One of the biggest hurdles that new vegans face is finding a vegan cheese. Most people, including myself were eating almost anything until recently. I have been vegan for only 3 and a half years and I am constantly improving my vegan repertoire of dishes that sharpen the appetite.

For a lot of people who are still “flirting” with going all vegan, the biggest challenge is sometimes how to live without cheese. So for all of you aspiring vegans, I can not recommend Violife highly enough. Try it, cook with it and sleep soundly at night.

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I am over the Moon to be working with Violife. By far one of my favorite vegan friendly companies. This year Violife was voted as the best vegan product for 2015. To be honest, I am not surprised at all. Violife delivers in many levels.

  1. You can buy it from most supermarkets, health stores or order it online.
  2. It is reasonably priced.
  3. It offers many variety of flavours and doesn’t compromise in texture.
  4. It is made with good quality ingredients, which agree with most dairy intolerant people.
  5. It offers a fantastic choice for vegans
  6. It tastes great. And it is, in my opinion the best vegan cheese option on the market.

 

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So as soon as I got the delivery, I got stuck into cooking. I could hardly contain my excitement as I saw all these wonderful varieties, so I tried every one as soon as I got them.

Prior to today, I have only tried the original and the cheddar style variety, so I felt spoiled for choice. The first thing I made was tomato and Violife sandwiches for my boys. My boys are not vegan, but they love Violife and it’s taste and texture.

Here are a few recipes that I loved making and they are now a staple in my kitchen. I get very territorial here when I am cooking and having Violife to cook and prepare food with has taken my cheesy dishes to a new level.

 

Here is the first recipe that I made. It takes literally 20 minutes to prepare.

Spinach Pasta Dish

(Serves 3-4 people)

  • Ingredients:
  • 500 gr pasta
  • 500 gr of spinach (washed)
  • A handful of fresh parsley (washed and finely chopped)
  • 7-8 spring onions (washed and nicely chopped)
  • 1 clove of garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • A teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Choose your favourite pasta shape, including spaghetti and cook it as normal. Once cooked, rinse it, season it lightly and leave it on a side.

 

 

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Spinach pasta with freshly grated Parmesan

In a large pan gently heat up some olive oil and add everything apart from the spinach and the parsley. Let the spring onion soften and change colour, and let the cumin seeds infuse the oil. Then add your spinach and put the lid on for about a minute or so until it becomes small and you can see water in the pan. Then, you add your ready pasta and put the cooker on a low heat. Mix well and let everything cook together for up to 3 minutes or so.

Place on a plate and sprinkle with some parsley. While hot grate some Violife Parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy!

This dish is also an idea for what you can do if you have some leftover pasta. I have made the exact same recipe by replacing the pasta with rice and it works just as good. It is so simple and very delicious.

My next recipe is probably my favourite, as I can make it in advance and cook to ensure freshness. It is also a wonderful idea to bring to a dinner party.

3 Cheese Vegan Pizza  

I use a very simple recipe to make the pizza base. Here it is.

Serves 10-12, Takes 90 minutes plus proving

For the dough 

  • 1/2 kg of strong bread flour.
  • 15 g dried yeast
  • 15 g sugar
  • A tea spoon of salt.
  • Espresso cup of olive oil, plus some for kneading and greasing.

For the tomato sauce

  • 500 ml tomato passata
  • Basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A pinch of cinnamon.
  • A pinch of ground cloves.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.

