Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Midweek Munchies

I'm bringing back Midweek Munchies! Not in any official capacity (as it once was on Jennifer's blog, but just to share with you some random things I have been eating that don't really fit anywhere else. These might include products I've tried, things I've bought or been sent, odds and ends I've eaten out or at friends, or things I have made at home that aren't from a cookbook. I've had so many of these photos building up, so time to share!

I made these Easy Jackfruit Pies from the Like A Vegan blog to use up a tin of Nature's Charm jackfruit that I'd gotten in a mystery box. The recipe makes 6 pies, using four tins of jackfruit. I only had one, so I made a third of the recipe to get two pies but also added some mushrooms to the filling. Really easy to make, using puff pastry.

Jackfruit Pies from Like A Vegan

Last year everyone was talking about this Wendigo sandwich. Bacon, peanut butter, dill pickle, and mayo. I veganised it with some Vegie Delights bacon (they finally reformulated the whole Vegie Delights range to be vegan, the bacon used to be vegetarian... turns out I am not really a fan of it) and Vegenaise. And I toasted it. It was fun and very tasty.

Wendigo Sandwich

After trying the Beyond Burger (too meaty for me!), I tried the Beast Burger. I know people love these, but I really didn't like it at all. It was so weird. The texture, the taste... something about it seemed kind of chalky and artificial. Glad there were only two patties in a box and there were two of us so I didn't have any left over, I wouldn't want to eat these again.

Beast Burger

I have a bunch of the FYH Vegan Egg, though I don't really like it as scramble. Tofu scramble for ever! But I did have fun making an omelette with it. Filled with spinach, Daiya cheddar, and mushrooms and served with some baked beans on the side. Plus ketchup.

FYH Omelet

Every year in August in Brisbane there is the 'Ekka', an agricultural show in the city. I haven't been for years. So many people, plus it is all about animal use. There are some cool fruit and vegetable displays, but I'll just look at photos thank you. It used to be a vegan wasteland for food, but several food stalls apparently have vegan options last year. One of the famous Ekka treats, that is never vegan there, is Strawberries and Cream - Strawberry ice cream in a cone with fresh strawberries and cream. You know I love strawberries. So last year I made a strawberries and cream milk shake. It has strawberry soy milk, So Delicious strawberry ice cream, strawberry jam, and frozen strawberries in it. Topped with some soy whipped cream and pink sprinkles.

Ekka Strawberries and Cream Shake

Ikea is fun for vegan food. While our Ikea doesn't have the vegan hotdogs or ice cream in their cafeteria yet, there are many good finds in the food hall. I tried the veggie balls a while ago, but not the biggest fan so I don't buy them regularly. These are a few things I picked up one visit. The oat smoothies were fun, not quite as creamy as I expected with the oat in them. But the real star is the Dill & Mustard sauce that is so good I could eat it off a spoon!

Ikea things

Have you been eating anything fun lately?

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post


Missing my sweet Gizmo face.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Eating Out: Flora by Greenhouse West End

Since my first visit to Flora by Greenhouse in West End, I have been back many many times! I love this place! These are just a few of the other visits I have made... yes, there have been more. I may have gone three times in one week. Oops. ;)

The Meatless Ball Sub is truly delicious, one of the yummiest things I have ever eaten! I can't wait to finish working my way through the menu so I can come back to this multiple times. Cashew brie, tomato relish, veggie balls, and cashew parmesan in a sub make for an amazing combination. And it is big and filling! Also sloppy, I had to knife and fork for this, but so delicious.

Meatless Ball Sub at Flora

One time I went there to order off the menu, but I got side tracked by their lasagne special. I have only seen this there once or twice. But I definitely recommend it if you see it. TVP mince, cashew brie, tomato sauce, rice paper bacon... it is a great meaty and cheese lasagne.

Lasagne at Flora West End

Flora also has salads! You can get a big salad plate, or you can get them as a side. This is the Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea salad, and the Broccoli, Kale, and Almond salad.

Roasted Pumpkin & Chickpea Salad, Broccoli and Kale Salad at Flora

Broccoli and Kale Salad at Flora West End

Let's talk drinks. While I am a huge fan of their iced turmeric and iced cacao, they also have some juices. I tried the Daily Greens, which was good (what were the daily greens? no idea), and the Beetroot, Apple, Lemon, Mint, Ginger, and Chia juice. This was my favourite, though I could have done without the weird floating chia.

