Vegan Mofo 2017 #10: Post Surgery Cake Times in Brighton

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A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.

The first week post surgery is probably the most difficult. It wasn’t particularly agonising, but it wasn’t always comfortable and distractions between napping were welcomed.

One of my favourite distractions is cake. Cake generally makes most things more bearable, unless it’s bad cake. That’s the worst. Luckily for me, I was in the right place to get access to cake. I thought I’d show you a few tasty cakes I enjoyed during my first week post op

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I was particularly lucky that I had a vegan cake option just 15 minutes walk from where I was staying. My wonderful friend who looked after me for this first week went out and got me this beautiful Tiramisu within an hour of being back at his place.

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I don’t usually like boozy or coffee cakes but this was delicious. The coffee and alcohol weren’t too strong, it was rich and delicate and just goddamn delicious. I was so thankful and happy to be presented with something so beautiful.

And it wasn’t just all the morphine that made this cake experience so magical, a few days later I pottered down and bought another one which was just as good.

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This was another magical cake experience. My friend knows the best places for cake in Brighton it seems, this is one of his favourite places and my god, the cake is GOOD.

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I went for a slice of the lemon cake. Now, this photo doesn’t particularly do it justice and glazed cakes never look particularly fancy but this cake was wonderful. So much flavour, the sponge was so light and fluffy, melting in my mouth. I tried to eat it slowly but it was so good I hoovered it up at rapid speed. I kept meaning to come back here to try more cakes but sadly didn’t get the chance. I will have to return when I’m next down there.

Also, this place is just lovely to sit and chill out in. Cute decor, teapots, lovely seats. It’s very nice. If you’re close by, definitely pop in. I noticed they do some vegan savoury options like sausage rolls too.

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I’d not been to Wai Kika Moo Kau for a really long time, so I was super happy when my friend Laura mentioned popping in when we met after my post op. I really needed cake after that experience and I knew there would be lots of choice here.

I did have a look at the savoury options, I don’t think the menu has changed in all this time and wasn’t the most exciting, so I stuck with a banana shake and a slice of raspberry cake.

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The cake was really good, great flavour, nice sponge. It was a little soggy from the fruit, but I don’t care! The shake was meh, bit too healthy for my tastes personally. I like a nice filthy shake made with ice cream and topped with sugary whipped cream.

So those are the three places I visited for cake during my week stay. I had some pretty good eating there! It’s a shame that I wasn’t more mobile and able to try other places, but considering the state I was in, I did pretty good!

Where are your favourite cake spots in Brighton? I’m definitely going back so recommendations are welcome!

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Vegan Mofo 2017 #9: Eating Vegan in Hospital

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A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.

Yesterday I wrote about my experience of having surgery at the Nuffield Hospital in Brighton. Today I’ll be writing about the food during my stay, as I felt it warranted its own post.

Eating vegan at a hospital has always been a bit of a worry for me. I’ve heard of and witnessed horror stories from some dear friends of mine, who have either been given nothing at all, something that isn’t vegan or plain dry baked potatoes during their hospital stays. I had higher hopes once I had chosen the Nuffield because I had heard good things about this hospital and also with it being private rather than NHS, I did have higher expectations of them.

I confirmed my dietary needs in my Pre-Op appointment and was assured that vegan menus were available, so I sort of left it at that and hoped for the best. Looking back I wish I hadn’t done this, it wasn’t the worst experience but honestly, it wasn’t great considering that a nights stay at that place comes in at £500.

When I arrived at my room I had someone from the catering team come and hand me a menu for lunch. I explained straight away that I was vegan and had mentioned this previously and asked to see the vegan menu. I was asked if I could check that none of the lunch menu was suitable, they were all meaty, cheesy and eggy sandwich options.

The only vegan menu they had was for dinner. These options were actually pretty good, there was a Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce, Bean Patties with a Tomato Sauce and a Lentil Curry. There was also an option for a fruit or jelly dessert I think, but that was so boring I skipped it. I decided to go for lentil curry as the thought of eating Spaghetti a few hours after being butchered sounded a little tricky.

The catering assistant took my dinner order and said she would go and speak to the chef about vegan options. This was really frustrating because I had been told that they have vegan menus for all their meals, I really didn’t want the added stress of worrying about food when I was about to have major surgery. When they returned they told me that the chef just asked what I wanted and they would make it.

