Vegan Take-Out Meals to Make at Home

If you love Pizza, why not try… Pissaladière
(Vegetarian Times)
I can’t believe how difficult it is to find a vegan pizza recipe online with a pretty picture to match! Thankfully, I finally found this French, lattice-looking pizza made with sweet onions, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives. Even if you want to create a different vegan pizza topping, you’ll be pleased to find a quick dough recipe included that ‘takes under two minutes to mix and knead’.
View recipe at Vegetarian Times

vegetable-spiced-riceIf you love Fried Rice, why not try…
Vegetable Spiced Rice
(Nadia French, photo by Andrew Young)
Take-away fried rice is often greasy and laden with all the things you don’t want, but if you try to keep a supply of this healthy rice in your freezer, you’ll always have a tasty meal on hand. It would also be wonderful for a work lunch. There isn’t an egg in sight and you can choose to omit the plain yogurt at the end also if you wish.
View recipe at Taste Australia.

spicy-thai-tofu-with-red-bell-peppers-and-peanuts-featuredIf you love Thai take-out, why not try…
Spicy Thai Tofu with Red Bell Peppers and Peanuts

(Bon Appetit, Rozanne Gold and photo by Con Poulos)
Spice up your tofu repertoire with this Thai recipe which includes fresh ginger, garlic, lime juice, basil and dried crushed red pepper. Enjoy with jasmine rice or noodles.
View recipe at Epicurious

curried-red-lentil-stew-with-vegetablesIf you love Indian take-out, why not try…
Curried Red-Lentil Stew with Vegetables

(Gourmet, photo: Romulo Yanes)
Make your own nutritious Indian curry at home with this wonderful recipe. Red lentils and vegetables such as carrots, spinach and peas make this a scrumptious and satisfying main meal served with basmati rice.
View recipe at Epicurious.

portobello-and-pineapple-teriyaki-veggie-burgersIf you love a Burger, why not try…
Portobello and Pineapple Teriyaki Veggie Burgers
(Whole Foods Market)
Imagine if you could get fabulously healthy and delicious meat-free burgers such as this at the drive-through! I’m sure you would see more than one Prius in the queue! The combination of portobello mushrooms and pineapples make these burgers super juicy and flavoursome.
View recipe at Whole Foods Market

If you love a burger with fries, why not try…
Garlicky Oven Fries

(Vegetarian Times)
What’s a burger without fries? One bite of these garlic, parsley-coated potato wedges and you’ll be hooked!
View recipe at Vegetarian Times

Vegetarian Thai Recipes

1. Spicy Coconut Noodles

(Real Simple – image: Beatriz da Costa)
Scrumptious noodles and copious amounts of coconut. This is my idea of comfort food. It’s simple and light but incredibly satisfying!

thai-squash-and-pineapple-curry2. Thai Squash and Pineapple Curry
(Good Food)
Sweeten up your curry repertoire with some juicy pineapple. Combined with squash, green beans and spicy Thai red curry paste, this will undoubtedly become a favourite in your house.

vegetable-summer-rolls3. Vegetable Summer Rolls
(Gourmet, Epicurious – image: Romulo Yanes)
Wrap a delicious selection of vegetables and noodles in rice-paper and dunk into a divine peanut sauce made with hot red pepper flakes, garlic and onion.

spicy-sesame-noodles-with-chopped-peanuts-and-thai-basil4. Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chopped Peanuts and Thai Basil
(Bon Appetit, Epicurious – image: Pornchai Mittongtare)
Vegans can substitute the egg noodles for angel hair pasta and then carry on cooking with vegan-friendly ingredients. This dish calls for drizzles and dashes of wonderful oils and sauces such as hot chili oil, sesame oil and balsamic vinegar which creates a delectable coating for the noodles.

iceberg-lettuce-with-carrot-ginger-soy-dressing-with-cilantro-and-red-thai-chiles5. Iceberg Lettuce with Carrot Ginger Soy Dressing with Cilantro and Red Thai Chiles
(Food Network, Dave Lieberman)
Sometimes a wedge of iceberg lettuce needs a little ‘wake-up call’ and this recipe will certainly do that courtesy of a red Thai chile, ginger, rice wine vinegar and cilantro garnish.

