Happy Birthday Recipe Redux!
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.
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 need to work on it a bit and I look forward to trying different colours (strawberry for pink?).
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.
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