‘Tis the season to be squashy!

Okay, dad jokes aside, I’ve got a serious thang for butternut squash at the moment. And my addiction is here to stay.

SQUASH SEASON!

‘Twas the Monday before Christmas, and GoodFoodMarsh was searching her cupboards high and low for something appropriately decadent (you know how it is) & entirely glorious to whip up in two shakes of a lamb’s tale. Or..er, two shakes of a quinoa’s tutu? Well, y’all know what I mean. I managed to find one utterly sublime butternut squash (literally the size of a bottle of prosecco, can I get an AMEN?!), some green beans just about in date (livin’ life pon de edge), a handful of glorious plum tomatoes that were getting very lonely at the back of my fridge, and a life-saving sack of sweet, sweet potatoes. #myfavouritefallvegetable

And thus, a feast was born. Before I knew it, the butternut squash was roasting away (before it met its fate in the soup), as were the sweet potato wedges, and the beans were steamin’ up on point. Everything was just about coming together. It was like that scene in Disney’s Snow White where she’s making da pie, and all the woodland creatures are helping her execute the most exquisite feast. Just like dat, but with less institutionalised racism and a slightly more accessible standards of beauty. I mean for starters, my waist isn’t the size of a chickpea, sorry not sorry. The rumours are true, I’m just another vegan killjoy here to ruin your day – and your childhood. But alas, with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, a dash of soy sauce, and a liberal dusting of my favourite kosher salt, the supper was complete. A Christmas hotchpotch of sorts, but a banquet nonetheless. [Recipe below].

SQUASH SEASON!

SQUASH SEASON!

Butternut Squash soup recipe [serves 5]:

– 2/3 butternut squash (mine was giant as y’all can see, but you will need more if they’re babie$)

– cayenne pepper/soy sauce (gr8 addition)/kosher salt for seasoning

– 1/2 tin of coconut milk

– 1 vegetable stock cube with about 300ml of water to thin the soup

– roughly 300ml of unsweetened almond milk (depending on how you like the consistency of the soup)

– handful of shallots or onions of your choice

– one clove of garlic

Directions:

– Drizzle your sliced squash in oil on a baking tray + add a lil’ salt an pepper before putting in the oven for about 40 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius

– Meanwhile, fry some shallots or onions in a pan until they begin to sweat & continue frying on a low heat until soft. Crush one clove of garlic and add to the mix.

– Once your squash is lovely and soft, scoop out the insides and mash into a pulp with the onions and begin to add coconut milk. Add almond milk + vegetable sock until mixture forms into a soup-like consistency. I also blend mine with one of those fantastic whizzing contraptions.

– Season to your taste. I’m notorious for adding cayenne pepper, though little by little! And lots of soy sauce to balance out the sweetness of the squash! And a sprinkling of kosher salt & black peppercorns at the end.

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World Water Day & All things Vegan.

Hello.

As of a few moments ago, I had no idea that today was World Water Day. In fact, I had no idea that such a thing as World Water Day existed at all. I woke up this morning happily ignorant, but now I know, and this day can’t be ignored.

You may be wondering, what on earth does World Water Day have to do with ‘All things Vegan’? The answer is, A LOT.

And before you think ‘Oh no, this is going to be a preachy post about converting us to Vegansim’, I can assure you it wont be. You can sit back and relax with your bacon butty, your cheese on toast and your chocolate milkshake. Converting to Vegetarianism let alone Veganism is a huge lifestyle choice, and I’m not here to make that for you. What I am here to do, is to tell you a little bit about something you may not have know about before reading this – and becoming wiser can never be a bad thing, right?

So, back to business. World Water Day is all about raising awareness of the 884 MILLION people who don’t have access to clean water. That’s more than the populations of America, Canada and the European Union Combined. It’s just staggering that in 2012 we can send man to space, but we can’t ensure man has clean drinking water. Now if you’re reading this, I guess you have connection to the internet, and I also assume that you have access to clean drinking water. It’s therefore hard for us to imagine a life without instantly accessible and safe water to quench our thirst. Since I started writing this, I’ve already had nearly a litre of fluid, and all I had to do was turn on my tap. My fridge is stacked to the brim with fresh fuit juices, smoothies and a cheeky can of diet coke or two. It’s incredibly easy to take all this for granted.

Now here’s the shocking bit. To produce a pound (lb) of wheat, 155 gallons of water are required. A pound (lb) of meat? 2,400 gallons required to satisfy society’s growing demands for all things meaty. By the end of the year, that’s a total of 235 TRILLION gallons used by the meat industry in production. The statistics alone are pretty shocking. But here’s what we can do to try and change that.

Meat eaters, this doesn’t mean you have to stop eating meat this instant and survive on lettuce alone for the next 10 years. But, there are many things you can do, to try and create a positive change – we can all make a positive change. And this is where Veganism comes in. I’ve been a Vegetarian for many years, but recently I pledged a month of my life to go Vegan. I admit, I was terrified. I love my cheese, my eggs, my cakes! I thought Vegans couldn’t eat anything, but that was more wrong that I could have every imagined. It’s less about what you can’t eat, and more about what you CAN. Suddenly, my diet became focused around the wonderful world of fresh fruit, vegetables, pulses, seeds and so many other delicious things I found myself trying for the first time ever.

My Vegan experiment left me feeling the healthiest I have ever felt in my life, and now, Veganism has it’s relevance to the issue of world thirst and hunger. Take the plunge and pledge a month to eating Vegan. I know you won’t regret it.

‘The World is Thirsty, Because We are Hungry’

Please check out http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/ for more information.

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