Heart healthy (and palate pleasing) for Valentine's Day

Heart healthy (and palate pleasing) for Valentine’s Day

Heart healthy (and palate pleasing) for Valentine\'s Day

This African stew is loaded with good-for-your-heart veggies and just enough spice to jump-start your metabolism. (Karen Schneider photo) Although I don’t follow a vegan diet, I do explore vegan cooking and have discovered that, more and more, I really do like making and eating this type of food. As I fill up on more veggies and indulge in fewer breads and sweets, I’m convinced I feel lighter, more energetic and even sleep better.

Because February is American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day will be celebrated this Wednesday, this is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone to care for your […]

Cauliflower & Black Bean Tacos (Vegan option)

Cauliflower & Black Bean Tacos (Vegan option)

Cauliflower & Black Bean Tacos (Vegan option)

Taco night is THE BEST. It’s one of my go-to ‘clear-the-fridge’ meals. Get some veg in there, cook up any kind of beans or lentils and a quick salsa or dressing.

This lovely combo of turmeric-roasted cauliflower and simple refried beans is from Sonja and Alex’s (of A Couple Cooks) new cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking *. It’s a beautiful book packed full of everyday vegetarian recipes (perfect for my uni meal planning!). When I was on their podcast last year , we realised how closely our food philosophies aligned (i.e. no faddy diets, no ‘quick fix’ crap. Just delicious, vibrant […]

Vegan Camembert is now a thing and our mouths are watering

Vegan Camembert is now a thing and our mouths are watering

Vegan Camembert is now a thing and our mouths are watering

The Vegan movement has gained quite a bit of momentum over the past few years with more and more people choosing to follow a plant based diet.

All animal products are off the menu – meaning meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy are all prohibited.

However, given the growing percentage of the population choosing to go vegan, many chefs have been inspired to created plant-based alternatives to satisfy the cravings of former dairy-lovers. French entrepreneur Anne Guth, has created a vegan Camembert using cashew nut milk instead of cow’s.The 28-year-old set up her alternative food company Les Petits Veganne after she […]

From selling gourmet products online to 1000 in-house products – this is the Urban Platter story

From selling gourmet products online to 1000 in-house products – this is the Urban Platter story

From selling gourmet products online to 1000 in-house products – this is the Urban Platter story

Mumbai-based entrepreneur Chirag Kenia turned his passion for food into a successful business – Urban Platter manufactures and sells gourmet food products mostly through online channels.

At a glance:

Startup: Urban Platter Founders: Chirag Kenia and Dhaval Kenia Year it was founded: 2015 Where it is based: Mumbai Sector: Food Funding raised: BootstrappedIn 2015, Chirag Kenia, out of a personal passion and keen interest in the food commodity business, began selling gourmet products on ebay India, and Amazon India.The Mumbai-based internet/tech entrepreneur had over a decade’s experience in ecommerce, marketing and social gaming and this venture was […]

Eat healthy and tasty

Eat healthy and tasty

Eat healthy and tasty

On the making of a creamy vegan dessert that ticks all the right boxes People who have been a source of inspiration to me on my food journey have always encouraged me to follow a ‘fit for life’ plan, i.e. to adopt a healthy eating practice without falling prey to any one particular diet routine. By and large, that has allowed me to view an ingredient for what it truly is rather than follow extremes.

The one sustainable change that I have been able to achieve at home is to keep refined foods at bay for the most part. The […]