Welcome to my cooking blog about eating a simple life where I have journaled over 550 easy, delicious and nourishing recipes over the course of 12 years. My collection of weekly fresh recipes are mostly vegetarian (a lot of them gluten free and vegan) and always family friendly!

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Instant Vegan Mango Ice Cream - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

Instant Vegan Mango Ice Cream

Do you often wonder why when you make mango ice cream or smoothies at home, do they taste like bland sweetness whereas that mango ice cream from that gelato place tastes like sheer pleasure in a cone? There are two main reasons. The first being the type of mango. The key to a good mango ice cream is the variety of the mango used. I do not trust recipes that call for any mango to make an ice cream. Because all mangoes were not created equal! All mangoes will add sweetness to your dessert but only some mangoes will add that complexity and depth of flavour to create a dessert worthy of culinary nirvana. And the second reason is salt. Yes, yo... Read More >>
Roasted Cauliflower Nasi Goreng - Cook Republic #glutenfree #vegetarian

Roasted Cauliflower Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

About eight months ago, Nick welcomed the 40s and life served up a reflux and elevated cholesterol problem. It was like a switch being flipped. One minute everything was fine and the next minute, it felt like a heart attack. We later found out that it was just reflux but it was scary and prompted us to investigate the factors causing both issues. Now Nick has always been quite fit and lean, he plays soccer throughout the year and is on the go perpetually .. coaching, gardening, building things etc... We realised that a lot of his symptoms (both reflux and high cholesterol) were caused by eating out while at work (mostly Asian - the stale ... Read More >>
Market Veggie Broth - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

Market Veggie Broth

Every Thursday when I walk into my home with my baskets and jute bags full of fresh market produce, I make this broth. Like clockwork. I set my bags down, grab the Kilner jam pan (who knew it would be just perfect for big batches of stock and sauces) and fill it with 6 litres of filtered water. And because I have now been doing this every single week for the past two years, I chop veggies on automaton, toss them in the water and get the heat going. By the time I make myself a cup of coffee and finish putting away the veggies and other produce from my market bags, I have 6 litres of delicious nutrient-rich veggie broth ready to be bottled for ... Read More >>
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus - Cook Republic

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

About four years ago, our local market got a new stall. A lovely Persian man selling the most divine Middle-Eastern dips. They became the talk of our then-active book club and the star of many of our monthly brunches. All were vegetarian, gluten and dairy free and brimming with delicious flavours of exotic spices. Out of all the ones I would bring back home with me every week, the cauliflower dip was my absolute favourite. And that is what it was called. Cauliflower Dip. After a year or so, I decided it was time to save a bit of money and try making it at home since we had graduated to polishing off not one but two tubs of this dip every ... Read More >>
My Most Popular Recipes -2017

My Most Popular Recipes For 2017

  It was a year ago that I was baking my very first Christmas Pavlova although it feels like only yesterday. Where did 2017 go? It was a year of ups and downs for us as it always is. A year where I spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking delicious healthy meals for the whole family. And truly slowing down enough to focus on the important things and spend more time here on the blog. Hope it was delicious and fruitful for you too. On the eve of the New Year, I thought it would be nice to see what you loved the most on my blog in 2017. So here is a little list of my most popular recipes in 2017 that you visited, cooked from and ho... Read More >>
Vegan Chickpea Masala Omelette - Cook Republic #glutenfree #vegan

Vegan Chickpea Masala Omelette

I was first introduced to an eggless (vegan) omelette as a child. I must've been four or five years old when mum presented Tomato Omelette one Sunday morning after I had watched the newest episode of Star Trek on telly. I actually have a very vivid memory of that day and the excitement of a new omelette variation as I was a complete and utter egg fiend and omelette was my jam. But the whole breakfast was a sham. When I tasted the omelette, it wasn't fluffy at all. I was annoyed with mum for passing it off as an omelette with every fibre of my five year old self. I didn't quite enjoy being tricked into eating an omelette that had no egg in... Read More >>