The sweet taste of failure – raw vegan carrot cake

I made this raw vegan carrot cake to console myself for failing my driving test; which I will attribute to an angsty middle aged bald test conductor, rather than my own potential lack of driving prowess (seriously has anyone ever seen somebody indicate to leave a roundabout?? I haven’t). Oh well, this cake is so […]

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Vegan Chinese honey chicken

In celebration of Chinese New Year, I made some vegan honey chicken; although I haven’t tasted it in over 14 years, the flavour was on point. It’s fairly straightforward to make, and tastes delicious! Ingredients 200g vegan chicken strips (can substitute tempeh or tofu) 2tbsp coconut oil 2tbsp olive oil 2tbsp soy sauce + 4tbsp […]

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Vegan cheater’s pumpkin ravioli

Traditional pasta connoisseurs look away; this is a basic bitch ravioli made using wonton wrappers, and takes under 30minutes to make. Ingredients ½ small pumpkin, cubed and roasted 1tsp mixed dried herbs Salt and pepper to taste 4tbsp almond feta 50mls aquafaba (chickpea brine – strain the liquid out of a can of chickpeas) 16 […]

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Vegan mango tofu chicken

I don’t care how hot it is, curry is always appropriate. My vegan mango chicken (tofu) curry is perfectly creamy and slightly sweet without being cloying. It works really well served with rice or naan. Ingredients 1 small brown onion, diced 3 cloves of garlic, minced 3tbsp minced ginger ½tsp cumin seeds 1tbsp turmeric powder […]

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Dairy free coconut milk vanilla latte icecream

Ingredients 1½ cans of full fat coconut cream 1tbsp rice flour ¼cup brown or coconut sugar 100mls strong black coffee Directions Blend all ingredients together in a high powered blender until smooth Pour into a prepared icecream maker (must have frozen the bowl overnight) and churn for 45minutes or until the icecream resembles a soft […]

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Summer veggie spiral tart

Ingredients Base: 1/2cup almond meal 2tbsp chia seeds + 6tbsp warm water, mix together and set aside for 15minutes to form a ‘chia egg’ 3/4cup rolled oats 1/4cup oat bran Salt and pepper to taste 1tsp dried herbs (basil, oregano,rosemary etc) 1-2tbsp coconut oil, for brushing Filling: 300g silken tofu 1/4cup steamed pumpkin 1/4cup semi […]

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Lazy January boysenberry pie with coconut oil crust

Ingredients Crust (makes enough for two pies): 2 cups all purpose/white flour 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup coconut oil 6-8tbsp cold water Pinch of salt 2tbsp coconut sugar (optional; I didn’t use it, but add if you want the crust to be sweet) 1-2tbsp soy milk Berry filling: 2 punnets (approx 500g) fresh boysenberries […]

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Middle Eastern/Turkish inspired vegan baklava

This Middle Eastern sweet was one of my favourite treats prior to going vegan; though it usually contains honey syrup and is brushed with butter. However this version is completely vegan friendly and fairly easy to make… VEGAN BAKLAVA (makes 8-10 pieces) Ingredients  4 sheets puff pastry 1cup walnuts, coarsely minced ½cup almonds, coarsely minced […]

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Low fat vegan 30 minute, one pot Fettuccine Alfredo

This vegan Alfredo pasta is low in fat and doesn’t contain any nuts or cream, however the sauce thickens well and is full of flavour. This serves one hungry person (or perhaps two for entrees), however it can easily be doubled as needed. Ingredients 100g fettuccine pasta 1cup vegetable broth 1cup soy milk (full fat) […]

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Honeyfree Honeycomb Chocolate

This cadbury’s crunchie inspired chocolate is super easy to make, doesn’t contain any honey and takes under 10 minutes to whip up… Ingredients Honeycomb: 1/4cup coconut sugar (can substitute raw sugar) 3tbsp brown rice syrup (or agave nectar) 1tsp baking soda Chocolate: 2.5tbsp cacao powder 4tbsp H2coco coconut oil (melted) 3tbsp brown rice syrup Directions […]

