Pecan Pie

Do you love pecan pie? Do you love it when people take foods that matter to you, and then try to make them without ever having read a recipe or even eaten the food? Then you’ll love this! I’ve always looked at pecan pie and drooled, but I’ve never actually had any. Mostly that’s a…

Birthday cake: vegan persian love cake

It was my birthday recently, and I went out to my favourite place, Moroccan Soup Bar. The birthday cake needed to be special and gluten-free. I considered mud cake, or coconut cake, and lemon cake, but in the end I settled on a heavily bastardised version of what I’ve seen called Persian Love Cake. As…

Lemon Cake II: the “healthy” version

Last night we had some friends over for dinner who are of the low fat, considered nutrition mindset. Despite this, I knew I couldn’t help myself but to make a dessert. Out of lemons, because, sooooo many lemons. I used almond meal again and spelt again, added some polenta, removed the lemon juice, and swapped…

When Life Hands You Lemons…

…Make Lemon Cake! The rental place I’ve moved into has a meyer lemon tree, which is going great guns at the moment.  I have lemons coming out of my ears, even after I’ve given bags of them away to the neighbours. As a result, I’ve been experimenting with all things lemon flavoured. The latest semi-success…

Vegan in Turkey, Part the last – outside of Istanbul

For our second week in Turkey we visited some sites outside of Istanbul, including Canakkale (Troy and Gallipoli), Kirazli (Ephesus), and Pamukkale (Heiropolis, Travertines). As in Istanbul, we ate a lot of simit, nuts, fruit, and pringles (because you can get them at the bus stops), but we also had a few standout meals about…

Vegan in Turkey Part 1 – Veg Restaurants

There are a few vegetarian restaurants in Istanbul, if you want to get an easy meal with no stress or confusion. We skipped the ultra-chic one attached to a club, because I didn’t know where it was, but we visited three others. Parsifal Parsifal was our first foray into Turkish vegetarian cuisine, and I have…

Sweet Baby Jesus, KFC and 13 Desserts

I’ve been remiss in my continued Christmas posting, but I have three new Christmas food traditions to tell you about so I can make up for it.   Cougnou, Belgium You know that nursery rhyme about blackbirds being baked in a pie? I always though that was a bit gross (notwithstanding the fact that at…

A little shout out to the lonely Christmas vegan

Hi there, I noticed you found my blog, at least three times now, by googling “vegan alone at Christmas” and “vegan–xmas alone”. I don’t know how you feel about being alone at Christmas, but I guess you’re searching for recipes for one, or things to do? If you want to be less lonely, leave me…

The last Turkish supper

Sadlly the supermarket has run out of lentils AND chickpeas, and I am doomed to two weeks of kidney beans. This also means that I can’t make the last dish on my Turkey list, cabbage and lentil salad. Sigh. I did, however, come up with the ingredients for the other final Turkish dish: raw kofte….

Red Lentil Soup

One of the things I enjoy most about writing this blog is that I am always learning new things about what the world eats. I had no idea at all that red lentil soup, a winter staple at my place, was so popular in Turkey. I (silly, privileged Aussie) just thought it was something that…

More Pilaf, Cabbage and a Salad

Pilaf with home made stock I have now real and followed so many pilaf recipes, that I’m actually getting pretty good at making my own. Success seems to lie in the stock. In Australia, I usually just use easy-peasy Massel stock powder, but I can’t get anything approximating vegan stock here in Tbilisi, so I…

Georgian Vegan Cooking: The End of Week Review

It turns out, to my surprise, that Georgian food completely rocks, and is plenty vegan friendly. In fact, I do wonder that there aren’t any Georgian restaurants (that I know of) in Oz – any industrious, Australia-bound Georgians out there should know that Aussies are into world foods, and there seems to be a gap…