My 5 Chow Tips

I travelled to San Francisco about a month ago to shoot some videos for Chow in their test kitchen at the CBS Interactive headquarters. This all came about after Chow featured me as their "Member Of The Month" back in February. Chow's senior food editor, Jill Santopietro, and I got along so s'blendedly during our interview that the Chow team invited me to San Francisco to shoot five blender-inspired Chow Tips. As a passionate food blogger this was a dream opportunity! So off I went,…

Glamour: Raw Vegan Breakfast Bombs

I was thrilled when the lovely Sarah Jio from Glamour's Daily Health and Fitness Blog featured my raw vegan breakfast bombs today. I particularly loved the title, "Breakfast at your desk! A raw vegan breakfast anyone will love". This pretty much sums up the joy of this quick easy recipe. This is one of my all-time favourite recipes that doubles as edible centrepieces. For quick easy instructions on how to put together a beautiful breakfast bomb check out the video I made as part of…

Vegan Curried Sweet Potato With Herbs

I promised to offer up some savory treats and this curried sweet potato dish would have to be one of my all-time favorite side dishes. It is dead easy to make and has a depth of flavor that is hard to beat. If you are looking for a delicious sweet potato dish, this is it! I got a version of this recipe from a dear friend about fifteen years ago and have been serving it up to hungry hoards ever since. If you are in Australia, this dish works beautifully with steamed Japanese pumpkin.…

Super Raw Life Magazine Spring 2011

The third issue of Super Raw Life Magazine is out, and editor-n-chief Michele Marie Jeppson and her team continue to delight a readership that now extends over 100 countries. I am really proud to be a regular contributor to this online publication that helps so many navigate their way through a raw vegan eco lifestyle. In this issue, Michele shares her miraculous story of weight loss and throws down the gauntlet for the 100 Day Raw Weight Loss Challenge. Brian Yonce also tells his…

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cashew Cookies

Thank you for all of your birthday wishes last week. I really appreciate all of your messages on Facebook, Twitter and email. Yes! I had a fantastic birthday celebration in New York with my friends -- laughing and scoffing my way around my favorite haunts. I just feel at home in NYC. Is there any other city that boasts such vibrancy and diversity? It is like chocolate for me -- I just can't get enough. I admit to spending my entire birthday eating. It was absolutely sensational. I…

Vegan Chocolate Cherry Ripe Smoothie

Hello, My name is Tess, and I'm a chocoholic. I promised to post this chocolate cherry ripe smoothie weeks ago, and it has been cruel of me to make you all wait this long for fear of enabling my own addiction and yours. I did laugh getting some of your emails, asking "When are you posting the cherry ripe smoothie?" Before I even opened them, I knew you were all fellow Cherry-Ripe-Addicted Aussies. For those of you not familiar with this obsession, a Cherry Ripe is an iconic chocolate…

Onion and Herb Socca Flatbread

This is my s'blended spin on a delectable rustic chickpea bread I first fell in love with in Italy about 15 years ago. This super easy flatbread made with chickpea flour, water, olive oil and salt is cheap as chips, and super easy! Various incarnations of this bread are served in parts of Italy and France along the Ligurian Coast from Nice to Pisa. Each region serves it slightly differently, but they're usually served up as crispy thin pancakes or crepes. Probably the most famous…

Udi’s Gluten Free Foods features My Lemon Blender Pie

I must say a big "thankyou" to one of my favourite gluten free companies, Udi's Gluten Free Foods, who featured my honey lemon blender pie as their gluten free recipe of the week on their Facebook page today. Their post sent over 11,000 new visitors to that recipe in one day. I was happily overwhelmed with grateful emails about the blender lemon pie and blender pecan pie, and the site in general. Thankyou to all of those lovely readers who contacted me. I really appreciate the…

Tropical Green Energy Smoothie My Favorite Recipe For Newbies!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm thrilled my mum, dad, sister, and niece are staying with me so we can celebrate together. My mother is part Irish. Her family are descendants of the McDermotts, Sullivans and O'Learys. We are very proud of our Irish heritage and milk it for all it's worth. St Patrick's Day was originally a religious holiday. But let's be honest, to any self-respecting hedonist, it's fondly embraced as a "feast and drinking day", and a golden invitation to get over refreshed…

Gluten Free Vegan Rosemary & Chile Cornbread

I am having a blast with my family. They arrived from Australia a week ago and we have been flying the foodie flag with gusto, exploring the culinary delights of Los Angeles. My little 2-year old niece, Alexandra hit the ground running when she got off the plane with the mantra "bag the jet-lag". She's been a constant source of amusement for us as she discovers L.A. As Alexandra suffers from severe allergies to wheat, dairy, eggs, and nuts, we have to take prepared food everywhere we…

I am Chow’s Member of The Month

I am thrilled to be Chow’s Member Of The Month. I am very grateful for this opportunity! I had a really interesting phone interview with Chow’s senior food editor, Jill Santopietro. We had so much in common and had a blast chatting about food, fun and family. The wonderful team at Chow did an amazing job with the article. In it they feature some of my favourite recipes: my raw vegan mayonnaise, vegan roasted beetroot dip, raw vegan chocolate cinnamon mousse, and gluten free honey carrot…

Super Seaweed and Cucumber Salad

My best friend Mikaho, who is like my second sister has mopped up the blood that has flowed out of my broken heart as I recover from my divorce this year. Mika was the first friend I made when I moved to L.A to attend UCLA over 20 years ago, and we are still as close as ever. Mika and her gorgeous boys Rei and Kai welcomed me into their home when I moved out to L.A with a loving embrace that continues to feed and nurture me. I will always cherish the time I spent living with them -…

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