Sundried Tomato Creamy Pasta (Vegan)

A delicious vegan recipe that tastes super creamy.

View our recipe below on how to create our sundried tomato creamy pasta.

Serves: 2

What you’ll need:

What you need to do:

  • Start boiling your pasta waster (add a little salt) as you get the rest of the recipe ready. Add pasta and follow packet instructions once water is boiled. Then set aside once drained.
  • In your fry pan add your olive oil and garlic, cook until fragrant (about 1 minute) and add your cornflour. Sprinkle with salt and add your cup of almond milk. It will start to gain thickness as you stir it – then add to a blender.
  • Add half of your measured sundried tomatoes (oil drained), nutritional yeast and 1/4 cup of water and add to the blender with your garlic mix. Blend and set this aside.
  • In a pan add some oil olive, onion, the remaining sundried tomatoes – cook for 2 minutes. Add your broccoli, olives, yellow capsicum and spinach. Season with salt, pepper and chilli flakes to your taste.
  • Add your drained pasta back to your pot and adjust your stove to low heat. Add your sauce from the blender plus your vegetable mix onto the pasta and mix until the sauce is warm and mixed through.
  • Serve into your dishes, add extra salt and pepper to taste.

Tip: Add garlic bread to the side to complete the meal.

This meal goes well being reheated the next day after refrigeration.

We hope this sundried tomato creamy pasta recipe was easy to follow. Let us know if you try it and if you suggest any changes to suit you!

Can you recycle cling wrap?

If you’re looking for a new way to care for the environment, we have the answer for you.

You would be surprised how often people search, ‘can you recycle cling wrap?’. Yes is it plastic, however, due to it being a soft plastic it cannot be sorted at a recycling facility. It sits in landfill for yeas while it ever so slowly breaks down. We often think about the negative impact we have had using cling wraps and sandwich bags until recently when Compostic reached out to us. They have a new range of cling wraps and sandwich bags that are better for the environment.

Now Compostic isn’t recyclable either, but is it compostable and should break down within 12-24 weeks. For those that do not have a compost – good news also, the Compostic products decompose quicker than regular plastic at your commercial rubbish landfill.

They are also freezer safe, microwave safe and worm bin safe so basically they’re safe in every situation. There is also no cutter in the cling wrap box, but do not worry – they have all been pre-cut to the size of a dinner plate so there is no waste.

We also love the green packaging, it reminds you that you are doing something better for the environment and you can easily distinguish it from regular cling wrap and bags.

The only down side we have experienced after a few uses is that is does tear more easily then regular cling wrap but if you are careful it should not be a problem. We think this small issue does not out way the good you are doing for the environment.

Let us know if you have tried these products or if you know of any other similar brands.

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Bars outside Sydney’s CBD

Are you looking for a new local bar? Well you’ve come to the right place – we’ve discovered bars from Coogee to Penrith.

Now that we have arrived in Winter, we like to avoid venturing out too far in the night. The cold just isn’t worth the trip into Sydney’s CBD to visit the bars in there. We’ve done a bit of research to assist you staying warm and found bars all over the suburbs. Maybe your next bar trip will be just round the corner?

1. Hendriks, Crows Nest

Hendriks, located in Crows Nest is a small bar with a huge wine list (100 bottles to choose from). For those on the lower north shore, if you can’t find a wine you enjoy here – we can’t help you haha! We have heard the highlight of this bar isn’t the wine list though, but instead it is their Jaffles. They are giant and come in flavours including mushroom, cheese, beef, chicken and even a Nutella one for dessert!

2. Una Mas, Coogee

If you enjoy tapas and wine, Una Mas at Coogee is the place for you. It is inside Coogee Pavilion, right off the famous beach. You’ll find some unique Spanish and Australian dishes here plus an array of cocktails and affordable wines. We are eyeing off the octopus with fermented chilli (which we can’t find a picture of but it sounds good on the menu)!

3. Sake Restaurant and Bar, Manly

If looking over the water and eating Japanese food is your style, this is the place for you. For those on the Northern Beaches – if you thought the 100 bottle wine list previously mentioned was a lot, it has been outdone by Sake with a list of 150 bottles! They also have $10 spritzes during certain hours on weekdays.

4. Pickled Bear, Bella Vista

The Pickled Bear, located in Sydney’s Hills District, is the perfect local bar if you like cheese boards and meat. There are some great cocktails on this menu, we are having trouble deciding which one we could pick. We do know what we would choose to eat though – The Charcuterie Plate! We would recommend you book an inside table to stay extra warm haha.

