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I started EatsLeeds in 2016, to share some of the things I’m learning in my journey towards a gluten-free & plant-based lifestyle, and some of my favourite local eateries.

In 2017 I made the decision to move all my foodie content to my professional site, ZoePickburn.com, in an effort to simplify things.

It did not simplify things.

So, at the start of 2019, I decided to pivot once more.

EatsLeeds was relaunched Easter weekend 2019, posting vegan & gluten-free recipes, advice for the newly free-from & food guides to Leeds.

But sometimes I post about other things.

This lifestyle section is a kind off catch-all: a home for my life updates, essays and other content that I enjoy posting, but doesn’t quite fit into my main categories.

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Between the first glimpses of real sunshine, and two bank holiday weekends, May feels a little bit like a holiday after the long, grey British winter. May is the time of year when we really start to see fresh herbs come into season, and can play with fresh flavours and bright dishes. I recently updated this rice & pea salad, which is full of fresh, seasonal herbs & greens. May is also the (unofficial) start of the street food season. With bank holiday weekends, and (hopefully) the start of decent weather, food festivals and other outdoor events begin to pop

Why am I relaunching EatsLeeds?
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Why I’m relaunching EatsLeeds

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Today is the day! I’ve been working really hard the past couple of months to releaunch my food blog, EatsLeeds.co.uk and now its finally live. New content The new & improved EatsLeeds blog has been launched with: Plant-based & gluten-free recipes The recipes on this blog are a combination of: Recipes originally posted on EatsLeeds (most of which have been updated to re-test the recipe and shoot better photos) Recipes posted on one of my other blogs: ZoePickburn.com (my business blog, but I have been posting recipes semi-regularly on there for a while – more on that later) or BakeAndBeHappy.com

What's in season in the UK in April?
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Lots of vegetables and greens come into season in April. This is also the time of year when you can start to plant window boxes with fresh herbs: dill, basil & sorrel all come into season in April. Easter This year, Easter falls during April. Easter is a time for two types of food, in my book: Eggs Whether the chocolate variety or not, the quintessential imagery around easter is of eggs. So what’s a vegan to do? I’ve got a few recipes that directly mimic eggs, including this vegan shakshuka and my vegan tofu scramble, and I’ve got a

What's in season in March?
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What’s in season in March? February this year felt like the start of spring, but the actual start of spring (the spring equinox) is on 21st March. Lambs area-gambolling through the fields, crocuses are filling parks and gardens with a splash of colour and people up and down the country are realising that they’re adults who can have a whole Easter egg as a snack if they want to, you can’t stop me. March is full of reasons to celebrate with food: St, Patrick’s Day (with my Irish Potato Farl recipe), Mother’s Day (with my mama’s recipe for Aubergine curry)

what's in season in February?
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February might be the shortest month of the year, but for me its usually the first time I feel like I’m getting really into the swing of things. Like, I’ll spend half of January trying to recover from Christmas. Then I’ll spend the other half feeling behind the sofa cushions for change to buy basic groceries. The shortness of February is a nice reprieve after the looong gap between the early pre-Christmas payday and the end of January. (Not to mention that some of us* may have overspent a tad bit during the Christmas season). *Me. The accusatory ‘some of

My relationship with calories
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My relationship with calories

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I don’t count calories any more. I used to. I clung to MyFitnessPal like it was a lifeline. Can I eat that? What am I eating tomorrow? How can I burn it off? I have enough food restrictions without counting calories too. To be honest, I find calorie counting kind of unhealthy? restrictive? boring? I don’t know. Counting calories feels like counting the seconds on the clock, watching the timer and waiting for the next thing. Waiting until I’m ‘thin enough’ to run in a crop top, to wear those little glitzy shorts, to not have to think about it

What's in season in January?
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Oh, January. The month when we set the highest expectations for ourselves (#NewYearNewMe) and yet are purportedly likely to be the most miserable. I’ve mentioned before that I view September as more of a ‘fresh start’ than January, and I don’t entirely believe in setting resolutions. Having said that, I am (ever the contrarian) setting myself some goals this year. Fig & Fennel I launched my food photography business Fig & Fennel at the end of 2018, but I’ve been sort of waiting (procrastinating) until the new year to start working on it in earnest. I’m making Fig & Fennel

What's in season in November?
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Did you know I almost got married on bonfire night? We ended up moving the date, but I still love November. The smell of woodsmoke, the excuse to layer up in woolly jumpers and cute hats, pretty fireworks and (of course) toffee apples feels like the consolation prize for the clocks having gone back, and dark, cold mornings and evenings being well and truly upon us. I always think of November as an indoorsy month: those dark, cold days were made for thick blankets and vanilla scented candles, huge mugs of hot coffee and piles of books. Its a sort

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Halloween. Crunchy leaves. Pumpkin spiced everything. What’s not to love about October? Autumn is my favourite season: the too-hot, unstructured days of summer are over and autumn breathes new beginnings & cosy evenings. Blackberrying is basically a national pastime when the weather begins to turn and the light gets golden, to blackberry & apple jam, crumble and cake are definitely still on the menu at the start of October. Also in high season? Pumpkin, and other squash. I love adding perfectly roasted squash to grain bowls at this time of year – it feels healthy but it’s just a bowl

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