Vegan black bean brownies (GF)

  Beans are a vegan’s best friend. High in protein and carbohydrates, they’re low GI and super satisfying. Bean-based brownies have been kicking around for a while, but I’d never experimented with a recipe. Until now. This afternoon the tin of black beans in the cupboard caught my eye. Hey, it seemed to say. It’s brownie time. Give this…

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Amaze balls

Bliss balls are a vegan treat staple. While I was wandering last year I stumbled across a delicious concoction based on dates, nuts and oats that carried me through many adventures: climbing Mt Snowdon, hiking the Pembrokeshire coast path, or even just brightening up a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea. When I came…

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WWOOFing in the wild woods

My first ever WWOOFing experience may prove to be the most unique of all. When my host Chris Atkins stepped out of his forest-green land rover wearing a hand-crafted camouflage kilt at the Ledbury train station, I knew I was in for an interesting stay. After spending the month of August at Kendrick’s Cottage with…

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Pembrokeshire: my 24th summer

After a weekend in Conwy exploring castles with histories almost more exciting than Game of Thrones, the dream team of ‘Marilyn’ as dubbed by Val and Bry (aka Marita and Lyndsay) diverged for separate horizons. Although we’d each made separate plans and knew this moment would arrive, it was unsettling and strange to finally split…

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Grazie Padre: A week in Italy

15 – 21stJune This year, the IFADS conference was held in Bologna, Italy. It attracted PhD students and professors from all over the globe. Luckily for me, this included my incredible father, a finance professor at the University of Queensland. He’d flown over from Australia for a week in this ancient university city and it…

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