Anna’s Rustic Eggplant Patties in Tomato Sauce

Anna's Rustic Eggplant Patties in Tomato Sauce

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for quite a while now and the time has finally come. Anna is my mum’s best friend and she’s a great cook. An Italian woman, she makes all the classics that make you want to drool. I used to love these eggplant patties before I became vegan. I haven’t had them since becoming vegan and have wanted to recreate them in a way that will still be satisfying.

I got the original recipe from Anna a few months ago and have played around with the ingredients to make it work as a vegan recipe. I’m really happy with how they’ve turned out! They’re so easy to make and can be a great recipe to have when you need some freezer-friendly options. Just thaw them out and pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes on either side. Alternatively, fry them lightly on some oil. [continue reading…]

Having The Courage To Quit – Episode 008

Having The Courage To Quit - Episode 008

We often think of quitting as a failure, but we see quitting as a necessary process of finding happiness.

In this conversation, we break down some examples of how quitting has helped us to live with intentionality. We have certainly had our fair share of quitting jobs and changing careers as well as so many other commitments like sport and friendships. But in that time, we have asked ourselves many questions to determine why we should stay or quit in that commitment. 

For us, it’s scarier to stay in the certainty of something that we are not happy with than to quit and venture the unknown. [continue reading…]

7 Quotes To Inspire You To Pursue Simplicity

7 Quotes To Inspire You To Pursue Simplicity

All I want to feel is simplicity. I want it because it feels extraordinary.

When I reach simplicity, I feel calmer, happier and more focused. If you too have experienced simplicity in your life, then you know what I mean.

But. Simplicity is freaking elusive.

It’s much harder to achieve than we think. Because its rival, complexity, keeps creeping back into our lives.

We need the courage to pursue simplicity. It often requires saying no to opportunities, relationships, features, products, materials, tools. You get the point.

Simplicity, also makes you question whether what you have is enough. This is perhaps the biggest demon. But just having enough, while it might seem boring or risky, is practical. It’s when we desire excess that things start to get complicated. [continue reading…]

Alkalising Green Juice with Mint and Lime

You know what, we should all be juicing more often. There’s really no reason not to, and there are SO many health benefits to it. We’ve had a cold-pressed juicer for around six years now. It was a gift from my mum, a prolific juicer herself. She has a cold-pressed vegetable (mainly) juice at least once a day using organic produce.

There are some important things to note when juicing at home or when buying juice out. Unfortunately most of the places where you buy juice when out will have a fairly standard commercial juicer that makes a really loud noise and throws the pulp from the produce in all sorts of directions when being pressed through the juicer. There’s a difference between normal juicers and cold-pressed juicers. I learned this a while ago and to this day will only ever use a cold-pressed juicer for one reason. All the vitamins and minerals in the produce you juice stay intact. Unlike other juicers that have a system which uses heat. When heat is used in the process of juicing, it begins to kill some of the vitamins that you would get in a raw vegetable for instance. [continue reading…]

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Sparking Joy – Episode 007

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Sparking Joy - Episode 007

Marie Kondo and her philosophy of tidying have exploded onto mainstream media. Her show on Netflix is inspiring millions of people around the world to declutter their homes.

We’re long-time fans of Marie’s work and we have implemented some of her strategies in the past.

With that, the idea behind sparking joy, while inspiring, is not something that we agree with when it comes to minimalism.

In this episode, we breakdown the idea behind making decisions on things you should keep, discard and bring into your life, and provide an alternative to the question, “does this item spark joy?” We share a new concept that we have created based on the type of person you are and what stage of life you are in right now. Just like not every diet and work-out regime fits everyone, decluttering and minimalism approaches are also not a ‘one glove fits all’ style of approach. We discuss four different approaches and demonstrate them with some tangible real-life examples.  [continue reading…]

The Never Ending To-Do List

The Never Ending To-Do List and How to Change the Habit

If you’re anything like me, you have a to-do list as long as your arm most days. It does, however, satisfy you every single time you complete a task. That same feeling that you get when you clean up that room you’ve been putting off forever, that pile of laundry that has been sitting there for months to be ironed, or the bits and pieces that needed to be dropped off in multiple places that have been sitting in your car boot — that satisfaction. I know I’m not alone.

The truth is though that these jobs are simply never finished. There’s always something else that could be done. If you’re not on holidays, there’s typically something that is waiting for you to attend to. Emails, that rough patch of the garden, cleaning, cooking, appointments, grocery shopping, and the list goes on. [continue reading…]

Roasted Eggplant and Capsicum Buckwheat Salad

Roasted Eggplant and Capsicum Buckwheat Salad

I’m not the kind of cook to plan recipes in advance generally unless it’s something that’s out of my depth. This salad certainly wasn’t. I created this one while I was still on the anti-candida diet and I was house and dog sitting a few months ago. I wanted to make a salad using grain and some roasted vegetables. It’s actually one of my favourite ways to throw things together.

This roasted eggplant and capsicum buckwheat salad is really satisfying as it’s full of flavour, different textures and fills you up. It’s also super healthy and ticks all my boxes nutritiously. I find it as an awesome option for lunch as well, as you can just keep it in the fridge. Just leave the baby spinach out until you’re ready to eat so it doesn’t go all soft and soggy. One of the things that I really can’t stand, soggy salad.  [continue reading…]

Reflections From Our Minimalist Vegan Wedding – Episode 006

A Minimalist Vegan Wedding

We just celebrated our third wedding anniversary, which triggered some fond and stressful memories of creating our dream minimalist vegan wedding. Would we do it all over again? Heck yes….with a few alterations from lessons learned. 

In this episode, we reflect on our value-driven minimalist vegan wedding day to share insights with listeners who are thinking of doing the same thing or to spark conversation with others who have also tried to apply minimalism or veganism to their special day. We share our engagement story and how it all came together. We also share some insight into how we dealt with push back on having a vegan wedding day. [continue reading…]

The Problem With Storage

The Problem With Storage

Maša and I recently made the tough decision to move in with her parents so we could save money for our move to Slovenia.

We had been renting a two bedroom townhouse in a central location for three years. We were in a relatively new area, with the property itself being about six years old.

The layout of the property was reasonably simple, sitting at two stories with lots of open space, natural light, large bedrooms and a carport.

Being suckers for a minimalist aesthetic, our colour palette included white, birch and grey. We had minimal things in the townhouse, as friends would often visit and could see that we didn’t have much.

At least on the surface. [continue reading…]

Apple, Blueberry and Vanilla Oat Bran Porridge

Apple, Blueberry and Vanilla Oat Bran Porridge

This apple, blueberry and vanilla oat bran porridge has been my go-to breakfast for a couple of months now. I love it! So easy to make and some of it can be prepped the night before if you’re short on time in the mornings. You can even batch stew the apples and have them ready in a jar in the fridge. I love to also mix it up or have a quick version of this if I’m in a hurry.

These gorgeous apples were picked by my mum and her best friend in the wild yesterday. The most delicious, blemish, bug and chemical free apples I’ve ever seen! What an incredible find. I was lucky that she brought some apples back with the leaves still intact. The photos turned out much nicer that way. [continue reading…]