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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 … Continue reading Our Journey

Crispy Oven Baked Tofu

Tofu; you either love it or hate it! We love it, but it hasn't always been that way. We first tried it in an Asian style soup and it was simply cubed and dropped into the broth for a few minutes before it was served. It really didn't taste of anything, and the texture was … Continue reading Crispy Oven Baked Tofu

Lentil & Kumera Lasagne

We love lasagne so I've been trying some new recipes and this one is our favourite. There's no story today, just the recipe because its amazing! Ingredients: For the filling 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 small carrots, grated 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 tsp dried mixed herbs 1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed and … Continue reading Lentil & Kumera Lasagne

What every vegan needs to know about iron

True or False: The iron that our bodies require is the same element found in a cast-iron skillet.     This question fools a surprising number of people. Iron is greatly misunderstood as a nutrient, especially when it comes to vegan and plant based diets. The mineral is found all over the earth and is … Continue reading What every vegan needs to know about iron

Smoothie Bowls

I only started making smoothie bowls a few months ago. I would see so many elaborate and stunningly beautiful pictures of them on Instagram and think 'I don't have time for that'.  I was so in awe of those amazing photos, I thought I'd give them a go. I spend around 10 minutes making them, … Continue reading Smoothie Bowls

Sunday Funday

I love sundays. We always have a family outing in the mornings; today was spent at the beach. While the toddlers slept this afternoon, I got to cooking. It was a mega cook up for next week's lunches. I made: 1. crispy baked chick peas. They marinated for 2 days in braggs liquid seasoning, pure … Continue reading Sunday Funday

Warm Quinoa Salad

I've been making this salad for a few years now and it never fails to please. Its filling, nourishing, colorful and delicious! You can have it as a side or a main and your friends will be mighty impressed when you turn up for the pot luck with this. Using seasonal veggies, you can mix … Continue reading Warm Quinoa Salad

Peanut butter caramel slice

I'll keep this brief as I know you just want the recipe! A few things to remember. * it is plant based so there is no added oil, no dairy, no refined sugar and no refined flours * it won't taste exactly like the one filled with the above ingredients; it's better! The recipe makes … Continue reading Peanut butter caramel slice

Potato curry roll

We had spent the morning at the farmers market and museum with all the kids. We'd had a big breakfast, so didn't need any morning tea but on the drive home I was dreaming of samosas. I just love the mix of spicy potatoes and peas, but I don't love the deep fried pastry. By … Continue reading Potato curry roll

Chunky Tomato soup

This soup is so tasty and comforting, you'll be making it every week like I do. You must know by now that I love 1 pot meals which require minimal effort. This is one of those meals. You can add whatever veggies you have on hand or that are in season. We always have leftovers … Continue reading Chunky Tomato soup

Banana & Buckwheat Pancakes

These pancakes are so quick and easy to make, my 11 yr old can make his own in no time! Buckwheat flour is a great alternative if you're gluten free or if you just want something different. The flour soaks up a lot of liquid and binds really well, so there is no need to … Continue reading Banana & Buckwheat Pancakes

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