Hazel Bombs

Hazel Bombs As soon as I asked myself ‘what will I name these tasty bites?’ the answer appeared. Hazel Bombs that’s what.   The idea for this recipe I cannot claim. They are the brainchild of Danielle, Bri and Clancy who were this year’s dessert team at the Vegan chef and lifestyle training graduation. Everyone was raving about these ‘oh so delicious treats’ at the graduation and I realised...

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Spaghetti Carbanara (recipe inspired by our trip to Bali)

I don’t know about you but do holidays or time spent away always run smoothly? If I go to the Osho Meditation Resort they usually run very smoothly and usually everywhere else I go also runs relatively smoothly but then on occasion some holidays have had challenges. At the beginning of this month Makrand and I treated ourselves to twelve days in Bali to celebrate seventeen years of being...

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A Vegan Take on a Classic Asian Dish

Originating from China everyone says although for years I thought San Choy Bau (or is it Sang Choi Bow? Or even San Choy Bow?) came from Korea as it was two of my Korean students who first made me a vegan version of this dish which is commonly made with pork. Where it originates from is not known, on the internet anyway. However what is known is that ‘Sang Choi’ means lettuce and ‘Bau’ means to...

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Reviving the rice ball

In 1988 I moved from living in the Northern Territory to the big smoke Sydney. I landed a job that gave me great joy, I became a care worker in a group home for developmentally disabled adults. It opened up my world to many things; my very sheltered country being was now experiencing a vividly exciting world, working with people from all walks of life. The care home was in Bondi and I used to...

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It’s Sago Time (plus a sharing about being scammed)

Isn’t it time for a dessert recipe?. This is a simple recipe and it can be made ahead of time and left to chill. More a springtime dessert than winter so that is perfect as we have just entered spring here in the southern hemisphere anyway.   I was introduced to sago pudding only 3 years ago when I first started facilitating the vegan chef training. There are two ways of making it and the...

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My Favourite Sunday Morning Breakfast Recipe

What is your favourite breakfast? Mine is an Indian dish that comes from the state of Gujarat. One of the things I really look forward to when I go the the Osho Meditation Resort in India is that I know I will get to eat poha for some of the breakfasts while I am there.  In recent years it has been served every three days. The breakfasts that were served on the other days were delicious too...

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A Hearty Soup for Anytime of the Year

Salad is usually on my own personal menu for lunches but with a recent cold snap I decided to make a hearty soup to warm up last week. Wanting to create a new soup recipe in the fashion of a Tuscan soup with beans and pasta I found myself flicking through the Wicked Healthy cookbook and stumbled upon their fagioli recipe.    Of course I changed a few things as they use a sauce...

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You Can be Vegan and Have Your Bacon Too

It’s been years since I’ve eaten meat so trying to make vegan food taste like meat has never interested me. However during the last vegan chef and lifestyle training that I facilitated it became clear that there is a real need for replicating meat flavoured food in the plant based world. As there is a whole new generation of vegans who never gave up meat because they didn’t like it. ...

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Caribbean Salad Inspired by my Stay in India

I’m back from my month in India. Totally refreshed and ready to start working again, so weekly recipes are back, Yahoo! What an incredible time I had away. I didn’t go travelling in India but spent the full month in the Osho International Meditation Resort and did a life transforming process called Osho Mystic Rose. I can highly recommend it. It was a process I’d been wanting to do for many...

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Time to Celebrate

This is the first time I have posted a blog without a recipe. I have run out of time to put together a recipe due to being very occupied with The Vegan Chef and Lifestyle Training. I feel nervous to share a blog without a recipe but I can’t help myself share what has been going on.   On Saturday the 30th June eight exceptional people graduated as vegan chefs. Their final assignment was to...

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