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Foraging and the Living Green Vegan Market

So last weekend was a literal foodie-weekend. I was pumped. Excited. Maybe even a little impatient but I was counting down until I could visit foodie-truck heaven Saturday, in The Forage; and then Vegan heaven Sunday at the Living Green Vegan Market.
Both did not disappoint.
The Forage is basically a bunch of local food trucks and cafes, set up in a big circle with some entertainment and then piles of hay bales and rustic tables dotted around to eat your purchases at comfortably. The sun was out and bright and hot on the Saturday and Wee Man and I were able to find parking and walk up to the truckies.
I knew ahead of time that the Forage was catering for those with food intolerances and choices such a gluten free and vegan. So of course it suited me well. I devoured a gluten free crepe with apple, banana and cinnamon, ohhhh it was good!


Wee Man on the other hand went complete opposite and enjoyed a fried chicken waffle cone from Fricken which he loved and was happy to pose with for photos. We also had a Blue Magic pressed juice from Naked Pressed Juice Co, which was literally perfection, I want more of it.
The sun was a stinker and it was a perfect Saturday to be out and about.
The Forage was held outside at the Little National Hotel and was the perfect size for the amount of food trucks and visitors. So luckily the weather was good as any rain would most definitely put a dampener on the event. The really lovely thing about the event was the opening and closing time, an early afternoon beginning of 2pm and a nice early close, in time to get the kids to bed at 7pm. Definitely add to your 2019 list of foodie visits.

 

On Sunday morning we were up early and ready to be at the Living Green Vegan Market for its 10am open. I was worried about parking but luckily was still in luck from the day before and found one easily just outside of Albert Hall where the market was taking place.
There were a multitude of stalls and businesses set up. Some opposing animal cruelty, some in support of orangutans, books stalls, make up and cosmetics and then of course all the foods. Sweet food, savoury, hot, cold, home bakes, cakes, slices and dumplings.
I let Wee Man be treated to S’mores vegan dumplings for breakfast and I had the most delicious raw nori wrap from Organic Energy, which came with an almond dipping sauce.
We purchased some delicious raw slices from Rainbow Nourishments along with some bliss balls. Veganarchy was also at the event and I purchased a couple of gluten free cupcakes.
This was a lovely event, although I did find I was comparing it to World Vegan Day in Melbourne which is a huge larger event so part of me was disappointed with the size and variety but realistically I should just be happy there are vegan events like this to attend.

Again I would be sure to add this to your 2019 foodie list.

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Crunchy Polenta Fingers- Chris’ Dips

I love snacking, and I’m always trying to come up with quick and easy foods to create. Especially vegan and vegetarian dishes that are portable and easy to eat on the run.

Polenta is such a versatile food which can be made sweet or savoury.  It can be used to make ‘fries’ or sweetened to make desserts.

For these Polenta snacks I used pre-firmed Polenta which can be purchased in the pasta section of your local supermarket.

You will need:

Half a polenta slab cut into fingers
1/2 container Chris’ Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric Dip
3/4 cup Gluten Free bread crumbs

Slather each finger in the dip- I used a spoon to make this easier and then dunk them in the bread crumbs so they are completely covered.

Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in a fan forced oven at 180 degrees for 20 mins to half an hour until the fingers are browned.

Leave to cool once cooked and then enjoy them dipped into more of Chris’ Dip or a plain Greek yoghurt. 

I made these gluten free to tie in with the dip and I also had a friend coming over who was gluten intolerant.
These would work well with quinoa instead of the breadcrumbs or even a cheese mixed in with the breadcrumbs.

These can be enjoyed warmed or cold.  For pre-heating do this in an oven as a microwave will leave them soggy.

The Lilydale General

I adore this place. It’s always busy (a good sign) full of life and has a gorgeous variety of foods and drinks.  There’s everything from freshly squeezed juices, smoothies to big breakfasts, tacos and burgers.  All their meals are beautifully presented.  There’s a huge variety of vegan, gluten free and dairy free options.

I started with an Almond Breeze latte.

Followed by Raw Tacos- gorgeously plated on a wooden board, this meal was light and tasty. Made with walnut meat, cashew cream (I think), corn, fresh red tomato and huge lettuce leaves for ‘taco’ cups. Delicious!!

The sun was shining but the rain was pouring, making this little gem of a cafe glitter in its individuality and variety.
The Lilydale General is a quaint little building, a mix of rustic wood and concrete, with greens and whites running through it’s decor.  It’s almost old fashioned yet has a modern twist. Bottles of wine line the walls amongst old fashioned jugs, glasses and the odd soft drink bottle.
I highly recommend visiting The Lilydale General, if not for a meal then grab a smoothie. 

The customer service is top notch and the menu is well priced. It’s fantastic to find a place like The Lilydale General, a place where the owners obviously care about what people want. There’s local produce used, they cater to intolerances, customers food choices and have many options.



I even took a piece of their HUGE Vanilla Slice home. Definitely the ‘best in the state’. Huge, creamy, flaky pastry and perfectly sweet.
You can Like The Lilydale General on Facebook and follow them on Instagram. 

Gluten Free Berry & Pear Loaf

Yummy! Moist! Easy!
I had a bunch of pears that I’d originally bought for our guinea pigs, but they weren’t eating them fast enough!
This is simple & doesn’t take long to throw together. 
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees.
Dice up 4-6 pears & 8-10 strawberries & microwave for two minutes.
In a separate bowl mix 1.5 cups of gluten free self raising flour, a quarter if a cup stevia (or sweetener of your choice), 1 egg & two tablespoons of fat free Greek yoghurt.
Add the warmed fruit to the mix and combine.
Place in a loaf tin & drizzle some strawberry jam over the top. 
Bake for 40 minutes.
Cool & slice & serve with butter or jam.

This is great as a treat and makes about 10 large slices at 150 calories each or 75 calories per small slice.