Toppings

  • 5 chestnut mushrooms (washed and finely chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (washed and chopped into rings)
  • 15 black olives ( stone removed  and cut into halves)
  • Violife Mozzarella (sliced into thin strips) 
  • Violife 3 peppers (sliced into thin strips) 
  • Violife tomato and basil (sliced into thin strips) 

Method to prepare the pizza base

  1. Put the flour in a mixing bowl. In a cup mix the yeast, sugar and 100 ml of warm water. Gently mix with a small whisk or a fork and let it dissolve and bubble for a few minutes until it becomes a foam. Pour the contents of the cup into the flour and make a well in the center.
  2. Add another 150 ml of warm water and a pinch of sea salt. Mix with a spoon and then start kneading with your very oily hands, adding a little bit more oil, so the dough is easy to handle. Keep kneading till you get a elastic, soft and smooth dough. Transfer it into an oiled bowl and cover it with damp cloth to keep the warm moisture. Let it prove for about an hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Meanwhile, you can prepare the tomato sauce and lightly roast the mushrooms and the peppers. To make the tomato base simply put all the ingredients into a small pot. Bring it to boil, and then let it simmer for 20 minutes, until the consistency is thicker and the color has gone darker. In a small tray you can place the mushrooms with the peppers.
  4. Once your dough is ready, cut it into two halves. Grease your chosen baking pan. The ideal size would be 20cmx30cm for 1/2 of the dough, but you can simply work with what you have by just using less dough. The aim is to make sure you have enough space for the dough to rise and bake and also to remain flat. Using your oily fingers, place the dough into the pan and stretch it to fill the edges and the corners of the pan. Make rows of evenly spaced dimples over the surface of the dough. Set the pan aside to prove for further 35-45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to fan mark 170-180 degrees. Once your dough is ready, simply spread some tomato sauce. Add your mushrooms, peppers and olives, sprinkle your cheeses and bake the pizza for about 25-30 minutes.
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3 Cheese Vegan Pizza

Once it’s ready let it rest for 1 minute. Cut into slices and enjoy. You can serve it with your favorite leafy greens and some more olives on the side. The combination of the three vegan cheeses works very well and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Before I wrap up this post, I want to share one more recipe with you. It’s for:

Vegan sun-dried tomato pesto 

I love roasted walnuts. The ones I am using are from my parent’s garden in Bulgaria. They seem to have captured the sunlight and have the earthy nutty taste that I know I have loved ever since I was a child. Growing up in Bulgaria, surrounded by an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables has made me love every plant even more.

I want to share one of my favourite recipes with you, sun-dried tomato pesto.

Ingredients:

  • Small cup of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil.
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic. (peeled and cut into halves)
  • A bunch of fresh basil.
  • A pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  • 100 gr of roasted and peeled walnuts.
  • 50 gr of Violife Parmesan cheese.

Simply put all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend for about a minute or so, until you reach your desired consistency.

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Serving suggestions for your sun dried tomato pesto-lazy pizza

This is the first vegan Parmesan that I have used, it really gives the pesto a true cheese taste and texture. It can be served as a dressing for your favourite salad, and it is also very nice with pasta or hummus.

Hope you have enjoyed my recipe. Feel free to share them with your friends and do get in touch for more tips.

I love cooking and creating recipes using simple ingredients with the help of some fantastic products like Violife cheese selections.

For full list of their amazing cheeses and spreads please hop over to Violife website and Follow them on Facebook for the latest news and information.

Once again, thank you so much Violife for letting me try and enjoy your products. You make every vegan pizza the best pizza! Thank you!

If you want to boost your sexual stamina and improve your performance in bed then there are some natural foods you can choose.

One such food especially for dinner is wild salmon. The fish is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids which help in the production of nitric acid. Nitric oxide increases flow of blood to the penis extending the erection. It also helps to cut down on calories.

Wild Salmon can also improve erectile dysfunction in men who suffer from metabolic syndrome. Another fruit that is very good and equivalent to buy viagra online to aid in sexual performance is watermelon. It contains L-citrulline, which is an amino acid that can help to make erection harder.

L-citrulline gets converted to L-arginine in the body which increases the production of nitric acid that enhances the blood flow in the penis and holds the erection for a longer time.

Foods that can take your Sexual Stamina to new heights

The green vegetable spinach helps to suppress appetite and can present you better in the nude. It also improves flow of blood in the lower half of the body. It is rich in magnesium a mineral that reduces swelling in the blood vessels increasing flow of blood which reaches all extremities increasing arousal. Folate rich spinach protects you against age related sexual issues.

