Tag: Vegan

  • Vegan blueberry & cashew cheesecake (gluten-free too)

    Since we’re about to leave New Zealand, I thought I should spend all my fly buys points. So I bought a cookbook I’ve been wanting for some time: The Revive Café Cookbook. It’s written by the owner/founder of the Revive Cafés in central Auckland. The book has exceeded all my expectations. It’s wonderful. I thought I’d share this recipe […]

  • Easy vegan blueberry ice-cream

    Since I’ve banned sweets from our house, we have been missing something yummy for dessert. I thought I’d try making a healthy ice-cream to compensate. Credit to my mother-in-law for the idea to use bananas in this recipe. They give it the creamy texture you would normally get by using dairy products but without having […]

  • Masturbation is sinful!

    But only for men and only if you’re Catholic. We women can masturbate as often as we want 🙂 Ok, this is complete nonsense. Masturbation is not a moral issue and nor is sex for that matter. The reason I’m bringing it up is because Richard Dawkins found himself in the middle of a Twitter storm […]

  • French Lentil Soup with Tarragon and Thyme

    Now that winter has arrived, I’ve been enjoy making and consuming soup again. There’s something comforting about a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night. This recipe is the best lentil soup recipe ever. I’ve adapted it from one in Veganomicon, a brilliant vegan cookbook written by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero both of whom […]

  • Spring rolls

    I grew up with a Thai chef and did not take as much advantage of this as I probably should have. One thing she did teach me though was how to roll spring rolls and I am very grateful for that. Spring rolls are fairly quick and easy to make and also very, very cheap. […]

  • Vegetable and cashew nut pasta

    Here’s a quick and easy recipe that’s also quite adaptable. You can use whatever vegetables you’ve got in the fridge. The ground up nuts give it a lovely creamy texture. I use cashews because I love them but other nuts are fine too. I’ve made it with almonds before and that worked well. I can’t […]

  • Sicilian sweet potato and chickpea stew

    This is a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s book, Save, which I had in the UK but had to leave there. It was absolutely delicious and a recipe that everyone must have. Unfortunately I couldn’t remember it exactly so I started searching for it online and finally found it on the DizzyLizzyFood blog. Jamie Oliver’s version […]

  • Tofu sausages

    Sausages are great comfort food and their importance at the neighbourhood BBQ makes them a social food too. So it’s only fair that veg*ns should get to enjoy them as well. And who doesn’t love and appreciate a good sausage or maybe two? Tofu sausages ————————– 1.5 cups wholemeal breadcrumbs 250g tofu 1 small onion […]

  • Curry puffs

    Curry puffs

    Here’s another vegan recipe. This one is particularly versatile and loved by all. Even my children love it so it’s a good way to get them to eat lentils. It’s also good party food when you cut the puff pastry into bite-sized triangles. The only negative is that it can be time-consuming, especially if you’re […]

  • Dahl – healthy, cheap and vegan

    A friend of mine seems to think that veg*n food is more expensive than meat (you know who you are). I thought I’d challenge this with a series of posts on cheap and healthy vegan recipes. Here’s the first. I’m not exactly sure how much this costs but red lentils are not expensive. A 500gm […]

  • Running

    I am hobbling around like an 80-year-old today. The reason for this is that I’ve started running. I hate running but it’s exercise and I no longer have Busby for that. But because I am not used to running I have sore muscles. My calves are sore, my hamstrings are sore and my thighs are […]

  • On eating plants

    I thought I’d explain in this post a bit about what my tagline “eats plants” actually means. I have been reluctant to write about this here before because I don’t want to come across as judgemental of what other people eat. We each make the best decisions we can and so here I want to […]

  • Anthropologist debunks paleo diet

  • In praise of change

    I’m an impatient person. I also relish change. I’m not one of those people who fears it and who rejects everything new. Perhaps this is partly why I have no objections to implementing the changes needed to stem global warming and am perplexed why so many people fight against them. I read this great tweet […]

  • Best ever hazelnut ice-cream with cointreau (and it's VEGAN)

    I gave up dairy products earlier this year for a variety of reasons – environmental, health, animal welfare – and I haven’t missed them in any way except for ice-cream. I love ice-cream. There are some reasonably good dairy-free ice-creams out there but they’re expensive and so I’ve been experimenting with making my own. Most […]

  • Vegan toothpaste and poo cake (a.k.a choc-mint slice)

    This recipe is too good not to share, is very easy to make and uses ingredients that most of us already have in the pantry. Biscuit base 1/2 cup rice bran oil 3 weetbix 1 tbsp cocoa 1 tsp baking powder 170g flour 85g sugar Peppermint icing 1 cup icing sugar 2 tsp peppermint essence […]

  • My plan for our planet

    There are expected to be 9 billion people on this planet by the year 2050. I may be one of them. Without sounding too much like a brainless beauty-pageant entrant, I hope that one day, we might see an end to world poverty. But is this view inconsistent with the part of me that also […]

  • Recipe: vegan nut brittle

    I love sugar and desserts and all things sweet and I reckon that if you’re going to indulge in something deliciously sweet, then it’s a good idea to make sure it’s full of nuts. Nuts are a good source of protein and will help slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream which is […]