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Andrea Wren
Manchester UK
Journalist & travel writer in one travelicious bundle!
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Well folks - if you have been enjoying Chocolate and Beyond and my recipes, it's time to show me the love. How? By casting your vote in this year's VegFest Awards 2014, where my little ol' blog has been, wait... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Spring is all around and so are the fruits of nature, you only have to know what you're looking for. And after going on a foraging walk a couple of weeks ago with a friend, I discovered a new, foragable... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Chocolate and Beyond
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What's there to complain about in life when the postie delivers a box of vegan choccie and Easter eggs, all for you? This week has been a tough one as I fell sick last Sunday and am still not right.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Chocolate and Beyond
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The things you manage to discover when your oven explodes and is out of action! There is always a silver lining, because now I've found out how to make this amazing stove top, frying pan vegan pizza, and I doubt... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Chocolate and Beyond
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This is vegan comfort food at its best! Hearty, filling, simple to make, and - for those who are interested - entirely gluten free. It was so delicious that once it was cooked, I found I couldn't stop eating it.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Chocolate and Beyond
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At long last, a recipe! Thanks to my Dad, I have a camera, and therefore can start to take pictures and post recipes again. Yay! I still need to get the hang of taking decent photos with it, as the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Last week I had a surprise invite to review the Oak Street Cafe Bar, where along with other food bloggers and local reviewers, we got treated to a fabulous lunch and some wine tasting. Housed inside Manchester Craft and Design... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Phew, it's been a busy couple of weeks! And next week on 20th November, it will be the launch night of Vegan Manchester, a new social group for vegans, their friends, and the vegan curious, to be held at Soup... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Finally, a new recipe from me! It's been a long time coming, I know. I was away in Thailand for over a month, and while I was travelling, my camera actually broke. SOB! Now the display has gone really weird... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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After a month in Thailand and a few computer problems to sort out, I am finally home and able to post again. Not that I was desperate to get home. In fact, I'm downright miserable to be back! Other than... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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I wanted to squeeze in one last recipe before I head off to Thailand next week. I shall be there a full month, so you'll see a bit less of me, but hopefully I'll get a chance to blog about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Although it's been open for more than a year, it was just a few weeks ago that I visited BrewDog Manchester for the first time. I have been to a London Camden branch before, swayed by the prospect of vegan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Have you been wondering how to use up that kohlrabi that came in your organic veg box this week? If you're anything like me, the weird and wonderful fruits and veggies that come in boxes can be baffling to know... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Hot coffee doesn't thrill me at all. I always think it smells better than it tastes. But when it comes to a lush, iced coffee of some kind, I'm there. I really love iced frappuccino style of drinks, and they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Just a short post to make an annoucement! After many hours of hard labour (heh), I've now created a Recipe Index page on Chocolate and Beyond. This should help you find recipes more easily, as I have listed all my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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I was utterly greedy and ate a full one of these. It was too much, I was stuffed full and then felt a little in pain. But I blame the after-effects of doing Live Below the Line, as this was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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I know I'm a little late for Wimbledon, but we still have summer ahead of us to enjoy this beautiful and heavenly Peaches & Strawberry Cream Smoothie. And this really is delightful, so creamy and just sweet enough. It's hard... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Raw blueberry pie, oh my. And as promised on Monday when I announced the Shine Inside and Out giveaway from raw food goddess Rebecca Kane, I am posting Rebecca's exclusive recipe for this gorgeous raw food dessert. Although I do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Does the idea of 'raw food' conjure images of cows chewing the cud, or rabbits nibbling on lettuce? I have to admit, I too was guilty of harbouring misconceptions about raw food until a couple of years ago. I thought... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Oh my god! Do not, I repeat, do not, look at the name of this recipe and think "Urgh! That's one of those raw vegan recipes, I won't be eating THAT!" This chilled, raw soup is utterly delectable. And let's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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The first thing I want to about my Live Below the Line challenge, which I finished a few days ago, is thank you so much to the kind people who sponsored me and helped me raise £243 for Action Against... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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After realising I was going to have jiggle my menus around somewhat to ensure I eat the things I've made, and keep within my £1 daily limit, breakfast today was one of my chilli bean burgers, an eighth of my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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I started the day rather late today after sleeping in past 10am. Bearing in mind I still had to get up at 6am with the dog - though came back to bed, obviously - and most other mornings for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Gah why did I buy that awful pasta sauce? Oh I know. Because it was CHEAP. Urgh. Now I have two more meals to face with it, after lunch today finished my second portion. I really wished I'd thought more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond
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Today is Day One of my Live Below the Line challenge, which I signed up for to raise funds for Action Against Hunger and awareness of the issue of extreme poverty. I know already I'm the one getting it easy.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Chocolate and Beyond