Spreading Kindness this Christmas with Delicious Vegan Food

  • 18 December 2017

What I love about vegan food is everyone can eat it. So even if you aren’t vegan, if you take vegan food along to any festive or Christmas gathering this year you will make everyone happy as it will be all inclusive.  All of my recipes are gluten free so you will have that covered too. I am sharing with you this week some delightful recipes to make, a lovely traditional Christmas meal and...

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Home Made Granola is the Best (a recipe with a difference)

  • 11 July 2017

What is your favourite cuisine? What type of food do you often crave? What style of food could you not live without? When people ask me what my favourite food is I find it hard to just pick one but the first one on the list will always be Indian. It is the food that I could never imagine going without. I would certainly feel that something big in my life was missing if I could never eat Indian...

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Eggplant and broccoli curry in a hurry (easy ways to make nice thick curry gravy without all the preservatives)

  • 01 May 2016

Did any of you reading this blog grow up with a tin of Keen's curry powder in the cupboard? I did, My mum used to have a few tins on the go at once and would add a spoonful to various dishes. As a child I always wondered what the powder was and where it originally came from but never thought to ask her. In adult years I thought maybe it was ground curry leaves and then could be a more tumeric...

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Are you up for a challenge? No meat May - an interview with one of the founders

  • 30 April 2016

Are any of you out there reading this up for a challenge? As tomorrow marks the first of May, Ryan Alexander and a whole group of people are helping others rise to the challenge of giving up meat fro the month of May. Its an easy challenge for me as I have given up meat for a lifetime but I know many of you want to make a start so why not see how you go for a month and then decide from there...

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Dhal for all you Darls out there (Indian food is easy and incredibly nutritious)

  • 25 April 2016

How many of you fall into the category of thinking its too difficult to make Indian food from scratch?Well if you do then here I am with the first of a series of Indian recipes that will make you think again. I worked all day on Friday and came home to the joy of having two friends (Khoj and Ragini) over for the night who I hadn't see for what felt like decades. In one very short hour with some...

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A Very Yummy Coleslaw Dressing Indeed (better than mayo)

  • 11 April 2016

This is the first of some very delicious recipes I wish to share with you. Even though there definitely is a change of season happening where I live, the hot weather seems to have a mind of its own and it is going on and on. I don't mind as that still means nice summery dishes with smoothies for breakfast and salad for lunch. Having said that this recipe I share with you today is one I think you...

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Now you can have your cake and eat it too (vegan gluten free christmas cake recipe- nut free too if you need it to be)

  • 19 December 2015

No one needs to be left out this christmas.This christmas cake recipe takes in to consideration many dietary requirements. So moist and delicious. A friend said to me why would you need to use eggs and butter when it tastes better without? This friend is by no means vegan either- not yet anyway!! It speaks for itself and is so light but at the same time lovely and rich a small piece is all you...

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Best Nut Roast Ever- Just in time for christmas (seed free version if you prefer)

  • 14 December 2015

I've been making nut roasts for six or so years now and from time to time I change parts of the original recipe and look up new ideas. In all the variations this is the best one I have come across. With it containing a grain (rice) and nuts it is automatically a complete protein meal and then the addition of organic non gmo silken tofu you really do have yourself a protein packed meal. You can...

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What is buzzing and humming food? (plus an idea to make those times when you need to get a quick meal or snack easier)

  • 21 October 2015

I am rehasing an old blog post here, one that I know many of you missed so thought to run this idea past you.Do you prefer buzzing food or humming food?What is this you may ask?It is something my partner and I talked about years ago, it was his analogy. When I stopped eating dairy this year I really understood what we had been talking about.Read below for the details on that. And with this post I...

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How I Became Inspired Again to Write Weekly Blogs (plus monthly recipe review - My New Roots)

  • 07 October 2015

As many of you know I have focused my time and attention this year on creating The Vegan Cooking School. Establishing a wonderful training for people wanting to become vegan chefs or those who want to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.As a result of juggling the new school and all the usual catering jobs I do something had to give. This time I was determined it wouldn’t be my nervous system, so it...

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Never Go Hungry Again (Ideas for when you travel)

  • 01 May 2015

Sitting at Sydney airport with a rumble in my belly I am prompted to write this blog. It is not often I leave home without my packed lunch, breakfast, dinner or snack. However this time I have done the unthinkable and I am hungry!!  As I cast my minds eye over the organic watermelon, apples, pears, oranges, hemp seeds and home made hummus that I left in my brothers fridge I realise what a...

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Problem Free Bean and Legume Eating (A Complete Guide to Easy Digestion)

  • 04 April 2015

A big part of me so wanted to title this blog post beans without letting the gas off (that is the expression my 6 year old nephew gives to flatulence) wasn't sure how appropriate that was for a title though. This blog post is an important one as so many people struggle with digesting beans and there really are some very simple solutions to this. Learn all about easy bean digestion below and the...

