It feels like a lifetime since I’ve had the chance to sit down and blog – Olivia and I started our new job a week ago and we’ve been busy busy busy but it’s been good so far, and living out in rural Victoria is beautiful. Finding the time and the mental capacity to write hasn’t been the easiest thing recently, but I’m hoping I’ll get on top of it once we establish a routine. I think we’re still finding our feet on this farm.
We’ve been cooking meals for ourselves and the family we’re staying with which has given us plenty of time to try out some new recipes, and I’ve also spent plenty of time searching Foodgawker and Pinterest for more inspiration. I’ve compiled some favourites that I’ve tried and a few I’ve bookmarked to try soon. Enjoy!
Creamy Squash, Pear & Ginger Soup from Food by Mars
This is one I can’t wait to try now the Australian ‘winter’ is approaching… It was thirty degrees yesterday, so I’ll believe it when I see it, but I’m still excited to get cooking big batches of warming soup. Filled with good-for-you anti-inflammatory ingredients, this is sure to keep the germs at bay during the colder seasons.
Chocolate Beet Muffins from Occasionally Eggs
We made these a few days ago in an attempt to sneak some more veggies into the kids diets, and topped them with avocado chocolate frosting. They were a partial success with the kids; I was worried they’d detect the hidden vegetables but apparently they were too chocolatey… you can’t win! I quite happily scoffed mine though – they were decadent and moist, yet still pleasantly light. I will definitely be making them again, and I’m grateful to know I won’t have to share.
Vegan Eggplant Katsu Curry from The Healthy Hunter
It was only the other day I was thinking about how one of the things I miss about home is a trip to Wagamama for their veggie katsu curry. Then about an hour later, as I’m scrolling through the Foodgawker latest posts, this pops up. Uhhh, yum. If that wasn’t a sign sent from the food gods to make it, I’m not sure what is. Plus it’s breaded with aquafaba instead of egg; yet another genius use for some humble chickpea water.
The Best Cauliflower Rice from Worthy Pause
I’ve never really understood all the hype about cauliflower rice until I tried this new method of cooking it. Every attempt I’d ever made ended up watery and weak in flavour; a lacklustre substitute for the grain I love so much. However, when I saw this recipe I just knew it would be good. I’m a big fan of roasted cauliflower, so why had I never thought to roast cauliflower rice?! The texture feels much more like rice and the flavour is deep and satisfyingly nutty. Now I just need someone to teach me how to make it without showering my kitchen in tiny specks of blended cauliflower…
Healthy Vegan Tim Tams from Vanillacrunnch
Last but not least, an exciting recipe for any fellow ex Tim Tam-aholics. Yes, believe it or not, one of the things I was most sad to give up as a vegan were Tim Tams. When I first arrived in Australia, I could easily eat my way through an entire pack, but seeing as they are filled with dairy ingredients *cries* I had to let them go. This might just change everything. Cruelty-free Tim Tams? Yes please.