog/10-surprisingly-vegan-foods [Accessed 9 Sep. 2018].

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Why Man on the Moon: The end of Day by Kid Cudi is a perfect album

Kid Cudi.

What an artist.

His music consists of deep lyrics and soothing hums which when combined create some of the best music I have heard.

There have been periods where I have given up hope and descended into a world of darkness, for his music to lend me a hand and guide me through them rough patches.  His music continues to give me strength to overcome any barriers which come my way.

Hearing the Man on the Moon album struck a cord in my soul as start to finish it told a story which I was hooked on.

I will list all the 19 tracks from the album and why I think they play a part to form such a perfect album

1. In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem)

In My Dreams starts off perfectly, with slow vocals by Cudi mixed with a chill sci-fi beat.  This song feels like a neutraliser to prepare you to listen to the rest of the hard hitting album.

Favourite line from the song:

"Some may never figure out their purpose in life and some will"

I think this is my favourite line because people die young not being able to realise their full potential.  Some people have the ability to do anything but are limited by time, resources or situation they are in.

2. Soundtrack 2 My Life:

THIS SONG STARTS IT ALL.  IT IS LITERALLY THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION.  Cudi speaks about personal issues many may go through in life.  These verses can be seen as someone speaking out to the listener and assist them through fighting their own demons.

Favourite lines from the song:

"But they all didn't see, the little bit of sadness in me, 
Scotty"

Sometimes you believe life is moving so fast you have no time to deal with your emotions or insecurities.  You then brush them under the carpet and hope they go away.  This gives off the impression that everything is okay when it is far from that assumption.

3. Simple As…

The vibe simply changes.

What a switch up of mood.  The lyrics are so bouncy, switching up my mood from “Soundtrack 2 My Life” to something more light hearted.  Simplicity is something which many strive to achieve and Cudi explains his experience which people may relate to.

Favourite line from the song:

"I gotta terminate the hate, spread the positive"

This lyric goes with the vibe of not letting anyone shit on your positive vibe.

4. Solo Dolo (Nightmare)

Titled Solo Dolo this song is about going through struggles alone and debating between good and bad acts.  I often felt cold emotionally from time to time and sometimes reaching out to someone was difficult to do, listening to Solo Dolo felt as if I was communicating with someone who knew how I felt.

Favourite line from the song:

"Am I someone whom you may love, or enemy?"

You come across people who move really weirdly and tbh you want to know if they really do fuck with you or not.

5. Heart of a Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music)

I love this song because whatever I am experiencing, the words will help push me through anything.  This song is full of raw grit and determination, it describes the constant battle Cudi is going through with his demons.

Favourite line from the song:

"When I recollect how it use to be like David and Goliath"

This lyric shows how things may seem like an uphill battle with your own personal issues, however big they are with perseverance you will overcome them.

6. My World (feat. Billy Craven)

This song is demonstrating the journey Cudi had to face to get to where he is now, with the constant target of overcoming them demons in the clear.  A lot of people suffer with mental health through various events which scar them, this song speaks about the healing process of those times making this a very important song for me.

Favourite line from the song:

"Lonely in my room, I-I mean me, up on the moon"

Losing someone you love, puts you in a state where you want to teleport to another location so you can leave all your grief behind.

7. Day ‘n’ Nite (Nightmare)

Sometimes we are faced with events which encase us in a nightmare we believe we cannot escape.  No matter how hard we try and escape it, the terror always follows.  We all experience things which can seem like too much to comprehend or tackle and I think this song perfectly helps to uncover our own individual demons.

Favourite line from the song:

"I keep stress in my mind, mind"

Stress is something which we imagine gets passed on to others when spoken about so therefore to spare those we love with the burden we keep everything bottled up.

8. Sky Might Fall

I love Cudi’s singing in this song, it is really soothing.  It matches well with the meaning of this song which is no matter what darkness or mental issues you may face, we continue to push forwards in search of peace.

Favourite line from the song:

"Will the rainstorms ever end?"

On our journey through life we encounter events which affect our mental state negatively.  Similar to the phrase “when it rains, it pours” we question whether the storm will ever pass because sometimes it feels like it has been there for a long period of time.

9.Enter Galactic (Love Connection, Pt. I)

The song discusses the use of psychedelic drugs used to aid Cudi’s mental struggles.  I guess for Cudi he found peace being high with this girl, a connection to someone you are infatuated with can create all sorts of emotions to come rising to the surface which could improve your mood.  This song can relate to the feeling you get when a certain someone sparks your flame….. hint…hint….*wink* LOOOOL

Favourite line from the song:

"I'm reachin' out to hold you close so I don't slip away"

I love this line because sometimes being next to or being with that one person helps you from falling down, whether its their personality or their energy.

