2017 Christmas Gift Guide

In the words of the great Nelly "AHHHH SHIT!" - it's that time of year again! While many of you aren't down with the festive season, Christmas for me is truly the most wonderful time of the year because I get to share with you all my Christmas Gift Guide! There are so many gems in this year's guide, you're probs gonna want it all (and I don't blame you). So leave this post open on your computer where your loved ones can see it - they'll think they found these bitchin' gifts all on their lonesome. Be sure to keep reading - there are some discount codes throughout this post! The Luxe Traveller | Ettitude Travel Kit | $50.00AUD (buy here) Know...

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Simple Cashew Ricotta

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 cup There's something so satisfying about making your own vegan cheese but so many recipes out there are hella time consuming. This recipe takes only minutes to whip up and tastes great on crackers, in pastas and even straight from the jar. Ingredients 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 8 hours) Juice of a half lemon 2 tablespoons non-dairy plain yoghurt 1 tablespoon white miso paste 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast Method Chuck the soaked cashews into a food processor and pulse for 60 seconds. Add the lemon juice, non-dairy yoghurt, miso, salt and nutritional yeast and blend until fine. Transfer to a glass jar and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. ...

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Kick It with holster

Price: From $15.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.holsterfashion.com I bloody love how much easier it's becoming to source vegan footwear that not only looks good but is also great quality, so when holster got in touch with your girl to send a pair of shoes my way, I couldn't resist! Scrolling through the holster website, you'll find great shoes for women and kids in all kinds of casual styles from sandals, to espadrilles to wedges. Plus they're all 100% vegan, registered with The Vegan Society and also PETA approved! I've been road testing the STELLAR Espadrilles in white ($69.95) and the timing couldn't have been perfect because someone (Brett) recently ate my fave pair. The silver lining is that these babies are even better than...

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Glossy with Inika

Price: From $35.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.inika.com For the longest time I've been a strictly matte lip kinda gal, sometimes throwing a semi-moisturised look in there when the occasion called for it. Now that warmer weather has arrived, I'm feeling glossy which is convenient because my pals at Inika have recently launched an outta sight range of Certified Organic Lip Glazes suitable for both day and night looks. My lips do have a tendency to get a little dry, so I'm really vibing on Inika's Certified Organic Lip Serum ($39.00 AUD). It's full of ingredients like jojoba, sunflower and rosehip oils, mandarin orange extract and orange essential oil to nourish the hell outta your lips to make the perf lip base to chuck...

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Vegan Egg Salad Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 sandwiches Everybody loves a good sammy and even though there are SO many vegan sandwich fillings out there, I was yearning for more. Enter my Vegan Boiled Egg recipe and a few other bits and pieces to recreate the classic egg salad without any animal cruelty - premo! Note: You don't necessarily need an egg mould for this recipe but you want to make sure you can fill the whites with the yolks and chop into pieces. Ingredients Vegan Boiled Eggs (get the recipe here) 1/2 cup vegan mayo 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon mustard 1 spring onion, finely chopped 8 slices bread 2 tablespoons vegan butter or margarine 1 small iceberg lettuce, shredded Salt...

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Nude by Nature Vegan List!

Price: From $29.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.nudebynature.com You guys know I am a sucker for pretty packaging and that's the first thing that struck me when I was recently sent some Nude by Nature products to try. Sleek, nude, white and rose gold tones create a super luxe look that had me super pumped to try what was on the inside. Nude by Nature is an Australian brand committed to creating dope cosmetics that look and feel good without containing any harmful ingredients like talc, silicon, phthalates, sulphates, PEGS, siloxanes, triclosans, phenoxyethanol or parabens. It's worth noting that not all Nude by Nature products are vegan (some contain products like lanolin and beeswax) but I've done the hard work for you -...

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WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY! Wanna Win Over $550 Worth of Vegan Junk?

