Chch Vegetarian Expo 28 Sep 2014

Vegetarian Food And Lifestyle Expo

For vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Come and celebrate World Vegetarian and World Animal Days at Christchurch’s Vegetarian Food And Lifestyle Expo. Christchurch is New Zealand’s vegetarian capital with more on offer for vegetarians and vegans than anywhere else in the country. Over 10,000 vegetarians live here and the Vegetarian Expo is our Big Day Out where all are welcome to come and share a vegetarian day with us.

Enjoy great vegetarian food, watch top veggie chefs display their cooking secrets, learn about vegetarian living and enjoy celebrating cruelty free pro planet living with Christchurch’s vegetarian community.

Whether you are vegetarian or not, you will love the variety of foods and entertainment on offer.

Sunday September 28th 2014

All welcome. $5.00 entry. Children 12 and under free.

Horticultural Centre

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Victoria & Valya Boutenko in New Zealand November 2012

Boutenko Christchurch New Zealand 2012 Flyer

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Want health, wellness, healing?
Proven results by these natural & raw vegan ways.

Christchurch & Wellington – One night only!

Tasty, easy, affordable ways to be truly healthy, without eating rabbit food!
Ways that children like too!

“Green Smoothies for nourishment & detoxification”.

Victoria & Valya Boutenko (USA) – special NZ visit.
(Producers & Authors of “Reversing The Irreversible”,
“Green For Life”, “Fresh”, “Will You Still Love Me”, etc)

Christchurch – 1 night only – next week – Tues 6 Nov, 2012.
6pm-10pm (free to arrive & leave at any time). Event Page

Their latest award-winning books, audiobooks, & DVDs
will be available to us, convenient, & discounted.
Including books for kids, encouraging healthy eating.

Email Steve:

See for Boutenko info & testimonies.

Come also to meet others succeeding with health & wellbeing.

Please email the corresponding email addresses on the flyer or the event pages to find out the locations and make reservations for this rare event!

We look forward to meeting you there.

Christchurch 6 November 2012
Wellington 7 November 2012


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Happy Hemp Video

Something cheerful and positive for a Monday 😉  Hemp has a very interesting modern industrial history.  Does anyone have some good links for buying hemp products in New Zealand? Like shoes and other clothing items?  Please post them in the comments below.

Thank you,

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Recipe from Vegetarian Expo Christchurch 2011

Vegetarian Food And Lifestyle Expo
Yesterday was a successful day for the Christchurch Vegetarian Expo, it was super busy all day.  The Christchurch Raw Vegan Group had a table thanks to Steve, and if you stopped by, we might have had a chat :-)

As promised, the fantastic recipes that some people were lucky enough to taste.  The food and recipes were kindly done by Beverley, and she recommends Living Foods Lifestyle online shop listed below for ordering your ingredients.  Or Alternatively, please check the local organic whole foods stores.

Flax & Sunflower Seed Crackers

1 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup whole flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons yellow onion, chopped
1 & 1/3 cups water
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup black sesame seeds

Mix ground and whole flax seeds, salt, garlic, onion and water.
Add sunflower and sesame seeds and mix well.

Use the back of a spoon to spread batter evenly on one dehydrator tray.  Dry at 40 Celsius for 4 hours.  Flip and score bread into nine slices to make it easy to break in straight lines.  Dehydrate another hour before serving.  Serve warm.

This is a great “bread” to use as morning toast, as a base for pizzas, and as a “bun” for sun burgers.  The recipe calls for black sesame seeds, but tan seeds will work fine too.

Cheddar Sauce (Orange dip that was at the Expo)

1 large red bell pepper
2-3 tablespoons water
1 cup cashews
2 & 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon tahini
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 & 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 large clove garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.  Serve chilled.

The famous raw cheesy sauce.  Great on fajitas and as a veggie/cracker dip.

Chocolate Fruit Slice (3 parts)

Base: White Pastry Crust Ingredients:
2 cups macadamia nuts or cashews
1/4 cup finely shredded coconut or cashews
2 tablespoons agave
Pinch of sea salt

Base: White Pastry Crust Directions:
In a food processor grind the nuts until as fine as possible.
Add remaining ingredients and process until moist and crumbly.  Press into the bottom of an 8 or 9″ tarte pan or pie plate.

Base: White Pastry Crust Notes:
This is the recipe I prefer when I want the look of a “real” pastry crust, or I’m looking for a lighter tasting/dainty crust.

Middle: Ingredients:
Any fruit or fruit combination you like.

Middle: Directions:
Prepare fruit to liking, for example, mashed banana, sliced apples, blended dates.

Top: Basic Dark Chocolate Ingredients:
1/3 cup melted cacao butter
1/4 cup agave
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pint of sea salt
1/2 cup cacao powder, sifted

Top: Basic Dark Chocolate Directions:
Mix the melted cacao butter with the agave, vanilla, and sea salt in a warm bowl.
Slowly mix in the cacao powder until the mixture is smooth.

Top: Basic Dark Chocolate Notes:
* It is recommended to only use agave or maple syrup as sweeteners in this Dark Chocolate.
* It is key that the sweeteners are at room temperature or they will cause the mixture to seize up.
* The mixture will harden fast due to the cacao butter, so keep the bowl over another bowl of hot water while mixing.
* Add more agave if you want a sweeter chocolate.