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Could you go without meat for a week? Go on give it a go.

  • 23 March 2015

How long can you go without eating meat?Can you go a week without eating meat- this week is your chance to give it a go. The 23rd of March to the 29th of March is Meat free week- an initiative set up in 2013What is meat free week?Meat free week is an opportunity t,o as a collective give up meat for a week-Why give up meat for a week?Three very simple and profound reasons Health- the over...

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What brings you joy? Is being in service on your list?

  • 16 March 2015

At the recent Uplift festival I listened to a panel of doctors and well being experts talk about true wellness. They told us that they often ask their clients the question "What brings you joy? " We were then asked to note down what brings us joy. Walking in the dark when everyone is asleep and the human race appears relaxed calm and at peace. Cooking for others especially my beloved and...

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Can Broad Beans Really Keep the Blues Away? (what to eat when feeling depressed)

  • 21 October 2014

To most people  I seem like that happy sort of person and yes most of the time I am but I am also good at pretending and putting on a happy face when I'm actually feeling like shit. However at times i just can't do that and last Thursday I  had a morning where no matter what I  did I couldn't pick myself up. Usually when I feel like this I reach for all the foods that help me go...

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Love is in the Air (what it takes to stay together for 49 years)

  • 08 October 2014

This blog post has been a work in progress, I started it when I was on the west coast of Australia  a few weeks back and made a couple of attempts at sending it to you. Once I returned home I saw the blog post and ss I hadn't completed it I thought I would scrap it but read it again recently and thought to share it with you all. I Hope you enjoy my ramblings, the recipes are lovely too...

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Delicious Meals for People with Diabetes (that the whole family will love)

  • 29 September 2014

A few months ago  I found out it was National Diabetics week and I regretted not knowing about it so I could have posted a blog that week. Weeks and weeks later I am still determined to get a blog post out to you as it is a subject close to home. My father has type two diabetes and even though he has had it for more than twenty years I am only just beginning to understand what Diabetes is....

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Cooking Class in Perth, Anyone Want to Join? Plus my Favourite Recipe from the West.

  • 27 August 2014

Calling all people in Perth. I will be in my former home town in less than two weeks. Can't wait to smell the bush over there, have my hair blown back in the spring breeze and be in awe of the incredible bush and its flowers again. I am going over to take my mum on a personal retreat in celebration of her turning seventy this year and am so excited. In addition I will be running two cooking...

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My Very Personal Story of Giving up Coffee (what is yours?)

  • 20 August 2014

Are you coffee addicted? Are you trying to give up coffee or have you recently given up. Its a big journey to give up an addiction and I want to share my journey with those of you who are interested. Drinking coffee has been something very familiar to me practically my whole life. As a teenager I would buy my thirty three cent Pauls's Iced coffee from the school canteen each and every day. Apart...

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How to Make Scones Gluten Free and be Absolutely Delicious

  • 31 July 2014

Are you gluten free and a lover of scones and like me thought they were a thing of the past? Or do you know someone who just salivates at the thought of scones but can't have them anymore since being diagnosed with gluten intolerance or Coeliac's disease? If you answered yes to either of these questions and even if you didn't I can assure you, you will love this scone recipe.A few weeks back...

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Avocados

  • 07 July 2014

At the age of fourteen doing work experience at the Darwin Travelodge to see if cheffing would be my chosen career, I came across avocado for the first time. Avocados had newly arrived in Darwin and I had heard of them as my best friend's mum loved them on toast but had never actually seen or tasted one. One of the chefs supervising me cut an avo in half proclaiming how delicious they were. He...

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Moments of Joy in the Kitchen

  • 02 July 2014

After dancing last weekend in a 5 rhythms workshop called 'Returning to Joy'* I feel compelled to write about finding moments of joy in the kitchen. I meet people who either love cooking or actually loathe it, as well as those who feel it to be a chore. With the birth of the ideas of  five minute meals in the kitchen and how to speed up the cooking process by plugging in a piece of equipment...

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Calcium & Macrobiotic Lunch & Tahini Caramel Balls

  • 17 June 2014

For those who follow my blog posts you will know I have had a break from dairy for more than a month. I actually feel my body needs a longer break and I will continue for a few more months without dairy or at least reduce it to a minimum amount. The main reasons being that my digestion seems happier and that I am more creative with my protein when not eating dairy, which I feel is important as I...

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Mange Tout (Snow Peas)

  • 12 June 2014

Growing up in a small town in the Northern Territory I remember very well the times my mum would come home with an exciting new fruit or vegetable.  She would describe what she thought they tasted like before giving them to us and then my brother and I would decide if we agreed or not, we were like miniature connoisseurs. Mandarins, kiwi fruit, eggplant, silver beet, rambutans and snow peas...

