An ode to the oat flat white

I am a fiend for alternative milks. I’d like to think I’ve tried most on the market, but I keep coming back to oat.

I think it’s a combination of factors; the thickness, the creaminess, its ability to transform even the most mundane instant brews into something that tastes a little bit special.

But in addition to all of that, I love it because it’s not dairy. It’s crazy to think that most of the population, over 90%, still drink another animal’s breast milk. Not only do I feel better not drinking milk that’s meant for baby cows, but it helps the environment too.

Perfect Grind Daily state: Dairy milk requires ten times the amount of land that oat milk needs, and is impacting the environment more than any other non-dairy alternative.

So if you’re thinking about making the switch, oat milk is a great option to try, as it’s probably the most similar to cow’s milk in taste and texture. But there are so many lovely varieties to try in the supermarket and coffee shops, so go crazy and try some out!

Eating at home

We’re in our third national lockdown in the UK, and I’m still working from home.

That means I’m still eating at home too! I wrote a piece last month for Adamah Media about how we can change our eating habits for the better in lockdown. It’s really not as hard as you’d think…

Lockdown Lifting…

I am so excited for restaurants to re-open in England on April 12th. It’s felt like such a long time coming, and I cannot wait for table service and food that I haven’t cooked.

I don’t know how I feel about being in such close proximity to people again. When I say that, I really mean strangers, as I’m sure restaurants will be packed full of others desperate to eat out too. I’m excited to see my friends, and meet up with people gradually. Since moving to a new flat last year, I’ve only been able to try different takeaways, and I’m excited to go out and visit new restaurants and cafés near where I live. Hopefully I’ll find some lovely vegan gems to blog about too.

Also, I am desperate to have my nails done. It makes me feel so much better, especially with spring around the corner! So I’ve got my about-to-be-manicured fingers crossed for more sunshine and more vaccines.

Veganuary: progress not perfection

I love the start of January; setting goals, feeling positive about the new year, and joining in with #veganuary (promising to go vegan in January). Over 400,000 people signed up to take part in Veganuary in 2020, beating 2019’s 250,000 sign ups. 2021 has already beat last year’s sign ups, but it’s never too late to join in.

The community aspect of Veganuary is brilliant. I love seeing how well other people are doing, and what recipes they’re trying. It’s also a good time to hold yourself accountable, as there is a lot of support and encouragement on the Veganuary Instagram page. They also have a free vegan plan for you to follow with 31 days of recipes and nutrition tips.

With so many resources, shared ideas and inspiration on social media, it’s fun and easy to turn vegan for the month. But I also think it’s important to emphasise that if you fall off the metaphorical bandwagon, you can get straight back on. Veganuary is all about trying new things, and creating new habits. 

Healthline state that it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to form a habit, so don’t worry if it takes you longer than a month, or if you have a bad day.

If you do accidentally have a non-vegan day, you can still take part the next day, and do your best to see the month through. Veganuary’s main goal is to encourage people to stop eating meat and dairy, so if you’re cutting down your consumption, and making a conscious effort to think about the food you’re eating, you’re still taking part.

For me, it’s about progress not perfection, but at this time of year, I like to remind myself of the health benefits and environmental benefits that veganism brings. Watching documentaries like Cowspiracy help me to visualise the suffering that the animals endure, and also how easily we can help the environment by opting for plant-based options instead of meat.

For more information, you van visit the Veganuary official website here: 

Vegan takeaways are a lockdown game changer

With England in Lockdown 2.0, my weekly treat has become a vegan takeaway, and this habit has helped me discover some true London gems.

I found Neat Burger whilst browsing Deliveroo, with the promise of delicious patties and quick delivery. 30 minutes later, I was chomping on what I can only describe as the healthiest unhealthy tasting chick’n burger I have ever had. All the joy, minus the cholesterol!

Neat Burger are located in Mayfair and Camden, and deliver across London. Their menu (in pink and green – my favourite colours) is 100% plant-based and full of flavour. I’m not usually a vegan burger person, often opting for other vegan options on the menu, but after trying The Big Stack and the Chick’n Burger, I’m converted. Their fries and sides are also super tasty!

My favourite part about the meal was that the Neat Burger team left us a hand-written note saying, ‘We hope you love us as much as we love you! Stay safe :)’ which I found so lovely.

As soon as lockdown is over, I’m heading to Princes Street to experience Neat Burger in person (and hopefully Lewis Hamilton will be there too!)

Save the planet in just one step

Happy Earth Day 2020!

Find out how you can help save the planet in just one step.

