Super nutty stuffed peppers, vegan and gluten free

We had some friends over for lunch last Sunday. As I thought about the menu I was reluctant to do a vegan spread and the man strongly suggested that I don’t. But what’s happened is that I can’t even stand the smell of meat anymore. I don’t really want to handle it. I decided to [...]

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Crowd pleasing vegan pizzas

There can’t be many kids who don’t love pizza right? Whenever I ask mine what they want for dinner the general reply is “pizza” or “haystacks“. It can be a healthy, and even vegan, meal. It’s also super quick. Well only if you buy a base and don’t make them from scratch.  On weekends I [...]

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Spelt, Rye and Berry Biscuits: Egg free and vegan

When I saw the tweet and blog post by  on these Spelt, Rye and Berry Cookies I really wanted to try them. They’re adapted from a recipe in Biscuit by Miranda Gore Browne, of The Great British Bake Off. I had to wait until now to order the goji and dried blueberries with my weekly shopping [...]

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Beany wraps: supper for kids then lunch for you

Coming up with fresh dinner ideas is hard enough. But making something that all three kids will eat and can then be spiced up 4 hours later for the adults is my daily challenge. I do have a number of fall back recipes that I turn to a couple of nights a week, such as [...]

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Banana peanut butter pancakes: gluten, egg and dairy free

Since cutting out all animal products from our diet I’ve been researching nutritious ways to feed our family of five. What’s surprised me is the questionable health of some vegan bloggers. When I think of vegan I think of sprouts, mung beans and thin bodies. But sadly the opposite can be true. There are some [...]

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Rhubarb fairy cakes with edible pansies

I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t grow rhubarb. It grows like a weed in Australia and my mum cautioned me against planting it. But this is my second year of trying and it’s pitiful. I’ll have to spend some time researching what I’m doing wrong. I did get one strong red stalk from my [...]

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Freegan Peach Sorbet

Four weeks ago I picked up some fruit from my local fruit and veg market and saw a tray of peaches sitting near the curb with the rubbih. They look a little bruised but otherwise fine. They were well covered so no risk of dog wee. I went in and asked if they were being [...]

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Choc mango mousse cake: an interesting experiment

Good mangoes are really hard to come by here in the UK. They were always my favorite fruit in Australia and I have wonderful memories of mum occasionally splashing out and buying a whole case of beautifully soft mangoes. They were a special weekend treat that we’d eat together laughing at the mango juice running [...]

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Chocolate Cake: egg free, gluten free and dairy free

I’ve been looking for a good chocolate cake recipe since we gave up animal products in October 2012. The usual cake I use to decorate is my mother’s delicious boiled chocolate cake. But as we’re all egg free now I need another. I have tried the chocolate cake recipe from The Joy Of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau [...]

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Mushroom Guinness stew: My fav meal for National Vegetarian Week

There’s a week for everything and this week it’s National Vegetarian Week! Last week was sandwich week but that didn’t really excite me. My favourite home cooked meal has to be this mushroom Guinness stew from Isa Chandra at Post Punk Kitchen. She warns that it is good and she’s right. The potato biscuit on the [...]

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My rosy cheeked daughter’s rosy cake: how to make icing roses

My baby turned two this week. Little Romy is a chubby, rosy cheeked little girl who is always smiling, except when telling off her big brothers. I’m not great at fancy fondant cakes. I don’t have the patience and never feel happy with the way they turn out. And honestly, don’t fondant cakes always taste [...]

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Best ever, yes really, best ever ANZAC biscuits

I know I’m a bit late. I had intended to write up this recipe for ANZAC day on 25 April but life gets in the way sometimes. I’m currently studying a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University so that’s eating my time. As a child I grew up about 5 hours drive from my [...]

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The best pumpkin (or sweet potato) soup recipe

I love soup. Throughout autumn and winter (and spring at the moment brrrr) I always have a pot in the fridge to provide my lunches for a few days. It’s the perfect lunch reheated with some fresh, crusty bread. Preferably sourdough. Butternut squash soup is a favorite. Previously I’d saute an onion add squash, couple of [...]

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The best pumpkin (or sweet potato) soup recipe

I love soup. Throughout autumn and winter (and spring at the moment brrrr) I always have a pot in the fridge to provide my lunches for a few days. It’s the perfect lunch reheated with some fresh, crusty bread. Preferably sourdough. Butternut squash soup is a favorite. Previously I’d saute an onion add squash, couple of [...]

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Homemade Oreos: an improved version of the American classic

I’ve recently discovered numerous blogging challenges to create recipes based on set ingredients or themes. As a lover of all things chocolate I’ve watched the We Should Cocoa challenge closely. This month I knew exactly what I was going to create as soon as I saw the theme. It’s fame. What could be more famous [...]

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