Oh my! How time has flown these past months. Everyday I have been looking at this blog with a pinch in my heart trying to squeeze some time in for a little recipe to share. I've have been taking pictures though and recording new recipes that I've tried since coming to Canada. But writing them up just didn't seem to be able to happen somehow. At some point I felt like I would have to give up o
Radishes have always been a raw vegetable in my salads or sandwiches. Two weeks ago I purchased a whole bunch of them as I had not had them in a while. But I went a little overboard with grocery shopping the last time and bought too many salad items, way more than I could eat before they start to go off. After 10 days the radishes were still sitting in the bottom drawer of the fridge with all
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While romaine lettuce would probably not be able to compete with kale on nutritional value, it has however quite a good amount of nutrients. It is infact a complete protein having all 8 amino acids needed in our body! Wow, that's good news!
I do like to include greens in my smoothies. Usually kale or spinach find their way in most them, but it is good to rotate your green smoothies. This wa
The Veganomicon favourite recipe - The ever-so-famous Chickpea Cutlets, have probably hit a good number of vegan kitchens and probably loved by a number of non-vegans alike! Believe it or not, I had never tried the recipe before. Not that I didn't want to, I was infact dying to try it one day. One day when I'd find vital wheat gluten! That's right, the only ingredient that has prevented me fro
Valentine's day is almost round the corner. Not that I actually look forward to it or do anything special, I don't actually do anything on Valentine's day. But at least, I think the day isn't complete without a little chocolate treat! According to recent studies*, dark chocolate, or more so the flavanols present in chocolate, are actually very beneficial for the body as a pre-workout snack. Th
Update: The Giveaway is over. Scroll down to see the winners.
As you may know (if you've been reading this blog), when I'm not blogging, I am a Graphic Designer. And during my years of experience working in various industries, I have witnessed less and less demand for printed magazines (not that to have a magazine subscription was actually a norm). But have readers moved on? Well, right now I
I love avocadoes, be it for breakfast, lunch or even dessert! If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that I love my avocado on the sweet side. I do enjoy it in salads, smoothies and not forgetting sushi too. But most of the time, I love them just sliced in half, pit removed and drizzled with something sweet: brown sugar, molasses, agave, maple syrup...
Today, I added a few dashes of sp
One of the most famous vegan classic meal is without a doubt the tofu scramble. As such, this recipe is so versatile that probably hardly anyone needs a recipe for it.
At the Lovlie Coccoon, tofu scramble is much enjoyed for breakfast with slices of homemade bread, lunch in a wrap as well as dinner over sphagetti ! May I even dare think, scrambled tofu is what keeps veganism alive?!
How you w
I'm getting more and more into the crochet gear these days, all curled up in bed with a cup of tea! Crochet is a really relaxing activity I find. My latest project are these square baskets which I'm going to use to organise my spices pots in the cupboard.
I've stiffened the basket with a cornstarch solution; it holds its shape better this way.
More on the way...
By the w
You know what the fun is to move into a new country again? You get to buy some new fun stuffs and gadjets for the kitchen again! The cost of bringing all my utensils from Ireland was proving to be quite pricey. I ended up selling a good number of them before leaving. Having lived on the move for the past years has got me buying things that are rather functional and on the cheap. I did have som
The family being miles away, it has been a very quiet Christmas day for us today. However, there is something in the air on Christmas day, I find, that makes it merry and peaceful. Hopefully, you've all had a wonderful time.
Some fava beans caught my attention at our local supermarket the other day. I don't recall having seen those in the UK or Ireland. In consequence, I had actually never
Where have I been? Ahhh! I've missed this blog and my Facebook page so much during these past two months. Well, there's been a lot happening for me and the biggest change is that I've moved country. It has been two incredibly busy months and I'm now in Canada! Yay!
Boyfriendlovlie and I left Ireland last month and made it to Quebec in the beginning of November. It has been quite a change fro
Time is just flying by for me at the moment. Please excuse my lack of posts my dear readers. I am going through a bit of changes at the moment but I promise to resume regular posting really soon. Bear with me for another month or so and I hope to be back with many exciting news to share with you!
In my array of saved unpublished recipes I came across this scrumptious gluten-free orange pole
This is one of my newest piece especially created as a donation for the First Annual Karuna For Animals Art Show & Auction.
All proceeds earned from your generous donations will benefit Karuna For Animals' education and advocacy efforts, as well as help them to reach their goal of opening a local rescue and rehabilitation center for any and all animals in need.
Admission to the event i
As much as I enjoy cooking, there are days, I'm sure many of you will agree, where you just want a nice comforty meal with minimal effort. So, when Robin Robertson's publisher, The Harvard Common Press, contacted me for a review of Robin's new vegan cookbook, I was a little inquisitive. This wasn't just another vegan cookbook but one with recipes for the slow cooker, also known as the Croc
A colleague of mine brought me these wonderful homegrown organic beetroot the other day and needless to describe my delight! I do buy beetroot in the stores but it's a different feeling to be given some vegetables. I can imagine how a barter system could have been a great way of sharing. There is this sentiment associated with the exchange food items locally grown that money really can't buy.
