Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Vegg & Raw Foods


I realise that a few of you might be curious as to what I have been doing with The Vegg, but I am still exploring a few ideas that I have in mind. You will have to wait and see what that might be. For now, here is a quick snapshot of our Vegan French Toast and Scrambled Veggs we made last week.


Shifting away from The Vegg, below are some beautiful raw, organic, gluten-free, vegan foods that we made today. I will explain more about these dishes soon.

Raw Foods

Raw Vegan Cauliflower Popcorn










I haven’t quite decided what I think of this yet, but either way it was successful. The bowl was empty when Zaedyn and I finished. It is super easy and full of raw goodness. Plus I love raw cauliflower! Although I should use nutritional yeast more often, I don’t. I have previously used flakes and am trying the powder now. This is all about to change though.

Nutritional yeast, or nooch, will definitely become a part of my recipes and can easily be added to all sorts. Some people use it specifically for its “cheesy” flavour. As with meat and eggs, I am not a vegan that misses cheese; however, I can see the possibilities of using this as a “cheesy” flavour. I have been recreating a few dishes hoping to come across some new ideas for David as we both get stuck on our favourites. Not sure if the cauliflower popcorn will appeal to him, but I have a few new ideas on how to use nutritional yeast.

This idea of cauliflower “popcorn” began with Pinterest, and I searched quickly online to see what recipes were out there. I didn’t really follow any specific one as they are all pretty similar with the idea of oil, nutritional yeast, and spices. I chose to be different and use cayenne pepper which is high in vitamin A as well as containing B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, manganese, and capsaicin. If you do not want it spicy, you can use your favourite herbs or spices to make different flavours. We usually have avocado oil which is what I used, but you could substitute the oil for your choice as well. There isn’t a specific recipe, but more like guidelines, as it truly is versatile. To make it “cheesier” add more nutritional yeast. All you do is shake it up and eat. It really is that simple. If you do not want to eat it raw, you can also put this in a dehydrator. Just remember to buy nutritional yeast that is vegan and is fortified with B12. The nutritional yeast I bought has naturally produced B2 and B12 during fermentation, along with added B2 and B12 before the drying process as well as B1, B6, niacin, and folic acid. Now you see why I am happy that Zaedyn was eating it. I know that he was getting lots of beneficial nutrients.

Zaedyn tried to help me shake the “popcorn” up, but the container was a bit too heavy. He instantly examined it and tried a piece as soon as the lid was off. I love to see his curiosity and his willingness to try new things. He loved it! After moving from the ground to the table, he ate some more before taking it outside along with our paw paw smoothie. Kai was pretty curious as well! This will be another nutritious snack to remember.

How do you use nutritional yeast?

Nominated for Liebster Award


I am feeling pretty special for being nominated by Live Blissful for my very first award, the Liebster Award. Check out her blog. It is all about making the transition to vegan where she shares some amazing vegan recipes and has just been nominated for all sorts of awards. I started my blog a few months ago to share our journey and hopefully provide inspiration for others, and I really am grateful for those of you following my blog, Pinterest, and interacting through Facebook. I love your support, and you are all giving me inspiration to keep writing about our journey.



1. Add the award icon to your blog!

2. Link to your nominator to say thank you.

3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.

4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, & create 11 questions for your nominations to answer.

5. Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.

11 Facts about myself:

1. I am a twin.

2. I love to surf although I did not like sand when I was little.

3. I was born in California, but I live in New Zealand.

4. My favourite colour is green.

5. My husband “pushed” me off the Auckland Skytower, 192 metres, although I do not like heights.

6. I own a Volkswagon Camper Van with a Porsche engine which will hopefully run again one day!

7. I love to travel, especially to beaches and tropical places.

8. I love raw cauliflower.

9. I married my husband on top of a boat moving through the Newport Beach Harbour.

10. I am usually barefoot.

11. My son, Zaedyn Tai, makes me smile every day 🙂

My answers to Live Blissful’s questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies + “cheese”cake

2. Dogs or Cats? Dogs (Although we don’t have one. We have a bunny & a lamb)

3. Latte or Frappe? Latte

4. Beach holiday or sight seeing holiday? Beach holiday

5. Fiction or True Story? Fiction

6. Fantasy Film or Action Film? Fantasy Film

7. Chicken, Fish, or Tofu? Tofu

8. Ipad or Laptop? Ipad

9. Cooking or cleaning? Cooking

10. Playing sport or watching sport? Playing Sport

11. Roasted potato or fries? Roasted potato

Questions to my Nominees: 

