How to make a ripper raw strawberry cheesecake (vegan)

Cheesecake1Yo, it’s Sunday. The waves are flat. Whatever, I know it’s depressing. Put down the Doritos and get off the internet. You deserve better than that. Why don’t you get yourself together and whip up a vegan cheesecake – it’s seriously happiness in a tin. You can’t cook, no problem just blend that stuff. Nom nom mmmm nom.


You’ll need 5 simple ingredients for the base:

  • 1 cup of macadamias – these nuts are packed with health benefits and they’re native to Australia, mate.
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts – walnuts are good for the brain and did you ever notice they’re shaped like baby brains too?
  • 1/4 cup of shredder coconut – coconut is a good source of iron and if you’re a vegan you’ll likely want to be snorting that stuff so it goes straight to your blood. Let’s not kid ourselves though, shredded coconut isn’t really that good for you on a regular basis because it’s not fresh and commonly has added preservatives. If you use an organic brand all the better.
  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates (Dates are really hard to measure – chill out, a little extra won’t hurt.)
  • pinch of Himalayan rock salt – Be picky here if you don’t have Himalayan rock salt, just drop this one off.

Here’s what you’re going to do next:

Grease a 22cm round tin with coconut oil and line the tin with baking paper – you’ll understand why at the end. If you don’t have a 22cm round tin, that’s cool use a couple of smaller tins. You can freestyle with what you’ve got in the kitchen.

So put all the ingredients in the food processor except for the dates and make some noise with that machine. (That’s the really loud sound of health baby!) When the nuts are smashed then add the dates and process together all over again. Empty the contents from the food processor and really press them into the base of the tin. There you go, good work! Admire that for a moment. Now slide the tin into the freezer while you continue to master the filling.

Here’s what you’ll need for the filling:

  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil – this stuff has a whole lot of health benefits like reducing the risk of cancer and helping to prevent wrinkles. Even though it’s pure fat. 100% fat? Yes. But that fat contains fewer calories than other fats and miraculously helps you lose excess weight. #Justsaying.
  • 1 vanilla bean (this stuff is more expensive than ski lift tickets, so make the most of it, split and scrape all of the flavour out.)
  • 3 cups of cashews – There’s no disclaimer on here so if you’re allergic to cashews, back away from the cashews, 5 steps back please, use your creativity and add another nut you’re not allergic to.
  • 3/4 cup of lemon juice – make sure that juice is freshly squeezed and not from a bottle.
  • 1/4 cup of agave – agave is a sweetener with a low GI and it’s natural! It grows on trees, similar to maple syrup.

Now use a blender and mix all that up until it’s smooth like Aimee Fuller in the pipe. Hah yes I did just use that metaphor. Winning! Now, back to it, pour onto the base layer and return to the freezer to set.

You’re nearly finished now. This is where you can get excited. For the topping you need:

  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries –  did you know strawberries are full of antioxidants?
  • 3/4 cup of pitted dates – yah more dates. Most people actually don’t get their daily intake of fibre, but not to worry because you’re going to have had enough for you and your neighbours.
  • 1/4 cup of fresh strawberries or blueberries, this is optional to make your cheesecake look heaps classy.

Now blend the frozen strawberries and dates until smooth. Go on give that stuff a little taste on it’s own. Ok that’s enough, just one taste, really save some for the cake, please stop! Pour on top of the cheesecake layer and return to the freezer for 4 hours, at least.

Once you’ve finished post a picture on Facebook – your friends will be really impressed.


This recipe is pretty versatile (yes like Torah at the Olympics) you can mix it up a little bit using other fruits and nuts. I’ve used passionfruit and blueberries and it still drives me crazy every time. Not that I eat this all the time…. because man, this desert is really expensive compared to a store bought cheesecake, but that’s the price of health isn’t it little ripper?


Pssssstttt… the past I’ve had to glad wrap slices into small chunks so I don’t eat it all at once. #noonelikesafatassinawetsuit



News in under two minutes

1. New Zealand received a massive dumping of snow last week in time for the opening weekend at The Remarkables and Cardrona. Watch the proof here.

2. While in Treble Cone (closed currently to the public, but opening day is this Thursday) The Ski Patrol have been busy rescuing sheep. (Only in New Zealand) Ski Patrollers discovered three rogue sheep buried and trapped in the snow requiring rescuing. The sheep were dug out of the fresh snow, which had the sheep trapped heavily laden and weighed down, then the Patrollers shadowed the three sheep down to the top of the Home Basin before being strapped to toboggans and skied by Ski Patrollers down to the Treble Cone Base area from where they were transported back to a local farm.


