Where You Been At?

You may have noticed that over the past month or so posts haven't been as frequent as they normally are. Don't worry - I'm still here and still doing stuff! Now that things are settling down a bit, I thought I would take a little minute to let y'all know what I've been doing and where I've been at. Buying a House Yep, you read it right - I bought a mother-effing house! It has been a long time coming; I certainly didn't expect that when I moved back from Sydney that 6 years later I would still be at home with my parents. My financial sitch at the time didn't lend itself to taking on a massive debt but this year I was lucky...

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7 Ingredient Seed + Nut Crackers

Difficulty: Easy Makes 36 I'll admit it, I'm one of those people who sometimes sees that something is described as healthy and go "nup, that'll taste like shit". Sometimes I am wrong and if you've already assumed from the title that these don't taste good, you're wrong too! Somehow with only 7 ingredients (none of which are oil or wheat-based) these bad boys are delicious and full of flayvah. For a crispier cracker, get them as flat as you can before baking (highly recommended!) Go on and make 'em, I dare ya! Ingredients 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup chia seeds 3/4 cup raw almonds 2/3 cup sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 teaspoons salt Method Line a baking sheet with...

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Easter Eggs Worth Hunting For

WTF is up with Easter eggs starting to roll out in January/February, do we really need that much prep time to  buy a bunch of chocolate? Anyway, shopping for vegan Easter eggs in Australia seems to be getting easier each year, with random vegan eggs popping up all over the place! These are just a few of the things I've come across this year but trust me, there are a bunch more! Some of these can be found in y0ur local grocery store however for some you may need to hit a speciality chocolate shop or vegan store. Moo Free I love Moo Free because they make really delicious, affordable and accessible vegan chocolate. I'm loving this Easter egg because it reminds me of...

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Brush Up – Luxie Beauty’s Rose Gold Collection

Price: From $13.02 AUD Where To Buy: www.luxiebeauty.com It was my birthday a little minute ago (yes, you forgot and yes, I'm still mad about it) and one of the item's on my wishlist was Luxie Beauty's Rose Gold 12 Brush Set. Being the sweet angel that I am, my wish was granted and no thanks to you, my birthday was not ruined. TBH I have no real idea what all of these brushes do but there are twelve of them and I have every intention of using them all. Maybe all at once. I haven't decided yet. This set is a great place to start to get your basic brushes in bulk because you get: Large Powder Face Brush 502 Large Angle...

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Garlic, Chilli + Lemon Mushroom Scallops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 (approx.) Before I went vegetarian, I wasn't a huge fan of seafood unless it had the heck fried out of it and that has somewhat carried onto my feelings around mock seafood. If it's too fishy tasting, I ain't gonna go near it, fam. Despite that I have always wanted to do a scallop recipe with king oyster mushrooms ever since I knew it was a thing, however I could never bloody track some down. Luckily for me, on a recent trip to Sydney I found a stack of king oyster mushrooms at an Asian grocery and was pumped to finally realise my scallopy dream! My fave thing about this recipe is that not only is it quick and easy but it makes...

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Nature’s Charm – Banoffee Tapioca Pudding

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Serves Four I'm a huge fan of coconut stuff and jackfruit stuff, so when Nature's Charm asked if I'd like to team up with them to create a series of recipes using their products I was like "hell yes!" Over the coming months I'm going to hit you with a few dope recipes to give you some #inspo for how to use your Nature's Charm products. I don't mess with tapioca pudding often, but when I was sent Nature's Charm Condensed Coconut Milk to try I just knew that's what I had to make with it! Creamy, sticky and sweet - this is everything you remember from classic condensed milk without the gross animal cruelty associated with dairy. You thought...

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You’ll Love Sprout Market

Where To Buy: http://bit.ly/SproutMarket_LikeAVegan (Use this link to get 15% off + free shipping on your first order) Do you love avoiding crowds, getting discounts and awesome vegan products? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're gonna love Sprout Market - a new way of shopping online to score great discounts on your fave brands and discover some new ones while you're at it. Sprout Market (SproMar - that's my new name for 'em) stock a whole bunch of stuff like food, health products, beauty, body care, homewares and even stuff for pets with easy filtering options so you are finding what suits your values (vegan, gluten free, raw etc.) I recently got my first order from Sprout Market, which the legends kindly...

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Easy Immunity Soup

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 Y'all know that if I'm making a soup like this, it's because I feel like I'm getting sick or it's too bloody late! Packed with the healing powers of garlic, ginger, turmeric, chilli and lemon plus filling and nutrient rich beans, lentils and vegetables - this soup is just want you need as the weather starts to cool down. Quick! Make it before it's too late! P.S. Summer is over and I'm really happy about it. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large red onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 5cm x 5cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 piece fresh turmeric, finely chopped 1 large fresh red chilli, finely chopped Juice and grated rind of one lemon ...

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Sweet Sesame Tofu

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Anybody who says they don't like tofu has either never tried it cooked the right way or they're just plain wrong. This Sweet Sesame Tofu is so easy to make, tastes delicious and you can add it to just about anything your little heart desires; try it in your fave salad, stir fry or buddha bowl! Ingredients 250g high protein, firm tofu 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2cm cube ginger, grated 1/4 cup kecap manis 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon sesame seeds Method Preheat oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the tofu into 3cm x 3cm cubes and pop in a shallow container. Mix together the garlic, ginger, kecap manis,...

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Level 5 Vegan: Make Your Own Almond Milk

Been wanting to take your veganism to the next level but didn't know how? You know I got you fam! This post is all about making your own goddamn almond milk - that's level 5 shit! You may be surprised to learn that almonds do not have nipples, so you cannot extract milk the traditional way. The best part about that is (other than the obvs lack of cruelty) is that you don't have to wake up at 4am to milk your cows or whatever. TBH making your own almond milk is actually super easy and you don't really need anything too spesh or weird to pull it all together. This guide will yield about 1L of almond milk but since it...

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Sweet Potato + Brown Rice Burgers

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 Burgers are LIT but when I eat them, you'll usually find me chomping on some kind of mock meat variety. Every now and then I like to tuck in to a true "veggie burger" and this one is so freaking easy you'll find yourself doing the very same. Prep 'em in advance, pop 'em in the fridge and with a little salad and/or a bun you've got a quick lunch or dinner option ready to go. Ingredients 300g sweet potato 1 cup cooked brown rice (ain't no shame in using microwave rice - so quick!) 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley stalks 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon soy sauce ...

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Kombucha Made Easy

Kombucha is one of those things that has really taken over the health industry and with good reason. It's full of antioxidants, probiotics which help keep your guts health AF but also help with immunity, energy and general wellbeing. Plus it tastes hella good - the only problem is that buying kombucha is kinda spenno, with a litre in Australia costing upwards of $8. If you drink as much booch as I do, that adds up pretty damn quick! If you’re like me, you love the booch but don’t love the freaking huge price tag that can come along with it. That’s why about a year ago I started making my own kombucha and I’ve never looked back. With a few basic...

