Lazy vegetarian Christmas: Roast Potatoes, Puff Pastry Shepherds Pie and how to make the most out of your sprouts.


Hello everyone! This blog has been a bit inactive lately as I spent a monthtravelling through Europe and during that time I was running a travel blog, then I had work and since Christmas I would love to say I’ve been busy running around spreading cheer but in reality I’ve been lying in bed watching far too much TV. I’m going to start updating this blog more regularly in the new year and although I’m sure you’re all sick of Christmas food I’m going to start with what I made for me and my (omnivore) parents on Christmas day.

Herby Roast Potatoes

Roast Potatoes are one of the most delicious and easy things to cook at any time of the year, but they’re also quite easy to get wrong. The moment when you bite into a beautiful potato just to realise that it hasn’t cooked properly is a…

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Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas eve! This year has gone scarily quickly and I know a lot of you can’t wait for this year to be over. Some of us (like me!) have had a great year and others have really, really not but hopefully we can still all spend tomorrow celebrating what we have in our lives right now.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! 

Seasons greetings from London.


Day 19: Bucharest

Europe via Bus

This has been the worst day of my trip by far.

It started off so well. After my failed attempt to visit Bran Castle yesterday I successfully went with my new Australian friend and we even saw Rasnov as well. I mean granted Bran is very over hyped and Rasnov was basically closed for the winter, but still.

Bran castle is nice, but it’s not quite what you expect it to be. I was expecting something huge and imposing but like many before me I found it a little underwhelming. Okay it’s hardly a one bedroom flat, but it doesn’t actually look that massive. There was also construction works going on around done of the outside walls of the castle which kind of ruined the illusion, but from certain angles it was really pretty.

Despite the fact that Bran castles main modern claim to fame is Dracula in reality the…

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Days 20-21 Bucharest and Sofia

Europe via Bus


I’d heard a lot of bad things about Bucharest from Romanians and non-Romanians alike, but it wasn’t that bad. The old town is pretty nice (although it’s too big and commercial to have the same appeal as Brasov) and if you’re into clubbing it’s definitely a good place to go. A Romanian girl in my room went out every night I was there and she seemed to have a great time; she kept trying to encourage the rest of the room to come but the first night I was too dead from the endless walking with the giant backpack and I was pretty exhausted for the rest of Bucharest as a result.

I went on the Bucharest walkabout tour on the second day. We learned about an old and famous restaurant which is located in what used to be a popular trading area, we saw one of Vlad the…

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Days 16-18: Brasov, Romania

Europe via Bus

Let’s pick up where we left off in Brasov, Romania.


Brasov is beautiful. There is more in Brasov apart from the Old Town and when I walked through on the way to the (wrong) bus station I saw that it had tower blocks and ugly streets just like everywhere else, but the city center is really, really nice. People aren’t lying when they say it’s a medieval city. I mean it has a McDonald’s and an Orange shop and everything you’d expect to see but man. Some of the buildings are amazing.

The city is surrounded by forest filled mountains and at the top of one of them is a big Hollywood style that says Brasov in huge white letters. Apparently the mountains are filled with wolves, bears, and birds but it’s also a really popular place for hiking in the summer. The mountains also get covered with mist and…

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