Chease Fest!!

Mmmmmm CHEASE :))  image

I have recently moved from long term Vegetarian, to Vegan. To some, this may seem like a reasonably expected transition, but to be honest, it wasn’t something I ever gave much thought to until I recently discovered the horrifying truths of the dairy industry. I could talk for hours about it, but that’s a whole other blog…..

By chance, I heard about VegFest, which was taking place at the Brighton Centre and I thought it looked like a good day out…… Understatement of the century!! There were so many amazing reasons to love VegFest, and here are but a few….

  • Everything there was 100% vegan, so no worries about whether you should eat it, smell it, touch it, like it….. It was all guilt free – such a treat!
  • Cooking demos, knowledgeable people, petitions to sign.
  • A whole food hall of more lunch choices than any of us had had in a loooong time!
  • Like-minded people – no fear of someone overhearing you saying something “too vegan” or looking at you like you were crazy for getting excited at the sheer volume of things it is possible to make from cashew nuts!! Which leads me very nicely on to……
  • CHEASE!!!

No, I haven’t misspelled it, this is not gross, made-from-milk-stolen-from-baby-cows cheese I’m talking about, but CHEASE…… The new found #loveofmylife !!!! Chease is made by TyneChease and is an artisanal cultured, 100% plant based, organic, gluten free, nut based….. well, cheese! Now before you all start judging, even I would admit to having been pretty sceptical towards non-dairy cheese when I went vegan. The first one I tried made me want to cry as it was such a let down. What Tyne Chease have managed to do though, is create a product so rich and perfect in texture that I would honestly challenge anyone to tell its not the “real thing” (who would want the “real thing” anyway, once you know the truth – arrrrgh I digress…. for another blog, for another blog!!). This is proper, Christmas cheese platter, cheese and wine – CHEASE!! The picture above gives you a good idea of what Chease looks like – flavours include: Garlic and Herb, Ale and Mustard, Sundried Tomato, Cranberry Za’atar Roule, Soft Macadamia and (my personal fave) Apricot. So, if you hadnt already guessed, Tyne Chease rocks and you should most definitely get yourself some! Launching in May, products will be available online and at alternative stores. You can contact Tyne Chease in the usual 21st century ways…. @TYNECHEASE or

Tyne Chease kindly sent me the pics I have used in this blog 🙂

Happy food

Take the pic and let me eat the cake!

Take the pic and let me eat the cake!

I am never happier than when faced with a chocolate fudge cake – there I said it.

I used to so look forward to a massive pizza or a takeaway – even as a vegetarian for over ten years. However, since starting my CHP (Conscious Health Project), I have really started to notice that I am no longer craving the bad stuff as much. This was my plan all along and I am so thrilled it is working. I’m finding it even more true as I move over to the vegan way of life (there goes that chocolate cake *must attempt vegan choc cake!*)

I am becoming increasingly intrigued by things like super foods and foods that are proven to make you happier or lower the risk of depression. I have just recently learnt that apparently olives, humous and crunchy veggies (all of which I have been eating a lot lately!) have powerful antioxidants, “good” fats and B vitamins which your brain needs to help neurotransmitters and nerve-cells do their thing!  (that’s about as “sciencey” as I have gotten at the moment!).

So whilst I don’t think I am ever going to lose my sweet tooth! I am loving the benefits of my new found food loves – long may they continue!

Conscious Health Project

Health and fitness *Sigh* I wish I could say I love it, but it’s a bit of an effort for me. I have noticed that if I try to eat less of something, I usually fail miserably. Case and point – last years’ “Project swimsuit”. Add to that the fact that it’s cold (and I’m over it!) and looking for my next freelance job is getting a little old now…. The chances of me staying true to any kind of withdrawal of yummy things is probably very slim.

So….. my plan is to add in more good stuff. Let’s call it a CHP (conscious health project) It’s true what they say about olives; keep trying them – you will learn to like them!!

So here it is, my little lunch from today. Olives, humous, blueberries, home made guacamole with tomatoes and lime juice, Falafel and celery. Now don’t be fooled into thinking that I won’t indulge later – because I may well do – but eating MORE of the GOOD stuff has got to be a great place to start right?


Yummy lunch alert!

I was lucky enough to have lunch today at “Miss Walls Back Garden” in Grove Road, Eastbourne. Now I know what you’re thinking, Eastbourne is not often celebrated for it’s culinary prowess…… However, I had a very scrummy lunch here with a friend and can thoroughly recommend it! The beauty of this little place is that it is a vegetarian restaurant, something which has been very much lacking in this little town. I had a massive plate of vegan friendly grub including a nice big helping of “curried cauliflower” and for a reasonable price. Get down there!!

"Miss Walls Back Garden", Eastbourne

“Miss Walls Back Garden”, Eastbourne