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Big Sound, Small Price – Dearear Headphones

Price: $78.00USD Where to Buy: www.dearear.co.nz I’ve spent a total of 8 hours in New Zealand, all of that spent in Auckland airport so I can’t really tell you much about the place itself. What I can tell you though is that I like a lot of things from New Zealand; South Gin, Whittaker’s Chocolate and Flight of the Conchords just to name a few. I now have another thing to add to the list, Dearear headphones! The guys at Dearear sent your girl a pair of their Buoyant In-Ear Wireless headphones to take for a spin and spin I did (not like a spin class on a bike, ew, do you even know me?) First up, let’s take a look at the packaging...

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7 Ingredient Cheesy Sauce

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre We all love a good cheesy sauce, right?! There are so many different ways to make a bangin' vegan cheese sauce but this one is my fave by far. It's lower in fat, carbs and calories than many others, it's nut free and gluten free plus it's super easy to make without compromising on taste because fam, you know I ain't given up taste for NOTHIN. Coat your fave pasta to make mac 'n' cheese (like I did below), make cheesy fries or fondue - do whatever you want with it, it's your life! My tip: add extra miso for a more tangy sauce! Ingredients 2 x 425g cans butter beans, drained 4 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons miso...

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3 Ingredient Pomegranate Froyo Pops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 What the actual heck is up with the weather in Australia rn, you guys?! I know it’s summer but your girl isn’t coping with these 30+ degree days. To help cool down, I’m pumping out loads of frosty treats like these Pomegranate Froyo Popsicles. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain vegan yoghurt (I prefer soy) 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 1/2 cup pomegranate arils Method Blend together the vegan yoghurt and pomegranate juice until well combined. Sprinkle some pomegranate arils into the bottom of each ice block mould. Fill each mould half way with the yoghurt mixture and sprinkle in the remaining arils before filling to the top with the yoghurt mixture. Add a couple more arils and then the sticks and/or...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 24 Real talk: there is nothing pretzel-y about these cookies other than the shape but to be honest who cares because they’re cute AF, right? There is something chocolate-y and peanut butter-y about them though – and call me crazy but I think that might be because of the peanut butter and chocolate in them. P.S. You can get a similar cookie cutter here. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup peanut butter powder 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1 cup vegan chocolate 1/2 cup granulated nuts Method Cream together the vegan margarine and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the soy milk and vanilla extract and mix until...

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What I Learned on My (Forced) Blog Break!

Oh hello there, it's been a while! My site crashed just after Christmas so this is the first time you're hearing from me in 2017 - I've missed you guys! While having zero access to the site was frustrating for me and all of you who couldn't access my recipes or enjoy my humorous banter (definitely the latter, right?) it actually turned out to be a pretty dope experience for a number of reasons. This cloud had several silver linings. You legends actually use my recipes Like, a lot of you. I guess I always knew that you did but it was hella obvious as soon as you couldn't get a hold of em! I got so many comments and messages across different platforms and a bunch...

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2016 Recipe Roundup

Time flies when you and everyone you know are having the worst year in memory, amirite?! For the most part 2016 has been a pretty big write-off IMHO but that doesn't mean there haven't been some truly excellent moments. I went on two overseas trips, completely redesigned the website and had my stuff shared in some hella cool places. Plus I made some delicious eats and discovered some dope vegan products so it ain't all bad. Let's try and focus on the positives and end the year on a good note, shall we? P.S. I'd love to hear what you think! Let me know if you had any fave Like A Vegan recipes posts of 2016 in the comments below. Basil Seed,...

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Festive Feast – Scalloped Baked Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 No festive feast is complete without a hefty serving of potatoes and this year is no different. By thinly slicing the potatoes into discs, not only do you get delicious crispy edges but you also get a hella tasty and good lookin' side dish that makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal. Ingredients 4 white potatoes, washed 4 red potatoes, washed 2 small red onions 1/3 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a shallow baking dish that is suitable for cooking and serving. Very thinly slice all of the potatoes as well as the red onions; you want all of them to be in discs...

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Grapefruit Gin + Tonic

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Well, we've somehow survived 2016 (nearly) and that means we have bloody earned a drink or two (or ten). My Grapefruit Gin + Tonic is such a fun drink to whip out over the festive season cos it's fresh, fruity and bright. Plus you can whip up a batch in a few minutes, meaning you can spend more time drinking and less time prepping. Bonus. Ingredients 200mL gin 120mL Cointreau 1 1/2 cups red grapefruit juice 4 cups cubed ice 1 cup tonic water Red grapefruit and red currants to decorate Method Mix together the gin, Cointreau and grapefruit juice together. Fill 4 short glasses nearly to the top with cubed ice. Chuck a slice of red grapefruit on top...

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Crispy Pomegranate Waffles

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 Waffles While waffles are all the rage in the US, it seems like they don't get their fair share of credit Down Under. I've been a major waffle fan for years but TBH I don't see them popping up on menus very often so I end up making my own. I'm always tryna better my waffle-making technique and these guys are definitely the best so far - loaded with golden syrup, pomegranate and vegan Greek yoghurt to sorta balance out the fact that this isn't the healthiest brekkie goin' round (really tho, it's not that bad either). Ingredients 1 cup soy milk (room temperature) 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 cup plain flour 1 tablespoon cornflour 2 teaspoons baking...

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Change Lives with Thankyou

Price: From $1.99 Where to Buy: www.thankyou.co for stockists With so many companies out there makin' all kinds of crazy things that can often add little-to-no value to the way we live, it's nice to find brands who actually give a shit about stuff. Thankyou is one of those brands, changing the world one product at a time through their social enterprise. Thankyou kicked things off in 2008 in response to the World Water Crisis as a way to get in on the $600 million per year Australian bottled water biz while actually tryna do some good at the same time. It's now 2016 and not only are Thankyou doing some good with their water range but their food, bodycare and baby ranges too! So...

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Festive Feast: Whole Cauliflower with Cranberry Stuffing + Mushroom Gravy

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 You wouldn't think cauliflower could be a holiday showstopper but try your hand at this recipe and you'll understand why 2016 seems to be the year of the cauliflower roast. Taste aside, the best thing about this dish is that it's so easy to make, meaning you've got more time on your hands to unwrap gifts or hide from your family. While the cauliflower itself is pretty good, it is still a cauliflower so I must insist that you make my cranberry stuffing and mushroom gravy to have with it, ok? Ingredients Cauliflower Whole head of cauliflower 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup vegetable stock 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/4 cup almond meal 1/2 teaspoon...

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Festive Feast: Tomato + Parsley Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 It's kinda easy to go HAM on the treats over the festive season, which is why I've decided to throw a fresh and hella healthy recipe into the mix. This salad makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal and almost cancels out all that super carby, fatty sugary stuff you've been eating (kinda). Ingredients 500 grams mini heirloom tomatoes 1 bunch parsley Salt and pepper to taste Dressing 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon agave syrup Method Roughly chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and chuck them into a small bowl. Follow that up by roughly chopping about 1/2 bunch of parsley and toss through with the tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive...

