Recipe by Monica Bradsley 

Red quinoa salad with sugar snap peas is really tasty. The earthy nutty flavor of the quinoa with the sweet peas is a great combination and the almonds add good crunch. The parsley, present in both the salad and the dressing, brightens up the entire dish. It provides balance and helps the taste buds better distinguish flavors which improves the overall experience of eating this salad. Who knew that a small leafy herb could bring so much to the table? Just make sure to use the freshest parsley you can get your hands on to get the full effect.

Serves 4

The Salad
1 cup of vegetable broth, reduced sodium
1 cup fresh sugar snap peas
½ cup red quinoa, rinsed and drained
¼ cup slivered almonds
Handful of fresh parsley
Black pepper

The Dressing
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
Drizzle of honey
Olive oil, as needed


1. Bring the broth to a boil over medium high heat. Season with a little pepper.
2. Add the quinoa, stir and reduce to a simmer.
3. Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes or until tender.
4. Remove from the heat and leave covered for 5 minutes.
5. Fluff with a fork and leave to cool.
6. Add the dressing ingredients into a food processor and pulse until well incorporated. You can also whisk everything together if desired.
7. Assemble the salad by adding the quinoa to a bowl with the peas and almonds. If desired, you can sauté the peas in a little oil, salt and pepper for added flavor.
8. Drizzle with the dressing.
9. Gently toss the salad to coat everything in dressing.
10. Top with the fresh parsley.
11. Serve or chill prior to serving.


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If you know what locksmiths do, you should also know how they do it. A locksmith uses tools that are specially designed for every function of a lock or security system. There are a few essential tools that every locksmith has by default, and these tools are most commonly used on security systems and/or locks. Using these tools isn’t easy, and neither is the job of a locksmith. Tools are specialized and personalized according to the type of lock that the locksmith is dealing with. You might need to know what kind of tools a locksmith uses, so that you can successfully keep an eye on what your locksmith is doing. Here is a list of five important tools that locksmiths use. Let’s take a look.

5 Important Tools Used By Locksmiths

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1. Key extractors

Mostly used for removing a broken or a stuck key, key extractors are used. A key extractor can be pushed in through the keyhole to extract a wedged or stuck key. If there is a broken key in it, a key extractor can procure that easily as well. It can also remove anything else that might be stuck in the keyhole or the lock. With a key extractor, it gets easier for the locksmith to obtain whatever it is that has gotten wedged into the lock cylinder or keyhole.

2. Handheld scope

This is the type of tool that provides access to viewing the lock cylinder properly. Sometimes there are corners and nooks that can’t be seen at the first glance. A handheld scope provides a better vision of the problem that the locksmith might be facing. Some security systems are designed in complex ways that cannot easily be seen into without the proper exposure. A handheld scope helps in viewing the complicated patterns and mechanism of the lock cylinder or the security system that the locksmith is dealing with.

3. Tension wrenches

Tension wrenches come in types of light, medium, and rigid. Based on the kind of situation you are stuck in, the locksmith will use the particular type of tension wrench. A tension wrench exerts pressure on the lock cylinder to get it to provide access to the locksmith. This tool is commonly used by locksmiths everywhere when it comes to dealing with stubborn or inflexible locks or lock cylinders, depending on the kind of problem has arisen over it.

4. Computerized picks

Lock picks that are computerized usually work where a normal lock pick doesn’t. An advanced security system that consists of combination structure usually requires a computerized lock pick to crack it open. These instruments are more fragile and tricky to use, and a locksmith must be aware of their use at the right point of time. Electric pick guns are also available that locksmiths, at times, use in case the computerized lock pick doesn’t exactly work to their aid. Electric pick guns also come in various types and a locksmith must know which one to use.

5. Plug spinner

This is the most basic tool that locksmiths widely use. A plug spinner is a tool that can revert locks i.e. it is used to unlock the lock in case of a lost key. This is the most commonly used tool, because most cases are of lost or forgotten keys, which is usually solved by using a plug spinner. A plug spinner needs separate parts to work based on the kind of lock that is being dealt with. A locksmith, like the 24 hour Vegas locksmiths do, must know what part should be used for the specified lock, because if the right part isn’t used, the job becomes relatively difficult.
A locksmith uses a lot of important and essential tools, but the aforementioned five are the most indispensable ones. Every locksmith must have these tools at their expense, and if you are planning to make a career as a locksmith, you might just need them regularly. A professional locksmith knows that these tools are absolutely essential and are also a long-term asset for their professional career.

Finally I can sit down and share with you a wonderful recipe for a free from chocolate cake. As an aspiring vegan recipe creator I am always on a look out for the perfect chocolate cake recipe. 

Looking after and feeding my baby makes every 20 or so minutes very precious and productive at the same time. I am over the moon and madly in love with our youngest addition of the family, I am so grateful and feel so lucky and privileged to bring another amazing boy with us.

free from coconut milk drink tesco

So when I was offered to try some items from the free from section in Tesco, I was delighted. One of the recipes that is a result of bringing new products to the kitchen is this vegan chocolate cake. I used the Tesco free from coconut milk, which is also very nice in my coffee, by the way. 

Surprisingly this time the recipe inspiration came from Nigella Lawson. I made this cake a week before I gave birth to our youngest son and I almost ate all of it myself. The cake was a real hit with the rest of the family. 

So here is what you need for the cake

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda
½  of a teaspoon of sea salt
2 teaspoons of espresso coffee (mine is made in the Moka pot, but you can use instant coffee as well)  
¾ of a cup of unsweetened cocoa
1 ½ cups of Muscovado unrefined sugar
1 ½ cups of warm coconut milk (or any other plant milk)
6 tablespoons of coconut oil (90ml)
1 ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar


Put the flour, bicarb soda, salt, instant espresso and cocoa in a bowl and use a fork to mix.
Mix together the sugar, water, coconut oil and vinegar until the coconut oil has melted, and stir into the dry ingredients. You then pour into the prepared tin and bake for 35 minutes. You should check at the 30-minute mark to see if it’s finished. 
When it’s ready, the cake will be coming away from the edges of the tin and a cake tester will come out clean, apart from a few crumbs. This is a fudgy cake and you don’t want to overdo it.
Once the cake is cooked, transfer the tin to a wire rack and let the cake cool in its tin.

While the cake is cooling down you can make the icing. I made a simple vanilla icing with coconut cream. Beat the coconut cream, adding icing sugar and vanilla extract until it becomes thick and leave in a fridge for about an hour. Serve with a few fresh blueberries and enjoy!

easy vegan chocolate cake recipe