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Gnocchi with Oyster Mushrooms

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I got an oyster mushroom growing kit as a gift (thanks mom!) and it was quite exciting to wake up each morning to see how much it had grown. It even attracted a little spider-friend to live in the village of gill-caps, so cute! Four days later, they were ready to be harvested. So I took some gnocchi I had …

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Vegan Greek Salad

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A Greek salad is just not the same without the feta. You could make your own from scratch (there are recipes based on tofu, or almonds) but that’s a mission. And why bother when you can buy it ready made? I used the dairy-free feta cheese from Woolworths (specifically, the “Dairy Free Greek White Cheese”), which is beautifully creamy with …

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Whole-Roasted Cauliflower

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This is my favourite way to have cauliflower: so full of flavour yet still light and fresh enough to include on an indulgent festive menu. This is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s recipe – I love the smashed garlic and paprika paste, with some cumin and turmeric thrown in for extra flavour and colour. If you make this recipe and decide …

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Vegan Malva Pudding

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You know that feeling you get when you tuck into a familiar childhood favourite? Mmmm that is what malva pudding gives me, every time! This classic South African dessert is traditionally made with eggs, milk and cream – but it’s super easily veganised. I first shared a vegan malva pudding recipe in my early days with Vegilicious (the student organisation …

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German Potato Soup

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I’ve been looking forward to this for a couple of months, and now that the cold has set in here in Germany, it’s perfect timing. This soup is Marco’s – he made it the way he remembers his grandmother’s soup, but without peeling the potatoes (because who has time for that, and there’s so much fibre, vitamins and other good …

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Lemon Poppyseed Cookies

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Who doesn’t love the classic combo of lemony tang with poppyseed crunch? This recipe is adapted from the Martha Stewart website – veganised with aquafaba in place of egg and coconut oil instead of butter. The quantities are adjusted to make for a cookie that spreads less and has a more solid texture. Enjoy! If you make this recipe and …

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Crispy Potato Skins

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I don’t peel potatoes unless a) someone else is in charge of the cooking, or b) I feel like making crispy potato skins. These are one heck of a greasy indulgence, a very occasional treat. Serve them up with a sprinkling of good quality salt, a side of vegan sausages (yum!) and Dijon mustard. Enjoy! Not too often though 😉 …

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Chocolate Protein Power Smoothie

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This one is for the runners, the gym bunnies, the climbing nuts. A delicious, milkshakey chocolate smoothie with a whopping 29 grams of protein to power your workout: Soy milk: 7.1 g protein Frozen banana: 1.3 g protein Cocoa powder: 1.5 g protein Peanut butter: 3.6 g protein Oats: 3.2 g protein Dates: 0.9 g protein Chia seeds: 1.7 g …

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Berry Breakfast Smoothie

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My best days are the ones that start with a smoothie. Really, I function so much better with this boost of nutrients! (In winter, I chase it with hot tea so my body temperature doesn’t take a dip.) What’s in it? Frozen banana for a creamy base (don’t skip freezing the banana – frozen banana chunks are a mainstay in …

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Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

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After I made vegan dog cookies with peanut butter and oats and ended up scraping the bowl clean because they were so good, I thought I should make a version of the cookie for humans, just with a little extra sugar and oil because it’s a treat! These cookies are simple and delicious, with easy-to-find ingredients. If you make this recipe and decide …

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Vegan Dog Treats with Peanut Butter & Oats

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We’ve got a dog and it’s time to get the vegan dog treats out! There’s something really special about sharing your home with a furry companion, and learning each other’s quirks. At the moment, Kira is still on a meat-based diet, having come from a different home. But as I mentioned in my post about vegan dogs, we’re going to …

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Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara

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If you love a good Italian pasta, try this vegan carbonara. It’s not my recipe: it’s all Marco’s doing – he almost outcompetes my Italian friends in his love of pasta, and he knows how to cook! Traditionally, a carbonara is made by tossing spaghetti al dente in a mixture of raw eggs, grated pecorino (a hard, salty cheese), black …

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Chocolate Sourdough Pancakes

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Over the last few months I’ve been trying my hand at making my own sourdough – first in Cape Town with great success, and more recently in Berlin with mixed success (I used rye, which totally changes the bread obviously, something I need to get used to). Anyway: the one thing about homemade sourdough is the darn sourdough discard that …

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Vegan German Cheesecake (Käsekuchen)

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One of the most elusive culinary achievements in my vegan kitchen has been a baked cheesecake. I’d only ever tried a frozen cheesecake, which is super easy to make (using cashews) but very pricey and a different thing entirely. Having spent some time in Germany however, I figured I’d try my hand at veganising a local speciality: Käsekuchen. It has …

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Classic Hummus

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I’m not one to make hummus exactly the same way twice, ever, but I figured I should write down a good hummus recipe to share! It’s such a ubiquitous vegan classic, easy and cheap enough to make at home that you’ll be kicking yourself for ever spending money (and wasteful packaging) on store-bought stuff. If you make this recipe and …

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Sunflower Mac

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Mac ‘n cheese was a big favourite of mine as a kid, when I lived in Canada: the Kraft kind, from a box. Of course my parents never bought that stuff, I’d get it as a treat once in a while when I visited my best friend next door. And a few months after I moved back to South Africa, …

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Homemade Sesame Milk

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I ran out of soy milk, and I’m a bit tired of homemade oat milk at the moment. I happened to have a big jar of sesame seeds in the cupboard (no idea why). I know that we can make “milk” from pretty much any seeds, nuts and grains… So.⁣⁣I soaked 1/2 cup sesame seeds overnight, drained the water, added …

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Berliner Pfannkuchen

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When in Berlin, have a Berliner? Or make a vegan one? Yep, I’ll take the bait. I’ve just moved to Berlin for who-knows-how-long, and I thought I’d celebrate the occasion by trying my hand at veganising the city’s traditional pastry. It’s very similar to a doughnut: a light, sweet dough that’s fried until it puffs up, then filled with jam …

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French Toast

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I grew up enjoying pain perdu (French for ‘lost bread) as a weekend treat: crusty day-old bread, soaked in a milk-and-egg mixture, fried, and served up with syrup and fruit. You might also know it as eggy bread (the British take), but it’s a classic dish known and enjoyed in different parts of Europe for ages: the earliest-known recipe dates …

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Soba Noodles with Edamame & Shiitake Mushrooms

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This is a new favourite of mine! Perfect for a weeknight dinner (because it’s quick & easy) or a dinner party (because it’s beautiful & tasty). Maybe a little tricky to find the ingredients, depending where you are, but check your local Asian grocer and other specialty shops. It’s worth it! Soba noodles, made from buckwheat, are naturally gluten-free (if …