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Month: September 2017

White Rabbit Vegan and gluten free pizza review.

Hey guys, so i’m really excited to write this review. As you can see by the title it’s for the vegan pizza that Sainsbury’s announced they were launching. Sainsbury’s this year has started to release an amazing home brand range of vegan and free from products as well as stocking other brands such as pudology, violife and the coconut collaborative. They also announced about a month a go that they would be releasing a vegan and gluten free pizza! The pizza is by a brand called The white Rabbit. I was really excited when I saw the Smokin’ vegan pizza in there on Thursday and decided to grab it and see what I thought.

The pizza is topped with Olives and peppers (I was very naughty as i’m not able to eat peppers at the moment…but I won’t tell if you don’t) and is subtly smoked.

 

So first thing I did was check all the ingredients. I was really impressed with how allergen aware they were, in fact they avoided all of the main allergens. The cheese isn’t made with soy but with rice, Rice “cheeses” are some of my favourites next to coconut as they make a really creamy substitute. They also didn’t add sugar or citric acid but instead opted for carob gum. They use Psyllium husk as an egg replacer which I love as I also use it as an egg replacer in pizza too and it’s a really healthy alternative! All ingredients considered as a pizza that is available in a supermarket I was pleasantly surprised that it hadn’t been bulked out with lots of hidden nasties!

I was really excited to get it home but decided to wait until the Friday to have it (yay pizza weekend treat!!). Now I feel that as a review you need to know the good and bad points, and this is just a minor discrepancy but in the time it took me to get from the shop to my house (takes approximately 8 minutes) the pizza crust had broken in several places. I do love a thin and crispy pizza but It was also slightly annoying how it had broken both quite far in and on the crust (see photo’s below). This obviously this was my own fault as I should have taken more precautions when carrying it and I will in future, but I felt it was worth noting here so you guys can make sure you do! I also noticed how fragile the pizza was when I was transferring it onto the pizza tray. The pizza base is quite thin and so just make sure to be really careful when moving it about.

When it came to popping my pizza in the oven I made sure to follow their instructions perfectly, although instead of adding olive oil I added avocado oil as it’s my favourite treat. The cooking instructions said 7-10 minutes, so I checked the pizza after 10 minutes as instructed but the “cheese” didn’t look like it had melted at all, so I decided to leave it in there for another few minutes, i’m really glad I did as the cheese melted a lot more and looked absolutely perfect.

 

Cutting into my first slice of pizza I was really excited to hear the crispy crust. Of course the plus to having a thin and delicate pizza is how deliciously crispy it becomes when it bakes and as you cut into it towards the center of the pizza the base was softer. This for me is the perfect pizza slice. Crispy outer softer gooey inner!

taking my first bite I was really in love with the flavour the vegetables gave to the softness of the cheese. The “cheese” is very creamy, I wouldn’t say it blasts you with flavour as it is very mild and delicate tasting, but you get this slight tang from the olives and sweetness from the peppers mixed in with creamy cheesy goodness which makes for very happy taste buds! I didn’t get much from any of the herbs or seasoning they used and I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t really taste any smokey flavouring, I know it stated “subtle smoke flavour” but it was barely coming through at all. I could pick up on a little something else but couldn’t place my finger (or in this case tongue) on it. I think in future when buying this pizza I will definitely be adding a little something extra to mine..perhaps some Marjoram and some extra oregano!

Now I’m not sure if you have ever noticed that flavour tends to comes out more as food cools, so to give this pizza a fair review I decided to eat some cold and some hot/warm and It was just like I had suspected, once this pizza had cooled down you could taste the smokey flavour a lot more. It was still subtle but it was definitely more apparent, you could also taste more of their seasoning and it almost tasted like a different pizza, of course it wasn’t and you still had the creamy “cheese” and sweetness and tang from the olives and peppers, only there was a lot more emphasis on all of the different flavours,

I would say the pizza base doesn’t have much flavour, however I would definitely say that out of all the gluten free pizza’s i’ve tried this base is definitely in my top 2! in fact this may be joint first with Zizzi’s. If you don’t eat gluten free on a regular basis then you won’t know how many pizza places get it so wrong! Believe me when say I’ve had my fair share of bad pizza bases, I’ve had pizza bases that taste like cardboard or are really rubbery, others that taste okay when warm but as soon as they’re cold you may as well say RIP to your teeth! (and that means no pizza left for the next day…I know! a total nightmare!) I’ve had lots of pizza places burn their thin gluten free pizza bases which means they’re also a tooth ache when trying to eat them warm! (ouch!) So whilst I did make a note and was a little unhappy with how fragile the pizza was unbaked, when baked this base was absolutely fantastic! it didn’t have a whole bunch of flavour, (but then do a lot of pizza bases?) but it definitely ranked right at the top of my pizza base list!

