Mildreds Soho

Mildreds London

Last week I met up with a friend for lunch in Oxford Street, it felt quite naughty going into the city for leisure on a week day. We wandered down Oxford Street popping into some shops along the way before heading to Mildred's for a bite to eat.

Mildreds is a popular vegetarian restaurant in Soho with lots of vegan and gluten free options. The atmosphere there is really buzzing, it's very laid back and just after we arrived it got packed for the lunch time rush. It was one of the busiest places I've ever eaten at, but the tables weren't too close together so it didn't affect our meal in any way.

When I first walked into Mildreds I started drooling as I passed a takeaway bar that was packed with colourful, delicious looking (and smelling) food. We sat down and ordered our meal quickly, eager to get some food inside us. We ordered a 'side dish' of smashed avocado with lime, chilli and blue corn chips as a shared starter which was filled with giant chunks of fresh avocado and was so light and delicious. 

For our main course we both chose dishes from the 'specials' menu. Mine was a mushroom and chestnut wellington with gravy and vegetables which tasted really lovely and was such a treat, and my friend had a creamy squash tagliatelle which she thought was gorgeous. We ordered a bowl of fries (although I'd call them chips as they were quite chunky) with chipotle ketchup and basil mayo which were the perfect addition to the table. The chips were beautifully crispy and both sauces were out of this world, I could eat the basil mayo on everything. It was so light and creamy and completely vegan.

I was really hoping I'd have room for pudding after my meal but we were both so stuffed there was no way we could eat any more food, which was a shame as I'm sure the desserts at Mildreds would have been lovely. Mildreds is now top of my list of places to eat, all the food that came out of the kitchen looked delicious. I'm definitely going back very soon.

You can visit Mildreds Soho at 45 Lexington Street, Soho, London, W1F 9AN. They don't take table reservations so you'll just have to cross your fingers and try your luck, and if they're busy you can enjoy a drink at their bar while you wait for your table. 

Mildreds London
Mildreds London
Mildreds London
Mildreds London
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Mildreds London

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Vegan Food Diary

I can't do my vegan food diary as I was doing before. Firstly, on the days I work we don't get home until 7pm, Orlaith has already been fed by her childminder (who is amazing and cooks her fresh vegan dinners every night) and the sun has already gone in (the sun is my photography light).  So basically I just grab photos of food here and there wherever I get a chance now. It's usually on the days I don't work, and is usually some kind of leftover from dinner the night before. P.S. on week days I either eat leftovers for dinner or a big bowl of miso soup with noodles so there's nothing too exciting that's being missed.

Orlaith's still in a more picky phase. Honestly sometimes she looks at her food like I've dumped a bunch of alien people on her plate. It's just a different type of broccoli mate, just eat it. I probably don't help by making random things that she probably won't like but I love recipe testing and discovering new dishes to add to our 'love' list. It's a bit of give and take most days.  

Vegan Food Diary
Pesto Pasta w/ Spinach, Avocado, Toasted Pine Nuts + Nutritional Yeast - We absolutely love pasta. I try not to make it too often, maybe once every week or two, because we tend to have less veg when we eat it. Orlaith had hers just with the pesto + nutritional yeast. The pesto was shop bought, Sacla do a lovely vegan one we use often (here).

Vegan Food Diary
Potato + Lentil Stew w/ Rice + Veg - Ok, I'm fully aware this may look gross in the picture but it's one of our absolute favourite recipes we make at home. It's meant to be a soup but I cook it longer so it turns into more of a stew and serve it with grains and veg, It's packed with lentils and beautiful spices. I gave it to Orlaith and her friend who came over for a playdate and they couldn't get enough of it.

Vegan Food Diary
Leftover Sweet Potato Gratin w/ Baby Corn, Yellow Peppers, Toasted Peanuts + Avocado - If you like Asian food you'd like this sweet potato gratin (recipe here). Orlaith had one taste and recoiled like I'd put poison in her mouth (hah) so I ended up making her steamed corn on the cob and tender stem broccoli instead. I generally don't make separate meals but the flavours were strong on this one. I quite liked it but probably won't make it again.

Vegan Food Diary
Leftover Black Beans + Rice w/ Kale + Avocado - These black beans are another favourite of ours. We had them for dinner the night before, with the rice and black beans separated and served with tender stem broccoli.


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Update + Feelings On Life Right Now

Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear Quote

Life has changed quite a lot for us recently and while I deal with change pretty well I've been having trouble feeling settled with everything recently. I've been having sleep issues for weeks, I haven't been making the best food choices, and other life choices have been kind of bad.  It seems I'm on a little self destructive cycle (it's oh so subtle but I can see the tell tale signs) and it's all to do with internal anxiety and uneasiness. And for someone who doesn't normally go out socialising that much I've been going out a hell of a lot lately. Not that that's a bad thing, it's probably the only positive thing about my current self destructive cycle, but I'm using all the late nights and tired days as a distraction from the way I'm really feeling.  So, let me give you a little update:

On New Jobs & Not Following My Heart

Two weeks ago I started a new job.  It's not a job I wanted (wah), the salary is really low (wah) and I'm back to commuting into the city which pretty much kills my soul twice a day (wah wah).  But on top of all that I guess I'm just pissed at myself for not trying harder at doing the things I really wanted to do and ending up in this situation again.  

I have two plans I really want to pursue. Both take time, commitment, planning, effort and organisation. Oh and self belief (in which I'm lacking)! One takes a bit of money to set up, one takes a lot more money to set up (but I'm sure there's a positive way around that).  But I'm going to make an admission: 

Right now my fear of failure is bigger than my desire to succeed.  