5. Mr Watkins, Penrith

And lastly, we have Penrith who host Mr Watkins Bar. You’ll find hotdogs and a great wine list ready for you 6 days a week. They also have trivia night one day per week (currently on Tuesdays). With Penrith being about 40kms from Sydney’s CBD this means you can save so much time on transport and spend more time being warm!

We hope you have found a new local bar to visit during these colder months!

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Sydney’s restaurants in the Crown

You may be wondering what the new Crown Sydney has to offer in the dining department? We’ve listed all your options below.

Over the past few years, if you’ve driven into Sydney’s CBD, you have definitely seen the construction of the Crown Tower. Now that they are open for business, there are 11 new restaurants and bars you can try, all in the heart of the city.

1. Nobu

If you know your international dining, Nobu is a big deal and has even had praise in the Michelin Guide. This is fine dining at its best, with world-class wines, local produce and Japanese tradition. To top it off, you have beautiful views from straight out over Sydney Harbour in a stylishly designed restaurant.

Photography – Crown Sydney

2. Epicurean

One of the Crown’s all day dining options is Epicurean. This restaurant’s menu features dishes from across the globe with many varying cuisines to select from. The menu here will change as Australia’s seasonal produce goes through the year. And we have heard there is a decent dessert bar to complete your dining experience.

3. TWR

TWR stands for The Waiting Room and is your typical hotel bar. If you’re looking for cocktails, spirits or a vintage champagne this is the place for you. For those of you who work in the CBD, this would be the perfect location to unwind and socialise after a long day in the office. They also have a small food menu here as well, including oysters and club sandwiches.

Photography – Crown Sydney

4. a’Mare Restaurant

Another Crown restaurant in Sydney is a’Mare. Another changing menu (don’t get too hooked on your favourite dish) includes seasonal Italian produce and simple ingredients that showcases a time when food was ‘simply delicious’. This will be your new go to traditional Italian restaurant.

5. Woodcut

Of course the Crown were also going to include a Modern Australian dining experience. The name Woodcut comes from the traditional methods of cooking and simply cooked dishes. They claim that this is an experience that cannot be replicated and will be a one of a kind dining experience for visitors.

Photography – Crown Sydney

6. Silks Restaurant

Included in their range of restaurants is Silks, a Chinese fine dining experience. At lunch time, you’ll be able to enjoy the Yum Cha menu and for dinner, they offer an à la carte menu. The restaurant is designed to look like a Chinese mansion with stunning views over the city. Some of the images of the dim sims here look amazing – we haven’t seen anything like it.

7. CIRQ

If you’re after panoramic views of Sydney, this is the terrace bar you must come to. On floor 26, you will find indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy a drink with a stunning view. Similar to the other bar, you will find fine wines and cocktails with a native twist. There is also a food menu here, with tapas style dishes to share.

Photography – Crown Sydney

8. The Tea House

If you’re looking for a cocktail bar, you will find The Tea House amongst the Crown restaurants in Sydney. Here you will find bespoke cocktails and the best the globe has to offer in champagne. The food menu includes sweet and savoury Asian dishes for you to enjoy. The decor in this cocktail bar is amazing and really gives you that luxury feel.

9. Youshii’s Omakase

Now we are getting really fancy. This is a 10 seat private dining experience in Nobu. Youshii is known as one of the leading sushi masters in Australia. You’ll also get to watch him craft the food right in front of you. With fresh seafood and a sushi master in charge this will be a one of a kind experience – especially for a sushi enthusiast.

10. 88 Noodle

If you love hot pot and Chinese, 88 Noodle is calling your name. You will find traditional dishes from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia on this menu and plenty of noodles. 88 Noodle has an open kitchen so you can view the chef in his element and watch as you order comes to life. I can imagine the smell in here would be amazing.

Photography – Crown Sydney

11. Il Caffé

With the boarders shut in Australia, if you are missing all the traditional cafes you would usually find in Italy, this will be the place for you. The menu includes a range of breakfast and lunch classics – all fresh and full of flavour. They also have homemade gelato which you will definitely find us at during the warmer months. This is also more of a casual experience compared to all the Crown restaurants we listed above and perfect for the family.

If you’re not a wine or champagne expert, it might be wise to do some reading up on what’s what before you enter these restaurants which may have an overwhelming selection to pick from. We would recommend The Essential Guide to Wine.