Daily Greens Juice at Flora West End

Beetroot, Apple, Lemon, Ginger, Mint, & Chia Juice at Flora

I've been there so many more times, so watch this blog for more!

Flora by Greenhouse West End - 239 Boundary Street, West End

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post


Another one of the kittens, all grown up. This is Cedric!

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Vegan Spanish Feast

My brother visited recently. He lives in the UK, and this was his first visit home in two years. He also brought his partner, who we had never met. It was super exciting, and she is super lovely. She is also Spanish. So one night the two of them cooked up a vegan Spanish feast for the family. Even though I am the only vegan, which was super sweet. They also made everything super mild for my sensitive self. Double lovely!

A big bowl of guacamole went down a treat.


Followed by sweet little bowls of gazpacho. It is summer here, so chilled soup is a good thing! (This was the one thing that had a little bit of capsicum in it, so I was glad for the small serve).


Creamy Mushroom Croquettes were delicious.

Creamy Mushroom Croquettes

Plus a delicious platter of Patatas Bravas. These potatoes were cooked for ages, and they were so crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Plus the tomato sauce went so well.

Patatas Bravas

Plus a big bowl of Spinach and Chickpeas.

Chickpeas and Spinach

It was a fantastic spread!

Spanish Feast

It was a lovely dinner. Afterwards we stayed up watching The Emperor's New Groove, which is them best Disney movie. It was so great having them visit, and I look forward to them coming again!

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post


Remember all those tiny kittens I shared with you over the last several posts? Well, they are all grown up now! They have been desexed, and are ready for adoption! This little girl is now called Luna, and already has a home to go to.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Eating Out: Tamm Ha Tamm

I'd known about French crepe cafe Tamm Ha Tamm for a while, though it didn't pop up too frequently on the vegan web so I forgot about it. Not a vegan place, but I had heard it had some vegan options. But I had to go and pick up some medication I get compounded for Dim Sim from a pharmacy that happened to be right next to it, so it seemed like a good chance to try it out.

The menu they gave me varied a bit from the one online. For a start, the menu I saw had three vegan options for the savoury crepes. I picked out The Broceliande, which had garlic vegetal butter, sauteed mushrooms, fresh spinach, and balsamic fig glaze.

The Broceliande at Tamm Ha Tamm

A lot of the sweet crepe options can be made vegan, though instead of the regular crepes they use the same buckwheat crepe for the vegan ones that they use for the savoury crepes. So they are a bit sturdier than what you think of as crepes, but still good. I went for the classic, lemon and sugar, though they also have fruity options and a vegan chocolate sauce.

Lemon Sugar Sweet Crepe at Tamm Ha Tamm

They also make some baked vegan goods - they called them cupcakes, but they are really muffins. They use different flours in each of them, and the flavours come from essential oils. One was an orange muffin made with green lentil flour, which was a bit heavy and the essential oil had a definite flavour to it that made me think of aromatherapy. I'd prefer regular orange essence. And regular flour! The other was a Cinnamon muffin with buckwheat flour, which was my favourite.

Orange Lentil Flour and Cinnamon Buckwheat Flour Muffins at Tamm Ha Tamm

Tamm Ha Tamm - 1/830 Old Cleveland Road - Carina - (07) 3195 8670

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Mumma Cat

All those kittens had one great mumma. This is her! The two gingers were hers, and the took on the six greys as well. Her name is Pippi, and she is now up for adoption, as are the kittens. She is a very sweet little girl, so I hope someone will take her soon for her forever home. Mumma cats often get overlooked for their kittens, but older cats have a lot of love to give!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Recipe Round-Up: The Urban Vegan

Not going to lie, I didn't think about getting The Urban Vegan for ages because the cover features the author (Dynise Balcavage) standing in front of a giant pile of red capsicums. Regular readers will understand why this did not appeal to me at all - devil vegetable! Eventually I saw it on sale and picked it up, and it has some really lovely recipes in it. Without capsicums. And yet still, I have hardly made anything from it. In part I think this is due to the layout of the book - chapters such as The Melting Pot, House Party, Haute Cuisine, and Cafe Culture, mean that recipes are arranged very randomly throughout the book. I prefer a book where recipe organisation makes a bit more sense to my brain, so I know where to look when I am after something. Bit I really should make more from it. Here are some of the things I have made. This is the first time this book has appeared on my blog!