Molasses is something that reminds me of many childhood memories. There was one particular molasses fudge that was available at the deli counter of one particular store in Mauritius. Back in the days, we wouldn't go there often but whenever Mum would take us, it was really something we looked forward to. However, as time passed, this store no longer made the molasses fudge and seemed to have r
With so many vegan burger recipes on the internet and recipe books nowadays, why would we need another recipe? Simply because we can't get enough of veggie burgers and they are just so tasty!
I am going to tell you a funny story. This actually happened to me a while ago. Boyfriendlovlie and I were invited at a wedding and our hosts were especially considerate to provide vegan food for us.
"What’s Mauritian cuisine like?", this is a question that I get quite often when I come across people from other countries.
Well, Mauritian cuisine is primarily an exotic mix. All continents gather to offer a myriad of colours and flavours. Infact it is more than common for a combination of cuisines to form part of the same meal.
Mauritius, by default, is composed of a mix of cultures a
I’ve entered my Pear Coconut Custard Creme into Ethical Ocean’s Vegan Recipe Contest! You can vote for me, as often as you like everyday. Voting entitles you to many fabulous prizes to be won daily. So, please do vote for your chance of winning.
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For the food-shopaholic that I am, these black rice noodles didn't go unnoticed though on the bottom shelf. Indeed any unusual ingredient would magnetise my attention (as Boyfriendlovlie would put it!); I'd just grab, read the label for any non-vegan culprits, and simultaneously grinning mentally at the thought of the creations I could be making with this. If I happen to see a vegan logo on th
Ever since I've made this bread for a previous Daring Baker's Challenge, it has become a regular at the Lovlie Cocoon! It is THE only way Boyfriendlovlie actually ENJOYS eating sweet potatoes. I try to sneak a few pieces of roasted sweet potatoes on his plate from time to time but there is just something about their sweetness which he thinks doesn't go with other savoury food. I enjoy eating s
Chia seeds, now classified among the top superfoods, is widely used in a lot of recipes from smoothies to desserts and even in cakes as a binding agent. But this post is not about the already famous chia! So no, I didn't get the title wrong! It's about a similar seed which are basil seeds. The latter look very much like chia seeds and also swells in water to form a gelatinous coating.
For all that is being said about soy and its negative counter parts, this grain still remains widely used and does find its way into numerous foodstuffs, mainly processed ones. While most soy nowadays is GMO (Genetically Modified), in Europe luckily we do have some organic non-GMO grains available. That said, for my part, I still do try to limit consumption of soy to once or twice a week. I co
Photo credit Philip Klinger
We come to wonder about our existence.
Then we take a look around and it all makes sense.
For we chose this Earth because of its incredible beauty.
Words fail to describe such splendour.
And hence such prevalent beauty is here to say:
For every harm done, there is goodness a hundred times.
Every flower, every dew drop, every gentle breeze is caressing our tho
Are you an anime fan? Japanese ones? I am! And I watch them every single night after dinner! Among the ones that I've watched for far, here's my list of favourite ones:
One Piece, Naruto, Berserk, Death Note, Trigun, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Bleach, Yu-Yu Hakusho...
And currenlty watching: Monster.
The list will keep increasing for sure! And who says anime-watching thinks about
Approximately a year ago when I started crochetting again (I did start to crochet at the age of 12 or so, learning from my mum), I got really hooked on it and found the array of projects to crochet pretty impressive but somewhat daunting too! The more I got into it though, the more confidence I gained with my crochet hooks; so much that my hooks started to move fast enough to work through even
Fridays are literally my favourite evenings; the reason being obvious! While the dinner menu varies greatly on Fridays, it always calls for something nice and comforting but not time consuming. For this I have an array of tasty meals that are under 40 minutes, preparation through to being ready.
One of my Friday menus that I really enjoyed (and bound to make again) was these Turmeric Tofu S
Nothing beats the excitement and thrill of such a surprise: to learn that this blog, Veganlovlie, was featured in Scope Magazine which is a Mauritian weekly mag! I had no idea they made a mention of this blog until I read it on a fellow Mauritian blogger's post, carrotmadman6. The article is about 'The Blog Phenomenon' in Mauritius and it highlights a few other Mauritian bloggers, some of which we
Elderflower is quite commonly found as cordials or mixed with apple juice or kombucha. I am not particularly lured by the cordial though, due to the sugar content. Recently, while I was searching for a kombucha culture online (to start my own homemade kombucha), I came across dried elderflowers. I had never seen them sold in tea shops here so I decided to get some. The fresh flowers fro
During the summer of last year, we were at a friend's place for a Vegetarian Meetup party. (I am a member of a Vegetarian Meetup group here and we occasionally meet for a shared dinner and other activities. Although lately, I haven't really had time for any of the meetups).