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Best restaurants in Airlie Beach

If you’re next holiday is to Queensland, we’ve found the best restaurants in Airlie Beach and listed them out for you.

Now that the boarder between NSW and QLD is open, we thought we would highlight Airlie Beach for this blog. We went to Airlie Beach before COVID-19 hit and it had some great food options. With it being such a hot spot for interstate travel at the moment, we thought we should shout out the places that we thought were best. So, here are the best restaurants in Airlie Beach.

1. The Deck Airlie Beach

The Deck Airlie Beach, can be found along the main Airlie Beach strip. It may look like a simple cafe as you walk past but the dishes are delicious and there is so much to pick from. The service here is also great and the meals seem fresh, while the pricing is quite good.

2. Treehouse Airlie Beach

Another place you can find along the main strip is Treehouse Airlie Beach. The coffee and location seem to be the highlight here and the food is simple and delicious. The service is friendly, the only downside is they sometimes have a long wait time but it is worth it!

3. La Tabella Trattoria

For those nights you’re craving Italian food or a bit of fine dining, you’ll have to come down to La Tabella Trattoria. The dishes here are tasty, fresh and full of flavour. You’ll find a range of your usual Italian dishes of pizza, pasta, seafood and more. You definitely won’t leave feeling hungry. You will be able to find this place directly across from the main beach area.

4. Bohemian Raw

Bohemian Raw is the place to come to if you’re feeling like being healthy. The perfect spot for breakfast looking over the marina, you’ll find a range of smoothie bowl options. All are made with fresh ingredients and you’ll feel great about yourself after eating here. The only down side of this place, is that it is a bit of a walk from the main strip, however, that extra walk makes it even healthier right?

5. Beagles Pizza

Finally for those lazy nights where you don’t feel like dressing up or want to get takeaway there is Beagles Pizza. Definitely a great option if you want to support local and stay away from the chain pizza options. This places gets quite busy with both locals and tourists but the wait is well worth it. I think we went here twice on our trip because we couldn’t get enough the first time haha!

We hope you enjoy the best restaurants in Airlie Beach that we have selected and you are able to try them all!

We also hope you enjoy the sunshine while you are there as well. Don’t forget your beach towel – if you need a new one, we’d recommend these beach towels with the pretty patterns.

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Double your Dine & Discover vouchers in Sydney

Make the most of your Dine & Discover vouchers! Here are some places that are doubling your discount.

If you’re a Sydney resident, you would have received your Dine & Discover vouchers from Service NSW over the past few weeks. Some cafes and restaurants have decided to double this offer the NSW Government is giving out and on top of the $25 you already get off the bill, they will give you a further $25 off!

Without any further delay, here are some places you can visit to make the most of your Dine & Discover voucher and double your discount.

Bungalow8, Sydney

Situated just out of the Sydney CBD, Bungalow8 surprises you with its beachside tropical vibes. Being right on the waterfront you can enjoy a cocktail and meal and feel as though you are on holiday. The day time at Bungalow8 is quite relaxed, while the night is more of the party scene.

With a doubled Dine & Discover voucher, you can’t pass this option.

Park House, Mona Vale

The Northern Beaches of Sydney is quite the hot spot and it comes with many delicious meal options. Park House in Mona Vale is great in our perfect Sydney weather with their outdoor seating and social spaces. On their menu you can find your classic pub meals with a few specials if you are wanting something a bit different.

If you’re on the Northern Beaches and wanting to double your Dine & Discover voucher, here is your place.

The Fiddler, Rouse Hill

For those out in the Hills District, The Fiddler is a popular location since it was refurbished a number of years ago. With many dining options to pick from, you can decide if you wish to relax at a cozy table or sit by the bar. The outdoor courtyard area is stylishly designed and perfect on a nice sunny day.

You’ll definitely enjoy the food here and you’ll enjoy it even more when you double your Dine & Discover voucher.

Easy Lane, Windsor

The rural Hawkesbury region now has quite a few good meal options. One of those being Easy Lane, that is situated inside Windsor RSL. Easy Lane has all your classic meals as well as a few specials. It is a little smaller than your usual RSL, but the food and atmosphere make up for it.

It is also a nice drive out here if you aren’t a local. Road trip plus a doubled Dine & Discover voucher sound good to me.

