The perfect South-Indian winter curry

I’m always looking for new recipes in order to spice up (literally) my diet and an easy one-pot dish is always hassle-free, easy and enjoyable to make! I found this when looking up videos of Karlie Kloss‘ catwalk (as you do) and stumbled upon this – a perfect vegan/vegetarian dish in which all the veg could be substituted to whatever veg you prefer. The more greens you put into the dish, the better it gets! I become a dangerous girl when I get my hands on cayenne pepper, however, this recipe was very spicy even for me, if you want to tone it down and make it medium-spicy then I’d recommend using half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, but if you want to just have a slight kick I’d recommend using less than a quarter of a teaspoon.

The recipe is really easy to follow and serves 4-5.

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Recipe

  •  1 Onion
  •  2 Tbsp Canola Oil
  •  3 Tbsp Ginger
  •  3 Garlic Cloves
  •  1 Tbsp Ground Coriander
  •  1 Tsp Turmeric
  •  1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (hell no, I really recommend half a tsp)
  •  1 Tbsp Cumin
  •  1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  •  2 Cups Vegetable Stock
  •  1 Cup Coconut Milk (I used a reduced-fat version)
  •  1 Stick Cinnamon
  •  1 Pinch Salt
  •  1 Tbsp Pepper
  •  2 Tomatoes
  •  2 Carrots
  •  1/2 Head Cauliflower
  •  2/3 Butternut Squash (I used 1 big sweet potato, delicious!)
  •  1 Can Chickpeas
  •  4 Cups Spinach
  •  1/2 Lime Juice
  •  1 Pinch Coriander

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You can certainly add some chicken or any other meat to it if you are a meat lover, but I really recommend trying out the original veggie version – I promise you will love it!

This is the video from which I found out the recipe – WELL DUNN with Jourdan Dunn


There is also a recipe for Karlie’s Kookies which I haven’t had the chance to bake myself yet, but if you have a sweet tooth like me and are looking for a healthier alternative to enjoy your treats then I’d recommend making them as well!

Happy healthy eating everyone!

Eva xoxo

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Massive healthy food haul

Since I’ve recently become a vegetarian and try to stick to being vegan as much as I possibly can, I feel like I’m an adventurer that discovers new artefacts in tombs every time I go into a food shop. My interest in vegetarianism/veganism sparked when I began reading Alicia Silverstone’sThe Kind Diet‘, where she introduces her readers to a couple of alternative, meat-free diets.

I discovered ingredients I hadn’t dreamt or heard of, began making better food choices and trying out loads of new recipes. However, since I live with my parents, a lot of the time all the food shopping gets done without me so I am left unsatisfied with a poor variety of vegan friendly meals and healthy snack choices.

Over these last two days I’ve decided that I want that to change and went out to do some shopping on my own yesterday and then joined my mother on a big food shopping trip today.

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Here are some of the delicious things I’ve bought.  I must stress that some of these are cheap and some are more expensive products, but since I’m planning on making them last I believe it was a good investment.

  • Dairy free dark chocolate – A must, bought for like £1 in Tesco, prefer dark chocolate over milk anyway.
  • Crispy seaweed slices – I grew up on this, this is the shit, it’s incredible if you want a healthy, savoury snack.
  • Agave nectar – Recommend this as a sugar and honey alternative, it’s a natural sweetener I’ve been using for a while.
  • Peppermint tea – Do I need to comment on this? Amazing for digesting food, tastes great and just overall really good.
  • Rye Bread with pumpkin seeds – I love rye bread, grew up eating it and it just tastes so much better than your soft, crappy, white, pre-sliced loaf of bread.
  • Miso paste – Homemade miso soup is currently my weakness, I eat soup all year round and miso has been one of my favourite for years. Apparently it’s really good for you too!
  • Miso soup sachets – If you can’t be bothered to make miso soup, just use this: tastes almost as good.
  • Whole Earth crunchy peanut butter – Apple slices with peanut butter is one of my favourite snacks. Also toast with peanut butter and sliced banana with honey or agave nectar on top: perfect for breakfast or after a work-out.
  • Soya milk – Essential.
  • Rice milk – My favourite out of all of the milk alternatives, also the most healthy/low fat one.
  • Soba noodles – Can’t wait to make some veg stir-fry  with this.
  • Chia seeds – Have been hearing a shit-tonne about this and can’t wait to try this out.
  • Various dried fruit and nut snacks – Mango, banana chips, apple slices, fruit and nut bag etc
  • Some asian health drink – My mum bought this years ago for me and I went through a phase of drinking it everyday for breakfast. It’s like cereal in a cup! (Don’t know what it’s called as its in Chinese characters and we got it from an Oriental Supermarket)
  • Ryvita Multigrain Crispbread – Heard a lot about these things too so thought I’d try them out as a snack/breakfast option.
  • Quinoa – I literally live on this, if you haven’t tried it, I really suggest you replace all your carb-based meals with this as it is so good, healthy and beneficial for you it’s almost criminal.

