Wednesday, September 26, 2012

chilled pea, avocado and mint soup recipe {vegan} + cookbook giveaway winners...


Chilled pea + avocado soup {vegan}

First of all I'd just like to say thanks so much to all of you who entered the cookbook giveaway on my last post! I see the stats every week and know there are loads of you out there reading, but wow it's nice to hear from a few of you. I won't muck around and leave you hanging until the end of the post... I know you would have all scrolled past my rambling anyways...

Chilled pea + avocado soup {vegan}
Chilled pea + avocado soup {vegan}

Thursday, September 20, 2012

double chocolate muffins {gluten-free + vegan} + a cookbook giveaway!

double chocolate muffins {gluten-free + vegan}

I've been a little bit of a cookbook fiend lately. It all started when I brought myself a few new ones for my birthday, then I received The Sprouted Kitchen from my best friend back home in New Zealand, a lovely little surprise found on the doorstep one afternoon early last week. And lastly I recently received a complimentary copy of Great Gluten-free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer of Manifest Vegan fame. Phew! All my dreams have come true, haha.

Now before you get all mad at me for being such a lucky girl, I'll let you in on something really cool... I also have one hard copy of Allyson's book and 5 digital copies to give away to you my dear readers, compliments of Fair Winds Press.

double chocolate muffins {gluten-free + vegan}

Being vegetarian and mostly dairy-free I love getting inspiration from vegan cookbooks, however I find all to often that vegan cookbooks are all about trying to recreate meat dishes, minus the meat... if you know what I mean? Allyson did grow up eating meat, so sure there are a few reworked meat classics like (mushroom) stroganoff and vegies and dumplings (without the chicken) but there are also loads of recipes that are just plain good food, regardless of the label they carry. I've got a bunch of recipes bookmarked to try including; potato dosa (one of my all-time favourite Indian foods), black bean, potato + cheese enchiladas and Wendi's zesty black-eyed pea salad. Another thing I find with many vegan cookbooks is that they tend to be loaded with egg-replacers and loads of soy products. Allyson, like me, uses almond milk as her main non-dairy milk and coconut milk and oil pop up often too, while flaxmeal is used as her main egg replacer.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Inspire me: Sara Forte from The Sprouted Kitchen



When I wrote my post recently on food blogging I mentioned a bunch of bloggers who inspire me. Whether it's through their words, their recipes or their stunning photographs they each inspire me in different ways. I'm super excited to introduce a few of them to you over the coming months in my new blog series Inspire me.

Up first is one of the two people behind the ever popular blog The Sprouted Kitchen, whose work I've long admired from afar. When I first stumbled across Sara and Hugh's blog I knew I couldn't go to bed until I'd trawled through their entire archives list. Stretching back way over a year at that stage, I stayed up well into the night reading post after post until I'd got my fix. I'm sure many of you are already familiar with Sara's inventive wholefood recipes and beautiful honest writing, sitting alongside hubby Hughs awe-inspiring photography, but I thought it might be quite nice to hear a little more about what makes them tick. I was lucky enough to sneak a little bit of Sara's time recently to answer a couple of questions, read on for her answers below...
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

strawberry almond cakes recipe {gluten + dairy-free}

strawberry almond cakes (gluten + dairy-free}

So spring has well and truly arrived here in Perth. The weathers been as fickle as ever, 12C degrees one day, 29C the next! 

Everyone always seems to wax lyrical about autumn (fall) and I get it I really do... but spring, spring is my most favourite season of all. New life is starting up everywhere you look, the flowers, the trees and the birds. I love that spring is warm, but not crazy hot, although it sure gives us a taste of what's to come once summer hits. And when I say hits, I really mean it. It gets STINKING hot over here, unbearably so. I'll be making the most of this perfect temperature while I can.

strawberries
strawberry almond cakes (gluten + dairy-free)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

lavender + orange broccoli with quinoa recipe

lavender + orange broccoli with quinoa

I celebrated my birthday this weekend just gone and because hubby was working away I took it upon myself to sort a few presents out, you know... for myself, which really is not as sad as it sounds! Typically for me, all I wanted was a couple of new cookbooks, so I picked up one from the shops and have another coming in the post next week. The one I have in my hot little hands right now is Simon Bryant's much anticipated cookbook Vegies and I have to say it's quickly become one of my all time favourites.

Simon is a man after my own heart, a man who's food philosophy's and ethos mirror mine to a T. Real fresh local food, eaten with the seasons and prepared simply. The book is vegetarian although Simon is hesitant to call is such, and instead refers to it as simply just really good food. Exactly how I see the food we eat. No need for labels. If it's good, who cares what's in it and what's not.

The book is set out by seasons and it was while flicking through Spring, that I came across his beautiful looking dish simply named Lavender + orange with cous cous. Now I've never been a fan of lavender in cooking, savoury or sweet but after reading through the ingredients list I thought it was worth a try. 

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