Blogging Buddies & Recipe Redux Birthday

Happy Birthday Recipe Redux!
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I am lucky enough to be part of this amazing blogging community. I was a little nervous at first as there are so many bloggers involved and I felt a little lonely until I reached out to some bloginistas and started making friends. But I’ll admit it was nice to see a familiar face when I first joined up.

kyra

I’m struggling to remember how we initially connected. It may have been Vegan MoFo, or through a mutual blogger friend. Or maybe Healthy Vegan Fridays? Either way, I’ve been closely following her awesome blog, Vie de la Vegan for over a year now. I was excited that this month’s Redux theme was to get to know another blogger.

For ReDux’s birthday month, let’s celebrate each other! Pick a fellow ReDuxer, go to their blog and either make one of their recipes or create one of your own inspired by theirs. 

I wanted to introduce you to Kyra so you can get to know her.

1. How long have you been vegan and why did you decide to?
I firstly went vegetarian when I was about 8 – there were a few factors that lead to this, such as The Simpsons episode when Lisa goes vegetarian, that opened my eyes to vegetarianism and I soon felt disgusted by eating meat. A few years later, I met a vegan, and before then I had never questioned why we consume dairy/eggs. As soon as I heard about veganism, it just made so much sense to me, and I pretty much became a vegan straight away. Why would humans drink milk from another species? And don’t get me started on eggs! It just seemed disgusting. I’ve been a vegan for about 14 years now :)
2. Can you share your passion for herbs and their medicinal properties.
After I became a vegan, I started reading food labels a lot (as you do!). I became aware of food additives and memorised which additives could be animal derived, and at the same time I learnt about the dangers of some synthetic additives. From this, I started moving towards using more natural products, including herbal medicines. I became very skeptical about pharmaceuticals and supplements – it was difficult to clarify what the actual ingredients were, and what they were derived from. Fast forward about 10 years >>> and I finally found my calling to study Western herbal medicine. I have been growing my own medicinal herbs and using medicinal herbs for years now, but I was still thirsty for more information on how herbs can help us. My studies so far have been extremely satisfying, and I can’t wait to start a career in herbal medicine in the future (although I still don’t know what I want to be “when I grow up” 😀 ).
3. You share a lot of kiddo friendly recipes, your own children seem very open minded when it comes to food. I myself was very picky, what were you like as a kid with food and tastes?
Haha! I guess I make it seem as though my children are open minded, but believe me, it is very hard to please everyone at dinner time – all of the kids (plus my husband & I) have different tastes and dislikes! But back to your question, my grandmothers and mother would definitely say I was “picky” too, but only because I was a vegetarian/vegan, so I wouldn’t eat their meat & 3 veg type meals. But once I was served with a suitable plant-based meal, I don’t think I was too picky :)
4. What is your go-to meal?
Toast! It’s quick and easy, and simple to customize…peanut butter, avocado, tomato, banana, sauerkraut, or even just with leftover dinner.
5. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 vegan foods would you have to bring?
Oh no, this question is so tricky! Only 3 vegan foods?! At the moment, I would say…cacao nibs, bananas, and maybe fresh green peas.
6. What is your favourite vegan restaurant near where you live?
Well, I think the closest vegan restaurant is about 400km away! I live in the worst area for vegans – apparently Tamworth is the meat eating capital of Australia 😐 however, I was recently in Brisbane, and there are heaps of vegan restaurants/cafes popping up in Brisbane! I didn’t have enough time during my visit to eat at all of them, but I did have an amazing dessert at Paw Paw Cafe – cocowhip (soft serve made from coconuts!) topped with chocolate sauce and a few squares of a raw chocolate layered cheesecake on top…it was so decadent!
I picked two of her recipes to share with you today.
I checked out her Smoothie Bowl Feathering Tutorial and made this:
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I need to work on it a bit and I look forward to trying different colours (strawberry for pink?).
I also made her Hemp Protein Powder Bites:
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I didn’t realize I was out of pistachios, so I used almonds. It worked out nicely. I decided since my food photography skills are lacking, I could at least make cute shapes with them =) I love that they are packed with protein, have little sugar and are a great on-the-go snack.
Kyra is down to earth and sweet. She makes fantastic recipes and her food photography astounds me. We also share a mutual love of the Twilight books! I love how she manages to juggle work/life balance as a mom, blogger and student learning about medicinal herbs. She inspires me to be a better blogger and person.
Go on and check out her blog! Here is her post about me. Check her out on YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram & Facebook.
Check out some Recipe Redux blogs too =)


10 thoughts on “Blogging Buddies & Recipe Redux Birthday

  1. Awww thank you for this post, blogging buddy 😀 your smoothie bowl looks great, and I love the idea of using strawberries to make a pink version! And how cool are your hemp protein bites, I love all the shapes! Is that a mermaid?! So so cool <3 I'm so glad we got to connect more over this month's Recipe Redux, Kimmy!

  2. Like I said on Kyra’s page – 2 of my favorite people in one post is so fun! Loved getting to “know” both of you more through these posts.

    Your pics are really pretty and I am obsessed with your mermaid cookie cutter!

  3. I love this! Like Mary Ellen, I just read the interviews on both blogs. So fun! I love the idea of Recipe Redux too, and I may join you guys after I finish internship this year. (Or at least once I get through the first 10 weeks of inpatient clinical rotations.)

    Anyhow, it was great to get to know Kyra, and I love the feathered smoothie bowl technique from her blog. Must try!

  4. What a lovely interview. I have been following her on Instagram for some time, she does have lovely food! It was interesting to see her describing my city (Brisbane) as having great vegan options… I think we have OK vegan options that are a bit repetitive, and I dream of Melbourne or Sydney or, heck, even Adelaide. But I guess it is all relative depending on where you are from!
    Unless you live in Seattle, in which case things are pretty much perfect.

    1. Her food is gorgeous! Really gets me to try and focu more on my food photography. I didn’t realize you guys lived in the same area! Seattle is pretty great! I was lucky enough to check out Seattle briefly this past week – wow! So much to see, do & eat! I feel like if I came to your area, I would probably find it pretty exciting as it’s different than what I’m used to. That’s how it goes I suppose 😉

  5. This recipe redux site is so cool (my blog doesn’t make NEARLY enough recipes to join the fun) I love that Simpson’s episode, and I think it influenced me when I was younger when I took my first (and failed) attempts to go vegetarian.

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