This year, climate change has been slowed by the millions of people staying at home due to COVID-19. Flights have been grounded, cars are parked and we’re consuming fewer fossil fuels by staying at home. Ecosystems are benefitting from the reduced pressure placed upon them and are beginning to rejuvenate. Just take a look at Venice’s canals! 

So how do we maintain this after lockdown ends?

Eat more plants. Eat less meat.

Adopting a lifestyle that precludes factory farming is vital for a healthy planet. We’re living proof that as a cohort reducing our travel, we have a direct impact on the climate. Now it’s time to ensure we maintain it.

The livestock sector (rearing pigs, cows and chickens) generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as cars, trucks and automobiles combined.

Joseph Poore, from Oxford University states that reducing our intake of meat and dairy is more effective than ‘cutting down your flights or buying an electric car.’

It’s therefore imperative to become ‘meat conscious’. We need to understand that our daily choices have a direct effect on climate change. Shifting our diet to include more plant-based foods will also help to combat soil, air and water pollution, ocean dead zones and deforestation.

However, eating meat is a cultural staple throughout western societies, so it may not be an easy change for some people, as it’s ingrained in our sense of what’s normal.

Here’s what you can do to help:


  1. Limit your weekly meat consumption by planning vegetarian meals, and eventually vegetarian days.
  2. Introduce more fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds into your diet and try something new.
  3. Get friends and family members to help. It’s not all or nothing, and we can always do better than the day before!

Take care of yourself, and take care of the planet.

Happy Earth Day!


Eating Less Meat, More Plants Helps the Environment

Tell Your Friends London

My favourite thing about eating at Vegan restaurants is that you don’t waste time searching for the vegan options on the menu – you can order anything.

At TYF, their curated menu offers ethically sourced seasonal produce, and everything is plated beautifully. Also, their crockery is gorgeous.

I can’t ignore a brunch menu, and on Saturdays, it’s extended until 4pm! We ordered the French toast with bananas, berries and custard, and the chocolate and hazelnut pancakes. They were delicious, and at £9.50 each, standard London pricing for a great meal.

TYF’s vibe is cool too – there’s pink neon signing, shelving covered with plants and a plush pink sofa.

The staff were lovely and friendly, and made sure we were enjoying our time there.

The table next to us ordered the mac’n’cheese, so that’s what I’ll order next time I visit.

If you go on a weekday, check out what offers they have on, because you might get a pretty sweet deal.

TYF are also on Deliveroo – massive bonus!


Refarm’d: transforming Dairy Farms into Animal Sanctuaries


Veganism is a movement. It’s political, it’s economic, and it’s growing.

As with most social movements, ideas initially appear to be radical. They go against opinions held by the collective, as these new ideas equate to rejecting or reforming old ones.

In order to survive, humans ate the food that grew on the land they lived. They began to plant seeds, harvest their crop and work together as those first communities settled to swap and share what they grew, for what their neighbours grew.

They kept animals, and small holdings, and became self-sufficient.

Our ancestors ate meat, but in 2020, we don’t need to eat animals to survive. We have supermarkets full of vegan alternatives, and ready meals free from animal products. For many of us, our main objective is not to eat to survive.  We have transformed into a culture where taste matters. We cook what we enjoy, we dine out, and we indulge.

So when meat eaters argue that they eat meat because they like the taste of it, what it translates as is that they like the taste that they’ve been conditioned to like; cooked meat, seasoned meat, flavoured meat. We don’t kill the animal ourselves, rip the skin or feathers off, and eat it raw like our ancestors did to survive. This ‘keeping up traditions’ argument is flawed. Our ancestors didn’t fly in planes, or use smartphones, but we do because technology has adapted. And food technology has adapted too.

Farming, as a practice, has been passed on through generations. Although lots of farms claim that they treat their animals well and give them a good life, I never think killing a sentient being is moral; there is no dignity in death. But for farmers, abandoning a business that has taken a lifetime’s work, for a social movement that they may not agree with, is difficult.

That’s where Refarm’d come in. They’re a new social venture who want to help dairy farmers transform their businesses. By turning current dairy farms into animals sanctuaries, they offer farmers the help they need to stop abusing and killing the animals they own. Instead, their farm becomes a safe haven for animals, whose bodies will not be valued by their flesh. Refarm’d also support the farmer with their new income source, by selling plant-based milk. Buying the ingredients directly from a local producer means the farmer can make the fresh plant-based milk on their farm. This allows the farmers to have a quick and easy transition into their new lifestyle, as the animals can stay on the farmland, and they don’t need to worry about whether the land would be suitable for growing plants.