That evening, an exuberant toddler was playing around and was quite literally the centre of attraction; he was so full of
My allergy to nuts and seeds sometimes limit the different kinds of foods I could have. Beans and pulses are my main protein source although a good amount of raw fresh living foods do provide for amino acids which is essentially what the body needs. In that respect, if anything but for their great taste, nuts are not actually missed in my diet! Sure thing that they could be a handy snack but I ten
I have always pronounced 'scone' as in 'stone' and thought that was the only official pronunciation for it. However, during the years I spent in England, I've come across a good number of people who would pronounce it as in 'gone'. Apparently in Scotland and the northern part of England, it is pronounced to rhyme with 'gone' while in the south of England, the 'stone' pronounciation can more of
A year and a half or so after going vegan, I met with a friend and she asked, "Are you still vegan?"
And naturally I still was, of course. But it kind of struck me to get such a question because when I made the decision to become vegan, I knew there was no going back. I knew this wasn't going to be just an experiment; this wasn't going to be just an "ok, let's try and see..."
Why am I tell
A bit late but as promised, here is Part 2 of the photos of our Galway trip. I have so many photos from that trip that I had a hard time making a selection. We went for a tour around County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher. So, these photos are actually outside of Galway.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher
Some of Corrinne's creations.
Corrinne from Pin and Tack offered to interview me about my handmade jewellery
making. She is actually hosting a grand Jewelry Joy week at her blog featuring
different artists and their work. Corrinne is such a creative person herself
and I am very fond of her handmade cards which remind me so much of the ones
I used to make for the family
At the Lovlie Cocoon, we bake a vegan cake almost every week. Be it at tea time or dessert, cake always saves the day! But this week I really needed a break from cake but still wanted some kind of dessert. Something lighter than cake... And then it came to me while pondering over the big basket of fruits sitting on the top of our kitchen cupboad. Nature's generous bounty of fruits have made th
I've been testing out some vegan chocolate in the Seed & Bean brand lately. So, I wanted to post a mini review.
I've found 4 flavours at my local Holland & Barrett store and these are:
Mandarin and Ginger
My favourite is the Ginger one. It has tiny ginger nibs with the percentage of chocolate being just right for how I like it. And I love ginger chocolate
At the Lovlie Cocoon we are big fans of sushi, vegan of course! Before we discovered how tasty tempeh sushi could be, I used to make it using pan fried tofu.
But tempeh sushi rocks so much more!
What is tempeh? If you are unfamiliar with it, tempeh is made from soy beans. I am not a great fans of soy products in general and we try to limit our consumption of soy. However, what makes temp
Oh how I love these succulents! On my wishlist...
From Succulents Galore on Etsy.
I call this my Popeye Flu Buster Smoothie! Whenever I feel a little flu coming, this smoothie seems to keep it at bay. If you've tried green smoothies already, you know the amazing health benefits that comes out of every glass.
Well here's my own flu buster concoction.
2 cups baby spinach leaves
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons maple syrup (adjust to taste)
1 apple (I us
It's been a while since I posted some crafty things on here. Ever since I got my first batch of paper beads from Paper to Pearls™, I have been fascinated by them; they look so gorgeous that you wouldn't think they are made of paper. The batch I got have a nice selection of beads from which I've made a lot of nice jewellery, earrings being my favourite.
However, I kind of wanted to make
The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
Coriander chutney is a popular raw condiment in Mauritius, usually eaten as part of a main meal or with snacks to enhance flavour. It is a nice sauce to go with many savoury cakes and in this case savoury crêpes.
I like to use leftover chutney as a salad dressing too.
The recipe is very quick and easy to make; it is also raw and a great way to eat raw coriander. Originally it is made wi
As promised (if you have been following me on Facebook or Twitter), here are a few photos I took for the Vegan Bake Sale we had here in Dublin last Saturday (28th April 2012).
I donated a Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Coconut. I took a few shots while I was making it. But I haven't had the chance to write down the recipe yet. So, just some photos for now.
I like to use fresh pineapple instea
Drum beats as I announce the winner who was picked by the random number generator:
Number 6 is Jenn!
Congratulations Jenn! You'll be receiving an email shortly so I can get your details.
Thank you everyone for participating. Those who didn't win this time, stay tuned, I have plans for other giveaways soon.
Coming up soon are the photos I took from the Vegan Bake Sale. If you a
It's been a while since I hosted a giveaway. Well, here it is! This one is a thank you for all the new Facebook fans I've been getting recently. It's really awesome and I have to say a special thank you to My Attitude - My Life - My Rules for sending them my way.
So what am I giving away?
This "I ? Trees Pendant" (a unique piece, handmade by me) to one lucky winner. The rules are simple.
This is a popular fruit loaf in Ireland. I sometimes buy fruit loaves in the supermarkets; they have some that are dairy & egg-free. I've always wanted to try out a proper homemade tea brack recipe though. After searching for a vegan recipe, I found that most of them used egg-replacer which I didn't have. So I decided to start off from a non-vegan recipe that I veganised.
I replaced the
~~~~~~Wabi-sabi~~~~~~Have you ever wanted to just get out of the house being just you without having to look in the mirror first to see if you looked okay to go out? Are there things out there that you find incredibly beautiful but would not dare say they are because the whole world may not share the same opinion?
Freckles as beautiful as stars in the sky.
Image from here.Wabi-sabi, a J