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This is so unhelpful. I don’t know what they have in their kitchen, so how am I supposed to know what to suggest? Of course I’d love a fake chicken salad baguette, or a vegan cheese and pesto toasty, but of course they probably can’t do this. I ended up asking for the most boring option of hummus sandwich with salad because I didn’t want to have this back and forth with the chef over what ingredients they have. They probably could have made me something a bit more exciting and filling but it wasn’t worth the faff.

I had the same problem with the breakfast menu, nothing was marked specifically vegan. I was told they have veggie sausages that may be vegan, so I went for the fry up without egg (so mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, toast) and said if the sausages were vegan I would have them too.

So, what did I end up getting? Well, due to my surgery being delayed I didn’t end up getting lunch as I was in theatre until nearly 4pm. But I’m sure that sandwich was just as boring as I expected it to be.

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Dinner was really nice. It’s a shame I felt so nauseous because I was really struggling with the texture of it. I actually think the bean patties may have been easier to stomach as chewing the rice was making me feel sick. But, the flavours were great, it was a nice curry and a generous portion. I only managed maybe 6-8 bites but it was good, I can’t knock it.

Breakfast the following morning was a total disappointment. It came pretty late on in the morning so I was super glad I’d packed some Ella’s Smoothies in my bag as I was super hungry after not being able to eat much the night before.

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So obviously, there were no vegan sausages available. Disappointing because it’s not hard to get some in and if they have veggie ones they might as well be suitable for vegans too. But fine, I’ve had breakfasts without veggie sausage before, but you’d think whoever made me this would have the common sense to add a little extra of everything on my plate considering I was having to skip the egg and sausage. I shouldn’t really have to explain that, it’s obvious this isn’t a substantial breakfast. Thankfully they didn’t skimp on the toast.

I would probably be less scathing if I received this at an NHS hospital because they are super understaffed, busy and I know that I would probably need to bring some extra food in. But when I’m paying £500 for a nights stay and I’ve given advance notice of my dietary requirements, this isn’t great. Also, what’s the point of only having a vegan menu for one meal? Just do a proper one for breakfast lunch and dinner.

So, it wasn’t the worst experience but I know next time to bring more supplies. Luckily I had those smoothie things and a brownie, but next time I’ll probably bring along some more soft foods to eat, so bananas, fruit purees, soya pudding etc.

Have you had vegan food in hospital? What was your experience like?

EDIT: Have to say, I’m very impressed. Within 20 minutes of posting this review and tagging Nuffield Health, I’ve already had a response from them. They have thanked me for the feedback and will be taking it forward to the catering team. Really great news, I hope that things improve for future vegan patients!

Vegan Mofo 2017 #8: Surviving Surgery

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A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.

Okay, slightly exaggerating with the title there, but here we go. I’m finally blogging about The Big Day. The Lopping. The Slashing. Whatever you want to call it…except “The Surgery”, let’s not call it that, I can feel all the trans eyes rolling all over that one, mine included.

This was one of the most bizarre and terrifying days of my life. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the parts that I can remember, of course I was unconscious for a fairly big chunk of it. My admission into hospital was around 7am the day of surgery, so I was up at 5am that day. I had a shower with the special sponge they gave me, I was not to use my own soap and wasn’t allowed to put deodorant on, which was not good for my pits. I also shaved all my armpit hair off, still pretty sensitive about that but it was worth it not to have bandages ripping it all out a few days later.

I turned up, let reception know I was ready and within 20 minutes I was being shown to my room. Now, my surgery was with Mr Yelland at The Nuffield in Brighton. It’s a private hospital (he does do NHS there too) so if you end up going to an NHS hospital my experience will be a little different as I wasn’t on a ward. My room was pretty nice, here’s some photos

I was given a gown and told to take everything but my boxers off and put the gown on. I was told to wait in the room for the duty nurse, my surgeon, the dr and the anaesthetist who would all come and speak to me. I was also told that I was last on the list that day, so I wouldn’t be going down until Midday. It ended up being a lot later than that but I’ll get back to that part.

