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…

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…

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,…

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…

A Good Excuse For Cookies

I’ve actually never been a sweet-tooth, give me salty or smoky food any day. But the chocolate cravings I’ve been having since breastfeeding put my pregnancy cravings to shame. Plus, since the 6-week mark (and with the hot weather) pumping has been difficult and well, mama needs her freezer supply for wine tastings. Enter: Lactation…

Flip’s Tips: How to enjoy summer with a newborn

I am solar-powered. If I don’t get enough sunlight each day I last about as long as an iPhone – dead by dinnertime. But like so many things, spending time in the sun is bloody hard to do with a newborn. It’s February and I have swum in the sea just twice, which for me…