Vegan potato salad with coconut bacon

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So this an awesome dish that my mum and I made during Christmas last year, and it seriously tasted SO GOOD.

For the dressing, we blended:
1/2 cup soaked cashews
A dash of lemon juice
A teaspoon of seeded mustard
A teaspoon of dried chives

When it reached a creamy consistency, we mixed it in with a bowl of boiled and cut potatoes.

For the coconut bacon, I tweaked The Simple Veganista’s recipe a bit (simply because I didn’t have Liquid Smoke on me, and I wasn’t too keen on the maple syrup:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
3 1/2 cups coconut flakes
mineral salt for sprinkling, optional
coconut oil, for greasing

So I preheated the oven to 160 degrees (Celsius), and while that was warming up I mixed the soy sauce, paprika and coconut flakes, then I spread it all on some baking paper and placed in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on it cause they burn quickly! They should come out brown and crispy.

We then sprinkled the coconut bacon on our potato mixture, along with some more dried chives. Mum decided to add some de-seeded green chillies as well for a little extra zing :)

Chocolate dipped and sprinkle covered marshmallow pop

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How awesome is this lollipop! All my favourite things (chocolate, sprinkles, marshmallows) all in one. And the bonus is that it’s vegan too.

I received this beautiful masterpiece in one of my subscription Vegan Boxes a while back, and is from Decadent Handmade Chocolatesa gourmet chocolate company created by Rebecca Bennett in the far north coast of NSW, Australia.

What I love about Rebecca’s business is that it encompasses everything I look for when it comes to food – it’s dairy-free, vegan, organic and delicious.

They also several chocolate options to choose from if you are allergic to nuts, wheat, soy or gluten – if in doubt just ask them which confections might be suitable for you or check each product ingredients listing to confirm.

Some of the chocolate flavours they make to order are Rocky road, hazelnut pralinecoconut ruff, raspberry ganache, cointreau & orange, mint creams, a salted caramel ganache - my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

 

 

Chia pancakes with coconut whipped cream

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I know I’ve been really bad with posting on the blog, and I’m so sorry about that guys! :(

I’m currently working through a backlog of food posts that I put on Instagram and am making sure I’m posting them on here as well now (for some reason my Instagram is the most updated of all my accounts including the blog, probably because I’m always on it haha).

So this post features my first attempt at chia panacakes. They weren’t very perfectly shaped but boy were they delicious!

Chia seeds are healthy

The many benefits of chia seeds:

  • High in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Promotes a healthy digestive tract — relieving constipation, diarrhea, and inflammation
  • Gluten-free and grain-free
  • Excellent source of magnesium

How I made them

The recipe is pretty much a normal pancake mix but with some chia seeds added:

1 1/2 cups soy or almond milk
1 tablespoon egg replacer (usually made out of tapioca powder) mixed with 2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups  self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup sugar
25g Nuttelex (or any other plant-based margerine), melted

Then you whisk the soy/almond milk, egg replacer and vanilla together in a jug. Then sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, and stir in the sugar. After making a well in the centre add the liquid mixture in. Whisk until just combined, then mix a few tablespoons of chia seeds.

I made the coconut whipped cream by leaving a can of full-fat coconut cream upside-down in the fridge over night. In the morning the thick cream would be on the top of the can, easy to scoop out and whip for a couple of minutes until soft and whispy.

I then topped the pancakes with the whipped cream, homemade raw chocolate chunks, coconut syrup and lots of yummy fruit :)

Don’t have egg replacer?

You can use chia seeds soaked overnight instead :)

1 tbsp chia seeds to 3 tbsp water will yield the same consistency as one egg.

Bee One of a Kind review

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Bee One of a Kind is a fairly new brand, but I love it because of the fact that it’s local, organic and I can trust that each product is made with love and care. I know this because one of my closest friends, Melissa, is the creator and owner and her passion for what she makes is so very genuine and contagious!

Though not exclusively vegan, the brand provides a vegan selection of products (from facial toners to bath soaks), and the products that do contain bee honey is sourced from an ethical and organic farm where the bees are not harmed or gassed.

During the festive period, I bought a lot of goodies from her as gifts for family members (and myself haha) and the comments I have received have been nothing but good. I tried both bath soaks and found them the perfect way to end a stressful day.

