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March 16, 2018

Vegan hot cross buns

Making homemade hot cross buns is one of my favourite Easter traditions. Lately I have been trying a vegan version of this old classic.

Hot cross buns take a while to make but there are lots of rewards. The process helps you to slow down and enjoy the holiday moment and later on you get to enjoy the delicious aroma of baking buns. And then there’s the eating!

Makes about 24 buns

For t...

November 27, 2017

Many of us enjoy gardening - or at least enjoy sitting in the garden. But as I have discovered, you have to bring an attitude of slow to gardening or it can just add to your stress! 

The first step is to relax and learn to enjoy the process - including things like weeding. It's about being in the moment and savouring the sensations rather than seeing gardening as another chore or simply as 'outdoor ho...

August 31, 2017

In search of tasty everyday meals for families of vegans and others.

Ours is a busy house with lots of coming and going. But most days we try to come together to share the evening meal together.

Eating and talking around the table feels like an important part of our family culture. It's how we reconnect with each other and it helps us to process the events of the day.

It's one way we can try to k...

August 1, 2017

A fabulously tasty loaf that keeps well in the fridge.

Makes two loaves using rectangular loaf tins. Eat one loaf hot and sliced cold it makes a protein rich filling for sandwiches.  


For the loaf:

Olive oil for cooking

2 tbsp ground flaxseed

3 tbsp aquafaba (chickpea liquid)

4 medium onions, finely chopped.

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp fairtrade molasses

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp coconut butte...

April 3, 2017

This moist and tasty cake is ideal for for the autumn season ... or any other time you have spare pumpkins or butternuts at hand.

 You can make this as one cake using a ring tin or into two loaves using two regular loaf tins. Loaf tin sizes can vary but they are generally around 12 x 20 cm.


4 tsp ground flaxseed (otherwise known as linseed)

2 tbsp cold water

175g raisins or sultanas

zest and jui...

February 16, 2017

Fig trees ficus carica have an ancient and exotic history and were first bought to New Zealand by early european settlers.

They not cheap to buy – but if you are lucky enough to have access to a decent sized tree they can be very abundant when in season.

Figs are best picked when soft and fully ripe. It follows that they don't keep for long. Depending on the variety and climate, figs might be rea...

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