Gluten Free Choc Chip Goji Berry Cookies

these gluten-free (and almost-healthy!) choc chip cookies are packed with juicy goji berries for that little something extra


So crunchy. So perfectly sized. SO GOOD!

We’re back in full lunchbox swing here at VMHQ and while these don’t qualify (the almond meal, you see), they sure are great for after-school snacks and Tuesday nights watching House of Cards. Or something.

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Essentials for a Cosy Autumn

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Last year, in the leadup to my proper first winter, I found a few things that I collected during autumn made the change of season so much easier to bear. That and eating soup like, every day.

I hope they help make your nest super-cosy this season – lord knows I’m addicted to those Queen B candles. And evening socks! I’m all about comfort. And food.

Autumn Essentials


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Sunset at the 12 Apostles

Sunset at the 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

Last week we drove the Great Ocean Road, me just post-surgery falling asleep in the car every half hour, the little one managing to keep a lid on her carsickness for most of the trip, and our eyes constantly on the shoreline. Well, except that one kid who likes livestock.

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Roasted Pumpkin and Millet Risotto

Millet makes a lovely creamy risotto, a great alternative to rice. This recipe has roasted pumpkin and optional cheese.

I know, I thought the same thing. Why millet when you can arborio? Or even carnaroli? Won’t millet be less creamy than risotto rice? Well, yes and no. But the point is, it’s delicious. It’s even gluten-free, if that’s your thing. If you’re avoiding white rice, then let me assure you, it’s got a great risotto texture. I was both surprised and pleased, then I scarfed the lot.

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Broad Bean, Lemon, and Chilli Fettuccine

broad beans, chilli, lemon zest and fettucine in a rich, creamy sauce : theveggiemama.comI know, I know – broadbeans sound like such a spring vegetable! But if you’ve got a bag o’ em in the freezer, and you’ve got plenty of lemon and chilli floating around then you’ve got a pretty gnarly cool-weather dish if you are, in fact, in cool weather.

If you are not, play on!

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Happy 5th Birthday Veggie Mama! Readers May De-Lurk Now

A couple of months ago an email dropped into my inbox congratulating my little Tumblr blog on turning five. Five! Five years since I made Joel Birch a fail-filled vegetarian lasagana in exchange for designing me a little home on the internet to talk dribble and share good food.

Realising all the cool kids were blogging on Blogspot, I moved all my posts over on March 21, 2010, and declared Veggie Mama open for business. The following year I had a baby on that day, so it overshadows my blogiversary somewhat, although I always have a moment somewhere during that week where I go “huh. would you look at that. This bloody thing’s still around”. And believe me, I’ve tried to quit it. Several times. It appears I can’t.


Sorry, internet. You’re stuck with me.

But it’s not my fault. It’s yours. If you all weren’t so funny and awesome, I’d have walked away long ago only to remember nostalgically now and then about that one time where I wrote a diary on the internet heheh those were the days.

Since you’re single-handedly responsible for keeping the VM Mothership afloat, it’s only fair you tell me who you are. Who is it that reads here, shares these posts, laughs at with me, and whips up veg goodies for their family? Who are the people who never say a word? Look, I’ve made you a cup of tea, the least you can do is sit yo’ ass down and tell me some stuff.

green tea with lemon myrtle veggie mamaWho are you? Where do you live? Do you hate singing reality TV shows as much as I do? Would you eat a cupcake or a toasted cheese sandwich right now, given the opportunity? Do you have kids? What song is stuck in your head right now?

If you can remember, I’d love to hear how you first found this here blog. That would be fun!

Meanwhile, thank you.


(Well, most of you anyway!)  xo

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