Howdy! This post is super exciting for me because I’m going to be sharing a review for One Green Planet’s fabulous free app, Food Monster, as well as a link to download it before it’s official worldwide release on Earth Day, 22 April! Some of you might have seen it yesterday in another post but I decided to split it so it gets its very own spotlight 🙂 Continue reading
Review time! Today’s Vegan Mofo theme is my favourite cookook, so I’ve been saving this post especially for this occasion 😀 Annie’s is one of the first vegan blogs that I stumbled across (now years ago?? Time, you sly dog!), and I spent a long while stalking her blog before I plucked up the courage to talk to the sweetest person ever. Imagine how psyched I am to be able to review this glorious tome now!
Today I get to share something really fun and exciting with the whole world: a review of Jill Nussinow’s ebook, Nutrition CHAMPS:The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating & Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy & Vitality, as well as a worldwide giveaway for one lucky reader! 😀
Back in December 2014 I got contacted by Vegan Cuts to let me know that I’ve been chosen as an ambassador (yay!) and that they’d be sending me a free goodie box to test out and review. Alas, what with a postal strike that went on for months and the backlog that ensued, I only got my box this week! Better late than never, so here’s WIAW and an overview of my goodies (AKA trying to eat as much of it as possible in the space of a day or two!).
This is a very special post today, because I get to share a review and host a giveaway for a truly amazing book by Ricki Heller (PhD + RHN), Living Candida-Free. If the name rings any bells, it’s because I’ve swooned about her here on the blog and on twitter on a number of occasions, thanks to her fabulous and inspiring recipes. She is also the author of a number of books that are currently available, such as Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free and Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar.
To celebrate the release of her book on Amazon tomorrow, I’m sharing a very special recipe from her book, and have also been given the green light to spoil all the international readers by opening up a worldwide giveaway of Living Candida-Free, so click and scroll to enter and try out her Baked Quinoa Porridge or Pudding!
Going away on holiday is usually a depressingly organized affair. As a herbivore one cannot simply slip into any roadside café or glitzy restaurant without a strategic perusal of the menu, which usually leads to disappointment. Accordingly I made a heck of a lot of food for our journey to Mpumalanga, including the delicious dal (amazing on rye toast for a protein-packed breakfast, and nom with couscous and salad for dinner), carrot-beetballs, roasted carrot hummus, and lots of crustless tofu quiches. Seriously, we were overflowing with protein this weekend, and had a disgusting amount of energy (for a bunch of housecats). We went swimming in the hot mineral pools at night and even went for an amazing, long walk into the hills down a beaten but muddy path. Such wild growth everywhere, and then random little relics like a fading statue of a Madonna on the side of the path. Generally, however, we’re not an adventurous bunch, and were rather disgusted by our official outing to the Sudwala Caves – a brief, uninformative tour showing off the shadows the calcium deposits make, with little to no geological and historical context for such a beautiful and eery cave system. Next time we go cave spelunking we’re taking a geologist with us!
Holidays are generally a time to read for us, and because I knew we’d need an excuse to leave the chalet and our books, I scoured the internet last week to see if I couldn’t find a restaurant that could at least be persuaded to accommodate my vegan sensibilities. Score! I came across Old Joe’s Kaia Restaurant, not a stone’s throw from where we were staying. Their correspondent, Paul, was very thoughtful and assured me they accommodated vegans, and even had Meatless Mondays…in South Africa! I’m really flabbergasted, because meat is often portrayed as something of a human right across the country. Anyhow, their menu looked delicious and intriguing, and the website also mentioned a labyrinth to walk, so I spammed Man-thing with the menu and spent the entire week bouncing around with the idea that at least one meal would be prepared by new hands. Glee!
When we got there it was a veritable forest and the loveliest restaurant with a wooden deck, intense view over the treetops, and charming trinkets, colourful throws and other little details one would need a few hours to eye. Our hostess came out (apron and everything! Then you know it’s serious business) and assured me I choose anything with a “v” on the menu and it would be vegan, including the dish with cheese! Seriously, cheese! I nearly squealed like a girl when I heard that, because it’s been more than a year since I last ate cheese, and although I can make my own cashew cheese, it’s really not the same thing. I chose the stir fry on flat bread with vegan *blue cheese* and olives and oh.my.*!@(*!.