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Peanut Butter Caramel & Chocolate Tart

Peanut Butter Caramel & Chocolate Tart Slice

I’ve been trying to get into the habit of experimenting more with desserts in the kitchen, and this Peanut Butter Caramel & Chocolate Slice has certainly motivated me even more!

It’s smooth, rich, sweet, and balanced. The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is not one that you can really fail with. When I first thought of making a tart, I didn’t think that it would be this hard. Hard because it was impossible to find a pan that was not non-stick or aluminium! When you know that they are unsafe, even if you use it every now and then, I didn’t want to bring that into my home. I also called around my local charity stores thinking they might have one, but apparently, it’s a rarity, as most people that buy them, hold onto them or dispose of them if the non-stick wears off or the dish is no longer doing what it’s meant to do.  / Read More »

Spend More Money As a Minimalist Vegan

Spend More Money As a Minimalist Vegan

We came into the world empty-handed and will leave the world empty-handed.

In our lifetime we have a finite amount of resources at our disposal. Let’s make it count!

At the time of writing this article, I’m living in Canberra, which is the capital city of Australia. It’s an incredibly wealthy city with high levels of disposable income.

However, like many rich cities, most of this money is spent on shit we don’t need. Even worse, we spend money on products and services that do more harm than good. / Read More »

The Curse of The Minimalist Aesthetic

The Curse of The Minimalist Aesthetic

Ever since we embarked on the minimalist journey over three and a half years ago, I’ve created this ideal in my head. Asking myself “am I portraying what minimalism is?” on a regular basis.

I love minimalism and what it stands for but it’s different for everyone. Being intentional with everything in your life and eliminating the unnecessary, the clutter, and the things that weigh you down is how I define it.

One thing that I’ve had a lot of challenge with has been the aesthetic. I’m a very visual person. I like things to be tidy, clean and pretty. Having that kind of standard, I find myself spending time cleaning, tidying and resetting visual standards after use all the time. Maybe a little obsessive some might say? / Read More »

Miso Glazed Eggplants

Miso-Glazed-Eggplant

I’ve had Miso Glazed Eggplants when I’m out for dinner and have absolutely loved them! I’ve always seen restaurants using the bigger, Italian style eggplants, but not the thin long Japanese variety that I’ve utilised in my recipe. You can also use Chinese eggplants, which are lighter in colour than the Japanese ones.  / Read More »

The Journey of Reducing Our Landfill Waste

Do you ever pause to look at what’s in your bin? I mean, really look at what you roll out onto the curb every week for the rubbish truck to come and collect?

We never used to think twice. Food scraps, packaging, leftovers that went off, cleaning waste (paper towel, tissues), you name it—it was most likely in our bins.

Fast forward to today, we put our bin out every 3-4 weeks and that only has the one-half bag of rubbish in it normally. The reason we get rid of the bag is that it’s made of compostable materials and starts to fall apart in our bin after a while. Along with dust from the vacuum and maybe some of our dog’s poop, that’s all we’ve got. / Read More »

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Bake

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Bake

I used to make a delicious creamy cauliflower bake with cheese and cream before I became vegan. It was quite a heavy, rich sauce.

The first few months of being vegan, I wanted to recreate a white sauce that I liked for dishes like this leek and mushroom pasta. So I set out on a mission to recreate a vegan and healthier alternative. Once I landed on the fact that cashews make things nice and creamy and thicken a sauce up really well, this was my base for a lot of different dishes. Creamy sauces and curries are the ones I use cashews in regularly. / Read More »

The Pressure of Being An Overweight Vegan

The Pressure of Being An Overweight Vegan

“If being a vegan is so good, why is Michael still fat?” My mother asked my wife…

This right here, ladies and gentleman, is the question. It’s the question that pushes culture towards or away veganism, rightly or wrongly.

Lot’s to unpack in this post. Let’s start at the beginning. / Read More »

20 Minute Greens With Brown Rice

Greens with Brown Rice Quick

In the past, I’ve talked about sharing more quick and easy lunch recipes, and this brown rice salad with greens recipe is a prime example.

You can whip it up the night before or if you have some time in the morning for prep, you can do it then as well. Or if you’re lucky like I am and work from home, you can do it when you’re ready to eat!

This brown rice salad with greens is really easy and this post will mainly serve as a guide, as you can have a million different variations. All you need to make sure is that your grains are cooked and ready to go. Otherwise, that will delay you if you use a grain like brown rice. For a quicker alternative, you can use quinoa. I like using the tri-coloured one in this instance.  / Read More »

The True Cost of a $10 Garment

The True Cost of Clothes worker

When you think about fast fashion, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Cheap clothes? What about slave labour in sweatshops?

How many people pause to think about the true cost of their $10 garment?

The True Cost is a documentary that we have talked about before, it’s an amazing way to educate yourself on how the fast fashion industry is contributing to an array of issues globally, from worker exploitation to environmental degradation.  

This industry (as well as lots of others) really gets under my skin. It’s not good enough what we’re doing. Which isn’t much, to change the demand for these types of products. / Read More »

Frugal Living From a Minimalist's Perspective

I’ve never considered myself to be frugal. I was always one to indulge impulsively and lacked the discipline to think long-term about money and time. But since becoming a minimalist, the idea of frugal living has fascinated me.

On the surface frugality and minimalism appear to be close relatives. Spending less and buying less go hand in hand. At least so I thought.

It wasn’t until I started researching topics on frugal living that I realised that these two ideas could be at odds. Especially when you layer veganism over the top.

In this post, I’m going to share why frugal living poses problems for those looking to live with less. At the same time, there are some areas where frugal living amplifies minimalism.

Before we look at the challenges and benefits, it’s important to define the frugal mindset and the minimalist mindset. / Read More »

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