My surgeon came through really quickly. It was a very quick chat, asked how I was, asked me to take off my gown and then he drew on me before saying he’d see me when I wake up. Next up was the nurse who went through a few things with me, mostly just checking I was aware of what procedure I was having, measured me for surgery stockings and took my blood pressure and such. I was also down to have some numbing cream (Emla cream) put on for my canula, so we discussed when I would have that put on.

While the nurse was getting the right stockings for me, catering came to take my order (I’m going to blog about this separately) and my anaesthetist came in to say hello. The Dr also popped in to write down my list of medications and ask how I was doing. I then got given some water with ice (because being last on the list, I was allowed to have a little to drink) and my sexy stockings. Just look at them.

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By this point it was 8am. So I just had to wait. I had a friend with me for a little while but they had to go to work, so I decided to keep busy and play some mindless games on my tablet. And it was fine, I was scared but I was dealing with it….

And then it hit 11am and I started to get scared. All the worst possible scenarios were coming into my head. I got tearful and anxious. I had a good cry with the nurse who did their best to reassure me. It was all down to it being the unknown and I just wanted it over with. It for to 11.45am and I started to get a bit worried, as my canula hadn’t been fitted and I was due to go down for surgery very soon.

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At Midday I was told that my surgery had been delayed by 2 hours, the person before me had only just gone down. This was the worst thing for me really. By this point my anxiety was at a point where it wasn’t really going to go down. I spent the next hour and a half on the edge of a panic attack, sobbing, calling my boyfriend up crying and generally being a bit embarrassing. I swear if it had been on time I would have kept my shit together. There wasn’t really much anyone could do, like I said in my first post, this was my first ever operation. I had never had anaesthetic before, so no reassurance was going to calm me down. I just had to be anxious.

At 1.30pm I was given the cream for my hand and a couple of people came to take me down to the anaesthetist. I removed my Unicorn Slippers (sob) and climbed into bed before they wheeled me down to surgery.

This next part went by really quickly. I was starting to have a panic attack at this point, I was really really scared. They were very nice, quickly confirmed I consented and all that business, gave me reassurances and then the anaesthetist was there ready to put me under. He misgendered me loads, the Emla cream for my hand was a different variety so had given me a rash, so he kept saying ‘why is her hand red? her hand is so red? which brand did she have?’. This wasn’t cool at all. The guy is lucky that I was barely able to breathe because I was fuming. This hospital regularly does this procedure for trans folk and also I had my frigging hospital wristband on with my gender, my title and it was all in my notes. There was no excuse for it.

He continued to misgender me as he injected me with anaesthetic, telling me that it was going to feel a bit cold. I was mentally saying to myself ‘I’m gonna remember you misgendered me you bastard’ before saying out loud:

“whaaat? That IS cold. That is SO weird. Ugh it’s tingling. My face, my face is numb…what the fuuuuuu'”

And that was it. I was out.

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I woke up to nurses trying to get me to come round. I was super confused and just kept saying “are they gone? have they gone?”. Once they’d convinced me it was all over and I had no boobs I shed some very confused tears of joy and then settled in the recovery room.

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Amateur Surgeon

So recovery is where you go straight after surgery until you’re well enough to go back to your room or ward. They have someone keep an eye on you for a while, check your blood pressure, temperature, check how you’re feeling, pain levels and such. I was really thirsty and groggy, I was more uncomfortable than in pain. It felt like I had a lot of pressure on my chest, and was a deep stinging feeling. I had a really great time with the person looking after me, she was ace and I wish I remember her name. Not quite sure what we talked about but she made me laugh loads. She also gave me a shitload of morphine. It was great! I was probably there for 45 minutes before I went back up to my room.

When I got back to my room I was advised to go to sleep…and then got gently told off by the nurse when she came back and caught me on my phone. I snoozed for just under an hour before my friend who had dropped me off came to say hello. We had a lovely chat and she took this photo of me. Clearly still super high on drugs.

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After she left I was under pressure to go to the toilet, I think they wanted to get me up and moving quickly. I needed help getting up the first time, just to check I didn’t fall over. I was fine, went and peed and also cleaned myself up with some wet wipes, that made me feel much better. Not long after I was given dinner, but like I said, that’s for another post. I couldn’t really eat much, it was frustrating because I was hungry but chewing was making me nauseas. I found that hot tea and a chocolate brownie I had brought in were much easier for me to eat, I ate slowly and tried to drink as much water as I could.

