First Week in Orange NSW!

We have recently moved to Orange, Nsw- a lovely country town 3.5 hours from Sydney. We are really falling in love with the countryside, the cafes and restaurants and family life in a small towm. We are not used to the cold and it has been very cold for the past week. 2 degrees in the morning and a top of 9 degrees in the afternoon with a cold breeze!

We moved here from Perth for my husband’s job at the mine near Orange.

Orange has a lot to do and see between lake Canabolas, all the pretty wineries, Mount Canobolas. It is a cute town with cherry blossom trees at the moment.

We also love the fact that everytime we put a destination in our google map it tells us it is 5-12 minutes away! It takes 5 minutes from our temporary house to see cows and sheep right outside of town.

If any of you is ever in the region I recommend visiting!

So far I am loving the following addresses: (I plan on updating my blog with some great Orange finds along the way)

  •       Byng Street Café- the best soy flat white I have had so far- (they use Bonsoy) and they had a delicious mushrooms on toast breakfast. I plan on going again soon and trying out other items on the menu.
  •       The Greenhouse of Orange- if this place was in Perth or Sydney it would be booked out all the time! It is huge and they offer so many things- delicious lunch and dinner focusing on local produce, a great rooftop serving pizza and street foods and an amazing family pavillon with an indoor and outdoor kids playground. This will be a very regular outing for the twins and I!
  •       Local red wines- I have been enjoying Climbing Shiraz, Philip Shaw Idiot shiraz and Heifer shiraz. I haven’t tried too many yet as I have only been there 1 week! Haha
  •        Mount Canabolas, Lake Canabolas for some pretty scenery and fitness. We ran around the lake and it was a nice 2.4km loop with a few hills.
  •        The local farmers market.
  •        Cook Park. – a very pretty old-fashioned and European styled park. It reminded me of my childhood parks in France.
  •       The Agrestic Grocer for coffee and their local organic produce.


Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake with Cashew Vanilla Icing

Thank you for all the love I have received on my Instagram page for this cake. I have loved seeing the remakes and I hope everyone will love it. I want to make it again but sadly the oven in our temporary accommodation isn't working. Not having an oven is really not ideal for someone who bakes 2-3 times a week haha

Hopefully we get to have it fixed very soon. 

Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake with Cashew Vanilla Icing

2 cups of wholemeal flour
2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
2 tsp of baking powder
2 tsp of flaxseed powder
1 1/2 cup of nut or soy milk
2 large carrots grated 
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1/3 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 tsp of mixed spice
1 tsp of nutmeg powder
1 tsp of vanilla powder 
1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat your oven at 175degrees Celsius. 
2. Line a cake tin with baking paper.
3. In a mixing bowl, add in the dry ingredients together and mix.
4. Add in the wet ingredients and mix slowly.
5. Grate the carrots and fold them gently with the dough. 
6. Pour in your cake tin and cook for 50-60 minutes at 175degrees. 
7. Leave to cool down before adding my cashew vanilla icing and extra walnuts. 

Cashew Vanilla Icing 

1 cup of soaked cashews 
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder
4 tbsp of water 
2 tbsp of maple syrup

1. Soak your cashews in water overnight and drain and rinse.
2. Mix in a blender with the other ingredients until creamy and smooth. 
3. Add more water if required. 
4. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes before pouring on top of your cake when cooled down. 
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