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VEGAN BROCCOLI AND LEMON PASTA This recipe is the ultimate two-pot go to meal. Vegetarian broccoli and lemon pasta, can be made vegan. Ready in 30 minutes. This is a great mid-week meal. Best served with a crunchy salad and some fresh bread. We are teetering on the edge of summer, or so I keep … Continue reading VEGAN BROCCOLI AND LEMON PASTA

Vegetarian Mushroom Quiche

Vegetarian Mushroom Quiche This vegetarian mushroom quiche is a great one-dish recipe, vegetarian, gluten free and is ready in 45 minutes. It is perfect as a main dish for dinner, or as a side dish for any occasion. It is still not summer. Sigh. I feel like this post-winter weather is just never ending. We … Continue reading Vegetarian Mushroom Quiche

Vegan Overnight Oats

Vegan Overnight Oats An easy no-cook oats recipe. Perfect for mornings where you are in a hurry. 1 cup uncooked oats100 ml soy milk1 banana1 tsp vanilla extract Use a glass jar for this recipe.Add the oats into the jar.Pour the milk over the oats, add in the vanilla extract. Add room temperature water to … Continue reading Vegan Overnight Oats

Five Steps to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen

Five Steps to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen Food waste is something personal to me, I grew up poor and we were always told not to waste food, save plastic baggies and reuse them, wash glass bottles and reuse them for food storage and so on. Some things seem pretty obvious to do in terms … Continue reading Five Steps to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen

Creamy Potato Puree

Creamy Potato Puree It´s winter here in South Africa, cold fronts every week and gloomy weather to boot. This is the ideal time to take extra care of your body and your mind. Sometimes I run out of ideas for dinner, and like everyone else, I am often not in the mood to stand in … Continue reading Creamy Potato Puree

Papaya Protein Smoothie

post-workout Papaya Protein Smoothie During hard lockdown last year, I decided to finally start strength training. I have dumbbells that have been gathering dust in my cupboard, and I figured that hard lockdown was the best time to take up exercising and keep myself from going crazy. As a result, I had to up my … Continue reading Papaya Protein Smoothie

Vegan Banana Oats

Banana Oats Vegan Banana Breakfast Oats Saucepan 80 grams rolled oats1 teaspoon salt1 whole banana100 ml soy milk500 ml water Bring water to the boil in a small saucepanAdd in the rolled oatsAdd in the saltCook until all the water is absorbedAdd in soy milkSpoon oats into a bowlThinly slice the bananaTop the oats with … Continue reading Vegan Banana Oats

Soya Protein Shake

Soya Protein Shake During hard lockdown last year, I decided to finally start strength training. I have dumbbells that have been gathering dust in my cupboard, and I figured that hard lockdown was the best time to take up exercising and keep myself from going crazy. As a result, I had to up my protein … Continue reading Soya Protein Shake

Lemon-Garlic Spaghetti

Lemon-Garlic Spaghetti Ingredients: 1 handful of spaghetti 3 cloves of garlic 10ml lemon juice Salt Chilli oil or chilli flakes Method: Cook the pasta to your preference In a separate pan, heat up some oil and lightly fry the chopped garlic Make sure not to burn the garlic Once the spaghetti is cooked, add in … Continue reading Lemon-Garlic Spaghetti

Vegetarian Potato Curry

vegetarian potato curry Ingredients: 20g baby potatoes 1 tin of peeled tomatoes 2 tablespoons of full fat Greek yoghurt 3 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon chilli powder Method: Cook the potatoes until they are fork tender In a separate pan, … Continue reading Vegetarian Potato Curry

Vermicelli Stir-Fry

vegan vermicelli stir-fry As per usual, here is another recipe for cold lazy nights where you don´t want to spend the entire evening in front of the stove. This is not technically a one-pot recipe, as you need to cook the noodles separately, but in the end it all goes in one pan, so that … Continue reading Vermicelli Stir-Fry

Garlic Rolls

home made garlic rolls These garlic rolls are the perfect snack or side dish. They are easy to make. This recipe is for individual rolls, as opposed to one long roll. Ingredients: Hotdog rolls Margarine Salt and pepper Garlic Fresh parsley Paprika Aluminium foil Method: Slice all the rolls you are going to use in … Continue reading Garlic Rolls

Karma In Hinduism — Be Inspired..!!

Karma among the Hindu people is regarded as a concept that explains causality through a system where good is earned from good thoughts and actions and harmful effects encountered from bad thoughts and actions, creating a system of actions and reactions throughout the souls, commonly refers to as Atman, reincarnated lives forming a cycle of […]Karma … Continue reading Karma In Hinduism — Be Inspired..!!

