Sunshine Award…got nominated again!

Whatsonmyplateblog nominate me for Sunshine Award. I’m really pleased another blogger found my blog interesting enough to nominate. Whatsonmyplateblog has a amazing blog about Indian food. I really recommend you check her out and be inspired by her home cooking.

Since I already nominated 10 blogs, here’s the link to previous post. I’m so happy I can nominate a few more blogs that I love and inspire me.


If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you. You must answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them!

Here are the questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher? Leonardo Da Vinci

2.What is your favorite number? 2

3. What is your favorite animal? Flamingo because they are so pretty and dogs because they have so much love to give

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?

5. What is your favorite time of day? 10am (early enough to have the whole day ahead of me and late enough to of slept in)

7. What is your favorite physical activity? walking my two beautiful dogs and occasionally some pilates

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? vanilla soy latte, lychee juice and coconut water (from the cocount)

9. What is your favorite flower? tulips

10. What is your passion? Cooking, eating and researching history

My Nominees:

Cant stay out of the kitchen

Gazing In

Awesome Vegan Blog

Turning Veganese


Love Licks Pensiveness


Small Potatoes

My Little Italian Kitchen

Avocado & Ales

Chocolate Peanut Banana Gelato

After a long awaited lunch today, we were still hungry. Marco offered to go to the shops and buy some more tofu to fry (he’s addicted), but I thought that would be a little unhealthy  So I decided to try vegan gelato again. I didn’t have any coconut cream, just a small can of coconut milk. I was worried it wouldn’t work, so I decided if we weren’t having gelato then we were have dessert smoothies. Coconut milk worked out fine, so I think I’ll try almond milk next time. The secret must be the frozen fruit that gives the texture of gelato. For most of the vegans I’m sure vegan gelato is nothing new, but for me and the rest of the people that I will be telling this too, this is ground breaking news. All my dairy free and vegan books don’t mention making gelato without a ice cream machine. In fact when I was in Italy, I wrote an essay (in italian) on the history of gelato and how to make it. All the info said that you need a special machine. I would like to see what happens if I try to freeze a big batch of it. That’s if we can actually leave some….

Today I also discovered something else very special, Espresso Shakes! I was reading Ruth Tal’s reFresh: Contemporary vegan recipes from the award winning fresh restaurants and discovered I can have my coffee and drink it too. Even though I love morning smoothies, there have been many mornings when I give into my morning coffee for breakfast or I have both. I was thinking the other day why not combine the two, but I thought it may be a bad idea. Well now I know its not a bad idea, in fact its a fantastic idea! So I will be looking forward to experimenting this week and combining my two loves. I also have to start juicing again. There are no more excusing now!

Have any of you made Espresso Shakes with fruit and coffee?

Chocolate Peanut Banana Gelato (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free)


2 frozen bananas

2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder

165ml coconut milk

2 tablespoons maple syrup


1. Roughly chop up the banana and place into the processor.

2. Add peanut butter and cocoa and turn on processor.

3. While it is mixing add the maple syrup. Spin for 3-4 mins or until  the mixture is without lumps and serve immediately.

*Serves 3