Simple Buckwheat Soba noodles

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I love soba noodles. These were such an exciting discovery for me when I realised I was gluten intolerant 11 years ago. When sourcing them though, you have to be sure you're getting the 100% buckwheat ones, as most brands contain wheat (if this is a problem, preference for you) This is the easiest little recipe - A great 2 solo lunches in a row type of thing with a change of accompaniment perhaps to spice things up, or chilli added for day two. I hope you love it as much as I … [Read more...]

Savoury summer fruit salad

Summer Fruit Salad

There is nothing more I love than a fresh, colourful salad in the summer time with juicy bits aplenty. Nature really does gift us the goods over the summer time, when it comes to flavour and colour, doesn't she? A friend asked me to bring something 'Red' to a recent lunch, and so the savoury fruit salad was born out of that.¬†I had strawberries, tomatoes, pomegranates from Mum so I built from them and created this one.   It had purple basil, green basil, tomato, raspberry, … [Read more...]

Epic salad

Greens, herb, spice, and citrus salad

I've had a busy week of workshops¬†and have decided to run with the theme of making the absolute most out of beautiful, natural ingredients by showing just how satisfying and 'epic' a salad can be. We humans crave the "new". I've been thinking of late it's because we used to be nomads and there was always a new plant to explore, or animal to catch... Food marketers of course give us 'new' stuff all the time, but their playing on our desire to be continually excited by food, leads us down a … [Read more...]

Buy Nothing New Curry – Vegetarian / Vegan

Vegetarian Curry

I love that I'm writing this up on world vegetarian day! No matter what style of diet or nutritional 'box' you might put yourself in, we could all make more room for veggies! This got dubbed the 'buy nothing new curry' because the veggies used for it resembled bits and pieces fit for the compost bin. BUT, I like to push the envelop and reduce waste wherever and whenever possible, so I decided, on a night when my boys were out for dinner, that I'd make the curry for myself and test it. Oh how my … [Read more...]

Silky smooth cauliflower puree

Cauliflower Puree

I had to write an emergency blog. This cauliflower puree was so, so very smooth and I just wanted to share exactly what I did.   What you'll need (serves 4-5) 1 medium head of cauliflower 1/3 cup coconut cream (or whole cream if you eat it) salt optional: add a tablespoon butter   What to do Thermomix: Set your timer to 18 minutes, temperature Varoma, an inch or two of water in the bottom, steamer basket in place. Once it's going, cut all your cauliflower into small … [Read more...]

Beetroot Leaf Chips – Better than Kale chips?

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Oh, I just love a lightbulb moment. I was feeling uninspired by cooking beet greens again, 3rd day in a row. I was also uninspired to add them to a salad. I was cold. It was cold outside. I procrastinated with them in my fridge a couple of days. And then it occurred to me: CHIPS! I'm going to make a call here: Better than kale chips. The flavour is so good. Something about them! May be it's that it's 'new'? Regardless, I look forward to seeing what you think. My family won't find out just yet … [Read more...]

Fragrant Baked Carrot Stack

Carrot stack

There is abundant variety when it comes to cooking veg - I always like to stretch my creativity in the kitchen and this was born on a typical 'what can I do to make carrots exciting today' thought train... So, I started by chopping them long ways, then when deciding what to do with all of these long carrot strips, this 'stack' idea emerged, inspired by the French Daphinois potato dish of layered potatoes with butter, whisked egg and cream. This is of course a little different I wasn't really … [Read more...]

10 ways to SNEAK cultured foods into your day

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I often get people saying their child or partner isn't taking to cultured foods. It's time to admit that cultured foods might not be love at first sight for everyone. I don't however believe that it will always be that way, as it's something we've lost taste for, so it stands to reason that we can acquire that taste once again. Years ago when I was a cocktail bartender, I ran a swanky bar called Lotus in Sydney's Potts Point - an admission that on instagram brought old regulars out of the … [Read more...]