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Charcoal is the New Whitener

What if I told you that charcoal (yeah, the black stuff) would be the key to whitening your teeth and improving your overall oral health? Well, I'm tellin' ya! While the use of charcoal for dental hygiene may be new to us, charcoal has been used since as far back as 30,000 BC to absorb and clean. By harnessing the natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties of charcoal, you can make your mouth healthier than ever before without using gnarly chemicals. WARPAINT ($55.00) is a new, 1o0% natural teeth whitening product made from our new friend, charcoal! This magic ingredient, combined with bentonite clay, organic sweet orange peel, organic peppermint and organic lemon myrtle not only whitens your chompers but it'll strengthen your gums,...

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Festive Feast – Ginger Carrots

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 The rules of Christmas are that you simply must add at least  one vegetable to your plate for health reasons as these counteract the tonne of shit food you've eaten over the past couple of weeks. These Ginger Carrots are super tasty and kinda sweet so you can basically just pretend they're Christmas candy. Ingredients 500grams Dutch Carrots 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons agave syrup 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger Salt to taste Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and prepare a baking dish. Trim the tops off the carrots and set aside as garnish for later. Wash the carrots and place in the baking dish. Whisk together the olive oil, agave and freshly grated ginger. Coat the carrots...

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Festive Feast – Pomegranate Trifle

Difficulty: Medium Serves 10 Remember that time on Friends when Rachel made that heaps gross trifle and put beef mince in it? This is nothing like that time. Nothing says Christmas like a trifle and you all know how much I love pomegranate so I've allowed the two to join forces to make the world's most perfect festive dessert! Layers of pomegranate jelly, vanilla sponge, pomegranate arils, custard and coconut cream make this a freaking must-have for your Christmas table - if for nothing else to show your non-vegan family that you don't spend your days nibbling on grass and cardboard. Ingredients Sponge 3 cups soy milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 3 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda ...

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2016 Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

There was once a time where Christmas shopping for a vegan would have been more nightmarish than the Boxing Day sales and trust me, that time wasn't so long ago. But not anymore! We're being hit with new and amazing vegan products every damn day, so much so that it can be hard to keep track of it all. Each year I like to put together a little collection of my fave gift ideas to make things hella easy and keep your Christmas merry, bright and cruelty free! The Big Gifts How much cash you've got to drop can often depend on how much you love the recipient (don't act like it's not true). Sometimes you're looking for a sweet gesture, other times you're looking...

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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If somebody tells you that they don't like roasted potatoes they're either lying or their tastebuds are broken because potatoes are one hundo percent the best thing on the planet. Chuck 'em together with garlic and you've got yourself the most ultimate side dish. Ingredients 1kg mini red potatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast Salt to taste Vegan sour cream and chives to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Chop the potatoes in to bite-sized chunks and either par boil or microwave on high for 4 minutes. Throw the potatoes in a large bowl, drizzle with oil and then coat with the garlic. Pour...

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Hello Popolo!

Popolo Artisan Gelateria Address: 172 King Street, Newcastle 2300 Website: www.popologelateria.com.au If you're staying woke, you'll know that while I'm not a hardcore dessert lover, your girl is a huge fan of iced confections and I swear I have a sixth sense when it comes to sensing a new vegan dessert option hitting a Newy business. Recently my sweet sense started tingling and that's because Popolo Artisan Gelateria had opened its doors! In one of King Street's cutest little cluster of buildings, Italian owned and operated Popolo is the perfect partner to the family's other business - Napoli Centrale (they've got vegan pizza too!) Perfectly designed signage and exterior give you a hint at what's to come when you step inside this clean and cosy little shop. Growing...

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Table of Plenty + Dukkah Crusted Oyster Mushrooms Recipe

Price: From $3.50 Where to Buy: www.tableofplenty.com.au You guys know I have a close and personal relationship with snacks, so when Table of Plenty hit me up to review some of their stuff and create a little recipe, you know I jumped at that chance! I reckon you can always pick up the vibe that a business is doing good and when you learn the Table of Plenty story, it all starts to make sense. Owner Kate Weiss started the biz after the struggle of a challenging full-time job started to compromise the care of her Amy, who was born with a disability. Kate and her team have now grown Table of Plenty into a major national biz with a range of products including muesli, snacks,...

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L. Yucel Handbags + Giveaway

Price: From $75 USD Where to Buy: www.thevspot.com.au I stopped wearing leather not long after I became vegetarian, so it's been about 15 years since I've bought a leather bag. Over the years I've always struggled to find good quality, yet affordable vegan accessories but lately a few dope options have been popping up on the scene and I couldn't be more pumped! One of those brands is L. Yucel, a new vegan accessory brand dedicated to creating top quality, ethically conscious handbags. Designer Leyla Yucel knows her stuff too! She's worked with Kate Spade, Charlotte Ronson and Ralph Lauren but is now creating her own brand that sits in-line with her personal values - yay! These bags are made from polyurethane or PU, a PVC...

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Fresh AF – Rice Paper Rolls w/ Peanut Dipping Sauce

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 You know that feeling when you're hella hungry but it's so hot and you can't be effed making a huge meal? Pretty sure rice paper rolls were invented for that very reason (no need to Google it, trust me). You really can stuff these babies with whatever you want but I've included my fave combo for maximum health and crunch. Once you try 'em with my super quick peanut dipping sauce, your summer fling will be locked in. Oh, they make an awesome picnic/pot luck contribution too! Ingredients 1 baby cos lettuce 1 small carrot 1 small red capsicum 1 small Lebanese cucumber Fresh basil 150g high protein, firm tofu 10 large rice papers Peanut Dipping Sauce 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter ...

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Spicy Jackfruit Tacos w/ Lime Slaw

Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 Much to my dismay, the warmer weather is insisting on creeping in. In an effort to tolerate and accept the unwanted increase in temperature, I'm turning my attention to what's most important - food! Jackfruit is the most excellent taco filling because you can flavour it basically whatever you want plus it has the greatest meaty texture, the perfect pal to the crunchy lime slaw you're going to stuff into those bad boys. Ingredients Jackfruit Filling 2 560gram tins of young jackfruit in brine (you should know by now to NOT buy ripe jackfruit in syrup) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 cup vegan chicken or vegetable stock 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon garlic powder Up to 1 tablespoon of the sauce from...

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Spring Green Vegetable Quiche

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6 You know, I wasn't really a massive fan of quiche in my non-vegan days but somehow since losing animal products I've gained the taste for it. Recreating this classic dish is really so simple and TBH you'll wonder why you ever made quiche with eggs in the first place! Feel free to use store bought pastry if you can't be effed with making your own, it'll be just as good. Ingredients Pastry 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup vegan margarine 2 tablespoons chilled water Filling 300g silken tofu 1 cup raw cashews 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk 2 tablespoons arrowroot 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon black salt (optional, but it does give that "eggy" taste) 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 spring onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup green peas (fresh or frozen) 1/2...

