Interview with Leigh Drew – Author of Greenlicious – 101 Ways to Love Your Greens

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So a month ago I was invited to celebrate Leigh Drew’s new cookbook, Greenlicious, 101 Ways to Love Your Greens. It was awesome! I was able to eat ALL of the food, it’s crazy.

You see, I get invited to launches and food events a fair bit, but 8 out 10 times it is usually a non-vegan event. I’d often get a special meal and most times people are very accommodating of my dietary needs but there’s nothing like the freedom of being able to eat everything on the table. Anyway, I shared some photos from that event in my weekly recap video – you can check it out here.

Now back to this cookbook. Greenlicious shows all the different ways you can eat more greens and show just how versatile and delicious veggies can be. It was so awesome to meet Leigh in person, she is so warm and friendly and passionate about her food. The book is also co-authored by Amanda Benham, an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist, which is really good, especially if you have a lot of questions surrounding plant-based nutrition.

Anyway, I bought the book, got it signed, and I felt healthier already. I braved myself and asked Leigh and her publisher (Arbon Publishing) if I could interview her. She said YES! I went WOOT. Here’s how it went down.

PS: Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of the page for an exciting announcement.

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Weekly Recap and How To Drink More Water

Hello peeps,

My weekly (more like 2 weekly now) recap video is up and this week I’m giving you my number one tip on how you can drink more water this summer.

Here’s some more info about some of the stuff I talked about in the video.

1. Breakfast with Bill Granger

I’m big fan of breakfast and I’m big fan of Bill too so it was just plain awesome to be invited to the Rise & Dine exclusive breakfast event at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney to celebrate the importance of taking time out for breakfast. Oh yeah! People always do dinner events, why is that? Maybe we need to do more breakfast event…

Breakfast with bill

2. Mindful Dinner Series, Mind Food – Collaborative Consumption

A pretty cool event with some great speaker and of course, great food (all vegan too!).

I didn’t know anything about this ‘sharing economy’ until a few weeks ago. You can read all about it in my previous post here.

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 3. Perth Trip

Yes I was in Perth last week for 4 days and I had a great time. I did a half day 3 day juice cleanse.  It was pretty awesome having 3 days worth of juice delivered to the hotel. Probably had the healthiest bar fridge in the entire hotel. I stayed at Duxton Hotel. Pretty cool. Convenient location. Clean. No bed bugs (very important) = happy me.

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I went for a job one morning along King’s Park. It was very scenic. I also had my first Uber experience while I was there. If you don’t know what Uber is; it’s an app for taxi/ride sharing service. Very very cool! You can check out their website here.

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How To Drink More Water

Now this is a big one especially now that we’re approaching the hot summer time!

Since I tend to forget to drink water, this is my way of making myself to want to drink. And that is by adding flavour to water; infusing it with fresh herb, fruit and vegetable.

To start you can go as simple as my 2 ingredient Vitamin Infused water recipe which you can make at home now.

Then if you want to go fancy, you certainly can! Add some berries and lemon. Boom!

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I highly recommend using sparkling water as it just makes it that much more refreshing. I make my own soda water using my Soda Stream (check out the unboxing and product review post here) – it’s more cost effective and it’s a good way to make sure that there’s only water (and CO2) in my sparkling water. Free from nasties and artificial flavourings. You’d be surprised what they add to sparkling water. Check the label next time you get a bottle.

I know how some of you might want to make your own soda water and own your very own soda drink maker so like I said in the video I will try to make it happen for you guys.

And…. *drumroll*

GIVEAWAY is confirmed! I will have not one, but two of latest model of Soda Stream (Soda Stream Play) to give away. It is valued at $99 so it’s  so make sure your on my VIP List so you don’t miss out on this giveaway!

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Now, a very important question. Do you like watching video more or do you like reading posts more or are you indifferent? Let me know so I can write/shoot more stuff that you like! 

Mindful Dinner Series, Mind Food – Collaborative Consumption

Up to a few weeks ago I was unaware of this term what Collaborative Consumption actually means.

Collaborative consumption is a new economic model that has been named by TIME as one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change the World”. Collaborative consumption is all about utilising what is already existing, shifting from this notion of ownership to access. The advancement of technologies has enable us to do more with less by sharing, swapping, and lending products from local to global scale.

It was a pretty cool and an informative event. We had guest speakers from AirbnbOoobyCar Next Door to Open Shed, talking about how collaborative consumption is transforming the way we live and consume product, saving us money and reducing waste to the environment.

Did you know that the average power drill is used for somewhere between six and twenty minutes in its entire lifetime? Why buy when you can borrow?

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Gazzi, World Square

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From the not so dairy-free popcorn to vegan-friendly salad, here’s my review of this brand spanking new eatery in World Square.

Two weekends ago I went and had dinner at Gazzi, a cute little Mediterranean bar-slash-restaurant in World Square, just next to Guzman y Gomez. It’s tucked in a little alleyway, connecting World Square to Liverpool St, which I didn’t know existed until that night. Good thing there was a sign that helped us find it. It has a nice little outdoor area in the laneway with a simple yet polished look, and the interior has a clean and cosy atmosphere with vines on the walls.

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I wasn’t sure how vegan friendly the restaurant is, but as it turns out there were some good salad options on the menu. I ordered two salads and marinated olives and Buzz ordered the wagyu beef burger with chips, as expected. He generally eats vegan with me but he has got a soft spot for beef burgers. We’re working on that. :)

Everything was looking new and shiny and there’s a good reason: the restaurant had opened just four days before. I love visiting new restaurants. It’s just like getting a ride in a brand-new and fresh-smelling car. We ordered a glass of red each (good wine selection too by the way) and made a toast to the weekend.

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Crunchy Kale Salad with Everyday Miso and Tahini Dressing

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I used to be one of those people who would often say, ‘I don’t have time for this or that’. I think it’s a lame excuse and I’m now consciously trying not to say those words. We all get the same 24 hours every day and we all spend it as we wish. It’s all about priorities and trade-offs.   There’s this famous quote which rings true in many of my situations: “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

Now, making your own lunch often fall in the grey zone between being important/not being important. But when it only takes less than 20 minutes to make… there really is no excuse, is there?

I’ve been making this quick toss salad for a few months now, slightly differently every time depending on what I have in the fridge, but it is super easy and so quick to make that there really is no excuse for me to go and spend 30 minutes (and a few extra dollars) getting take away for lunch, other than pure laziness on my part, which was what I almost succumbed to last Sunday. But I didn’t. I made the salad, ate it and felt great. I even went on to prepare a few more for lunch this week to save some time washing up. And, yes, in case you’re wondering, they keep fresh for a few days in the fridge because I keep the dressing in a separate container.

The Everyday Miso and Tahini Dressing is something I’ve created to make eating raw vegetables so much more pleasant and enjoyable. It is inspired from my last trip to Japan where I had some of the most delicious salads, simply prepared and drizzled with lots of creamy sesame dressings. It’s full of umami taste (a fifth element of taste of which can be describe as a “pleasant savory taste”). It also serves well as a dip for celery sticks and carrots. It’s so simple to make and consist of 3 ingredients.

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