Hey there, I’m Nondu

Vegan Attempts started out of my complicated relationship with food and many failed attempts to go fully vegan.  It has now grown into an exciting venture that does food styling, recipe development and food photography. Vegan Attempts has also allowed me to do projects that are close to my heart, such as the Vegan Attempts Picnics where I connect with people to discuss issues related to food, and Va-Lew where I teach young people the importance of creating and giving value. 

My struggles with food have not ended. On this blog I share parts of my journey with you with the hope that you will start to think critically about your eating habits. My experiences at Vegan Attempts have taught me that for many of us simplifying our relationships with food is a long, complicated journey that requires commitment and openness. This is undoubtedly a challenging undertaking, but it is one that is certainly worth pursuing. On days when I feed my body nutritious plant-based foods , I experience unprecedented self and emotional-control and significant mental clarity. This is the motivation behind every Vegan Attempt. 

Some people wonder why I chose the vegan diet out of all other diets that could reap the kinds of results I mention immediately above. The reason is simple: I believe in the healing power of a plant-based diet. In the past, I have experienced the greatest number of health benefits on a vegan diet. 

Vegan Attempts is not about converting people to veganism. It is about encouraging people – including myself – to think critically about their relationships with food and to gradually simplify their relationships with food.



My picnics are the perfect place to meet and connect with other people who are trying to improve their relationships with food. Together, we listen to great music, eat delicious vegan food and discuss our complicated food relationships.


VA-Lew is a Vegan Attempts initiative that teaches young people who beg on the streets the importance of creating and giving value. Participants are required to attend a series of workshops on value-creation and entrepreneurship and given basic capital to start a business of their choice.  


Follow my blog to get easy, tasty vegan recipes and read inspiring Vegan Attempts stories. You can also watch honest reviews of vegan products and restaurants on my YouTube channel, Complicated Food Relationp 


I am the founder of Vegan Attempts but I struggle to go fully vegan. This is hilarious! But it also means that if you struggle to live on a plant-based diet, you are not alone!

I create all the recipes on Vegan Attempts but I hate cooking and I seldom follows recipes. That’s why most of the food on this blog is raw and the recipes are often terse.

Vegan Attempts was started in Bloemfontein, South Africa, but is now located in the picturesque Stellenbosch.

I am a lecturer and a self-taught food stylist and food photographer.

Food is my muse and Vegan Attempts is my creative outlet. I love everything about the creative process.


Shimeji Mushroom Cauliflower Rice

As ironic as it seems, I don't like cooking. I especially hate spending hours in the kitchen preparing a meal that takes 15 minutes to eat! So quick meals are my forte! This shimeji mushroom cauliflower rice is just right for me: It's quick, easy to make and...

Coconut Red Lentil Soup

Trying to live on a plant-based diet is especially hard on those days when you want a warm hearty meal. The coconut red lentil soup is a great option to satisfy that desire. It's really easy to make. Saurté one diced red onion with one diced red bell pepper in coconut...

Cherry Coconut Fudge

I have a sweet tooth and one of the things I struggle with when trying to eat clean is figuring out healthy ways to satisfy my cravings for confectionery. This four ingredient coconut fudge often does the trick, plus it is a true delight. Simply mix the ingredients in...