Ehhhh welll it’s no secret my attempt at vegan MoFo this year was rather slack. So many plans, so many last minute spanners in the works that just saw my MoFo plans fizzle out. I did enjoy MoFo though because I discovered Australian blogs I hadn’t read before and I’ve enjoyed every single one.
Melbourne, being Melbourne, has really given us the four seasons in one day recently. We’ve had some beautiful spring days and crazy winds last night causing power outages and all sorts of annoyances. At least it’s good kite flying weather and Husband is a kite flying expert. Me, I do the running around stupidly in a circle getting the string all wound up.
Much excitement (for me) as I had a Box Day. For those of you not down with homeschoolin’ lingo, Box Day is when a cool package of schooly stuff arrives. For me it was the next level of DeeW’s reading program:
I’m going to plug this reading program because I love it so much. It’s called All About Reading and the sister program is All About Spelling. I have found these to be absolutely brilliant for both Arthur and DeeW. Arthur has All About Spelling . Both programs involve multi-sensory learning and none of this “memorise 100 words by sight” stuff which doesn’t work for many kids. You don’t have to be a homeschooler to use these programs, you can be a parent with a child displaying reading readiness (more info on that at the AAS/AAR site) or reading difficulty, or you can be a teacher looking for a new program for your students to grasp basic reading and spelling concepts. I know people who have dyslexia and their kids do too, and the family benefits together. I can’t recommend All About Reading and All About Spelling enough, and the founder has a very interesting story to tell about why she started the program. You can find out more at the All About Learning Press website at http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/ (all opinions here are my own and my opinions are in the category of “this has been super fantastic for my kids and I can’t gush about it enough and hey I even learnt a few things about when to use ‘k’ or ‘ck'”).
Okay, time to put on my food face. Another gush-worthy recipe I’ve mentioned before is Dreena Burton’s BBQ Sunflower Tofu which Arthur loves. I make a batch of this for him and he asks for seconds. He likes the little marinadey bits:
I’ve been making the Lemon Meringue Pie smoothie from ‘Eat Raw, Eat Well’. Yep, this tastes as good as it sounds:
Aaaand here’s my big flop. It’s a raw banana pie from Brendan Brazier’s ‘Thrive’ book. I don’t know what I did wrong, but my base was really crumbly and I’m sure I followed the recipe. The filling part was good but I should have taken more care. I didn’t make the topping but I had some cashew cream and used that. It was okay but I found the taste of sunflower seeds a little much. i would make it again though with some little changes. And take a much better photo:
I’ve been making the Raised Waffles recipe from Isa’s ‘Vegan Brunch’. Arthur really likes these, though I prefer the cornbread waffles. Still, it’s fun making this yeast version. I plopped some coconut cream on mine and coconut sugar. Yes, this was the last-of-the-batter waffle:
During the week I just forgot to take photos. Or I did take some photos of stuff and deleted them somehow. Now I will just have to make citrus coconut pie all over again! See you then 😉