A take on Ella’s sweet potato brownies

I love vegan food. We know that. Another thing I really, really love is chocolate. I think we know that too. Who doesn’t? So I had to find a recipe that is indulgent, yet guilt-free. I stumbled across Deliciously Ella’s recipe and put my own twist on it, like a true cook. Ingredients 2 sweet potatoes…

Creamy mushroom and asparagus vegan pasta

A new world is upon me! I discovered cashew-based sauces and nothing will ever be the same. Was I sceptical about this? Yes. Was I proven wrong by how good, deliciously creamy and cheese-like the sauce turned out? 100%. Without further ado, here’s how to turn your ‘cheesy’ dreams into a vegan reality. Ingredients Your favourite…

Chickpeas and sweet potato curry

As a busy London bee, working full-time and wanting to keep on top of my healthy vegan meals, one-pot recipes are my favourite! Mess-free, stress-free and ready in 30 mins max, depending on your chopping skills! I’ve been cooking this almost weekly and it’s a hit among my friends! I’m very excited to share how STUPID easy it…

Make meat a treat, I dare you!

Some of you would’ve noticed on my Instagram account (@mariasurcel) that I have a clear preference for plant-based meals. I love fruit and vegetables, I am fascinated by spices and herbs and clean eating is a way of life for me. I’m not perfect though, chocolate is my Achilles’ heel (isn’t everyone’s?) and will succumb…

When life gives you lemons, turn them into Easter eggs

A couple of months ago I decided I needed to book my first adventure for this new year, as 2016 was so full of new experiences, travelling and the outdoors. So I had to keep it up! And so I did. I booked a wonderful 5-day hiking trip, over the Easter weekend – to the…

5 things you can do to instantly feel happier

I entered my mid 20s with a few embedded thinking patterns that haven’t always worked in my favour: perfectionism, overachieving tendencies and a bit of anxiety. Changing your behavioural baggage, which is created by family, peers, background and education, requires some work, a lot of self-awareness, but it can be done! The great thing about the…

The power of now

And my mind kept going on and on, jumping from one subject to another, keeping me distracted…

But suddenly, it went quiet.

My go-to weekday healthy breakfasts

I enjoy a balanced lifestyle of healthy, nutritious meals with a side of indulgent treats. Whatever I eat – I try to make it appealing, fun and super flavoursome.

I didn’t hate 2016. Neither should you.

Last week I was sitting on the sofa, in my cosy Bucharest flat, savouring a post-workout treat and contemplating 2016.  Facebook was inundated with jokes and memes about how shit the year was, how many great people we’ve lost and how everything’s changing. While 2016 wasn’t the best, I didn’t hate it. I started the year…

5 places to visit in Northern Italy

Ok. I get it now. Italy is as magical as they say! Few countries pack so much beauty and romance in every meter of land. It’s not just the food, landscape or the beautiful people – but the ‘dolce far niente’ vibe. This  doesn’t mean that people aren’t working hard; they just do it right,…