Hey guys, normal blogging has been resumed!  Thank you for all your lovely comments.

It’s been a crazy week; I’m not quite sure where to start and my mind’s turned to mush.  I completed my community placement on Friday (and passed it with flying colours, woo woo) so I’m now back in university for a few weeks before we break up for the summer holidays.  Whilst driving back from my final day with the team of community nurses and trying to process the mix of emotions I felt I popped into Tesco and found…

Gluten-free Oats!   Yes, I know they have been available in the States for a while but we, in the UK, are a bit behind.  Oh, the host of recipes that await my baker’s hand.

On Saturday I spent the whole day practising Iyengar Yoga at a workshop led by Glenn Ceresoli.  He was brutal and I think I struggled through all the asanas.  I’ve only been practising a year but everyone else there had been practising for at least 10 years, I’d say.  It was such a challenging and inspiring day.  And it was great to be surrounded by others who share a passion for yoga.  The only down side was that Glenn didn’t offer any modifications to the full asanas for those (i.e. just me) who were less able.  This was a big shame.  Luckily I was practising next to a generous, thoughtul yogi who guided and helped me.  What a day though; truly great.

Sunday was a relaxed one, where I caught up on chores and some of my fave blogs (there are loads I still need to read!), whilst nursing my sore muscles.  I also finally made a dessert I’ve been meaning to try for ages:

Amazing Hot Fudge Sundae Cake as featured on The Voracious Vegan‘s blog.  SO good.  Naturally I made it gluten-free, which worked like a dream.  Both Tom and I are loving it.  And it tastes just as good the day after when it’s been refridgerated, if it lasts that long.

I’ve also been enjoying lots of salads including this beauty:

Spiralized carrot and radish salad with avocado and walnut lentil pate.  I may review the spiralizer I used on here soon.  Believe it or not, I bought it last summer yet only opened and tried it out this week.  Who am I?

Finally, today Tom and I booked a holiday!  We’re visiting New York, Washington DC, and Williamsburg at the end of August; can’t wait!  We were going to try to pop across to Canada (Toronto) but we were only able to afford a week’s holiday so can’t.  Nonetheless we love the US and are SO excited about visiting again.  We’ve never visited the east coast before.  If anyone has any recommendations for places to eat and stay that would be much appreciated.

Last, but not least, check out the giveaways from Nelly and Averie; books and goodies galore!

Hope your week has started off well. x


13 thoughts on “Excitement

  1. i’d love to find gluten free oats…i haven’t seen them in toronto yet…

    i’m actually going to new york too at the end of august beginning of september…pretty excited!


  2. That sundae cake looks amazing! Yum. 🙂 Hope you have a great week!


  3. Yay to completing your community placement!! Good one girl. On and double yay to using your spiraliser. I think we both know how much I LOVE mine!!!

    Also Sarah, thanks heaps for your contribution on my post yesterday. It was wonderful to get some dialogue happening and no, you silly thing, your brain was not turned to mush at all 😉


  4. PS not sure if you know this, but I have been doing my own research on oats, and apparently all oats are gluten free, the only reason why companies cannot say they are as most companies use the same equipment as wheat to mill the oats, but essentially oats are gluten free. Cool hey! You probably already knew this?


  5. congrats on passing w/ flying colors!

    “Amazing Hot Fudge Sundae Cake as featured on The Voracious Vegan’s blog.”–SAW that on Tasha’s blog and have been meaning to make that or any of her desserts!

    thx for the shoutout and have a super week!


  6. Hi ladies!

    Thanks for your comment re. the oats, which can be a bit a mindfield. Hope they will help my other readers too 🙂



  7. A whole day of yoga!?!? YIKES! That sounds intense but amazing. I’m so proud of you for making it.

    Your beautiful spiralized dish of veggies looks YUMMY! So beautiful and fresh.

    And YAY! I’m so glad you were able to de-gluten the cake and that you liked it! 🙂


  8. Hello! I have just happened upon your lovely blog. Your dishes look fantastic! May I ask what blend of flours you used to make the cake gluten free? Did you simply substitute rice flour in for the wheat, or did you do something more complex?

    Thank you!


  9. Oh, heavens Sarah – this post is just full of great stuff!

    First of all – congrats on completing your placement. You deserve to celebrate after all your hard work!!

    Second of all – a whole day of yoga? what a dream! I think it’s amazing that you got in there and did your best, even though you weren’t as experienced as perhaps some others.

    Third of all – that cake and the spiralized salad look awesome! I’ve been wanting a spiralizer for the longest time. I’d love to hear your review.

    And last – yay for your visit to the U.S.! Too bad you aren’t coming to Oklahoma (ha!)…I’d love to meet up! You’ll have the best time on the East coast…it’s so quaint and pretty:)


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