Arguably there isn’t anything quite more romantic than a candlelit dinner for two. A glass of red in hand, a cheeky smile across the table and you have successfully wooed for the night. And now you can do it all at home, with our series on wining and dining, this week with Chinese Food
I don’t know a single girl who hasn’t had a toxic relationship with their mothers and dieting. For as long as I can remember, my mum has talked all things diet, from working out, to getting slim for summer, to eating nothing but protein for weeks at a time.
Few artists capture the imagination like Rex Orange County. Despite relatively little chart success, he is revered by critics, fans and other artists as a strikingly adept musician with a refreshingly new, genre-transcending approach to songwriting. Jonathan Tonge explains why he believes people will remember him for years to come.
Want some music recommendations? We have the perfect list for all your indie musings, here are 5 singers to listen to this march.
Its LGBTQ+ history month so lets continue with Marsha P. Johnson, an american activist for trans and gay rights
I’m 22 now and my earliest memories are tape decks, VHS videos, having one computer for the house with a giant monitor that weighed more than a bus and those TVs with the big fat backs. I’m not old by any stretch but if I ever accidentally switch over to a kids’ TV channel now, I’m left wondering where it all went wrong…
with (hopefully) staycations on the way and hotels looking likely to be booked up as soon as they’re available, I hope this guide gives you a little insight into an alternative method of holidaying that’s great for a night or two away if you aren’t the biggest camping fan.
It’s pancake day and what better way to celebrate then learning about where they day comes from and a menu fit for a pancake king
With the ebb and flow of the Earth’s seasons, the flux between rainfall in Spring to frost in Winter and the Summer sun, farmers are able to harvest respective foods that rely on the seasonal climates to grow and thrive. Niamh Heron talks why you should eat seasonally and the benefits from this.
St Valentine isn’t the patron saint of finding the first person on the street and shacking up for the Valentine’s season. Sure, true companionship is wonderful, but as many extremely cliché movies will tell you – you can’t really love anything until you learn to love yourself.
Bloom presents: Covid Date Ideas for this valentines day, with both ideas for the socially distanced and the living together lovers.
This valentines, say no to singleton nights at the local (even worse, singleton nights at the local, on zoom), and fill yourself a chalice of enamoured self-adoration, fit for one, and drink it all.
For as long as music has existed, people have used it to pay tribute to love. It’s a deep, personal way to communicate your feelings and to do it expertly requires either a massive stroke of luck or very large reserves of songwriting expertise. There are millions out there, but which one takes the biscuit as the best? It’s impossible to say with so much choice, so here’s five of my favourites (in no particular order!)
As it’s LGBTQ history month, what better way to commence the series than with a fact that maybe not all of you are aware of, Edward II’s sexuality. He was king from 1307-1327, and though he did marry a woman, marriages during this time often occurred for political reasons rather than bride and groom falling in love.
Shanties have enjoyed something of a renaissance of late, so surely we should investigate exactly why it is they fell out of favour in the first place. It’s a relatively simple story and it has to do with a few things, but it’s mainly the fact that time moved on while they stood still.
The new year brings new shots at finding new artists, new music and discovering music that you will love. My new years resolution was to listen to more female artists, mainly because most of the music I am recommended by Spotify is definitely male dominated. So my current playlist is female with a sprinkle of male and in all honesty, I’m loving it. It means I’ve definitely discovered new artists that add a whole lot of flair, sass and excitement, that bring my January playlist up to fantastic standard for the new year.
“Hash Browns are a stable part of any breakfast, and to be honest, they’ll do nicely for any other meal. The triangular ones that come frozen are good enough, but for real satisfaction and a sense of achievement, you want to try the rosti kind with grated potatoes. They’re literally so easy that I can cook them, and I am awful at cooking.” Jonathan Tonge on how even beginners can nail a ‘posh’ hash brown!
This is one of those things that I still am yet to perfect to this day and go a hundred percent zero waste, mainly because I’m an utter shopaholic, and that clothing is one of those things that helps me express myself. Or maybe its because I am plus size, and struggle to find plusContinue reading “The Sustainable Series: Clothing Edition”
Heather Dalgleish talks about the hunt (2020), a phycological thriller that even the president condemned. Is the movie all its cracked up to be?
