Vegan Butternut Squash and Quinoa Casserole recipe

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 Onions, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 T fresh or dried sage
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cornflour
  • ½ cup plant based milk (I used Almond)
  • 3/4 Cup Breadcrumbs

For Cashew Cheese

  • 1/2 Cup Cashew nuts
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/3 cup Oil
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a large baking sheet with Greaseproof paper. Add butternut squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes
  2. Heat olive oil (or oil of your choice) in saucepan over a medium heat. Add onions and sage and cook for 8 minutes or until onions have softened. Add in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add in quinoa and squash and stir for another minute
  3. Add in broth, black pepper, sea salt and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Be sure to check often.
  4. Move the quinoa mixture to an oven proof dish. In a small bowl, combine plant based milk and corn flour and pour over the quinoa mixture.
  5. To make the cashew cheese, combine all ingredients in a blender and mix to desired consistency. Layer over top of mixture and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Foxes

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This weeks’s WildLife Wednesday is all about the beautiful fox. Adaptable, clever and unmistakable, here are 5 fun facts about this wonderful animals.

 

5 Fun Facts about Foxes

  1. The fox’s success is mainly due to the fact that they are willing to eat almost anything. They have become particularly good at living alongside humans in farmland and urban areas.
  2. Foxes are traditionally  thought of as being sly and cunning, they are very clever and adaptable creatures.
  3. They often only live for one or two years, although they have been known to survive for up to nine years.
  4. Foxes are territorial, and for most of the year they live in small family groups. Foxes mate in January, and cubs are born in March, looked after by the ‘vixens’ (females) of the family.
  5. You are most likely to see foxes at dawn or dusk and you may also hear them howling in at night, particularly in the breeding season.

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What’s the deal with fox hunting? 

Whilst hunted in the past, fox hunting is now banned, but foxes are not welcomed by everyone and still suffer cruelty in some areas. Campaigners claim that illegal fox hunting still continues.  Despite public opposition, it was reported in September that Theresa May is planning to go ahead with a vote to repeal the Hunting Act in Parliament, a pledge included in last year’s Conservative election manifesto. This would lift the ban on hunting. Keep a watch for petitions and other ways to get involved in the Keep the Ban movement. https://www.facebook.com/AntiFoxHunt/

Where can you find them? 
Foxes inhabit almost every habitat – sea cliffs, sand dunes, salt marshes, peat bogs, high mountains, woodland and particularly abundant in urban areas.
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I have always been fascinated by animals and Wildlife. My holidays as a child were spent looking for nature in some shape or form and always involved at least a few animal related activities , be it visits to local farms or dare I say it, zoos. I no longer visit zoos (a subject of a future post) but there are still so many ways of seeing, discovering and finding out more about British Wildlife.

Which brings me on to my new weekly topic. Each week, I will focus on a new beauty of British Wildlife so we can all learn about these amazing animals that are right on our doorstep. As it’s December, I thought I would start with the Robin.

5 Fun Facts about Robins

  1. The robin was declared Britain’s National Bird on December 15th, 1960 and again in 2015.
  2. Robins are one of the only UK birds to be heard singing in the garden on Christmas day, warning off intruders with their songs as well as using their sweet tunes for finding a mate.
  3. When the male robin has found a mate, he will strengthen their bond by bringing the female food, such as worms and caterpillars, which she begs for noisily.
  4. Robins will defend their territories to the death, and so in the poem “Who killed Cock Robin?”
  5. Their nests are made from grass, moss and dead leaves and usually in a hole in a tree stump, bank or wall.

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Where can you see Robins?

Robins breed throughout the British Isles, and on almost all of our offshore islands. They can be found all year round across the UK in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens.  The best way to see a robin in your garden is to dig.  Within minutes one may perch on a fence or branch nearby waiting to inspect the newly-turned soil for earthworms.

I hope you enjoyed the first Wildlife Wednesday post.

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Sources: http://www.discoverwildlife.com, https://www.rspb.org.uk, http://www.garden-birds.co.uk, https://onekind.org/animal/robin-european/

Cruelty Free Christmas Gift Guide

2 weeks until the big day. Here’s some last minute gift ideas for Women, Men and Children that are vegan and cruelty free.

Womens

  1. Stella McCartney Perfume 50ml £58
  2. Nanshy Luxury Travel Makeup Brush set  £36.95
  3. Votch The Pink and Gold £120
  4. Human and Kind Bathroom Bliss Gift Set 34.95 EURO
  5. Alex Monroe Nesting Turtle Dove necklace for RSPB £174
  6. Matt and Nat Weekender £145
  7. Hotel Chocolat The All Dark Collection £25
  8. Nature and Nurture Anti-ageing Skincare Pack £65

Mens

  1. Votch The Dark Grey £120
  2. Planet Earth 2 Book  £12.99
  3. Fairtrade Coffee pack £13.75
  4. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack £54.99
  5. Will’s Shoe’s Black Belt £31
  6. Brewdog Jack Hammer IPA Gift Pack £9
  7. Darth Vader 12oz Keep Cup £14.50
  8. Bull Dog Grooming Kit for Men £15

Kids

  1. RSPB Child Gift Membership £21
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White £5.49
  3. Moo Free Selection Box £4.49
  4. Retro Kids 10 Stacking Blocks – Petit Monkey £15
  5. Lanka Kade Wooden Dinosaur Jigsaw £21
  6. Rosengarten Organic Vegan Milk Chocolate Santa £3.79
  7. Skin and Bliss Hatley PJs £21.95
  8. Skin and Bliss Hatley PJS £21.95

I hope you found this helpful.

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Vegan Advent Calendars 2016

It’s 1st December , which means daily chocolate intake is actually encouraged. Here’s my pick of some of the best cruelty free advent calendars out there.

Moo Free

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Montezumas 

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Plamil 

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http://www.plamilfoods.co.uk/seasonal-chocolate/organic-fairtrade-milky-dairy-free-advent-calendar

Hotel Chocolat

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Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

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Not On The High Street Coffee Advent Calendar

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I would love to know your chosen advent calendar this year.

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