Thursday, November 20, 2014

Suzie Spoon's Vegetarian Kitchen.

              (The tart that I made ��)

I first heard of Suzie Spoon a year ago, when wandering around Newtown in Sydney, I stumbled across her store: Suzie Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher. As the name suggests, she sells a variety of handmade mock meats and let me tell you, they're damn delicious. 
You can imagine my excitement when I was parousing the cookbook section of my local bookshop. I was pushing the scalding knowledge that I already own far too many cookbooks deep into the back of my mind. 

This elegant cover stood out from the shelves, and as I turned the pages, I noticed that the food presented wasn't your usual run of the mill stuff that you get in most vegan cookbooks. 
Admittedly, there are a couple of vegetarian recipes, but they can easily be adapted. Think recipes like salt and pepper mushrooms, beer battered tofu, sweet chilli barbecue seitan, chocolate self saucing pudding, and my favourite recipe so far caramelised onion and tofu tart. 
I made the tart for a brunch I had with some omnivorous girlfriends. I wasn't sure how they'd react to the tofu, but they actually went back for seconds. 


I think I'll make the Hills Hoist bean salad next. 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Juice, juice, baby.

Sometimes, you just gotta make do with what you've got. This is carrot, apple and fennel cold pressed juice for le breakfast. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014


I'm quite enjoying 'Yes please' by Amy Poehler. She's an interesting woman, who doesn't exactly lay all her insecurities on the table, but rather tells it as a genuinely good natured, funny sister would. It's good to hear some 'I've been there and this is what happened to me' advice, as opposed to the 'I've been there and this is what I did and there is no other way it can be done because I am entirely right' advice that gets thrown around a lot. She's witty and hopeful, and that is just plain beautiful. #SundayReedBookClub

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Menulog- My new favourite app.

I used to work in a call centre. Surely that is enough of a reason to explain how much I dislike talking on the phone, especially if I have no idea what they are offering me on the other end.
I've been living in Woodville Park, suburban Adelaide, for almost 2 years now and there is a huge range of multicultural restaurants around here- ones I drive passed and ones I hear of. Let me explain how those two seemingly separate sentences go together.

One word: Menulog. Food delivery made simple.

Menulog is a website and an app that will give you a list of local restaurants and menus where you can either order food for delivery or pickup by simply selecting what you want and selecting how you pay.

The first time I used it, it was the day after my wedding. My muddled brain was longing for indian food and I wanted to shout a surprise meal for all of my friends who were at my house after helping with the big day.

I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled across the site as I was trawling the internet, trying not to look obvious about what I was up to, but somehow it appeared.

Menulog asked initially for my postcode. Easy. That's 5011. A list of restaurants that service my suburb appeared on the screen. The choice was fantastic (and it is constantly growing every time I check it). I discovered places I had never even heard of, offering discounts and deliciousness. Menulog supplies reviews of the restaurants that they feature with a star rating, making it easy to get a good idea of the quality of food that you are about to order.

On this fateful night, I chose a restaurant called Spicy Garden. I was able to click on the menu, choose the items, how much chilli I wanted in them, pay by paypal and have it delivered within the hour.

Shortly after ordering, I was sent a text message and an email informing me that my order had been received and that it would be delivered at "such and such" time.

As I am obviously vegan, there was a section for comments where I simply wrote, "no egg, no dairy please", as the restaurant had a wide range of vego options that I could choose from. I also ordered a ginger beer, and as they didn't have any, they were kind enough to call me and offer a substitute.

My buddies were stoked with the surprise of a tasty meal to fill their bellies. We lazed on bean bags and watched movies whilst chowing down on veggie curry, dahl, rice, naan and pakoras.

It was a pretty good night, where we were all left full with satisfaction.

Since that fateful night in April, I have used Menulog maybe once a fortnight, trying out different restaurants and gaining loyalty credits from the ones that I frequent.

