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…oh the cyber revolution is rolling fast in the HFTB household.

Yes, just 6 years and 10 months after its invention, I have joined Twitter!

In honour of that fact, this post will be limited to 140 characters.

Oh darn it, failed.

@Sookisu1 if you fancy it

 

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Chocolate Bark….

….done!

A huge slab of chocolate, what's not to love?

A huge slab of chocolate, what’s not to love?

For no reason other than the portion size of the ingredients I purchased, I differed the ratios slightly from Ally’s recipe and used :

  • 300 grams Green and Blacks dark cooking chocolate
  • 100 grams Plamil Dairy Free White Chocolate
  • 50 grams toasted pistachios
  • 30 grams craisans

….but otherwise I made this exactly as per Ally’s recommendation.

We’ve had our first taste and, my oh my, is this good!

Now, the real trick is going to be not guzzling the whole lot in one go and instead making it last the week…

 

 

 

Oh yeah, look what I’m going to make this weekend….

The lovely Ally at Made of Stars posted a recipe for this chocolate bark:

Photo credit : Ally at Made of Stars

Photo credit : Ally at Made of Stars

How amazing does that look?

I’m off on an expedition through the snow to try to track down some vegan white chocolate and then I am going to make the biggest slab of this ever. I may or may not post a photo of the end result as I am not convinced that my culinary skills are quite what Ally’s are!

Now, Ally gives the impression that it’s not that healthy, but don’t be fooled, chocolate comes from coco beans which grow on trees (like apples and oranges), this is therefore totally fruit based and counts as one of your five a day……

On refusing to be a Daily Mail cliché…….

Man alive, did I get out of bed on the wrong side this morning.

I woke up in a foul mood, I actually think I slept in a foul mood, and I sure as heck went to work with a face like a smacked arse.

Even the boy scraping the snow off the car could not bring a smile to my face

Even the boy scraping the snow off my car could not bring a smile to my face

I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, I just felt, well, miserable……

  • PMT? Possible.
  • Stress at Work? Likely.
  • Feeling poor after Christmas? Yep.
  • Cold and bored of the snow already? Definitely.
  • Broke my new years resolutions? All but one of them (yay for me – no booze – hmmmm, maybe that’s the problem?!)

Then I saw an article in the Daily Mail (don’t judge me, it is an acceptable source of news…) stating it’s ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year.

Blue Monday

If there is one thing worse than being miserable, it’s being a miserable cliché, and if there is one thing worse than being a miserable cliché, it’s being a miserable Daily Mail cliché.

So I promptly got over myself and resolved to be happy. This was greatly aided by the following:

  • An ‘upgrade’ from evening guest to day guest at a wedding we’re going to in April;
  • A piece of fabulous news from a friend who’s been having a tough time;
  • One of my friends at work brought me in all of her Green & Blacks rejects from the selection pack she got for Christmas. She eats all the milk chocolate ones and I get all the rest, it’s possibly the perfect symbiotic relationship and the prospect of being able to eat my own body weight in chocolate was a real mood booster.
Three Words : Nom, Nom, Nom

Three Words :
Nom, Nom, Nom

Finally, I finished work on time, hit the Box and WODed my ass off at Crossfit. Woo hoo, who’d have thought that kettle bells, skipping ropes and burpees could be the source of all happiness…….

After dinner coffee with lime coconut snow bombs

Just a quick post to show how our Sunday evening is shaping up:

After Dinner Treats

In these cold times, these are the only kind of snow bombs that I consider acceptable

Ok, so no recipe as yet as these are still a work in progress and I haven’t quite got the ingredients ratio right, but it will follow once I’m happy with it!

Enjoy the last bit of the weekend everybody x

Horses for Courses….

Despite this being ostensibly a vegan blog (yeah, yeah, we all know I post more random drivel than I do vegan recipes), it’s very rare for me to ‘push’ veganism or vegetarianism as a way of life. Part of this is because I can’t help but think that people glaze over as soon as they think they’re being lectured and you’re more likely to put people off if they feel that they are being preached at.

But I have to say that I have been genuinely amused by some the reactions to the ‘horse in burger’ scandal that has broken this week in the UK. There have been so many squeamish comments that essentially can be summarised as follows :

‘Eugh, I thought I was eating beef, I never would have eaten it if I thought it was horse.’

So here is my thing, and its not a new point, or a great leap forward in original thinking:

What’s the difference between one sentient being and another? What makes cow edible and delicious and horse meat morally wrong?

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Now I know that there is cultural argument here, that we are raised to view cattle as food and horses as pets. But if we use that argument, does it not imply that we have never taken time to think outside of the culture in which we were raised? Surely, one of the great things about being human is our ability to think, to reason, to question, to form values and make choices accordingly.

So, if you are uncomfortable at the prospect of eating horse, then maybe you should also be uncomfortable at the thought of eating cow. And if you’re uncomfortable with it, if it doesn’t sit right with your values, then why not have a go at going without?

Image credit : Wikipedia

Image credit : Wikipedia

There, not too preachy I hope….

Time for Hot Chocolate : A Mostly Picture Based Story

All I wanted to do today was snuggle up on the sofa under a blanket and watch trash TV, but in these dark days where we go to work in the dark and come home in the same fashion, I figured I should venture outside for a vitamin D hit.

Winter Lake Scene

I’m not sure that the weak winter sun proved that beneficial, but at least we got to enjoy the teeny tiny smattering of snow:

Snow covered logs

Now its time to warm up:

Oh yes: we all know how this ends

Oh yes, gigantic hot chocolates with vegan marshmallow topping (special thanks to my sister for the vegan marshmallows – best Christmas present, ever).

On the sofa, under a blanket, with a hot chocolate : essentially where I would quite like to have been all day

And so, we’re on the sofa, under a blanket, with hot chocolates : essentially where I would quite like to have been all day.