Mock tuna salad, buckwheat pancakes and tempeh beet loaf

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This high protein mock tuna salad gets its tuna-ish texture from the mashed chick peas and fishy flavour from the seaweed and soy sauce. Complete with celery and pickles as all good tuna salads should have, this is a pretty darn good fake.

1 can chick peas mashed
1/4 home-made mayo (to insure free range organic eggs are used)
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup minced celery
1-4 cup shredded carrot
3 TBS chopped pickles
1/2 TBS nutritional yeast
2 green onions chopped
1 TBS Tamari
1-2 crumbled nori sheets or about 1 TBS dulse flakes
Pepper, Himalayan rock salt, paprika

Combine all ingredients and Serve as you wish. I had it for dinner on spelt toast and leftovers the next day on zucchini and carrot spirals…

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Yummmmmy. I really enjoyed the leftovers the next day!!

We went to our favourite cafe in manly, Pure, for breakfast today and I had some amazing buckwheat pancakes..

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Sooooooo goood!! The edges were a bit crispy and the middle was nice and fluffy 🙂

Good start to the day it was; unfortunately the day ended on a bad note when I burnt the f%*# out of my hand making dinner.

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It is seriously so painful, it happened four hours ago now and it’s still throbbing!! I’ve taken four pain killers and have to run it under cold water like every ten minutes!!! Never had a burn so bad before and it’s really a pretty minor one, I can’t even imagine the pain of a really serious burn…shudddder.

Anyways, at least the dinner turned out pretty good…

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Another faker meal it was; getting its texture from crumbled tempeh and colour from beets, this fake meat loaf was a perfect meal on this cold windy night.

1 cup lentils, cooked in veggie stock
4 medium potatoes boiled and mashes with a bit of olive oil, rice milk, salt and pep
1 package tempeh crumbled
1 onion diced and sautéed till translucent
4 garlic chopped and sautéed
1/2 cup raw beets blended in a food processor
1 celery stalk chopped
1 carrot chopped
2 free range organic eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 cup oats
2 TBS miso paste
Cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and press into a loaf pan. Spread mashed potats ontop. Bake 200 degrees for about half an hour ish, till the tops a bit browned. Serve with fresh spinach, tomatoes and green onions

Chickpeas, buckwheat, lentils, tempeh oh my!!! Protein party!!

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Apt cafe

Over the weekend we visited one of my favourite areas of sydney, Newtown. Our main reason for heading there was to check out the Enmore design centre for design and illustration because I’m planning on applying for next year (yayyyy!!!). It’s a super quant school, probably the smallest college I’ve ever seen which is pretty cool. After scouting it out we walked down the street parallel to it and looook!!

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Sarah street!! We think it must be a ‘sign’ that this school is the right choice for me.

Anyways about the food. One of the biggest reasons I love new town so much is the ridiculously vast options for vegan and vegetarian cuisine!

We went to Apt Cafe, Which is nestled in the back of Berkelouw books. It was…amazing. And they had Lou Reed playing, and we were in a book shop. We were pretty stoked to say the least!

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Ali’s potato rosti with home made tomato sauce and ‘BLAT’ vegan bacon, lettuce, avo and tomato with vegan mayo on whole wheat sour dough…

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…she nearly cried when she took her first bite. “it tastes just like a BLT!!!” she exclaimed, (her fav lunch when she was an animal eater)

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I had THREE pumpkin curry tacos with wilted spinach, guac, and vegan cheese.

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I was only expecting two tacos so this was a bit of a mission, one I was confident to take on though…

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…ok, minus a bit of one of the shells, but still, I think we still did pretty good!!

I would say we will definitely be back there but there are just so many options in new town it’s fun to try a different place each time. Highly recommend Apt Cafe tho!

🙂

Cleanse ‘n Mexican binge

I’ve been wanting to do a juice cleanse for a while now and since Yesterday was my day off and our evening plans were 5:00 yoga and dinner at home I decided it would be a perfect time to give it a go! The best laid plans…

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I started off the day juicing all the leftover veg we had laying around. It was pretty yummy, and it was purple which was exciting! It contained cucumber, kale, apple, purple cabbage and lime

Then I went for a walk and got groceries on the way home to make my next juice which was made of sweet potato, carrot, orange, celery and bok Chou

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Later on in the afternoon I decided I needed something a bit more substantial so I drained and cracked open a coconut

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This is the fist time I’ve ever bought, cracked and ate a real coconut!! ’twas pretty interesting! First I pierced the eye and drained all the juice then I wrapped it in a tea towel and whacked the crap out of it on the floor. It made a very large noise and I was a tad worried I had cracked the floor and not the coconut! Luckily the floor was still intact as was the coconut. So I put it in the oven for about fifteen minutes and it cracked right open! Too easy! And it was still cold on the inside which was good as I didn’t want to cook the meat just crack that crazy hard shell!! Anyways, so after all that I made a delish smoothie with the coconut water, some of the meat, a frozen banana, 1/4 of an avocado and a piece of the raw chocolate I made the other day. It was Yummmmmmy

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So with those three beverages and a whole lot of water with lemon and herbal tea I was feeling so good!! And not hungry or anything which I was worried would be the case with a juice cleanse. When I get hungry it ain’t pretty!

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I was planning on making miso soup or a big green salad for after yoga but then…

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At least it’s still liquid !! I was pretty dumb though and had a beer when Ali got home which resulted in crazy bad tummy cramps!!! Probs not the best idea to drink liquid nutritional all day and then drink alcohol!! So I made a piece of toast with coconut oil and cinnamon stat and lay down for a bit and that helped. Once I was feeling all better we headed to manly to meet a friend at a wicked new Mexican restaurant called chicabonita. Side note, I’ve been reading up a lot about all the chemicals in make up, not nice, so I decided to try beetroot as a natural lip stain and it worked SO well!!!

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Just slice a bit off your beet and swipe it on your lips and..

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Berry stained lips!! (Use some coconut oil for some extra shine 🙂 )

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Pretty exciting considering the cover girl lipstain I usually use costs about $25 in this country!!! Only downside is I might have to start bringing a Tupperware full of beetroot around with me which may get a little weeeeird . It stayed on for quite a long time tho which was good. Probably started to come off somewhere around this point…

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…or this point…

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Or maybe this!!!

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It was all soooo good!! And good portions for sharing which is fun. It was a lot richer then anything I’ve been eating lately tho and I had an allergic reaction to something resulting in a gnarly rash on my chest and forehead. Sorry, no pics of that!!! Luckily it went away pretty quickly and we proceeded to party till 5 am.

So it was a cleanse turned binge. Fail or success?? Not really sure…At least I try…??

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Healthy day, fun night. I’m gonna call it a success