About

When I was growing up, I was told I looked like Doris from Fame:

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Then later on in life, Alanis:

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Apparently, I now look like the Pancake Parlour Lady.  Lovely:

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I’m a vegan-since-April-2012 geek living in Melbourne, Australia with my husband (referred to as Husband here, I swear I drew a blank when it came to nicknames for the blog), my eleven year old son Arthur and my seven year old daughter DeeW.  We’ve recently added two young cats to our family who provide us with endless entertainment and endless reminders for me about what it’s like raising toddlers.

I’m of Greek descent and a lot of the Greek meals I cook were learned by sitting around the kitchen tables of my grandparents just watching and helping out.  Of course, I’m now vegan so I have the additional task of veganising everything but it’s a challenge I love. I love to cook and experiment so I’ll document my many successes and even more flops.  So many flops…

You’ll find lots of restaurants reviews here at Veganopoulous. I also like to post reviews on cookbooks and I am slowly working my way through a rather large vegan cookbook collection.

Being vegan means I use vegan products, so I blog about my experiences in that area too.

Because I’m the sort of person who loves looking at ‘everyday life’ kinds of photos on other blogs, I’ll add in that kind of stuff too.  You know, like the sorts of supermarket aisles and police cars and rubbish bins we have in Melbourne. I like to mix in photos of my home town with my posts so if you ever plan on visiting Melbourne, I hope my blog can be useful to you!

I also have a love of vintage and retro stuff in general and you’ll often find me taking photos in op shops. I’ll feature my favourite finds and collections on the blog.

Family life is also a big theme here, so you’ll see what we get up to. I am the only vegan in our home and as I’m the cook, everything I make is vegan. Initially this was met with some resistance as my son, at the time, was only ever eating Weetbix and toasted cheese sandwiches (I’d sneak veggies in to his smoothies). He’s come a long way because he now asks for tofu and roasted chickpeas.  I’m confident it will just keep getting better, but it’s a slow process!

I very much appreciate the time people take to read and comment so I hope that everyone visiting finds something useful!

Love and leafy greens,

Faye @ Veganopoulous

62 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi!
    Just found your blog. I’m an Aussie, a vegan, and a mum too!
    I haven’t been to Melbourne yet. I would love to visit Mister Nice Guy. Lucky you!
    🙂

  2. Hi there, I’m a new vegan living in Melbourne too. Also trying to convert my husband and have nearly convinced my 5 year old daughter. I look forward to reading your blog!

  3. Hi There, this is Gulden from VegFusion. I just decided to check your blog after you left a comment on mine (about tagine, remember?) as the name suggests some Greekness and I was right! I am originally from Turkey and I have a thing for Greek food and would love to exchange notes at some stage if that’s OK with you.
    All the best and happy MoFo 🙂

    • I love Turkish food too 🙂 My grandparents spoke Turkish as well as Greek, and I grew up learning how to make Turkish coffee 🙂 I’ve been very slack with veganising Greek recipes which is why I started the blog 😛

  4. Please say “Kalimera” for me which is a hybrid word Turks and Greeks use; kalimera and merhaba put together 🙂 I’ve been meaning to come back here and say merhaba or kalimera or together for a long time but VeganMoFo was tiring and right after that I had visitors. Oh well, today is the day, at least 🙂
    Hey, I’m subscribed to your blog and if you ever do any Greek recipes I will be the first one to go “wow” and those recipes wil be very appreciated I can tell you 🙂

  5. Hey there! I just discovered your blog and have been enjoying going through your posts. I’m vegan too. My husband and I made the transition two years ago. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done – we love it! It’s a pleasure to e-meet you! Celeste 🙂

  6. Hi Veganopolous!! What a cute intro. You won one of the cookbooklettes from the giveaway on my blog, Vegan Eats & Treats. Send me your mailing address and I will send it to you! Thanks for reading my blog. 🙂

  7. Hi! I have been meaning to let you know that I have left comments in lots of your blog posts in the last few weeks that haven’t appeared. Maybe I’m showing up as spam?

    I also thought I’d share the quiche recipe, since I didn’t really, on my blog. The custard calls for 400grams of silken tofu – I used about a tablespoon less than a 500gram block. 1/4 cup fresh parsley. 1/2 cup nutritional yeast – I used chickpea flour instead. 1 Tbsp corn flour. 3/4 tsp turmeric. 1/2 tsp salt – I used black salt. Pepper, to taste. And 3 Tbsp nondairy milk. Blend it all up till smooth, and then pour into a crust over your filling. Bake at 200 for 30 to 40 minutes and then cool for 20 to 30.

