Zero Waste Supermarket!

I WENT TO A ZERO WASTE SUPERMARKET!

My little sister Phoebe challenged me to practice what I preach and #refuseplastic for two weeks… how hard can it be when I try not to buy plastic anyway? When you run out of pasta, rice and lentils you suddenly realise that plastic is everywhere and my usual shopping trolley is clearly riddled with plastic. Suddenly I NEED pasta!

 

We can take baby steps towards reducing the plastic we buy, and collectively make a global movement towards consuming less plastic. This could result in less plastic in the oceans, could bring back an attitude of reusing the packaging we’ve got instead of just recycling, and shift attitudes towards supporting a healthier and more fair planet!

I visited Sel Fair, a zero-waste supermarket in Bremen, and I was not disappointed. I found it on www.bepakt.com, and suggest that you try the same for your area! I took my own jars and boxes, weighed them, filled them, then weighed again. I bought only what I needed, and I didn’t bring away any extra ‘waste’ that would end up in the recycling bin again. Bulk stores are popular in America… let’s bring more of them to Europe!

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#Practicewhatyoupreach… whether you hear yourself preaching a love for the environment, for animals or for your carbon footprint… I challenge you to REFUSE PLASTIC for the rest of the day, and show yourself that you can actively care for this planet!

Spoil yourself

You’re worth it! Today I decided I was worth it and created this feast for lunch. Follow me on Instagram @mollyczachur for more photos 😃👍

 1. Spinach and spring onion salad with avocado and balsamic glaze

2. Four bean salad (bought a big tub from Aldi for £1.49- lazy person’s bargain)

3. Chilli/garlic olives (Aldi again, £1.49)

4. Mange tout

5. A strong black coffee (I added sugar-guilty!)

MY FIRST AWARD!! And links to some AMAZING blogs

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I am very thankful to have been nominated for the Liebster award by the exceptional bloggers Taylor and Tori over at thymefortofu! They are twin sisters who blog about veganism and I think it’s amazing- they have recipes for all sorts and also generally educate about a vegan lifestyle. Amazing!

If you blog you may have heard of the Liebster award, basically it’s passed around and gives exposure to loads of blogs (woohoo!). Some people award it to people with less followers, some rules state different numbers of questions must be answered and asked, and the whole thing is very variable! So I’m going to follow the rules set by Taylor and Tori:

The rules:

  • Post the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions set for you
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees

Answers to the questions I was asked:

1. What is your favourite kitchen tool?

Ladle! I eat so much soup that I couldn’t live without one.

2. What is your number one tip for blog photography?

Lighting! Light makes everything look better, so the best time of day to take a photo is when it’s still bright outside. Place your dish near the window for some light love.

3. What is your guilty pleasure food?

BLT. Fake bacon, lettuce and tomato with some vegan mayo. OOF. So good, so bready, so good at curing a hangover.

4. Do you have a go to spice?

Cumin. Soups are always enhanced with cumin for me<3

5. Why did you start blogging?

I became vegan 4 years ago and didn’t have a clue what I was doing (!!) so I blogged my journey in the hope that people would a) point me in the right direction and 2) learn from my experiences. I now have an amazingly useful site of recipes that are one click away 😀 Win win!

6. Have you always eaten the type of food your recipes show or was there a change in your diet to get there?

No way. I was a huge meat eater for 19 years, and I’m forever doing detoxes and discovering new foods so my palette always changes. I love discovering new food!

7. Do you repeat meals frequently?

Not too often. Maybe I should. Actually that’s a lie. I have tofu noodle soup almost 5 times a week. Apart from that I like to mix it up.

8. What are your top 3 meals?

Tofu noodle soup! And also Ramen noodle broth and lasagne.

9. Who do you cook for?

I live in Wales, and usually cook for me and my boyfriend. But when I visit home (Manchester) I cook for my family of 7. Last Christmas I cooked for 25 people in my family!

10. What is the most important meal of the day?

For me- dinner. I never have time for breakfast, and lunch is always rushed!

My nominees in no particular order are:

Healthy Made Easy

Thank you for the Moosick

Vegan Voyager

Meek Vegan

What Catherine Ate Next

Blend it Whisk it

Kitchen Nutrition

Beyond Fit Recipes

Jessy and Two Tasters

My Amazing Life

& I would like to know:

1. What’s your favourite recipe?

2. What do you eat for a Sunday dinner?

3. What’s your favourite blog post

4. Where would you most like to live?

5. Who eats most of your food?

6. What’s the maximum number of people you’ve cooked for?

7. Do you have any pets?

8. Do you ever visit Manchester, UK?

9. What’s your best tip for beginner vegans who don’t know what to eat?

10. What’s your favourite dessert recipe?

Thank you guys, you’re the reason I love blogging, as I love seeing all your hard work and being inspired by it ❤

Eating Vegan in Bangor

I’ve wined and dined in a few places in Bangor already, some when I was visiting over summer, and some in the last 3 days…. But here’s my impressions so far.

#1 = Blue Sky Cafe www.blueskybangor.co.uk

This one comes in at number one for me. Locally sourced, organic, delicious food at its best. There is a woodburning stove which looks great and I bet it’s so cosy in winter. I had a tofu ciabatta, followed by a slice of cake. I can’t remember what the cake was, but it wasn’t the best I’ve ever had… But the ciabatta was AMAZING and such a big portion. I’ll definitely be coming here again.

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#2 = Kyffin www.kyffin.blogspot.co.uk

This is the first place I ever ate in bangor, and wow what a find. It’s just by the cathedral end of the High street, tucked away opposite varsity. God knows how we found it but my mum had looked it up online and we were following her iPhone maps until we got there 😀 Te determination paid off, as it was absolutely beautiful food. The staff were really friendly and there is loads of seating in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. It was a toughie between this and Blue Sky as to which got #1, but I reckon Kyffin could creep to #1 by the end of the year. A little expensive but definitely worth it, especially for their beautiful juices.

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#3 = Noodle one www.noodleone.com

Voted the best restaurant in bangor, we had to give it a try. I went here with my mum and got tofu noodles. Always a win as I am a HUGE fan of noodles. They were perfect, but were really just like anything you’d expect at a noodle bar. No complaints!

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#4 = The Feral Cat www.feralcatbangor.com

Interesting, as all three of the above eateries were closed on Sunday when I moved to bangor, so me and my parents wondered around and this seemed to be the only place ope n! Previously called The Fat Cat, but reopened under new management in the last few weeks, it is definitely still in transition. The menus says ‘The Feral Cat’, but the windows say ‘The Fat Cat’. Confusing! It didn’t look promising from outside but once you enter it’s really nicely decorated, with big chunky furniture, and the food was great. Definitely a step up from normal pub grub. I had the vegetable burrito minus the cheese, and we also had warm bread with marinated hummus and olives for starter! I can definitely see myself going drinking in this place, and another bonus- the portions are HUGE. We also got ‘the best seat in the house’

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