Monthly Archives: October, 2016

Sea Spaghetti & Organic Kale Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing

October 28th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, Recipes, Salads No Comment yet


This satisfying and delicious salad combines nutritious sea spaghetti from Pacific Harvest with kale and a flavour-punching sesame miso dressing.

Dressing: Blend together 3 Tbsp brown rice miso, 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp shredded fresh ginger, 1 Tbsp tahini, 1/3 cup coconut nectar.

When you shop at all ingredients will be organic.

Salad: Wash, shred and massage four cups of organic kale, add 10g of Pacific Harvest dry sea spaghetti (soaked in Pukka Three Ginger Tea), add 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger finely shredded, 1/3 cup of sesame seeds, 1 medium red onion, (sliced and steeped overnight in 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar.

Toss the dressing into your salad and enjoy! (serves 4)

Nutrition Tip: Pacific Harvest Sea Spaghetti is rich in calcium, magnesium & zinc, fibre and has a good balance of vitamins. Follow this link to an informative film about seaweed nutrition and health benefits.

We’d like to thank Louise Fawcett for her culinary support, flare and expertise with seaweed.

NEW – Organic Vegan Mayonnaise from Ceres Organics – As Tasted by Resident Vegans

October 28th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet


We don’t need to propound the virtues of this new product from Ceres – we know you like it…. it’s ‘rocking’ off the shelves. Thanks Ceres, healthy vegans everywhere appreciate this service.

As tasted by Wise Cicada resident vegans………..see if you can figure out who our tasters were:

“Wow….it seems like real mayonnaise….ahh, it’s very good yeah? It tastes like the mayonnaise I had in Italy. How can it be?….it tastes like an egg one.

“…….It’s nice, it’s creamy, with a nice tang. Better than the ones I’ve tried previously”

“Long time since I had mayonnaise,…… that is ‘right on’! It’s nice and tangy. It even smells like mayonnaise.

“Mmm….it’s quite nice actually, nice and tangy. Perfect for a sandwich or burger, as mayonnaise is supposed to be, quite possibly salads as well. I like it, I would buy it.”

YOU TOO CAN BUY IT HERE             

NB: It is soy free too.



Amino-rich Moringa – A Vegan Super-food Hero

October 28th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle No Comment yet



Moringa (Moringa Oleifera) is ‘billed’ as one of the most nutritious plants on earth! Its full spectrum of all essential and many non-essential amino acids, makes it an ideal whole-food nutrition supplement for vegans and vegetarians.

Buy Moringa

Moringa also contains more than ninety nutrients, forty six antioxidants and thirty six anti inflammatory compounds. Gram for gram it contains four times more potassium than a banana, 2 times more protein than eggs, two times more vitamin A than carrots, fourteen times more calcium than milk, nine times more iron than spinach, seven times more vitamin C than oranges and four times more fibre than oats. Impressed? You certainly should feel a boost when you add this super-food to your smoothie.

Highly regarded for immune system support, the leaves are renowned for their anti-bacterial properties. As well as providing nutrition for our cells Moringa is packed with chlorophyll and  antioxidants to help neutralize toxins and inflammation our bodies. It is also reputed as a supportive plant for blood glucose balance and cholesterol balance. In Ayurvedic tradition Moringa is especially valued as both a tonic and and detoxifier – both releasing waste from and nourishing tissues.

Originally a native tree of Northern India, it is now also widespread in Asia and Africa. It is hardy and fast – growing, traditionally used for over 4,000 years as a medicinal and food plant, it is also commonly known as the ‘miracle tree’, ‘elixir tree’, ‘drumstick tree’ and ‘horseradish tree’.

Best plan of ingestion? Add the raw powder to your green smoothie or any other juice or shake.
Best Recipe? We’ll be adding one from our Wise Cicada chef’s journals in the next few days….stay posted.

