Lord of Misrule review


Lord of Misrule has been somewhat of a legend to me, I didn’t cotton on to the Lush pandemic until spring this year. I missed all the holiday and limited edition lines! So when I found out about Lord of Misrule, I made it my mission to get one.

I can’t tell you how chuffed I am with the new Halloween 2016 line! I don’t think there’s been a product I haven’t liked.


Anyway, I’m obsessed with the smell of Patchouli, I love it. It sounds daft but it really does warm and uplift my soul. After doing a bit of research I’ve discovered that it has many healing properties I had no clue about. Apart from it being an antiseptic, antibacterial and an antidepressant, it can help soothe inflammation and can promote cell growth on wounded skin. Magical right?! If you think that’s special, I also learned that Vanilla neutralises free radicals (bad cells) and helps keep your body’s balance and immunity in check AND can help prevent (some) certain cancers. Now that really is magical!! Along with the black pepper oil, which is amazing for improving circulation and for relieving muscle pain and cramps, this is generally an all round uplifting and very sexy bath bomb!


I will say, I think it’s a very grown up smell, my kids hate it! It’s rich and sultry with a spicy sweetness that’s impossible to rebuke!


Looks wise, it’s pale green in colour with tiny little pink specks, looks a little like an egg! Being as decadent as it is, it’s definitely worthy of the crown that adorns it too.


It’s a slow fizzer, mine lasted a good ten minutes and slowly turns the water from an earthy green to a red wine kind of colour, it’s beautiful to watch the colours mix! What surprised me the most about


Lord of Misrule adds a conditioning value of the water. The bath water was clearly thicker and silky soft on the skin, it reminded me of putting on a pair of brand new, very expensive luxury underwear.


Overall, it’s a stunning bath bomb.   Both in the bath and for the body and mind. I’ll definitely be investing in several to see me through until next year. That being the basis for my 9/10 mark, Lord of Misrule should be available all year round!

Gooey Chocolate Browniesย 


Who doesn’t love a gooey, chocolate laden, soft and sweet brownie? The more chocolate the better in my opinion. That’s why I use cocoa powder as well as melted chocolate.

These brownies are quick and simple to make and leave very little washing up.

As far as egg replacer goes, I use VeganEgg but any dairy free egg replacer will do, just make up two eggs worth according to manufacturers instructions. Chia and flax egg work well too however will result in a grainy texture and is a whole load of faffing.

Ingredients:
120g coconut oil

100g dairy free chocolate

135g brown sugar

Egg replacer for 2 eggs

30g cocoa powder

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

A pinch of instant coffee (no coffee taste, just adds depth to the chocolate)

90g plain flour

Optional extras: (no amounts here, you’ll know what’s best!)
Chocolate chips
Various nuts

Cherries or dried fruit

Coconut chunks/flakes

Pretty much anything that you have in the cupboard.

Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and line a 12 by 8 inch brownie pan.

Make up your egg replacer as per manufacturers instructions and set aside
In a bain marie (bowl over simmering water) add your chocolate and coconut oil and heat slowly until completely melted and mixed together.

Remove from the heat and stir in your sugar, cocoa powder, salt, coffee, baking powder and vanilla. Add in your egg replacer and mix until well combined.

Lastly, gently fold in your flour and add in any extras you want. Here I’m using 100g chocolate chips and a handful of walnuts.
Pour out your mixture into you prepared tin, spread to the sides and bake on a middle shelf for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the level of squidgyness required.

Once baked, leave to cool for a good half an hour then transfer to a wire rack. I recommend leaving the baking paper on until they’re completely cool and you’re ready to slice, save pulling it to pieces!
Once completely cold and set firm, slice into squares or fingers and serve with light dusting of cocoa powder.

If yours manage to magically make it past the first day, place in an airtight container and these will keep for a week.


That’s if you have the willpower!
Enjoy

Roasted Tomato Sauce

This is a great base recipe for an array of hearty meals that the whole family can enjoy! From Chili con Carne to stews and soups. This one we used for a pasta bake. Please note, this is a basic recipe and can have things added or omitted as you see fit. Mine ended up being a tomato and basil one.

