Vegan Mango Coconut Balls

The combination of mango and coconut never gets old. My friends and I proved this point with gusto last weekend at our "Pride and Prejudice" marathon party, where we successfully gobbled up the entire batch of these mango balls in one sitting. Well, we did have Mr. Darcy with us. We joked that we were enjoying Mr. Darcy's balls! Rolled in coconut! Whatever your comedic sensibilities, our commitment to devouring up every last one of these balls was impressive even to the greediest of…

Raw Vegan Lasagna Stacks

Delicious fresh food, my favorite peeps and Jane Austen. Does life get any better? This was certainly our motto last night, as five of my closest girl friends and I enjoyed a glorious Pride and Prejudice marathon; where we prepared some delectable food and watched the entire sensational six hours of the famous BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, starring the one and only Colin Firth. Our dear friend Tara is moving back to Minnesota next month, and so Olivia, Mika, Liz, Gina and I…

Vegan Coconut Cream

I went to see my all-time-favorite musical last night and bawled like a baby. The new restaged version of Les Miserables is touring in celebration of the show's 25th anniversary. I have seen a production of this show on almost every continent, and have, on more than one occasion, been the last nostalgic fan blubbering in the stalls! Polite ushers from theaters far and wide have had to politely ask me to vacate the theatre as I stared longingly into the curtain praying for an encore.…

Almond Pulp Scrub

I don't put anything on my skin that I wouldn't put in my mouth. I am a huge supporter of natural food grade skin care, but an even bigger fan of making my own homemade skin care with food grade products in my kitchen. This way, I know the exact source of the ingredients, how fresh they are, and in what ratios and quantities they have been mixed together. I can also muscle-test the ingredients and test them against my skin as I make up my potions to know if they are a good fit for my…

Brazil Nut Chocolate Milkshake

Boo! It is my last day with the glorious food bloggers from Uncooking 101. If you haven't acquainted yourself with Eva you are just not maximising your RAWkstar potential. She rocks! Her community of passionate raw foodies is pretty inspiring too. Check out the Facebook Page and website and join the interesting conversation on this blog. You will learn a lot about the power of live raw foods. I have had a wonderful week swapping delicious raw recipes. We've sampled the delectable

Vegan Ranch Dressing

This raw vegan ranch dressing is another delightful recipe from Eva Rawposa from Uncooking 101. This dairy free ranch dressing is one of those recipes that will become like a little black dress in your culinary closet. It works for most occasions and never goes out of style. This dressing is fresh, free of additives and preservatives, and really does taste similar to store-bought ranch dressing. This recipe is great over a simple salad or as a dip for veggies sticks or crackers.…

Raw Fruity Virgin Margarita

Today I have to share with you one of my favorite websites for raw recipes. I first connected with the ladies from Uncooking 101 earlier this year when they wrote me a lovely email telling me how much they loved my blog. I was really flattered, but humbled once I acquainted myself with their incredible work. Uncooking101 is a raw blog that is the brainchild of founder, head chef and CEO, Eva Rawposa and her delightful sidekick, Venita Hale. Eva is a raw chef and vegan health educator,…

Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise Smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

One of the most popular recipes from The Blender Girl cookbook, this delicious shake is a fun way to get kids to eat more veggies. Unlike the murky color of some vegetable smoothies, the brown of this smoothie makes it look like a regular chocolate milkshake, enabling you to hide all manner of nutritious goodies inside. And it’s so delicious and creamy, nobody will know that it contains greens! Note that the broccoli must be frozen and the cauliflower must be steamed and cooled, not…

Vegan Mango Coconut Panna Cotta from The Perfect Blend cookbook

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.…

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…

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