Author: Candice

A Vegan Remake of the Classic Peppermint Crisp Dessert

Lucky me; I was born into a family who loved going out.  Picnics, outdoor concerts, surprise milkshakes after school… And regular dinnertime visits to our favourite pizza restaurant. Most places offered that peppermint crisp caramel dessert.  You know the one?  I remember digging in with a long soda spoon; a thick-rimmed wine glass filled to the brim with layers of caramel treat, tennis biscuits, peppermint crisp, and cream.  You could never finish it alone, despite trying, and always felt a bit green around the gills after. My husband and I relived those fond memories while I was working on...

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Totally eggless nog: a booze free vegan eggnog

A hot, spicy drink in summer? Wait; what do you mean, “eggnog is chilled”? Once I’d been convinced (after a bit of suspicious Googling) that eggnog was, in fact, traditionally a chilled drink, I was inspired to concoct a vegan eggnog version of my favourite creamy childhood drink. Turns out it’s delicious in summer. Who’d have thunk? Oh; everyone. Right. If you are able to, I hope you’ll plan ahead and make your own nut milk. It’s easier than you think. Nut milk bags are great, but if you have a muslin cloth or piece of netting lying around, use...

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A Festive Fruit and Nut Cake Inspired by Nature

Fancy getting into the swing of all things festive with some easy weekend baking? We’re nuts about this rather naughty brandy soaked Christmas tradition (also optional in the entirely innocent not alcoholic variety) and we just so happen to have you covered with all the nut and dried fruit staples your festive heart desires. INGREDIENTS 250 g dried cranberries 250 g raisins 200 g sour cherries 200 g dates 100 g dried pineapple, chopped 125 ml brandy* 120g raw almonds 100g raw walnuts 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 3 cups cake flour 2 Tbsp baking powder 250g butter,...

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Chomp on this: Natural toothpaste vs the conventional stuff

Forget cavities for a second; apparently, dental health is directly linked to heart and bone health. Seems caring for that toothy grin is more significant than avoiding a trip to the dreaded dentist. But with the huge number of products out there promising perfect smiles, along with all sorts of conflicting information on the good, the bad, and the necessary, it can be quite challenging working out what’s truly best for your and your family’s health.   We’ve done some reading on the subject and found a few interesting things for you to consider, which we hope will be...

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The Definitive Guide to Hosting a Successful Plant-Based Braai

South Africa is a paint palette layered with a swirl of colourful cultures. And fire connects us all. Countless meals have been cooked, stories been told, and cultures united around a crackling braai fire. And it is a warm and familiar place where meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike can come together to celebrate being proudly South African. But warm camaraderie aside, we know keeping braai food varied and interesting can be daunting for non-meat-eaters, so we’ve put together a few ideas to ignite your creativity this National Braai Day. 1. Chips and Dip Love chips but don’t love their...

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