Swapping an addiction for another one (my story with giving up coffee)

The 6th of April 2017 marks the date I gave up coffee. This was no easy feat. I have been a coffee addict from a very early age. I love the stuff. As a child I loved it in the form of iced coffee bought in cardboard cartons and as I grew into an adult I loved it in the strongest form I could find. I only had one a day so I really thought it was fine for me. I also only had organic and I could...

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Cauliflower and Quinoa Risotto

Last year in September the graduating vegan chefs of 2016 came together for two days to participate in a refresher course. As part of the course each of the chefs shared a recipe with us all and we made it. I have shared four of the dishes so far and this week is the last recipe. I have been wanting to make this Cauliflower and quinoa risotto and share the recipe with you all year but have only...

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Fig and Orange Salad (what a treat)

While I still see figs in the fruit and veg fridge at our local health food shop (Santos) I think I should quickly get this salad recipe out to you while the figs are still in season. This is a recipe I would never have thought of making so I am delighted it came my way. In the Vegan foundation Course the participants get to create their signature dish and Suzanne and Mike decided to try...

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To Dress or Not to Dress? (That is the Question)

Do you always dress your salads or is salad dressing not so important to you? I grew up with either having vinegar or mayonnaise on my salads. Sometimes I was able to eat a salad without any dressings. These days I couldn’t possibly eat a salad without a dressing. With so many delicious dressing around these days it almost feels a crime not to add one and the beauty is we can make them all...

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Vegan Sausage Rolls for Children and Adults Alike

Continuing the theme of what to cook for children or teenagers who have decided to go vegan has me sharing this sausage roll recipe with you all. I am sure many adults would like it too. I have included a short crust pastry recipe which is nothing like the puff pastry that sausage rolls are usually made with. If you are looking for authentic it is probably best you buy an organic already made...

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More Recipe Ideas for Children who Decide to Become Vegan

Lots of feedback came in last week from families saying they enjoyed the recipe ideas I shared for children/teenagers last week. This week I am back with more recipes for children/teenagers who decide to become vegan. I am also on the look out for lunch box ideas as I will compile them together and share in a future blog. I love seeing how creative school lunch boxes really can be with such...

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What to Cook for the Kids When They Decide to Become Vegan

I was asked some weeks back for ideas on what to cook for children/teenagers once they decide they want to become vegan. I don’t think there is one easy answer to this as it really does depend on what the individual child/teenager likes to eat but that is actually a good place to start. You will know what your child/teenager likes to eat and from that there are two paths you can take.One: Try to...

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To Cleanse or not to Cleanse, that is the question

I ran out of time this week to write the blog I had planned so diverting a little to tell you about my story with cleansing. Who fasts here? Who goes on a cleanse? Who is like me and never fasted in their lives? I have to admit to you all that I don't believe in fasting, it's just not for me. I can easily get low blood sugar and low blood pressure so that's always been a great excuse for not...

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What's the go on complete protein? (plus the most delicious recipe I've made in a long time- and that's saying something!!)

I know there are two schools of thought in the vegan world on protein. One is that there is so much protein in all that we eat that we don't really need to worry about it and that it is rare to be protein deficient. The other is that it is important to make sure you get enough protein. I'm in the second school of thought. I like to know that I am getting enough protein each and every meal and I...

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Its easier than you think to get all your nutrients on a vegan diet (plus 3 zinc filled recipes)

A few people of late have asked me for recipes and ideas to help them transition into a vegan diet more easily. It's too much to share in one email so I feel I will need to do a series. This is the first blog of three or four, I would say. I'm starting with vitamins, minerals and nutrients as this is what often concerns people (protein will come in another blog). I'm a believer that if you eat a...

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