Hummus is a stable in any vegetarian / vegan household. But what if I told you you could make it at a fraction of the price, a hundred percent more delicious and will be that bit moreish? This hummus is flavoured with sweet red peppers, paprika, raw garlic and is the perfect mixture of both tangy, sharp but with the soft undertones of chickpea and tahini that is the classic hummus mix.
Heather Dalgleish talks about her experience watching formula one and actually finding herself enjoying it.
I always thought I knew what home was. I grew up in the same place, the same town, the same house and with the same people. It felt right, and it felt safe. I knew the streets like the back of my hand, every ginnel, every park. I’d never left, I’d never moved. My life rotated around Preston and all that came from Preston, the people, the atmosphere, the traditions. Life was home and home was more than just the four walls where I was raised.
Craving scrumptious feeding but not knowing how to create what your body’s needing? As we move towards the latter part of this Veganuary, you may be struggling to come up with new ways of prepping your veg. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or trying out a vegan diet for the first time, food-ruts are real and they are as dull as it gets. So to bring back the joy and blessing of a succulent salad dressing, here’s a list of Vegan-Youtubers whose gorgeous creations will make your mouth water and your inspiration overflow.
Period Products are one of the biggest contributors to waste in the world, with an estimated 1.5-2 billion tonnes of period waste each year. So, let’s bring the sustainability series into the new year than with ways of making your period sustainable. We’ll be talking you through both Menstrual cups and reusable sanitary pads, so you’ll have two ideas in place for making your period that bit more sustainable.
Heather Dalgleish discusses the book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. and its problems, triumphs and whether she recommends it as a read
Life has its ups and downs, and Nela tells her story of the down and teaching herself mental resilience after contracting Covid. A lively tale of seeing happiness and the power behind your mind.
The UK is a country with a proud railway heritage, but in the 1960s, almost half of Britain’s railways were scrapped. The historic trains that ran on them are now few and far between – here, I comment on why they’re gone, and where you can go to see them and their routes now.
Six strangers are sitting in the same room. They could be the most bizarre compilation of human beings. There is no apparent reason why they should be together. But there is one thing they have in common. They all share the burden, or the blessing, of spending Christmas far away from home.
There really isn’t a lunch that feels more Instagram-able than these delicious, vegan rice paper rolls with a peanut dipping sauce. These are light, crunchy, salty and are filled with delicious ingredients that will both fill you up and make you feel beyond fancy for making them.
So you’ve taken the plunge and gone full crazy plant parent and now have a micro-army growing in your house. I started with a reasonable amount of plants too, and my addiction came into such full force that I found myself learning on the job. But over 50 plants later, I like to think that I now have some knowledge to share on how to be a successful plant grower in just a few easy steps.
Following on from our city breaks article, you might have a hankering for all things Roman. Luckily, those guys didn’t hang about and have left their traces all over Europe. Here’s a few of my quick picks for Rome at Home, places where you can see Roman remains without breaking UK lockdown restrictions.
What does being vegan entail, in your understanding of this ‘ism’? Are you vegan if you simply do not eat meat and animalistic products? Or does it extend further, to entail the clothes you wear, the skincare products you apply and the cigarettes you smoke? And who decides this?
So you want to make your pantry that bit more sustainable, but you have no idea where to start? I feel you on that one. A zero-waste lifestyle is one that is difficult and can be messy but also extremely rewarding. Timing, budgeting and patience are key to turning your pantry zero waste. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with its own struggles. Here are a list of tips that will help you get started on becoming that bit more sustainable.
Whilst it’s important to stay home and drive infections down right now, an end is in sight with the rollout of a vaccine in many countries. So what will we do with our newfound freedom when it finally arrives, this spring, summer or the next? Here are 3 of my favourite cities I’ve visited and what I recommend doing there.
It’s Veganuary, and what better way to celebrate national spaghetti day than with a creamy carbonara, made with cashews and a drop of tomato. This vegan alternative means you aren’t losing creaminess or texture, but it is suitable for both vegans and people who are lactose intolerant and delicious enough to warrant second helpings.