In evaluation I would 100% recommend this pizza to anyone vegan or not! at £5 a pizza it can be deemed as pricier than none vegan/gluten free pizza’s, however I would definitely say it is the best competitor for pizza restaurants as well as other pizzas like this on the market and at the price it is a lot better value! I am very impressed with how allergen aware White Rabbit have been whilst creating this which has made it suitable for a much larger audience. The cheese is okay warm but even more delicious once it is cooler! The toppings couldn’t be more perfect I really feel they thought out the flavours perfectly for this pizza! I would say my main criticism is that for me personally there isn’t a great deal of seasoning that comes through when the pizza is warm. I definitely will buy this again though, but I’ll be adding lots more herbs to mine!

The pizza definitely tastes and feels like it’s come straight out of an Italian Restaurant and I’m delighted that Sainsbury’s made this move towards free from and allergen food and i’m thoroughly impressed. Well done Sainsbury’s! This pizza is miss bunny approved! <3

 

 

August Favourites

 

So it’s the end of a very busy month for me. August has been hectic with Pride, cake commissions, visiting family and health related things. I also properly launched this website in August! So it’s one of those months that’s been a beautiful chaos and as the month draws to an end I like to look back and reflect, not only on the things I’ve bought but also on myself. I like to look at the things that I struggled with and see if there’s something I can do to improve, I like to map out ideas of new cakes that I want to bake and give myself goals and targets. I have a special note book that I write my thoughts and ideas down in and plan for the next month, it helps me feel like i’m going into a new month with a new and fresh mind and ready to start all over again.

And of course I also like to reflect on my favourite things for the month and lets face it that’s why you’re all here. So this month I did a little Primark haul. I love Primark, it’s one of those places that when on a budget you can still pick up some really cute pieces. I especially wanted to pay Primark a visit when I heard about them stocking Pusheen goodies. Pusheen is one of my favourite little characters, Ali and I have a bit of a problem! anything Pusheen and we become the real life emoticon with heart eyes . So when we saw a photo of the Pusheen fleece blankets posted online we had to pop  into our local Primark to see if we had them and of course a few extra bits fell into the basket at the same time.

How adorable is this blanket? I can’t get over how super dooper soft it is. I honestly can’t wait for it to get cold so I can cuddle up in it and drink hot chocolate. The blanket cost just £6! <3 totally worth the money.

They also also had a couple of other pusheen items in our store this month. They had pusheen bedding but unfortunately it was out of stock in king size! and they also had these gorgeous little pusheen socks. These pusheen socks were just £3 for the pack of 3 so a complete bargain <3 and now I can have kawaii feet everywhere I go. One of my guilty pleasures is wearing a super gothy outfit and then wearing some super kawaii socks that completely clash with the aesthetic. sneaky kawaii where ever I go.

Going with the super Kawaii theme they also had tonnes of Disney items in this month. I was so excited to see Marie and beauty and the beast items everywhere. I’m fully preparing myself for winter this year and i’m super excited for it to start getting cooler and dressing up in my cute gear. At the beginning of the year I went through my wardrobe and cleared out a tonne of clothes that I no longer wore or felt “inspired” by. Which means that I now get to replace all of my bits with new things that do inspire me. Jumpers are essential in England as it gets cooler so I was so excited when I saw this Marie cat Jumper. It’s a mushy kind of pink which I really love and the inside is fleece. I have worn it a couple of times already (I’m super bizarre and I get really cold all of the time) and it’s the most snuggly jumper! I’m looking forward to it becoming cooler over the next month so that i’m able to snuggle in it all the time. The jumper cost £8 which made it the most expensive item I bought in this haul.

 

On the marie snuggly theme I bought these super cute slipper socks. I Love slipper socks. I wear them all the time.  as soon as i’m in the house it’s shoes off, socks off slipper socks on! I buy new ones each year as i tend to wear mine to their deaths ( RIP slipper socks.) so I picked these up in preparation. Ali bought me one pair (because he’s a cutie) and I bought the other. the smaller ones cost £4 and the larger £5.

The last thing I bought from my Primark haul was something that i’d had my eye on for ages, but they seem to disappear off of shelves in a blink of an eye and I’ve never managed to get my hands on one let alone see one in store before. As I was going to pay for my other items I noticed this guy behind the counter. Super excited I asked the cashier to bring one over and how could I refuse?