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  9. I’m really glad I met you on the Vegan Roast Masterclass as now I’ve found your fabulous blog! Have you received the recipes from the roast class yet? I haven’t unfortunately, but I’m keen to recreate our fabulous tofurkey for my extended family (doubt it will turn out as purdy as Tina Turkey, tho!). Liane

    • Hello! It was great to meet you though when I went home I told my family that I was slacking off while others did the cooking 😛 Nope I haven’t received the recipes yet!

  10. My partner and I have just spent the past hour of this cold wintery night delighting in your blog! You mention so many of our favourites and lots of new ones and I love love your op shop updates. And contrary to what you say your stylings gorgeous – with lots of beautiful hand selected pieces. Love your blog! thanks. Are you on twitter ?

  11. I just found your blog through MoFo, I love Melbourne and love that you feature it! My Mom is from there, grandparents still live in Williamstown. I grew up in Canada but we visited Oz lots, so many sweet memories.I’m overdue for a trip back and your pictures make my heart long for it in a good way 🙂

    • oh how awesome! I have a Williamstown entry on my blog if you’re interested 🙂 I hope to feature more of Melbourne too.

  12. I’m newly vegan and discovered your blog. It was so entertaining that I spent 3 whole days straight reading each page. I may have taken a sickie on the Monday. Shhh…

  13. Hi! I am Chilean, just got to Melbourne 2.5 months ago and I just found your blog thanks to Google and to my search “(Magic Milk Bar” 🙂 )
    I am not yet vegan, I been vegetarian 2 years and I love also Raw Food 🙂
    I really like your blog! I love you post photos taken buy your self, recipes, etc. I will take a good look on these days. Thank you so much for sharing.
    You make my day today 🙂

  14. Hi Faye,

    I love your blog & your photos are fantastic.
    It was lovely to meet you at the Vegan Bake Off at Ceres Environmental Park, it was such a great day and thanks for the plug on your blog!

    Might see you around again in Melbourne town 🙂
    Stacey
    Smooth As Fruit

  15. Glad to have found your blog! I see a lot of similarities with my experiences 🙂
    We were in Australia in 2009 (but not in Melbourne). Lovely nature!
    greets from the other side! 🙂

  16. This is great!!! I found your thread via zomato. Love your style of write up and actually, despite your humble disclaimer, very gorgeous food pics stylistic-wise. I am keen to trying more vegan food and have been out with a vegan meetup group. They seem to always go to the same places though, so it makes me feel like there are few and far between vegan cafes/eateries in Melbourne. I am so stoked to have found your blog and keen to check out some of the places you wrote about! Cheers

    • hello and thanks! There are more and more places offering vegan options all the time, but really good options. Not just mehhh boring salads. Thanks for the kind words about my photos, they’ve improved in recent times but my older posts will show you some real shockers 😀

  17. Hi! Love your blog – vegan food and op shopping are two of my favourite things too! I run Angel Food in New Zealand and I’d love to send you a pack of our new vegan cheese sauce mix to try. Please get in touch!

  18. Haha, love this Faye! Now I want to see an actual photo of you, I’m mashing all of those characters in my head and all I come up with is the actress from My Big Fat Greek Wedding (who I think is really pretty, by the way!). Love your decision to live a vegan lifestyle. I’m not an ethical vegan but I am mostly plant based so I am always looking for more veggie and vegan inspiration! Can’t wait to read some of your recipes 🙂

    • oh my goodness yes someone has said I do look like the Big Fat Greek Wedding woman! I also got the ah, ‘jolly nun’ from Sister Act!

  19. Hi Faye,

    A warm hearted thank you for this wonderful website. You have made my transition to veganism a whole lot easier. I made the Galaktobouriko and even my friends Greek mum had no clue there were no eggs or milk. I appreciate the restaurant reviews, another thing that makes things a lot easier. In all honesty because I’ve had a Greek upbringing I feel like it’s a lot easier to actually become vegan. We have an abundance of vegetarian dishes and its a shame that our cuisine is often stereotyped as platters of meat and fish. Well done in your part of dispelling that myth.

    Please message me I would love to chat more.

