May 13, 2015

Vegan 4 Ingredient Scone Recipe


I was quite overwhelmed at the thought of creating a vegan scone recipe... I had no idea how it would turn out. However, the result was a decadent, fluffy, delicious scone consisting of only 4 ingredients! I was so excited and still am! It is so nice to know that we now have a simple and amazingly tasty scone recipe under our belt. Hello Mothers Day, birthdays and morning teas... a recipe for all occasions! It seriously tastes like the original scone recipe I loved as a child. We know you will love it... Enjoy. 

See the bottom of the post for a lovely personal announcement <3

makes 12

3 cups self-raising flour
120g vegan margarine, at room temp.
1 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon icing sugar

Optional extras:
strawberry jam
whipped coconut cream
icing sugar, to dust

These are Australian measurements. 1 cup = 250ml and 1 tablespoon = 20ml.

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius fan-forced and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour and icing sugar and stir until combined.
  3. Add the margarine and use your fingers to rub it into the flour until lightly crumbly.
  4. Pour the soy milk in and knead until a dough is formed.
  5. Lightly sprinkle a surface with flour and knead the dough for one minute until a smooth dough has formed. Make sure you do not over-work the dough.
  6. Roll the dough into a long sausage and cut into 12 parts/scones. Or, you can use a circular cutter and cut into 12 rounds.
  7. Place the scones on the tray with a little bit of space between each one.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.
  9. Serve immediately with jam and vegan cream. Enjoy! 

Jerome and I are excited to announce that we are expecting vegan baby #2! Weeeee! Care to have a gender guess?

May 3, 2015

Vegan Chocolate Pikelets with Chocolate Topping Recipe

Mother's Day is nearly here and what a perfect way to spoil your Mum than with some delicious vegan chocolate pancakes. But wait! These are not just any pancakes... these are amazingly decadent with a homemade chocolate sauce and strawberry hearts. She will love it! 

Oh, and we have a special/personal announcement coming soon... can you guess what it is?

serves 2

1 cup soy milk
1/4 cup water
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tablespoon corn flour
1 tablespoon sugar
dash vanilla
2 tablespoons cocoa

2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup

strawberries, to serve

  1. Make the topping: Melt the cocoa, coconut oil and maple syrup and stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Make the pikelets: In a blender (or you can beat it all in a bowl) add all 'pikelet' ingredients and blend until smooth without lumps.
  3. In a frypan on high heat, spray with oil and drop 2 level tablespoonfuls of the batter mixture into the pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface.
  4. Flip to the other side for another 30 seconds or so until just browned. Set aside.
  5. Continue frying until all of the batter is used.
  6. Stack the pikelets and add a light layer of chocolate topping between each layer.
  7. Serve with strawberries and enjoy!

April 13, 2015

Chris' Dips New Down 2 Earth Range

There are three things we love in life… receiving new vegan products, eating vegan deliciousness and sharing exciting new vegan items. So, this post is very exciting for us. What a life we have! We are very happy veggie beans when our bellies are filled with Chris’ Dips new Down 2 Earth range. Yum yum!

Now, we don’t do too many product-related posts or reviews, as there aren’t many items we are overly thrilled about. However, we could not say no to Chris’ Dips after our taste-test… OH MY GOSH! These are seriously amazing. They don’t taste like your average dip or hommus... plus, they have beautiful rich flavours without the whole bag-load of sugar and saturated fat.