It’s not easy to take that big step into giving up meat, fish, dairy or all three. For some, it’s even a health risk. So, we shouldn’t punish ourselves for eating it, even if we feel strongly about the ethics of it all. When my partner went vegetarian 3 and a half years ago, IContinue reading “How Do Veggie Alternatives Taste On The Dark Side?”
We’ve all been there: all day you were knackered, now it’s 3am and it seems like the perfect time to get that black mould out of the shower head. How can something that seems so simple – just lying down still and closing your eyes – be so difficult for so many people? Actually, there’s a lot of reasons. To celebrate the Int’l Sleep Festival, here’s our top 3 tips to aid sleep habits.
Tomato soup has been a love of mine for years, whether it be a cold day, come rain or snow, or feeling a bit ill, nothing beats a soup to dissolve all your problems away. But what if you could easily make your own, with ingredients you are likely to have in your home and make it vegan at that?
Every time ‘Fairytale Of New York’ rolls around, someone pipes up with that classic Kirsty MacColl comment. However, she had a hugely interesting and eclectic career in her own right, exerting influence on some of the biggest names in indie rock. Jonathan Tonge looks at her career in depth. TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains reference to the homophobic slur in the aforementioned song.
In episode 6 season 1 of sex education popular girl blonde Amee is asked what she wants while having sex. “I’ve never been asked that before” the character recognizes, worried. How are you meant to enjoy sex if you have never figured what you enjoy in the first place? How are women meant to own and enjoy their sexuality if pleasure is always linked to what a guy wants?
Made legal in 1951, witchcraft has a long and complicated history that ranges from the patriarchal deeming of subversive women as committing a crime punishable by death; to the fool proof Halloween character that musters up images of pointy hats, broomsticks and cobwebs; to the contemporary practise of Gardnerian Wicca, who’s witchcraft centres around the practise of magic, worship of Goddesses and other Deities; and respecting nature’s cycles.
Maybe it’s the rose tinted glasses, but surely we’ve got a problem. The movie genre known as “chick flicks” used to be empowering, argues Heather Dalgleish. So why, recently, have they become performative and promoted inappropriate sexual narratives?
Laura Menendez on her experience of Colombian Nobel Prize nominee Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ‘Love In The Times of Cholera.’ It’s easy to forget that COVID19 isn’t the first global pandemic – this book uses metaphor to describe displacement in long-distance relationships.
For this season’s perfect picks for a festive playlist, we called in Chloe Dalgleish. She stepped up, although she did mention that Kirsty MacColl story your parents have definitely never told you.
When Elaine Dalgleish was diagnosed with MS in 2014, it turned her world upside down. It got to the point where experimental treatment in Russia seemed like the only option. Heather Dalgleish sat down with her to discuss the effects, one year later…
After scrolling through pinterest for seemingly hours for inspiration, or achievable inspiration, we’d met our match. We had decided on a gingerbread greenhouse, with built- in fairy lights and little glass windows. It’d looked ideal online, and pretty easy to create, I mean, what could go wrong. Isn’t that how these stories always start?
“I see in my grannies everything that I wish I could become. With a pinch of salt, almost inexplicably. Hands with perfectly polished nails, reflections of the hard work that inevitably leaves a scar behind it.” Laura Menendez on the individuality and tenacity of grandparents inhabiting a world that has, sometimes, moved past their familiar understanding.
Two thousand and twenty has been a roller-coaster of a year, but Christmas is certainly not cancelled. This year more than ever, there is a strong focus on togetherness and appreciation for the small things that spread joy and cheer even if we are apart. It may be a small gathering this year, so why not make it extra special with some Christmas ambiance and décor? Welcome to our guide to decorating this Christmas, the year we stayed home…
For many, the holidays are a time of joy. Seasonal Affective Disorder means that for many, this is simply not a possibility. Jasmine Hall runs down some methods of combatting SAD, resources provided in the article if you need some help. We love you here at Bloom x
Glasgow Plant mama found her place in Glasgow. Many attempts at how to make a living. A lot of moving around. She couldn’t keep her plants anywhere because what if she had to move? What would she do with them? Laura Menendez on Glasgow’s premier plant enthusiast.
We’re all getting used to the familar phrases, “tiers,”, “lockdowns” and “social distancing.” What about the venues in limbo that need our support to get through the current crisis? Here’s a rundown of some cultural destinations that need help.
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