    Cheers
    George

    • wow thank you George! I had meant to publish more recipes by now this year but have been so busy, and the light in my kitchen is really bad for photos especially as I like to do step by step pictures. It’s funny just how much ‘vegan food’ my grandparents and parents already ate without realising!

  20. Hi Faye, I’m a vegan who has a loooooooot of Greek friends. I grew up in a Greek neighbourhood and out of 106 students in my Year 12 class, there were 8 Aussies. That gives you a clue. Anyway, I’m really happy to have found your site. I’m actually having a birthday party and want to serve all my Greek friends great food, and I am vegan. Can you suggest a few Greek vegan dishes that would work well as finger food? I can get some of my Greek friends to make them. I hope to hear from you. And I love you dispelling the myth (as others have mentioned) that unless there’s an entire pig in a hole in the backyard (yes I grew up with that too) or a dead lamb on someone’s plate, it’s not authentic Greek cuisine. Opa!

    • Hello! For finger foods, there are dolmades (though they’re harder to make and easier bought in cans). I recently posted a picture on my blog in a What I Ate post about a vegan veggie filo pita made by Irene’s called ‘nistisimi pita’), I think it would make a good fuss free option because you just chuck it in the oven. Otherwise, making your own spinach or leek filo pita either as a whole pita and slice it up, or you can make the smaller individual size triangles. There’s also tzatziki (check my recipe, you can’t tell it’s tofu) with veggie sticks, crackers or pites you can slice up. Zucchini fritters with mint, dill or parsley or perhaps vegan meatballs of some sort (I’m hoping to trial a recipe this week using tofu). Other dips can be skordalia using potatoes and loads of garlic 😀 Greek roast potatoes always work too, lots of lemon, garlic and oil to make them crispy 😀

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  22. Hi Veganopoulos,
    I am thinking of becoming a vegan and I was wondering if Costco in Australia have many vegan products, like vegan cheese (daiya, cheezly, etc), nutritional yeast, vegan mock meats, etc….I’ve watched american vegans talk about their grocery shopping on youtube and it seems like supermarket stores in the US have a far greater variety and availability of vegan products……

    • hi Edith, yep Costo here do have vegan products but not the cheeses or mock meats specifically I don’t think. If you’re in a city with a Cruelty Free Shop (Melb, Sydney, Brisbane and soon Canberra) then they stock lots of products like Gardein, Tofurky, Field Roas. Nutritional yeast (aka savoury yeast flakes) can be found in most health food shops, I get mine from The Source Bulk Foods (numerous outlets). If you’re in Melbourne check out Prahran Convenience or their sister store Perfect Pantry. Asian supermarkets often stock mock meats too. If you’re on Facebook, it’s worth joining your city’s vegan page.

      There are also some great Australian cheese makers like Damona, AVS Organic Foods, The Vegan Dairy that are all worth a try! Woolworths and Coles stock BioCheese, Linda McCartney products (marked vegan, some are vegetarian) and Fry’s. In the freezer section you’ll also find the Syndian and Vegie Delights brands. If you have an IGA check out the freezer section for the ‘vegan nistisimi pita’ by Irene’s 🙂

      If you like tofu, I like the Aldi Just Organic 450g blocks of firm tofu. Very well priced!

      I think the mock meats and cheeses are fun things to try, just like other great vegan products or restaurants such as Funky Pies or Loving Hut. I don’t use them myself anymore, only because I’ve switched to whole foods.

      Sorry I got off track and I’m not even answering your question properly! From Costco specifically I have bought/tried the 1kg tub of Natural Delights Medjool Dates which are around $10 (at least they used to be, Woolies have them priced higher); raw organic cacao; coconut oil if you like that; organic quinoa and dried fruits; falafel bites; big salads; hummus… so much more! Do a search on my blog sidebar for Costco because there’s a post I did a while back and most if not all of those products I wrote about are still being sold. The best bargain I think is the $18 1L bottle of pure maple syrup, I’ve never found it cheaper anywhere else. I think Costco is definitely worth a look! Oh and they had vegan churros 😀

      Best of luck to you! It’s so much easier being vegan now, so many more products and places to eat!

  23. Hello, thanks to you and another vegan celebrity that i follow, i am changing my takeaway shop to 100% vegan. This is going to be a huge change as 90% of my customers are male, most of them tradies. It’s not a cool trendy shop. Hopefully the food will shine and win people over.

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