1. Almond or Coconut Milk?

2. Guacamole or Hummus?

3. Beach or Snow?

4. Canon or Nikon?

5. Smoothie or Juice?

6. Raw or Cooked?

7. Nuts or Seeds?

8. Bike or Skateboard?

9. Coffee or Tea?

10. Tent or Hotel?

11. Fruits or Veggies?

I am absolutely amazed at some of the awesome posts and bloggers out there; however, I am just starting to follow blogs so I have decided to search around and nominate bloggers out there that I feel deserve an award and look forward to following them. Some may have more followers…


1. Vegan Life flower

2. Love and Green Juice

3. Dinner with Aura

4. berlinveganlove

5. Vegan Hippie Mama

6. Hooked on Health

7. An Auckland Vegan

8. Fit to Blog

9. from motherhood to enlightenment

10. Healthy Happy Hippie

11. TahiniToo

Nominees, I hope that you will accept your nomination. Please follow my format by sharing 11 facts about you, answering the 11 questions that I have asked, create 11 new questions for your nominees, and choose 11 blogs that you would like to recognise. Please come back and leave a link to your blog post about your award.

*If you have a blog that you want me to know about, please leave your link below…I would love to hear from you 🙂

Loving Earth Smoothie


Raw Organic Coconut Chocolate Butter Smoothie topped with fresh Strawberries
Smoothie a Day

Happy Vegan Thanksgiving


What a beautiful way to celebrate Thanksgiving with sunflowers. I really appreciate being given these. Of course, I think everyone celebrating with sunflowers would be a much better Thanksgiving tradition!

Sunflowers are useful in many different ways. I am sure Zaedyn would love planting some and watching them grow. It is amazing how tall some of them grow. They would quickly pass him! Besides having beautiful flowers, sunflower seeds are yummy and very nutritious. Did you know that you can actually save the seeds and replant them once they have dried out? Have you ever tried to grow sunflower sprouts? Yum! I can think of many ways to use sunflower seeds.

So we decided to celebrate Thanksgiving by ordering lots, I mean HEAPS, of Raw & Living Foods from Living Foods Lifestyle New Zealand and Revolution Food Company. Okay so not exactly the reason, but I suppose I can use Thanksgiving as an excuse for my latest purchases. Yes, Irish Moss was one of those items so I will definitely be making some Raw Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie. I always seem to get carried away, but there was even more that I could have purchased. I definitely restocked a few items that I needed and added a few things that I am excited to try for the first time. Has anyone tried Pili nuts? I would love to try them, but I could not afford them after everything else I found. Let me know what you think of them and hopefully I can try them at some point. Oh, and I even bought Sunflower Lecithin. See, sunflowers really are versatile. Anyways, once I get my orders you can expect to see some exciting raw food being created.

Charlie Banana Swimmer Giveaway *CLOSED*


Charlie Banana Swim Nappy Size Small, 5-7kg, colour of your choice

If you win, which colour would you choose?

Check out the Giveaways tab on Facebook for more information on how to enter, & make sure to comment below with your favourite colour. It would be awesome if you could also share with others that might be interested.

Why do we love Charlie Banana Swimmers?

They are so absorbent unlike most swim nappies because they are a 2-in-1 swim diaper and training paints. The lining is 100% organically grown cotton with a waterproof outer layer. Besides wasting money on disposable swim nappies that will end up in landfill, Zaedyn gets to wear a stylish swim nappy that is eco-friendly, does not contain chemicals, and it is absorbent without becoming bulky.

We want to share some cloth love with you so please enter for your chance to win one of these super cute reusable swim nappies.

This is an amazing product that I do not know what we would do without. We love the beach, and we are so excited for summer! See Zaedyn’s one in use below…


If you own Charlie Banana swimmers, let us know what you think of them.

*Terms & Conditions ~ This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. This giveaway is not sponsored by Charlie Banana. Only open to New Zealand. The winner will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us a message!

