René Redzepi: On bringing NOMA to Australia and my subsequent brain tangents

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If you're into food, keeping up to date with chefs and restaurant news, you might have heard that René Redzepi yesterday announced that he was bringing his famed NOMA restaurant to Australia for a month, January 2016. Watch his video HERE.  Why am I sharing this here you might be wondering? Because of this sentence: We're here to learn from the Australian landscape. I found that sentence really stopped me and made me think about it's wider meaning. It got me to think about 2 … [Read more...]

Lifting the lid on sea salt hair sprays… And a chemical free DIY salt hair spray recipe

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There was a time I too used to buy a salt texture spray for my hair. It's awesome stuff for wavey hair to help it look 'done' rather than lazily 'let go'. That was a time before I realised what crazy stuff went into personal care products. The hair category is by no means exempt from the craziness. I thought I'd head back and look at the spray I used to use and run it through the chemical maze app (download the full version for $10 odd AUD, to help you shop more safely. it's awesome) I … [Read more...]

Gluten, nut and dairy free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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These lunchbox friendly, super nutrient dense apple cinnamon muffins were born through my popular coconut cupcake recipe. I wanted to keep the same principle but add more fibre, omega 3s and protein so that it was a super sustaining lunch box item for my son - so I did a little play around and this variation was born. They are grain, gluten, nut and dairy free. They are very low in natural sugars. AND they still taste like a delicious treat - Important, don't you think? AND you don’t need to … [Read more...]

Plastic Free July – Do it! It’s time.

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Plastic free July. This is not about egos or being too busy to 'take on new stuff'. It's not about 'oh but my beloved glad wrap or zip locks'... It's about taking a month to explore a new way that quite literally means we hand down our planet in better shape than it is, to our kids. Who doesn't want to be a part of that incredibly positive collective action step. I never really considered myself 'an activist' because I didn't feel comfortable with the stereotype - the guy hanging off a … [Read more...]

Upside down pear cake

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This is delicious, seasonal baking at its most comforting. I had a little play with pears last month and there are two recipes you'll be getting from me over the next week that show them off. Firstly, of course, CAKE. I hope you enjoy it! WHAT YOU NEED THE SYRUP 100g butter 1/3 cup rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup (120g) 3/4 cup water 3 large pears, sliced about 4mm thick into slices of different shapes. 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon (keep ground cinnamon away from children … [Read more...]

Going the half hog with your healthy business?

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There I was... Trying out a trendy new wholefoods destination nearby. Gorgeous presentation, Great bulk bins to buy little bits of this and that without plastic packaging - so far so good! So I thought I'd sample their vegan beetroot brownie and get a piccolo decaf - my daggy coffee order, hopefully redeemed by the 'piccolo' chicness? Maybe? It all looked divine and I so wanted a delicious little reflection spot to work on a number of ideas that had been swimming around in my head of … [Read more...]

Chocolate Sundae Fudge Sauce

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I will keep this brief. You have a hot chocolate fudge sauce to make and there isn't a moment to lose. This can be used hot and poured over ice cream or a simple instant ice cream.  Then when cold it is an awesome icing for cupcakes or cakes. To use cold, just let it cool to being thick enough to dollop onto a cupcake, and refrigerate a further 30mins to 1 hour to set it before serving. What to do Simply pop 50g cocoa powder (dutch processed or raw cacao) 120g of butter and 100ml rice malt … [Read more...]

Simple Oven Baked Dinner

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This simple oven baked dinner should really be called "Oh god why do I have to cook tonight? Again? Oh and I want whatever I cook to taste marvellous without needing to do any work" - That's exactly what this dinner is. It is easy. Fast. There is no work. No stirring or watching over. I felt like this today (happens to the most passionate cooks among us sometimes too, let me assure you!) and so I solved the problem for us all, for days like these. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. This … [Read more...]