Our Journey

Hi and welcome! I thought I’d better introduce myself and my family. I’m Simone and I’m married to Stephen. I’m originally from UK and my husband is from NZ. I’m a qualified Social Worker and trained in UK. I met Stephen in Birmingham in 2004 and we moved to NZ back in 2009 after we…

Vegan sausage rolls!

I’ve been wanting to create a great sausage roll recipe and after a few attempts, here it is. I can’t take full credit though as I did get inspiration from a lovely lady on a vegan Facebook group I’m in called ‘what kiwi vegans eat’. We love sausage rolls, who doesn’t? The crispy, crumbly pastry…

Rice flour pea & sweetcorn pikelets

We all loved the sweet version of these pikelets that I made last week, I thought I’d try a savoury one. Peas and sweetcorn are a great match because they cook really quickly from frozen and my kids love them. I froze a batch of these for the lunchboxes and they defrosted really well. I…

The best chickpea & mushroom burger ever!!

When we went plantbased, one of the things we knew we’d miss was a burger. We had burger night once a week; it was a tradition! This recipe was inspired by High carb Hannah. We tried her recipe and enjoyed it but there just wasn’t enough flavour for us. We’ve tried beetroot burgers which are…

Chickpea, kumera and mushroom curry

This creamy oil free curry has gone down really well. Its spicy, salty, creamy and sweet with some big punchy flavours. It’s very filling and for the meat eaters out there, the mushrooms give it that meaty kind of texture. The first time I made it, I intended on serving it with brown rice but…

Rice flour apple and banana pikelets

I’ve been experimenting with different flours the last few weeks and I love rice flour. The best thing I’ve made is these pikelets. They’re surprisingly light and don’t taste of rice! Rice flour is just dry ground rice. It can be used to thicken soups and stews, as well as making crackers and pikelets. It’s…

Apple & buckwheat muffins

These muffins are so moist and yummy, perfect for babies as finger food, toddlers and kids’ lunchboxes. I whipped these up in 10 minutes using just one bowl, awesome huh?! I even took a call from my good friend Llywela in UK while I was spooning the mixture into the cases. My baby was asleep…

Buckwheat, oat and date cookies

These are a variation of my other buckwheat cookie recipe. I wanted to make a cookie with less sugar so I’ve subbed the dark chocolate for dates in this one and left out the flax egg and maple syrup. I got 9 medium sized cookies from this recipe but you could make them smaller. They…

It’s about the journey, not the destination

I’m writing this on the drive back home from Ohope Beach. We’ve just spent 5 nights there; our first holiday in 2 years and our first as a family of 5. We had a great time just being together and doing fun stuff. As anyone with young children knows, going away is like a military…

Heavenly chocolate orange muffins

My eldest son is off to school camp in a couple of weeks and his teacher emailed me the menu. As you can imagine it was filled with meat, dairy, sugar and processed food with a side of coleslaw. He asked what ‘we’ should do about replacements, so I said I’d prepare a few things….