spicy-sweet-potato-and-coconut-soup6. Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
(Real Simple, Susie Theodorou – image: Beatriz Da Costa)
When only a bowl of warming soup will do, this spicy recipe is sure to impress. It captures the flavours of Thailand perfectly with red curry paste, coconut milk and fresh ginger.

yellow-coconut-rice7. Yellow Coconut Rice
(The Australian Women’s Weekly – image: Ian Wallace)
If you are all riced out and crave a little twist on the usual steamed rice, you could try this recipe made with coconut cream, turmeric and saffron.

pumpkin-curry-with-chickpeas8. Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas
(Good Food)
Rather than order in a takeaway curry (which often comes with too much salt, oil and packaging) try making a big batch of this healthy and hearty Thai curry yourself. You can make extra and store in your freezer for a nutritious curry in a hurry.

buckwheat-soba-pad-thai9. Buckwheat Soba Pad Thai
(Natural Health Magazine)
Trying to find a Pad Thai dish sans eggs and fish sauce can be tricky but here is one delicious and healthy vegan option. It’s made with julienne vegetables and a sauce made from creamy peanut butter, honey, ginger and red pepper flakes.

thai-tofu-with-zucchini-red-bell-pepper-and-lime10. Thai Tofu with Zucchini, Red Bell Pepper, and Lime
(Bon Appetit, Epicurious – image: Scott Peterson)
All the well-loved Thai ingredients are in this sublime tofu dish such as coconut milk, red curry paste and ginger. You can enjoy this for lunch served with rice noodles or for dinner, simply serve with hot, fluffy rice.

crispy-tofu-sandwich-with-peanut-ginger-sauce11. Crisp Tofu Sandwich with Peanut-Ginger Sauce
(Body + Soul – Martha Stewart)
For a unique and flavour packed sandwich, try this one served on a baguette and bursting with Thai-flavoured baked tofu and sauce. Heavenly!

Get Red-y the Vintage Way


Vintage Heart and Butterfly Brooch
– The Pudding Store Vint (Etsy) $11.50
This charming brooch will look beautiful pinned to any jacket, bag or hat.

vintage-red-apple-cookie-jarVintage Red Apple Cookie Jar
– Retro Kitsch (Etsy) $28
An apple a day or a cookie day? Tough decision but if you decide to opt for the cookies at least they will seem a little bit healthier when they are stored in this apple jar!

60s Asymmetrical Mod Red Jacket

– Ophelia Vintage (Etsy) $59.95
Wow, what a statement jacket! From the black and gold buttons to the signature stripe, it has it all!

Vintage Red Postbox Keyring
Rokit, £3
Carry a little bit of London with you wherever you go with this adorable keyring.

1970s Red Belted Winter Coat
Rokit, £60
Enduring the chills of winter won’t seem so hard when you can cloak yourself in this stylish and fabulous red coat.

vintage-wooden-duck-umbrellaVintage Wooden Duck Umbrella
– Jess James Jake (Etsy) $40
Red umbrellas always make grey, overcast and rainy days just that bit more prettier! And when you have a duck on the handle, you’ll be guaranteed to make a few people chuckle!

Seven Vegetarian Stir Fry Recipes

Stir-fries are quick, easy and often bursting with healthy goodness but if you’re tired of tossing together the same old sad stir-fry, here are seven new recipe ideas for a little inspiration. Get those woks ready!

