Back in February, I visited Monash University, Melbourne. I stayed with good friends who live in Huntingdale, and they took me to dinner at Balila Lebanese Cuisine and Cafe.  It’s an omni place but with lots of amazing vegan options. I had the vegan mashawe, and everything on my plate was delicious. I particularly liked the white fluffy garlic sauce (so strong! so tasty!). 

I hope that I will have a chance to eat at Balila again one day.


It’s a bit hard to tell from this photo, but this is a Thai red curry.  Specifically, it is the Thai red curry recipe from the BOSH! cookbook (“Simple recipes, amazing food, all plants”).  The recipe and video are also available online.

I enjoyed making this recipe, and it was definitely tasty and felt healthy.  I don’t like lychees so I skipped those.  Next time I make it I’ll also add some tofu cubes or tofu puffs.


Back in mid-March we went to lunch at the Green Lion, Rozelle.  This was our first trip to the Green Lion, which is an all-vegan bistro above a pub.  (I recommend that you avert your eyes from the taxidermy lion at the base of the stairs.)  I think it was kid #2 who ate the bean beef taco, pictured above.


Kid #1 had lasagne and chips.


My partner sampled the crumbed chicken burger…


… and I couldn’t go past the “Chicken Schnitty”, which was very tasty.

During this shutdown period, the Green Lion is selling vegan ready meals out of its warehouse in Lilyfield, Sydney.  I’m sure I’m not the only person looking back longingly at lovely lunches at the Green Lion.


When we visit my in-laws in the UK, every second Christmas, I like to take advantage of the fact that they live just outside Newcastle upon Tyne, home of the Ship Inn, Ouseburn. I ate there for the first time during my last visit, and made sure to return this time.

Deciding what to eat was not easy but I ended up choosing the jackfruit shawarma. Everything tasted really fresh and delicious.


I also enjoy the decor and general atmosphere.


So many choices on this menu that I want to eat.  Why, oh why did we only come here once during our stay?  Why is this place on the other side of the world from where I live? (I know, it wouldn’t do me much good to be there now, since we’re all staying at home all the time for the foreseeable future.)


Nice kingfisher too.


How is it possible that I live in Sydney and have been vegan for 7 years now, and last October was the first time I ate at the Green Mushroom in Glebe?  Clearly my priorities are all wrong and I needed to carefully examine my life choices.  So many dishes to choose from, all vegan, beautifully flavoured and delicious.


I urge you to learn from my mistakes and visit the Green Mushroom at your earliest convenience.


On our last day of a recent holiday on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke), we had brunch at a cafe called the Blue Room.  This was a really interesting vegan breakfast option, with mushrooms, lots of green veg, crushed nuts and a kind of coconut mush. I enjoyed it.  Good coffee too!


After a lovely weekend with my friends in Amstelveen, I moved into a cute hotel in Jordaan for a week of work.  I had most of the day to myself on the Monday, and took myself to Meatless District for lunch.  I had a Tofu Hollandaise, served with asparagus and rocket.  It was very tasty and satisfying.


On my last evening in Amsterdam, a Thursday evening, I had dinner here with my work colleagues.  It was really busy, with people at the bar and lots of people eating. We had a good meal (I had a burger) but sadly, no photos.


On my final breakfast in Amsterdam I walked down the street to a place called Healthy Belly, and had these pancakes with coconut cream.  Delicious.


A couple of months ago I spent a week in Amsterdam. The trip was mostly for work, but first I visited my friend Mandy who lives in Amstelveen.  Some friends from the UK joined us for the weekend and it was lovely.  A food-related highlight was dinner at Restaurant Blauw, an Indonesian restaurant near the western end of Vondelpark.

Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands serve something called rijsttafel, which means “rice table”.  It consists of lots of different dishes, to share, so that you get to try lots of things.  Restaurant Blauw offers vegan rijsttafel!  So of course I ordered it and it was delicious.  I’ve forgotten the details and I can’t find the menu online, but there was tofu, tempeh, yummy vegetables, sate sauce, salad, rice.  What I do remember is how much I enjoyed the meal. I wish Amsterdam wasn’t so far away from Sydney!



Last Saturday afternoon I wanted a substantial snack.  Here is what I ate:  some homemade hummus, some carrot sticks, roast chickpeas (marinated in leftover marinade from making carrot hotdots, then roasted) and the star of the show, sliced and fried pepperoni from Just Add Vegan Products.

Just Add is a new venture by my sister Leigh Drew, author of vegan cookbooks including Veganissimo! and Greenilicious.  Her aim with Just Add is to provide dry mixes in sustainable biodegradable packaging. To turn the dry mixes into delicious food, just add liquid and follow the instructions.  To make the pepperoni, you tip the Just Add dry mix into a bowl, add oil and vegan stock, knead for a couple of minutes, shape into two logs, wrap up in alfoil and steam:  the usual process for making seitan.

The pepperoni is very tasty with a good amount of heat.  So far I’ve enjoyed my pepperoni slices in sandwiches and on its own, or in snack bowls like this one.  Other Just Add products include hot dogs, burgers, a ham that I can’t wait to try, and a cheesecake (base and filling).  Look out for Just Add at vegan markets in Melbourne (and sometimes Sydney!) and follow Just Add on instagram to get sneak peaks of upcoming products currently being tested.


It was hard to decide what to eat when I visited Shenkin at Enmore.  In the end I ordered the Forest bowl, with cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, chickpeas, carrot and hummus. Everything was beautifully prepared and the combination was very tasty and satisfying.