Breakfast Congee

  • 22 June 2022

Winning Winter Breakfast What do you eat for breakfast? Do you eat the same thing every day or vary it up? My mum told me as a child that if you have breakfast you set yourself up for the day. Even science proves this. Studies show that if children don’t have breakfast their bodies struggle with absorbing the nutrients they need in the day and some studies show that children perform worse at...


Navanita’s Breakfast Soup

  • 08 April 2021

Listening to your body to feed it what it really needs Some years ago I wrote a blog on an interview I did with a friend and dance facilitator of mine. It was a beautiful interview with many words of wisdom. On Sunday my friend left her body as she had spent the year unwell. I know she would have been listening to her body the whole time. I got a message from her beloved that she very much...


Guava Jam

  • 18 June 2020

Guava Jam (probably the best jam ever) It’s seasonal produce week so here I am with something that is in season, right in my garden, right now.   We have three prolific guava trees growing in our garden. The majority of the fruit is feeding the bats, which I am so happy about as the bats had a tough time through the drought and fires. We love that we can share the fruit with...


Sprouted Vegan Green Eggs

  • 10 September 2019

Sprouted Vegan Green Eggs Last week marked the start of another Vegan Chef Training. Six wonderful women came together to join in Module 2, Raw Cuisine. As part of this module I show you how to sprout legumes and you get to take home a pack of seeds to sprout and recipe develop.    In the four days before the raw module started I started the sprouting process and sprouted...


Vietnamese Style Baguette

  • 20 August 2019

Three Weeks of Packed Lunch Ideas (for School, University and Work) For two decades as a university student, care worker and teacher I took a packed lunch to work. I had no choice there were no options for me as a vegetarian and I have also always been a fussy eater. White bread sandwiches have never cut it for me. And that was pretty much all that seemed to be available at school canteens...


Brown Rice Pudding

  • 16 April 2019

Twenty years ago when I was living in London my best friend (hi Penny) and I took a side trip to Switzerland, Austria and France. We ended up in Paris for our last night with barely a Franc to rub together. The thought of dining in any fancy French restaurant was long abandoned. Instead we bought a baguette and some cheese (in those days I was only vegetarian) and picked up two pots of riz au...


A Recipe For Millet Porridge

  • 19 March 2019

JUMP TO THE RECIPE   After a recent visit down south I got to see first hand what a lot of the Vegan Chefs are up to since they have graduated from the vegan chef training we run.    To say I am proud is a massive understatement. I feel it is time to show off what incredible work some of the graduate vegan chefs are doing. This has been a long awaited blog post as many keep asking...


Camping meals made in one pot

  • 11 January 2019

For those of you following Veet’s Vegan Cooking School on Instagram and Facebook you will probably remember I recently went away on a camping road trip and promised to bring back some recipes from my time on the road. Well here is the first installment. Now I am back in my big kitchen with all my fancy equipment I really miss my camp food. I love that I only had one pot to wash up and that I...


Creamy Mushroom and Silverbeet Buckwheat Crepe (yes they are gluten free too)

  • 14 November 2018

Having recently made banana pancakes on the last two retreats I catered on and then again on the weekend during the vegan foundation course, I deemed it necessary to turn the pancake recipe into a savoury crepe recipe. You can fill the crepe with whatever you like but I do feel this mushroom, silverbeet and cashew cream filling is really worth a try. Creamy Mushroom and Silverbeet Buckwheat Crepe...


Apple and Rhubarb Crumble (the gluten free way)

  • 31 October 2018

What’s the weather like where you are? We had some gloriously warm days then the rain set in and even though the temperatures haven’t dropped much, it felt quite cool again. Grateful for the rain and making the most of a cooler day I thought it was a perfect time to share with you my ‘oh so easy’ gluten free Apple and Rhubarb Crumble recipe.   If you are not a fan of rhubarb you can use...


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

  • 03 September 2018

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...



  • 28 August 2018

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...


Happy 2018: Celebrate with Five Smoothie Recipes

  • 08 January 2018

Happy 2018 everyone. I hope that you are having a great year so far, nine days in. I wish you all a year of abundance, balance, good food and above all kindness. It is feeling a really kind year so far with the vegan January initiative seeing a big increase on people signing up to try out a month on a vegan diet. In December one person was signing up every six seconds. If you would like to try...


