In case you missed it Episode 20 I sat down with Osher Günsberg (@osher_gunsberg), celebrity Australian tv host, who shares his story & in particular his battle with mental illness & addiction. You may also know him as Andy G or Andrew G which he previously went by.
With the gift of the gab, blonde locks & contagious smile it would seem Osher was always destined to entertain or find his way into the world of television but just how did a kid with anxiety end up hosting live tv in front of millions of viewers? What toll did that take on his mental and physical health & what learnings does he have to share? Well, thats exactly what this episode is all about. Osher came over to my place in bondi and we had a really open & honest conversation over a turmeric latte (very Bondi) about what he went through behind the scenes including some terrible lows as well as some hugely positive learnings and life-changing experiences. The timing of this episode is absolutely perfect with Osher’s book ‘Back After The Break’ launching this week. If you are an Australian & know Osher I think this ep will give you insight into the actual man behind the microphone that you have seen on tv for so many yrs. If you are from overseas, I’m sure you will still find the convo tremendously interesting with many take-home messages. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In this Ep we cover:
- Where Osher grew up & what his childhood was like
- What drew him towards a career in Television & radio which ultimately saw him hosting some of the most viewed shows ever in Australia (Australian Idol, The Bachelor)
- When alcohol crept into his life & how it became a problem
- How he has learned to deal with Mental illness (paranoia, OCD, anxiety etc)
- How he has handled alcohol addiction
- His battle with weight how he ended up on the cover of Men’s Health
Oh, I forgot to mention Osher is Vegan & has been for essentially over a decade…& he’s hugely entertaining, so naturally, as a good host should I let him do a lot of the talking!
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Good to see everyone enjoying my curried Red lentils & veggies soup @happybuddharetreats 🌶🥕🍅🍲😍🙏🏼.
Ingredients : red lentil , tomatoes , zucchini, carrots, onion , garlic , ginger, curry powder, turmeric powder, chilli , fresh coriander, oil, salt, pepper & water .
In a pot , fry some chopped onion & garlic. Than add all the ingredients and boil it until cooked . Don’t forget to stir every 5 mins and if needed keep adding water 🤩😄😸
I’m so excited to announce that you can now grab my cakes by the slice from @thebakerswifespringwood 😊❤️ This week they received a lime & coconut cake with a coconut buttercream and carrot cake with lemon buttercream. Pop in for a slice tomorrow or over the weekend 🌞
🔥 Italian vegan feast brought to you by @crinitis 🍝
Have you seen our video we posted last week?
We checked out the new vegan food options available Australia wide (excluding the vegan cake, it’s only at the Manly @lapatisserie_crinitis)
We tried the following
-Vegan detox pizza (the best)
-Dippa Domenicos 🌶
🍷They have some vegan wines available too! Just ask the waiter🙈
🍴Perfect spot for a big group outing
👇🏽Tag someone that would be happy about this news
Wednesday means that it's time to start thinking about the weekend and where you are going to get your #soulfoodfix 😋
On Saturday, we are going to be at the Our Hood event @commune.sydney from 4-10PM. As mentioned in our last post, this going to be an awesome event so definitely get your tickets now (link in bio). On Sunday, we will be at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park for the August Sydney Vegan Market from 9AM-4PM. We are so excited for the new venue and can't wait to see y'all there too.
Because we will be busy with markets this weekend, we won't have the open kitchen in Rozelle. But we will be back next week, don't worry!
Hope to see y'all Saturday and Sunday for the best #soulfood in Sydney 😊
S/o to @onefidel for the 📸
Have you tried Vegan Mama’s Tickled Pink Raspberry Coconut Rice Cream. It’s noice .. it’s different … it’s pink!! It’s almost 100% refined sugar free and it’s loaded with vitamin c packed raspberries … what’s not to like?!! Order it by midday Monday and we’ll deliver right to your home or business on Wednesday. Life’s too short … why not leave the cooking to us 😊
“You’re vegan? But where do you get your protein from? “
This is a common question I’m asked, usually at the gym, and 9 times out of 10 I feel like asking it straight back to them (the 1/10 time I don’t is if they look like they’ll take it personally & bop me over the head with a dumbbell 😬). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Is your protein sitting alongside molecules shown to be protective & improve cell health or molecules shown to be pathogenic & chronic disease causing?
