The Sneaky Greens Project

I’ve been asked to join these two amazing women for a webinar on Wednesday June 6th. We’ll be live on Zoom at 8pm NZ time discussing all the ways we add nutrition to our kid’s food and some of the tricks I use for Yumbo lunchboxes when catering to kids with varying likes and dislikes….

Cranberry Cheesecake Bites

NZ’s animal rights group SAFE asked me to contribute a wee something for their Christmas Dessert Contest “Sweet As” so here’s my entry: Cranberry Cheesecake Bites. Find out about the Sweet As comp here and enter! These are really easy to make and perfect to take to a shared Christmas as a sweet vegan option….

Introducing… YUMBO

  I’ve been quietly working on a new project for 2018 and am excited to finally announce the launch of YUMBO – a school lunch delivery service for Christchurch, New Zealand. We’re kicking off deliveries in term 1 2018 but you can subscribe now through the website. We’ve also just launched a gift voucher system…

Chouchou Potato Cake

I love okonomiyaki. And gamja-jeon. This is a vegan white chick fusion of those two things with a silly Frenglish name to please my toddler (pronounced shoo-shoo, meaning cabbage cabbage*). It’s perfect for NZ winter, it’s also chewy, crispy, super quick, and it feels like junk food – which I tend to crave in winter….

Lemon Pepper ‘Chickn’ Nuggets

Filed under: delicious fried food and sneaky way to feed kids healthy stuff by disguising it as junk food. This is rather heavy on ingredients but could be simplified by omiting the jackfruit and simplifying the spice mix.  You can also switch out the jackfruit and chickpeas for tofu to get a softer, less ‘meaty’…

Bento Du Jour – Autumn/Winter

Lunchbox Bits and Pieces: I sneak extra green leaves into the toddler by blending them into pestos, sauces and smoothies or chopping them super fine and adding to savoury muffins, fried rice, stews and curries. Thankfully she’s still too young to figure it out that she’s eating spinach if it doesn’t look like a leaf…

Veganniversary/ Mushroom & Hazelnut Pâté Recipe

It is 20 years since I became vegan! That means two things: I must be old, and everyone who thought it was ‘just a phase’ can suck it. So of course I threw a wee dinner party. I was planning a big party thing but, y’know, working mum… winter nights… Anyway I’ve decided that I…

New Zealand is in the throes of a dinner party debate-gone-bad

NZ blogger Emily Writes has had to close her social media accounts (hopefully temporarily). Online abuse is an ongoing issue but I believe the catalyst for this particular exit was related to the vicious vaccination conversations going on in New Zealand right now. In a lot of ways this was a perfectly predictable and inevitable…

Les Beaux Malaises

At crèche drop off this morning I bumped into an old friend of my father who happens to be a Grandparent at Anaïs’s crèche. Me: Oh, hi Trish! Trish: Hi Clare! (calls me by my birth name, then indicates towards a man escorting a preschooler into the building) You remember my son, Jack? Me: Oh,…

Vegan Blueberry Mini Muffins

These are toddler friendly, with no refined sugar. You could use all wholemeal flour but I prefer half white, half wholemeal. 1/2 C white flour 1/2 C wholemeal flour 1t baking powder pinch of salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 4 Tablespoons maple syrup 1 Tablespoon ground linseed + 3 Tablespoons water 2 heaped Tablespoons coconut yoghurt…

Bento Du Jour – Autumn

Kim Chi Fried Rice – Nori-wrapped Tofu ‘Fillet’ – Edamame & Petits Pois – Pak Choy & Coriander Stalk Gyoza – Sugar-free Blueberry Coconut Mini Muffin – Grandma’s Cucumber, Tomatoes and Table Grapes – Mandarin   Red Lentil & Chard Dhal with Steamed Basmati Rice & Paratha – Coconut & Raspberry Chia Pudding – Brown…

Tumeric Pickled Courgettes

*I used 2x medium-sized jars – about 270ml 2 medium courgettes, halved (or quartered lengthways) and sliced 1/2 finely sliced red onion (or 1 spring onion) 2 tbs cheap salt (approx) 2 jar-fulls of vinegar 4 tablespoons sugar 1 tsp dried dill 1 tsp peppercorns 2 tsp black mustard seeds 1tsp ground turmeric (or use…