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Get Nude with Kester Black + Trophy Wife

Price: $20 AUD Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com I bloody love it when a Kester Black package arrives on my doorstep and lemme tell you guys, this is the best one yet! Kester Black and Trophy Wife are back at it again with the collabs, joining forces to create the Birthday Suit collection; six nude shades that'll get you in the mood to strip down and treat yo'self. This collection has me shook because I'm having a major love affair with nude shades at the minute. Plus, with a spectrum of neutral shades from deep to light, there's finally a vegan brand providing a nude polish for just about everyone! Brazilian is a deep DEEP brown, perfect against darker skin but it also looks dope against all...

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Blueberry + Lemon Polenta Muffins

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 I know how bloody hard it can be to avoid pre-packaged snacks while wanting to stay stocked up on delicious treats throughout the work week. That's why my Blueberry + Lemon Polenta Muffins are the perfect work or school companion with their slightly sweet, lemony berry goodness! Not only are they damned tasty but you can have them ready to go in less than an hour with very minimal clean up. Note: these are intentionally not as sweet as your usual muffin but feel free to add more agave if that's what your little heart desires. Ingredients 2 cups almond milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups plain flour 2 cups polenta 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup canola oil Rind and juice of one lemon 2/3...

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Go Nuts for Hrvst St Raw Organic Nut Mylks

Price: From $8.00 Where to Buy: www.hrvstst.com.au I'll have a coffee or a tea but at heart I'm a cold drink kinda gal, so Hrvst St's new range of Raw Organic Nut Mylks are relevant to my interests. Big time. The legends even managed to have some shipped down to me from Brisbane because they knew how badly I wanted to try them. Nawww. Activated Almond + Date is a simple yet tasty flavour combo, subtle enough to add to your morning coffee (or just add a bit of cold brew!) If you're tryna get fancy, Cashew Salted Caramel will sweeten things up for ya. The tastiest of the bunch IMHO is the Choc Cacao Butter because it packs the most punch flavour-wise without going OTT. These bad boys aren't the...

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Lemon Meringue Tart

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 8 Spring has sprung (ok, kill me now for saying that) and people are going to start asking you to go outside and do stuff. DO NOT PANIC. Outside can be alright, as long as you have delicious treats to keep your mind off the fact you're not inside watching Netflix. My Lemon Meringue Tart is the perfect outdoor companion but be warned: people will invite you outside more often just so you bring this bad boy along with you. Don't blame me. Ingredients  Crust 1 cup hazelnuts 1 cup macadamias 1 cup walnuts 1/3 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup agave syrup Filling 100g pack silken tofu 3 large lemons, juice and grated rind 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon agar agar powder Meringue 1/3 cup chickpea juice (the less salt, the better) 1/2...

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esmi Skin Minerals Foundation & Brush

Price: From $60 AUD Where to Buy: www.esmi.com.au I bloody love it when new vegan-friendly cosmetics brands holla at your girl to try out their products so I was stoked when esmi got in touch to take their Mineral Foundation and Foundation Brush for a spin. I'm lucky enough to have had pretty chill skin for most of my life, so with the exception of a little dryness and the odd blemish, I don't need to worry about my skin getting too heccaz on me but that doesn't mean I don't want to treat it right. esmi Mineral Foundation is formulated to be anti-acnegenic with an SPF 15 formula that hydrates, treats and protects the skin using a unique combo of ingredients like: Hyaluronic...

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No-Rice Stuffed Capsicums

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 I love cooking as much as the next person but there comes a time when you simply cannot be effed to put in the hard yards to scrape together a decent meal. Stuffed capsicums are a perfect solution to that problemo because they take no time at all, look like you put in a bit of effort and they're dope for using up all the bits and pieces you have left in the fridge. What's your quick and easy weeknight meal? Let me know in the comments! Ingredients 2 capsicums (any colour you like) 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 brown onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 cups vegan mince (I used Gardein but you could also use finely chopped tofu, tempeh or beans) 1...

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Roza’s Gourmet & Pesto Pasta Recipe

Price: From $9.50AUD Where to Buy: www.rozas.com.au Sure, it's fun to make your own sauces but sometimes we vegans do it out of necessity because there ain't always a ready-made vegan sauce option nearby. That's why I was hella stoked when I was asked to try Roza's Gourmet, a range of chutneys, pestos and sauces made with all natural ingredients and zero artificial preservatives. Roza's Gourmet started in Brisbane in 1991 and has been around for 25 years. After Roza's death, her daughter Jasmin took the wheel and has turned the company into a thriving business, using primarily local ingredients and manufacturing in Australia to keep jobs within the local community. Hot Lover is made from a selection of spicy ingredients like cayenne, habanero and curry powder...

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Bloody Good Banana Bread

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 8-10 First things first: banana bread is cake that we call bread to make us all feel better about the fact that we're eating it for breakfast. In saying that though, this version of BB is actually not that bad, so you don't need to lie to yourself if you chomp down on it prior to 10am. Plus it's gluten free and refined sugar free (you can really use whatever sweetener you like!) Ingredients 3 large, very ripe bananas (I'm talking black AF) 1 cup nut milk (I used macadamia) 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 cups GF plain flour 1 cup almond meal 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/3 cup canola oil (you could use melted coconut oil if that's more your jam) 1...

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Epic Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Serves 8-12 My niece always says "Chels, you're the best cooker of sweets" and while she's not entirely correct, I can usually produce pretty dope results when I put the effort in. You can too with my monster Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake; a rich brownie-like cake covered with two types of fluffy frosting, teensy blocks and peanut butter cups made from dark, white and peanut butter chocolate (OMG). If you don't have moulds, use whatever chocolatey bits and pieces you can find to turn a simple cake into a baking masterpiece. It's really not that hard to do but I threw that difficulty rating up there because mustering the time and effort to do it is half the battle. Worth it tho. Just...

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Vegan Nail Extensions by Bio Sculpture

Price: From $50.00 AUD Where to Get It: www.biosculpture.com.au I'ma be straight up and say that my nails usually look ratchet and that's mainly because I don't treat 'em right. Years of biting my nails and cuticles have left them hella weak, brittle and short AF. When they're short I don't feel like painting them but painting them is the only way I can grow them, it's a vicious cycle. Don't believe me? Check out what my nails usually look like...

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Banana Choc Chip Cashew Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If you managed to wrap your head around that bitch of a recipe title, wait til you wrap your mouth around what the recipe makes! The cashew base makes it soy free and when you throw in that banana and choc chip combo, Craig David wouldn't be able to handle all that flavour. Now, I've been trying to chill a little on the sugar lately (dw fam, I'm not gonna go all IQS on your asses) so I sweetened this guy with stevia which you can tastea little bit, but feel free to use agave or maple syrup if it's more your jam. Hint: Make sure you leave plenty of time to cool the cashews! Ingredients 2 cups raw cashews 1 1/3 cups nut...