The foods on the left hand side ( the animal foods plate), whether organic/grass fed or not, contain all of the pathogenic molecules listed below and many more which cause oxidative stress on the body, inflammation, rapid cellular proliferation, insulin resistance & promote chronic diseases like kidney disease, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease & various cancers. Whereas the foods on the right hand side (plant based plate) contain protective molecules which promote cell health, reduced inflammation, reduced free radical cell damage & reduce the chances of developing the chronic diseases above. In short the protein on the left hand side comes with molecules that promote disease and on the right hand side the protein comes with molecules that promote longevity.
So as I’m sure you can see the real question here is not “where do you get your protein”,
as adequate protein can be found in either an animal or plant based diet, but should be “what’s sitting alongside your protein & coming for the ride when you consume it?”.
Some of you may be thinking “but carnitine is a common body builders supplement?”. That’s true and yes it does have some research to support it for promoting athletic performance BUT there are many studies showing that high carnitine (and choline) which is converted to a molecule called TMAO promotes inflammation pathways & clogging of the arteries (atherosclerosis)..ultimately causing heart disease. Not everything thats good for ‘gym gains’ is healthy & safe - worth keeping in mind.
Want more information on this? Listen to episode 2 of the Plant Proof podcast with @veg_md ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hey Fritter friends!! Major updates : we’ve been MIA for the last few months but for good reason! We’ve added a new member to our crew 👪🐒! He already loves fritters as much as we do and is excited to share em with you all!
We’ve also worked on a new name & look and are returning as Flyover - Indian fritterie & Chai bar! A new look and a wider range of chais to match our fritters! .
We’ll be at the @sydneyveganmarket this Sunday at the entertainment quarter! Come get your fritter fix & say hello to our 🐒! .
Wedding season is coming! I’ve been working as hard as I can to get sketches and quotes out to a bunch of wonderful couples. I’m so nearly caught up but it’s definitely a part of the job that is super stressful and causes huge anxiety for me! Making little checklists, ticking them off slowly but surely, and also remembering how good it feels to make beauties like this, all helps me to get the job done. This is a medium & tall chocolate hazelnut semi naked cake with 24k edible gold leaf, white flowers, greenery, and a few gorgeous blackberries. ✨✨
Another nutrient post for all the Plant Based or nutrient curious folks out there who are raising the bar & seeking a higher form of personal health! On that note I’m often asked why vegans these days look into nutrients so much and do blood tests more than typical folks? In this day and age a large majority of people moving to a more plant based diet are doing so for health reasons & this is a sub section of the general population who are naturally seeking a higher form of health. So naturally they will ask more questions and want to learn more about healthy eating & understand how optimised their own body is.
Selenium is an important antioxidant & forms part of many extremely important enzymes that participate in vital cellular reactions within the body. The RDI for Selenium in Australia is 60mcg per day for women and 70mcg for men which is based on the fact that men typically have a greater body mass. In terms of getting Selenium in your diet from plant-based sources, it’s pretty easy to achieve & the best source by far is Brazil Nuts – there is no better source of Selenium, from animals or plants than Brazil Nuts!
One Brazil Nut = 95mcg of Selenium.
Given this is an average I typically recommend adding 1-2 Brazil Nuts to your daily eating regime. They are easy to enjoy by themselves or in your smoothie, porridge or even broken up on savoury meals. Swipe left and you can see how I add them to my smoothie bowl (either on top or blended) & you can even use them in healthy desserts. The last photo is of my ‘Snickers’ bars which I posted a few weeks back on this feed.