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Fat girl fudge – salted caramel and chocolate

Fudge used to be my favorite dessert (ok, dinner) back in the days of chubbiness and pre-veganism. I could never properly recreate a vegan version until now (thanks to the addition of coconut condensed milk in the supermarket), so here’s the super easy recipe just in time for Christmas. Ingredients 300ml (1 can) coconut condensed […]

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No bake vegan choc PB cheesecake

A delicious, quick and easy, almost raw cheesecake recipe… VEGAN CHOC PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE Ingredients Base: 75g oreos (½ packet) 1/3 cup medjool dates ¼ cup almonds Filling: 1 ½ cups cashews (soaked for 8h or overnight, then drained) 3tbsp coconut oil 6-8 tbsp sweetener of choice – or to taste (rice malt syrup, maple […]

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Khandwa Haveli Jaipur + how to get free luxury hotel accommodation around India

Jaipur is just one of those places you can return to again and again – which I did despite having been there less than six months ago. This time I was hosted by Treebo Hotels as part of their Friends of Treebo program in the gorgeous Khandwa Haveli, a heritage hotel in Jaipur featured by […]

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Classic novels with my casual commentary

Almost all of these books are very well known and widely reviewed; just chuck a google to know more about them. Here are my unstructured, unfiltered thoughts on a few classics… Great Expectations – Charles Dickens Saved this book from the trash as my eight grade teacher was throwing it out (due to its dilapidated […]

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Warming gingery green tea chickpea soup

We’re having a very wintery summer in Sydney at the moment; with bleak skies and cold rainy days (hopefully not a pathetic fallacy foreshadowing events to come), so this hot broths soup is perfect for staying warm without being too heavy + the ginger boosts immunity and helps keep any sickness at bay. Ingredients 2inch […]

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Chennai floods & how you can help

Unless you’re south Indian, you’ve probably not heard about the floods in Chennai (Madras) due to the lack of media coverage – being Australian, I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for my grandma who lives in south India (thankfully not in Chennai). The attacks in Paris had a death toll of 132 people and generated […]

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Stay golden; Jaisalmer

Entering Jaisalmer is like going back in time, with its sandstone carved buildings and lavish décor. It’s easy to while away time roaming the streets, eating sweets and chatting to locals… Jaisalmer fort is unique, as unlike other forts in India it is still inhabited by citizens; it previously held the entire town but now […]

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No religion = no faith?

I am an atheist and do not believe in the existence of any gods or an ultimate ‘creator’, however I do see why many others do: it can be comforting to put your faith in someone else and leave your life up to another power particularly when you feel powerless, choosing to call the subsequent […]

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Exploring Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and makes for a good place to start your Rajasthan adventures. It’s a good mix of modern and traditional, with it not uncommon to see elephants waltzing past large shopping malls. Whilst the new city is relatively ‘normal’ looking, the old city (the infamous pink city) is full of gorgeous […]

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A snapshot of Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a little town in India, known as the World Capital of Yoga. Since the Beatles stopped by in 1968, it has been full of western hippies and yoga enthusiasts. The vibe wasn’t my favourite in as I found it a little too touristy, with more foreigners than Indians, many of whom gave me […]

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Enhance your digestion Ayurvedically

An Ayurvedic approach to digestion centres around the concept of the digestive fire, known as ‘agni’. Agni refers to the digestive system’s ability to digest food – the equivalent of digestive enzymes. Those with a strong agni usually have larger appetites and don’t have difficulty digesting food, however those with a weaker agni may find […]

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Haridwar photo story

Haridwar ‘Gateway to God’ is a spiritual place in India. It’s set on the banks of the Ganges and is less touristy than Rishikesh with most signs being in Hindi and the majority of locals only speaking Hindi (most larger businesses and hotels do have English speaking staff though). There are several mandirs (temples) to […]

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An extravagant tomb and my secret identity

