Saturday, 25 February 2017


A few of the changes I am making into habits:
Using Washing Powder from Ecover, instead of laundry liquid, its in a cardboard box and I'm getting better results with it as well
Using Pit Rok Crystal deoderant, also very effective and lasts for years!
Glass jars and bottles or tins instead of plastic ones for many foods
Lush solid shampoo and conditioner for hair
Refuse to accept ("no thanks I've got a bag here") plastic bags when out shopping

Frugal Lent 2017

I have done Frugal Lent before, and found it very useful in being more mindful about what I am eating and buying. The plan is to restrict shopping by home delivery, and use up store cupboard items. By only buying what I really need, which should be fresh fruit and veg and soya milk.
Cook at least twice a week using healthy ingredients

There are some resources on the internet about going vegan for Lent

and here

I am also trying to reduce purchasing items which come in plastic containers, because plastic is not environmentally sustainable.

I'm adding a few links about this on the right

Vegan Meal Plan using iCal

I have been interested in doing a meal plan for some time now, and I found that it was quite easy to create one using my computer's calendar.

There are options to add repeating event, such as having Lentil Curry on Tuesdays, traditional Meat-free Sunday Dinner, also add photos or links to recipes.
By using the date function it is easy to swap meals around, as I was planning Thai Green Curry today but I realised Lentil Soup would be a better choice as I need to use up some celery which is in the fridge. I haven't done Breakfasts or Lunches as I don't really have a plan yet for them, breakfaat is nearly always Porridge and Lunch nearly always some kind of bread based thing.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Photographs Of Newcastle: Newgate Street Closure - Storm Damage to Roofs - J...

Photographs Of Newcastle: Newgate Street Closure - Storm Damage to Roofs - J...: Gusts of up to 65mph wreaked havoc as Newgate Street in Newcastle city centre had to be closed after a roof collapsed leaving debris on the...

Corporation Street and Science City

Corporation Street, in Newcastle's Inner West, near Westgate Road and Westgate Hill, an area also known as Big Lamp

At the top of Corporation Street we can see the Sience City building site and views towards Gateshead and the centre of Newcastle

Sunday, 5 February 2017

vegan Dairy Free Cheese Savoury

I made vegan cheese savoury yesterday

A couple of ingredients can be found available in larger supermarkets or health food stores...
Dairy free salad cream or mayonnise,
Dairy free hard cheese,
You will also need 1 small brown onion,
1 carrot

Grate the cheese and put it in a container,
Peel and grate the carrot and add to the cheese,
Peel and finely chop the onion,
Add as much mayonnaise as you like, bearing in mind the more you add the more sloppy the result!

The cheese savory can be used in any sandwich filler capacity, or even in wraps or as a topping for baked potatoes, curries or whenever you fancy a cheesy accompaniment. Legend has it that Cheese Savoury originates in the North of England particularly in the North West, as a cheap way to make cheese last longer.

Fungus Foray, Ponteland Road

Found on an old tree stump Please visit there for latest news from Herbwormwood