Vegan Noodle Soup

vegan noodle soup Ingredients: Carrots Beans Potatoes Onions Broccoli 500ml vegetable stock 1 cup of pasta Method: Photo by Ella Olsson on Prepare all your ingredients, I usually just chop mine into little cubes. Start off by frying your onion in a little margarine. When the onion is translucent, add in the other vegetables … Continue reading Vegan Noodle Soup

Vetkoek – Traditional South African Fried Dough

vetkoek (south African fried dough) Vetkoek, Magwenya, Fatcake, Amagwinya. Make it. eat it. love it. Vetkoek; every South African knows it, every South African (hopefully) loves it. It´s a staple here. I am sure many many countries have their own version of fried dough, and a way of eating it that makes it delicious. Although … Continue reading Vetkoek – Traditional South African Fried Dough

Roasted Chickpeas

oven roasted chickpeas Ingredients: 1 tin of chickpeas salt pepper chilli powder paprika olive oil Method: Preheat your oven to 180°C or 9 on a gas oven Drain the aquafaba (chickpea water) from the tin In an oven tray, pour in the chickpeas, drizzle with olive oil and spices Give the tray a good shake … Continue reading Roasted Chickpeas

Basil Penne

basil penne This is one of those delicious dishes that only have a few ingredients, and yet, it always comes out very flavourful. I think we can thank the Italians for teaching us how to balance flavours and using less ingredients to make a powerful dish. basil penne Ingredients: 1 cup of uncooked penne pasta … Continue reading Basil Penne

Vegan Spinach and Potato Curry

vegan spinach and potato curry The beauty of curry. You really can make it your own, it probably won´t be considered authentic or original any more, ad you don´t have to call it as such, the important thing is that you love making it and love eating it. This recipe is perfect for one person, … Continue reading Vegan Spinach and Potato Curry

Vegan Cocoa Oats

Vegan cocoa oats Ingredients: 1 cup of Faithful to Nature´s uncooked oats 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder salt 1 banana Method: Cook the oats in boiling water, add just enough water to cover the oats. Add in more water bit by bit. This will make it cook faster Add salt to your taste When the … Continue reading Vegan Cocoa Oats

Easy Vegetarian Garlicky Noodles

Easy Vegetarian Garlicky Noodles I get lazy just like everyone else does, and on those days I tend to make my favourite go-to dish; two minute noodles. It is amazing what you can do with these noodles if you leave out the flavour packet and add other things into it. Even just adding garlic to … Continue reading Easy Vegetarian Garlicky Noodles

Vegan Vegetable Soup

creamy Vegan Vegetable Soup I am so glad that I found this recipe, this is a fantastic example of making a soup creamy without adding actual cream to it. I first learned this technique when I made broccoli soup, but it can be applied to any vegetable soup that you make at home. Use what … Continue reading Vegan Vegetable Soup

Lemon Carrots

Lemon Carrots Photo by mali maeder on I had hospitality as a subject in high school, and a few nights every term, we would have restaurant night. Everyone was divided into two groups, waiters and chefs. We would all take turns until everyone had done each department twice. I loved being in the kitchen … Continue reading Lemon Carrots

Balsamic Glazed Green Beans

Balsamic Glazed Green Beans I am a big vegetable lover, I usually make some every night. I often roast them in the oven with some olive oil and eat them with my proteins. Sometimes, however, I get a bit bored and I decide to jazz it up a bit. This is my favourite way to … Continue reading Balsamic Glazed Green Beans

South African Potato Salad

Potato salad I think potato salad is such a great dish,it is much-loved around the world, not just here in South Africa. Every country has its own variation too, which is great, because you can always learn something new by trying another region´s version, and who know, you might end up liking that one even … Continue reading South African Potato Salad

Lentil “Meatballs“

FLAVOURFUL LENTIL MEATBALLS Photo by Gary Barnes on There are a lot of vegan or vegetarian alternatives out there, some of them good, some of them horrible. This was the first time I have ever made ``meat`` balls with lentils, and I have to say, they came out pretty good, I served them on … Continue reading Lentil “Meatballs“

Mushroom Broth with Noodles

spicy mushroom broth with noodles I can´t seem to get enough of cooking with mushrooms, they just have that something special, I suppose that´s why they are referred to as having an umami taste. They really can add some much flavour and depth to a dish. This recipe is my poor man´s version of a … Continue reading Mushroom Broth with Noodles