<3 This little chip cup has caused quite a stir in the disney community. With everyone going totally crazy over getting one and going for extortionate prices on ebay I thought I wouldn’t be able to get one! but I’m glad I held out, I managed to grab my chip for £5 and I absolutely love him!

side note: does it really annoy you when people go to Primark and purchase something for £6, but they’ll bulk buy and then sell it on for double sometimes triple the price to others who weren’t able to get their hands on the item? and probably because they’ve bulk bought it. This is one of my pet peeves. I feel like it ruins it for others! don’t be that person. Hearing horror stories in the media about these cups and how people were going in and buying crates full and they sold out in about half an hour of the shop being open, just so they could go on and sell them for triple the price. People are so greedy and it makes me mad! (end rant)

so that’s the end of my Primark haul. I did buy one other clothing item this month that made it to my favourites. I’ve already worn it a great deal too, as it’s so big and baggy and perfect to slouch around the house in. I was so excited to find out that one of my favourite singers Melanie Martinez was having an online sale of her merchandise. I was eyeing up so many things, her shope is my perfect aesthetic and I found it hard to pick what I wanted, but I decided to go for this hoodie. I actually bought it in a size Large so that I had lots of snuggling room and it would be extra baggy, I think hoodies are super dooper cute when they’re really baggy.  I believe the hoodie cost me £36 with postage in the sale.

The hoodie has “cry baby” written on it. Which as you may know if you like her is the title of her album. The inside of the hoodie is super soft and it’s really warm and just as snuggly as i’d anticipated. The hoodie arrived to me really quickly. I was really impressed. I think it came from somewhere in europe and it arrived to me within the week!

I love discovering new food items and there have definitely been some tasty yummies that I discovered in August.
As I was scouring the shelves in my favourite vegetarian super market Infinity foods for new products, I found these super delicious treats by a brand called Rhythm 108. I’d never heard of this brand before, but as I reached for the coconut cookies to check the ingredients I was excited to discover that they were completely tummy safe. They also had three other flavours; Ginger and lemon, Chocolate and Hazlenut and Almond biscotti. As I can’t eat ginger or lemon I avoided those, but I did grab the other two. Currently I am not able to eat chocolate but as they were on an introductory offer (and quite a bit cheaper) I decided to grab them for when I’m able to in a couple of months time!

When I was home I decided to try two of each biscuit and yum! they are absolutely delicious. I favour the almond ones, they taste like the bottom of a bakewell tart and as I was eating them I was planning amazing cherry bakewell “cheese” cakes and drooling over it! the coconut biscuits are also divine and definitely still make it to my favourites this month. I am coconut obsessed and they’re so crumbly and delicious with a good blast of coconut but not over powering. If you see these babies lying around your health food shop be sure to grab them! they won’t disappoint!

Just a couple of other things made it onto my August favourites. I had recently run out of my regular hemp protein powder and I needed another, so I decided to see if Holland and barrett’s had a large bag, but instead I stumbled across this wonderful Strawberry Hemp protein powder. My tummy is very hit and miss with strawberries. Unfortunately I’m not good with eating the actual fruit itself because of the seeds but strawberry flavoured stuff seem to be okay. So I thought I would buy some and give it a whirl and see how I got on with it. Luckily my tummy seems to be absolutely fine with it and it’s absolutely delicious. With only 5 ingredients it’s the perfect thing for a tasty protein shake. I like making mine with frozen banana and almond milk or adding spinach in. I’m also going to create some delicious vanilla, almond and strawberry protein brownies using this powder.

and lastly for August food favourites whilst visiting my family in Cheltenham at the beginning of the month, I went looking for snacks. Often I’ll head to the kids/baby section (I know this sounds ridiculous but stay with me!) a lot of childrens snacks are organic and made with no nasty preservatives or extra ingredients that are harsh for tummies. There’s a wonderful range by a brand called Kiddylicious that are suitable for 12months- adults. They do a lot of gluten free and dairy free (often vegan) food items that are really delicious without any nasty preservatives in there and this month I discovered these wonderful flapjack style slices. I bought banana and carrot. Both were delicious but for me the carrot deserved a place on my favourites! The carrot slices tasted just like an oaty carrot cake! so yummy! and no added sugar they are sweetened with apple juice instead! perfect for a healthy snack!

So what else has been my favourite this month? Although this isn’t a new anime I discovered it this month so it needs to be put in here. Welcome to the NHK, an anime about a guy with agoraphobia trying to break out of his comfort zone and the people that he encounters. It looks back over his life giving you a good back story to how he became the way he is, whilst also keeping in the present and showing the obstacles he has to over come. he has an almost his child like mind and seeing the world from fresh naive eyes. I love how they’ve captured the serious elements to someone suffering with agoraphobia (like myself) and added a humorous twist. Definitely worth a watch if you’re able to find it!

My last honorable mention this month is that I rediscovered my love for Kate Nash. She’s recently released two songs: Agenda and Good summer. Both sound very different but I love them both equally. I know that her music isn’t the stereo type of goth/alt music, but as you’ll see in a future post coming soon, I definitely don’t hold myself to one type of music…variety is the spice of life!

so that’s a rap for my August favourites <3 I hope that you enjoyed seeing them all! if you go out and try any of these bits comment below and let me know! I’d love to hear about your favourites too so don’t forget to tell me yours! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get regular updates and never miss out on what i’m up to <3

 

 

 

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