Potato waffles are a thing? Vegan finds, compulsive purchasing...

So apparently savoury potato mini-waffles are a thing now, at least according to a nearby European-owned stupormarket... They're new to me, anyway!


Have you seen these things before?


They're almost ok with dahl and stuff... almost.


But they're not super.
Aren't waffles supposed to have indents,
not holes punched right through them?

I found these on a quick jaunt through an Aldi store, and was all, "Potato what-now?" I checked the ingredients, then was all, "OMG VEGAN MUST BUY BECAUSE VEGAN." Normally this is not something I would buy. These mini-waffle things were a bit greasy, like oven-bake fries. The directions say to oven-bake or deep-fry(!) so I baked. Not potatoey enough for my taste, too fluffy, oily, processed-tasting, etc.

Do you ever buy daft food products just because they're vegan? Found any gems? Or anything absolutely appalling?


They weren't a total waste.
They provided fuel for some ballet!

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Choc Green Power Smoothie

One of my favourite breakfasts, guys. It doesn't look super-pretty because I can't be stuffed chucking a garnish on top, but hey: tasty and healthy and BIG! Excellent breakfasting... But I can be stuffed chucking it through a filter on my smartphone in an attempt to pretty it up for this blog... Sorry about that. HEARTS.

Choc Green Power Smoothie

4 cups water
6 bananas
handful pitted dates
tablespoon flaxseed
3 tablespoons soaked/sprouted buckwheat
dash vanilla (extract or liquid stevia)
stalk off a bunch of broccoli
2 big handfuls of kale
4-6 tablespoons carob or cacao (or a mix of the two)
2 tsp maca powder
half tsp ground cinnamon

Blend, adding more water or ice as necessary. If you don't have a high-speed blender, blend the water, dates, flaxseed, buckwheat, broccoli, and kale before adding the other ingredients. Makes 1-2 large servings.

You might want to use frozen bananas to keep it cool, or toss in a handful

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Review & Giveaway: The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

Quite a few people stumble into veganism by way of researching their food because of allergies, and if you're one of those vegans The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free will dazzle you with its crazy-huge collection of baked delights including sweet breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, donuts, savoury crackers, biscuits, scones, tortillas, yeast breads, rolls, pitas, bagels, and pizza crusts.

Blogger and author Laurie Sadowski delivers an amazing number of recipes free from gluten, wheat, dairy, and eggs, as well free from soy, yeast, corn, tree nuts, peanut, and citrus. This book is the most comprehensive allergy/gluten-free bread baking collection I've seen to-date.

The array of ingredients used is incredible: this way of gluten-free eating is a way to vary your diet significantly, not restrict it! There are so many flours mixed and matched throughout this book that ye olde world wheat flours start to look pretty darn dull by comparison. With 7,000 edible plants in the

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My Favourite Macrobiotic Vegan Chef + Recipe: Coconut Bliss Granola

Christy Morgan photo

Say hello to Christy Morgan from The Blissful Chef!

She has a smashing new recipe book coming out called Blissful Bites that you can preorder now!

What inspired your new book Blissful Bites?

Over the years as a business owner (meal delivery, personal chef and teacher) I created many recipes and wanted to be able to share those with others. So I started blogging and joined the Meatless Monday campaign to showcase my healthy, vegan macrobiotic-influenced recipes with the world. I felt like I had something to share that wasn't out there already; a philosophy that mixed veganism, macrobiotics, raw food, allergy-free diets, and a general sense of well-being from food. When I ate in a clean way I felt better than ever and wanted to share that experience with others. So that is when The Blissful Chef was born, and Blissful Bites was conceived from that.

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Blissful Bites is for anyone that wants to experience pure bliss or happiness

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Gluten-Free Banana Muesli Pancakes

I made these from random pantry ingredients on Monday morning, posted a photo, and began receiving recipe requests immediately. So here's what I did!

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Serves 2-3 (2 hungry adults + a toddler)

½ cup rice flour ⅓ cup besan/chickpea flour (or buckwheat) ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch ¼ tsp cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice/mixed spice/your favourite! ½ cup gluten-free muesli* 1 large banana 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder 1½ cups rice milk (or soy or almond) oil for cooking (I used coconut)

Mix together the flours, starch, cinnamon, and baking powder, sifting out any lumps and/or aerating with a whisk. Stir in the muesli.

In another bowl (or in a blender!), mash the banana and combine with the vanilla and milk.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients gently until "just mixed." If your muesli contains liquid-absorbing ingredients like oats, you may need to add

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Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products - Part 3: What I Use + DIY Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe + Hair Dye!

This is part 3 of a 3-part series about Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products. Check out Part 1: Top 6 Things to Avoid and Part 2: Top 6 Things to Look For.

What I Use

In This Photo

Most of the products are organic or primarily organic ingredients - which tends to be the case when buying vegan bathroom products.

Black container - homemade deodorant: recipe below!
Red container - baking soda - for hair and teeth
Jason Powersmile toothpaste - in most vegan shops
UV Natural Baby sunscreen SPF30+ - common in health shops internationally
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from the health shop - face/body/hair moisturiser, and contrary to popular belief, this oil does NOT encourage sun damage - it has an SPF of up to 8, depending on the quality!
Alba sea salt body scrub - or it was until I refilled it myself with salt, essential oils, and more coconut oil! Alba stuff is

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