It's so handy, I have even ordered it on my way home from some various outing as I've known when it would arrive. The menus are all at the tip of your fingers and so there is no need to clutter your fridge with paper or call a restaurant and wing it.

Best of all- it doesn't cost a thing, and if you don't see one of your favourite restaurants, you can suggest it and Menulog will contact them.

This is a sponsored post, but I stand by these statements. When I was approached by the Menulog team, I was more than happy to be a part of helping them gain exposure because it's a brilliant food delivery service that you should know about and I have been using for months already.

Happy eating. x

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mister Sunshine's

Mister Sunshine's is such a cool little place, run by the loveliest people, Ed and Prue. They really epitomise the Sunshiney ethos, and we left feeling happy with bellies full of great food. Mister Sunshine's can be found at 32 George Street, Thebarton, Adelaide. They have a menu for omnivores and a vegan menu, catering for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. I really like them.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Live a little artisan gelato

The Market Shed on Holland is where it's at on a Sunday morning. You can buy a miriad of deliciousness- raw treats, breads, spices, brunch, organic fruits and veggies. Live a little artisan gelato have a stall selling their gelato and crepes- all natural and all vegan. I bought the small cup. A scoop of cookie dough and a scoop mint for $5. It's delicious- the flavours are obvious and it's creamy, not icey like some crappy gelatos can be. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This week in pregnancy.

So I can finally cook again. It's such a relief to not feel incredibly nauseated. Lately, I've been making buckwheat pancakes for breakfast. I add about half a cup of buckwheat, enough water to make a batter and one clove of crushed garlic. Then I heat it in a fry pan over low heat, until I can see that the sides are definitely cooked and the top has set. I flip it over to give it some time on the other side. 
I've been topping it with cashew cheese, tomato, spring onion and today I had mushrooms. 
It feels so good to be able to eat something other than bread. Bread was bloating me so much, I kept being asked if I was having twins.
Mostly, I just got fat. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hot Chocolate on a cold Winter's day.

In case you haven't yet: one can of coconut milk, with almost a dessert spoon of cocoa and a splash of sweetener (I used coconut nectar) heated through is the shiznit. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vegans who brunch.

#veganswhobrunch  This is the special on at Raw Nettle Cafe, a raw vegan cafe in West Croydon, Adelaide. These are strawberry and banana pancakes with nut cream. It's delicious, fresh and inspiring. This is my second time here. It's a small place, full of light from the big windows. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My cooking is making me nauseated.

I usually only write when the inspiration grasps my fingertips and blogging seems like the only logical solution- which is still more often than this. 

For the last couple of months, I have been inspired by meals cooked by other people. Namely, because the thought and smell of my own cooking makes me feel incredibly nauseated. 

I'm pregnant. 

For the first time in my life I can't cook. I can't even think of cooking. I've heard of people getting turned off by different foods during pregnancy, but to be turned off by your own cooking- isn't that a bit much? It's a bit unfair. 

I'm starting to understand why people spend so much money on mediocre, pre-made foods. 

One- I'm exhausted. I go to bed as soon as the sun goes down (unless I'm finishing late at work). I can't think of what to cook because I just can't think at all. My body can barely move because all this energy is going to this baby in my belly. 

Two- When I need to eat, I need to eat now! Often when I cook, I potter about, making a few different things and all-in-all a meal might take 30 minutes to an hour. I don't have time for that. My stomach starts to knot and tells me "feed me, now!!" This is the only way to stop the nausea. 

Three- I can't think to be creative. You know what I made for dinner last night? Mash potato and canned baked beans. I have never made such a simple dinner. It was delicious, don't get me wrong. But... It's just not me. Where is the colour? 

Four- Ridiculous. The smell of everything I cook makes me want to puke. My main two fall backs, Indian and Asian food... I can't even go there. 

Gordy has had a hard time trying to cover me. He never learned how to look in the fridge and make a meal with what's there. He's proudly learning, though. 

In the meantime, pre-made soups, salads and crackers is where I'm at.