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Coffee Chocolate Face Polish & Coffee Coconut Body Scrub - Cook Republic #vegan #beautydiy

Homemade Coffee Chocolate Face Polish And Coffee Coconut Body Scrub

One of my lifelong evolving passion has been to make small positive changes every day in order to lead a simpler and more fulfilled life. These small changes are driven by the need to connect with the physicality of my surroundings – the earth, the air, the water, the trees, the birds and the bees. It is a work in progress in a bid to waste less, reuse and recycle more and finding purpose in spent things in order to stretch the boundaries of our sustainability a bit more. There is a place for everything old and new in your life, the question is whether you can come up with enough creative ways to make it slip and slide into place like a w... Read More >>
Kiwifruit Mint And Cardamom Lassi - Cook Republic

Kiwifruit Mint And Cardamom Lassi

Lately, after discovering the immense health benefits of kiwi fruit, I have been trying to incorporate it more in my recipes. I am not a big fruit lover. Especially ones that need a bit of a peel or prep. I hate cutting and prepping fruit. I probably can assign that blame to mum who used to lovingly prepare gorgeous fruit platters with fruit cut up in lovely shapes thereby making us too lazy to cut it ourselves. But mid-life has brought many surprises and amongst them is the sheer pleasure in prepping and cutting fruit. Sometimes, I don't even recognise the person I have become especially when I am preparing these raw kiwi tacos or playin... Read More >>
Hazelnut Cacao Cake - Cook Republic #glutenfree #vegetarian

Hazelnut Cacao Cake

This is one of those incredibly simple cakes with only six main ingredients that if you make once, you'll want to make every week from then on. A recipe I created for my workshops back in 2015, it was a staunch favourite with everyone who tasted it at morning tea during the workshops. This rustic but moist Hazelnut Cacao Cake was gluten free, low in sugar (unrefined), extremely fuss-free one-bowl in nature and tasted like Nutella batter. No wonder everyone wanted the recipe! For the better part of the past two years, I have been sending people pictures of my hand written recipe as I never got around to posting it on the blog despite makin... Read More >>
Vegan Dal Makhani (Black Lentil Dal) - Cook Republic

Vegan Dal Makhani (Creamy Black Lentil Dal)

A simple dal is a staple at virtually every meal in an Indian household. The most common everyday dals are  masoor dal (red lentils), mung dal (small yellow lentils/split and dehusked mung bean), toor dal (split pigeon peas) or chana dal (split yellow peas). But there is a special kind of dal hailing from Punjab in northern India which has the title of the king of dals. It is called Dal Makhani, is made with black whole urad dal and is truly a celebratory dal. From gracing the menu of every single restaurant specialising in North Indian cuisine to roadside eateries called dhabas, dal makhani is a smoky, creamy concoction of lentils slow c... Read More >>
Banana Chocolate Raspberry Bread - Cook Republic

Banana Raspberry Chocolate Bread

This is a good banana bread. The kind you get at the cafes, thick slices toasted and slathered with butter. It is one of my favourite banana bread recipes to make when I have to choose between folding those blackened bananas in batter with some fruit or freezing them for all the impending morning smoothies. The recipe itself is a derivation of many banana breads that you will find on this blog. Very often, I just add things to a bowl till the batter reaches the consistency I like and the taste is balanced. I then top it with all kinds of fruit, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, oats, nuts etc till it looks pretty and then bake it till it i... Read More >>
Mushroom Dan Dan Noodles - Cook Republic

Hot Mushroom Dan Dan Noodles + Philips Pasta And Noodle Maker Giveaway

Today I want to tell you about my new favourite kitchen appliance. One that makes fresh 2-ingredient noodles in just about 8 minutes – from scratch! Seems like a dream? Too good to be true? Not with the Philips HR2358/06 Pasta And Noodle Maker. This powerful machine with its automatic mixing, kneading and extruding produces half a kilo of fresh pasta or noodles in 15 minutes. The four different discs that come with the machine make noodles/spaghetti, linguini, penne and sheets. Can you imagine the possibilities? Gluten free noodles, vegan pasta, colourful veggie juice spiked dumpling sheets and so much more! I am so excited! To celebrate ... Read More >>