Menu – Vegan Food Fiesta in the Garden – Sunday 30 October 12pm – World Vegan Day Party

October 27th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic No Comment yet

Vegan Food Fiesta in the Garden – Menu Sunday 30 October 12pm

Organic Vegan Paella $12.50 Per Bowl (First Pan Ready to Serve at 12pm)

Organic Vegan BBQ Plate $12 – Marinated Tempeh, Portobello, Smashed Potato, Grilled Asparagus, Vegan Sausage, Coleslaw

Organic Vegan Pizzas Cooked to Order $18 Each (serves 2 as a meal – many more as a snack)
Two Flavours Pesto’ or ‘Vegan Pepperoni’
Organic Spelt Base (so not gluten free)

Design Your Own Organic Vegan Salad $8 – Our Chef’s will be Lined Up with an El Fresco Salad Bar Creating Your Own Designer Salad to Order

Live Performance with Aidan Kelly starts at 12pm


The Green Larder Cashew Cream Cheese – Vegan Raw Organic

October 26th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic No Comment yet


‘The Green Larder Cashew Cream Cheese’ is, by Wise Cicada team consensus, the best tasting vegan cream cheese in our retail fridges at the moment. What’s the secret? Probably the creamy activated cashews, blended with a touch of truffle oil, into a light velvet-smooth texture. There’s no soy or starch added.

This organic plant-based cream cheese is cultured with a quality probiotic culture starter, you are getting the ‘real’ delicious fresh cheese ‘deal’ here!

To date, here are two flavours to try – ‘original’ and ‘smoked’ –  See Product Here  Highly Recommended.

Shop online or in store at for more great vegan organic brands.

Vegan Greek Salad with New Season Asparagus & Tofu Feta

October 21st, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, In Season, Recipes, Salads 1 comment


This is our ‘best vegan feta’ recipe – so do try it out on your friends…… (serves 4)
Recipe c/ Wise Cicada Chef Malin

270g organic asparagus (one bunch) cut into 3cm pieces & blanched
1 organic or spray free capsicum sliced
1 small organic cucumber sliced in half circles
100g organic kalamata olives
1 organic red onion sliced
1 organic tomato cut into wedges
1 packet organic ‘Tonzu’ tofu
1 Tbsp fresh organic lemon juice
1 Tbsp organic virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried organic oregano (or fresh 1 Tbsp chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked 0rganic pepper
1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar

– Wrap tofu in a tea towel and place in a bowl with a weight on top (eg chopping board) to impose pressure for 30 minutes so that the liquid is pressed out.
– Cut pressed tofu into cubes 2 x 2 cm and marinate in olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano over night.

NEW Antioxidant-Rich Raw Purple Rice Protein

October 21st, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet



The ‘Amazonia Raw’ range has long been a favourite at Wise Cicada. When company founder Dwayne first breezed into the store to introduce us to what he was creating… we were sold.

It is the perfect fit, aligning with our customers’ ethics…. certified organic, sustainably sourced under fair trade practises, raw, activated, enzyme and probiotic rich, whole living nutrition that the body can easily absorb and utilise. Plus….. it tastes really good, it is sustainably packaged and the company shares quality recipe ideas so you too can be ‘Amazonia Raw fabulous’ at home and in your own instagram feeds.

This latest innovative addition to their protein range is really interesting, organic sprouted purple rice protein, rich in anthocyanins (free radical scavenging antioxidant flavonoids). We could all use plenty of anthocyanins ….right? Unique to the market, this is the only purple rice protein available to date.
See Amazonia’s New Purple Rice Protein Here

Purple rice protein is also high in fibre with a well balanced amino acid profile and a high protein low carbohydrate ratio 3:1. It is stevia sweetened and packed with plant-based digestive enzymes to support protein breakdown.

You can combine this protein with the other ‘Amazonia Raw’ powders to create your own tailored optimum shake for vitality. It comes in two delicious flavours Cacao & Coconut and Vanilla & Acai. We’ll be sampling purple rice protein smoothies daily at Wise Cicada from October 20-27 so come into the store and find out what you think of it.

Buy Any Amazonia Raw Purple Rice Protein and go in the draw to win a ‘Raw’ Women’s Multi valued at $34.50
See the Full Amazonia Raw Range Here

Lemurian Springs Structured Alkaline Water – Have You Checked it Out Yet?