Recipe in PDF format
Vegetarian Expo Event
Steve from SK2Tech Directory Listing
Living Foods Lifestyle Directory Listing

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Zero Fees Organic Gardening Course

BHU Organic College

BHU Organic College

Have you had dreams of organic gardening? Well, here in Christchurch, the time might be right for you.

In my local free paper, I noticed an article for BHU, The Biological Husbandry Unit, Organics Training College, located at Lincoln University.  They are offering a Zero Fees course and no prior qualifications or experience is required.

In the paper, they are advertising their course starting in spring, 3 October 2011, Full and Part-time options with NZQA qualifications. At the time of writing this post, I’m unable to find this course on their website, but I will provide contact details advertised in the paper so you can follow up if this sounds like you.

This is a hands on course, so you will be growing with our own plots and have work experience in the industry with placements on farms, orchards, shops and native bush reserves.

Phone Telford 0800 835 367
Directory Listing

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Healthy Raw Food Walnut-Date Pudding

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I felt it was time to attend another Christchurch Raw Vegan Pot Luck last weekend, and I was feeling inspired to make something new and yummy.  I pulled my favourite live food recipe book, “fresh” (featured on the right) from the shelf and worked from the index based on the ingredients I had readily on hand.

I had walnuts that we had harvested earlier in the year, and dates are always on my shelf.  The Walnut-Date Pudding was only 4 ingredients and the only preparation was blending which suited me 😉

I have modified the recipe slightly which makes it more gentle on the blender and made it go further.  The ingredients amounts below are original, I doubled the recipe for the potluck.

1 cup orange juice
1 cup dates, pitted
1/3 cup of walnuts
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation & Directions:
1. Soak dates in warm water in blender jug while preparing other ingredients, this will soften them, making them easier on the blender.
2. Shell fresh walnuts and soak with dates.
3. Squeeze fresh oranges, personally, the pulp too and add to the blender jug.
4. Add vanilla (I only had organic essence, I guess pods would be good too?)
5. Blend

I received lots of positive comments on the desert, everyone seemed to enjoy it, and the bowl was clean at the end, always a good sign 😉  It was easy and yummy, highly recommend, and is fast and fun to prepare.


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Composting Toilet Workshops in Christchurch

Compost Toilet Example

Image From Compost Toilets Chch Manual

Compost toilets seem to be a popular topic in my circles, and when done properly, it makes a lot sense.  When you are eating good organic whole foods, it seems a waste to flush all those goodies down the toilet 😉

Under this system, human excrement is combined with carbon-rich material (sawdust) and composted under hot (thermophilic) conditions to produce a hygienic, organic compost, which is completely safe to use on the garden. Raw human excrement never comes into contact with water or soil and harsh chemicals are not required. It requires a few inexpensive materials, commitment and knowledge about how to manage the  composting process for effectiveness and hygiene.

A group of experienced people have put together an online resource with instructions, forums and answers to the common questions.  Also coming up early in August 2011 they are offering 3 free workshops.

This is often a taboo topic for a lot of people, but the earthquake and very real sewer issues in the Eastern suburbs of Christchurch have created a genuine need for such a sensible solution to the current challenges and being more responsible for our “waste” in the future.

If we are more aware of how we dispose of things, then hopefully we will be more conscious of what we choose to consume.

Event: Composting Toilet Workshops
Directory: Composting Toilets Christchurch
Download: A copy of their How-To pdf

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Living Off-Grid Documentary Coming Soon

Off the Grid Crowd-sourcing from Nick Rosen on Vimeo.

This is a trailer / promotion video for an upcoming documentary about what it takes and who is living off the grid.


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Organic vs Wild Food

Wild edibles grown around your house do not cost you money, are fresher when eaten soon after picking, are high in nutrition and are hopefully in a relatively pollution free environment.

Ways to use wild edibles more often;
– use them in salads
– use them in teas
– use them in a green smoothieView definition page
– finely chop them into a meal

Which plants are safe to eat?  Wild Picnic is a very useful resource on New Zealand wild edibles.  Easy to find, safe options to start with are dandelionView definition page, puhaView definition page and chickweedView definition page, these are great ones to start with.

Thank you to Steve of SK2Tech for supply for sharing this video in his newsletter.

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EatRight Super-Seeded Crackers

EatRight Foods LogoDisclaimer: contacted to be listed on the free Business Directory we offer. From the kindness of their hearts, EatRight sent their rawest product as a treat.

EatRight, a Nelson based, Organic, Whole Food, allergy friendly, health conscious food manufacturer are adding new SlowDried™ products to their range.

They are doing their best to be the most conscious retail food out there, and it is awesome that it is coming from New Zealand.  Their philosophy is great and too much for me to repeat here, so please check out their website.

The Super-Seeded Crackers that I was sent were great.  They were very firm/hard/crisp which made them great for loading up with your favourite toppings.  They will not go soggy and drop your goodies in the wrong place.

The taste and smell are wholesome, I personally really enjoy my senses being exposed to real sensations like these.  Knowing that the flavours and smells are not enhanced by some “special ingredient” 😉

I made up some guacamole and put out the crackers and dip for a few friends while we sat on the lawn in the summer sun.  They went down a treat with positive reviews by all.

These crackers will make a great addition to my lunch box when tramping as they tick all the boxes.  I like the firmness of the cracker which makes it much more versatile at snack and meal time.

This is another great product from EatRight.  You will find them in your favourite whole foods store and many super markets around New Zealand or check out their online store.

EatRight Slow Dried page


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