To be read – on holiday!

To be read – on holiday!

I have just touched down today in Devon – as you can see from the super tumblr-y feature image. So expected some adventure related posts coming in the next week! Of course, a whole week of relaxing means a hell of a lot of reading for me so I’m about to catch up on all the reading that I haven’t had time to do the past couple of months. I thought I’d share with you guys what I plan to read, and if you like I could post an update at the end of my holiday to rate the books I read.

I’m aiming to read three books while I’m away, as I’ve also got a bunch of Netflix shows I want to binge on too. These are the three I plan to read, along with a little summary of what they’re about! (Side note – I totally didn’t plan the whole pink theme, but in hindsight it makes this post way more aesthetically pleasing.)

UnknownThe first book on my list, which I am absolutely dying to read, is A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. I read Beautiful Broken Things and completely well and truly loved it and so I’m desperate to read A Quiet Kind of Thunder and praying that it is just as good. The book follow Steffi, who doesn’t talk, and Rhys, who can’t hear. When Rhys starts at Steffi’s school, she is assigned to look after with her basic knowledge of sign language. As Steffi discovers her voice, she also discovers that she is falling in love with Rhys. Let’s hope the book is as good as Beautiful Broken Things, because if you haven’t already read that then you totally should – it’s a good ‘un. Plus, both of the front covers for these books are just gorgeous, they look amazing on my book shelf.

28482571Next up is Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel – courtesy of one of my best friends (thanks Em). I’ve really been wanting to read this one for a while, and I’m really excited now I’ve finally got the book. Faceless is about a girl called Maisie who’s face has been partially destroyed by freak lightening accident. Maisie’s life completely changes in the aftermath of the accident. Her whole life has been affected, not just her face. The book looks at how appearance affects relationships and day-to-day life and just how important looks are to the rest of the world. I’m actually so excited to read this, I really hope it lives up to my expectations because I feel like it’s going to be a really good story.

ANNA+UKLastly, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve been wanting to read Stephanie Perkins’ trilogy for ages. The reviews for Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After are all so so good and I’ve got no idea why it’s taken me this long to get round to reading them really! The book follows Anna’s move from her happy, comfortable life in Atlanta with her best friend, car, job and dream boyfriend, when her father decides it is time for Anna to experience culture and enrols her in an American school in Paris. Anna has no idea how she’s going to survive until she comes across Etienne St. Claire, the perfect boyfriend. However, Etienne has a girlfriend and Anna has an almost-boyfriend at home in Atlanta. So if you’re wondering what will come of Anna and Etienne, you better give the book a read!

So those are the three books I’m planning to read on my week away. Expect a couple of adventurous-photography type posts at some point within the next week as I explore this little village in Devon. In the meantime, check out my social media links to find me elsewhere on the internet, and have a lovely Easter weekend!

(P.S. if you want to hit me up on Goodreads then you can find me here, although I only recently made this account so I need to get it up to date a bit more.)

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Gooey vegan brownie goodness

Gooey vegan brownie goodness

First in a long line of posts I have prepared for you this week is a recipe I tried yesterday evening – chocolate brownies. Brownies are one of my absolute favourite foods ever, but with my gluten and dairy intolerances it has been difficult to find brownie free of the two. So, I decided to make my own.

However, the last two recipes I’ve used they’ve just not really been brownies. The first one I tried was basically just chocolate sponge cake, it didn’t have that lovely gooey brownie texture at all. The second recipe I tried was nowhere near chocolate-y enough to be a brownie. But I decided to give it another go, third time lucky and all, using Jamie Oliver’s Vegan Brownie Recipe, and oh my god. Oh my god. They are good. You can’t tell that they’re vegan at all, they taste like thousands of calories of carby sugary badness and it’s beautiful.

These are perfect with Valentine’s day coming up; whether you make them as a delicious treat for your other half or you make them as a present for yourself. You can go check out Jamie’s recipe if you want the full recipe, but I’m going to post below exactly what I used, as I tweaked a couple of things.

5 tablespoons sunflower oil
200g dairy-free dark chocolate
170g self-raising flour
3 heaped teaspoons cocoa powder
180g sugar
230ml soya milk

Of course all of the ingredients used are gluten and dairy free versions and you should also include some vegan butter to grease the tin. Jamie’s recipe also includes a vanilla pod and some pecan nuts but I chose to leave these out – it’s up to you though!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease a baking tin, then line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Break 150g of chocolate into a bowl over boiling water and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool a little.
  3. While you’re waiting, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl, then stir in the sugar. Stir in the oil, soya milk and melted chocolate until combined.
  4. Roughly chop and stir in the remaining chocolate and pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Then place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.
  5. Leave to cool for ten minutes, if you can bare to wait any longer, and then I dusted them with icing sugar but you could drizzle melted chocolate over them if you’re feeling super naughty.

This recipe was absolutely fantastic and I feel like I owe Jamie my life. If you decide to give the recipe a go then please let me know! (pls send pictures too!) If you’re a fellow gluten or dairy-free special kid or a vegan then stick around for more recipes – I have a lot in the pipeline as I’m discovering lots of new and yummy recipes at the moment!

P.S. Hey, long time no see! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts in the last two weeks – I started my new job last Monday and the very early mornings and long days have taken some getting used to. I’ve basically been getting up, going to work, coming home and eating food then straight to bed. However, I’ve decided that I’m going to write a bunch of blog posts at the weekend and schedule them to post throughout the week, so don’t worry you’ve got lots of posts coming this week as I’ve spent all day writing!
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