Black Bean Veggie Burger

Black bean veggie burger Photo by Katerina Holmes on Happy winter guys! Today I want to share another vegetarian recipe with you; a mouth-wateringly juice burger. This is a really simple recipe there are a lot of variations, this one is my favourite. Ingredients: Hamburger rollsMayonnaiseTomatoesCucumberLettuceCheeseA tin of black beansPotato starch (or flour)An onionAn … Continue reading Black Bean Veggie Burger

Mediterranean Salad

four ingredient Mediterranean salad Photo by Lisa on This salad has become on of my favourite side dishes. I will be honest, I am sick of tired of watery, flavourless lettuce. I have decided to leave it out of my salads completely. This has made them some much more flavourful (although the feta might … Continue reading Mediterranean Salad

French Bread

not-so-French French bread So here in South Africa, you can definitely buy traditional baguettes, but most of us go to the bakery and buy what we call French Loaves. It´s a long loaf of bread, usually 30cm or 50cm long and it is very cheap, about R16( $1) a loaf. During hard lockdown, I got … Continue reading French Bread

Vegan Spinach Spaghetti

spinach PASTA Spinach Spaghetti Ingredients: Spaghetti (how ever much you make for yourself) 4 large fresh spinach leaves 1 stock cube 2 cloves garlic Salt and pepper btr Method: Bring water to boil and add in the stock cube and stir until it is dissolved Add in the pasta and cook until al dente While … Continue reading Vegan Spinach Spaghetti

Chickpea Stir-Fry

Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Chickpea stir-fry Pro tip: Let the stir fry vegetables defrost before you cook them, this will allow them to cook without becoming soggy. Ingredients: 1 tin of chickpeas 250g of frozen stir fry mix 1 cup of rice 1 stock cube Salt, pepper and chilli powder Method: Cook the … Continue reading Chickpea Stir-Fry

Spicy Vegan Mushroom Soup

VEGAN MUSHROOM SOUP Ingredients: 250g white button mushrooms 1 stock cube 1 white onion 2 spring onions 3 cloves of garlic Mushroom Soup powder salt, pepper, chilli powder Method: Prep all your ingredients Dice your onion. Fry in in a spoon of margarine until translucent. This takes about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir, … Continue reading Spicy Vegan Mushroom Soup

Crispy Vegan Potato Skins

vegan potato skins I am a big fan of anything to do with potatoes, fries, mash, baked, jacket, you name it, I’ll eat it. I am also someone who does not like to waste food or food scraps. I don´t really remember who taught me how to fry potato skins, instead of throwing them away, … Continue reading Crispy Vegan Potato Skins

Aglio e Olio

Aglio e Olio Ready in 30 minutes I Vegan Bless the Italians, thy know how to make simple food perfect. What is better than making a meal that takes less than thirty minutes, and is flavourful and well balanced? Pro tip: cook the pasta in water that you added a stock cube into, this deepens … Continue reading Aglio e Olio

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup Ingredients: 6 tomatoes3 cloves of garlicHandful of fresh basil leavesVegetable stock1 white onionTomato pastePaprikaSalt and pepperThymeMilk, cream or yoghurt Method: Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius Slice tomatoes into 3 thick slices, Slice onions into rings, bruise the garlic with the flat end of your knife, chop them into big … Continue reading Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

Salad Niçoise

Are you feeling like something filling that doesn’t take forever to make and that won’t leave you with a pile of dishes? This salad is definitely for you. I have a confession, the only reason I know of this salad is because of the movie White Chicks, not because I went to hospitality school (which … Continue reading Salad Niçoise

Paul Hollywood´s Baguettes

Baking is definitely not my strong suit, I fool around in the kitchen and I don`t follow the recipe, and then I get mad because my baking is a flop. It`s a vicious, stupid cycle.During lockdown I binge watched a lot of Great British Bake Off, in one episode, the poor contestants had to bake … Continue reading Paul Hollywood´s Baguettes

Crispy Potato Wedges

Ingredients: Four large potatoes Salt Black pepper Paprika Olive oil Method: Boil the potatoes whole with the skin on in a pot of water Once the potatoes are soft, remove from heat and drain the water Cut the potatoes into thin wedges Put into an oven tray drizzle some olive oil over the potatoes Sprinkle … Continue reading Crispy Potato Wedges


The other day, I was making a home made spicy tomato relish for my sister´s birthday (don´t even ask how I got roped into doing that) and I had a tin of leftover tomatoes. Rather than putting it in the fridge and forgetting about it until it grew a beard, I made some Shakshuka with … Continue reading Shakshuka

Fresh Home made Paneer

Who doesn’t love cheese? Who doesn’t love fresh home made cheese? I thank my lucky foody stars everyday that I have been able to eat and make paneer. What a delicious thing of beauty it is. Thank you to the beautiful people of the Indian subcontinent for gracing us with this little piece of creamy … Continue reading Fresh Home made Paneer

