Monday, 30 October 2017

Journey to Vegetarianism leading to Veganism

In Spring 2016, my husband was talking to his brother who was on a journey to veganism and he shared a documentary with my husband called Cowspiracy.

Here's the link to the short 15 minute version & also the full documentary:
Cowspiracy 15 minute version
Cowspiracy Full Documentary

It talks about the impact on the environment by eating meat and dairy, it really struck us that we needed to change our diets and our families diet to do something to help the impact on our planet. Since watching the documentary we have been trying to reduce our impact on the earth through our diet and also the way which we shop.


We are heading towards veganism - we started this journey by researching and then became completely vegetarian in summer 2016. We have noticed some wonderful health benefits to vegetarianism and actually surprisingly have not missed eating meat at all. Once, we were comfortable with vegetarianism we have started to try to reduce the amount of dairy products we consume, mainly cutting out one by one. We're not quite completely vegan yet, but we're making good headway to being completely dairy free in our house.


We try to buy things locally, so we buy fruit and vegetables from a local farm shop who deliver a mixed fruit and vegetable box fortnightly directly to our door.
We buy as much as we can of our store cupboard shopping in bulk from a local ethical & co-operative wholesalers.
We do still buy some things from supermarkets but try not to shop at the big multinational companies ie Asda, Tesco, etc. Living in Bradford we get shopping from Morrisons as they're based in our city, so it promotes local jobs & employment, but the amount we spend in Morrisons has reduced significantly from a few years ago.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Coming Soon . . . Essencia by Ruth

Essencia is Portuguese for essence & means:
  • Nature
  • Soul
  • Being
  • Lifeblood

For some time, I've been on a journey to chemical-free living, ethical shopping and how can we help our environment through what we eat. I really feel I want to share this journey with you through my new venture . . . . ESSENCIA by Ruth!

The different aspects to this journey are:
  • learning about pure essential oils & their natural benefits to our bodies
  • being aware of what we eat & what we choose to eat especially in relation to vegetarianism and veganism
  • chemical-free living in keeping us and our houses clean

I will be sharing about my journey by:

  • running classes online & in person
  • running make & take parties
  • selling products which are ethical & benefit the environment
  • sharing recipes

Friday, 6 October 2017

Carrot & Coriander Soup


600-700g carrots, peeled & sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
Olive oil
Bunch of fresh coriander
1 large potato, chopped into chunks
3 stems of celery (optional), sliced
500-750ml vegetable stock (I make with 2 veg OXO cubes)
1 tbsp ground coriander
Pinch of cumin


  1. Heat the oil gently in a large pan & fry the onion until soft.
  2. Add the carrots & celery to the pan & fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Allow the soup to cool for 10-15 minutes, then blend the soup to a puree.

Serve with some warm crusty bread.

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