3. Over in Australia, Chicks With Stix are a group of dedicated athletes committed to teaching and encouraging female snowboarders and skiers to progress. In 2012 Chicks With Stix had big sponsors to cover the costs of running their events, but the funding was recently dropped and now they are trying to find the funding from else where. They jumped on the Sportaroo band wagon, where athletes like Paige Hareb successfully funded part of her sports career. There is now only 8 days left of the campaign and Chicks With Stix are nearly half way to their target of $8,000. If you want to become a brand sponsor for their events or purchase some merchandise it all helps.


4. In surfing news there’s still a few days left to catch some of the Oakley Pro in Bali. You can stream it live here.

5. If you haven’t booked a snowboard trip yet this year, there’s still a few spots left for female snowboarders on the Mint Chicks progression Tour to New Zealand. Although Snow Park isn’t open this year the girls will be ripping up all the surrounding resorts, like Cardrona, Treble Cone and Coronet Peak.

6. In other news NZSki (who operates Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt and The Remarables) have appointed their new CEO. Changes this year include The Remarkables is smoke free where staff and visitors aren’t allowed to smoke. At Coronet Peak visitors can still smoke, but staff can not.

7. World Bar in Queenstown will open at a new location this weekend.

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Action sport films at Hoyts plus a 2 for 1 pass.

Are you in Australia or New Zealand and stuck in the city so you can’t experience any of the excitement of the outdoors? Garage Entertainment and Red Bull Media House Sessions have joined together to bring the thrill to you.

They are currently showing 12 of the best action sports films of 2012. Films are on every Sunday and Monday from the 17th of June through til the 18th if November. 

For more info Click here


Print this pass to receive 2 for the price of 1 adult tickets.


June 24 – 25 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Attack Of La Nina Ski
July 1 – 2 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm One Touch Ocean / Paddle
July 8 – 9 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm One Touch  
July 15 – 16 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Strength In Numbers Mountain Bike
July 22 – 23 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Strength In Numbers  
July 29 – 30 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm White Silk Road Snowboard
August 5 – 6 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm 00000;”>White Silk Road  
August 12 – 13 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm El Mar, El Alma Surf
August 19 – 20 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm El Mar, El Alma  
August 26 – 27 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Congo Outdoor / Kayak
September 2 – 3 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Congo  
September 9 – 10 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Fighting Fear (Event) / Nightrider (Hoyts) Surf
September 16 – 17 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Fighting Fear (Event) / Nightrider (Hoyts)  
September 23 – 24 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Raw Surf
September 30 – Oct 1 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Raw  
October 7 – 8 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Where The Trail Ends Mountain Bike
October 14 – 15 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Where The Trail Ends  
October 21 – 22 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm This Time Tomorrow Surf
October 28 – 29 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm This Time Tomorrow  
November 4 – 5 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Art Of Flight 3D Mountain Bike
November 11 – 12 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Art Of Flight 3D  
November 18 – 19 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Bending Colours Surf
November 25 – 26 Sun 4pm, Mon 7pm Bending Colours

Mint Chicks: the making of

It was Autumn in 2010, I sat at my computer tucked away in a bleak office in the city. I would occasionally look across at my boss who thought she owned me. She thought I was immersed in an Excel spreadsheet, but actually I was searching for new snowboarding destinations. I was like many others around the globe who spend more time thinking about living than they actually live!

I started daydreaming of an all girls snowboarding progression camp in New Zealand and I emailed an itinerary to Jarred (creator of Mint Tours). Jarred had been working in the snow community for more than a decade. In his younger years he maintained his Queenstown snowboarding lifestyle by delivering pizza in the snow, constantly getting towed out of ditches in his crappy car. “The worst job was in Canada, it was cleaning kitchen grease traps while it was puking outside,” he says. Luckily he stepped it up a notch and joined the park crew which he likes to drop into conversations the most and more recently he judges snowboarding events. He’s an honest, chilled and professional guy with a lot of information in his head. He’s the “get me out of the city and take me to the snow” go-to-guy in Melbourne.