Fluffy Mail! +Giveaway

fluffy mail

Zaedyn opens his fluffy mail & checks out his new bitti tutto!

itti bitti
itti bitti

How exciting! We received fluffy mail today from The Nappy Lady. Such an awesome print to add to Zaedyn’s nappy stash. I just love it. It is a super soft minky fabric, and of course we love giraffes. We received our first bitti d’lish from the Nappy Lady, and now we get to try our first bitti tutto. You can definitely expect a review on both for how they work for us. The nappy has been through the wash already. I can’t wait to see what it looks like on. I used to think that they were overwhelming with all of the snaps and inserts, but they are actually pretty easy. The snaps are even colour coordinated!

So, another huge thank you and shout out to The Nappy Lady. Make sure to follow her page as well as Cloth Nappy Week because there are lots of exciting events that you will not want to miss for those in New Zealand.

Now for an exciting announcement. We would love to share some cloth love with you since we appreciate everyone following us and liking our Facebook page. With summer coming and since we love the beach, we would love to give someone a Charlie Banana Swim Diaper (Swim Nappy) size Small 11-18lbs, 5-7kg, colour of your choice, in an upcoming giveaway.

Is anyone else excited about this? The lining is 100% organically grown cotton with a waterproof outer layer. These are actually absorbent compared to most swim nappies. Plus, this is heaps better than using a disposable swim nappy to go to landfill, and I think that they are super cute. I know that this giveaway might not apply to all of our followers, but hopefully there will be something of interest to you in the future. We also welcome new likes that will continue to follow us so feel free to share our page on yours or with others that you think might be interested. Make sure to click on Add to Interests and watch out for our upcoming giveaway.

If you win, which colour would you choose?

Our Charlie Banana Giveaway

cloth swimmers

Charlie Banana Swim Diaper (Swim Nappy) size Small 11-18lbs, 5-7kg, colour of your choice

Smoothie a Day #20 Mango


This smoothie was way too yummy! Zaedyn was not that interested in sharing with me so I had to find my own straw, but then he decided that he could drink from two. Cheeky!

We have not had mango for awhile and wanted to make sure that we could taste it. This was a very simple smoothie, but you could easily add greens or a few more ingredients.

Tomorrow’s smoothie a day is nut butter in case you want to join in or see what we decide to make. If you haven’t noticed already, check out the Smoothie a Day quick link page at the top that I added. Oh, and something else really exciting. We received some fluffy mail from the Nappy Lady today! If you want to find out what nappy we have added to Zaedyn’s nappy stash, I will be posting a photo later. I love the print!

smoothie a day


-1 mango

-1/3 cup pineapple,

-1/3 cup coconut water (I used freeze dried powder this time)

-1 banana.

Adjust with more pineapple or coconut water if needed.

The World’s First Vegan Egg Yolk


vegan egg

Look what I have just received from The Vegg, the world’s first vegan egg yolk! That’s right. Not just an egg replacer, but an egg-free “egg”. My egg replacer if needed is usually chia seed, and I suppose I ignore recipes that depend on egg. Replacing ingredients in “typical” recipes to make them vegan and gluten-free ended up far too complicated. I have had much more success with my raw vegan recipes. However, I am now very curious about this new vegan “egg” yolk that traveled from Pennsylvania to New Zealand. Anyone else curious?

French toast? Quiche? Scrambled Veggs? Vegg pancakes? I am not someone who misses eggs, but I see the possibilities and keep trying to decide what I should make. Hopefully something delicious and unique.

I am really excited to experiment with this new & very different product than what has previously been available. I feel pretty special to be given the opportunity to review The Vegg and would love to hear from you if you have any requests on what you would like to see me make. Whether you are a vegan who misses eggs and recipes with eggs, or someone just curious if this product actually tastes like an egg, I would love to hear from you.

Oh, and besides helping caged hens through providing an alternative egg, 10% of net sales from The Vegg are donated to Compassion Over Killing. So buying The Vegg helps to support animals, but is it as yummy as people are saying? Make sure to LIKE Arohanui Vegan Love on Facebook so that you can find out when I post my review.

Chocolate, Banana, & Cinnamon: A Collection of Gluten-Free Vegan Baking


Just a few photos of some gluten-free vegan baking before I began this page. Actually, the first photo is chocolate cupcakes I made for Valentine’s Day in 2011!


gluten-free organic cocoa vegan cupcakes


gluten-free vegan banana bread


gluten-free vegan chocolate banana walnut cupcakes


gluten-free vegan double chocolate coconut


gluten-free vegan cinnamon rolls