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Winter Warming Cooking Class in Byron Bay & Pesto Veg Bake

  • 02 June 2014

More and more people are wanting to eat preservative free food and I certainly don't blame them, I actually applaud them. Pre packaged foods contain all sorts of additives that shouldn't be in them. Even companies that boast 'no preservatives' will add sugar to dips, chips, pasta sauces, burgers and curry pastes, all foods that normally wouldn't have sugar in them. Then don't get me started on...

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Non Dairy Sprinkles

  • 26 May 2014

For at least a month I am restricting my dairy intake to zero. In the past I have done this a few times for varying reasons. Sometimes because my body feels better with a break, sometimes because I feel I need to shed a few kilos and and at other times because I find myself getting lazy with my vegetarian protein choices eating dairy at each and every meal. This time it is for all three reasons....

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Vegan Fritatta

  • 12 May 2014

One of the aspects of catering on retreats that I love so much is adapting food to suit people's individual dietary requirements. I love to know that everyone is going to be able to enjoy good food no matter what restrictions they have. I enjoy making them similar food to the main dishes on the menu, adjusting it in whatever way is needed. Often though when there is someone vegan on the retreat...

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Carrot and Pumpkin Soup with Coconut and Kaffir Lime

  • 21 April 2014

It is very much feeling like soup time right now. Our weather is sometimes wonderfully hot still in the day but by the late afternoon it starts feel a little chilly and a saucepan of soup is what springs to mind to prepare for dinner on such nights. My favourite soups are in the 'Veet's Cuisine' delicious vegetarian recipes, Greek Lentil, Minestrone Verde, Laksa and Spinach and Pea.However this...

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Quinoa

  • 01 April 2014

Fifteen years ago quinoa first appeared in my life, my then housemate Bodhitara introduced it to me. I had never eaten anything quite like it and was instantly in love. In those days local produce wasn't a concept I really considered and ate it regularly not realising it had flown thousands of kilometers to reach my plate. These days quinoa is the buzz word making appearances on menus in cafes,...

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Thyme is a great source of Iron

  • 02 March 2014

What herbs did you grow up with? Growing up in the Northern Territory to an English family, herbs were not widely used in our house. We always had mint sauce with certain meals but unfortunately more often than not it was made with dried mint. My mum did grow parsley and that was a regular in salads and as garnishes. Then when my mum discovered the delicious flavours of Italian cooking we had...

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Preservative Free Cooking 3 and Burger Recipes

  • 25 February 2014

A few months back I wrote a blog on eating preservative free food and how it is easier than you think. Now I want to write a further blog on taking small steps. On quizzing my sister in law on what seasoning her family in Timor Leste used before Ayam seasoning (which contains MSG and many other preservatives), she told me stock cubes and before that her grandmother just used salt, lemongrass,...

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Mexican Inspired Lettuce Cups

  • 17 February 2014

I have been promising this recipe to a few people for a while now and before the Mango season dries up I think I better get it to you all. This is a refreshing summer recipe. When I first made it I made it in individual bowls with big lettuce leaves, it was a very wholesome lunch. Recently though in the cooking classes here in the Byron shire we have been making it in small lettuce cups and...

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Dairy Free Date Cake

  • 04 February 2014

Scanning through past posts I feel it is time for a sweet treat recipe. I realise I post savoury dishes as there is always some information I want to get to you. Very often with desserts or sweets there really isn't anything I can write about so this week its just a recipe. Oh except in the recipe you can use coconut sugar or rapadura sugar. Both sugars are apparently healthier than the old...

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Vandana Shiva and Millet Recipes

  • 13 January 2014

The recent Uplift festival had many highlights for me and the first was listening to Vandana Shiva's talk. I had catered for Vandana Shiva the week prior to the festival and hadn't actually realised how famous or how influential she has been in the world. When catering for Vandana Shiva I instantly liked her but wasn't quite sure why. After hearing her speak I felt truly honored that I had been...

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Byron Bay Tempeh

  • 17 December 2013

In my very busy mind I had a great story to tell you about my love of tempeh. It was so eloquently put together but the reality is I now can't put thought to paper.  So here is a much briefer account of my tempeh love affair. When I was first introduced to tempeh I didn't quite understand the attraction. I persevered but the chemistry just wasn't there and I gave up even trying to like it....

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Uplift Festival and Mango Salsa Recipe

  • 02 December 2013

My next stint of work is going to be big and as I write I am thinking about how utterly blessed I am to be catering for such incredible people.  I start with catering lunches for Gangaji and Eli’s last retreat in Australia. It will be a complete honor to provide delicious food made of exceptionally high quality ingredients to a beautiful group of people. Then that retreat leads straight into...