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Apple Pie Granola

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 cups Crunchy granola is just about the only cereal-type thing you'll get me near. When you add all the bits and pieces to make the damned thing taste like apple pie, well dayaaamn you've got me hooked! Easy enough to quickly whip up on Sunday for the week ahead but let's be honest, it ain't going to last beyond Tuesday (if that). If you had signed up to my newsletter you could have been making this for months now, don't make the same mistake again by signing up here. Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup raw almonds 1/2 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup raw macadamias 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 green apple 1/3 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup sultanas Method Preheat the oven to...

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Treat Yo’self to Kester Black’s Summer Shades

Price: $20 AUD Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com It may not seem like it with this frosty air but summer will be here before we know it and if you're like me, winter can be a time where you kinda shrug off some of the fun beauty stuff for more important regimes like making sure your skin doesn't dry out to some scaly, lizard-like thing. Nothing kicks you back into gear more quickly than a bright new set of nail colours so when Kester Black sent me their new summer range to review I felt inspired to stop biting my fingers for a little minute and prep them for a makeover. You'll have a bunch to choose from too, with 4 new shades ripe and...

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Like a Vegan is Six!

Awww my little blog is growing up! Six years ago this month I started Like a Vegan as a virtual cookbook to share recipes with my friends. Nowadays I still share my recipes but a whole bunch of other things too, with tens of thousands of pals from my real life and the WWW. Hey, it ain't the biggest following in the world by any means but it still means a hell of a lot to me that y'all give a damn about what I'm doing and I appreciate every last one of you. To celebrate this milestone, I've got a couple of surprises lined up but the biggest one by far is my 6th Birthday ExtraVeganza! Thanks to a bunch of my fave...

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Cherry Banana Smoothie

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies So smooth that Rob Thomas and Santana wrote a song about it. If you pay attention to my Instagram, you'll know that recently I made the best smoothie of my life. It seems like a pretty big call, and it is, especially for someone who ain't too fussed on smoothies in the first place. The best thing about it? It takes a few minutes to throw together and all of the ingredients are things you should already have lying around. Ingredients 1 large banana 10 fresh cherries 1/2 cup crushed ice 1 1/2 cups soy milk 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut yoghurt (I used Nudie Vanilla Coconut 'cos it's vegan now!) Method Rip up the banana and chuck it into...

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Treat Yo’Self to Apple & Cinnamon Poptarts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Growing up there were 3 ultimate breakfast scenarios; going out for breakfast, being allowed sugary cereal out of one of those tiny boxes, and Poptarts. You know, those little pastry things that were filled with delicious unhealthy stuff and covered in the most delicious frosting known to man-kind? Now you can make your very own vegan version that tastes like tiny little apple pies. Now that's an ultimate breakfast scenario. Ingredients Pastry 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups vegan margarine 1/3 cup chilled water Filling 2 tablespoons vegan margarine 4 green apples, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup almond milk Frosting 1 cup icing sugar 1/2 tablespoon cornflour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 tablespoons...

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The BEST Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle

Method: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Sometimes (AKA all the time) you've gotta give your body what it asks for and this weekend my body was begging me for pasta. Not just any kind of pasta, oh no, creamy mushroom tagliatelle; packed with flavour thanks to the roasted garlic and porcini powder, plus with the cashews and soy milk you've got maximum creamth (there I go with that word again). I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probs the best pasta sauce I've ever had. Note: Use GF pasta and you've got yourself one helluva gluten free pasta dish, my friends! Ingredients Creamy Sauce 2 cups raw cashews 3 cups button mushrooms, thinly sliced 5 large garlic cloves Spray olive oil 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon garlic...

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Jam Filled Donuts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 If you ask me what my fave sweet treats are you're going to hear two things: ice cream and donuts. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but put either one of those in front of me and I'll polish it off quick smart. Making badass doughies is one of my fave things to do, espesh because vegan donuts are bloody hard to come by in Newcastle, and I decided to stuff 'em full of sweet sweet raspberry jam. Ingredients 6 tablespoons warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast 1/2 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted 2 cups plain flour (plus extra for dusting) 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons caster sugar Oil for frying 1 jar raspberry jam for filling Method Chuck...

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Loaded Chickpea Pita Pockets

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I really dig a pita pocket every once in a while but I effing hate making felafel and the store-bought ones ain't usually my jive. I decided to solve this problemo by filling the pockets with something else; chickpeas! Pan-fried and spiced to perfection with salad, homemade quick pickles* (quickles?!) and hummus make these guys a healthy, satisfying and bloody easy meal to whip up in no time. These guys make the perfect addition to a BBQ and how convenient that I've chucked them out into the bloggersphere just before the 4th of July?! * If you have time to pickle the cabbage properly please do, or feel free to use store-bought! Ingredients Quick Pickles 1/4 red cabbage, shredded 1 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup...

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Raspberry & White Chocolate Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 21 pieces Fudge is one thing that I had never really bothered with because replicating the condensed milk thing was so damned hard and the vegan ones on the market were so freaking difficult to get a hold of. Now that condensed coconut milk is pretty easy to pick up at your local supermarket (I get mine from Woolworths), both of those problems are solved and I can now make shitloads of fudge on the regular. This time around I went for a less intense but no less delicious combo of white chocolate and raspberry because the fruit cancels out the chocolate #fact. Ingredients 1 320ml can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 250g...

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Tofish Fingers – An Easy Weeknight Meal!

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Fish fingers are really a part of growing up for most kids but when you realise fish are cute as hell, they're very quickly taken off the menu! There are a few frozen fish finger substitutes out there and they're all fantastic but I wanted to try things a little differently with my homemade version. Simply using tofu and seaweed as a base, these guys can be whipped up super quickly and easily made gluten free with GF breadcrumbs. Ingredients 750g hi-protein firm tofu 4 sheets seaweed 1 1/4 cups non-dairy milk (I used soy) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups dry breadcrumbs (make sure they're vegan) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon mixed herbs 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 teaspoons garlic powder Olive oil spray Vegan tartare sauce and lemon...

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Review: Smith & Deli

Address: 111 Moor Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Website: www.smithanddaughters.com It's actually a freaking travesty that I hadn't been able to visit Smith & Deli until just before their one year anniversary (when they opened I had just returned from Europe so couldn't swing it) but I sure made up for lost time with a record three visits within a 24 hour period. Just a short walk from the epic Smith & Daughters on Brunswick Street, Smith & Deli is set up in a dope, old brick building with the now iconic S&D Eat Vegan sign out the front. Walk through the doors and you're greeted with a visual feast of amazing food, adorably dressed staff and badass signage. Shelves, fridges and freezers are not only stocked with...

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Mr. Smith Hair

Price: From $29.95 Where to Buy: www.mr-smith.com.au Have you ever had your hairdresser run out of the salon as you're walking past and shove a bag of new products in your face, telling you that you HAVE to try them? No? Well, neither had I until very recently when my hairdresser did just that. The products she gave me were from Mr. Smith and I cannot wait to tell you more about them! Mr. Smith products are Australian made and crafted from Australian botanicals and essential oils, designed to retain the hair's natural fluidity and shine. You won't find any parabens or sulphates in their stuff, nor will you find any animal products because they're certified vegan (schaaa-wing!) My hair is thin, which is...

