Wednesday

The Wild Bulb - South African Vegan Cookbook


Jade Meugens, Durban based South African Vegan Caterer has self published a Vegan cookbook called the The Wild Bulb. It sells for R130 (local postal fee included) and you can contact her directly via email. You can take a look at her Facebook Page as well!


Friday

The Dog Paradox by The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal is one of my favourite blogs, ever. It is so damn good, and so funny. Don't read at work when you're supposed to be working, you will laugh so hard you'll need to pee - and your boss won't be impressed. This comic strip about the Dog Paradox is one that is very close to my heart. I love it. Click on the link, these are just the first three frames.


Sunday

Bella Vegan Cafe

Photo from Bella Vegan Cafe
Bella Vegan Cafe is opening in the same location that Bolo'bolo filled in 2012. Jen has had several pop-up Vegan restaurants in the Western Cape, and has been running Bella Vegan Catering for years. An experienced and talented Vegan chef, Jen is inspiring and a delight as a hostess. Pay them a visit once they open, you'll be fed all sorts of healthy and delicious Vegan treats!

Lionheart


My very talented, lovely friend Alice is making some beautiful things and you should all take a look. She's based in Cape Town but can ship these bags, pillows etc internationally. Check out Lionheart. See some of the bags below - there are plenty more, however.

Alice was the girl I sat next to in High School, wishing enviously that I could draw as well as she could. I then sat next to her through a Fine Art undergraduate degree during which I also wished I was as talented as she was... So now instead of wishing I could draw like her I just wear her bags!








Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes - Spanish Omlette


Image sourced from mouthwateringvegan.com.

I came across this spectacular blog called Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes (they're not kidding!) a little while ago and thought they are worth a mention. I haven't tried to make this one - nor do I have and TATAMOO Melts for the vegan cheese right now, but it looks like an easy recipe with ingredients that are easy to come by! I think that I may use some cashew nut cream (see Tal Ronnen's Cashew Nut Cream) in this one - it'll be perfect for a no eggs omelette!



As an aside, omelette always reminds me of this little gem from back in 1996. Dexter's Lab was definitely a win: Omelette Du Fromage! Click here to watch the Big Cheese episode from the Dexter's Lab series while you make your no cheese omelette. The real way to say Cheese Omelette in French is 'omelette au fromage' - not that we're going to be ordering it when we're in Paris.


Saturday

Fresh Earth - Vegan Hot Chocolate

Ryan and I went for Hot Chocolate at Fresh Earth in Emmarentia, Johannesburg this morning. It was absolutely mind-blowingly yummy. It isn't as thick as the fantastic Greenside Cafe Chocolat Chaud, but it hits the spot in every way. Just sweet enough, and just the right amount of chocolate, you will return for it repeatedly. We also shared a bowl of fries and a Vegan Pesto Pizza each. They didn't have the pesto on the pizza this time, but it was still yummy. Inconsistent, but we were still heartily satisfied.

La Queue de la Souris - A Mouse's Tale by Benjamin Renner


This animation is a beautifully executed tale about a mouse and it's bravery. You'll watch it over and over again.

TATAMOO Vegan Cheese



It's been a while since I've managed to sit down and write some blog entries. With the festive season over, and the new year in full swing, I'm making time for Carciofi Rosso again. And with the new year, and filling the fridge in this new month, there is something missing from my fridge door, and that is TATAMOO cheese. And there is nothing like sending a shout out for a friend who does something fabulous...


South Africa has an a fantastic Raw Vegan Cheese made by a lovely man called Henni Van Der Westhuizen in Cape Town. He works full time in his kitchen experimenting with the different vegan and raw vegan delights he can create. With his aged raw nut cheeses, his Melts vegan cheese and cashew macadamia mayonnaise (Tatanaise) - he's working steadily towards building up a large variety of Raw Vegan and Vegan products. Rumor has it there may be a yoghurt not far down the line...


When TATAMOO started there was a bit of a shake down from another home grown company - the first (and admittedly trial) name for the product was No Moo, upon which NOMU very quickly contacted TATAMOO. They amicably and speedily resolved the issue, resulting in a much more South African name and one that hasn't been used globally for vegan and dairy-free products. If you want to read about it, check out the NOMU blog post here.

If you don't live in Cape Town, do not despair. I live in Johannesburg and he ships overnight, inexpensively. Order with your friends, as the larger the order, the better your value for money. I'm very excited about his products, it's always wonderful finding something new and fun to try - but when you get to support local home industry, it's all the better!

His cheeses are also available for sale at several markets in Cape Town.

I absolutely loved the Melts on pizza. It really felt like there were bits of cheese on my pizza, minus the fattiness and the grease. The raw cheeses taste really interesting, with deep, rich flavours - the flavour hints of nuts but has a distinct cheese-like feel to it. I do warn that these are reasonably moreish, and the wheels are rather small - all things considered.

But don't take my word for it. Contact TATAMOO and get your hands on that local goodness!