10. Alive (Nightmare) [feat. Ratatat]

Along the journey of Man on the Moon, this track unveils the true self of Cudi almost as if he is labelling himself as a werewolf.  I find this is a track of contemplation because it allows you to view an issue and understand what the cure could be.  Cudi finds a girl is the cure when someone like me found gaming growing up to be my cure.

Favourite line from the song:

"Feelin' out of place in a room full of people"

Sometimes I find certain environments too much to handle, either the music is off, it smells like ass or I am with people I don’t vibe with which makes me uncomfortable because I don’t want to be fake.

11. Cudi Zone

OH……OH MAN……NAHHHH THIS IS TRACK LIGHTS MY MOOD UP LIKE A NASA ROCKET

Kid Cudi take a bow….. I love the vibe of this track because from previous experiences I just throw this on and thats it, nothing can mess with how I feel.  Cudi Zone lifts the whole mood of the album from here, his flow is slick asf! Them two verses from Cudi are amazing!!!! The beat combines with this perfectly to deliver an art of not giving a fuck about your critics.

Favourite line from the song:

"I'm feeling alright"

Growing up as a teenager and even in life you go through stages of questioning your own worth, you trip and that’s your growing done because you feel worthless.  Hearing this line in the hook, gives me nothing but confidence because sometimes its hard to say “I’m feeling alright” and hearing this gives me confidence to say and believe it! 🙂

12. Make Her Say (feat. Kanye West & Common)

To be honest hearing this song for the first time, I felt like as an innocent-ish kid my mind was getting more corrupt after hearing this hahaha.  This is a re-work from Lady Gaga’s song “Poker Face” which I think was done really well.  The beat is so catchy and gets my head bopping.

Favourite line from the song:

"Her poker Facebook, I'd already read it"

I love the word play on this song, I get the feeling Common was trying to say on Reddit you retrieve information before Facebook maybe with the hint that the “poke” function is out of date.

13. Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat]

This is a very deep track, as some people overly indulge in both healthy and unhealthy activities in search of happiness.  Sometimes the happiness can be short lived as they realise its a temporary fix for their issues.  People suffer with over indulgence in life and this track for me personally means allot to me.  At University sometimes I used to deep about life up late wondering what am I doing to make myself happy and if I was actually happy in my current actions.

Favourite lines from the song:

"Tell me what you know about them night terrors every night
5 AM, cold sweats, waking up to the sky?"

After experiencing loss myself, I understand the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night sweating after experiencing nightmares.  Losing someone who is very close to your heart can shatter you, the nightmares feel so real and its like you pass from one to another not being able to escape the terror.

14. Hyyerr (feat. Chip Tha Ripper)

After the heavy hitting Pursuit of Happiness, this track brings a mellow vibe which balances the mood of the listener.  Chip and Cudi work well together on each of their verses to deliver a song you could throw on and just chill to.

Favourite line from the song:

"Sir, you look high", I know, but I prefer my eyes low"

If the police stop and question someone who is high, it is quite obvious they are intoxicated, so responding with “I prefer my eyes low” is the funniest yet worst way to prove you are sober, it is quite comedic hahaha.

15. Up Up & Away

This song lifts your vibe from the rollercoaster of emotions heard on the previous tracks in the album.  The song is more upbeat with the lyrics talking about Cudi finding peace in weed and dreaming.  This song can relate to people substituting out weed in the mix, where people find peace in various activities.  Throwing this song on and just jamming feels like a start to a new adventure.

Favourite line from the song:

"I'll never let a motherfucka break me, dawg"

In life somehow, someway at some point you will have people who will try and make your life miserable.  You can’t give these people your positive energy, this line gives me motivation to never give in to the negativity.

16. Man On the Moon (Bonus Track)

As a bonus track I think this is amazing because of the pure power the lyrics have.  The idea of doing your own thing and being unique as opposed to the status quo is something which resonates deep.  People are usually told to do things because it is easy or everyone else is doing this so you should to.  This helps people to stop being a sheep and to think what is actually best for themselves.

Favourite line from the song:

"The ones that make it complicated, Never get congratulated"

Growing up I would always have some crazy vision of wanting to be extra with any activity I was doing.  Due to being too complicated, my success rate would be low therefore ending up with a project which looks like a rushed mess.  There were many times my creativity was overlooked because someone else had a finished product which was simple a safe alternative.

17. T.G.I.F. (feat. Chip Tha Ripper) [Bonus Track]

If you want a track to vibe to when you are feeling yourself then look no further.

Favourite line from the song:

"I gotta thank God I'm fresh"

There is no God in the teachings I follow, however as a child I grew up believing in a God and hearing this line made me recollect to any good moment in my life making me understand to always give thanks for my current blessings.