“A teardrop on the face of eternity” – Rabindranath Tagore, India’s Nobel Laureate poet proclaimed of the Taj Mahal. Indeed the Taj is architecturally one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve encountered; the symmetry is perfect, the marble still glistening white after centuries and the size is enormous, however it’s hard to shake the eerie […]

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Embracing the chaos of Delhi

Metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai are generally a foreigner’s first glimpse of India and can set the tone for the rest of one’s India travels. Most first impressions of Delhi (including mine) are that it’s busy, dirty and full of scammers and touts. However if you look closely and go to the right places, […]

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How to get healthy in a third world country

During my six weeks in India I’ve lost 5kgs, gotten clear skin, walked more than I have in my life and felt substantially more peaceful – that’s despite the oily curry and roti (wheat based flatbread), humidity, lack of clean pavements and walking spaces, and stressful chaotic people and places. Here are some tips to […]

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Quick vegan laksa + spice paste recipe

Ingredients For the spice paste: 7 garlic cloves (peeled) 1.5inch knob of ginger (peeled) 2-4 dried or fresh red chillies (soak for five mins and drain if using dried) 2 lemongrass stalks (roughly chopped) 1inch knob of turmeric or 1.5tbsp turmeric powder For the laksa: 200mL coconut cream (not milk) 2cups vegetable stock (or vegan […]

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raw vegan vanilla latte cheesecake

Although I’ve never been a big coffee drinker the smell is so enticing and I can’t get enough of coffee flavoured things (think coffee chocolate, tiramisu etc). So when I received some amazing cold drip coffee from First Press Coffee, it seemed only natural to combine coffee with my love of raw cheesecakes! Cold drip coffee […]

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Juice cleansing – benefits and recipes

Juice cleansing seems to be everywhere these days, with stories of amazing transformations and increased energy, but here are my main reasons why I think a juice cleanse every few months or so is beneficial: Allows your digestive system to take a break This is the main one for me! By only drinking juices composed […]

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Zk’in organics – natural, cruelty free skincare!

I’m always asked about my skincare routine, so I thought I’d share some of my daily skincare products with you! When choosing skincare products, I have a few criteria I look for. First and foremost, products I use must be vegan friendly (not animal tested, and doesn’t contain animal products), in addition to that I […]

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Blueberry bitch smoothie + the perfect diary for the unorganized

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” – Jim Rohn. The quote of the day on my The Naked Minds diary is particularly relevant to me today as I’m trying to plan my day and actually get shit done so I can enjoy the weekend without worrying about the steadily mounting pile of uni work […]

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Cranberry coconut smoothie

A simple and delicious antioxidant rich summer smoothie to start your day! I teamed this with a slice of my raw cranberry ripe (recipe here), a couple of coconut date rolls and some raw carob choc for a yummy and nutritious breakfast/study snack. CRANBERRY COCONUT SMOOTHIE 1 1/2 cups of coconut water 1/2 cup of […]

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Raw vegan cranberry ripes

This sweet and tangy easy to make, healthy raw vegan treat recipe is adapted from the blueberry ripe recipe in my vegan recipe book. My cranberry ripes contain cacao which is high in magnesium, utilize refined sugar free natural sweeteners like brown rice syrup and low GI coconut sugar, and of course have cranberries which are rich […]

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Sugar free raw vegan rocky road

Mmmm rocky road used to be one of my favourite treats growing up, so this raw, vegan, sugar free, gluten free rocky road is the perfect healthy snack or dessert! Ingredients Chocolate: 5tbsp coconut oil 4tbsp cacao powder 2tbsp norbu sweetener 2drops rosewater essence Marshmallow: 1/8 cup cashews soaked for at least 2 hours 1tsp […]

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Morning bliss breakfast smoothie

Smoothies are an easy way to pack a lot of nutrition and energy into a glass an enjoy a healthy delicious breakfast on the go – pair it with some bliss balls or a raw protein bar and you’ve got a wholesome, nutritious breakfast! MORNING BLISS BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE Ingredients 1/2 cup of frozen mango 2 […]

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