Camden Valley Inn, Cawdor

Another rural location is in Cawdor in the Macarthur region of Sydney. Camden Valley Inn is a unique country side pub/hotel with beautiful scenery. This is your ultimate casual dining experience and there is plenty of space for everyone. There is even a playground for the kids!

This sounds like heaven – a playground for the kids and a doubled dine & discover voucher!

Enjoy your meals and savings! Let us know if you know any other places offering to double the vouchers.

Have you thought about creating memories of outings like these with your family? We’ve been loving polaroid cameras lately and how quick and easy they are to take and store photos with. Amazon sell the Fujifilm one which is great, you can find it here.

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A Cafe’s Guide: Working with Food Bloggers

Approaching food bloggers for your marketing is pretty fool-proof. You are on display to thousands of their followers at little cost to yourself. Compared to advertising in the mainstream media, it is a smart move.

We have noticed recently we are getting a lot more requests from cafes and restaurants regarding using our foodie Instagram to promote their business. While some cafes have gotten straight to the point and know exactly what they want, there are also places that are new to the game and aren’t sure what to expect.

We have put together a small guide to point you in the right direction and answer some of your questions.

Selecting your food bloggers

We would recommend you select quite a few. If you have a few bloggers all posting at the same time about your business, your food takes over everyone’s timelines and makes people interested in why so many people are visiting you. You also need to think about the right food bloggers for you, do they usually post the food you serve? do they post close up images of food or flat lays? do they mainly focus on cafes/restaurants or home cooking products? All of these elements matter depending on what you’re looking for.

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How many followers should they have?

Once someone hits 1-2K followers, I believe they start having a decent following. Generally the more followers you have the small your engagement rate is, so keep that in mind when you approach the big guys. Of course you need to be careful of people who buy followers. You can generally check by looking at their followers list and seeing if the followers look real/are from the same country or state.

How to approach your selected food bloggers?

A simple Instagram DM is usually the best way to get a quick response. You should introduce yourself and be clear you want to collaborate. I find it best when they know what they want to acheive (eg. 2 posts and 3 instagram stories). Also be open to dates and times, don’t make them only come at awkward times of the day when you’re quiet.

Make sure your staff are prepared

You think this would be obvious, but we have arrived at cafes and the staff have no idea the manager organised for us to come. It becomes awkward when I need to show messages and prove I’m not making it up.

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Don’t change your dishes for us

You should serve us exactly what you would serve any other person. A few times we have been given huge proportions and then realised this isn’t a normal dish and when we post the image, it’s basically a catfish version of what they will really get. While we appreciate you going above and beyond, we want to showcase to our followers what they would actually get, if they decided to visit you. BUT do put us in a good seat next to natural light for our photos.

What are the costs involved for you?

Most bloggers will be happy to come along as long as you provide the meal. You definitely can’t expect people to go out of there way, showcase your food – and pay for it (yes we have been asked to pay for it before). Larger bloggers may requirement payment – you will have to deal with this on a case by case basis.

And to conclude, in no way are we complaining about anyone that has approached us. We are so greatful for every experience we have had. This is just a guide to help you, next time you are looking into food bloggers for your marketing.

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Solo dining in Sydney? Here is where to go!

Are you a Sydney-sider wanting to eat out but you’re all alone? Or are you on the trip to Sydney by yourself and want to eat out? Well, not to fear, there are plenty of places to eat without feeling awkward that you are alone. You want to avoid quiet places or places like yum cha where it is probably best to have a companion. Or buffets, because who is going to mind the table haha? So, here is our list of where we would eat if we were solo dining in Sydney.

1. Sushi Rio

We personally can’t think of a better option than a sushi train. There are no tables and everyone is sitting along a bench facing the train, nothing awkward about that right? You can casually pick the options you want off the sushi train without anyone noticing you are all alone. Sushi Rio would be our pick if you are in the Sydney CBD. They have a lot of options and it is super fresh!

Where can you find them: Shop 7/339A Sussex St, Sydney (you can also find them in Westfield Sydney and Bondi)
When are they open: Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm but open till 11pm on Fri-Sat

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2. Jimmy’s Recipe

Next on our list of options for solo dining in Sydney is Jimmy’s Recipe. During the week at lunch time this place is super busy. You order at the counter and your food is generally ready within the minute, so there is no awkward waiting around. Then you are off to find a table, it is so busy and fast paced in there, that no one will notice you are alone. Plus there are usually quite a few solo diners on their lunch break from work. We always get the Laksa from here, it’s the best!

