CARVED & STUFFED BAKED BELL PEPPERS (a healthy Halloween treat!)

As has been our family tradition for the past few years, this Halloween saw carved and stuffed bell peppers on the menu. Wanting to update them somewhat, I came up with this recipe, loosely based on the first one that we ever used. The kids have been dressing up for days. We’ve seen variations of […]

DIY CHOCOLATE BUNNY BUTTON DECORATIONS, IQS-STYLE

Hi all! Just a quick post to share a quick idea as Easter 2014 commences! As you may be aware, I am in the midst of a sugar detox using Sarah Wilson‘s book I Quit Sugar For Life as inspiration. On a mission to “Easter-fy” one of the IQS dessert recipes (the gorgeous Choc Mint Slice), I […]

VEGAN CHOCOLATE SNICKERDOODLES (yummy spice-laced, sugar-coated, crackly-topped cookies)

They’re deliciously chocolatey, easy-to-make, have a lovely crackle-topped texture plus a warming hint of spice… and they’re vegan! How many boxes can a cookie tick? VEGAN CHOCOLATE SNICKERDOODLES Makes approx. 24 cookies TOPPING INGREDIENTS 45 g organic caster sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon COOKIE INGREDIENTS 120 ml organic rapeseed/canola oil 220 g organic caster sugar […]

APPLE PARSNIP CAKE WITH MAPLE SYRUP & PECANS + WHIPPED CREAM CHEESE FROSTING (AKA Hello, my new favourite cake!)

My dear husband’s birthday was this week- and birthdays always mean cake in our house- so, yet again, I was given the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe. Allowing seasonal, organic produce to dictate the direction this cake would take, I searched and came across a fabulous looking recipe that I couldn’t look passed. […]

DELICIOUS GREEN LENTIL & VEGGIE SOUP (AKA hello again… & hello autumn!)

C’est moi! Yes, your prodigal sweet-toothed blogging friend has finally returned after what has proved to be a wonderful yet insanely busy summer. My thanks to all those who have read/written/stayed tuned… and my humble apologies for the extended and unforseen period of absence. This year has flown by! Autumn is here, and its pretty […]

EASY DIY VIRGIN MOJITO MIX (for perfectly portable mocktails)

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, I cannot claim that a homemade virgin mojito mix is a “necessity” per se, but wanting to keep things as simple as possible, I came up with this fuss-free recipe in advance of our midsummer supper (which took place on our boat in the archipelago). The aim […]

VEGAN BANANA WALNUT BREAD (so easy, so delicious)

What do you do on a sunny Sunday morning when you discover that the bananas you bought last week are fast approaching the overripe stage? Bake banana bread, that’s what! In keeping with my recent attempts to “healthify” my diet and lifestyle, this version of banana bread contains no added oils/butter/fats, no eggs and no […]

TWO PERFECT, VEGETARIAN MINI QUICHE RECIPES YOU’LL ADORE! (Forget the caterers! DIY, people!)

Mini Quiches are quick, easy and delicious. They are perfect for entertaining for many reasons, including their size, versatility and the fact that they can be made in advance yet still served warm and toasty from the oven on the day of your event! I was thrilled to experiment with both of these recipes in […]

PUMPKIN SOUP

As anyone who has been reading my most recent blog posts knows, I don’t know an awful lot about Thanksgiving (having never celebrated it before), however when I think about this holiday I think about pumpkins! That, and my strange, unfounded fear of making pumpkin pie, is the reason that I searched out this recipe. […]

CHEWY M&M’s COOKIES WITH MINI MARSHMALLOWS

I blame my friend and her gorgeous newborn baby girl for these! I was invited over for morning tea to meet the baby and I just had to bring something. Due to certain food allergies my friend has, I opted to feature chocolate in these cookies instead of raisins and almonds. The results were unsurprisingly delicious… […]