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Review: Matcha Mylkbar

Address: 72a Acland Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182 Website: www.matchamylkbar.com If you've moved house recently and still waiting for your internet to be reconnected, you may have missed the fact that Matcha Mylkbar is now open for business. Located on St Kilda's bustling Acland Street, this place is perfectly styled with plenty of white walls, wooden tables and greenery setting the scene for your next epic brunch date. The menu is weird but in a good way, with plenty of flavour and food combinations you've never even thought of trying but somehow make total sense. There's a good balance of savoury and sweet items and of course matcha features quite often however don't fret if you're not a fan, there are many matcha-free items too. I kicked...

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Lemon Thyme Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 We all know that potatoes are dope AF so there's no real need to convince you to get on board with this recipe other than the face it also combines the freshness of lemon with the perfect wintery flavour of thyme. Chuck this winter warmer in the oven and serve it alongside your favourite veggie roast. Ingredients 10 baby potatoes, washed 1/4 cup olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 sprig of thyme Salt and pepper Method Preheat your oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the potatoes into quarters and set aside in a large bowl. In a small jug, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Mix well. Pour the oil...

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Over The Moo Ice Cream

Price: From $10.95 Where to Buy: www.overthemoo.com.au You know what's super tough about blogging? Getting asked to try a whole friggin' bunch of vegan ice cream and having to write about it. LOL JK, it's actually dope AF and the legends at Over The Moo wanted me to tell you all about some of the bitchin' new flavours in their range of coconut ice cream. Over The Moo is Australian owned company churning out nine, yes NINE, amazing vegan flavours like mmmmMangoo, The Espresso Lane and Choc! Choc! Who's There? but today I am going to hit you with a classic and a bunch of newbies that are going to be in your reg rotation in no time. TBH I thought I was going to hate...

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Review: Bonta Vera

Address: 40 Church Street, Minmi, NSW 2287 Website: www.bontavera.com.au I can finally utter the words "we have a vegan restaurant in Newcastle" and damn, it feels good. Sure, it is a 30 minute drive from the CBD but when you're used to travelling to Sydney for a completely vegan menu, the trip to Bonta Vera ain't so bad at all. Located in the old courthouse on Church Street, Bonta Vera's exterior is hella gorgeous and green AF. When it comes to dining you can choose from the airy space indoors, the wraparound verandah or if you're feeling super chill, grab a picnic blanket and find a patch of grass on the lawn. The menu is quite varied, ranging from burgers and sandwiches to lighter salads and...

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Coconut Choc Chunk Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes: 18 When you've got nothing to do, a rainy day is the perfect excuse to chill hard, bake hard and just generally max relax in the comfort of your own home and/or PJs. Keep the ingredients for my coconut choc chip cookies on hand so next time it starts raining cats and dogs (I wish), you're ready to bake up a storm. Ingredients 3/4 cup vegan margarine 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon cornflour 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1 1/4 cups chocolate chunks Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with grease-proof paper. In a large bowl, cream the vegan margarine, caster sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the...

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Review: The Landing Bar & Kitchen

Address: 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, NSW 2300 Website: www.thelanding.com.au Being the fun-lovin', food lovers that we are, Jane and I continue to get invited to try restaurants in The Hunter - an offer which we gladly accept because a) we get to eat food and; b) because we get to hang out and talk about really important issues like why Jane still doesn't have Snapchat (mine is Like A Vegan btw). The Landing Bar & Kitchen recently invited us to try offerings from the new menu, created by their newly appointed chef, Jamie Thomas. Located on Honeysuckle Drive, a strip of bars and restaurants overlooking Newcastle's foreshore, The Landing Bar & Kitchen makes a dope ass spot for not only showing off this great...

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Pure Hair Food Styling Products

Price: Starting at $28.90 Where to Buy: www.purehairfood.com.au There's a lotta hair stuff on the market these days and I'm on a mission to try as much of it as I can. Pure Hair Food recently sent me a few of their styling products recently, which not only assisted me with my mission but made my hair look dope AF. Pure Hair Food was born from a need to inject more natural, salon quality hair products into the market and focuses on three key things: No nasty stuff like parabens, sulfates, sodium chloride while being colour safe. Keeping it local by sourcing as many ingredients as possible here in Australia and being 100% Australian made. Saying no to animal testing by being a 100% cruelty free...

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Spinach & Chickpea Cannelloni

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4-6 I'm not a huge pasta person (I know, sue me) but sometimes I'm just fully down with it. This weekend I thought I'd have a crack at some cannelloni because apparently just pasta with sauce isn't good enough for me. This can get a little messy but if you take your time and do it carefully, you'll end up with delicious creamy tubes of goodness. Ingredients 4 cups chopped fresh spinach 1 large clove garlic, chopped 1 spring onion, chopped 1 227g tub of vegan cream cheese 1 can chickpeas, drained 2 tablespoons corn flour 1/2 cup non-dairy milk Salt and pepper to taste 21 instant cannelloni tubes 3/4 cup vegan cheese Sauce 1 tablespoon oil 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2 cans crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon brown...

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Dusty Girls Cosmetics

Price: Starting from $18.50 Where to Buy: www.dustygirls.com.au If you took one look at my make up collection you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that I bathe in cosmetics on the daily. Truth is, day-to-day I don't wear a lot of make up but it's hard to resist buying and trying new things when there are so many amazing vegan cosmetics to choose from! Dusty Girls Makeup is just one of those brands and they sent me a trio of their hottest products to take for a spin. Dusty Girls was inspired by how good skin looks and feels after a day in the country and combines the natural clays and minerals of the earth to bottle up that goodness. The entire range...

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Kester Black Hand & Body Fondant

Price: $50 Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com It looks like some hella exciting things are going on in the land of Kester Black this year and by gosh am I happy to hear it. You may remember a li'l review I did of their Liquid Hand & Body Wash last year (which by the way, with regular use IS STILL NOT EMPTY) and now they've got new besties, Hand & Body Fondant! The packaging ties in seamlessly with the theme of body products KB have going on right now which is simple, sleek and fun with bright typography. You can choose from two scents that pair up perfectly with the Hand & Body Wash too; Lucky, with a velvety smooth caramel and vanilla scent...

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Summer is trying to sneak its unwelcome ass back into my Autumn (NNNNNO!) so I'm willing it away with a recipe for a side dish made for cooler weather. You've obviously continued reading after the title of this post, so I'm already assuming that you're somewhat down with the Brussels sprout. If you're not, maybe you just like looking at stuff you don't really like very much and I guess that's cool too, you do you. It's time to flip the script on what the sprout hatin' mofos in your life think about the B-sprout and dress 'em up with the help of Canada's gift to us all; maple syrup. Maybe you'll succeed, maybe you won't but if it's...

