Awards and many more thanks

Before the end of the year has finished I wanted to thank a few wonderful bloggers who gave me awards recently.  I can’t believe how many awards my blog has received from other bloggers, especially since I only started it at the end of September this year.

Writing about my experiences and getting feedback from others has really helped me stay on the healthy path. I have had a few slips, but for the most part have been able to be consistently eating a plant based diet. I have also got to discover more ingredients and cooking techniques and have been inspired by others to try them. Thanks to everyone else who follows this blog for your input!

The awards I recently received include:

Sandra from Quirky Books for Shine On Award.

Kz from The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic for Super Sweet Blogging Award.

Art and Kitchen for Blog of the Year 2012 Award.

Coop Poop for Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Teresa of Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen for Blog of the Year 2012 Award.


Shine On Award 

The Rules:shineon

1.) Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

2.) Add the award logo to your blog.

3.) Share 7 things about yourself.

  1. I am completely visual. I don’t really remember what people say.
  2. I can’t whistle, but I can pop.
  3. I have been learning Italian for 3 years. Still not completely fluent though. One day…
  4. I live at home and I’m not ashamed. Its great!
  5. Sometimes I forget my age because I don’t want to believe I’m not 20 anymore.
  6. I don’t like white silver. It makes it really hard trying to pick out engagement rings.
  7. I am going to Melbourne on friday and I can’t wait! After 6 months of being overseas you would think I would be sick of traveling but I not.

4.) Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers you admire.

Art and Kitchen

a beautiful day


The Healthy Epicurean

The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic

Relaxing cooking

a better year to a better life

Offbeat Lounge

Coop Poop

Nourishing Chow


Super Sweet Blogging Award

The Rules:super-sweet-blogging-award21w6451

1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.

2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

Super Sweet questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? Cake

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Any vegan chocolate macadamia brownies and vegan cheesecake.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? at 9pm every night.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Sugar Plum is what my boyfriend calls me. Coco Malu is my stripper name (pet + street) lol.

Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen:

Petit 4 Chocolatier

Kicking back the pebbles

Table of Colors

Liv Loves Life

Cooking up a Storm

Made of Stars

Miss Marzipan

Blissful Britt

Spontaneous Tomato

Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

Blog of the Year 2012 Award

The Rules:Blog of the Year Award 5 star jpeg

1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;

3. Include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the Thought Palette and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…


I am nominating everyone in my community. I won’t send you a message about it because there is heaps of you, but you all deserve a star!


Inspiring Blogger Award

The Rules:very-inspiring-blogger-award

1. Thank the blogger who nominated me.

2. Place the award on my site.

3. Share 7 random things about myself. – As Above^

4. Nominate 15 blogs. I will leave out this one as I have nominated for others. 




Toasted Almond & Coconut Gelato

I can’t believe its Christmas in 2 days. I went Christmas shopping yesterday and I was meant to get the last minute presents for my family. But I ended up coming home with only a  pair of Guess Jeans for me. Have to do some last minute shopping tomorrow, as well as plan what I am going to cook for Christmas. Usually we do it here, but this year we are going to my cousins house. They are big meat and dairy eaters so I want to bring something I can eat and they can also enjoy. Not sure what I’ll make but I better think of something soon.

Last night I made this gelato. It didn’t stay in shape for too long since it is so hot here at the moment, but it was really good. It was also very sticky and got stuck in the the crevices of my processor. It got into places are really hard to clean and I don’t know how it happened. Luckily I already know what I am getting for Christmas from my mum. She is getting me an ice cream machine and a dehydrator. So I can start making real ice cream soon. I can’t wait to try out some new flavors and not rely on frozen bananas.


Toasted Almond & Coconut Gelato (gf, sf)


3 frozen bananas

1 can coconut cream

agave/maple syrup to taste

hand full of almonds

handful of dried shredded coconut


1. Cut the almonds roughly, then dry toast in a pan and then set to the side.

2. Dry toast the shredd coconut and set to the side.

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

4. Spoon out the cream from the coconut cream (discard the water) and place into the processor.

5. Turn on processor and while it is mixing add the agave.

6. Once all the banana has been blended, add most of the almonds and coconut. Only pulse so it mixes through.

7. Serve with the toasted almonds & coconut on top.

Today was Marco’s birthday lunch with his family, so I prepared some dishes to take. I made a few things from Chloe’s Kitchen recipe book including Sweet-and-Sour Party Meatballs, Rosemary Tomato Galette with Pine Nut Ricotta and Chocolate Walnut Fudge. The meat balls were delicious and really easy to make. They were made of tempeh, walnuts and lentils. They tasted and smelled more like meat then other recipes I have tried, but texture in the center was a bit soft, more like a processed meat. The sweet and sour sauce was really easy to make and it was a bit like the McDonald’s nugget sauce. The galette turned out really well. It really paid off refrigerating the dough 3 times before baking it. The pastry was more like a short crust pastry and had a much better texture then the other galette I have made previously. The pine nut ricotta was really really good. I was more like a pesto. It had roasted garlic, soaked pinenuts, oil and lemon juice. I found I had to add a bit of water to make it really creamy, but definetely something I want to make again, even if its just to have on toast. The fudge was the most wicked I have ever made. It called for 3 cups of chocolate (I used Sweet William), 1 can of coconut milk, cocoa, 3 cups of powdered (icing) sugar and toasted walnuts. Unfortunately I didnt realised till I had made it, with only 30 mins till I had to be at the party, that I realized it was meant to set in the fridge for up to 8 hours. I don’t know how I forgot about that. So it wasn’t exactly set when it came time to eat it. We still tried to eat it though. It was so rich and decadent, the photos don’t do it justice. Not sure I will make this again. Too fattening! I am not sure if I will bring it to Christmas or I will freeze it and allow Marco a small piece once a month.

Marco’s sister made toasted pita bread with oregano with a chickpea and roasted capsicum dip, which was really good. They also had their traditional salads, of tomato and onion, and cabbage with vinegar and roasted chicken with mayo and gherkins. For main course they made roasted pork, chicken and vegetables. I managed to stay away from the meat and ate my meat balls. I love the way they do their vegetables though. I’m not sure how they get them to taste so good, but they are always perfect. For dessert there was also a serbian cake made of nuts, plasma biscuits and egg whites. It is a serbian cake they always make for celebrations. I did have a bit of that, since it was dairy free. They also had baklava. I am not a big fan of that, its too sweet for me. It was nice to bring somethings though. So I could have a proper meal and not have people worrying about that I’m not eating. I was really happy they they also had the food I made. I think some vegan foods freak some people out. But what I love about Chloe’s recipes is that they don’t look ‘vegan’, they just look and taste delicious.


Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs

Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs

Rosemary & Tomato Galettes

Rosemary & Tomato Galettes

Pine nut Ricotta

Pine nut Ricotta

Toasted Pita bread with Oregano

Toasted Pita bread with Oregano

Roasted Meats & Vegetables

Roasted Meats & Vegetables

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Plasma Cake

Plasma Cake