Texas University has come forward with information that 80-165 milligrams of caffeine a day will protect men from erectile dysfunction.

Caffeine is said to cause certain reactions in the body which increase the flow of blood in the lower part which is very good for heart as well as circulation and is known to keep the sodium level under control.

Enhance your Sexual Stamina with Apples

Apples are said to have high level of quercetin which is an antioxidant flavonoid. It is known for its role of endurance whether it is for burning calories, elevating metabolism or increasing heart rate. A diet of apples will help to hold erection for a long time.

Quercetin is known to build new mitochondria in the cells of the body and increase the oxidative capacity of a person. It also helps in avoiding release of cortisone which is the cause of breakdown of muscle.

In other words you will be able to carry on for a long time without getting tired.

Have some oatmeal and see the effect. Oatmeal is a very good source of l-arginine which is an amino acid used for treating erectile dysfunction.

Besides, oatmeal whole grains help to lower the cholesterol level. Any person with high cholesterol can suffer from atherosclerosis which is clogging and narrowing of arteries.

Nuts are really increasing your Sex Drive

There are nuts like almonds which contain high level of fatty acids which are very important for producing hormones which can help in a lengthy sexual intercourse.

It has been found that the oil present in almonds can arouse women.

Arginine is the amino acids present in almonds which improve circulation and relaxesblood vessels. It also improves sexual efficiency in men.

So choose the right  foods and improve your sexual stamina.

Using hair straighteners is an effective method of styling your hair. The only downside of it is that the heat from it can cause hair damage.

There are a simple things you can do  to keep your hair healthy even if you use straighteners every day. Your goal is to straighten your hair without damaging it.

1.Eat foods that supply your hair with nutrients.

This includes protein, minerals and vitamins that will keep your hair healthy. Make sure you get protein, iron, Vitamin C, zinc, selenium, biotin, Omega 3 oils and Vitamin E in your diet. This will help not just your hair, but your overall wellbeing.

2. Give your hair a boost with a hair mask

Once a week, set aside 45 minutes dedicated to your hair. You can buy ready made hair masks that will nourish your hair or you can make one at home by mixing 2 egg yolks, 1/2 avocado and a spoonful of honey. Simply massage the well mixed mixture into clean damp hair and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse and let your hair dry naturally.

3. Use straighteners with ceramic blades

This is vital for maintaining healthy hair. Ceramic blades distribute the heat evenly and are less likely to burn your hair. Choose fully ceramic plates because they perform well and provide good value for money.

4. Use your straighteners on dry and untangled hair

Make sure your hair is completely dry and tangle free to avoid heat damage. Brush it throughout and remove all tangled parts if there are any.

5. Use the right products for your hair. 

Invest in a good quality heat protectant. Shop around for a good shampoo and conditioner that will keep your hair moisturized and light.  Hairdressers recommend that you change your products often, and remember not to use too much shampoo. This might cause dryness and if this happens it may cause further damage when you straighten your hair.

6. Let your hair cool down before you style it

Once you have straighten your hair it is better to let it cool down before you style it into a ponytail. This will protect your hair and will also ensure it has a healthy shine.

7. Avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet.

Brushing your hair while it’s wet may cause breakage. Wet hair is fragile and weak and it breaks easily. Gently press the water out and instead of using a brush use a wide toothed comb. This is a great habit to have in order to keep your hair shiny and reduce the appearance of split ends.

Bonus tip: Straighteners are not only for strengthening

With your hair straighteners you can create waves and curls. Some straighteners are designed to deliver amazing results and it’s worth investing in one.

You wash it, brush it, dry it and put all sorts of products on it. Your hair is also exposed to all the elements daily. You can have healthy shiny hair and yes, you can straighten your hair every day. Just be smart about it. iPersonalcare (https://www.ipersonalcare.com/best-hair-straightener/) explained  where you can find a wonderful selection and reviews with some of the best selling hair straighteners.