Scrambled Tofu

  • 11 December 2017

Recipes that Everyone Can Enjoy at ChristmasThis is the first of two blogs I will write with lots of Christmas/festive time/ holiday type recipes. First of all I will share a scrambled tofu recipe which will have your guests on Christmas morning or any special morning going back for seconds and even possibly thirds. Then below that recipe will be links to my all time favourite recipes to make at...


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...


Nourishing kidgeree inspired by a brand new cookbook

  • 28 June 2017

Last week I went into our local book shop to buy a novel for my holiday and of course I walked out with a cook book. It happens every time. I love looking through cookbooks even though I rarely follow a recipe I still find them incredibly useful for inspiration. For example I have been making Kidgeree (an Indian rice and lentil) the same way for years then last week after I purchased Saffron...


A thousand year old rehydrating breakfast dish to kickstart your day

  • 08 May 2017

A thousand year old rehydrating breakfast dish to kickstart your dayWe have just completed the fourth module of the chef and lifestyle training: Macrobiotic cooking, wholefoods and Italian wholefoods. Both Paul Pitchford of Healing with Wholefoods and George Oshawa who developed the macrobiotic diet suggest starting breakfast with something moist to help rehydrate the body after its rest in the...


Who likes pancakes for breakfast?

  • 22 December 2016

Who like pancakes for breakfast? Gluten free, vegan pancake recipes, probably the best pancakes I’ve ever eatenHope you are all having a restful and stress free festive season. Tomorrow I will make these pancakes and enjoy them at a leisurely brunch before watching the boxing day cricket. Love this time of year as I get to really slow down. These pancakes were a treat for us a few Sunday...


Banana Slice with vegan condensed milk

  • 09 November 2016

I had planned to only review recipes from Neighbourhood by Hetty Mckinnon. once every few months but just can’t help trying out another recipe from this gorgeous cookbook. As I flick through the book I think about what neighbourhood means to me personally.    I live in a ‘hood’ very close to a small town which I have been in love with for the last ten or so years. It is a country...


Black Rice and Coconut Porridge with Fruit Compote

  • 25 October 2016

A great idea for breakfast or a dessertWho of you out there are like me and struggle to know what to have for breakfast. I am not one of those people who can have the same thing for brekky everyday.I will go a week with having a smoothie and get tired or it, a few weeks on toast, a couple of days on fruit salad, a week on salad, in winter a few days of soup and occasionally a porridge here and...


10 Minute Breakfast Meal

  • 22 February 2016

Don't be fooled by how healthy it looks- its absolutely delicious too and contains calcium and magnesium (what could be better than that for a humble breakfast idea)I want to share with you a very delicious and incredibly healthy breakfast idea. After cooking for Deva Premal and Miten's recent ecstatic chant retreat and the 255 participants that attended I woke up the next morning craving...


The Best Ever Savoury Pancakes

  • 01 July 2015

Last weekend was module three of The Vegan Chef and Lifestyle Training which was the Ayurvedic style of cooking and eating. During the first day we learned many traditional recipes from the wonderful Jacinta McEwan of Mullum Herbals. Amongst the recipes was my all time favourite pancakes. I have had these served up to me many a time at an afternoon tea when in India. I cooked them last night for...


Versatile Smoothie Recipe

  • 31 December 2014

How do we know what the year ahead will bring? (Happy New Year Everyone)Happy 2015 wonderful people. I hope you have a fabulous year filled with good quality delicious ethical food and hoping all your dreams, desires and aspirations come true. I feel so blessed to have you all in my life allowing me the opportunity to share delicious recipes with you each week. The question I pose to you in the...


The Super Food of Super Foods (and it grows right here in Australia)

  • 07 August 2014

I can't stop raving about hemp seeds and I only discovered them a couple of years ago. A big bag accompanies me on any retreat I cater for and I am known to take them with me when I go away. In my eyes hemp seeds are really the super food of super foods as they are a complete protein. Along with soy beans and bea pollen they are the only complete protein in a plant based diet. In simple terms...


Gluten Free Date Scones

  • 31 July 2014

How to Make Scones Gluten Free and be Absolutely DeliciousAre 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...


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...


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...