Lemon Poppy Seed Tempeh and Confetti Quinoa: The tempeh has a very strong lemon flavour, calling for the juice and zest of four lemons. I do wish cookbook authors would give a volume amount for this sort of thing, as sizes vary so much so I always feel like a bit of guess work. The other issue was the marinade, it has 2T cornstarch in it, and it goes super gluggy. I served is with the Confetti Quinoa, as suggested. This is a fun little grain dish with onions, celery, corn, and peas. And more lemon juice. I took the option to make it with stock rather than water, which gave a nice flavour. I also served this with some steamed broccoli.
Rating: Tempeh :|, Quinoa :)

Lemon Poppy Seed Tempeh; Confetti Quinoa; steamed broccoli

Sandwich Mousse: This had a delicious savoury taste. It is based on pink beans (I used borlotti) to give a nice colour, but has a lot of great additions like tahini, sumac, and nutritional yeast. Spread on bread with some baby spinach for a great sandwich.
Rating: :)

Sandwich Mousse

Grilled Cheese and Banana: It sounds weird, but it works great! Very simple, sliced banana and cheese in bread, and then toast in either a sandwich press or skillet. I made this quite a while ago, so used some Tofutti American Style cheese slices. Even today, I still enjoy these slices. I know they taste plastic and processed, but that is the charm. Anyway, good combination!
Rating: :)

Grilled Cheese and Bananas

Curry Cashew Casserole: Hello delicious! I very much loved this casserole, with broccoli and chickpeas and a creamy cashew based red curry sauce. The recipe calls for cashew butter and a small, Susan-friendly amount of red curry paste. Served four over rice, and definitely recommend.
Rating: :D

Curry Cashew Casserole

Pastitsio: I don't remember the first pastitsio recipe I made as a vegan, I'd certainly never had it before I went vegan, but I became a big fan almost immediately. Something about the tomato nutmeg meaty sauce, pasta tubes (this recipe calls for ziti, I used penne), and creamy white sauce is just so satisfying. This recipe was to make a large amount, I jiggled with it a bit by using half the pasta, but still making the full quantity of the meaty mixture and the bechamel. This gave me two layers in an 8 inch square casserole, which worked out perfectly. I used Linda McCartney mince for the filling, and used the bechamel recipe in the book. The sauce was roux based, and has a lot of nutritional yeast in it. It ended up more like a cheese sauce than what I would consider a traditional bechamel. The casserole can be topped with either breadcrumbs or nutritional yeast, I chose the latter. But I think a mix of panko and nutritional yeast would be the ideal crunch topping.
Rating: :)



Brussels Sprouts au Gratin: Not a gratin at all, more like slightly cheesy Brussels sprouts. They are steamed until just tender (don't over moosh them!), then tossed with Nuttelex, nutritional yeast, and seasoning. It is simple, quick, and tasty, whatever it is called.
Rating: :)

Brussels Sprouts au Gratin

Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Spinach: Simple, fresh, and nice flavours. Unlike the gratin, this is perfectly named. Chickpeas, a mix of fresh and tinned tomatoes, and fresh spinach are sauteed and served over rice. A very fast and easy way to get dinner ont he table.
Rating: :)

Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Spinach

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

All the Kitties

A giant pile of sleepy babies. They have grown a lot since this photo, they are much bigger now!

Sunday, 17 February 2019


No food today. Just cats.

Yesterday, the 16th of February, was Dim Sim's 19th birthday. She spent the days as she always does, snoozing in her chair cave while having food brought to her. And then we snuggled all night. I hope I have many more years to spend with her.

Dim Sim's 19th birthday

Today is the two year anniversary of Sahara's passing. How has it already been two years? I don't know. I miss her so much. She was such a bright, enthusiastic, energetic little bear, how is she not still here being her?

Sahara sitting pretty

And speaking of missing people so much, here is a photo of Gizmo as well. I miss her calm, sweet, love.

Gizmo and mousey

Hug your babies close.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Eating Out: Yavanna (mostly sweet edition)

In my last post, I covered some of the meals I'd had at Yavanna, but I also mentioned that they have a great selection of baked goods. It changes day by day, so you are never entirely sure what will be there. But they always have several delicious options, some of which are also gluten free, and some of which are savoury. While I've only eating in the restaurant a few times, for a while I was in a habit of popping in for a little treat. Especially at the end of a Saturday shift! I like to get myself a treat, go home, and watch Steven Universe. A good ritual, though it has been a while since I've been. Buckle in for a trip down things I've bought lane.

