Pineapple Orange Kale Smoothie

A smoothie so tasty, it beats avocado toast: the proof is in the toddler leftovers!

Recipe!

Breakfasty things

half a pineapple
4 oranges, peeled and deseeded
two handfuls of kale
a sprinkle of chia seeds - a couple of teaspoons
a few drips of liquid stevia Sweet Drops Vanilla Crème*
a couple of cups of water, as needed, until desired smoothie thickness reached

Bleeeeennnnd and serve! Damn, smoothies are such a great, lazy, healthy food!

*Alternatively: some vanilla extract or a vanilla bean, plus a medjool date or two... or several! But, guys: that Sweet Drops stuff is so niiiiice. I got mine from iHerb - btw my discount code is BAQ387 if you want $5-$10 off!

And a cup of chai in my favourite teacup...

Lions and tigers and chai, oh my!

This duck cup belonged to my grandpa, made in Korea. It belongs to a set of mugs with different birds on each - I've not seen too many like it. There's one birdy mug missing

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Review: Aussie Hemp Seeds + Giveaway!

I'm finally giving away a bag of certified organic raw Australian hemp seeds from Hemp Foods Australia. I haven't had a whole lot of experience with hemp products since they are few and far between and "not classified for human consumption" in Australia, but I've had a few samples of the seeds and protein powder before, and these seeds, hands down, are the freshest darn things I've ever got my filthy hippie mitts on.

For those not yet in-the-know, edible hemp is not of the same variety as the drug cannabis seed. Full of omega-3 oil goodness, plenty of vitamin B, C, and E, magnesium, iron, friendly vegan proteins, and the anti-inflammatory properties that come with GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and with no risk of getting high (which may or may not be a plus depending on your personal proclivities) since it's from a different plant, you'll want to be nomming on these... but you can't in Australia! Government says

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Vegans beyond the Black Stump: Outback travels in Australia

In my day, we used to blog for ten hours uphill in the snow and when we got there all we had was a 14k modem that would drop-out at 99% complete when people called and we'd have to start all over again.

I've got reviews + giveaways for Australian hemp seeds and a gluten-free baking book coming up in the next few posts. But first, a few photos I've snapped since the 2nd baby + moving to "The Outback." :)


Prettier photos to come...
Free advice: don't take the gravel road to Darwin in the wet season. It's a river.

Why Charles Darwin? Because SCIENCE!!1
Because SCIENCE!

Mindil Beach Markets
Mindil Beach Markets

Carbs = fat-burning high-life. Seratonin precursors ftw.
Eating lotsa fruit in the tropics

On the grassy knoll at high tide
Nightcliff foreshore

Fresh market things & chai
Fresh tempeh & market foods and chai

BBQ by the bay #whatveganseat #australia #outback #tropics #darwin #vegansausagesandvegetablesalloverallthehotplateshahawewin #compassion #ethics #health #ecofriendly #humanrights are #animalrights
Vegan BBQ by the bay

Sunday balloontacular
Birthday balloon fest

Monsoon is all monsoony
Monsoonal monsoon is all monsoony

NT newspaper: page 7
Local celebrities already

Superbaby
Superbaby

Your View Today #photoaday (Note: coconuts, top-left)
Out the bedroom window

Alice in an art thingy
Down by the performing arts centre

Wave pool + convention centre = obvious combination... um.
Wave pool

Wharf Precinct
Wharf Precinct

The wet season wants to eat our 4WD... FAIL. WHY U SO DRY?
The "gravel road" to Darwin in "the wet"

It burns us with its colours, precious
Burning colours, Litchfield National Park

Tolmer Falls
Tolmer Falls

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Is Soy Good Or Bad For You?

Dangers? Benefits? So much drama over a little bean!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Thai Tofu Laab: tofu loaded with greens & herbs"][/caption]In my post on Friday, I mentioned one of my current favourite cookbooks called Japanese Cooking: Contemporary and Traditional that features a fair amount of soy in its recipes - perhaps a bit controversial in some health-conscious circles. But unless you've been diagnosed with a soy allergy or intolerance, being anti-soy is unnecessary: soy is safe and has a number of notable health benefits.

Over-eating soy? Over-eating almost anything is going to catch up with you eventually, but the problem with soy arises when people eat too many processed soy products, not good quality foods containing whole-beans. The fact is that everyone - vegan and non-vegan alike - who eats processed food is eating some soy - it's used as a filler and binder and protein element in so many foods, including most of

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