Most of these delicious side-kicks are so yummy they can be eaten as filling meals in their own right with a nice chunk of fresh bread, but they also complement their protein partners perfectly. Sitting demurely next to them on the plate.

Salads are also in this category, I hope you enjoy them!

How to make vegan soy salad cream / mayonnaise

Posted on September 17, 2012

Did you ever think it was possible to make salad cream using soy milk and still get a consistency that’s thick like mayonnaise? Me neither, but it is very possible.

And very easy.

Yes, there is a lot of oil in it, but this recipe makes about 2 cups, which is far too much for the one salad. Keep the leftovers in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the fridge and use in all sorts of things like sandwiches, for dipping chips, on roasted vegetables or even on top of tacos in place of sour cream.

It’s really that versatile! Did I mention it works fabulously as a caesar salad dressing too – I told you it was versatile! (more…)

Clean out the fridge couscous salad

Posted on July 9, 2012

I do not like throwing things away. Even tiny bits of marinated oil at the bottom of the fetta jar. If you read this blog a lot then you’ll know I’m always banging on about not wasting stuff.

Being frugal is cool, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, OK? Not wasting food is good for the environment, your tummy and your hip pocket (yep, it saves money!).

So many good reasons to dig around the back of your fridge and make something amazing out of odds and ends. You can do it, just keep chanting ‘I think I can, I think I can’, just like The Little Engine That Could. A book that I absolutely loved as a kid. I guess I’ve always had an annoyingly super positive attitude to life.  (more…)

Maggie Beer’s baked red onions {vegetarian}

Posted on May 3, 2012

Onions. My kitchen would be incomplete without them, forming the basis of almost every dish I cook. However, I rarely make them the star of the show.

Enter Maggie Beer. Needing no introduction, she is an awesome gardener and celebrity home cook, and this month in Gardening Australia magazine she tells us all about how to grow and cook with onions. (more…)

Falefal spiced, warm chickpea salad {Meatless Mondays}

Posted on April 2, 2012

Product of the month: Sami’s Kitchen Falefal Spice Blend

Each month I feature a product that I have found or have been sent and absolutely love. I create a recipe with the product and feature it on the home page for the entire month. The blog posts that appear about the featured product are sponsored by the brand. If you would like your brand to be considered for Product of the Month then please get in touch via my Advertising/PR page.

This month I am very pleased to share with you this delicious Falefal spice blend by Sami’s Kitchen. (more…)

Red coconut sweet potato bake {dairy-free!}

Posted on March 8, 2012

Rain, rain go away! Sydney is completely flooded (along with many other parts of the country). The rain just keeps bucketing down and all I want to do is get back into my PJs and crawl into bed. All day.

Poppy has even cut me some slack and gone back down for a highly unusual morning nap. At 8am. Bliss.

Times like these call for comfort food. For me, that’s something creamy, spicy and hot. Baking it in the oven warms up the whole house, and then my happy tummy. (more…)

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