So I asked him online, while I was still tucked away in the office, “Can you make my dreams come true?” Great Itinerary, he said, but I’ve tried to run girls camps in the past and I couldn’t get enough girls on board (no pun intended). Fuckers! I guess that meant I had to find some numbers. Any girl I met whilst snowboarding I invited along. Black, white, fat or skinny – it didn’t matter. Heaps were enthusiastic, but one got pregnant and others were drawn to alternative locations.

Come summer time Jarred was ecstatic when he had confirmed more numbers and a female coach for us at Snow Park. Fi Duncan was her name. It was only once I hung out with Fi that I realised how lucky we were to have her. Fi is a travel queen and free spirit. She has surfed and snowboarded all over the planet. Back in her prime time, she was a snowboard competitor and an instructor, but a harsh knee injury changed her life voyage slightly. Now Fi is a passionate Pilates teacher and a dedicated surf coach.

Fi remembers, eight years ago when she was an instructor at Concrete Peak Coronet Peak. She would go into the offices and try to push for all-girl events. “I guess we were just at the forefront of it all,” Fi says. Coronet’s management didn’t see the point in all-girl events and there wasn’t enough money in it back then either, but that didn’t stop Fi. Instead she travelled to Wanaka to run girls camps at Snow Park. Snow Park offers one thing and one thing only – it’s a resort for park riders. The entire resort is full of jumps, boxes, rails, a half pipe and a wall ride. It’s a great place for progression, which is why it’s used as a training ground throughout the snow season.

Back in her day, Fi coached camps at Snow Park with pro snowboarder and instructor Abby Lockhart. It was only once our chicks numbers had doubled that Abby’s name would become familiar to myself and the other Mint Chicks. She was the second coach in our playground.

August 2012. The camp began. Girls flocked from all over Australia from different backgrounds and occupations. One element pulled us all together – snowboard progression.

Claire Hopper, journalism student and Mint co-shredder sums the camp up nicely here. “Mint Chicks Tour was created for a sole reason; to bring Aussie snowboarding girls together. Their desire to do something so unique and groundbreaking, together with our basic desire to simply ride with other chicks, meant this week-long tour in New Zealand was not only bursting with unforgettable and hilariously girly moments, but also full of the encouragement and support us females need to give each other in this once male-dominated sport. We not only nailed some awesome new tricks and techniques during our tour, we formed snow-bound friendships and finally found those chicks we’d always be looking for.

Cassie De Colling caught the rest with her camera.

 Note – Anything written or viewed in this blog can not be held against me or others.

Pictures by Alexandra Volk, Cassie De Colling, Tamie Wexler and Mint Tours.

By Tamie Wexler

 Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. Albert Einstein.

Board ABC Day 2012 is on August 18th at Thredbo

This is an ‘all female’ snowboard event to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer by offering female riders a chance to unite and have some snowboarding fun!
The event is in association with The National Breast Cancer Foundation and offers a chance to ride in an a non-intimidating environment, with a bunch of girls.

When: August 18th 2012

Where: Cruiser Terrain Park, Thredbo

How much: $50 (tickets and sign up at ESS Board store Jindabyne, or email

What you get:
A ‘pink gift bag’,
a pink ‘Board ABC’ basketball style singlet,
lots of prizes to be won,
a discounted lift pass for the day,
PLUS the following:-

– A coaching session where participants will be lead by Professional Qualified female snowboard Instructors and female, Sponsored/Competitive snowboarders. These respected women are all donating their time for the cause. The event is not for beginner snowboarders. It is a chance for girls to improve their riding, with a focus on freestyle.

– A ‘Rail Jam comp’ with plenty of prizes to be awarded.

– A Pink Avalanche of Awareness for Breast Cancer All participants wearing their PINK jerseys will ride as a group and hit the ‘Boob Jump’ then shred the slopes from the top of Kosciuszko chairlift to the base.

Choose your riding level group:

1. Stepping Up
You have snowboarded before and you want to be introduced to some basic terrain park features.

2. Snow Sistas
You ride through the park sometimes, and want to become more confident sliding boxes and rails plus hitting jumps with some grabs.

3. Shred Betties
You ride the park but want to increase your ‘bag of tricks’. Board slides (front & back) & presses on boxes and rails, plus air with grabs & 180’s.

4. Rippers
You ride park often and now it’s time to spin & slide on bigger features. More advanced jibbing & jumping: street styles rails and spinning on jumps.

NOTE: There are only 80 tickets available so be quick to ensure you are not disappointed. HELMETS are ESSENTIAL to be WORN at the event.

For more information go to: or email