So, here are the amazing varieties:
  • Mexican Style Bean & Corn Salsa (my favourite… get in my mouth!)
  • Spiced Roasted Carrot & Turmeric
  • Sweet Potato & Harissa Hommus
  • Japanese Style Eggplant & Miso

Now, I know the classic and best way to devour a stack of dips is to use a box of crackers, toasted tortillas etc… But I really want to show you a few other ways to incorporate healthy dips in to your life. These are ideas Jerome and I use regularly at home (see photo at top of page):
  • Spreading dips on wraps. I love this idea. It makes your salad wrap even more delicious and exciting and it is really easy to change up the flavours. This is great for school or work lunches or just when you need a quick meal at home. We used the Spiced Roasted Carrot & Turmeric dip for this.
  • Nachos. Ok, this is so crazily delicious and easy. The Mexican Style Bean & Corn Salsa dip is my absolutely most favourite dip I have EVER tasted. It seriously tastes like a Mexican restaurant in a beautifully packaged container. When Jerome and I cook dinner for Mexican Monday, we love to pour this dip over a bowl of natural corn chips, top it with sautéed veggies, olives, guacamole and coriander and voila! The easiest Mexican dish ever!
  • The Sweet Potato & Harissa Hommus goes amazingly well with falafel. This is one of my ultimate snacks. I love to dip falafel in slightly spicy dips. Such a filling, healthy and decadent snack. Another amazing idea for your lunchbox!
  • The good old crudités. You can’t have dip without a fresh tray of chopped veggies. The Japanese Style Eggplant & Miso has a very interesting flavour which is complimented well with the fresh crisp veggie sticks. Yum yum!

Already love Chris’ dips? Keep up to date with the deliciousness on their website, Facebook and Instagram page.

February 2, 2015

Is Being Vegan Expensive?

I am frequently asked, "Is being vegan expensive?". Short answer, "No way!". Vegans eat a relatively affordable lifestyle consisting of lots of fruit and veggies, beans, seeds, nuts, grains, wholefoods etc... You can purchase all of these staples at your local supermarket. Think about how expensive meat is! Now replace this with tofu and beans for example... it will be much cheaper! Just think, most people will buy a range of vegan food. I am sure that you will see the average non-vegan person throwing some rice, pasta, fruit and veggies in their trolley. What is the difference? You just won't be adding meat, dairy or eggs to your trolley... some of the most expensive products ever! Also, the great thing about our eating habits is that it is so nourishing, satisfying and amazing for your body so one grocery visit should last you quite a while! Oh and don't forget, just because you are vegan doesn't mean you now have to eat your weight in organic, sun-dried, picked at sunset by a virgin, bag of activated, spirulina covered chia seeds. Have a look below for some tips on keeping your vegan grocery list to a minimum:

  • Shop at your local supermarket as prices will be a lot more affordable compared to a specialised healthfood store... especially for your organic groceries!
  • Check out any local fruit and veggie markets or stores that may sell cheaper fresh produce.
  • Buy in bulk!
  • One bag of beans, lentils etc... will yield a few meals! Cheap as!
  • Check out your discount grocery stores such as Aldi. They sell really cheap nuts and seeds!
  • Don't go crazy on the mock-meats and faux-cheeses... they are so expensive and aren't too healthy. But by all means, have them as a treat once in a while if you feel like it!
  • Try making your own veggie burgers and marinating your own tofu. This will save you loads of money!
  • Grow your own herbs! I cannot stress this enough. I hate buying those tiny bunches of herbs from the supermarket which only have about 5 usable leaves. Grow your own and go crazy with the herbs!
  • Check out our vegan grocery lists. There are so many things you wouldn't know are vegan... and cheap too!
  • I find that Indian and Mexican are the cheapest cuisines to make... and the yummiest!
  • You don't have to splurge on recipes that use a billion raw organic cashews and your weight in unrefined, pressed at sunset, jar of coconut oil if you cannot afford it.
  • There are so many websites for vegan recipes on a budget! 
  • Plan your recipes for the week out. This way you can cook on a budget.
  • Plan your recipes out and use recipes that call for similar ingredients.
  • Check out your grocery shop brochures to see which fruit and veggies are cheap this week... then stock up, make a big pot of soup and freeze it!

Just think, eating well is the best thing for your health and will save you on lots of medical costs later on in life! 

Feel free to share your tips below :)