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Peanut butter cookie batter bliss balls

Vegan peanut butter cookie batter bliss balls

This is hands-down the best kitchen accident I’ve ever had. Ever.

A few weeks back, while cooking up a vegan storm for my 30th birthday party, I decided to make the peanut butter cookie part of this peanut butter and salted caramel sandwiches recipe, featured over at Vegan Miam’s incredible blog.

Naturally, I couldn’t help but pop a finger into the batter for a quick taste test — and the flavour that exploded across my tongue stopped me in my tracks.

This had peanuty bliss ball goodness written all over it. Continue Reading →

Spiced choc banana bliss balls

Vegan spiced choc banana bliss balls

My 30s are shaping up to be pretty darn awesome, if the past couple weeks are anything to go by. Actually, if the past few weeks are anything to go by, I’ll be eating my way through the next decade. Nothing wrong with that, right?

To celebrate my birthday a few weeks back, I threw a little eco party at my apartment here in Alicante. We made origami pterodactyls from the pages of an old book to decorate the house. My friends bought plates of vegan food to share. Everyone was really good about drinking fancy wine out of recycled jars. I felt more at home in Spain than ever before.

And I was spoilt absolutely rotten. My friends even gifted me a food processor! Clever cookies — they know they’ll be reaping the benefits of that guy for months to come.

Then Juan and Ania surprised me with the most delicious homemade banana and vanilla vegan ice cream cake. And as I bit into the base, I knew I wanted to eat this again. Regularly. In bliss ball form.

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Homemade soap, the traditional Castile way

Spanish grandmother Francisca, 81, prepares traditional homemade soap.We spend our lifetimes living and learning, collecting little pearls of wisdom and knowledge that shape the way we think and act and perceive our world.

But sometimes, I think, we forget that the elders in our society have walked these same paths before. They’re like a great beautiful leather-bound book of knowledge just waiting to be cracked open and read. We just have to find the time to honour that wisdom, to seek them out and listen and learn from their stories.

A few months back I spent an afternoon with the grandmother of my friend Juan (y’know, the guy of homemade vegan Nutella fame.)

Grandmother Francisca is 81-years-old, and grew up in Spain during the difficult years of civil war and rule under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, a time of using and reusing by necessity because often there simply wasn’t enough to go around. Continue Reading →

Protein-packed pumpkin and sweet potato soup

Protein-rich pumpkin and sweet potato vegan soup

A couple weeks ago the weather here in Alicante turned. Suddenly it got cold. Like, really cold. Below 15-degrees cold.

Yeah, I know. Living in the land of eternal sunshine (I ♥ you, Spain) has warped my sense of what’s actually cold. Nonetheless, I’ve found myself snuggling up with hot water bottles, blankets, big baggy jumpers and endless cups of tea.

And I instantly started craving rich bowls of piping hot soup.

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Eggplant, oregano and white bean pizza

Vegan aubergine, oregano and white bean pizza topped with arugula

My friend Ania has this pizza she likes to make after work on Saturdays. It’s simple. She takes two frozen store-bought margarita pizzas, dumps a heap of grilled eggplant (aubergine for our non-Aussie friends) on top, and then silence descends as we greedily scoff down an entire pizza each.

Which I suppose is evidence enough that they’re freaking delicious. But I wasn’t satisfied.

I wanted more protein, dammit, lest my hair fall out due to deficiency. Continue Reading →