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Preservative Free cooking 2 & Three Dips

  • 11 November 2013

The other week catering on a yoga teacher training, two plumbers rocked up to the kitchen I was cooking in and put in a dishwasher. As one of them was installing the dishwasher the other was fascinated in the food I was cooking and was quizzing me on the spices I was putting together. I was making a Vietnamese style curry from scratch and he asked me if I was using brown rice. He was happy that I...

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No Bake Chocolate Avocado Cake

  • 04 November 2013

On the 2nd of November I begin catering on the last Power Living retreat for 2013.  This will be the tenth Power Living retreat I have catered for.  When I think about catering on a Power Living retreat I initially wonder where on earth I am going to get all the energy from. However I know from experience it always comes and it comes from somewhere in great abundance. The Power Living...

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Cauliflower Salsa

  • 28 October 2013

This week’s recipe is up there as one of my favourite salads. For me I find cooked cauliflower difficult to digest but raw cauliflower feels great in my system. Packed with vitamin C and containing a good source of vitamin K it works well with vegetables rich in iron increasing the chance of the body absorbing the iron. So with the parsley in this dish you are on to a winner. I first created this...

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Gluten Free Information

  • 22 October 2013

If you have Coeliac disease or have been on a gluten free diet for a while this blog post may not offer too much new information but hopefully you will enjoy trying out the recipe below. If you have recently been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or Ceoliac disease or have friends who are gluten intolerant you are sure to find some useful information in this blog. When I had my belief confirmed...

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Power Yoga Canberra and High Energy Love Ball Recipe

  • 14 October 2013

On a recent trip to Canberra my sister in law took me into Civic and I met up with one of my favourite people, Justine Lisson who co owns Power Yoga Canberra. We met at the newly opened Civic Power Yoga studio. My only regret was that I didn’t have enough time to join in with one of the many yoga classes on offer each day. The studio is a place I would gladly visit every day of the week if I...

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Beetroot, Fennel and Mint Salad with Turmeric Tempeh

  • 08 October 2013

Last Monday unbeknown to one another, Makrand (my partner) and I had been into Mullumbimby and visited the local herbal dispensary, Mullum Herbals. Both of us for different ailments and both within minutes of each other. My inquiry was not an ailment as such  but a question on what herbs to take for anxiety and at the end of the conversation the lovely naturopath said that anxiety can be...

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Denise Latham's Lettuces and In Between Season's Salad Recipe

  • 09 September 2013

A year into my business I started to frequent the New Brighton Farmers Market as well as the Byron Bay farmers market. On my first visit I came across a stall selling organic lettuces. Prior to this visit I had been buying an organic lettuce mix and was getting a relatively good price on it. However, when I saw these lettuces at New Brighton Farmers market there was something quite different...

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Flo Fenton's Teacher Training and a Curry Recipe

  • 26 August 2013

I have a great number of clients and yoga schools I cater for each year and I would like to over time introduce you to them and the work they do.  One of the local Byron Bay yoga teachers, Flo Fenton runs three yoga retreats a year and several teacher trainings. This coming October she begins stage two of her yoga teacher training and I am very excited to be catering on it. As Flo is a local...

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Vegan Catering on Retreats

  • 24 August 2013

I have recently been booked in to cater for a few new retreats and as these retreats will have people attending who have never met me or eaten my food I want to offer some information about vegan catered retreats. First time on a vegan retreatOver the last five years I have catered for many retreats and of course all of them have been vegetarian. At times a few new retreat participants have come...

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Vegetarian Cooking Classes and Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 18 August 2013

Vegetarian Cooking Classes and Green Smoothie RecipeI am delighted to let you know that I will be having a raw food preparation class in the Byron Bay shire on the 22nd September.  So far I have conducted many cooking classes but they have been away from home.  This is the first in the Byron Bay area, where I live and I am excited. This class will be very small in size so there are...

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Preservative Free Cooking

  • 12 August 2013

Last week I couldn’t resist picking up and purchasing the woman’s weekly vegetarian cookbook. The first vegetarian cook book I ever bought at sixteen was the woman’s weekly one. Much has changed since I was sixteen, nice big glossy photos, lots of internationally inspired herbs and spices, and a brilliant array of  grains and pulses being used. Also it appears that more thought of vegetarian...

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Mak and Veet Cauliflower Soup

  • 18 July 2013

Someone once told me it is not really good to compromise in relationships.  However I have to say the compromise I made with this soup worked wonderfully.  So if I could remember who that someone was I’d go and tell him or her that sometimes, just sometimes compromising can really pay off. I love blended soups and my partner, Makrand loves soups that are chunky and have lots of...

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