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This last item deserves it’s own special shout-out.

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  • Booja- Booja ice cream – I’ve been searching for a dairy-free ice cream for a very long time and after venturing into a local health store today I finally found this. I first heard it mentioned by a blogger/Youtuber Niomi Smart who spoke about this ice cream in her video and I’m so glad that I finally found it! It tastes really plain but delicious and fairly light, what’s more impressive is that this ice cream is absolutely magical as it’s made out of 4 ingredients water, agave syrup (the natural sweetener mentioned above), cashew nuts and vanilla extract. It is organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, soya-free and made without refined sugar. If that’s not the healthiest thing you’ve ever heard then I don’t know how else to impress you. It is pricey, but I decided to give it a go and if you’re really concerned about eating healthily this is a good investment (at £5.99 per 500ml pot, but it is worth it).

I hope that maybe my food choices will inspire someone to go out and buy something new to try out as I think being healthy and happy are the two most important things in life. As you can see, I still have plenty of snack options but I try to find the more healthier and beneficial alternatives that I can enjoy at the same time. Happy shopping!!!!

Eva xoxo

Confessions of a White Girl

Let me begin with identifying what the term ‘White Girl‘ means for those who are unfamiliar with internet slang.

Urban Dictionary defines this term as:

A creature who often posts pictures of Starbucks on Instagram, Tumblr, or Facebook. Often wears leggings and Ugg Boots and posts about how Nutella is very good when everybody knows it is. You will always see a White Girl with her Ugg Boots on, Leggings on, and IPhone at Starbucks.

I must confess – until this weekend, I had never tried a pumpkin spiced latte. I know that’s basically considered a sin as it’s autumn and all that people do is talk about how much they LOVE a PSL. They post pictures of their Starbucks cups on instagram, choose the right filter and possibly a witty caption – typical white girl insta post. I finally tried the soy pumpkin spiced latte for the first time and, don’t get me wrong, it was nice, but honestly PSLs are so overrated. I would’ve rather had my usual soy milk chai latte instead, but I guess I had to try a PSL at least once in my life (and I didn’t even get a picture to post on instagram in the end)

The second part of my not-so-very-exciting adventure was trying bubble tea for the first time on the same day (I’ve really outdone myself, I’m also currently listening to Taylor Swift’s Fearless album whilst writing this to make matters worse) which was a much more exciting experience as I had never tried anything like it. Whilst wandering through Harrods I decided to buy some watermelon flavoured bubble tea from pan chai, it was both amazing and confusing. I would say overall it really depends on the flavour and I found that the one I tried got a bit too sweet for me after a while. I was convinced that the little balls/bubbles were some weird type of jelly but was pleasantly surprised to find out that they are actually chewy tapioca balls that are extracted from cassava root.

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As you can see in the picture above, I’m shamelessly taking pictures of myself with the bubble tea because if it’s not on instagram, it didn’t happen, right?

Eva xo

Introduction

Hi everyone!

This is possibly going to be the crappiest post on earth but I might as well introduce myself and let you all know a little bit about me since I’ve not had a proper blog before. I’m an 18 year old Russian girl who was born in Vladivostok and have been living in England for the last 8 or so years. I’ll be posting about a variety of topics on this blog – fashion, makeup, food, gaming etc as I’m really passionate about a lot of things so I thought that a blog like this would allow me to record all my thoughts and share my ideas in one place. You’ll get to learn a lot more about me through the things I post on here and I hope that not all my posts will be as horrendous and painfully awkward as this one.

Eva xo

4-up on 11-10-2014 at 20.46