Ingredients:

1 Kg of tomatoes. A mixed bag is best but standard garden tomatoes will be fine.

1 large red onion

2 cloves of garlic

A handful of basil

Olive oil/coconut oil

Salt and pepper to taste

I use a reasonably deep set baking tray and literally throw all my ingredients but the basil at it!


Try to keep it in a single flat layer, drizzle with your chosen oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 180 degrees for about 40 minutes. Or until everything is nice and squishy and there are a few caramelised bits.


Leave to cool until it reaches room temperature.
I like to use this time to have a cuppa and put my feet up for an hour, or walk the dog if I’m feeling particularly energetic!
Once reasonably cool, I transfer the entire contents of the tray and all the liquids in the bottom and a handful of basil to my trusty blender Lola and pulse ten or so times. You can do more or less, I like mine with a few chunks.
It’s important not to use hot ingredients in a blender, things get very messy and very painful! Trust me, I’ve done it!

Once completely cooled, pour into sterilised jars. This amount of tomatoes usually yields about two mason jars full and can be stored for around two weeks with a tight seal and a cold fridge.

As I said, this recipe is completely adaptable. You can add anything that tickles your fancy and you’re pretty much guaranteed to end up with an awesome result.

Yoga Bomb Reviewย 

I love this little beauty! It was the first bath bomb I ever had and it continues to be one of my all time favourite Lush products.

Yoga Bomb is made up of Oilbanum, also known as Frankincense, Cassie Absolute, Sandalwood and Ho Wood oil. And all of the essential bath bomb goodies. And it smells every bit of powerful as it sounds!

Initially, Yoga Bomb looks a little plain and boring. Pale orange in colour with an obvious amount of glitter/lustre in it. If you’re lucky, you might get a little peek of the colours inside. It’s smell is much more appealing than the just the look of the bomb itself.


I can smell Frankincense and Sandalwood first, very spicy and warm and a (pleasant) earthiness about it with a definite sweet fruity element, which I think is the Cassie Absolut. It’s a seductive smell, there’s no two ways about it!


Generally, I find Yoga Bomb not to be too moisturising, however it softens the water just enough to feel like you’re enveloped in luxury. My skin is always soft when I get out and there’s always enough glitter to remind me where I’ve been!


Bearing in mind it’s completely apt name, Yoga Bomb is every bit of relaxing as it suggests. It’s a winding down bath. It relaxes muscles and the Sandalwood is a natural sedative, so is sleep inducing to boot.


What else can I say, it’s beautiful.

9/10 (would be a ten had it been a little more moisturising)

Lush life!ย 

What can I say? What a beautiful little gem of a shop this is! This was my first Lush experience in an awfully long time, I tried a charcoal soap they had about ten years ago, which did wonders for my skin but I was young, lazy and probably far more ignorant than I’d like to admit to do anything more about it! 

Anyway, when I started my Instagram, I quickly started seeing these beautifully coloured images that seared themselves onto my brain! It wasn’t long before I gave into the gravitational force that is Lush and made the 25 mile round trip to Brierley Hill branch. This little gem of a shop is located in a shopping centre locally known as Merry Hill and its Lush store has been like a local legend since I was a kid. I’d always noticed the smell first, I loved it but my family would never go in, we’d always walk past and I’d drag behind gawking at the pretty coloured soaps and treats in the window. (Insert sad face here!)

Fast forward 10 or so years, I finally walked through that forbidden doorway and immediately felt at home!

Lush Merry Hill is (I’m pretty sure) the smallest of their shops in the uk, however this hasn’t stopped them from lining the walls and windows with the most eye catching, nose grabbing, colourful, glittering, pocket emptying little stunners I had ever seen! I genuinely felt like I was in Wonderland! So much to see!

Don’t get me wrong, my first time in Lush was amazing but I was a little overwhelmed and I didn’t take as much time as I would have liked to (social anxiety kicking in!) but I bought the Happiness gift box and an Elbow Grease bar and literally drove home like a mad woman possessed, to open this little box of tricks. Please note: I do not recommend driving like a twat.

Firstly, what beautiful packaging? Good quality paper, bright colours, pretty patterns with a neon orange silky ribbon wrapped around in the old fashioned, satisfying way. And the smell? Oh my goodness!! All kinds of orange and citrusy smells wafting around my house, making me feel every bit of Happiness it promised me. I hadn’t even taken a bath yet! 

