Botanical Cuisine: dips and spreads to change your life

My family are reasonably dismissive, in a loving way, of my desire to eat a largely plant-based (ie. vegan) diet. They seem to conveniently forget this, however, when they see me spreading some BC cashew ‘cream cheese’ on my toast, and will happily demolish the entire thing if I don’t surreptitiously sneak it back into…

A Sunburnt Country

I had a request a little while ago to post some pictures of our garden. We live on a five acre property in what most of my city friends would consider the middle of nowhere; the majority of our acreage is bush, complete with small creek and gulley, but the rest has been landscaped by…

Vegan Wine: Happy Wine

I was recently surprised to learn that the majority of alcoholic beverages on the market are not vegan. I suppose I naively thought that wine was just lots of alcohol and fruity things, right? Turns out I was wrong. “Most winemakers choose to clarify and stabilise their wines before they are bottled using a practice…

What’s in my bag? The genuine edition.

I have never liked the types of magazines you typically find in a doctor’s surgery. These days I tend to carry a book in my bag at all times anyway, but every now and then I still find myself caught out. In these instances, while Mum happily flicks through old issues of Donna Hay and…

And so begins the Ethical Clothing Challenge

Happy New Year everyone! Our clothing challenge officially begins today (see previous post for full details). Here is my wardrobe on the first day of the new year; dresses, shirts, pants, skirts, shoes, jumpers and jackets, as well as any miscellaneous pieces which don’t fit into one of the above categories; my kimono, winter/summer funeral…

The Power of Things

In the lead up to Christmas I was thinking a lot about the ways in which we acquire stuff. Christmas seems to be a time of year when even those of us who normally preference experiences over objects, can find themselves inundated with well-meant (but superfluous) things. The stress of not being able to find…

Area Guide: Newtown

  The second instalment in the ‘Area Guide’ series will be for another trendy inner-Sydney suburb, Newtown. As with Surrey Hills, Newtown is one of those sprawling neighbourhoods with no clear boundaries, so I have just listed a couple of my favourite go-to places on King St, and within a few blocks of the station….

Snail Mail: To my lovely friend,

When I was little, collecting the mail was exciting because I knew anything which arrived with my name on it would be for me, personally, from someone I knew. As I grew older, the letters, postcards and presents I had once received morphed into anonymous bank statements and an over-abundance of pamphlets from the various…

Area Guide: Surrey Hills

As someone who is always vegetarian (and increasingly vegan) with an emphasis on whole and unprocessed foods, finding somewhere I am able and willing to eat can be problematic, especially when travelling to new places. While online research can be useful, and I certainly have a number of go-to websites to fall back on, I much prefer personal…

With a pinch of salt

I am not a big salt eater. In fact, I am often so concerned by how much salt is hidden away in food without my knowledge that I tend to actively avoid it as much as possible. My palate has adapted accordingly, to the point where I now find even quite normal quantities of salt,…

Recipe: Rhubarb, Orange and Rosemary Cake

When I am feeling miserable, Mum will make me a rhubarb, orange and rosemary cake, and so now this recipe is associated for me with a hug, a cup of tea, and the smell of buttery almond-meal drifting from the oven. Admittedly, Mum does tell me to look away while she adds the (frankly ludicrous…

Veja: sneakers with soul

I love wearing sneakers (they make me feel competent and capable of stomping on people), and now that I have found Veja sneakers, there is no way I would wear any other brand. Made from a combination of recycled and sustainable materials, Veja are oh-so snazzy to look at and good for the planet. In addition to…