Autumn Bucket List

I’ve seen a lot of people doing a kind of seasonal bucket list and I really like the idea.  It can be really easy to miss out on the changing seasons, what with work and life taking up so much time.  Having a small list of things you’d really like to do and planning time to do them is a great way to ensure you really appreciate your time.  It can be so easy to make no plans and waste a weekend or day off.  Here’s my Autumn to-do list!

  1. Have a snuggle picnic.  I totally made up the name of this. I wanted to go for a picnic during the summer and never did.  So I’d like to pack up loads of blankets and cushions and snuggle up in a park with an autumnal picnic!
  2. Bake Parkin and/or Gingerbread. Parkin is a traditionally northern English cake or biscuit.  Like gingerbread but made with black treacle.  Perfect for nibbling around a bonfire.
  3. Go fruit picking. Any Norwich based folks with tips on where to pick fruit hit me up!
  4. Have a dinner Party. For me, Autumn feels like the perfect time to fill your house with friends and delicious food.
  5. Carve a Pumpkin. Ok so it’s cliche but I do love carving pumpkins and it lends itself perfectly to my last one…
  6. Make pumpkin pie (and make mum try it). I love pumpkin pie and it shocks me that my mother has never had it. (although that would explain why I never had any until my 20s).  This year I’ll be sure to get mum to try some.  This is my favourite recipe


It’s taken me to the end of this list to see that I obviously like food in Autumn…. All food based!

What’s on your Autumn bucket list?

Eating Vegan

IMG_0334Avocado Quesadilla

I love eating meat, but only because it tastes good, I don’t like the environmental impact or the way its produced,  it can carry a lot of unpleasant things and it’s one of the main causes of food poisoning in the UK.  These are good reasons to give up meat!  My husband doesn’t  eat meat so half the battle (getting meat out of my diet) is already done, the hardest part will be eating out and eating with friends.  So vegetarianism is really quite appealing, however…

For quite awhile now I’ve thought I might be lactose intolerant, I’ve tried giving up milk here and there but never really completely given up dairy to see if it makes a difference.  After seeing some delicious looking vegan food on Pinterest I thought, why not take the plunge, go the whole hog and become vegan?

It’s scary, it was kind of an over night decision which means that for the first few weeks I’ll mostly only be dairy free, just because we have meat in the freezer that I’m not going to throw away.  I’ll be making vegan meals and adding meat as a side, switching the roles of meat and plants in my diet before cutting meat out completely!

Today is my fist day focusing on the plant element of my diet and cutting out as much animal product as possible.  I accidentally put honey in my porridge. But again, it’s a product that needs finishing (my husband hates honey).  It’s going to be a challenge and I don’t for one minute think it will be easy, but I’m really excited and in many ways that’s the first hurdle, getting excited about anything and everything you do makes it much easier! Obviously I’m cutting the dairy out for health reasons rather that anything else and I think that’s going to be the hardest part, I’m choosing to give up meat, but because I feel like my health will benefit from cutting out dairy, in my mind, it feels like the decision is out of my hands, it’s something I need to do.

For years we’ve been cooking two meals to “accommodate” my husband, I’m quite looking forward to being the awkward one!

Do you have any vegan recipes I need to try? Or any tips for starting out?  Please let me know!