Of course you do, who doesn't?! August is my fave time of year to thank all of you for your ongoing support of Like A Vegan, while showcasing some premo vegan-friendly businesses. It's Like A Vegan's 7th Birthday ExtraVeganza! And yeah, I know it's September but I've been hella busy OK? Plus I promise this one is worth the wait! So what do you win? One lucky major prize winner will score a two Skin Treats from esmi worth $130.00 to treat and nourish your skin. My mates from Kester Black have chucked in 6 nail polishes worth $120.00. You'll also get some sweet beauty swag from Dusty Girls worth $89.50 including their brand new brushes. The legends at Animals Australia have sent through...

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Kat Von D – First Impressions

Price: From $30.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.sephora.com.au Did you hear the collective cheer from vegans everywhere when Kat Von D announced that her entire cosmetics line would be transitioned to all vegan formulas? As a huge fan of Tattoo Liner, I was one of many super stoked to hear the news from a brand that already made great efforts to easily let customers know which of their products are vegan. I was recently sent a few Kat Von D products to try and really wanted to give you guys the lowdown on what I think about 'em. I had heard premo things about the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($30.00 AUD) so was stoked to take two shades for a spin. I...

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Nacho Sweet Potato Fries

Difficulty: Easy Serves 1-2 If there's one thing better than sweet potato fries, it's regular potato fries but sometimes that's just not possible so we'll settle for the slightly less better thing; loaded sweet potato fries. Stuff my Nacho Sweet Potato Fries in your gob and you'll want to make them whenever regular potato fries aren't an option. All jokes aside, they are bloody delicious. I promise. Ingredients Baked Sweet Potato Fries (recipe here) Mince Mixture 1/2 cup TVP 1/2 beef style stock cube 1/3 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1 cup cooked red kidney beans, drained 1/4 cup passata Guacamole 1 avocado 1 tablespoon...

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My De Lorenzo Hair Routine

Price: From $17.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.delorenzo.com.au for stockists If there's one thing I usually get complimented on, it's my hair. That's partially due to the magic my hairdressers work on it but also how I maintain it in between visits (not at all to do with genetics because my hair would probably fall out if left to its own devices). I love De Lorenzo products because they're 100% Australian made and owned, environmentally responsible and use plant-based vegan ingredients that aren't tested on animals, of course! Now that I work full time, I have even less time to devote to my hair routine so over the past few months I have got it down to a fine art. Step 1: Wash I only...

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My Latest ColourPop Order

Price: From $5.00 USD Where to Buy: www.colourpop.com You guys know I'm no newbie to the magic of ColourPop Cosmetics and every so often I place an order to treat myself. I thought I would share my latest order with you and let you know what I think of my latest ColourPop haul! I was so stoked when ColourPop announced their new No Filter Concealer ($6.00 USD) and couldn't wait to get my little hands (seriously, they're tiny) on some of my very own. I got shade Light 20 and this is perf for under the eyes on my fairly light skin. It blends seamlessly and provides great coverage without looking cakey or gross, plus it lasts pretty bloody well throughout the day! As I've...

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My New Koala Mattress

Price: From $750.00 AUD  Where to Buy: www.koala.com In a world where you can buy just about anything online, it's probably no surprise that mattresses are taking the online shopping world by storm! Having a mattress delivered in a box may seem like a crazy concept, but with brands popping up all over the place, buying mattresses in a box is the new trend. One brand specialising in these mattresses is Koala, a mattress company started in Byron Bay by a couple of mates less than two years ago. Not only does the Koala mattress have the Good Environmental Choice Certification and exceed international and global environmental regulations, each mattress is also: 100% Australian Made 100% recyclable 100% vegan and cruelty free (you don't see...

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Fill Your Makeup Bag for Under $150 with Designer Brands

Price: From $8.99 Where to Buy: www.dbcosmetics.com.au There's simply no excuse to be using products tested on animals these days, especially with companies like Designer Brands hitting you with affordable and easily accessible beauty products. I've teamed up with Designer Brands to show you how to create a vegan and cruelty free beaut kit for under xx. You've gotta start with a great base and you can't go past DB's new Rise and Prime Luminescent Primer ($19.99). Slap this stuff on your face and give it a dose of green tea, aloe vera and vitamins A, C and E. It's hella easy to apply and is quickly absorbed into the skin to keep your morning routine on schedule. Pair this with the amazing DB Luminous...

