Tofu Tuesday: The Aviator

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I wish Tofu wore safety goggles.

I took Tofu to the vet yesterday because he has another eye infection. Last time he had an eye infection, it got really bad, really fast and he had to get the eye removed. It was heartbreaking, but the best thing for him. Because Tofu is blind, he brushes up against or bumps into things all the time. This time something scratched his cornea. They flushed and checked out the eye but there was no foreign object in there and the vet seems hopeful it will heal.

Please keep Tofu in your thoughts today.

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Monday Bunday: Real Men Love Bunnies Shirt

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From the Cottontail Studios website:

“Ryan Gosling. David Beckham. George Clooney. What do these hunks all have in common?

They’d all look even better in this shirt.

There’s nothing more rugged and manly than a guy who loves rabbits, and now you can inform the general public by wearing this shirt. Wear it to support the bunny-loving men in your life, or to let people know how manly you feel when you cuddle your furry wingman.

As always, 50% of the proceeds from the sales of this shirt go directly to rabbit shelters in need!”

Cottontail Studios have this awesome shirt for sale for just $20. Get the man in your life one here.

Here’s the original photo:

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Image credit: Cottontail Studios

 

 

Clean Eating in Auckland

I love dining out, but it can be hard to make healthy choices when dining out so I often view dining out as a chance to indulge in rich foods. It doesn’t have to be this way! Luckily, there are a few places in Auckland who are making huge effort to offer delicious healthy options. What I also love about these places is they can be great inspiration for cooking at home too. Most of these offerings are easy to recreate at home using fresh ingredients. I’m not a health nut, but with my health issues this year, I’ve been looking at what I eat more and focusing on clean eating and whole foods.

I am not on any special diet, but in my round up, I’ve included options for diets such as paleo, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. There are also options for raw, whole foods, refined sugar free, free rangers. Some have healthy options such as low carb, skinless (chicken), brown rice, wholemeal pasta and probiotics.

I spend most 90% of my time in the city fringe areas of Mt Eden, Kingsland, Eden Terrace, CBD, Grey Lynn and Ponsonby so this list reflects my own stomping grounds. Fee free to make suggestions further afield!

10 clean eats in Auckland:

(In alpha order)

Image credit: Bird On A Wire
Beetroot couscous with pomegranate, spring onion and orange vinaigrette with added pulled chicken. Image credit: Bird On A Wire

1. Bird On A Wire

234 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby and 12 Commerce Street, Auckland CBD
www.birdonawire.co.nz

Offering: free range / gluten free / dairy free / whole foods

In the form of:

  • Beetroot couscous with pomegranate, spring onion and orange vinaigrette with added pulled chicken
  • Rotisserie Chicken with Korean BBQ baste
  • Buckwheat noodle salad with mung beans, coriander, peanuts and sesame dressing
  • Beetroot, carrot, cos, mung beans, seeds, nuts, za’atar & is served with a tahini yoghurt dressing
  • Winter slaw with kale, dates, nuts and fresh ginger dressing
Hot salad. Image credit: Boy & Bird
Hot bird salad, black lentils, kumara, feta, peanuts, citrus & sultanas. Image credit: Boy & Bird

2. Boy & Bird

222 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
www.boyandbird.co.nz

Offering: free range / gluten free / skinless chicken / whole foods

In the form of:

  • Hot bird salad, black lentils, kumara, feta, peanuts, citrus & sultanas
  • Sauteed kale, fennel, quinoa, apple, halloumi with smoked almonds
  • Citrus brined, spice rubbed rotisserie chicken (skinless)
  • Charred broccoli tart served with a walnut pesto
Image credit: Kokako
The Moroccan – chickpea pattie served with free range organic poached egg, shaved fennel, orang, herbs and dukkah, topped with tahini and and garlic yogurt. Image credit: Kokako

3. Kokako Cafe

537 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
www.kokako.co.nz/our-grey-lynn-cafe

Offering: fair trade / organic / vegetarian / vegan /  gluten free / nut free / dairy free

In the form of:

  • The Moroccan – chickpea pattie served with free range organic poached egg, shaved fennel, orange, herbs and dukkah, topped with tahini and garlic yoghurt
  • Scrambled tofu, spring onion, chilli, ginger, beansprouts, sesame seeds, coriander, lime
  • Mexican beans tortilla, scrambled egg, salsa, nuts and seeds, avocado, tomato, coriander
  • Sweet brown rice porridge, rhubarb, orange almond milk, coconut sugar
Image credit: Food Truck Garage
Chickspin Wrap. Image credit: Food Truck Garage

4. Food Truck Garage

90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD
www.thefoodtruck.co.nz

Offering: low fat options / free range / gluten free / dairy free / vegan / vegetarian / probiotics

In the form of:

  • Chickspin Wrap — SPCA accredited free-range chicken, spinach and herb pattie, cos, tomato, red onion, rocket sauce & avocado salsa
  • Redergize Salad — Grated beetroot, carrot, red quinoa, bulgur, red chard, currants, flax seeds, almonds and miso dressing
  • Veefroot – A vegetarian take on our most popular Beefroot burger. Kumara, kale, beetroot and carrot pattie, cos, tomato, gherkin and awesome sauce on a gluten free bun
  • Creator — Probiotic vanilla fro-yo with Banana, date, fig and hazelnuts
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Smoked “lox” raw bagel with cucumber capers, sprouts and cashew cream cheese. Image credit: Little Bird Organics

5. Little Bird Organics

1a Summer Street, Ponsonby and 385 New North Road, Kingsland
www.littlebirdorganics.co.nz

Offering: raw / organic / gluten free / refined sugar free / dairy free / vegan / vegetarian

In the form of:

  • Smoked ‘Lox’ raw Bagel with cucumber, capers, sprouts & cashew cream cheese
  • Kumara Gnocchi with oyster mushrooms, tarragon cream and pine nut parmesan
  • Acai Bowl – fresh acai berries, organic berries and banana topped with grawnola and coconut yoghurt.
  • Raw cheesecakes, brownies and sweet treats from their cabinet
Image credit: Mondays
Vegan roasted pumpkin and brown rice stack served with green salad and zesty cashew aioli. Image credit: Mondays

6. Mondays

503B New North Road, Kingsland
www.mondayswholefoods.com

Offering: whole foods / gluten free / refined sugar free / dairy free / vegan / vegetarian / raw

In the form of:

  • Vegan roasted pumpkin and brown rice stack served with green salad and zesty cashew aioli
  • Mushroom frittatas with feta and baby spinach, topped with caramelised red onion & fig jam
  • Green juice — kale, parsley, fennel, celery, lemon and apple
  • Chocolate zucchini cake with mascarpone and toasted hazelnuts

7. Revive

24 Wyndham Street and 33 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD
www.revive.co.nz

Offering: vegan / vegetarian / brown rice / wholemeal pasta / gluten free / raw / refined sugar free / dairy free /

In the form of:

  • Indian black eyed peas and peanuts with broccoli
  • Revive Raw Salad with beetroot
  • Cashew and cranberry nut roast with home made tomato sauce
  • Indian tofu vindaloo on brown rice

Image credit: Ripe Deli
Salads and Dukkah dusted lamb meatballs. Image credit: Ripe Deli

8. Ripe Deli

172 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
www.ripedeli.co.nz

Offering: gluten free / raw / vegetarian / vegan / dairy free

In the form of:

  • Dukkah dusted lamb meatballs with feat yoghurt dipping sauce
  • Ripe red quinoa salad
  • Marinated baked salmon
  • Raw energy salad
Image credit: Welcome Eatery
Pan fried Tarakihi with cauliflower puree, sauteed chorizo and kale. Image credit: Welcome Eatery

9. Welcome Eatery

Orion Building, 181 Grafton Road, Grafton
http://welcomeeatery.tumblr.com

Offering: free range eggs and free range meat / gluten free / vegetarian

In the form of:

  • Pan fried Tarakihi with a cauliflower purée, sautéed chorizo and kale
  • Griddled Polenta with butter bean ragout, fresh herbs and whipped goats cheese
  • Cauliflower soup with feta and toasted almonds
  • Kiwi Green Smoothie — Kiwi fruit, banana, kale, pressed apple juice, and coconut yoghurt
Image credit: Wilder and Hunt
Wilder & Hunt: Lamb Shank, parsnip sweed mash and juniper jus. Image credit: Wilder & Hunt

10. Wilder & Hunt

15 Maskell Street, St Heliers and 65 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
www.wilderandhunt.co.nz

Offering: paleo / gluten free / grain free / refined sugar free / dairy free / free range / low carb / raw

In the form of:

  • Lamb shank, parsnip swede mash and juniper jus
  • Roast pork belly with coconut confit parsnip, charred broccoli, and apricot jus
  • Sweet and sour chicken with zuchinni noodles
  • Steak and vege pie wrapped in bacon, topped with beetroot mash
Image credit: Al's Deli
Al’s Deli lunch box (gluten free/paleo): Manuka hot smoked salmon, chargrilled asparagus, broccoli, kale, almonds, egg, quinoa, and sherry vinegar dressing. Image credit: Al’s Deli

 Special mention:

  • Al’s Deli Diner also serving paleo and gluten free lunch boxes.
  • Wok ‘n Noodle Asian food with paleo, gluten free, brown rice, low carb, and vegetarian options. All meals are refined sugar free.
  • Ortolana Bistro serving farm fresh whole foods.

 

Peking Duck for busy people

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Peking Duck is a dish that you fall in love with.

World famous from Beijing, crispy roast duck is sliced with a high skin-to-meat ratio and eaten with spring onion (scallions), cucumber, hoisin (or plum) sauce and wrapped in thin Chinese pancakes. Think of it as Chinese duck tacos.

Shared with others, you usually get 2-3 pieces per person as a starter dish. It may be frowned upon to scoff 10 pancakes and call it a meal, but would you judge me if I said I did exactly that twice for this post? Let’s call it “research purposes”.

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