Saturday, October 10, 2015

Raw&More Cafe- Grange Road, Findon.

Yesterday one of my besties, my restless baby and I ate a delicious meal at Raw&More. I really can't recommend the place highly enough. The staff were attentive, friendly and professional and the food was so flavourful that I'm dreaming about it, even now for breakfast. There was just something about that carrot and coconut salad that got me hooked, and the prices are reasonable too. Unfortunately, my poor little baby is learning the limitations of her body and hit her head on the table after refusing to stay in the high chair. I swear, she's normally so well behaved (I swear! 😜) but she's learning to climb and is desperate for the ability to do that. Her accident initially looked and sounded a lot worse than it is now. I thought she'd have a bruiser for sure but luckily it's just a scratch. The staff were so friendly and helpful when this happened, getting some ice and coming to make sure Edie was ok. And for that reason, I'll make sure I'm a regular customer. It's refreshing to go to a place where they treat you more like a friend then a customer, plus the food is outstanding. Thanks Raw&More. You guys rock! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

The OzAsia Night Noodle Markets is how I met Mai.

The OzAsia festival is always a beautiful & compelling sight. Our Australian culture is highly influenced by our Asian neighbours  and friends and it's great to have this opportunity to learn more from them. Plus, I love Asian food. When my husband suggested we go and get some food from the Night Noodle Markets (brought here from their regular haunt in Sydney) I was keen. 
Held around the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Night Noodle Market consisted of at least 20 different stalls each with their own delicious looking food for offer. Walking passed Mai Kitchen Vietnamese Cuisine, I got excited when I saw the words 'vegan' and 'satay' together. The food was great and the people were friendly. 
The market was decked out beautifully, with gorgeous colours and plants everywhere. I did wonder what they were going to do with the plants once the festival was over. I'll have them if they don't want them- haha! 
Thank you OzAsia Festival for making Adelaide so pretty. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Half Price Vegan Food at The Lady Daly- Thursdays.

Recently, I was wondering aimlessly around the internet when I came across this menu.
You had me at zucchini fritters for $4!! Yum! 
The Lady Daly hotel is a beautiful pub with a great beer garden situated on Port Road near the Entertainment Centre tram stop. They have pool tables and often have vegan food nights. So great to see places embrasing veganism like this- and doing it half price! 

126 Port Road, Hindmarsh S.A 5007 |P: (08) 8340 4600 |
TRADING HOURS: Mon to Thurs11am to 11pm | Fri to Sat 11am to 2am | Sun 12pm to 10pm

Friday, October 2, 2015

The winner is...

Congratulations to @maiajc! You've won a copy of The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath! Message me your address and we'll get it in the mail. 👍❤️😉😍

(I'm sorry I forgot to post this to the blog! Mum-brain.) 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

OTKK Book Club and Give-Away:The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath

This book couldn't have arrived at a better time for me. During my pregnancy, I fell into some bad habits. Often, it would reach the end of the day and I would reflect back on what I had eaten and realise that it was all horribly beige. I gained a substantial amount of weight but with all the nausea, grabbing what food was immediately available was the only way to go. This was usually bread and nuts.

I don't know about you, but sometimes when I get into these ruts, it's a little hard  to find the inspiration to get creative with a bag of carrots or a head of cabbage.

Introducing more colours into our diets seems simple and obvious enough. Honestly though, the correlation between the word "diet" and the idea of plain, boring, tasteless rabbit food leaves a lot to be desired. And this is what Muelrath talks about in her book The Plant-Based Journey: that we really can eat healthier, eat foods that taste great and are quick to prepare, fill us up and feel a million times better. It's not as hard as it had previously appeared to be.

Muelrath as she says, has created this book to assist people like me in unraveling my way of thinking about food so that we have all the tools we need to make a change without the usual downfalls.

There are six sections to The Plant-Based Journey, each one a new baby step on the way to increasing our fruit and vegetable intake. The sections start from the very beginning of the transition phase and from there Muelrath uses easy to read prose to provide information and examples of ways in which we could improve our health and well being.

Muelrath has a background in fitness and nutrition and her passion is obvious whilst reading The Plant-Based Journey. Muelrath gives ideas of serving sizes, which is honestly refreshing. So many times I have picked up raw cookbooks and found them to be laden with recipes full of nuts and agave nectar. Now, I could eat that all day, but those ingredients still lack the colours that I'm looking for which Muelrath provides.

Chapter 4 is an interesting one for me. Here, Muelrath has written about hunger satisfaction and how to reach it. I have been known in the past to deliberately push passed that "full" feeling in order to eat more. Crazy, I know. This chapter discusses how to achieve that full-feeling on a plant based diet. How many people have you met that say they don't feel full on salad and vegetables? I've met far too many.

But that's the thing. Many people just don't understand how to use vegetables. To many people, eating vegetables means a leaf of lettuce and a wedge of tomato or some over boiled broccoli and some fat laden mashed potato. Muelrath gives great examples of how to construct a meal with all the right components to leave us feeling full and satisfied.

The Plant-Based Journey has a handy recipe section and shopping list as well as a guide to substitutions.

Overall, The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath is a great way to learn about how to include more fruit and vegetables in your life and make better choices when it comes to health an nutrition.

Below is a video from a segment on CBS where Lani Muelrath discusses how simple going plant-based can be.

To celebrate the books release, OTKK is giving away one copy! To win, all you need to do is leave a comment. The winner will be announced on Wednesday the 1st of October. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It's the little things.

I know that saving animals is not everyone's cup of tea. We're all busy people and events that are not directly affecting us are not always a priority.

But think of it like this.

The human race has, in the last 100 years, wiped out millions of years of perfect evolution.

These animals have been changing and growing in cohesion with their surroundings since the dawn of time. Each design is so specific that it is breathtaking how they (and we) manage to function. Every body part designed for a specific purpose and changing in accordance with its surrounds. It was meant to be here and it has taken all this time to happen- the amount of time for which is beyond our limited comprehension.

And now it's gone.

This realisation has had me rethinking a lot of my daily practices.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This week in pictures.

There isn't much fancy food making going on in my little house at the moment. There are salads and breads and pizzas in the webber. We're keeping things simple as we start to purge our winter weight and step into Spring. By that I mean that I have been cleaning out the cupboards yet again. Just yesterday I gave about 8 bags of glassware to the Salvo's. I really don't know where it all comes from. Admittedly, a lot is still left from share house living,but when I went through my nesting phase, I donated quite a bit and yet here I am, doing it all again. It'll be lovely not to feel so cluttered and so we keep chipping away. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

This week in pictures...

This feels like spring. The cold weather is warming up. I even have the back door wide open letting the fresh day breeze through the hallway.

Days like this are perfect reminders that being alive is beyond special. It's magical. It's incredibly lucky. That we have this consciousness; that we are here. We are the fortunate ones.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

This week in pictures.

The days are slowly starting to get longer as we awaken from our winter slumber. Blossoms are starting to bud on the fruit trees and the sky is becoming more blue. 
Vegetarian Delight in the Adelaide China Town food court is now selling "a little bit of everything" including a bit of each of their dishes (not pictured the pumpkin and chickpea curry and the tofu mock fish) and a warm or cold glass of soya milk for $10. I love the eggplant dish, and the sweet and sour tofu dish, and well... all of it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The winner of Lindsay S. Nixon's The Happy Herbivore's Guide to Plant-Based Living is...

The winner of Lindsay S. Nixon's The Happy Herbivore's Guide to Plant-Based Living is...

Congratulations! Thank you everyone for entering the competition. Have a great week!