The French Cheese Exception

I married an omnivorous Frenchman – a risky move for a vegan. But this particular Frenchman is incredibly supportive of my vegan lifestyle, of our vegan home, of plant-eating in general – he just wants to eat delicious food, he doesn’t care what that food is made of. And he has never, ever uttered any…

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…

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…

To Sleep, Perchance To Dream.

Sleep deprivation is not what I had imagined. Before having a child I was pretty sure I knew was tiredness felt like .. I’d partied, and run half-marathons, and taken double long-haul flights. Turns out this assumption is just another to add to a list I like to call, “Things I Was Wrong About Before…

Bento Du Jour

My toddler has started attending crèche one day per week. One of the (many) unexpected highlights of this new phase is lunchbox preparation – although I must confess that if I had more than one child attending school five days a week this activity would quickly become tedious. If you’re in that boat and need…

On Breastfeeding and Dairy Products

As I’ve spoken about before on this blog, I had a really hard time breastfeeding my daughter. It hurt like hell for weeks, then just a little for months and months. On top of that I suffered from a little-talked-about condition where my hormonal response to milk let down was backwards, causing a wave of…

Cost/Benefit Analysis of Parenthood, 9 Months In

When Anaïs was 6 months old she did her first sign  – the sign for milk, or as we call it La tete. It was truly one of my favourite moments. Ever. Which got me thinking about the much talked about ‘rewards’ of parenting. Honestly, most of the first 6 months of her wee life…

The Attachment Parenting Turncoat

Like every other first-time-pregnant, obsessive-middle-class-white-woman-with-a-blog, I spent my pregnancy reading all the birth and parenting books, watching all the birth and parenting docos and bookmarking all the birth and parenting blogs. What quickly became clear to me was that there were two types of parents: Attachment Parents, and lazy, selfish parents. So I signed up….

What Vegan Babies Eat Part 2

Anaïs has two tiny teeth! As cute as her very small toothbrush is, teething has been a bitch so in desperation I have become the type of person who makes homemade popsicles and teething pastes: Banana Ice Bites Blend: 1x banana, a dash of organic soy or almond milk, 1-2 teaspoons of chia seeds and…

What Vegan Babies Eat (NZ winter edition)

Screw the WHO. OK so they’re very well informed and their recommendations are generally useful but my baby wanted food at 4 months old and after two whole weeks of ignoring all her readiness signs because “she’s not supposed to eat solids until 6 months old” I decided to follow my babe’s lead and started…