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The Red Balloon Vegan Lollies

Price: From $5.50 Where to Buy: www.theredballoon.com.au No need to pinch yourselves, folks! This week's Gotta Have It is dedicated to The Red Balloon and their mother-effin' vegan lollies, yay! I stopped eating gelatine not long into my vegetarian years, so it's been quite a long time since I've sunk my teeth into a bloody good lolly. Sure, there are some great ones out there but they're few and far between and they're usually lacking in the flavour and/or texture department. The good news is that not only do Melbourne-based The Red Balloon make two types of vegan lolly but there are seriously so many freakin' flavours to choose from you'll be like a kid in a...

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Creamy Kale Pasta Bake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Oh yes, did you feel that Autumn breeze a-blowin' over the weekend? Cooler weather is on its way and I couldn't be happier, winter is my jam! Nothing says comfort food like a creamy pasta bake; it's packed with carbs but with the creamth (made that up) coming from tofu and cashews plus the addition of kale, you don't need to feel too guilty about this quick and easy meal. Ingredients 500g spiral pasta 1 bunch kale, roughly chopped 1/4 + 1 tablespoon olive oil Juice of one lemon 300g silken tofu 1 cup raw cashews 3/4 cup non-dairy milk 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon mixed herbs Salt and pepper 1 small brown onion, finely chopped (discard the stalks) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs Method Preheat oven to 200°C...

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Greenroof

Address: 71 Tudor Street, Hamilton, NSW 2303 Website: www.thegreenroof.com.au The Greenroof Hotel is one of Newy's newest drinkin' holes and you better believe that when I hear there's a vegan option on the menu, I get in there to try it ASAP. Having been recently restored and reopened, a whole lot of work has gone into updating the space for 2016. A more traditional pub area inside with bar and stools is complimented by an indoor dining area with booths as well as an outdoor beer garden. The decor is pretty awesome too, lots of brick, greenery and dark wood feature throughout the space. Memorabilia is littered throughout as well as interesting signage and nods to classic rock and roll artists. The menu has also...

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Luna Bronze

Price: $26.00 Where To Buy: www.lunabronze.com.au I've never been a huge fan of tanners (unless we're talking about Full House or ALF) but lately I decided that I wasn't entirely chill with the fact that my arms are a good 10 shades darker than my near-translucent legs. It was convenient that the good folks at Luna Bronze got in touch to see if I wanted to try their Gradual Self Tanning Moisturiser and I was like "hell yeah!" Luna Bronze was born after one of their co-founders was diagnosed with BCC skin cancer at a young age; a wake-up call that made her realise that sunless tanning was the only way to go. In conjunction with tanning experts, a gradual tanner that slowly...

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Raw Cross Buns

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 If you're not really down with religion, Easter is pretty much an excuse to have a mega long weekend and stuff your face full of delicious things that you've probs been eating since they hit stores in January (admit it). I decided to flip the script on one of those delicious things, the hot cross bun, by harnessing the delicious spiced flavours and bundling them up in a bliss ball type situation. Because they're raw, gluten free and refined sugar free, it's the perfect excuse to eat even more of 'em! Ingredients 10 medjool dates (pitted) 1/4 cup raw almonds 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup Brazil nuts 1/2 cup almond meal 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon all spice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup sultanas...

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Kinn Thai

Address: 89 Park Avenue, Kotara 2285 Website: www.kinnrestaurant.com.au I'm not a huge shopping centre dweller, so when I found out Westfield Kotara was set to open their new Rooftop, I wasn't overwhelmed with excitement however I was interested to see what vegan options may be on offer. When planning to visit the Gold Class Lounge at the new Event Cinemas for my recent birthday, dining on the Rooftop seemed like a practical choice so I got to lookin' at some menus online. Kinn Thai's menu not only has a few good vegan options but we can now add another restaurant to the list of those that actually have a little vegan symbol, yay! My first visit on my birthday was great so I headed back...

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The Vegan Box – February Vegan Beauty Box

Price: $49.95 + Shipping Where to Buy: www.theveganbox.com.au It's no secret that I'm a mammoth fan of The Vegan Box but did y'all know these legends also make a Beauty Box?! That's right, a collection of some of the best vegan beauty products available delivered to your door! The gang sent me their February Vegan Beauty Box to try and I'll tell you what, I couldn't be more into it. Sent bi-monthly, the Vegan Beauty Box contains a selection of skincare and cosmetics in full, travel and sample sizes to give you a glimpse at some of the best vegan beauty products out in the big bad world. Not only is this a bloody convenient way of keeping on the ball when it comes...

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Basil Seed, Rose & Elderflower Cooler

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 I've had basil seed drinks at vegan restaurants but traditionally these bevvies usually contain honey, so the pre-packaged ones at Asian groceries are usually a no-go for vegans. Bummer. The good news is that these little seeds are easy to pick up from your local Asian grocer too and since they only take about 10 minutes to make, you can use your stash to make one of these drinks quicker than it would take to go and buy one! Because basil seeds are so subtle in flavour, you can really combine them with any syrup you like but this time I've gone for rose and elderflower to send off summer in style (good riddance!) Ingredients 1 tablespoon basil seeds 1/2 cup warm...

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M.R.K.T. Agnes Shoulder Bag

Price: $150 AUD Where to Buy: www.mrktaustralia.com.au Gotta Have It is all about finding some of the best badass vegan products in the universe and putting them on the screen of your computer or smartphone for you to feast your eyes upon. In the 5+ years I've been writing Like A Vegan, I haven't covered a lot of fashion but that's about to change my friends because I need you to know that being vegan does not mean compromising on style. About 6 months ago I discovered M.R.K.T. (short for Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger) on Instagram and was immediately stoked on the stuff that was appearing on my feed; structured totes, backpacks and wallets in great colours, textures and fabrics. So when I contacted M.R.K.T. to...

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Cranberry & Cacao Squares

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 You might have noticed that I'm not the biggest sweet breakfast fan however I do tend to start my days during the week with packaged raw bars and a piece of fruit because it's damned easy. This week I thought I would try my hand at making my own breakfast bars and the best thing about doing it is that I could add exactly what I wanted, using ingredients I just had lying around. Ingredients Cacao Base 1 cup chopped medjool dates 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts 1/4 cup raw almonds 1/2 cup vanilla protein power 1/4 cup cacao powder 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil Cranberry Top 2/3 cup dried cranberries (try to get unsweetened) 1/2 cup raw cashews 1 teaspoon beetroot powder (optional but provides great colour) 2/3...

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Nagisa Japanese

Address: 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle NSW 2300 Website: www.nagisa.com.au It may still be a few months til I hit Japan for a second time but when the feeling hits I don't have to travel far to get my fix of Japanese cuisine right here in Newy. Sure, we've got quite a few sushi places and a couple of other Japanese joints but none beat the taste, view and variety of Nagisa. The Honeysuckle precinct is jam packed with awesome restaurants and bars overlooking Newcastle's foreshore. There aren't a great deal of options on the strip however you can usually find something and Nagisa has a few somethings you simply have to try next time you're in the area. Lunch is the premo time to visit...

