Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Book Review: 'Bed & Broccoli: The Food, the Lifestyle' by Nikki Medwell.

By Chris R.

Lucas Lamb enjoys our copy of Bed & Broccoli.
For those who are not familiar with ‘Bed and Broccoli’, please take some time to peruse their Facebook page and website.  Whether you are a vegan or vegetarian, animal lover, health enthusiast, enjoy nature or simply need a getaway, this unique bed and breakfast in rural Victoria would be sure to meet anyone’s holiday expectations.  While we are yet to visit this food and accommodation Mecca, I was very excited to hear that Bed and Broccoli had produced a ‘recipe’ book of sorts for their many followers.  My copy, which arrived at Christmas, did not disappoint.  The term ‘recipe’ book for Nikki’s work, however, is an understatement.

Nikki's book features many of the amazing recipes created and served to guests at the property, accompanied by mouth-watering images of food, ranging from pasta to pudding.  Nikki’s philosophy to cooking is that ‘no animal shall suffer’.  She is successful in showing how a cruelty free life need not mean a dull, uninspiring diet, rather quite the opposite.  So far we have enjoyed a very festive tofurky, vegetable pizza and peanut butter and jam cupcakes, just to name a few.  The recipes are easy and can be prepared after a busy day at work (or an evening feeding lambs). Whatever your lifestyle, these recipes are sure to bring you culinary joy.

Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam Cupcakes
Complementing the range of delicious vegan recipes are a suite of photos and stories of the animals who call Bed and Broccoli home.  The images are poignant and provide a greater understanding of the benefits of a cruelty free lifestyle from an animal perspective.  Miss Dinks, a rescued battery hen who made it to mainstream magazine publicity, is just one of the wonderful creatures you will meet and enjoy in this book, along with the stories of peacocks, dairy cows and dogs.  The beautiful property, which was ironically once a dairy farm, is both a sanctuary and retreat for visitors and animals alike.

We are confident you will enjoy the food and lifestyle of Bed & Broccoli as much as we have done. It is certainly an inspiring read, giving hope to animals everywhere.

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