I am Leozette Roode, a 28-year-old vegan living in the mother city.

My first ever vegan encounter was whilst completing my honours degree in Public Relations at CPUT Cape Town. We were instructed to write an article on “My first” experience, and while the rest of my classmates decided on some sort of adrenaline activity, I opted for a culinary journey and wrote an article on My first vegan experience entitled: Is there egg in there?


As this was a once-off experience, I went back to my meat-eating ways, but ate vegan every once in a while for detox purposes. It was only after watching Earthlings in June of 2012 that I transformed to being a full-time Pescatarian.

In January 2014 I decided to give up fish, eggs and diary as well and take on the Veganuary challenge of supporting veganism for the month of January. During this time I got completely hooked on living a healthy vegan lifestyle, and decide to convert permanently. So here I am… a 100% veganista opting to help other potential vegans make the switch and survive in the mother city of Cape Town.

Since I switched to vegan, I saw a gap in the market’s education when it comes to vegan cooking. I noticed that most of the general Cape Town restaurants I visit on a regular basis, don’t know the difference between vegetarian and vegan.

My objective for this blog is to:

  • Show readers that vegans are not wierd – they are normal humans who simply live and eat with more compassion.
  • Educate readers on how easy it is to cook wholesome, home cooked vegan meals.
  • Educate the public on the benefits of being vegan, and to prove that you do get all the nutrition you need from a plant-based diet.
  • Identify vegan products; where to buy them and how to use them.
  • Identify vegan-friendly restaurants and hotels.
  • Identify dishes that can be easily modified to suit vegan needs.
  • And finally, to educate restaurants on veganism and hopefully convince them to add vegan-friendly dishes to their menus.

I sincerely hope CT Veganista will serve its purpose in your vegan needs!

12 thoughts on “About

    • Yes, we veggie types must stick together. Celeste — how is it that I’m always a few days behind you to find these gems? LOL
      Leozette, I’m looking forward to your goodies too. Mine is decidedly NOT a food blog,
      GreensForGood is my vegan self, with DirtNKids being my regular life. I use other bloggers’ delicious posts to share with the “fence-sitters” by email. That way, they know what they’re missing AND I don’t come across as preachy.


  1. Leozette, thank you for your cheerful blog. I enjoy it thoroughly, as well as your positive energy. So do a lot of other vegans; not only ones living in Slaapstad. I was born not far from there in Stellenbosch. I have been a vegan (again) since May 2013. A trip to India finally made me come to my senses (again). If so many Indian folk could live almost exclusively vegan, who am I not to be inspired by their admirable example – was my reasoning. And experiencing first hand what wonderful vegan food they can cook just added to the inspiration. I previously was a vegan for 1.5 years in the (pre-social network) early nineties but was simply not motivated and inspired enough to maintain it as a lifelong choice then. This time round I feel just so much more committed to the cause. And experiencing the sense of community created by blogs such as yours, Vaishali Honawar’s Holy Cow vegan blog (http://holycowvegan.net/) and the FB group called Boere Vegans (https://www.facebook.com/groups/boerevegans/) just strengthens one’s commitment. I have however never been able to become a raw vegan like yourself – as it simply freaks me out to think that as such one can never prepare any of one’s favourite plant based dishes by applying more than 46˚ C of heat during the preparation process. That means no frying, cooking, boiling, grilling or baking of one’s food! Not even a cup of lekker coffee or rooibos tea! Dis verskriklik! Yet a lot of your recipes call for cooking processes involving heat well in excess of the magical 46˚ C. You also seem to be enjoying most of the spoils of your recipes yourself. So I am curious to know – did you perhaps convert / transition from being a raw vegan to being a regular one?

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    • Hi Rudolph, thank you so much for the comment. It is lovely to connect with fellow vegans, especially ones who share our beautiful country and traditional dishes. India is definitely on my bucket list, what a phenomenal country with such a rich culture and cuisine! I love eating Indian (give it to me hot hot hot) and would love to experience it first hand. On that note, I do eat a lot of raw foods and some days I do go 100% raw. For me it is very way to eat raw as I adore the freshness of sweet fruits and crisp veggies. I also love how clean I feel when eating raw. HOWEVER I am not an official raw vegan. I can’t go without my morning brew and, as an Afrikaans Boere meisie, I also thoroughly enjoy a vegan braai with my family. And what about veggie sushi and Thai green curry!? Hmmm my favourite 🙂 So as I grow and transition in veganism, I am still finding myself between going fully raw and having cooked vegan meals. As long as I am not consuming any animal products, it’s all good. Oh and I love the Boere Vegans Group – real, honest people providing such inspiration and support. Keep in touch and let me know how your vegan journey goes. Also, share some of the awesome recipes you picked up in India 😉


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