Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Samphire Brasserie vegan restaurant, Plymouth

Before our recent trip away, I made a note of several vegan-friendly restaurants in Plymouth. Plymouth is one of the largest cities in the south-west of England, and so it has plenty of restaurants to choose from, vegan and non-vegan alike. We ate at Samphire Brasserie, which is located in central Plymouth and was about 30 minutes from the small village where we stayed. 

Samphire Brasserie. We liked the herb pots on the tables.

On the restaurant website, the menu refers to vegetarian and vegan dishes. There has been a recent change such that everything is vegan - good news for me! There are also a few extra dishes not referred to online, expanding the menu choices even further.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In my kitchen - March 2015

I am linking this in to Celia's monthly In My Kitchen event at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

Do you remember all the apples I had in my February In My Kitchen post? Some of them were turned into apple pie. It's not in my kitchen any more, but it was delicious while it lasted.

In my kitchen, there are signs of spring. The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and flowers are starting to pop up in local parks. It's rather nice.

Not in my kitchen, but near it...

Perhaps as a result of the weather shift, my kitchen is seeing lots of fruit, yoghurt and cereal. It's replaced porridge as my breakfast of choice, and I'm alternating between fresh blueberries and frozen mixed berries.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chocolate peanut butter brownies {London marathon fundraising}

These brownies are gooey, rich, decadent, and incredibly satisfying. They are crisp at the edges, chewy in the middle, and all around delicious. If you want a mid-afternoon pick me up, after dinner treat, or weekend indulgence...these have you covered.

I took a break from my marathon-focused posts last week, and so all of a sudden marathon day seems to be creeping up. There are just 58 days to go! I have now run 215 training miles since January the 1st, and they have taken in (quite literally) rain, snow, sleet and hail. The weather is starting to warm up now and with spring on the horizon, the hardest part of my training may be behind me.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fruity breakfast quinoa

I know not all of you are into quinoa, never mind quinoa for breakfast. However, if you do like the grain then this is a pretty wonderful way to enjoy it. And if you don't like it? It could be an entry into starting to! This dish pairs quinoa with almond milk, pear (or apple), blueberries, vanilla, spices, sultanas and almond butter. There is a lot to love.

I used pre-cooked quinoa for this, because I tend to cook quinoa in big batches. Thus, the quinoa was cooked in water ahead of time and then cooked through again with almond milk for this dish. If you were making this from scratch you could just cook the quinoa in milk.

I intended for this to be a hot bowl, and I ate the first serve that way. However, I later tried some cold and almost liked it better in that form. Experiment with what works best for you. It is a great option for making up in advance and taking for breakfasts at work, as it keeps well in the fridge for a few days after cooking.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Devon and Cornwall part 1 - Dartmoor national park, Home Farm Cafe, and the Eden Project

I shared some photos from Dartmoor national park in my last, mini post, so am picking things up from there in this fuller recap of our time away. We had a wonderful time in the Devon and Cornwall region. It is a beautiful part of the country, and we were fortunate to have gorgeous sunny moments amid some rain. We also had a fantastic cottage base just outside the national park. If anyone finds themselves in the area, I would readily recommend Bedford Cottage as a spacious, atmospheric cottage for two.

Bedford Cottage - the fireplace was a highlight

We spent our first day in the region exploring the national park, which covers 954 square kilometres and incorporates lots of open moors (think Wuthering Heights), numerous streams and rivers, wild wandering ponies, plenty of hills, and pockets of forest. We managed to take in all of it.

Spot the Mr Bite...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Snapshots from Devon

I'm taking a break from scheduled posts this week, as Mr Bite and I are spending 5 days in the south-west of England. I'll share word-filled summaries after we return, but for now, here are some snapshots of our last two days. Dartmoor national park features heavily, because it deserves showcasing!

Wells Cathedral, en route to Devon
(note the truncated spires; they didn't finish them!)

Wild horses, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor national park