October 21st, 2016 Posted by The Latest & Greatest, The People & Ethics Behind Your Favourite Products No Comment yet


Here’s a claim for you…….. Lemurian Springs water is ‘proven to have not only all the healing and anti-ageing properties of ‘Lourdes” water in France, but boasts one of the highest natural pH levels in the world’.

We had to investigate….. Upon meeting and talking with water savvy company founder, Veda Austin, we were enlightened, and upon partaking of a glass ……..also more hydrated than before……. View Product Here

Since beginning to stock Lemurian Springs water at Wise Cicada in late 2015 we have been hearing great feedback from our customers…. it seems you all love the way Lemurian water makes you feel.

According to Veda, ‘contrary to most belief systems, drinking eight glasses of water is not necessarily going to hydrate you efficiently. It is not how much water you drink, it is the kind of water you drink.’

This water is more viscous, saline, oxygenated, alkaline and structured than the average. It has smaller molecule clusters which means your bodies cells are hydrated and energised faster and more efficiently. The pH level is 9.9, very alkaline, recommended to support the body’s immune system and reduce inflammation, which means our bodies may be less prone to disease.

Sourced right here in New Zealand from an ancient underwater lake full of crystal and lime, it is bottled consciously at the source, with an additional dose of Himalayan crystal salt added. This sole gives you minerals, electrolytes and therefore energy.

You can learn more about this water, the scientific facts collected to back up your choice to drink it and the life story of the company founder, by reading Veda Austin’s book ‘Youth Molecule’ downloadable for free here. It is well written and interesting.

Purchase Lemurian Springs Water Here

World Vegan Day Party – Vegan Food Fiesta – Aidan Kelly Performs

October 12th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle No Comment yet


November 1st is World Vegan Day and Wise Cicada MUST celebrate!

So we’re throwing you a party Sun 30 Oct 12-3pm
We’ll be opening our newly made garden seating area
The most awesome community sized vegan Paella pan will be steaming away in the new garden area ($12.50 per portion – ready at 12pm)
Wise Cicada chefs will be lined up at an outdoor salad bar building you your own designer salads tailored to order.
Vegan Pizza’s will be cooked to order – so bring your friends and share one.
 We’ll have some of our best vegan retail products on display to sample. Free face painting for the kids.aidan-at-wc

And… musician, Aidan Kelly of the Aidan Kelly Project will be with us to perform!
12pm……Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
More about Aidan  Album

So SAVE THE DATE and BOOK YOUR FRIENDS for the event. 
Event Info on Facebook



(We also had Franko Heke coming for Vegan Day but he is otherwise booked due to popular demand and a new album – hopefully we will have him back at Wise Cicada later in the year.)

Vegan, Organic Pad Thai Salad – Recipe from Wise Cicada Kitchen

October 11th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, Recipes, Salads No Comment yet


Vegan, Organic Pad Thai Salad

Our Organic Vegan Pad Thai Salad is perfect for a shared lunch in the spring sunshine.
Recipe by Wise Cicada Chef Malin

Salad Ingredients:
100g Wide Rice Noodles (or your prefered raw choice)
1 Organic Carrot (Grated)
1/2 Medium Organic Red Cabbage (Shredded)
4 Organic Spring Onions (Sliced)
1 Cup Sprouted Organic Mung Beans
1/2 Cup Roasted Organic Peanuts (Crushed)
1/ Cup Fresh Organic Coriander (Chopped)
1/2 Packet Organic Tempeh (Cubed & Marinated in Organic Tamari)
Zest from One Organic Lime

Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 Cup Organic Tahini
1/4 Cup Organic Almond Butter
1/4 Cup Organic Tamari
1/8 Cup Organic Dates (Soaked & Pureed)
1/8 Cup Organic Lime Juice
1 Clove Organic Garlic (Minced)
1 tsp Spray Free Fresh Ginger (Grated)

– Heat a frying pan, add organic oil of choice and fry until tempeh is golden brown. Cool Down.
– Bring water to boiling point, then take off the heat. Soak the rice noodles in the water for seven minutes. Rinse with cold water.
– Blend together ingredients for dressing.
– Mix all ingredients together with your dressing. Chill and serve cold. Enjoy with your friends….