German Poppy Seed Pastries

German Pastries at Yavanna

Cheese and Vegemite Scroll

Cheese and Vegemite Scroll from Yavanna

Vanilla Slice

Vanilla Slice from Yavanna

Strawberry Curd Doughnuts

Strawberry Curd Doughnuts from Yavanna

Glazed Berry Cake

Glazed Berry Cake from Yavanna

Apple Crumble Cake with Roasted Tahini

Apple Crumble Cake with Roasted Tahini at Yavanna

Cardamon Sugar Doughnut and Chocolate ANZAC Sandwich Cookie

Butterfly Cardamom Sugar doughtnut and Chocolate Anzac cookie from Yavanna

Iced Vovo Cake and Jam Doughnut

Iced Vovo Cake and Jam Doughnut from Yavanna

Orange Creamsicle Slice and Cardamon Sugar Doughnuts

Orange Creamsicle Slice and Cinnamon Doughnut

Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes, Berry-Glazed Doughnut Holes, Peanut Butter Jam Drop Cookie

Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes, Berry Galzed Doughnut Holes, Peanut Butter Jam Drop from Yavanna

Loaded Gingerbread and Coconut Raspberry Slice

Loaded Banana Bread and Coconut Raspberry Slice from Yavanna

Yavanna - 9/2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim

Dim Sim's results came back confirming the UTI, so we've got four weeks of antibiotics ahead of us. She is much better now though, so that is good news!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Eating Out: Yavanna (savoury edition)

Yavanna opened earlier this year to a lot of buzz. All vegan, the focus is heavy on mock meaty and cheesy creations, with a pretty amazing selection of baked goods to boot as well as a full vegan bar. Despite it being only a five minute walk from my work, I've only been to eat there a handful of times. But the general acclaim on the vegan scene is good, and it gets super busy! The menu has changed a few times, and they also have fortnightly specials as well.

The first time I went was for lunch, and I was feeling like something a bit lighter. Lighter can be hard to find at Yavanna! I settled on the Brinner Omelet (with mushrooms, spinach, tomato, onion, and cheese... served with a side of tater tots and some guacamole), and some garlicky greens. There wasn't much mushroom or spinach in the omelet, and it could have been cheesier, but it was pretty tasty and a good texture. The garlicky greens were lovely, though a little bit on the oily side.

Brinner at Yavanna

Garlic Greens at Yavanna

This one time, I discovered on the Saturday morning of my weekend off that I had left my laptop charger cable at work. This was my old laptop, that wouldn't work without being plugged into the wall. So to make the trip in to work to get it seem more justified, I stopped in for breakfast at Yavanna. It was a cool day, so a turmeric latte was definitely on the cards. I am happy to report theirs is good!

Turmeric Latte at Yavanna

I ordered the Bacon Toasted Sandwich, with a side of tater tots. The side ended up being a whole bowl! This was a yummy and pretty filling and decadent breakfast! Yavanna will never leave you hungry.

Bacon Sandwich and Tater Tots at Yavanna

Another lunch visit, they had a fortnightly special that was a burrito filled with mac and cheese, chicken parm, and fries. Of course I had to go there! It was so good, they crisped the burrito wrap up perfectly! Alas, that red smear you see there was capsicum based, so I gave it a wide berth. If I'd thought ahead, I would have asked for BBQ sauce instead. This was a pretty fun special!

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In very important news, Yavanna does milkshakes. And while coconut ice cream is their default, they often have soy ice cream for people like me! I have enjoyed two soy strawberry milkshakes there. Always strawberry, as that is the best flavour. Once they didn;t have soy ice cream, so they made me a strawberry milk with a reduced cost.

Strawberry Milkshake at Yavanna

Not long ago, I popped in for lunch to try their special - the Halal Snack Pack. This was chips with gyros 'meat' slices, cheese sauce, sour cream, and sweet chilli sauce. But I had them sub the sweet chilli for BBQ sauce, which was excellent.

HSP at Yavanna

If you are wondering more about their delicious baked goods, stay tuned for the next post!

Yavanna - 9/2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim

I little break from kittens for my sweet baby girl. She was a bit off yesterday morning, had some vomiting and not eating. It was stressful being at work away from her, but when I got home it looked like she had a UTI. Waiting for culture results from the lab, but have started her on some antibiotics in the meantime and she seems better. I don't like it when she is not well, we had all good results only two weeks ago with her senior check!