VEGAN CHICKEN PASTA SALAD // Recipe

   
80g uncooked pasta

100g vegan chicken style pieces

1/2 medium pepper

2inch chunk cucumber

7 cherry/plum tomatoes 

2tbsp pine nuts or cashews

8 basil leaves 

1tsp lemon zest (around 1/2 a lemon)

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This was inspired by Co-op vegan pasta dish, which you can easily buy, add some extra ‘chicken’ or chickpeas into for protein,  and bam easy lunch done.

 
Boil the pasta for 15 minutes (or however long the packet says) and while waiting, chop up your vegetables into small chunks.

Cook the vegan chicken if necessary (I use Quorn in the microwave covered in water for 4 minutes). Then set aside and leave to cool.

When ready, drain the pasta, run under cold water to cool it, and add the veg, chicken, pine nuts, and lemon zest.

Chop the basil finely, and scatter all over just before serving.

This is perfect to take along to a summer barbecue, or you could even pack it up to take to work with you as it lasts up to 5 days in the fridge. 

     
 

East Hills Café Bistro // Eating Out

Tucked away down a secluded lane, East Hills in Brundall is just a three minute walk down from the train station by the Yare pub.  
   

The olives were standardly pelasant in a simple brine, and the sundried tomatoes had a nice herbed oil on them. With the delicate, not overpowering olive oil and balsamic to dip, this was really a lovely board. They also offered a version with grilled vegetable and cheese, fish, or meat.

I think a sourdough or pitta could have been a slight improvement on the white bread, but the way it was presented was just so aesthetically pleasing I could see through it – it reminded me of a bread Jenga!

 
 

  

I opted for the soup of the day – courgette and tomato which I was surprised at how flavourful and notnoverly sweet it was (deinfitely better then your standard Heinz). And the bread that came with it was soft, fresh, and had to be almost an inch thick!

 

They also had a variety of paninis and sandwiches, such as this cheese and roasted vegetable, which were also available to pre order if you’re in a hurry.
  
  
Generously portioned, the dessert menu varied from warm classics, like this sticky toffee pudding with ice cream, to fresh summer sweet treats like eaton mess. 

They also had a selection of around five fresh cakes, flapjacks and cookies, as well as scones and sausage rolls.

  
The walk down is also gorgeous, with tonnes of trees and being able to sit outside means you can stare in envy at all the yachts (goals).

NORWICH VEGANS SUMMER FAYRE 2017 // Life

A few pics from the Norwich Vegans Summer Fayre 1st July. I can seriously recommend the cinnamon bun and peanut butter cups – both were some of the most amazing sweet treats I’ve ever had!!

  
  
  
   
  

 
   

  
  

  
  
  
  

A selection of seed butters – a perfect alternative for those with nut allergies (i have serious sympathy for those who have to live without peanut butter).

  

 
  
      

Deerly Beloved Bakery is well known around Norwich now; they provide cakes for Waterstones, the UEA, local cafes and many more places around the city.   

 
   

THE GENDER GAP IN EDUCATION // THOUGHTS

The whole gender gap issue is nothing new, and while you may feel it has been spoken, protested, and ranted about till the Earth’s end, until it’s closed, I don’t think we should stop talking about.

  
On Friday I attended a conference at the UEA, in which I took part in three classes (on poetry, Shakespeare and Hitler in modern comedies). While every one of these were absolutely brilliant, every one of these were also taught by a man. Now obviously if the expert in the subject field is a man, then gender should 100% not be an issue, but when in 2014, across the UK 22% of professors were female, there clearly IS an issue. While this is an improvement from the 15% in 2003, it still means less than 1 in 4 students are going to be taught by men. However, 1/3 of senior academic staff (excluding professors) are women – so why aren’t we getting those top jobs?! Until more students are seeing intelligent, respected, strong women giving those lectures, chances are they’re not going to feel as encouraged to want to become one themselves. 

Contradictory to this, there has actually been a rise in women going to University compared to men, and across the board females are generally out performing their male counterparts. 

    

  • UK 2015 more women then men in 2/3rds in University courses
  • Women 35% more likely to go to University
  • 2013 20 institutions where there are twice as many female full time undergraduates then there are males

One of my theories is that males are so used to having the upper hand, the majority feel high education is not as necessary for them. But when it’s only been since 1947 that women across every university in the U.K. has been ‘allowed’ to earn a full degree, perhaps we’re not taking out educational rights for granted.

It also got me thinking about my own schools – at my local primary school, every single teacher bar one is a women, and that one man? He’s the head, the highest held figure with the most authority in that building. To me, this is a clear sign that women are still taking the more ‘nurturing’ role, and that as students get older, it’s thought they need a more ‘firm’ hand (hence why there’s more men in High Schools/Colleges). 

  
In addition to this, in 2012, 64% of the lowest paid workers were women. Taking into consideration that 76.5% of single parent households were headed by mothers, you can image that those who fall under both those brackets are going to be finding it pretty hard to provide for not just themselves, but their children. And the chances of those then going into universities? Students from private schools are still two and a half times more likely to attend a leading university than those from state schools.

  
Obviously this is just a tiny part of the gender gap issue, and I’m sure people could hunt out plenty of counter arguments but you can’t really deny the facts above in black and white. And I hope that you’re encouraged to take a wider look at who’s around you and in what positions, so we can work towards a more equal society with equal opportunities for all. 

Sources: 
(and I would definitely check these out to broaden your knowledges)

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jun/13/single-fathers-uk-statistics

http://www.striking-women.org/module/workplace-issues-past-and-present/gender-pay-gap-and-struggle-equal-pay

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/proportion-of-female-professors-up-but-still-below-a-quarter/2018824.article

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

Garden Tools – things like sheers, plant pots, or expanding hoses always go down well.

‘Posh’ Shirts – men are notoriously bad at choosing their own clothes, so simplying buying stuff for them is the best way to give them push in the right direction. My favourite are from FatFace (around £40) and NEXT (around £25)

Navy Short Sleeve Printed Dot Oxford Shirt

Sweet Treats – at under a tenner, this company has tonnes of different sweets to choose from all in a cute bottle container.

Marmite Popcorn – if he falls into the ‘love’ side of Marmite, get him something a bit more special like this popcorn, chocolate bar, or even a personalised maritime jar.

Joe & Seph’s Marmite® Popcorn

Fudge –

The Toffee Shop Fudge 454g

Drink – if you find out what his favourite drink is, then chances are they’ll be a set to go with it, but there are generic gifts, such as this 5 can beer set at a very reasonable £20. And if alcohol isn’t their thing, try this ginger beer, or even make your own for an equally delicious beverage.

Beer Hawk Top Dad Beer Box

BBQ – on the slightly more expensive end, BBQ’s are a great present if you know it’s something he’s been yearning over for a while now. With not many mouths to feed, these smaller ones are perfect and only £24.99, or you can go all out with an absolute beast of  a BBQ, like this.

Mug – easy and simple, this old classic is always a reliable option for when you’re really running last minute. In the weeks leading up to Father’s Day, pretty much all supermarkets, shops and even card factories will have enough mugs to last a life time.