Early Autumn Savoury Muffins

I never want to see another courgette. Ever. Or at least until next Summer after several months of limp-dick supermarket zucchs at a million dollars per kilo. This year we had a glut. It’s been great but I have pickled, preserved, frittered, fried, gratin-ed and made a freezer-load of rattatouille and I’m officially over them….

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…

Mushroom and Cranberry Stuffed Seitan Christmas Roast

  Serves 4-8 (depending on greed) I don’t own any measuring cups due to some weird anti-exactness rebellion, but in an attempt to add order to my recipes I have included measurements in the form of spoons. Feel free to ignore/adjust quantities. This dish is Vegan and most certainly not glutenfree. Seitan dough: Dry –…

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…

Happy Noodles

Food you think you’ll eat while at home with a young baby: Risottos, homemade pasta, gyoza, cassoulet, smoked garlic soup, cauliflower pizza, raw cakes … Basically anything that takes longer than 10 minutes or is a pleasure to cook. Food you actually eat while at home with a young baby: Noodle Soup. Or Toast. enter:…

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…

Fun with Fake Meats

A while ago I bought some vegan abalone from Chch’s Vegetarian World. It has since taken up a permanent position in my freezer, creeping me out. Honestly I had no idea what to do with it so eventually I delegated the task of preparing it to the Frenchman. I’m still not sold on vegetarian seafood in…

Food That Tastes Like Hugs

Reasons pregnancy is like one long regression into baby/toddlerhood: You become increasingly clumsy and off-balance You discover the amazing comfort of floating/balancing belly-down in the bath You want your Mum Cuddles, stretching, massage all feel 60% better than usual During the 1st trimester you can’t stand the idea of vegetables and have to sneak them into…