18. Is There Any Love (feat. Wale) [Bonus Track]

I love the message of this song, from my perspective it has been about the effect of external sources on Cudi.  The album has been a story of ups and downs and this song summarises the journey together by asking “is there any love in this world?” after everything that I have gone through.  I feel this perfectly carries the story on to Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.

Favourite line from the song:

"Maybe I lack the fortitude to try to court you"

Trying to court girls has always been an issue in my experience, first it was wowing them with trying hard in sports, to then being funny, trying to flex at every opportunity, what I spoke about, what my hair looked like to how I dressed….. I realised late none of this worked and I looked like an ass, so I packed it in hahaha.

 

Overall Kid Cudi for me produced music which altogether created a safe space for generations to deal with their demons.  This review is my opinion on why I think this album is perfect, some may disagree and that is fine.

That is my two pence ❤

Love from,

Preshul 🙂

 

Vegan Tofu Stir-fry

Hey Vegang!!!!!!!,

This recipe consists of Tofu which is one food I love to experiment with, it is so versatile as it can be used in any dishes from around the world.  In this recipe I have used it in a stir-fry with a smoked jalapeño pepper flavour, or as it officially called chipotle.

The Stir fry was made by myself however, the tofu was marinated and grilled using a recipe card I found in the packet of Tofoo tofu I had purchased.

The dish itself involved ingredients when merged together would form the ultimate mouth watering dish perfect for any occasion.  My method of making this dish is as follows.

Marinating the Tofu:

I used tofu from a company called Tofoo, as mentioned before I used the recipe card from the box which included these following ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp chipotle sauce (I used Tabasco chipotle sauce)
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (I used organic maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (I used Heinz dark soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp mustard (I used English mustard from Sainsbury’s)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (I used to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove of garlic (already in the bowl)
  • Garlic granules

 

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Tofu allllllll marinated up…..issa shnaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I then covered the tofu and let it soak up all the marinade for roughly 30 minutes.  For better tasting tofu, the marinating tofu should be kept covered and in the fridge over night.

I then placed the marinated tofu on a baking tray and grilled it for 20 minutes, allowing the tofu to firm up slightly whilst maintaining a soft mouth watering middle…… I’m getting hungry just writing this!!!! 😥 lol

ADVICE:

Place the tofu on baking paper to avoid the tofu from sticking to the bottom lol

Making the noodles:

I bought Mama instant rice vermicelli noodles from Tesco (also found in other stores).  I placed them in boiling water and kept it covered for 3 minutes….. I’m not lazy, these noodles are just so amazing!!!!

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Preparing the vegetables:

Cutting the vegetables was quite simple, as they had to be small but slightly thick.  I have to thank my mum for helping me cutting the vegetables, I could have done it myself but spending time cooking with your mum is always such a lovely time even though I was in her territory o.o hahahaha.

The vegetables:

  • 2 x small red Indian Onions
  • 2 x Carrots
  • Half a head of broccoli
  • 1 x large green pepper
  • 1 x packet of asparagus
  • 1 x large courgette
  • 3 garlic cloves…. garlic is love….garlic is life….garlic is forever

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Look at all the healthy vibesssssss….. chef cooking up them legal greens!!!!! ……vegetables are amazing! for your mind, body and soul….cheesy as it is (vegan cheese), I am being honest ❤

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I added the cooked noodles to the stir-fry and stirrrrrred it up well….. I was salivating whilst cooking…… none went into the food….. it was flavoursome enough without extra flavour….. O.o….. hahahaha

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Final step:

Once the tofu was well grilled, I took them out of the grill and placed them into the stir-fry.  I mixed it up well and served it on my plate ready to eat….. it was so good I ate two full plates and was very content XD.

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To the people at The Tofoo Co. your tofu was amazing and honestly I will be making a repeat purchase.

At school we used to do evaluations including these acronyms:

WWW: what went well

EBI: even better if

In my case the evaluation is as states:

WWW:

  • The tofu was cooked to perfection as it tasted amazing.
  • The ingredients in the recipe matched well to create a dish to knock your socks off.

EBI:

  • To add a sauce to the noodles next time, as the dish became a bit dry at times during consumption.  Anything between sweet and sour to coconut milk can really enhance the taste of the food to push it towards being a dish from a certain country.
  • To marinate the tofu overnight in the sauce.
  • To take better photos of my food next time….

 

As I have been taught by my parents you try and try again and never give up.  We are here to make mistakes and learn from them.

Here is the link to The Tofoo Co. company website, as it is very informative about the products they sell along with other recipes which you may be interested in making for yourself!:

https://tofoo.co.uk

If you have any request on what you would like me to attempt to cook or if there is a topic you would like me to discuss then leave it down in the comments below along with any feedback as it will be much appreciated! 🙂

For now I bid you farewell, goodnight and peace out my vegang!

Love Preshul Shah ❤

 

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