Belly Warming Winter Broth

Ingredients: Any veggies you have in the fridge; BroccoliCarrotsGreen beansBaby marrowsPak choiPeasOnionsStock cube or liquid stockSaltTurmericChilli flakes and chilli paste Method: Bring 1l of stock to the boil Slice and dice all your veggies Add all the veggies into the pot when the stock is boiling Cook in a high heat for 15 minutes Lower … Continue reading Belly Warming Winter Broth

My 30-day sober challenge : An unexpected journey

A few weeks ago I decided to do the 30-day no alcohol challenge. I don't really know what made me do it. I didn't hit rock bottom, I didn't end up in the hospital, I wasn't in a bad accident or anything like that. I woke up one morning after having drunk 3 tumblers of … Continue reading My 30-day sober challenge : An unexpected journey

Female Fitness : Vegan Edition We´re back again with Lara, our favourite bodybuilder and lady crush. Lara started her journey as a Vegan in May last year, and we´re having a follow-up interview with her to see how she is fairing. Before we get started, I would like to mention two things, one, this interview was not done live, … Continue reading Female Fitness : Vegan Edition

Vegan Split Pea Soup

Ready in 45 Minutes! Vegan Split Pea Soup 1 cup of split peas1 cup of frozen peas1 cup of soup mix500ml vegetable stock1 onion1 potato1 stalk of celery2 leeks2 carrotsGarlic, salt, pepper, thyme, paprika Method: Soak the split peas and soup mix in boiling water for 30 minutes prior to starting your soup. Dice your … Continue reading Vegan Split Pea Soup

Living with Depression : Always be kind to yourself

Today I woke up feeling like shit so I thought let me write about it now, so that when you feel like shit and you read this, it may help you through a dark day. I have depression and anxiety, I was diagnosed a while ago, five years ago I think, I don´t really remember.  … Continue reading Living with Depression : Always be kind to yourself

Vegan Broccoli Soup

Vegan Broccoli Soup It´s still winter, which mean soup all day erryday. Today I would like to share a vegan recipe with you. Now, first things first, I am not a vegan. I am a pescetarian. However, something very useful that I have learned since I became a pescetarian, if the meat is the hero … Continue reading Vegan Broccoli Soup

Vegetarian White Bean Chilli

Vegetarian White Bean Chilli When I think of Chilli, I think American cuisine, BBQ, Corn Bread and summer vibes. It doesn't really evoke any memories of South Africa. I also don´t have any emotional connection to the dish. The reason I tried to make it was of course because of Pinterest! Without Pinterest I would … Continue reading Vegetarian White Bean Chilli

Linguine con le Cozze – Linguine with Mussels

Linguine con le Cozze - Linguine with Mussels For us less fancy folks, this is simply linguine with mussels. As you can see by my recent posts, I am going through a pasta phase, (check out my delicious Aglio e Olio recipe) it is spring here, finally, and I think I am just getting some … Continue reading Linguine con le Cozze – Linguine with Mussels

How to: Cook Pasta the right way

How to: Cook Pasta the right way Ah pasta, we all know it and love it. But do we all know how to cook it properly? Pasta has been around for such a long time, every country has their own way of cooking it. I am sure an Italian Nona is yelling somewhere at people … Continue reading How to: Cook Pasta the right way

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup It is still winter here is South Africa, sigh. I feel like every recipe I write starts off by telling all of you that it is cold and miserable here. I suppose it makes for some good experiments and new, hearty recipes. Today is broccoli and cauliflower soup day. Again, … Continue reading Vegetarian Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

One Pot Fish Head Soup

one pot Fish Head Soup If you read this heading, and your first reaction was eugh, you are not alone. I never thought this dish would be something that I would like (how ignorant of me) and it has proved me wrong. Fish head soup is so easy to make, it is also an example … Continue reading One Pot Fish Head Soup

How to: Preserve Chillies in Oil

How to: Preserve Chillies in Oil Raise your hands if you love anything spicy! I remember the first time I ever had chilli oil with a dish, I was 14 years old and I was eating pizza at a proper restaurant as opposed to eating greasy takeaways. The waiter brought some parmesan, garlic and chilli … Continue reading How to: Preserve Chillies in Oil

How To: Marinate Chicken

How To: Marinate Chicken Welcome to another how to post! Today I will be showing you how to marinate chicken for maximum flavour. Now, I have mentioned on this blog, more than a few times, that I am a pescetariant, however, I grew up eating meat and my entire family still does. That will definitely … Continue reading How To: Marinate Chicken