What I Ate

I’m still sticking to (as close as possible) whole foods and after seeing a plant based dietitian, I’m following guidelines that allow me to get in all my nutritional goodness needs through whole foods, though I do take a B12 supplement. Lately I’m loving breakfast, which is porridge made with a banana, soy milk, chia seed (if I’m using steel cut oats I soak them in the soy milk overnight with the chia), then top it with fruit, walnuts and some seeds like hemp or pumpkin seed. This fills me up for hours:blueberry porridge

I saw a random YouTube video about making big size nori parcels. I had images of mine turning out just as pretty but my folding skills need a lot of work because they looked horrible and misshapen (conveniently not in the photo):big nori rolls

I bought some buckwheat pasta spirals from The Source Bulk Foods in Brunswick and made a quick bowl with mushroom, rocket, cherry tomato and sundried tomato with Italian herbs. We say rocket, other places say aragula. I think calling it rocket rocks, because of Def Leppard and all (and yes I break that song out when I prepare food with rocket, yeah-eh). Did you know Phil Collen from Def Leppard is vegan? And Rikki Rockett (another Rockett, yeah-eh!) of Poison fame is vegan too? Some silly trivia that will hopefully win you a random million bucks one day on a radio quiz:

buckwheat pasta

A ginger tofu orange salad with Healthy Stuff:tofu salad

So in my last What I Ate post I probably said something sanctimonious about how at home I’m (mostly) whole foods eatin’ without oil/salt/added sugars but that I wouldn’t apply that to going out once in a while because that would be utterly boring and tragical for me, as Anne Shirley would say. I had a voucher for a free burger from Lord of the Fries so I shared this one with family. It tasted good, as I think all LotF burgers do in that vegan fast food sense, but I think eating whole foods/SOS free now has kinda made me far more likely to feel a bit sick when I have something salty and greasy:lotf supreme

I’m still preparing meals in advance so I can always have something available but this was a day where I ran out of food and hadn’t prepared. I used the last of my oil free hummus with truss tomatoes and some zaatar mixed in. I couldn’t bring myself to cut up carrot sticks. I know I know, healthy beta carotene food and all. But eating carrot sticks makes me feel like I’m on a diet. Gross feedbag shot:

tomatoes hummus

And here’s the last of some red lentil smoky chili I made with some brown-red rice blend mixed in. AND A PHOTO BOMBER: cat photo bomb

I’ve just bought the Smith & Daughters new cookbook and have been holed up in the kitchen for the past 24 hours, so my next What I Ate will likely feature quite a bit of that!


In My Kitchen, August 2015

Here’s a look at the various bits, pieces and munchies that have been floating around my kitchen lately. I’m linking up with Fig Jam And Lime Cordial for the monthly In My Kitchen Series. It’s not vegan specific so there are non-vegan blogs participating but anyone can join in and link up.

I visited The Source Bulk Foods in Brunswick to get a few things (raw cacao, cinnamon and nutritional yeast). Aaaaand I walked out with a heap of stuff. Cacao nibs, which I haven’t had in ages; colourful veggie chips (I loved these, the kids didn’t. Argh!) and almond crisps.

source foods buys

In My Kitchen I have a lot of tea. I like tea in pretty packaging, though I don’t often buy it. I found this Madame Flavour mint and lavender tea in the bargain rack section of a supermarket where it was about 80% off the full price:

madame flavour tea

(No longer In My Kitchen *cough*) I bought some Zebra Dream salted caramel coconut ice cream as a treat for the family when we had an apple pie night. Zebra Dream is Australian made and I’ve yet to try a flavour I don’t like. It tends to disappear quite quickly too…

zebra dream ice cream

In My Kitchen are these chocolate bars by Cocoa Rhapsody, based in Melbourne. I received these as a gift for my birthday:

Cocoa Rhapsody chocolate

Cocoa Rhapsody chocolate

In My Kitchen are some native spices:

native spices native spices

I’m cheating a bit here because this isn’t in my kitchen, but I’ve been taking my lunch to the back room of our house (the sunroom) and here’s some of the view. I have a rosemary plant which survives against the odds, no matter how much I look after all the other mixed herbs they end up dying. Not the rosemary:

pergola rosemary

To participate in the In My Kitchen series this month, head over to Celia’s August In My Kitchen post (veg*n heads-up: there are images of animal products). For this month, leave your blog link in the comments of Celia’s August In My Kitchen post so others can come to your blog!


Melbourne Events Sidebar

Hi everyone, I’ve just added a new sidebar to my blog called Melbourne Events. Here I’ll list upcoming events which may be of interest to vegans and plant based folk: things like meetups, rallies, cooking classes and so on. I’ll link them to an information source, like a Facebook event page, so you can get more information.





A short blogging break: it’s decluttering time

Hi everyone, I’m going to be changing the blog up a bit (like cleaning out the gajillion pointless categories and decluttering the tags for starters) and a few other things.  All this requires a bit of a break while I move things around and make everything sparkly clean and makeovery.  Plus I need to find more time to go op shopping 😉

You can catch me on Twitter @Veganopoulous

See you when I get back!

love boat

Veganopoulous is expecting you!



Om Vegetarian and Open House Melbourne 2013

A last minute change of plans saw me freeee to catch a tram in to the city today and check out some of the buildings open for this year’s Open House Melbourne.  First up on the list was the Royal Historical Society:


Unfortunately I got the date wrong, it’s open tomorrow only.  So I slumped around the corner to the Hellenic Museum:


I got to look around upstairs (which always means photos of staircases and balustrades):


… and old fireplaces:


I was too busy taking photos to find out about these giant mutated Sylvannian Families:


The Hellenic Museum features stories about and by people who made the journey from Greece to Australia.  These are also the stories of my parents, who both arrived here with my grandparents when they were little.  I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been for my grandparents, knowing they would never see their families again and having to start from scratch in a strange land.  Fortunately they did have family here, who had arrived before them, but it was still very difficult.

After the Hellenic Museum, my next open house building was the former public records office, which now houses the Victoria Law School:









From there it was off to the Phillips Shirt factory, where I could have seen old machinery had it not been for the queue that was forty five minutes long.  A quick photo of the outside, then I went off to get lunch:


On the way home, I was near the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne (also part of Open House Melbourne) and a tour was just beginning.  The hotel celebrates its 100th birthday this year.  There were beautiful stained glass windows and wood panelling:








We got to look inside the hotel room with this wall art in the shower:


This is the ceiling gum leaf detail in the room:


Further down the corridor somewhere:


The heritage room:


Lunch was at Om Vegetarian on Elizabeth Street.  Up the old stairs:


and in to here:


A meal at Om costs $6.50 which includes rice and two curries plus naan and some hot pickle.  Yes, I only got two pieces of potato, but you can go back for more.  I didn’t, because the meal was quite filling plus I bought a samosa for $2.  Everything was pretty good:


Open House Melbourne is on tomorrow (July 28).  Did you visit any of the buildings?