Where can you find them: Ground Floor/500 George St, Sydney
When are they open: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm Mon-Tues 10am-6pm Wed 10am-7pm Thurs 10am-9pm and Fri 10am-8pm

3. Mister Gee Burger Truck

Last but not least, for our solo dining options in Sydney we had to add a burger truck. There is nothing awkward about ordering from these and taking a seat in a park and enjoying your meal. We picked Mister Gee Burger Truck and their burgers never disappointed. Oh and the loaded fries are amazing too! The good thing about food trucks in general is that they move around so you are bound to find one near you.

Where can you find them: Check their Instagram, they move around to different locations (this week they are at 16 George St, North Strathfield)
When are they open: Depends on where they are

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Enjoy your solo dining in Sydney!

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Part 3: Takeaway in social isolation #covid19

So it looks like we are still in isolation and if you are still sick of cooking, your only option is takeaway at the moment. While there are some promising signs we can get back to a more normal life soon, here are some takeaway in social isolation options to fulfil your cravings until then.

1. Piccolo Me, Various Locations

These guys can be found all over the place and their coffee is great! We’ve noticed quite a few of them still open for business, maybe all of them are? Their pricing is pretty decent too, so next time you’re craving a good coffee, skip making it yourself and reward yourself with some Piccolo Me. I’d recommend their Chai Latte! (Does that count as a coffee?)

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2. Betty’s Burgers, Various Locations

I’m sure you are all missing going out and ordering a big juicy burger. Betty’s Burgers is one of the best when it comes to this and they have quite a few locations all over Sydney as well! I always go for their chicken burger and French fries option! I haven’t tried their ice cream yet, which they call ‘concrete’ but I’ve heard good things about it!

3. You Pizza, Various Locations

We can’t leave out the food trucks! We actually used these guys for catering a few of our parties and they were great! The pizzas are full of fresh toppings and there are quite a few options too. We were never disappointed – and compared to other pizza food trucks we have tried, they are the best! You’ll have to check their Instagram to see where they will be next, recently they were at Penrith!

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4. Bubble Nini, Various Locations

Thirsty? Our favourite bubble tea place is still open for takaway! Woohoo! They have authentic tea and so many flavours to pick from. It’s a shame you can’t stay in the café because it is so pretty! Oh well, I guess you can always go back when we are back to a more normal life for that!

5. Ze Pickle, Surry Hills

Sorry, we had to add another burger place to the list! Ze Pickle has some top notch burgers on the menu and so many sides to pick from! There are also some super spicy options on the menu too for our heat lovers! Our favourite are the chicken burgers here too!

And there it is, our top picks this week for takeaway in social isolation!

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Takeaway still open in Sydney during isolation

As we continue to live our lives in isolation, I’m sure many of you are just like us and looking for places that are still open for takeaway. If you can’t find any, not to worry, we’ve done the research for you, see below our recommended options for takeaway open in Sydney during the COVID-19 crisis.

1. Mark & Vinnys, Surry Hills

Mark and Vinnys is the place for all our vegan and vegetarian readers. Pick from an array of pasta options and side dishes and by the look of their Instagram everything looks delicious! If that doesn’t convince you enough, they are also offering a bottle of Paladino Sangiovese or Pinot Grigio for $16 with any pick up orders!

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2. Duo Duo, Strathfield

We all still need ice cream while in isolation right? Well Duo Duo’s deep fried ice cream is still open for takeaway. They’re a food truck so they move around quite a bit but you can usually find them in Strathfield at night. Check out their instagram to see where they are next. They are also doing large takeaway tubs too!

3. Billy the Greek, Dural

Greek food is definitely essential during the crisis and Billy the Greek is open for takeaway. They’re open 7 days a week and will deliver locally for just $5, otherwise you can do pick up. On the menu you can chose from gyros, seafood, mains, pasta and they also have a special board!

4. Contessa, Balmain

Another takeaway open is Sydney is Contessa Balmain. Pick up a warm coffee or one of their delicious meals including burgers, omelettes and more! And you can be rest assured you will be socially distancing here as they have crosses marked on the floor!

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5. Aj’s Cafe, Greystanes

Aj’s Cafe is a great choice as they have basically converted their whole normal menu into the takeaway menu! Open for breakfast and lunch, their pancakes are superb and they’re burgers are bound to fill you up. Oh and make sure to get a coffee too!

Enjoy your takeaway that is still open in Sydney

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