I spent most of the evening spaced out, snapchatting friends, having a hilarious Facebook call with my boyfriend who loves seeing me high, and generally keeping folk updated to how I was doing. I pottered about in my room and walked up and down the corridor outside a few times to get myself moving.

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My impression of a thumb. Totally sober. Obviously

It was around 9pm that the pain really started to kick in and I needed to ask for strong drugs. Sadly I had to wait for the dr to come and see me first so I didn’t get them for a while. I also found in the night when I woke up that it was fairly slow getting me drugs. It wasn’t the worst pain in the world but it wasn’t pleasant. Just a heads up really that once you do start feeling pain, get it managed asap. Don’t wait until it’s not bearable as you may not get relief immediately.

And that was pretty much it for my surgery day! It was a really unusual experience, though now that I have been through it, I’m sure I will be a lot less worried if I have surgery again!

Have you had surgery? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments!

Vegan Mofo #7: Packing Your Bag For Hospital

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A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.

A nice short one for you all today as I’m aware it’s the weekend! Here is a photo and list of what I packed for my short stay in hospital and the following few days I was staying in Brighton

So, what was in my bag of tricks?

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Button up shirts – nice soft comfy ones

Pants & Socks

Baggy, Comfy trousers

Pusheen Unicorn Slippers. Must Have.

Water Bottle & Long Re-usable Straws (not really necessary)

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, Buffy Rainy Day Activity Book, Colour A Killer with colouring pens

Travel Pillow

Tablet – complete with games and some shows/films downloaded onto my Netflix

2 x post op binders & a special sponge the hospital gave me to wash with on surgery day

Baby Wipes

Ella’s Fruit Smoothies & Prunes (for pooping)

Anti Depressants, Testosterone Gel, Antihistamines and supplements

An entire box of Spacebars & some high fibre Cereal Bars

Not pictured: Toiletries and phone chargers – do not forget them! Try to get a phone charger with a long lead for decent reach

 

I packed fairly light, but I still didn’t need all of this stuff. I was way too spaced out for colouring or reading, though it was nice to know I had those things with me and the water bottle/straws weren’t needed.

I worried that I didn’t have enough with me, but honestly you won’t need much as the first few days after surgery you’ll be sleeping most of the day.

That’s it for today, I’ll leave you with another Cheeseburger Backpack Clip from Steven Universe! Have a good weekend!

Vegan Mofo #6: Celebratory Feast at Zad’s Vegan Takeaway

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A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.

I decided to work right up until the day before I had to travel to Brighton for my surgery. In some ways it was good to have a distraction, but also the fear had set in by this point and I was finding it really hard to think of anything else.

I was mostly concerned about spending the last night at home alone worrying, so I invited my work colleagues out for a celebratory farewell feast at an amazing new vegan takeaway in Chorlton….

Zad’s specialises in filthy vegan pizza and burgers. I’m thrilled this place has opened up so close to where I live. This is definitely something that South Manchester needs and perfect for Chorlton, which could do with more vegan friendly fast food options.

I’ve been to Zad’s quite a few times now and I’ve been very impressed. Service has always been quick considering it’s been packed every single time I’ve visited. Even on their opening night they were calm and on top of orders, which I wasn’t expecting! So just to give you a hint of what they have to offer, here are a few options on their menu

Seitan BBQ Pizza – BBQ sauce base, cheese, spiced seitan, mixed peppers, sweetcorn and red onion

The Revolution Pizza – Fresh tomato sauce, cheese, avocado, pineapple, mixed peppers & scotch bonnet chillies – optional hot sauce

Pig Save Pizza – Fresh tomato sauce, cheese, smoky maple strips, hot dog, pepperoni & smoked seitan. *50p from each pizza will be donated to local animal save groups or vegan charities.

Zad Burger – Double patty, cheese, avocado & either an onion or pineapple ring, you choose. 

Loaded Hot Dog

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Chicken Niggets, Curly Fries, Cheesy Fries, Loaded Fries, Onion Rings…

Have you managed to stop drooling yet? They even have cake. This place is magic.

I’ve managed to delete the photos I took from my phone, but I have previous food porn I can show off from here. So here goes!

