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….

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’…

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….

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…

The Superhero Diet

Flip’s Vegan Pregnancy ‘Go-Suck-It-Old-School-Preggo-Books-And-Un-informed-Doctors’ Diet – Winter Edition At 22 weeks I am finally winning at pregnancy. I totally thought I was going to be a whinging pain for nine months but I was only a whinging pain for three, now I’m annoyingly perky. (I’m keeping some whinging in the bank for late pregnancy, don’t worry)….

Vegan Pulled ‘Pork’

Pulled pork is so damn trendy. So trendy I didn’t want to make it. The fruit-as-meat trend on the other hand, is exactly the kind of kitchen geekery I will happily lose days to. Plus jackfruit is the craziest, most amazing thing. As I’ve never really been into American food, I’m yet to master my…