Oriental Mushroom and Pak Choi Stir Fry (above)
– Angela Boggiano
View recipe at Delicious Magazine

Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Tofu and Vegetables

– Kate Merker, image by Christopher Baker
View recipe at Real Simple


Brown Rice Stir-Fry with Flavored Tofu and Vegetables

– Body + Soul
View recipe at Whole Living

Soba, Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry

– Body + Soul
View recipe at Whole Living 

Crispy Szechuan Tofu Stir Fry

– Angela Boggiano
View recipe at Delicious Magazine

Ginger Pineapple Fried Rice
– Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez, image by Martyn Thompson
View recipe at Epicurious

stir-fried-tofu-and-shiitake-mushroomsStir-Fried Tofu and Shiitake Mushrooms in Spicy Black Bean Sauce
– Bon Appetit, image by P Mittongtare
View recipe at Epicurious

Stay Warm In These Long Sleeve Dresses

Mock the pseudo button dress and I, if you must but I appreciate its kooky quality. The second dress appeals to the travel writer within. What could be better than a pretty dress with a map on it? You would never be lost in the fashion world when wearing this. The final two dresses are classics. Sleeveless dresses are at their most stylish when they are done in a simple yet sumptuous red or black.

Three New Eco Outfit Ideas

Such a quirky cool dress with buttons, pockets and a design that makes your waist look teeny, tiny. Black vegan booties add a little attitude and the earthy tones in the bracelet and bag mesh well to create an unpredictable but appealing look.

  • Vintage Green Dress – Mime QIQI (Etsy) $59
  • Vegan Boots (Hendrix) – Beyond Skin, £172
  • Ariel Clutch in Espresso/Mango – Mar y Sol, $19.99
  • Vintage Bracelet – Jeux d’Esprits (Etsy) $69.99

Eco 411- Vegan boots are handmade in Spain and the bag is made in Madagascar / Kenya from raffia.

Shimmer the night away in this decadent silver top and skinny leg, organic jeans. Accessorize in both a girlie and tough way with the pink, cluster bracelet and incredible Cri de Coeur vegan sandals.


  • Vintage Sequined 60s Top – Lethilogica (Etsy) $125
  • Del Forte Organic Jeans – Fashion Conscience, £135
  • Cri de Couer Sandals – Shop Flick, $221
  • Pink Cha Cha Bracelet – House of Vintage (Etsy) $49

Eco 411 – Denim jeans are made in the USA from organic cotton, vegan shoes are handmade in Europe and the bracelet is made from vintage glass beads.

60s-coat-and-glamorous-knee-high-vegan-bootsStay stylish and cosy in this wonderful 60s coat and glamorous knee high vegan boots. The berry coloured raffia clutch adds a bright pop of colour and the sweet stallion brooch adds a nice equestrian vibe along with the boots.

  • Vintage 1960s Coat – Love Miss Daisy, £75
  • Del Forte Organic Jeans – Fashion Conscience, £135
  • Vintage Brooch – Ritzy Couture Vintage (Etsy) $15
  • Purple Gigi Circle Clutch – Mar y Sol, $79
  • Vegan Boots (Apricot) – Beyond Skin £186

Eco 411 – Gigi clutch is made in Madagascar from raffia and the vegan boots are handmade in Spain.

Vegetarian Soup Recipes, Perfect for Winter

Miso Soup with Sweet Potato Dumplings
– Shawn McClain (photo by Ann Stratton)
This recipe is from the Green Zebra restaurant in Chicago and it is sure to liven up your standard miso soup thanks to the delicious dumplings. This recipe calls for wonton wrappers but if you can’t find these in the shops, here is a link to a recipe for vegan wonton wrappers.
View recipe at Epicurious.

curried-carrot-almond-soupCurried Carrot Almond Soup
– Andrea Albin (photo by Stephanie Foley)
Who knew almond milk could be used in soups? Well, it can and it is sure to create a creamy, light and delicious taste. Perfect for a winter warming lunch!

hot-and-sour-broth-with-noodlesHot and Sour Broth with Noodles
– Olive Magazine
Nothing beats a good noodle soup and vegetarians and vegans (or anyone) will adore this simple yet flavourful recipe.
View recipe at BBC Good Food.

mulligatawny-with-chickpeasMulligatawny with Chickpeas
– Body + Soul
Mulligatawny is an Anglo-Indian soup but this recipe can also be served with rice as it is quite similar to dhal.
View recipe at Whole Living.