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Brett’s First Bath with Morrocco Method

Price: $27.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.encompasshealthclinic.com.au There's so much to consider when you first adopt your little friend and one thing you'll need to decide upon is what kind of shampoo you'll use. I wanted something vegan (obvs) but I didn't really know what else to look for. That's when Morrocco Method got in touch and asked me to trial some of their range of pet shampoo products. They're gluten free, sulphate free, raw, vegan and paleo which makes them suitable for just about any furry friend! The Morrocco Method 5 Elements Foam Free Dog Shampoo ($27.00) is perf for pets with skin sensitivities because it's non-foaming and contains no harsh ingredients. What it does contain is green tea, minerals and botanicals to gently...

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Cacao Oats

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 The weekend means that you can spend a little extra time in the morning preparing something hella tasty for breakfast. These Cacao Oats won't take up too much of your chill time though, they'll be ready to take back to bed in under 15 minutes! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 2 tablespoons raw cacao 2 - 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk 2-4 tablespoons agave syrup (or any sweetener you choose) 4 tablespoons tahini Raw chocolate and chocolate chips to serve Method Chuck the oats and raw cacao in a medium saucepan and pour in 2 cups of the non-dairy milk. Cook on medium-high heat for a few minutes while stirring, adding extra milk to achieve your desired consistency. Add...

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Dusty Girls Has A New Look!

Price: From $12.50AUD Where to Buy: www.dustygirls.com.au You may remember a little while back I introduced you to the dope vegan makeup brand Dusty Girls. Well, the brand has had a makeover and dayamn this new packaging is fine! The legends at DG sent your girl a selectch of their newly designed products through for me to try and as expected, I'm hella impressed. By using the natch clays and minerals of the earth, Dusty Girls are able to create a super collection of vegan cosmetics for all skin types at a totally affordable price. Check out what I thought of my little haul below. Mineral Eye Shadow in Paper Bark - $15.00 I've recently been getting into eye shadow more and more so I...

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Jalapeño Falafel Waffles

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 I've teamed up with my friends at Orgran to make a bunch of hella tasty recipes using their easy to find, super affordable products. The best thing about Orgran though? Their stuff is a-ok for just about anybody to eat because they're: Gluten free Wheat free Egg free Dairy free Yeast free Nut free GMO free and Vegan For my first recipe, I've decided to marry together Orgran's Falafel Mix with my waffle maker to create a mind blowing treat perfect for your next party, picnic or gathering. Thanks to this amazing mix, you can whip these babies up in no time and even make them in advance to reheat in the oven when your pals arrive. My Jalapeño...

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Miso Ramen w/ Vegan Egg + Fried Tempeh

Difficulty: Medium Serves 2 Hello, do you like making deceptively easy meals to impress your friends? Or even just to prove to yourself that you're a badass vegan cook? Well then, I think I have found your holy grail! My Miso Ramen w/ Vegan Egg + Fried Tempeh is really all you need to make for an impressive dinner party but simple enough to whip up during the week. Feel free to mix up the toppings as you wish - that's the funnest part! Ingredients Tempeh 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon miso paste 1 tablespoon brown sugar 300g tempeh 1 tablespoon olive oil Broth 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons miso paste 2L chicken-style or vegetable stock 3 cloves garlic,...

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Creamy Coconut Carbonara

Difficulty: Easy Makes 2 large serves The truth is that I'm not a massive pasta fan but when Nature's Charm asked me to develop a recipe using their Evaporated Coconut Milk I just couldn't take my mind off making a creamy pasta sauce! I'm so bloody glad I did because this pasta is off the effing chain. With a little help from my friend arrowroot powder, the sauce is wonderfully thick but hella creamy thanks to the amazing texture of the Evaporated Coconut Milk and who the hell needs pancetta when you've got my Smokey Tempeh Crumbles?! The milk itself has a hint of sweetness to it, a little coconutty in flavour and is a bit thicker than regular coconut milk which lends...

