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Veggie Mama

Do you remember when last year, you guys filled out the Veggie Mama Reader Survey?

That one where I banged on about  pickles for half an hour?

Well, it was the first time I’d ever canvassed your honest thoughts about what I do here on the blog, and I was a little bit terrified. I like to think I’m pretty hardy enough to cop some criticism where necessary but opening those survey results knowing you had been very transparent with me was a little bit daunting. I have this thing where in scary movies I actually squint so I can see what’s going on but it’s a little bit blurry and therefore not as confronting.

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How to Use Evernote at a Conference

The best way to get the most out of Evernote when you're at a conference. Note-taking, contacts, and more!

Along with 699 of my fellow blogging buddies, I’m off today to the ProBlogger Training Event on the Gold Coast. For the second year in a row, I’m on the PBEVENT team, which is a hell of a lot of fun.

I’ve had a few people ask me what they can do to prepare to get the most out of the conference, and overwhelm seems to be one of the biggest issues. How do you network, take in all of the information, remember to eat, and have a fabulous Shine party outfit all at once?

Well I suck at fashion and I never forget to eat, so I can’t help you there. What I can help you with is nerding out over information and how to note-take effectively. You’re welcome!

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Free Download: The Veggie Mama Meal Plan + 50 Meal Ideas


A little extra note today to let y’all know I’ve got some freebie subscriber downloads if you want ‘em! A simple meal planner in the style I’ve always wanted: plenty of room to write the name of the dish, notes for anything that needs to be done in advance (which is my downfall!), and a space to write anything I need to get for it. Also no specific days because I don’t choose which dish goes on what day at the start. I write 5-7 ideas and just work with whatever I feel like doing on the day.

I’ve deliberately kept it simple as I loathe wasting printer ink, and this one can be easily printed or photocopied in bulk.

And to go alongside, I’ve got a printable with 50 meal ideas, which you can keep in a folder somewhere or as a file on your desktop, as it has links to recipes I recommend.

If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, you should have received an email in your inbox with the link to download. Didn’t want you to miss out!

If you’d like to sign up to the weekly (sort of) news around here with things to read, things to eat, things to win, and things to do, enter your deets below and you’ll be directed to the download page.

Join the crew!

Thank you! And enjoy.


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Kick Ass Chicks: Lorraine Elliott of Not Quite Nigella

Not Quite Nigella's Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches because WHY  NOT.

Not Quite Nigella’s Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches because WHY NOT.

Lorraine Elliott barely needs an introduction, particularly if you’re in Australia, you eat, or you blog. A very talented lass who cooks, travels, loves cake, and tells entertaining tales all day long on her blog Not Quite Nigella.

When I first started blogging five years ago, I was blown away by how professional she already was. Here I was stumbling around Blogger and Google Friend Connect and wondering what a Twitter was, and Lorraine was travelling, eating, reviewing restaurants, and making things from fancy salt she had bought in some exotic country. Her photography was stellar, her recipes flawless.

I was so surprised when she would come to leave a comment on my blog if I had taken the time to visit her and leave a comment. I couldn’t believe she had the time, or cared. But she kept coming even though my photography resembled an accidental pocket-dial film of someone on a week-long bender in Vegas. I’m ashamed to say, internet, that although I read her blog often, I took to only commenting when my own post that day wasn’t ugly.

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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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Best of Veggie Mama 2014: Food, craft, and weary indignance

It’s usually around this time of year I have a look at what have been my most popular posts, and I’m usually always surprised. Posts I wrote years ago are still the top picks, although I have forgotten them over the years. It seems you guys haven’t! A couple of my all-time favourites made it, too.


The top three food posts this year were also the top posts overall. All of them written pre-2014!

food 2014

The Secret to Making Fluffy Banana Pikelets

Homemade Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers



craft 2014

Tutorial: Knit a Simple Cushion Cover

Free Crochet Pattern: Little Handbags for Kids

Free Crochet Pattern: Baby Girl Hat


Bad Shit that Happened so I Complained About it On the Internet

stuff 2014

This actually isn’t a category I set out to fill, but it seems my top posts of 2014 written in 2014, were actually these. They appeared to have hit a frustrated nerve with you!

How to Recover a Document Saved to Office 2011 Autorecovery.

That one time the computer lost my article, and I had to Google for half a day to get it back. Surprisingly popular with very, very grateful strangers.

Check Yo Self, Internet

That one time I got sick and bloody tired of my friend copping so much crap from an entitled and nasty audience. Seems lots of people felt the same way.

