What am I making with my organic veg boxes? Come on in, I’ll show you.

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I get my veggie boxes from Whole Larder Love, and a few people lately have asked me what I've been making from the contents. It's a bit fun, like a Masterchef Mystery Box, but gianter and with more cabbage. I must admit, I've been thinking in all sorts of traditional recipe ways when I open the … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: quick “chicken” buttermilk ranch pasta salad

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It is such a saladathon around here these days - often mixed up from random stuff I found in the fridge (which is how this one came to be!), and sometimes pre-planned and executed. This salad is eminently upgradeable, you could add almost anything to it and it would still be delicious. I opted for … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Orange-roasted beet and haloumi salad

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Last week I had to fly to Melbourne for the day, leaving at 4pm and not getting there until almost 10pm. Knowing it's pretty slim pickin's for veggies on flights (the budget airlines, anyway!) I decided to pack a hearty salad for dinner that would see me through, wouldn't stink out the plane, could … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Five vegan dinner ideas

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The internet is my number-one source of dinner inspiration, and sometimes I like to have a little theme going on. Sometimes I just find one site and go a little bit nuts over their amazing choices, and try one of everything. The Post-Punk Kitchen is one of those such sites. Isa is the coolest … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: sweet potato and eggplant stack with balsamic reduction

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It's getting pretttty hot here, folks! So I find I'm turning ┬ámore and more to non-oven options for dinner. I bought a ridged cast-iron grill pan from Aldi a few months ago, and it is AMAZING for grilling veggies on, so I've been doing it every chance I get. Such a bargain, and it makes such a … [Read more...]

Golden rice salad

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This golden rice salad is a nice change from my usual bowl of brown rice, and is rather sunshiny now that it's getting warmer again. The yellow is from turmeric, which is amazingly good for you, but doesn't impart much of a flavour. Never fear, everything else makes up for it! In this salad, I … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: THE BEST EGG SANDWICH OF ALL TIME.

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  A little while ago on Facebook, I declared that my lunch that day was the best egg sandwich of all time. OF ALL TIME. Intrigued by the boldness of my claim, somebody asked me what my technique was, as we all secretly think our way is the best way of sandwich-making (my husband likes the … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Roasted pumpkin, fennel and haloumi salad

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You guys!! Look at this!! Today instead of my amateur photography, you get PURE AWESOMENESS from the incredibly talented Lauren Merrick. You may remember her from such blogs as Baby Mac (that header!) and The Beetleshack (that everything!). She has funky prints (on carbon-neutral paper, no less) … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Spinach and ricotta cannelloni

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Man, I love me a kitchen shortcut! This spinach and ricotta cannelloni is one of my favourite cheats although I cannot remember where I got the idea. I've never stuffed cannelloni, I've never piped anything - instead, I roll the filling in fresh lasagna sheets and tip the sauce all over the top. … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – sweet chilli grilled tofu wrap

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I love wraps 90,000,000 times more than sandwiches, no matter how hard I try. Even though they drip all over me and occasionally split as I greedily stuff it full of crunchy salad goodness. I'll always forgive them! They know not what they do. Lately I've been experimenting with different protein … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: wholemeal tomato pasta for fussy toddlers

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You can imagine my excitement when, after a few small successful attempts at feeding Abby spaghetti, she sat down to eat this dish and actually looked like she was enjoying it. Mind you, I hid the excitement and acted like it was no big deal, in the hopes that she would just START EATING NORMALLY … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Vegan San Choi Bau

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  Here's something I'd always wanted to make, but shoved it into the "one day" category (a lot of things are in there, I'm afraid to look! I slam the door and run...). It involved having iceberg lettuce to hand, which I rarely buy, and also sorting out a minced meat substitute for the … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Vegan split pea soup

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I don't have very good memories of split pea soup (or pea and ham soup) from when I was a kid, for I was quite the food phobe. Plus, the version I had tried contained barley and barley was weird, man. I do, however, have great memories of singing the pease porridge nursery rhyme, and this is sort … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Vegetarian Banh Mi

Marinated tofu gives this vegetarian banh mi a spicy kick.

Howdy folks! You might have noticed it's been rather quiet around here. Sometimes it's good to just zone out a little, you know? I find inspiration comes in waves, and lately there's been nary a whisker of it. And by now I know my writing style well enough to not force it if there's nothing … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

a delicious alternative for non-meat eaters.

  This is one of my favourite ways to use up leftover brown rice, which I like to make in a big batch at the start of the week. There's only so many salads you can have, right? I have stuffed both capsicum peppers and mushrooms with this filling, and both are amazing. Capsicum is a sweet … [Read more...]