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Esmi Loose Mineral Foundation Powder

Price: From $50.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.esmi.com.au You may remember a little minute ago I posted about Esmi Skin Minerals Foundation. Well, the gang have dropped a new product set to make your beauty routine even easier; the Loose Mineral Foundation. Oh man, and isn't this stuff a dream! Made from crushed up minerals, this powder formulation provides a medium coverage and an all-day glow in a matter of seconds. As always, Esmi products are cruelty-free and vegan, 100% Australian made and formulated using natural products. Application is best achieved using the soft AF Esmi Kabuki Brush ($30.oo or $70.00 in a bundle with the foundation) to press down on the fancy mesh and pick up some product. Dust over the skin and...

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Eco Cleaning Heroes

Where To Buy: http://bit.ly/SproutMarket_LikeAVegan (Use this link to get 15% off + free shipping on your first order) Note:  Sprout Market have listened to customer feedback and are working to make some improvements - read below for some more deets. As a new homeowner, I'm conscious of the fact that the stuff we often clean our houses with aren't always the dopest choices for the environment. Luckily, Sprout Market stock a whole bunch of cleaning products that are better for the us, the environment and of course, the animals. The greatest thing about this being my own home is that I can make the choice about what I clean my house with. While in my day-to-day life I'm not always the most natch gal, I happen to care...

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Vegan Boiled Eggs (this is no yolk!)

Difficulty: Easy Makes approximately 16 halves Sometimes you make a meal and you just know something is missing. In the old days you may have chucked some boiled egg on that salad or ramen but now that you've gone vegan, what do you do? You make my Vegan Boiled Eggs! With a few basic ingredients, an egg mould and a little creativity, these little guys will take your meals to the next level. The texture of the egg white is firm but soft when you bite into it, while the yolk has a slightly eggy taste that holds when cut - give them a go! (BTW, they're gluten and soy free too!) Ingredients Whites 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk 2 teaspoons agar agar powder ...

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Secret Green + Cacao Smoothie

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 2 There are greens in this smoothie. You wouldn't know it though because the sometimes unpleasant greeny taste is covered up by the much more pleasurable chocolatey taste of raw cacao. By doing this, you're nailing a serve of fruit and a serve of veggies before your day has even started. I love lookin' out for you guys! Ingredients 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/4 cup water 2 small, ripe bananas 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 1 tablespoon vegan sweetener (optional) 2 cups non-dairy milk Raw chocolate to serve (optional) Method In a small cup, whisk together the chia seeds and water. Set aside until it thickens. Chop up the bananas and chuck them in your blender...

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Hyped on M.O.T.D Vegan Makeup Brushes

Price: From $9.00USD Where to Buy: www.motdcosmetics.com (use code likeavegan for 10% off your purchase) If there's one thing I love (but there are many things tbh), it's a damned good makeup brush. You've used terrible ones right? Or maybe you haven't used one before but you're looking to get into the makeup brush game? Either way, you might want to pop M.O.T.D brushes on your list! The gang at M.O.T.D recently sent me a bunch of their brushes to try as a new member of their affiliate program. Did you know that M.O.T.D Cosmetics were the first makeup brush line to go against the industry standard of naming makeup brushes. Creator Chantal Azamian used her experience in makeup artistry and teaching others to actually provide...

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Gluten Free Oat + Choc Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 Choc chip cookies are indisputably the ultimate cookie you can get your greasy little mitts on but man, I love an oat cookie too. So I've done something bold, wild and crazy - I've combined oats and choc chips to create a super cookie that even my gluten free peeps can ram into their gobs. I'm sweet like that. Note: You gotta use GF oats if you're making these intentionally GF (otherwise plain ol' oats will do!) Its also worth noting that those with severe intolerance to gluten sometimes can't handle GF oats either - worth noting, I don't want your friends to hate ya! Ingredients 2 tablespoons chia seeds 1/3 cup water 1 cup vegan margarine 3/4 cup brown...

