Plastic Free July – Do it! It’s time.

there is no away 2

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

PEARcake

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?

changemakers vs wingers

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

chocolate fudge sauce

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

Simple Oven Chicken Bake pre oven

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...]

My 5 favourite bicarb uses

bicarb

There are so many things bicarb is good for when it comes to cleaning. You can learn all about what bicarb actually is, HERE. Here are my current 5 favourites ways to use this magical stuff. 1. Makes a paste for a 'pre wash whitening', for arm pits and collars of white clothes.  Mix 2 tbsp bicarb and 4 -6 tbsp water and scrub collars and arm pits with a tooth brush and the paste. Then leave for an hour and wash as normal. I have a white dress that I have done this with twice now and it works … [Read more...]

Whipped caramel icing

Caramel icing cupcakes

I have wanted to create a super low sugar icing that tasted good for ages. I believe it's here, if I do say so myself. This is inspired by one of Jude Blereau's recipes from her Wholefood for Children book, where the way you get the sugar out is by thickening some coconut cream first and incorporating it into the beaten butter / sugar... This is even higher in the coconut mixture and half the sugar again with a rapadura for a really caramelly taste - I figured as part spread where there will be … [Read more...]

Raw veggie San Choy Bow

veggie sanchoy bow

Raw veggie san choy bow is zesty, cleansing and uplifting either as a side to fish or meat, or on it's own with added protein from nuts, seeds and the dressing. It's super simple to make and I hope you love it! What you'll need (serves 4-8 depending on portion size / occasion ie meal vs canapes)  2 carrots 6 spring onion stalks from the whites to the green tips 1/2 a 30cm long daikon ( or extra celery and fennel if out of season where you are) 3 celery stalks 1/2 bulb of … [Read more...]