The Italian Adventure: Venice

First stop in Italy is Venice. The world famous city of canals and cathedrals, we get off an 8 hour train ride and find ourselves surrounded by hundreds of map-wielding, suitcase-wheeling tourists. This is definitely going to be a city that could go either way…follow the crowds, or avoid them. As much as we could, …

Meat Free Mondays – WHY I love it.

I eat a whole lot of vegetarian and even totally plant-based food throughout the week, but every Monday I make a point of eating a specifically meat-free diet; a concept that was coined by Paul and Linda McCartney for it’s positive environmental impact. Obviously, I’m all for saving the planet, but this isn’t that kind …

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

I made this soup while testing recipes for my new plant-based cooking show…I went on a bit of a mushroom binge and this was one of the outcomes! It’s the first time I’ve ventured into this blended-nut sort of area, but my golly this was a beautifully textured, meaty and savoury soup that  I will …

Cocoa in Colorado

This week I’ve been lucky enough to head to Steamboat Springs in Colorado, USA to hang out with my family and some very old friends. It’s been 12 days of skiing, eating, hot tubs and soaking up the mountain life!

I’m not much of a sugary-drink guy, but when you’re sitting on chairlifts in snowstorms, exercising in sub-zero temperatures and often can’t feel anything below your ankles, it’s pretty tempting to grab yourself a cup (or two) of the good stuff.

Since the hot chocolate they’re making here is super sweet and rich, I decided to knock  up a simple, sugar-free version you can enjoy much more regularly!

I used super-dark chocolate with no sugar, and regular milk, but you can always substitute milk chocolate, or add in some good quality maple syrup for natural sweetness. Make it vegan by using your favourite plant-based milk too!


  • 300ml milk (Your favourite kind – dairy or plant-based)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  •  25g dark chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp corn flour / cornstarch
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Heat the milk in a microwave or on a stove and add to a thermos. Break up the dark chocolate and add to the hot milk – give it a quick shake to melt it.

Add the remaining ingredients to your mug and stir with a splash of the hot milk until smooth and combined.

Pour the mixture back into the thermos, shake for 30 seconds and pour the frothy, luscious hot chocolate into your mug! Feel free to enjoy as is, or top with anything you like!