Some other good plant-based sources of Selenium are shown below:
Sunflower Seeds (1/4 cup = 19mcg of Selenium)
Baked Beans (1 cup = 13mcg of Selenium)
Oatmeal (typically 13mcg of Selenium per cup)
Mushrooms (typically 12mcg of Selenium per 100g)
Spinach (1 cup cooked = 11mcg of Selenium)
Pinto Beans (100g cooked pinto beans = 6
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Always nutritious and always delicious! 🤤 @pickledandpressed98, Newcastle has to be one of our #alltimefavorite cafes! 🙌🏼 Everything ... and we mean EVERYTHING on their menu is made in house! 🏡 They do this to ensure everything served is of the highest quality, nutrition and optimises digestion! 🥕 We've worked our way through the majority of the menu and have never been disappointed 😍 Their menu is 100% vegan and gf with the option to order eggs 🍳 or whole milk 🍼 if you prefer!
Pictured: 1x serving of their AMAZING Pumpkin Bread 🍞🎃 served w/ the creamiest cashew cheese 🥜 and house pickles 🥒 AND the house-made black beans 🍛 on sprouted sourdough 🥖 (also made in house) w/ cashew cheese 🧀 avocado 🥑 roast tomato 🍅 and greens 🌱
We highly recommend you order a side of their mushrooms 🍄 to any meal! They are so bomb 💣 AND ... their pancakes 🥞 are incredible!! .
Pickled and Pressed, 98 Glebe Road, The Junction - Newcastle 🌟
Thank you so much for all your beautiful comments and thoughts on my previous post about pricing accessibility and the rough trade economy!! If you missed it, jump back a post. I’ll be getting to work shortly developing our basics range! 💕🍰💕
There are still a handful of tickets for tonight’s Aquafabulous class taught by me - and there’s a cheeky discount code of FAB99 to get it for under a hundy! And if you want to gaze lovingly at cake like me, book in for this Saturday’s intro class to layer cakes and cake decorating!! Tix via @makersyd or @sydneycommunitycollege website. Team chant on three: CAKE!! CAKE!! CAKE!! 🙌🏽😂🍰
Mum game strong. Threw a vegan sugar-free 1st birthday party 😂 Organic wholemeal spelt tart filled with tofu, spinach, caramelised onion & mushrooms (recipe by @diannewenz); vegan mac & cheese (recipe by @veganyumminess); 8 ingredient vegan cardamom & rose cookies (recipe by @cookrepublic), fresh fruit cake (thank you @pinterest for inspo) and garden salad.
🤷🏼♀️Don’t know where to find us?
This should help! Take a look at not all, but plenty of our stockists all over Sydney!
🍰Or alternatively order online through our website
👇🏽Tag someone that lives close to our stockists and deserves a treat
We know where we're going to next to try out some Egyptian food! 😍 This feed from @baseandbowl looks so satiating, anyone tried it?🌿
📷 Thanks to @vegan100days
👇🏽Tag your fav Sydney vegan below
🍍Tag @sydneyveganguide & #sydneyveganguide in your vegan products, services
✨ ON ACCESSIBILITY & NAME YOUR TRADE ✨
Recently, I’ve spent time reflecting on accessibility - how people can access my cakes, what barriers prevent them from doing so, and what I personally can do to support access to sparkly celebrations, especially for those who are marginalised, or lack financial ability. .
Any business in Sydney is bloody expensive to run, with rising rents, increasing electricity bills, and hefty labour costs. Ingredients for my cakes are moderate for my cost of goods, but the number of hours that goes into not only putting together beautiful edible art works, and also training and upskilling to keep at the top of the game, is huge. Accessibility also needs to mean a fair, living wage for me, so that my work is honoured and I can also survive. .
As a result, my cakes are expensive. I get it! As someone who feels a deep sense of despair around how we as a society are driven by capitalism, productivity, what we make/earn as a reflection of our worth, this makes me feel awful inside. There’s no ethical consumption under capitalism, but hell, we can give it a good crack. So how do we do that?
