The pantry of old

I’m Keira, and this is my blog.

This blog used to be about sampling the cuisines of the world, using library books and bastardising where necessary to make things vegan. It was a very tasty experiment, and one which lasted a few good years, but like all things, came to an end.

The blog went through a fallow stage but I’ve found a new inspiriation: my weekly veg box from CERES Fairfood.

So I’m brining the block back out of retirement for a while, to share recipes, ideas, and of course photos of the veg I get and the food I make.

I promise only these outcomes:

  1. There will be typos, spelling mistakes, poor grammar and odd formatting. I prefer a stream-of-consciousness writing style (as the writer), and choose to spend my time on things other than editing. If you can’t deal, go elsewhere.
  2. There will likely be more photos than recipes. Sometimes there will be recipes, but I don’t measure everything while I cook. Use it as inspiration, and take it with a big helping of skepticism regarding any stated measurements!
  3. There will be spices!
  4. I will have fun. I hope you do to!



20 Comments Add yours

  1. Mumma! says:

    OMG you are so funny!!!!!
    I love your web site. You are the cleverest woman to put all your hilarious moments and not-funny-at-the-time tantrums – the whole bit.
    I’m gunna forward this to my email databse people cos its so good I want them all to see it.
    I think every woman who’s ever had a kitchen disaster (or eaten something that tasted like earwax!!) is goona chuckle all day.
    xxxxxxxx Mum
    and say hi to Mr for me.

  2. GirlonRaw says:

    Woo hoo! I made some Middle Eastern inspired dishes whilst at culinary school here http://bit.ly/9EqCFj

    I am Australian, but live in Saudi Arabia and also travel the world with my job as an International Flight Attendant.

    1. Keira says:

      Wow, the meal at your link looks fab! Especially the cigar things. I couldn’t figure out how o comment there, so I figured I’d reply here.

      1. GirlonRaw says:

        No worries, I recently changed to a new theme so I think all my old posts aren’t able to be commented on šŸ˜¦ No idea why. Cool blog!

  3. aimee says:

    Hi Keira,

    I really like your blog. You and I are on the same page!
    All the best,

    1. Keira says:

      Thanks! hope you enjoy it šŸ™‚

  4. Hi Keira,

    I’m enjoying reading of your adventures. I like the peas background on your blog; if you’d like a “seamless tile” copy, I have a program that made one quickly. You can download it here:


    PS. By coincidence, my girlfriend and I went to Crazy Pepper a week ago, then I read about your dining there. It’s right at the BART station near Katie’s house šŸ™‚

    1. Keira says:

      Hey Lea!

      Thanks a bunch for the background šŸ™‚ I haven’t had time to put it up yet, but it will definitley be up soon.

      Funny about the Crazy Pepper place – its really good, too šŸ™‚

      Hope you’re well and good!

  5. Cindy says:

    I just stumbled on your blog. It was meant to be. I am American, have been vegetarian for almost 10 years and have slowly been working my way to being Vegan. I am also fat and heavily into the fat (actually body) acceptance and Health at Every Size movements. My BF is from Pakistan and he often shares desserts and dishes with lentils or chickpeas (channa) as he calls them with me. In any case, I love your blog and have signed up to receive your postings.


    1. Keira says:


      Thanks šŸ™‚ Have you come across http://www.fatnutritionist.com/? I love her.

      I love chickpeas! Not so hot on lentils, but each to their own.

      Thanks for your lovely comment, I hope you enjoy the blog šŸ™‚

  6. Hi There! Just found your blog via BlogHer Travel and happy to have found a fellow travel/food blogger! Most of my travel is the US and Canada although much of mine is for my “day” job. Although I try to take one big trip every year or so. This year it’s France, Spain, and possibly Portugal. Looking forward to future posts!

    1. Keira says:

      Hi, Glad you found me šŸ™‚

      Mostly mine wont be about travel, but about trying o cook food from around the world, but I’m glad you’ve liked the travel posts so far šŸ™‚

  7. Julia says:

    I was just thinking I should make a blog about my travels as a vegan called Around the world vegan and then I stumbled upon yours haha. Your blog is amazing!

    1. Keira says:

      You should still start your blog, and tell me what its called when you do. Its a popular topic, but a lot of fun, and we can never have too much shared info on where to find fab vegan food. Good luck!

  8. J-in-Paradise says:

    Happy New Year Keira! Hope 2013 brings you lots of happy kitchen adventures!

    In my comment on your Chanukh recipes, I mentioned Tu b’Shvat (Jewish New Year of Trees). This year is coincides with Australia Day. There’s a lovely tradition to sample foods from each plant group at a community meal known as a ‘seder’ – such an unusual mix on your plate, you won’t find at any other time. http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/tu-bshevat We have a rich heritage of vegetarian cooking, known as ‘parve’ [or pareve] dishes that are easily adapted to full vegan requirements, since they don’t contain dairy but might have eggs or fish. Worth checking out.

    What’s fun about this year is that very quickly afterwards, we have Chinese (Lunar) New Year, on 10 Feb, followed by Shrove Tuesday (pancakes!!) on 12 Feb, Valentine’s Day on 14 Feb and Holi is on 5-7 April (the Colour Run is on 10 Feb though, in Sydney). Songkran (Thai New Year) is on 10 April this year, too. And there are so many more!! So you can go 6 months, just celebration New Year if you want to!!!

    (If you’re still looking for great Greek, check out the Lent recipes: they’re called ‘nestisma’ and contain no animal products and little oil. Amazing!! Look for the ‘spoon sweets’)

    If you’re ever up the Gold Coast, say hello!!

  9. Jo Magpie says:

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: https://agirlandherthumb.wordpress.com/awards/versatile-blogger-award/

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

    1. Keira says:

      Thanks so much! Sorry it took me so long to reply – I’ve been on hiatus. I’m thinking about coming back now, but I’m not making any promises to be as frequent as before.

  10. Ryan Huling says:

    Can I share this photo on my website (VeganWanderlust.org)? I will give credit, of course!

    1. Keira says:

      No, I’d rather not with photos that have me in them. Sorry!

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