Spicy Potato Wedges

Spicy Potato Wedges

Perhaps you call them french fries or freedom fries, wedges or chips. In New Zealand our accent transforms chips into chups. What’s more confusing is that chups in New Zealand are used to describe both the hot salty chups and the flavoured crisp variety. No matter what you call them, or how healthy your lifestyle, there are days where you simply need some hot potato chups.

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Sauce

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Sauce

Spring is the season for Asparagus. Regarded as a delicacy since ancient times, asparagus is  a great anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. It’s high in vitamin K, A, folate and iron.

In this recipe fresh asparagus is baked until tender, and dressed with salty buttery tasting, soy and balsamic vinegar sauce. The sauce itself is great served over a tofu steak or roasted vegetables.  Ready in only 25 minutes, this is a sophisticated side-dish that can jazz up any meal.


Juice Fast Day 5

Juice Fast Day 5 – The Finale

I’d be lying if I said wasn’t looking forward to a hot curry or a lasagna. I’ve really enjoying this fast but I’ll be happy when it’s over.

Juice Fast Day 4

Juice Fast Day 4

Kitchen machines are attractive. Their shiny exterior, compact nature and creative niches. By inserting a few ingredients and flicking a button, the machine comes to life with a whirl and gargle creating magic in moments. No wonder I became so excited by my new juicer.

My juicer is a centrifugal juice extractor

The motor can run anywhere between 3000RPM to 7000RPM, making centrifugal juicers the fastest of all the juicers in juice kingdom. It’s like having a drill in the kitchen. I love mine because not a single part of the jug comes into contact with the engine, or is able to dribble into it. It’s a superb design. Even the little cleaning brush fits perfectly into the spout. Bonus: It’s also easy to clean.

Juice Fast Day 3

Juice Fast Day 3

My skin is radiant. I’m positive that the unflattering dark circles under my eyes have decreased by at least half, and that’s after only 2 days of juice! My skin feels softer and my skin tone is more even.

I exercised again last night, without any difficulty and slept like a baby. Have I mentioned that I’ve never done a juice fast before? Not once. Or that I’m very excitable and jump into things before I’m fully prepared? It’s true. And whilst researching new combinations of vegetables to be crushed in my juice machine, I’ve learnt new ways to increase the amount of protein in my juice.

Juice Fast Day 2

Juice Fast Day 2

I’m actually feeling pretty good. No dizziness, no exhaustion and no body odor – that I’m aware of.

I slept well last night. For a mere 7 hours, whereas I would normally sleep for at least 8. As I wasn’t tired, I continued to play peek-a-boo with Mungmi (sweet shitzu) into the wee hours. Perhaps I was so energized because I exercised at 6pm, but running that late is not unusual. In fact, I had sufficient energy to run 9kms,  a decent distance, and felt rather invigorated afterwards.

Bathroom visit have been frequent,  but of one kind and not the other. Not surprising as I’ve digested little fiber. I have been drinking juice every two hours or so, supplemented by Rooibos tea (highly recommended) and lots of water.

Coconut – Lemon Cake

This cake has an enticing combination of tangy, bright lemon and irresistible chewy shredded coconut, made extra moist with plenty of coconut milk. It’s so much better than your regular chocolate cake.

I must confess that I didn’t make this myself. It was a surprising birthday gift from boyfriend who shuffled through all my recipe books to find something delectable which was compatible with the anorexic state of the fridge. So here’s the recipe;

Yield: 10 people          Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean dip

I’m beginning to believe this dip is the only reason people invite me to parties. Protein rich and great on top of taco chips, sliced veg’s or wedges.


2 cans black beans (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 small onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Teaspoon ground cummin
1 1/2 t olive oil
2 Teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup vegetable stock



1. If you’re using canned beans, drain and rinse before use. If you’re using dried beans, soak over night and rinse before boiling in rapid water for an hour or so.

Creamy Cheesy Kale

Creamy Cheesy Kale

Truly creamy. Creamy cheesy kale makes for a great side dish.

Vegan Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips

Vegan Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips Recipe

These are the easiest way to get your daily kale fill.  When I was younger (and much chubbier) I would scoff sour cream and chives potato chips by the bag. It’s hard to believe that these kale chips are so delicious and good for you too. They have a smooth and creamy taste which tastes just like sour cream and onion. My problem is leaving them to cool before I eat them.

 You’ll memorize this recipe in no time, as you’ll be making this often enough.

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