I have always been open to NAME YOUR TRADE offers, and I need to signal boost the heck out of it so there’s more awareness. What can you offer me that honours my work, time, ingredients, labour in return? Be creative! I’ve received big beautiful plants grown in someone’s backyard; gorgeous coconut bowls from a fellow small business owner; a few hours of time helping with baking, cleaning, organising or admin; in exchange for cakes. Feel free to approach me with your ideas, and we can make something magic happen for each other, while circumventing the cash economy as best we can! .
Alternatively, I’m thinking of adding in a BASICS range. Simpler designs like the one above, one size, with a range of flavours and colours. Because of the reduction in labour due to simple designs, I will be able to afford to charge less, and have more accessible cakes available for those who don’t have the budget or need an extravaganza. .
What do you think? Have you ever made creative trades for goods that step around money? Let me know below!! 💕💕
Introducing the Elatte Vegan Bowl! ☺️🌿 Lentil and black bean chilli with yellow cauliflower rice and coconut yoghurt! Find this at @elatte_cafe 🌿💘
📷 Thanks to @elatte_cafe
👇🏽Tag your fav Sydney vegan below
🍍Tag @sydneyveganguide & #sydneyveganguide in your vegan products, services
Our Hood is back at @commune.sydney on Saturday night! Southern Soul will be there serving up awesome #vegansoulfood from 4-10PM. It will be a great event and will feature live music from our friend @mirrahreflects. Get your tickets now!! COMMUNE OUR HOOD: HEARTS ON FIRE
SYDNEY’S NIGHT OF ALTERNATIVE CULTURE
A night of warmth, connection and intimacy is here to heat up the winter edition of Our Hood on Saturday 18th August.
FBi Radio are presenting a fiery live music line-up, where you can let loose to synth-funk R&B from The Goods, iconic hip hop and soul emcee Mirrah, and be serenaded by 20 sparkly femme fatales from Bad Bitch Choir, reworking all your 90s faves.
Our friends at TEDxHaymarket will kickstart a very cosy night with talks and workshops on how to make meaningful personal connections in just 60 minutes.
If you’re feeling extra fabulous don't miss the Flow Yoga run by drag superstar Dusty Glass, where you can shake your asana in the sparkliest yoga class in the city.
And if that’s not enough you’ll be able to grab a mulled wine and peruse the Locally Made markets, wander through art installations, life drawing classes, barber shop by BeardsOn and lots of secret corners (did someone say hidden rum bar?) Doors open from 4pm, kids and pups all welcome. Grab your tickets before they sell out, only $10 from: www.ourhood.eventbrite.com
We always have a great time preparing and cooking plant powered meal here @happybuddharetreats . So much fun with nourishing food and great team mates @myonono @malkinemily 👌🏻🥦🥕🌶🍆💐🤩🙏🏼
Last week I was asked if I was a true Australian because I hadn’t posted Vegemite. So here you go - as Australian as it gets... Vegemite Toast... but with a Plant Proof spin on it with extra health perks! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Whole grain sourdough toast loaded with: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Wakame flakes (or nori flakes)
- Fresh chilli
- Local organic vine tomatoes from the market (so good)
- Nutritional yeast (NOOCH)
Served with an antioxidant rich blueberry, banana and hemp seed smoothie. Loving these reusable metal straws from @kappi.life and yeh we reused some peanut butter jars ... saves buying more glasses and is another reason to avoid the peanut butter in plastic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I challenge all you Aussies to make this and tag me this week. Get creative and put your own spin on it. And if you’re not Australian... that’s ok...get your hands on some Vegemite and channel your inner Aussie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Patriot Simon 🇦🇺🙏🏼
Come and say hi this Sunday 19th August 9-4 at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park for the next edition of @sydneyveganmarket 😛
I’ll have plenty of goodies like these GF salted caramel cakes, choc peanut butter cakes, salted choc brownies, vanilla & raspberry cakes, GF baked cheesecakes and GF choc cupcakes!! 🍰🍰🍰#cakebysez#vegan