Higgidy – Beauty of Imperfection

Higgidy - Beauty of Imperfection // roughmeasures.com

Weekends to me, call for comfort food. Lazy lunches grazing and catching up on the past week. Sometimes I cook and create during my days off, some days I want to unwind and opt for convenient options. I believe in the 80/20 rule, sometimes it’s better to let someone else do the hard work, so you can enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. I needed convenience this weekend, and Higgidy came to the rescue.

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Vegan Chestnut Crepes

Vegan Chestnut Crepes // roughmeasures.com

Growing up in the Davy house, Pancake Day was a big event. I remember coming home and watching as my Mum whipped up a huge bowl of batter, ready to fry. We would watch with eager eyes as she carefully spooned out the mix, whirling it around the pan to get a nice, even pancake. We would take turns trying to flip the pancake, many ended up on the floor, some a wrinkled mess, one even stuck to the ceiling once, but most would be good. She would stack them up on a plate and store them in a warm oven until it was time to eat. As we were a family of 6, it took a while to make enough for everyone. I remember spooning golden syrup onto the warm pancakes, rolling them in a hurry and shoving them into my mouth. On this one day we were allowed to have a four course meal of sweet pancakes, only choosing to introduce savoury options many years later.  Read more

Chocolate Cashew Spread

Chocolate Cashew Spread // roughmeasures.com

Hey folks. Here I am! How’s things? I know things have been a little quiet around here, I won’t bore you with the details because we’ve all got our own things going on! Things happen, ya know. I read THIS great article over the weekend, and it hit home a lot. So I’ll keep it short and sweet tonight, so we can all have some happy heart time with our loved ones, plus I’ve got an overdue hot date with my sofa this evening. Hold onto those happy hearts. Read more

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny – A Review

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny - roughmeasures.com

Abergavenny is one of those quaint places that I often hear people talking about. Nestled at the edge of the Black Mountains in Wales, it is a small market town a mere 6 miles from the English border. Back in November, I finally got to explore the town and stay at the wonderful Angel Hotel. I was invited to come and stay for the night, and experience their amazing afternoon tea, check out their pop up apres-ski chalet; where we would have fondue and also get to try lunch at their Chapel Cafe.

The Angel Hotel is located in a former coaching in, dating back to the nineteenth century. Inside are 35 beautiful guest rooms, their Oak Room restaurant, Foxhunter bar and Wedgewood Room where they serve their famous high tea. The Angel has won many awards, including the AA Hotel of the Year Wales for 2016/17 and Top Afternoon Tea Outside of London 2011.

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Spicy Root Veg Fries with Three Vegan Dips for #Organicunboxed

Spicy Root Veg Fries with Vegan Dips / roughmeasures.com

Hi readers! Welcome to this organic focussed recipe post! When I was asked if I would be willing to create a recipe for this months #Organicunboxed campaign, I said yes straight away. As you know, I am a big advocate for bringing more organic produce into your diet and reducing intake of any nasty chemicals etc. I was sent a fab selection of produce to create a recipe, I couldn’t quite manage to incorporate everything, but tried my best! So today I bring you a fantastic organic recipe for spicy root veg fries with not one, not two, but three delicious vegan dips! Read more

Juicy January; Persimmon, Carrot and Turmeric & Pineapple, Grapefruit and Ginger plus a L’Equip Juicer Giveaway!

Juicy January - anti-inflammatory juices // roughmeasures.com

So far, January is looking pretty juicy, don’t you think? I do! We’re over a week into 2017 so far, David Attenborough is still alive and so are we. Not bad ey? So far 2017 is strutting its stuff. It’s a good month for us too as we are off to Whistler in 3 days time. Excited doesn’t even cut it. OHMYGODIAMBEYONDECSTATIC is a little closer. Read more

Vegan Hazelnut Hot Chocolate + a Healthy Supplies Giveaway!

Vegan Hazelnut Hot Chocolate // roughmeasures.com

Hey 2017! How ya doing? We’ve been waiting for you! Thanks for showing up, let’s make this year a cracker, yeah?! I hope everyone had a banger of a Christmas and a sparkly new year?! I spent some much-needed quality time with my family, hanging out, playing charades and eating ALL THE sprouts. I had to work between Christmas and New Year, and I’m not gonna lie, it bummed me out, but hey, I like my job and there are worse things to be doing. We had a very quiet evening on New Years Eve, curled up on the sofa under some blankets and watching films. I know everyone has been saying how sucky 2016 was, but amidst the political nightmares, the deaths and the woes, 2016 was really good to me. Continuing this blog has opened up some amazing opportunities for which I am so grateful. We bought our first (non-floating) home, settled into our new suburbs and played house. We even got 2 gorgeous cats that I have fallen head over heals in love with. Yeah, 2016 had some bumps, but it was good to me. I’m excited to see what 2017 will bring.

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A Very Veggie Christmas – 30+ Festive Recipes

A Very Veggie Christmas // roughmeasures.com

I have been vegetarian on and off for around 10 years. In that time we have had a few Christmases. My sister and brother are now both vegetarian, so it is a very veggie Christmas affair. Every December, my mum will send us a message asking what we want to eat on the big day. We will ping her some recipes over and then make a selection from that. I would happily have all the trimmings, without a show stopper. This year I fancy something different, I have yet to pick from my every extending shortlist. I’ve gathered here some of my favourite recipes, some show stoppers, some easy makes, to please meat free friends far and wide. I’m sticking savoury here, because there’s enough festive desserts on the internet to keep you going for another 100 years or so. Enjoy the festive season friends, may yours be merry and bright. Read more