Butternut squash spaghetti and lentil meatballs

I finally caved and bought a spiralizer.

After months of internally insisting that 'I really don't need a spiralizer', I read one fancy recipe too many and guiltily added one to my Tesco shop.

After rustling up this tasty butternut squash spaghetti with lentil meatballs, I can confidentally confirm I have no regrets.

Juniper Gin Festival

Hands up who likes gin?! 

I have to admit that it wasn't my choice of tipple for a long time - it made me think of glossy magazine articles on weight-loss which urged dieters to opt for a gin and tonic for the low calorie content, rather than the taste. I'd also only tried it a few times, sipping on London Dry gins, but never finding a flavour which wowed me. 

Then I discovered The Gin Bothy at an event earlier this year and tried their Gunshot Gin, infused with  cinnamon, cloves and mixed spices - after a few warming sips, I was converted.

When I was invited to The Juniper Gin Festival earlier this month, I was keen to continue my gin education.

Feel Good Friday #46

Fidencio Sanchez is an 89 year old man who sells popsicles in Chicago's Little Village neighbourhood. With an unwavering work ethic, Fidencio has been working to support himself since he was 13 - first in the fields of Morelos in Mexico, and since 1990 in Chicago. 

After retiring only two months ago, Fidencio was sadly forced back to work after his only daughter passed away and he took custody of her children. With his elderly wife, who also used to sell popsicles, too sick to work, the responsibility of earning a living fell squarely on Fidencio's shoulders. 'We thought, what are we going to do? We have to pay the bills,' he says. 'I wake up early and work all day until eight at night.'

The 78

If you've ever looked for somewhere vegetarian and vegan friendly to go in Glasgow's west end then chances are you've heard of The 78. This friendly restaurant and bar is on the city's Kelvinhaugh Street and has a 100% vegan menu. I'd heard rave reviews for the The 78 but - having not spent much time in that part of the west end before - I hadn't visited yet. When I happened to be around the corner last Saturday afternoon, I made a beeline there to fill up on hearty vegan pub food.

Feel Good Friday #45

Felix, the Huddersfield station cat, popped up on my timeline again this week. Back in February, Felix was rewarded for her dedicated years of mouse-catching by being promoted to Senior Pest Controller. The black and white moggy has been part of the station staff since she was only nine weeks old and has become a much loved member of the team. The station have even installed a cat flap into one of the barriers so that Felix has free reign to get on with her work. As part of her prestigious promotion, Felix received her own high-vis jacket and name badge from the Transpennine Express rail network.

I'm a sucker for an animal with a job, so little Felix has inspired me to share some of the other animals who are working that 9 - 5 in the most adorable way...

Kind Crusts sandwich shop

When I spotted that Kind Crusts, a vegan sandwich shop, was opening in Glasgow this summer, I could have whooped with joy. Okay, so I know I've said before that we're already spoiled for choice for vegetarian and vegan food in this city, but it's still fantastic to see that there's such a demand that new places can continue to open (not to mention the veggie and vegan options popping up on meat-serving menus).

Kind Crusts is Glasgow's first vegan sandwich shop, serving up sandwiches, bagels, pastries, cakes and snacks. While the shop launched back in July with a vegetarian and vegan menu (offering one dairy cheese and 95% vegan menu), within a few weeks vegan owner, Kathryn Veroni, decided to make the switch to a full vegan menu. She says that, while she wants to encourage non-vegans to try their products, she wants to do it in the way they always intended: with 'good, honest wholefoods... We'll use our knowledge of food and creative passion to form exciting sandwich fillings, salads and bakes, which alone, will be the reason people choose us.'

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