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A Queenslander Turned Multigenerational, Japanese-Inspired Home

The owners of this Queenslander in Brisbane’s Northgate came to Arcke architects with an idea: lift the original structure, and create a self-contained, wheelchair-accessible apartment underneath. 

Inspired by this vision and the client’s love of Japanese architecture, Arcke took this one step further, creating an ‘engawa’ (a Japanese covered area facing a garden) between the two storeys.

This shared space and its relationship to the garden provides social interaction between the multigenerational family occupants on both levels, and a serene green outlook able to be enjoyed from above, below, and within.

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A Creative Family's Eclectic Apartment in Melbourne’s CBD

If you told a younger Michael Chazan he’d raise his future family in an off-the-plan CBD apartment, he probably wouldn’t believe you… but funnily enough, it’s now his dream home. 

The furniture designer and creative director of Le Space, which he founded with his partner, photographer/curator/educator Ying Ang, live here with their almost-three-year-old son, Oska Shübi, and have found that apartment living is the life for them. 

Over the past three years, the couple have placed their own maximalist stamp on the Melbourne apartment, with plenty of personal touches, plants, self-made furniture, and soft lighting. It’s a home that really feels lived in – we love it! 

Meatless Monday: Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

FOODMeatless Monday: Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

Meatless Monday: Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

In today’s Meatless Monday post, we’ll share with you tips for transitioning to a vegan diet.

If Meatless Monday isn’t a new thing for you, and you tend to eat meatless on all days ending with “y,” then perhaps you’re ready for a new challenge … veganism!

By definition, a vegan is someone who chooses not to consume any animal products or byproducts. In addition to meat and fish, vegans also steer clear of eggs, dairy products, and even honey. Further, vegans avoid products made from or with animal products, such as silk, leather, wool, and certain makeup and other personal care products.

In today’s Meatless Monday post, we’ll share with you tips for transitioning to a vegan diet.

With all the tried-and-true and new products in the natural health food stores today, making the switch from dairy to dairy alternatives is an easy one. Milk in particular is a no-brainer. Almond, soy, hemp, oat, and coconut are all tasty milk alternatives.

Cheese is one of those things that people get really passionate about, and five years ago a great vegan cheese product was hard to come by. Fast forward to today, however, and there are a bunch of great products on the market that have the taste and texture of the real thing. Many even melt just like real cheese—perfect for an ooey gooey pizza. Be sure to check the ingredient list when purchasing soy cheese, as some varieties contain casein, which is a milk derivative.

Vegan butter is easy to come by, and many people actually prefer the taste to regular butter. Look for one made with healthy omega oils. Vegan yogourt, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult to find; however, it is out there. Soy yogourt has been around for quite a while now, although some people don’t like the taste. If that’s you, try out almond yogourt, made from cultured almond milk.

Scrapping eggs can seem a little intimidating, as they’re often used in cooking and baking; however, if you remember a few vegan alternatives, you’ll never have to crack another egg.

When a recipe calls for an egg, consider the following substitutions:

  • 1 small banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) soft tofu, blended along with the wet ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) arrowroot or corn starch
  • Vegan egg replacer (yep, it exists!)

When you’re just craving eggs for breakfast, consider frying up some marinated or smoked tofu and sandwiching it between a toasted English muffin and some vegan cheese. Or crumble the tofu and fry it up with chopped veggies, black beans, paprika, cayenne, and some nutritional yeast for a southwest-inspired tofu scramble.

Swap bee-made honey for a variety of natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, molasses, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, and barley malt syrup.

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