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Pig Save Pizza

Pig Save Pizza – Good God, this is good. Gimme all the faux meats and cheese! I particularly like the maple tempeh on here. Also, 50p from each pizza going to a good cause? Zad’s are good peoples.

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Seitan BBQ

Seitan BBQ Pizza – This pizza is ace. They’ve got the right amount of BBQ sauce with seitan and cheese ratio. This is one of my favourites for sure

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread – Basically another pizza but oh my god this is so good. They are very generous with the cheese so if you’re not too keen on huge amounts of vegan cheese, ask them to cut back a bit. For me this is perfect. So garlicky and greasy. I love it.

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Gary, Nuggets, Zad Burger

Gary Pizza – So many cheeses. So many goddamn cheeses. YESSS.

Zad Burger – Just what you’d expect for a typical dirty takeaway burger. They use Fry’s patties and are similar to the old style burgers V Rev Diner used to make on their old premises.

Nuggets – they’re deep fried, what’s more to say?

They also sell really good cupcakes made by the amazing Gorgosaurus Vegan Bakery

So if you’re Manchester based and haven’t been yet, what are you waiting for? Get on down to Zad’s and stuff yer face!

Vegan Mofo 2017 # 5: Asking for Help

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A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.

Transition has definitely been an experience in pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Coming out to friends, family and complete strangers on numerous occasions. Defending my right to use public toilets and changing rooms. Defending my existence to people who refuse to believe trans folk are real, or think we have some hidden agenda to invalidate their own identities. Attending intrusive appointments at my Gender Clinic, who are more interesting in talking about my junk, how I use it to have sex and who I have sex with rather than providing me with any practical or emotional support. It’s not easy, but somehow you just get on with it. It’s not until I sit and reflect on the last few years that I think ‘Oh my God, this has been pretty awful, how did I get through that?’

Despite all the times I’ve had to put myself out there, there’s still been one thing that I found almost impossible…and that was asking for and accepting help. I’ve always been fiercely independent. Whatever is thrown my way I can deal with by myself. I’m someone who likes to be there for people, not the other way round.

The first wall I hit was getting the money together to pay for my surgery. I chose to go private as I was in a position where my voice had dropped and I was growing facial hair, but still had an enormous chest that I was unable to bind. Surgery on the NHS would have been at least another few years away, whereas if I paid for it myself I could get it done much sooner. For my own sanity and personal safety, I realised private was the better option for me. I saved £5000 in 18 months. I did this by squirrelling away ridiculous amounts of money each week, living on a food budget of £10 a week, collecting all the free food I could get at work and generally not having much of a life.

I finally got to the point where if I continued to save in that way my mental health was going to suffer. It was too much pressure and I was starting to feel the weight of it. Money was all I thought about. I was stubborn and dismissed all the people who suggested I set up a Go Fund Me page. It was only when I realised I was running out of time to get the funds and if I continued like this I’d be too unstable for surgery that I listened to their advice. After a great session with my therapist and a final chat with my one of my faves Jenny Marie, who has been the most persistent in me setting up a fundraiser, I decided to go ahead with it.

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My GoFundMe Page ❤

I raised over almost £2500 in a matter of days. I couldn’t believe all the support I got. Not just from close friends and family, but old school friends who I hadn’t been in touch with for YEARS who came across my page (I had a donation from my primary school headteacher!). Even people who didn’t know me were happy to support me. It was a really bizarre and overwhelming feeling, I couldn’t express how happy and thankful I was, and the RELIEF that after 18 months I could stop worrying about money…it was amazing.

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I’d like to say I played my relief cool like Giles, but it was mostly ugly happy tears and manic laugher.

This experience really helped me realise that it’s okay to ask for help. It is particularly hard when it comes to money. The good thing with these fundraising sites is that if people don’t want to or cannot afford to support you, they won’t. So what did I have to lose?

A lot of my reluctance came from bad past experience. When I first came out I spent a long time building up the courage to ask a family member for help only to be shut down. It was really hard to come to terms with someone who is supposed to love you unconditionally shutting off any real or meaningful support, not just financial, but emotional too. So after that experience, I didn’t feel particularly worthy of asking for help. I didn’t want to feel that rejection again because at the time it was still too raw and I hadn’t quite dealt with it. It’s actually pretty incredible how pushing through that fear and discomfort not only helped me reach my financial goal, but helped me with feelings of self worth. So if anyone reading this donated, thank you ❤ You helped me in so many ways.