Highlighting a problem of modern society, is of course, crucial for our need to progress, but offering a solution is vital. Our consumption of meat and dairy products is driving us to self-destruction. The Vegan Society state that the world’s population has doubled since the 1960s, but the world’s meat production has quadrupled. This pattern will continue to contribute to climate change, deforestation, widespread pollution, water scarcity and species extinction. More forest fires will burn, like we’ve seen in recent months in South America and Australia.

But by transforming dairy farms in sanctuaries, the planet’s Carbon Dioxide emissions will slowly but surely decrease, and also increase the plant-milk market; which is accelerating at such a rate, that in Spring 2018, New York had run out of oat milk. According to the Dairy Farmers of America, milk sales have dropped by $1 billion, while plant-based alternatives continue to surge.

If you’d like to nominate a farm that you think could benefit from a transformation by Refarm’d (for free) you can contact them here.

Have a browse of their Instagram too, and make yourself an Oat flat white incase we have another shortage!

Vegan Skincare: Belenos Skin Botanique



I love skincare. Working in the beauty industry, the last 6 months have been an induction into how to keep my skin looking youthful and glowing. Eye creams, neck creams, hand creams… I’ve learnt the difference between what I need to nourish and protect my skin, and what not to waste my money on. I now have a perfectly curated and effective routine that works for my lifestyle, and I love it.

As with most facets of my lifestyle, I opt for vegan alternatives where possible, avoid brands that endorse animal cruelty, and aim to shop locally.

As a New Year’s resolution for myself, I vowed to use up my existing collection of skincare products that are slowly taking over my bathroom. But then I got a DM.

It was Rhi, the founder of Belenos Skin Botanique who offered to send a couple of products for me to try.* Of course I said yes, I’m not one to turn down skincare as lovely as this.

Belenos Skin Botanique is a brand that adheres to all of my shopping goals. I discovered their Instagram account last year and followed with interest. Their ethos ‘every ingredient has a purpose’ resonated with me; I loved the transparency, and the fact that the products were vegan and palm oil free.

Rhi sent me the Cucumber Cleanser and the Repair Serum.

The cleanser is oil-based, with 6 active ingredients. I’m used to a water-based cleanser, but the weight of this cleanser was so light and surprisingly moisturising, that I’m seriously thinking of making the permanent swap. It smelt like freshly cut cucumber, and hydrated my skin wonderfully.

I didn’t know what to expect with the Repair Serum. I have tried so many serums that claim to make my skin glow and look its best. I often find that serums feel great on my skin before bed, but when I wake up, I can’t see or feel the difference. I have naturally good skin; I don’t have acne and drink enough water throughout the day, but I want to make it look like I’m energised and have had a lot more sleep than I actually have.

At £14, the Repair Serum is extremely reasonably priced. As soon as I opened the bottle (made from glass, not plastic of course) I could smell the Neroli, and I knew that we’d get on. This serum is a beautiful elixir of luxurious oils. My skin felt nourished and hydrated as it drank the potion in, as I was providing it with all the vitamins it needed (A, C and E).

I’m excited to continue using these products, and look forward to my skin looking and feeling even more pampered.

(I may have to invest in some more storage!)

*Items gifted, all views are my own.

To check out these products for yourself, head to:


Is café culture inadvertently tackling climate change?

Another brunch, another #vegan added to the pool of 85 million #vegan on Instagram.  Not only has veganism become a lifestyle, but for many millennials it’s become a statement, a trend, an Instagram classic.  By snapping and tagging their brunch, influencers and customers are providing free marketing to their favourite vegan hang-outs, and retailers are capitalising on this growing trend.


Gone are the days of dry falafel and bland tofu.  These new vegan cafés are an Instagrammer’s dream; coveting floral walls, neon words of encouragement and an array of edible flowers on exotic dishes.  Some of the most popular places to brunch in London include Dalloway Terrace, Feya and Kalifornia Kitchen.


A report by Forbes[1]states that millennials value experiences over possessions.  More and more customers are happy to pay for food at trendy cafés, on the premise that they’ll get an experience, and a photograph out of it.  Due to the perceived increase of social responsibility, many cafés are catering for people with plant-based diets, but appeal to the mass consumer. Neuro-Linguistic Program coach, Rebecca Lockwood argues that social media is one of the main reasons why millennials are splashing their hard-earned cash at these establishments.  She states ‘we see what everyone else is doing, and this can cause the feeling of missing out.’  If your favourite influencer brunches at these pretty cafés, you’re more likely to.


Yet this vegan aesthetic may inadvertently tackle climate change. The Vegetarian Society[2]states that boycotting meat for a year is equivalent to taking a small family car off the road for 6 months.  For most, it’s an achievable lifestyle target to meet whilst still living an ordinary life.


So if you’re paying for a gourmet Insta-worthy meal, it may as well be plant-based.