This is probably due to the power-trio of ingredients in the soaks – Epsom salts, organic Pink Himalayan rock salt, and bicarbonate soda. The Epsom helps to relax the nervous system, cure skin conditions, soothe back pain and aching limbs, ease muscle strain, heal wounds and cuts and draw toxins from the body, while the Pink Himalayan salt aids the body purification process (its high crystalline structure allows nutrients to be absorbed at a cellular level). Not to mention it has 84 essential trace minerals and its alkaline/acidic balance helps the body to harmonise and neutralise (a balance which is affected during high levels of stress). The bicarb soda gives the extra kick of neutralising acid and alkaline to regulate the skin’s pH levels, as well as gently exfoliating.

With this super-base of detoxing ingredients, the ‘Unwind’ soak also has organic sweet almond oil, organic rose petals, organic chamomile flowers, organic lavender, sweet orange essential oil and cinnamon essential oil – a nourishing combination which created beautiful bath water to relax in, as well as smooth skin afterwards, and a relaxed and soothed mind after a very long day!

The ‘Detox’ soak also includes the salt and soda trio, along with organic sweet almond oil, Sencha green tea leaves, fennel seeds, thyme, lemon essential oil and geranium essential oil. Fennel seeds and thyme help to cleanse and get rid of any nasties in your body (fennel helps with stomach and PMS problems, whilst thyme aids respiratory problems including bronchitis, coughs, and chest congestion). The lemon and geranium give an uplifting scent, and is an overall mood lifter. The ‘Detox’ soak is definitely something I’d keep for those ‘icky’ days when I feel a cold coming on, or am just not feeling right.

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I gave these awesome coffee scrub shots as a gift to my sister, Naomi, and from the glowing skin she’s been sporting lately, I think it’s done a great a job. The coffee shots contain fair-trade organic coffee beans, raw sugar, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, organic peppermint leaves, cinnamon, cornflour, organic pink Himalayan salt, peppermint essential oil and rosewater – all-natural ingredients that provide lots of goodness to the skin.

Here is what Naomi had to say:
“Has a light, choc-peppermint aroma. It comes in a set of perfectly-sized portions that look like coffee shots, which is good so you don’t have to think about how much you need to use, just use one “shot” per session. It leaves skin literally feeling soft and velvety, even after drying skin with a towel. No need to moisturize! :D Softness lasts until next shower.”

Vee.p Review

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How cute are these little things? I came across Vee.p when Vanessa, one of my Facebook friends posted a status asking people to like a page she made for her start-up soap business.

After reading the words ‘Vegan, handmade and handcut’ I was hooked – I had to try these out!

Bit of background info: Vee.p soaps are 100% cruelty free, palm oil free, and free from synthetic dyes, pigments or fragrances. Each bar of soap is unique in it’s special way, lovingly made via traditional cold process methods, and containing at least 50% olive oil.

I decided to buy three of the many adorably-named options (believe me, it was hard to pick!) and I have to say, I was certainly not disappointed!

Whatever Max

This dark, handsome stranger gave a refreshing zing to the bathing experience. The peppermint, rosemary & cedar wood in the soap was very uplifting, with the Australian black clay and desiccated coconut making for a great exfoliation session. All-in-all, a perfect starter for that morning shower when you need a energetic pick-me-up and smooth skin to boot.

Skinny Love

This definitely ticks the ‘indulgent beauty’ box, as far as soap goes. First off, this rose-hued bar smells like all kinds of awesome with lavender and grapefruit, as well as a hint of frankincense and myrrh. Fruity, floral, but down to earth. But not only does it leave you smelling amazing, it’s a blessing for your skin as well – Skinny Love also has Australian black and pastel pink clay which cleanses, conditions, hydrates and adds firmness to your skin. You’re left feeling fresh and tingly all over, with an all-over glow. I love how smooth my skin felt after just one use.

Relax Trevor

A great bar of soap to end the day with. The lavender really comes through, creating a relaxing atmosphere while the cedar wood keeps you grounded and the poppy seeds provide gentle exfoliation to the skin. Just what tired muscles (and a tired mind) need after a long day at work. I used it in the bath and let some of the dried lavender float in the water for an extra relaxing effect. Truly calming.