The Happiness gift box presented me with four products, the Yoga Bomb, Bohemian soap, Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream and a Brightside bubble bar which was a totally new concept to me! 

After waiting a few hours to do our evening routine and put the kids to bed, I finally drew a bath. I was excited! I felt like a kid at Christmas, I knew something lovely was going to happen, I just didn’t know what! I used my Yoga Bomb (review to follow) and suspicious looking Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel and loved every minute of the longest bath I ever had! Anyway, the rest is history. I’ve had a Lush bath almost every night since and will never look back. I finally enjoy making a little time for myself thanks to Lush.

21 facts about me

  1. I’m creative. I sew, knit, bake, write and more.
  2. I didn’t finish school and have no qualifications.
  3. I left home at 14, moved into a care home and loved it!
  4. I became a Mom at 17 and never looked back.
  5. I can’t swim (I can doggy paddle, just about!)
  6. I want to better myself without being told how.
  7. I’m a rebel at heart, I hate rules!
  8. I handle pressure/stressful situations way better than I ever imagined I would.
  9. But I struggle to deal with my own emotions.
  10. This is way harder than I thought it was goin to be!
  11. My two favourite musical interests are Architects and Enter Shikari.
  12. My pet peev is none indicators on the road.
  13. I’ve always been terrified of needles, until I covered myself in tattoos!
  14. I most relate to Alice (Alice in Wonderland) “we’re all mad here!”
  15. Dearfuturevegans is a reference to Enter Shikari’s Dear Future Historians.
  16. I swear too much.
  17. I should love myself more.
  18. I procrastinate way more than I should!
  19. I love Lush. A lot.
  20. My husband and kids are my entire world. I’m nothing without them.
  21. I like writing lists!

An introduction to dearfuturevegans

Thousands of people write blogs, for so many different reasons. So why another vegan food account?
Well, I’m a homey girl that loves my homey family. We have hopes and dreams and the one thing we’ll do every day, until then and beyond, is eat. So why not eat well, experiment more, learn more and share our experiences? We should be proud of all our achievements, no matter how big or small. It’s a hard thing to master, believe me! I’m trying!
I’m hoping this will also be a platform for me to vent my spleen, which is another blog entirely!

A little bit about me then; I’m Robyn, a hot headed mum of two, Kyla 10 and Poppy 8. I’m wife to my amazingly tolerant husband, Dave and house boss to my dog and cat (although I’m pretty sure they think it’s the other way around!)
There’s a few things I truly love in life, my family being the first and foremost. I am nothing without them. They are my strength and my weakness and remind me everyday why I smile!
My favourite way to make them all smile is with food. I know exactly what they each like and there’s nothing more I enjoy than spending a few hours creating food for us all to enjoy together, especially sweet stuff!
Which leads me onto my second love, baking! Cakes, biscuits, bread, pastries, pies, tarts, frostings, fondants and all kind of fancies, you name it, it’s rolled through my kitchen at one point or another. Whether they were a success or not, remains a question!
I’ve been making celebration cakes (and plenty more) for family and friends for years, I even did our wedding cake! All my experience is self taught and I’m always striving to learn more. I’ve been baking dairy free now for about a year and it’s been a helluva learning curve! All my recipes have been ‘veganised’ and even when baking for others now, I choose the dairy free version every time. It just makes a better bake, the quality is better, the shelf life is better and the picture on people’s face when they find out its vegan food is brilliant! It really is a lovely feeling when I’ve given someone something to think about as well as something tasty!
Which leads me on to my lifestyle. I’m a vegetarian, mostly plant based. Hubby is veggie and my kids eat veggie where possible but still eat some meat. My kids eating meat is not my choice and I’m doing everything I can to educate them, however I feel it’s important to let them make their own choices in their own time. My eldest is visually impaired and autistic so by nature, change does not come easy for her, nor our household sometimes but a lot of time and patience will go a very long way.

So, in a nutshell, I’m a veggie baker with a passion to create change and encourage my family (and myself sometimes) to reach for the stars!
Here’s to the beginning of dearfuturevegans!