I am absolutely terrified of my goals.  But I really don't want to be working a job I have zero passion for, for close to minimum wage, while dreaming of bigger things. I need to give myself a big kick up the arse and a major talking to and get the ball rolling.  For now I'm sticking with the job, because bills need to be paid and I'm not really ok with sitting around doing nothing. But I sincerely hope that in a couple of months I may have a more positive update on this area of my life.

On Blogging & Wanting A Bit More Privacy

When my new job came along I lost a lot of the time I previously had in which to be creative (let's be fair I wasn't using it effectively at all when I had it). With the little time I have left I'm not sure how much I'll be able to commit to this space.  I don't have a plan for this blog, I'd like to make one, or not make one and stop. But this constant in-between-ness is not serving anyone.

I'm also craving a bit of privacy.  I'm not sure how comfortable I feel sharing so much about us and our lives, and at the same time I don't feel like an impersonal blog really works. I've met some amazing people (even made good friends) learnt a lot and even changed my life in some ways through blogging.  I'd hate to lose this outlet but, if I keep it, I want to be more purposeful in the way I use it.

Let's Call This An Overview

I'm hoping life will calm down a bit soon.  Unfortunately I started my new job at the same time Orlaith started half term so with no childcare in place things have been incredibly hectic for the past few weeks.  We have a new childminder starting on Monday who also looks after some other kids too, so before and after school Orlaith will have a little extended family to hang out with. She'll like that so much!

I don't know if I've ever rambled this much on the blog before but I hate being silent and elusive on here. Writing this was a bit like therapy for me so thank you for reading.  I just wanted to explain where things are right now. There's more private stuff I haven't gone into but I think this pretty much covers the reasons behind my unease lately: Not feeling in control and not following my heart.

For me, being true to myself is a big thing and I always look back in regret on the periods in my life when I wasn't following my heart.  It's all a learning experience, but I feel like I've learnt most of what I'm living already and I'm not really willing to re-live my past regrets. It's all about taking steps forward, no matter how small they are.  I need to take control of my situation and get things moving in the right direction.
Don't Be Afraid Of Your Fears Quote
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Vegan Food Diary

Orlaith is being super fussy with her food right now. She's always eaten quite a wide range of food, but now she's refusing to eat certain things she's happily eaten in the past. I hope it's just a phase. It's not fun when I spend time planning and preparing a meal for it to be picked at and complained over. Five year olds ey!

Vegan Food Diary
Vegan Food Diary

Falafel & Roasted Pepper Fajitas / Salad - Orlaith had her wrap with just the roasted peppers, she's not a fan of falafel or avocado.  This falafel came from a packet and it wasn't the nicest one I've had.  I'll make my own next time.

Vegan Food Diary

Hotdogs - Yup, I had a super duper lazy kitchen day.  We like these meat free sausages.

Vegan Food Diary

Bang Bang Tofu - It looked and sounded so good but we weren't the biggest fans of this dish.  It was definitely edible, but there was nothing exciting about it.  Recipe found here.

Vegan Food Diary

Falafel Wraps - I had to use up the rest of the falafels so we made more wraps, this time with tahini and salad.  

Vegan Food Diary

Broccoli Quinoa Bowl - Another recipe that didn't quite hit the spot for us.  I thought it was fine, Orlaith disliked it and just ate the broccoli and toasted nuts out of it. I added avocado and a large quantity of chilli to mine to make it a bit more exciting. Recipe found here.

19 Oct '15 - 25 Oct '15
Monday: Falafel & Roasted Pepper Fajitas / Salad
Tuesday: Hotdogs
Wednesday: Bang Bang Tofu
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Falafel Wraps
Saturday: Broccoli Quinoa Bowl
Sunday: Dinner Out


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Vegan Food Diary

I'm happy to introduce this new feature on the blog.  I went (almost) fully vegan in May and Orlaith followed suit in September (we still eat honey so we're not 'officially' vegan but we do what works for our family).

Having a diet rich in predominantly plant based foods is the healthiest way to go.  I want to use this feature to share the food I cook for dinners during the week (and weekends if we eat at home too).  Orlaith and I sit down together at the table every day after school and eat the same meal so these meals are both adult and kid friendly.

I'll start adding recipes for some of my favourite meals soon, if you see a meal without a recipe link that you want to know more about please let me know in the comment section and I'll make it a priority to get the recipe up.  I hope this feature might encourage people to add a few more plants to their diets and perhaps a bit less meat.

Vegan Food Diary
Black Bean & Pumkin Orzo Soup - As soon as pumpkins hit the shops each year Orlaith begs me to make this recipe.  I added avocado and chilli to mine, Orlaith had hers plain.

Vegan Food Diary

Leftover Pumpkin & Black Bean Orzo Soup - The day after you make the pumpkin and black beans orzo soup the orzo soaks up all the sauce and it becomes more of a 'stew'.  I added mine to a bed of spinach and sprinkled it with coriander and chilli, Orlaith had hers plain.

Vegan Food Diary

Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry - This is one of my favourite dishes at the moment.  Orlaith dislikes it... a lot.  Sorry kid, I was really craving aubergine and made it anyway.  Orlaith had double rice and a just few mouthfuls of the curry and ate hers with a bowl of peanuts. 

Vegan Food Diary

Leftover Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry - I didn't get home until late on Friday so Orlaith and I ate separately. I mixed the rice and curry up and threw in a giant handful of spinach and some coriander when heating it up.  Orlaith had these noodles instead of the curry.

12 Oct '15 - 18 Oct '15
Monday: Pumpkin & Blackbean Orzo Soup
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry
Thursday: Dinner Out
Friday: Ramen Noodles in Miso Soup (& Leftovers)
Saturday: Dinner Out
Sunday: Dinner Out


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