Today is my very best friend Charlotte's birthday! She is off to Paris with her fiancé, for a few days & I am most jealous, not least because she will be in my favourite city, but also because she will be in France & I shan't be able to see her. I do miss her pretty face very much.
A few years ago, we met for the first time & just hit it off straight away. I remember thinking how much I liked her & how we were going to be the best of friends, whether she liked it or not. After just one meeting, which involved cocktails & teacups, we headed off to Barcelona together, for my birthday. For someone I'd only just met, we got on like a dream & had the best time, waltzing round with our floral ice creams from Amorino & sipping on our breakfast smoothies from the food market down La Rambla.
I can honestly say, I have found a soul mate in Charlotte & I always admire how talented she is. I love reading her wonderful blog, filled with pretty pastel snaps & sugar coated tales of her weekends & her unique creations, which she sells online through her Etsy store, are brilliant & I fully intend on making a large order of lavender hearts & vintage china magnets, when I finally have a place of my own again. I just know, she will fulfill her dreams in the, hopefully, not too distant future.
So, in honour of her birthday, I wanted to share this recipe I found, by The First Mess. It's a raw chocolate birthday cake, with earl grey chocolate mousse. It's 100% vegan friendly & totally raw, which in my book, means guilt-free indulgence! I don't think you can ever deny a chocolate cake & I thought that the earl grey twist, would suit a tea drinking English rose quite well.
I've never used a dehydrator before, but I would quite like to start eating a more raw diet, as I've read many things on it & it's meant to be very good for you. My diet is halfway there at the moment; currently, I have protein shakes in the morning, using SunWarrior raw vegan protein blend powder, with almond milk, banana & berries, then something like hummous & crudites for lunch & a mixed salad in the evening. I do cook potatoes, or quinoa to have with my salad & I snack on dark chocolate, nuts & fruit during the day.
I have to admit though, that on a whole, I'm not big on food. I'm terribly lazy & I end up feeling uninspired a lot of the time. So, sometimes, it's quite nice to find these kinds of recipes, which make me excited & want to make them! I have also discovered LAUREN_AKO & EAT_TO_THRIVE on Instagram, who make raw vegan living look like a dream filled with unicorns & happiness. Maybe by my birthday I'll be zipped up on Chia Seeds & cutting into my own raw birthday cake!
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