After money was sorted, I realised I would need to rely on others yet again because after major surgery you’re not very mobile. Oh vulnerability! It’s not fun. But this time it was much easier to accept offers of help. A friend of mine offered to look after me for the week between my surgery and my post op appointment, he was so good to me and it saved so much stress knowing that I would be looked after. I accepted a very generous offer for a friend to come and collect me from Brighton and drive me all the way back to Manchester. And finally, I let my boyfriend Logan take care of me throughout recovery. I let him tell me no, carry my bags, feed me, make me nap. It’s actually been quite nice being so well cared for. I feel really lucky.

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So I guess my advice is that it is totally okay and valid to need or ask for help. It’s uncomfortable and hard but push through those feelings because you are loved and people do care. If folk are offering help then take it! They wouldn’t offer if they didn’t want to. Let yourself be taken care of, don’t try to do everything alone, reach out when you need to!

Vegan Mofo 2017 #4: Cooking Ahead Recipe Share

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A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.

Just a quick one from me today because I’m wiped. Although I said that I didn’t get very far in preparing meals for the freezer, there were a few batches of things I cooked up as well as some ideas that would have worked great if I had the time.

I thought I’d share some recipe suggestions and links with you

 

Isa’s Chickpea Cutlets

I’m sure most of you cookbook fanatics have heard of this recipe, taken from the cookbook Veganomicon and also available on Isa’s website, these cutlets are delicious and relatively straightforward to make. I double batched this double batch recipe and filled my freezer with these. Delicious in sandwiches or wraps, or alongside potatoes, veggies and tons of gravy.

If you haven’t tried these, go for it!

The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

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This cookbook is pretty great for a variety of recipes but my particular favourites are the slow cooked Seitan meats and the Cheater Chili. I have a 10L slow cooker so I made a few batches of the Chicken Seitan and froze it in strips, breasts and nuggets. I didn’t get round to the Chili sadly, but it’s a really simple recipe that just involves opening tins of beans, tomatoes and adding spices.

Speaking of slow cookers, if you usually cook dried beans from scratch or are wanting to save on some cash, it’s super easy to cook dried beans this way. You don’t even need to soak beforehand, just cover with enough water and cook on high for 4-6 hours

Mac n Cheese

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New Farm Mac topped with “Pulled Pork” and BBQ Sauce

Now, I don’t know about you but I always need access to Mac n Cheese. It’s a dish that never fails to make me feel good. My favourite recipe isn’t exactly healthy, in fact it’s downright obscene….but it’s really delicious and a really quick sauce to whip together. It’s from The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook and luckily for you all, a quick Google will bring you the recipe.

It’s essentially oil, flour, nooch and spices and you won’t be able to move after eating. but it will definitely make you feel good. I made up a big batch of this sauce to freeze and also made sure a copy was written out and stuck to my boyfriends kitchen cupboard for emergencies. He’s been amazing and has made it for me so many times. True love.

Vegan Richa’s Turmeric, Spinach Lentil Dal

You probably all have a favourite dal recipe, this is one that I really enjoy. Sometimes I mix up the spices a bit and add some coconut milk. Sadly I never got round to filling my freezer with delicious dal, but it was my original plan.

Whether you need to bulk cook or not, definitely give this recipe a whirl!

Waffles

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Waffles

Waffles are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks…so why not fill your freezer with some for when the waffle craving hits? I found this pretty easy to do as I love making waffles and as I usually end up eating them alone, I had plenty leftover. I have a variety of waffles stashed away in my freezer, sweet and savoury.

I made and blogged about these amazing Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Waffles for my boyfriend post surgery. But, as it’s Mofo and waffles were my theme a few years ago, I thought I’d share links to a few of my favourite Mofo Waffle Creations

White Chocolate Raspberry Waffles

Lemon, Blueberry Cheesecake Waffles

Potato & Sausage Waffles with Sauerkraut

Corn Buttermilk Waffles

So there you go folks! That’s the end of my recipe share. Have any of you got suggestions for quick and easy meals to fill your freezer with?