super easy vegan carrot cake

this cake was super easy to make and to my surprise it was so delicious.

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8 oz / 225g grated carrot
6 oz / 170g sultanas or raisins
5 oz / 140g SR white flour
5 oz / 140g SR wholemeal flour
6 oz / 170g sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
7 fl oz / 200 ml vegetable oil
7 fl oz / 200 ml water
pinch of salt
dash of vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5.
To make the cake, stir all the dry ingredients together and then mix the wet ones in.
Bake for 45 minutes, then reduce oven to 160C/325F/gas mark 3 and cook for another 30 minutes. Cool in tin.

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booklist

i read an awful lot, and I feel like i have no time to read yet i manage to read 1-2 books a week. i always make lists what i need to read next and it just gets longer and here it is which books i came up for these two days

  1. green angel- alice Hoffman
  2. the doom spell- Cliff Mcnish
  3. the five people you meet in heaven – Mitch Albom
  4. an offer you can’t refuse – Jill Mansell
  5. happy ever after- Adele Geras
  6. the book thief – Marcus Zusak
  7. the night circus- Erin Morgenstein
  8. grow up- Ben Brooks
  9. the daughter of smoke and bone- Laini Taylor
  10. Q:a love story-Evan Mandery
  11. happily ever after – Harriet Evans
  12. the tiny wife- Andrew Kaufman
  13. a walk in the park – Jill Mansell
  14. a million miles in a thousand years – Donald Miller
  15. king dork – Frank Portman
  16. star girl – Jerry Spinelli
  17. billy and me – Giovanna Fletcher
  18. the bone season – Samantha Shannon
  19. you’re the one that i want -Giovanna Fletcher
  20.  starter for ten – David Nicholls

book review:eat, pray, love

Eat. Pray. Love by Elizabeth Glibert

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‘Elizabeth is in her thirties, settled in a large house with a husband who wants to start a family. But she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a rebound fling later, Elizabeth emerges battered yet determined to find what she’s been missing.
So begins her quest. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains neraly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally in Bali, a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to love again.’
Now this is my kind of autobiography! I saw the film first and even though the critics gave it a bit of a bashing, in all honesty, I liked it! The book was an impulse buy at €4.97 with any other purchase but I ended up reading it before the book I’d actually gone into Waterstones to buy.
The novel is separated into three parts: Italy, India and Bali and each part has 36 chapters plus an epilogue which, in total, equals 109. Miss Gilbert explains at the beginning of the book that 109 is the number of beads that makes up the Japa Malas (a string of beads used in prayer of meditation). Before Elizabeth has started her story, I felt as if she’d shared part of her spiritual experience in such a simple and clever way. It made me feel uplifted and ready to take on the new, exotic ideas and cultures that would be thrown at me in this book.
Italy truly made my mouth water. Now, Julia Roberts is a skinny-pinny so she could afford to put on two stone as Elizabeth Gilbert did on her four month long trip to Rome. Somehow, I don’t think I could be as reckless, however, I was tempted at the leisurely idea of living alone in the most romantic city in the world, eating the food and soaking in the romance.
India was a shock contrast. Miss Gilbert stays in an ashram, a place of worship and meditation where she has to scrub temple floors to earn her lodgings. The description and pictures painted for me were breathtaking. Glibert’s humour is irresistable as she struggles with teaching her busy, erratic mind the art of meditation but she soon finds enlightenment, as did I along with her.
Bali is Elizabeth’s place of balance. Or as I saw it, her place of romance. No novel is complete without a little bit of lovey-dovey in my opinion and by the time Elizabeth and I got to Bali, I felt lonely without it! However, she finds it just at the right time with the help of ‘toothless medicine man’ Ketut. I’m glad this was an autobiography because knowing there is a man out there like dear, little Ketut makes me feel a lot happier about the world.
The people Gilbert meets on her journey were such a joy to read about and I feel if I were to ever meet the real people, they’d feel like long lost friends. I urge you to read this book. Especially if you are a woman. It’s something every female needs to read just to uncover that sense of adventure and freedom in all of us that most of us so rarely let out of it’s box.

BOOK REVIEW: ONE DAY

I Read an awful lot and a lot of people ask me to recommend books, so i thought i would kill two birds with one stone (not literally) and recommend something

ONE DAY by David Nicholls 

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“Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY”
One Day I was standing at a train station confronted with a huge orange poster much like the front cover of a book i had bought a year earlier but hadn’t read. So I brought it with me to the coast, when i went on holiday and didn’t put it down. ‘One Day’ was quite a match for Mickey Mouse to steal my affection! I have to say it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s funny, honest and unbelievably true to life. There were moments i provoked odd looks from passers by when I’d literally laughed out loud and even once, gasped. I felt connected to every character in the book in some way simply because I knew someone exactly like them which made it so enjoyable to read. It’s one of those books you can read over and over again and never tire of it. Often whilst reading the book I forgot what was fiction and what was reality and felt myself feeling the same emotions as the characters even when i wasn’t reading anymore! I am copiously hoping that David Nicholls produces another brilliant read for i am dearly missing the characters of One Day already!