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Crispy Bean Stuffed Potato Skins

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 If you tell me a potato skin is going to be crispy, you'd better damn deliver me a crispy potato skin. I don't take that responsibility lightly so believe me when I say these mofos are goddamned crispy. You really can fill them with whatever you want but this time around I added some beans to make them extra hearty. Ingredients 6 washed potatoes, go smaller on the size Olive oil spray Salt & pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 cup mixed beans 1/2 cup vegan cheese (I used Daiya) 1 spring onion Method Preheat your oven to 200°C. Stab the potatoes all over with a fork before carefully placing in the oven (directly on the racks or a pan with a roasting rack). Cook...

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Kester Black Cuticle Remover

Price: $20 Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com As much as I love to paint my nails with Kester Black's awesome range of colours there's only so much a fresh coat can give you when you've got little bits of skin peeling off your cuticles. Does this sound like you? Kester Black's new Cuticle Remover may just be your solution! The guys got in touch to see if I'd like to take their new product for a spin and who am I to turn down a chance to get my nails looking fly, huh? Application is simple: apply to the contour of the nail, wait about a minute and gently roll back the cuticle with a dry cuticle stick before removing any residue. This water-based gel with...

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Rosewater Marshmallow Hearts

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12-18 The way to any vegan's heart is through their stomach and there's nothin' better than a homemade Valentine's Day gift, especially if it's edible. These bad boys will make babe swoon with their light marshmallowy centre dipped in dark chocolate. Really tho, where's my Valentine at? Ingredients 1/3 cup corn flour 3/4 cup water 1 tablespoon agar agar powder 1/2 cup glucose syrup 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon rosewater 2-3 drops pink food colouring (make sure it's vegan) 300g dark chocolate Method In a medium sized saucepan, gently whisk together the water and agar agar powder over low heat until the powder dissolves. Crank the heat up to medium-high before adding the glucose syrup and caster sugar while continuing to stir constantly. Once the mixture starts to boil, immediately and...

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Atom Natural Beauty Pack

Price: $55.00 AUD Where To Buy: www.atomboutique.com When Atom Boutique recently sent me their Natural Beauty Pack to try I knew that it would have to be the next product featured in Gotta Have It! Australian brand run out of Sydney, Atom Boutique was inspired by a trip to Morocco and the discovery of pure Argan oil. This signature ingredient features throughout the entire Atom range and is 100% pure, naturally organic and like the rest of their vegan and natural ingredients, sustainably harvested by fair trade. Atom's product selection ranges from pure Argan oil through to skincare essentials and gift packs. The best way to get a real taste of these products is through one of their gift packs, like the Natural Beauty...

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake Donuts

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 large donuts It's bloody fun experimenting with different ways to make stuff and donuts are absolutely no exception. I've made them all kinds of ways like baked dough based and fried batter based but by far the easiest kind to make are baked batter donuts using a donut pan. You can pick these pans up super cheap on eBay and other online stores plus most good kitchen stores will have them; I'm going to buy a mini donut pan soon for extra cuteness. For my first attempt I went with chocolate flavour because really who doesn't like chocolate? Plus, I wasn't really in the mood for plain vanilla. You can glaze or ice these babies but to avoid things getting...

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Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 For a long time I had doubted the existence of fresh jalapeños because I sure as hell hadn't seen any. Last weekend I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted a basket of glossy, green chilies in the distance at the supermarket so naturally I grabbed as many as I could and got to thinkin' about a recipe. Here is that recipe. Feel free to go ahead and fry these bad boys if you want to, I won't judge you. I may even try it one day myself when I can be bothered dealing with a deep-fryer situation. Today is not that day. Ingredients 12 fresh jalapeños 2/3 cup vegan cream cheese Handful of chives, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder Pinch of...

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Margan Restaurant

Address: 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke NSW 2330 Wesbite: www.margan.com.au With birthdays mere days apart, Jane form What Jane Did and I were bound to have several things in common. Two of those things just happen to be food, writing and road trips so when Jane told me Margan Restaurant had invited us to do a review I was like "hell yeah, let's do it!" Jane offered to drive provided I curate (yes, curate) a playlist and for the first time since about 2009 I burned a CD of 90s and 00s hits to provide the soundtrack to our epic journey into the Hunter Valley. After walking through the rammed earth entryway which was fit for a king/Leonardo DiCaprio (same thing, really IMHO), we were...

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Roast “Chicken” Rolls – Made with Jackfruit

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 Is it just me or am I really harping back to my childhood and growing up in Newcastle lately? That may be why I had the sudden urge to recreate and veganise the chicken and mayo rolls from Henny Penny, a chain of fast food chicken restaurants in the Hunter. I hadn't really thought about roasting jackfruit until now but it really does have a different vibe when it's cooked/stewed on a stovetop. A few crunchy bits around the edges and a much deeper flavour mean that this does recreate chicken quite well and is a great alternative because we should be looking after our feathered friends, not eating 'em! Ingredients 2 560gm cans young jackfruit in brine 2 tablespoons olive oil Juice of...

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memobottle

Price: From $22.00 USD Where to Buy: www.memobottle.com You guys should know by now that I'm a sucker for good design and thoughtful packaging, so it's no surprise I fell in love with the memobottle as soon as I saw it! Naturally I was thrilled when memobottle sent me a couple to review (and if you read on, you'll have the chance to win one of your own). These dope water bottles were born when fellow Aussies (another tick) Jesse and Jonathan were frustrated at the amount of single-use drink bottles washing ashore in a country where clean drinking water is so easily accessible, not to mention the fact that traditional drinking bottles didn't fit easily in back packs and laptop bags. You may...

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The Persian Place

Address: 43 Bolton Street, Newcastle NSW 2300 Website: www.thepersianplace.com.au I miss the golden age of Newcastle's CBD. No, I'm not talking about the 50's when David Jones was but one of many thriving department stores along Hunter Street and The Store wasn't a place to go for weird seafood/leather goods. I'm talking about the 90's; a time when you had to decide between Big Al's (an Al Capone themed diner) or all you can eat Pizza Hut, going to see the latest Power Rangers movie at the Showcase cinema and patting Camilla the dog before taking your seat. "Town" has had a bit of a rough trot over the years but she's comin' back! Some nice little retail stores, cool bars and a...

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6 Tips to Make a Tops Stir Fry

I only realised recently that people have a bloody tough time of making a stir fry and often make a total mess of it altogether. For some reason, I was #blessed with being the best stir fryer I know and while I don't think I'll ever make one as good as my local Thai restaurant, I do a pretty bitchin' job for someone who has literally no culinary training whatsoever. Are you constantly effing up your stir fry? It has been a bit of trial and error but here some of my hella easy tips you can try at home to wow your friends. Let's be real though, it's mainly impress yourself because the most important tastebuds around here are yours. #1 The Right Pan First off...

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