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Jackfruit Halal Snack Pack

Difficulty: Easy Serves Two The Halal Snack Pack or HSP as it is affectionately known, has really taken off over the past 12 months or so, thanks in part to the current Australian political climate (who would've thought, right?) The other reason though is that HSPs are a taste phenomenon, one that vegans rarely get to enjoy thanks to the overall meatiness of the dish. Thanks to the Young Jackfruit in Brine by Nature's Charm I have managed to create an insanely good vegan Halal Snack Pack: Crispy chips and marinated jackfruit slathered in my quick and easy garlic sauce and sriracha before being topped with chilli and spring onion for that final tasty touch. Don't get me wrong, I love a good mock...

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2 Ingredient Choc Hazelnut Cups

Difficulty: Easy Makes 16 Have you ever been in the situation where you need to whip up some kind of chocolatey treat but only have hazelnuts and chocolate on hand? No? Oh. Well next time that sitch occurs (and it will) remember this recipe and also remember to thank me/apologise to me later. These babies have a little bit of a Nutella-y slash Ferrero Rocher vibe going on, minus the obvious grossness that comes along with drinkin' cow's milk. Ingredients 200 grams vegan chocolate, broken into pieces 1/3 cup hazelnuts Method Preheat your oven to 180°c and line a small baking tray with baking paper. Spread the hazelnuts over the tray and roast for 10 minutes until they start to brown. Remove and allow to cool. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 It may be hard to believe from my teen-like behaviour and overwhelmingly youthful appearance but today is in fact my 28th birthday and I thought as a special gift to myself I would bake cupcakes. I've been baking cupcakes for as long as I remember, sometimes with a recipe, more often just chucking a bunch of ingredients into the oven and hoping for the best but this time I decided to pay attention and write it down. I guess this is growing up. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups almond milk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1 tablespoon arrowroot (tapioca) flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of...

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Soul Burger

Address: 49 Perouse Road, Randwick NSW 2031 Website: www.soulburger.com.au IMHO there's nothin' better than a good burg, so when I heard that Soul Burger in Randwick had gone completely vegan (I know, right?!) I decided to get my ass into gear and plan myself a lil road trip to the big smoke. When you walk in, you'd be nuts to not be instantly stoked on the decor; plenty of hanging lights, white painted wood, exposed brick and "Plant-based Burgers" scrawled across the wall. Totally "Grammable" for those of you love to post food pics (guilty, sue me!) Plus the early noughties RnB soundtrack had me in the zone. The menu is even more impressive! Choose from 8 (E-I-G-H-T!) different vegan burger options, with mock meat...

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Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 jar I can hear you saying "WTF dude, you can't eat this?!" and you're right but with Christmas just 3 sleeps away I thought I would share with you a little recipe I've been making for my good self lately! This sugar scrub costs practically nothing to make and you've probably already got the ingredients lying around the house, so whip up a few jars and keep 'em handy for unexpected guests over the Christmas period and to show of your creative prowess! Ingredients 1/4 cup pink Himalayan crystal salt 1 cup raw sugar 5-10 drops rose hip oil 5-8 drops peppermint oil 1/4 cup coconut oil Method Grind up the salt so that you've got small, but not powdery granules. Add to a bowl with the...

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Little Christmas Pavlovas

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 (depending on size) 2015 will forever be remembered as the year of aquafaba in the vegan community. Still haven't heard of it? Get the hell out from under that rock and grab yourself a can of chickpeas, cos that's what you're gonna need to make these bad boys. "Chickpeas?! Are you effing nuts?!" I hear your screaming at your laptop or smart phone and while it may be hard to believe, the juice from canned chickpeas act as egg whites to make this classic Aussie dessert (soz NZ, it's ours. We own it now). Knock the unwanted gifted socks off the family this Christmas with a plate of red, white and green courtesy of the meringue base, coconut cream and...

