Fruitsicles

Given this ridiculously hot Perth weather and my family’s love for fruit, I have revamped my old summer staple of frozen fruit by adding a stick. I call them fruitsicles. Fruitsicles are as popular with my little people as shop-bought icy poles. It goes without saying that they are also far healthier. To make this batch of fruitsicles [let’s call this Recipe #155 for posterity],…

A Moroccan feast.

Just over a week ago, I catered for a very special event: my sister’s hen’s night. Around twenty-five ladies indulged in a Moroccan-themed cocktail menu, and I was fortunate to have the able assistance of other wonderful women in the preparation and service. I am featuring the menu here, as it was pretty delicious (if…

Yummy homemade kimchi

If you are a fan of fermented and/or chilli-hot food and you haven’t tried kimchi, then you must! And if you don’t like it at first, you must try it in little bursts again and again and again. You may not be sold on its strong flavour straight away – but when you do decide…

Hot diggety!

Meet my mustard. Many moons ago, I set myself a simple mission: to make my own hot, seeded and excellent-flavoured mustard. Why? I wanted to see if I could make something better than the offerings from my local stores, and I wanted to do achieve this using only wholefood ingredients. The event that sparked this…

Conquering a mountain with (samphire) salad

I can’t remember when or how it happened; it just did. One meal I didn’t pick up my camera to take a photo before eating. Then before I knew it, a day, a week, a month, three months had passed, with no food photos. And that coincided – or is that culminated? – with no…

Chocolate & beetroot

While I ordinarily enjoy the witticisms and observations sandwiched between the pages of The Flavor Thesaurus (my excellent Mothers Day present), I respectfully disagree with author Niki Segnit’s comments regarding chocolate and beetroot [1]: In chocolate beet cake, the cocoa almost entirely overwhelms the beet flavor, leaving nothing but a hint of its earthiness, which…

Honey nougat goji cashew cacao ball delights

The title is long and a work in progress, but the balls themselves are raw and scrumptious – and everyone knows just how loved up you feel after a solid dose of good chocolate. I have tasted a number of variations on the goji-cacao ball theme in the past and none quite hit the spot…

Spring beans

Here’s to spring produce and farmers’ markets and simple recipes made from real foods! One of the things I love most about this season is the broad beans. At Saturday’s markets visit, I gathered together my stash of green pods and promptly spent many minutes at my outside table unwinding my mind as I peeled…

Eat your flowers

My garden is abloom with ruffles of sunny yellows and bold oranges. Nasturtiums: prettiness so good you can eat it. The entire nasturtium plant above the ground is edible, and each part has a distinctive taste and use: delicately-flavoured flowers are great in salads, wraps and smoothies. I seem to recall a trend of adding…

Squeaky clean

These jars contain my deodorant and toothpaste. As you may be able to tell, I made them myself. And, yes, my toothpaste is a soft shade of pink. I am constantly amazed at the health, beauty and household cleaning potions we can cheaply concoct for ourselves from pantry basics. If you’re like me, you always…

Sesame halva

Halva (aka “halwa”, “helva”, “halvah”) is possibly one of the first desserts ever created. You will find it celebrated in innumerable forms, each dependent on its country of origin, and there are many countries willing to claim this sweet treat as their own. My two-toned raw halva recipe [below] is inspired by this Turkish sesame…

End of days

Hurrah! We did it! Today is Day 29, meaning that our 28 days of 100% raw are over – and I am excited. I am excited about reaching my goal. I am excited about the health and clarity that I feel. And I am really excited about eating a cooked meal again. Why did we…

Creamy mushroom soup

This is a post about raw mushroom soup. Eating a high raw diet in the winter months can be a real challenge when you naturally crave warmth, and I know as well as anyone just how unfulfilling cold soup can be – especially cold mushroom soup. It may hearten you to discover that this soup…

For when it’s cold outside and you need a hug from the inside

This post is your introduction to my latest indulgence and your induction into something special. So special, in fact, that it took me three attempts to bring you a picture – because I kept drinking it too quickly to photograph! I have spent a few glorious minutes of the last two cold Perth nights curled…

28 days

This 28 days bears no resemblance to the zombie movie of the same name. It’s about going back to basics and also about reconnecting with the awesome me that I experienced when I first ate 100% raw food in 2010 for over 2 months. This time, I am only committing to 4 weeks of 100%…

Pasta puttanesca

This salty-fishy dish of dubious origins has been a firm favourite since my university days, however I had never tried it raw until my recent raw degustation at CNR. It was so delicious and true to taste that I vowed to recreate it at home, which I did a few days ago – with the…

Coconut granita

A stockpile of frozen young coconut flesh is a fortunate side effect of my addiction to fresh coconut water. What to do with that stockpile presents me with endless opportunities for foodly experiments. Yesterday I set out to make coconut sorbet. Because the young coconut flesh did not process as I thought it would or…

Raw degustation at CNR

When you have small children (especially of the very tiny and solely breastfed variety), it can be difficult to leave the house for a meal. I am pleased to report that it doesn’t have to be this way. You just need to book yourself in to attend one of Perth’s newest culinary events – a…

Today’s breakfast smoothie is choco-banana

It’s been over a month since mt last blog post and more than 3 months since the smoothie magic of the last recipe post. And what better way to break my blogging hiatus than with a delicious recipe! Because of the rush that comes with getting big and little people ready for each morning, I…

The Magic Fork

In our house, there is a magic fork. Our magic fork looks more like a spork: My friend T introduced us to the magic fork yesterday, telling a wide-eyed Mr 3, “When mummy looks away, the magic works. Fill the fork with food… Now quickly make the food disappear before mummy turns back around!” And…

The food world is full of dichotomies

The more I research into food, the more blurred I find the line between what is “good” vs “bad” for us. So much of what is truth in food relies not only upon the food itself, but also on its source, extraction and preparation methods – and, of course, whether or not that thing is…