Vegan Mango Coconut Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is my all-time favorite dessert. However, this traditional Italian dessert, which literally translates to "cooked cream" is not so great for sensitive foodies looking for gluten and dairy free recipes. This simple vegan panna cotta is quick and easy, and a great allergy-free dessert the whole family can enjoy. I love the combination of coconut and mango. There's a mango pudding I love when I go and eat Yum Cha at Shark Finn in Melbourne. It's delicious. But, their version…

Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach and Nori

This quinoa pilaf with spinach and nori is one of my go-to grain dishes. You can also make this recipe with millet or brown rice with the same broth ratios. You could also make this dish in a rice cooker to make it even easier. But, I like to caramelize the onions and infuse them with the spices before I add the broth and grains for an added element of flavor. I often eat this pilaf for an afternoon snack, but it's great served with stir-fried vegetables or salad for a filling meal.…

The Audies 2011 With Scott Brick

I had another week of glorious indulgence in NYC this week. I stayed at the happily situated Tribeca Grand Hotel and was in Heaven strolling the streets of Tribeca, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Nolita. I started my week in fine fashion attending the wedding of my friend, (brilliant actress and audiobook narrator) Katy Kellgren to actor and theatre critic David Cote. It was literally the most incredible wedding I have ever been to. The bride looked stunning in a gorgeous…

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

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…

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