The One Blog Post the Whole Internet Needs to Read

Put down those smug avocados. And if you’re feeling a bit judged, be reminded of this. (Also wins for best reader comments of the year, there are some real corkers in this one!)


Food of 2014

PicMonkey Collage

Kid Food: Mini Yogurt Pancakes 

Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies

Caramelised Apple and Cinnamon Scrolls


Do you have a favourite? I like Check Yo Self, that one I wrote about learning big life lessons and sorting out your priorities, and that one I wrote about burning all my food and wanting to punch half the world.

Made a Veggie Mama recipe for yourself? I'd love to see it! tag #veggiemamafood on social media and let me know!

The Planning Frenzy and The Important Question



A little while ago, we did a survey here on VM, and we asked you a million and one questions. The ones I was mostly interested in were the ones about content – what do you come here for?

One day I will show you the results (I had 200 respondents, blew my mind!) because I find them utterly fascinating. It seems most of you come for the recipes (70%), and just over half of you come because it feels like a chat with a friend, and/or for a giggle (53.5), and half of you come to hear about someone else’s life (50.5%), just like why I read blogs! I was pretty interested (and slightly confused) to see 19.5% of you coming for parenting advice, because I’m not sure I’m qualified to hand that shit out! I’m such a rookie, but we seem to be doing ok. And last but not least, 15% come for home advice (usually me telling you to put things in washing baskets and forget about them), and 3.5% come for beauty tips (get microdermabrasion and use Cosima skin care but hey, you’re gonna get old anyway).

So in the interests of actually being useful, I wanted to run this by you:

What would you like to see here?

What can I help you with?

What sorts of recipes do you like?

And finally, can you do my laundry?


I love you long time, and am always grateful every single goddamn day that you choose to spend some of your time with me xx


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That time I wrote a confession a day for 31 days

taking a drive big kid swing

This time last year, I was well underway with a writing challenge. Myquillyn of Nesting Place had a thing where you wrote every day for 31 Days in October , about one topic. I mixed that up with 50 writing prompts from Fat Mum Slim and came up with a confession a day.

Y’all, I will never write every single day for 31 days ever again.

But it is hilarious to look back on it. Enjoy and do please laugh at my expense. It’s what I’m here for, after all.

1. That thing that happened in high school that pretty much changed my life forever.

Where I discuss being a high school dropout.

2. The day I left home.

Where I get confused.

3. That lie I told that I got away with (or didn’t!).

I’M FINE. I wasn’t fine.

4. The hardest thing I’ve ever been through.

Breakup = life lessons

5. 9 things I just can’t handle.

Where I explain what I hate and it gets reprinted by news.com.au and I get abused.

6. My most excruciatingly embarrassing moment.

It’s every goddamn day.

7. The story of my first kiss (not skipping all the awkward details!)

The guy with the ferret!

8. The day I started blogging – what was I thinking?

Can this thing make money?

9. The most difficult decision I have ever made.

A stranger in the street gave me permission.

10. 7 things I learned from being a kid.


11. The last thing that made me cry.

Fuck you, Ricky Gervais.

12. My earliest childhood memory.

I swear it was a blue dress.

13. That thing that really gets my goat.

The arrogant ignorants.

14. The worst Christmas I’ve ever had.

Oh it’s so pathetic it’s funny! My poor cat.

15. What I am addicted to and why.

Old shit.

16. My obituary.

I still LOL at this.

17. A DIY on something I know nothing about.

How to Be an Astronaut. It’s riveting. (No really, it actually is).

18. What I’ve learned about life so far.

Thank you Dr Phil and Oprah.

19. Brain dump: what’s on my mind right now.

I think it was the X-Files, from memory. Painting shit white / decluttering / other Veggie Mamas / loud cats.

20. Something I lost.

I actually still want it back.

21. My worst habit.

I’m sitting on the couch as we speak.

22. Thank you to a thing that I love.

It’s about to get upgraded!

23. What I want to be when I grow up.

I fell asleep reading this.

24. Something I found.


25. A review on something I’ve used, watched, eaten, or read lately.

The Green Kitchen cookbook. It’s a good one.

26. An update on my most popular post – where are we now?

Thinking of doing an update on the update!

27. Set a goal and a plan on how to get there.

To my surprise, I’m doing even more than that now.

28. Top 5 blogs I’m loving right now.

Top 5 of all time. Nearly all the same as how I feel now!

29. I ask advice on something that is troubling me.

The P-Word!

30. A menu for my last meal ever.

Truffles, truffles everywhere.

31. I share a secret I’ve never told anyone until now.

Hi Shaun! *waves*


Could you write every day for 31 days?


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