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Vegan Eggnog

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Are you ready to nog?! Also, are you ready for all of the times I'm going to use 'nog' in this post? Ah well, too bad because I'm nog going to stop anytime soon. I'm going to be straight up and let you know that not once in my life have I tasted real eggnog but I get the gist and eggs are gross so it's better for all of us if we just straight up ditch them from this recipe. Who really needs eggs when you're making what is essentially a frothy, Christmassy, alcoholic milkshake?! Nobody, that's who. Let's celebrate our new arrangement with the adding of alcohol to milk. Ingredients 1 400mL can full fat coconut cream (placed upside down...

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Candy Cane Ice Cream & Chocolate Shell Topping

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I've teamed up with the epic team at Your Home Depot to create another recipe using my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker with Compressor. I've been shopping with these guys for years because they have great prices, an awesome range of products and a super easy checkout process. These guys even hooked me up with a bitchin' Global Ikasu Knife Set for helping out with this recipe, it doesn't get much sweeter than that! Candy canes are the official sweet of the festive season so I thought why not combine them with the guaranteed deliciousness of ice cream?! So I did and I know I say this all the...

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Raw Zucchini & Pomegranate Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I'm not the official Christmas cook in my household but if there's one thing I know about cooking a feast, it's that you need a combo of things you can prepare well in advance and stuff that you can throw together quickly on the day; this salad is the latter. With a glorious mix of Christmas coloured produce, this raw and simple salad is going to cancel out all that other crazy junk you're surely going to be eating on the big day, that's how it works, right? Ingredients 4 big-ass zucchinis 1 large pomegranate 1 bunch of red radishes 1/3 cup hazelnuts Salt and pepper to taste Dressing 1/2 cup tahini 2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil Juice of half lemon 1 teaspoon agave Method Use your spiraliser to create long, thin...

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2015 Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

Full disclosure: I bloody love Christmas and everything that comes along with it. The decorations, buying gifts, wrapping gifts (yep), baking and driving around for hours looking at Christmas lights. It's usually my aim to have my Christmas shopping completed by the end of November, so that I can spend my December baking, decorating and just being heaps festive. Oh and executing my thoroughly thought out wrapping theme (yeah, I do that too). I understand that many don't share my love of gift buying and sometimes through veganism into the mix can add an extra layer of "ohmygodwhatdoIdoChristmasisaweekawayI'mgoingtocry" I would love to act as your personal shopper and gift wrapper over the Christmas season but until I can teleport, my 2015 Vegan...

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Rum & Raisin Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 20 pieces  When sweetened condensed coconut milk came on the scene recently, I knew my life would be changed forever. Why? Because fudge was back in my life and in a huge way. I've been playing around with a few fudge recipes this month and in a massive win for everyone involved, the easiest one turned out the best. Christmas is the perfect time for fudge because it's indulgent yet easy to make plus it's the perfect homemade gift! And what's a festive recipe without a little fruit and alcohol huh? Nothin', that's what! Ingredients 1 320mL can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 shot of rum (a teaspoon of rum essence will...

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Kester Black x Beauty EDU – New Shades!

Price: $20.00 Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com It's no secret that I'm always picking up what Kester Black is putting down, so when they let me in on a little secret collabo they were working on I was down to ride. In yet another epic team up, they've joined forces with leading beauty therapy school, Beauty EDU to release 3 new nail polish shades. So why is this happening, you ask. Well, it conveniently involves another sweet pairing between Beauty EDU and David Jones, who in a world first have created a state of the art campus in the middle of their Eastland store. With the opportunity to assist in expanding the use of cruelty-free cosmetics, KB got themselves all up in that and...

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Gingerbread Folk Vegan Gingerbread House Kit

Price: $39.95 Where to Buy: www.gingerbreadfolk.com.au Nothing says Christmas like food and craft and what better way to combine the two than by making a gingerbread house! The guys at Gingerbread Folk have just released a Vegan Gingerbread House Kit and sent one to me to try PLUS we're giving one reader of Like a Vegan to win one of their own (see more about that below). 4 walls, roof pieces and a chimney are all included in the kit plus instructions, baseboard, icing bag and vegan royal icing mix. The royal icing is incredibly easy to mix however I did need to add a little more water than the instructions suggested, I would recommend adding it very slowly until you get the desired...

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