mixed-mushroom-soupMixed Mushroom Soup – Body + Soul
Mushroom mania in a bowl! Porcini, oyster, shiitake and the whole gang can all be found in this highly nutritious soup.
View recipe at Whole Living.

spicy-roasted-vegetable-soupSpicy Roasted Vegetable Soup with Toasted Tortillas
– Bon Appetit (photo by Brian Leatart)
You will be instantly transported to Mexico after one spoonful of this wonderful soup thanks to ingredients such as jalapeno and chipotle chilies, garbanzo beans, corn, cilantro and of course, lime!
View recipe at Epicurious.

spicy-coconut-noodle-soupSpicy Coconut Noodle Soup
– Good Food Magazine
Enjoy a luscious and creamy soup the healthy way with coconut milk and other ingredients such as mixed mushrooms, bean sprouts and red curry paste.
View recipe at BBC Good Food.

the-river-cafes-winter-minestroneThe River Cafe’s Winter Minestrone
– Good Food
We all need a great minestrone recipe to turn to, especially during this colder weather. If you can’t stop by the revered River Cafe in London to enjoy their minestrone soup, why not whip up a batch yourself at home?
View recipe at BBC Good Food.

On the Road: Fashion, Food and Beauty

Even though I’ve been back in London for a week now, at least I have some fabulous clothes from LA and many gourmet memories to inspire and remind me of my wonderful holiday!

fashion-1I’ve mentioned before my love of It’s A Wrap in LA, and my visit to the store this last time only increased the love! It’s A Wrap have two locations in LA and all their stock comes straight from the sets of the TV and film studios. A few years ago I picked up a jacket from the Gilmore Girls and a skirt from Legally Blonde. This time I picked up jackets, coats, cardigans, a bag and shoes (that weren’t made with leather).

Eileen Fisher Swing Coat – I was worried the colour would wash me out but it was so cute I couldn’t say no.

Majorly discounted black Michael Kors coat from the set of Law and Order (but no fashion crimes will be committed while wearing this).

Green Banana Republic Coat – this helps me build a wardrobe of quality winter coats, plus its in my favorite shade of green.

I had to fill this $6 brown beaded bag with some of the cardigans I bought. I was determined not to accept a plastic bag even though all my reusable cotton bags were bursting from holding the winter coats.

It’s A Wrap
1164 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA (also located in Burbank)

urth-caffe-beverly-hillsUrth Caffe – Beverly Hills
I won’t lie, I initially went to Urth Caffe to do some celeb spotting but it was the healthy food and organic tea that made me come back a second time. I loved popping into the Beverly Hills caffe and starting the day with their granola with fresh fruit and soya milk. So good!

Evelyn’s Favourite Pasta – The Cheesecake Factory
Because I was the only vegan travelling we did stop by the Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills. I really enjoyed this pasta and would like to try and make it at home some time. Here is how it read on the menu: ‘penne tossed with broccoli, oven-dried tomato, roasted eggplant, peppers, artichoke, kalamata olives, garlic and pine nuts’.

Vegan Pizza – Auckland
My pizza creation from the ‘Make Your Own Pizza’ night we had at my family’s place in Auckland, along with a yummy rice salad made by my aunt.

Vegetable Terrine – The Boat Shed, Bucklands Beach, Auckland
This dish was divine! One of the best meals I’ve had. It had a pepper coulis drizzled over the artistically wrapped courgettes and eggplants and the balsamic vinegar was heavenly. I’ve never noticed the flavours in a balsamic vinegar before but this was sharp, zingy and fruity. I should have asked where it was from.

sweet-almond-oil-lavender-essential-oilHere are some of the organic and natural beauty products I traveled with. From left to right:

  • Intelligent Nutrients Aromatics Spray: Nice, natural alternative to perfume
  • Eucalyptus Spray: I filled an old glass bottle with purified water and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to spray in hotel rooms and on the plane. It’s meant to keep the germs away and keep you healthy.
  • Face Spritz: I filled this blue bottle with water to spritz my face during flights but I recently read that this actually dries your skin out. You need a spray with an ingredient such as aloe vera or something.
  • Weleda Everon Lip Balm: Lovely vanilla, rose lip balm
  • Erbaviva Jasmine and Grapefruit Deodorant: A natural deodorant that works!
  • Sweet Almond Oil + Lavender Essential Oil: I made this blend to use as a hand sanitizer. I figured this is as natural as you can get. Lavender disinfects and the almond oil moisturises. It worked well for me.
  • Weleda Skin Food: This ultra thick, gorgeous smelling moisturiser was perfect for my face and hands that were majorly dry from flying.
  • Green People Intensive Repair Shampoo: Such an impressive organic shampoo that leaves hair super soft and shiny.
  • Weleda Plant Gel Toothpaste: One of my favourite natural toothpastes
  • Dr Bronner’s Organic Castille Soap: I didn’t open any toxic hotel toiletries and relied on Dr Bronner instead, using it as a hand soap and shower gel. You can also use it as a shampoo and toothpaste but I’ve yet to try that!

Sorry to waffle on but hopefully some of this info has been helpful! I’ll leave you with this final photo and thought before signing off.

It’s A Tree Thing

Organic Cotton Onesie
The life of a ‘Little Tree Hugger’ starts early. If you know one, I’m sure their parents and them will love this. It’s made with organic cotton and environmentally friendly water based paints. Made in Honolulu.
Purchase – Little Dew Drops (Etsy) $20

Eco-friendly Tree of Life Notebook
eco-friendly-tree-of-life-notebookPrinted on ‘tree-free lokta paper’ and made with recycled chipboard and paper. Available in many pretty colours. Made in Oregon.
Purchase – This Is It (Etsy) $12

Upcycled Maple Tree Apron
For some autumnal cooking, this apron couldn’t be better. It’s made from remnant fabrics and features a lovely tree design on each of the large pockets. Made in London.
Purchase – Green Lashes and Fashion (Etsy) $42

organic-cotton-redwood-tree-t-shirtOrganic Cotton Redwood Tree T-shirt
All green girls should have a fabulous tree t-shirt in organic cotton. Wear with your favourite organic jeans for the perfect casual, weekend look. Made in Chicago.
Purchase – Look for Fiddleheads (Etsy) $26

Vintage Money Tree Handbag
Wonderful kitschy, cool bag that will attract many stares and smiles.
Purchase – Planet Claire Vintage (Etsy) $35

Seven Vintage Zebra Finds

I couldn’t stop myself from finding all things vintage and zebra-related on Etsy today. The zebra is quite often my fashion muse. I just love black and white stripes and anything striking and unique. Here’s what I found.
Zebra Print Top (above) – Fine Feathers Vintage, Etsy ($18)

zebra-print-topWear with skinny jeans or under a jacket for an edgy look.

Chiffon Scarf – Candy Apple Crafts, Etsy ($15)
Perfect for those times when you need to give your basic black outfit a little lift.

Vintage Purse – Shop at Moxie, Etsy ($16)
Animal loving kids and adults will love this sweet bag.

Velvet Zebra – Cottage Farm, Etsy ($46)

velvet-zebra-cottage-farmSo refreshing to see plastic-free toys! This velvet zebra has so much charm and would make the perfect gift for anyone who is zany for zebras.

Safari Mini Dress – Dirty Betty Vintage, Etsy ($30)

safari-mini-dressI could see this dress on Gwen Stefani or Rihanna. It’s a dress that will always look different but will always stay in fashion.

Wood Bracelet – Ditbge, Etsy ($8.75)
Chunky bracelets always look great, especially in a zebra print!

Recycled Zebra Gift Tags – Paper Piggy, Etsy ($2.99)
Forget boring gift tags. Why not use these fun ones made from vintage playing cards instead?

Let me know if you want another animal inspired round-up next week. Meerkats, rhinos… I’ll do my best. It may not be stylish but I’m sure it will be entertaining!