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…

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…

Guest Post 6: How to create award-winning olives

When my lovely friend Claire Trolio of We Love Perth and Ruck Rover fame asked me to write a guest post, I said that I would love to – on the proviso that she also share her award-winning recipe for curing olives. I am very happy to report that she agreed to my cheeky request….

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…

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…

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…

Guest Post 5: The Hangover

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Pauline, a friend who has selflessly put her sobriety on the line to test out hangover remedies just for you, and all in the name of research [thanks, Pauline!]. I am sure you will enjoy her post, and maybe even take away a few useful tips. H 🙂 *…

Ain’t no liquor in liquorice

I love liquorice (aka “licorice”) in all forms, or at least I thought I did until I tasted a triple-salt variety last weekend. The black cats and coins were ok. Even the soft double-salt triangle had its charms. Maybe it’s my pregnant tastebuds, the low added salt in my diet, the unfamiliar tang of ammonium…

Very merry and delicious indeed

Our little family recently enjoyed a long weekend away to Western Australia’s picturesque south west. We stayed in Prevelly, one of the sites most affected by the November-December bushfires. My thoughts are with the families who lived in the 39 residences lost, and also with the fire-fighters who did such a fantastic job of safe-keeping…

Nutty nog

I was going to hold out on providing my latest festive recipes until the week before Christmas but I’ve decided to start sharing now, given that we are within two weeks of the day and this is post #200 [pretty cool, huh?]. This recipe is the decadent version of my almond milk, and the result…

6 common pregnancy challenges & how to deal with them naturally

Image: Louisa Stokes / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Now into my eighth month of Pregnancy #2, and having experienced so many comfort-challenging textbook symptoms, I feel well qualified to share with you the remedies that have worked (or not) for me in trying to have a healthy, happy pregnancy. Most of these remedies incredibly have something to do…

Raw beetroot hommous

This week’s post was going to be about healthy Halloween treats because I have noticed that this year Australian stores are particularly heavy with Halloween merchandise. Then I realised that, as Halloween has no special significance to me, I would just be rebranding my favourite raw treats [like icky sticky nutty bars and smoodgy coconut…

Almost gianduja

I know you know what this is. You might not know the name (also spelled “gianduia”) but you know what it is. It’s the solid chocolate version of Nutella. It’s that creamy hazelnut chocolate that I fell in love with at Les Pralines Belges oh so long ago. The inspiration After managing to find a…

When losing is winning

I have been cooking and uncooking up quite a storm lately, giving Mac the Thermomix and Debbie the Dehydrator quite a workout in the process. Pictured below are just a few of the week’s success stories. Watermelon candy (idea courtesy of Martine @ Here Me Raw): Eggplant parmigiana: Pumpkin & chickpea soups: And today represented…

Coconut & almond macaroons

Lazy Sundays are the perfect times to run foodly experiments. Go on, do it. Bunker down with your favourite recipe books, google and check out blogged deliciousness for ideas, add your own preferences and voila! You may have just invented something brilliant. These are the moreish raw coconut & almond ‘macaroons’ I created today, although…

Minty delicious

These treelike sweets are the fruits of my latest experiment, which was not so much an experiment as a series of tweaks. In my previous post, I talked about the yummy cacao mint swirl that wasn’t quite minty enough for me. After scouring my Matthew Kenney cookbooks, I found a base recipe for cacao mint…

Edible soap

I feel more than a little guilty because I have sat on this recipe for about 7 months, and I know it could help others in the same way that it helped me. There was a time when my skin was so bad that I could not use any pre-made preparation on it at all….

I heart hearts

First, a disclaimer: although made from whole and organic ingredients, this post is about a recipe unraw and high calorie. As per usual, there is a backstory to this creation. It all started over a week ago, when I was inventing my very own satay sauce from scratch. I crushed and cooked 200g peanuts (home-roasted)…

Watermelon sorbet

Watermelon. Pepper. Mint. Together. Seriously. Good. I have to admit to being a little inspired by my friend Annie again. You may remember her from my pink peppercorn icecream experiment. This time, I had sorbet on my mind. My latest shipment of pink peppercorns did not arrive quite in time for my Tuppenjessence party* so,…

A civilised way to eat that something sweet & gooey

I found a way to make raw chocolate pastry cases when I created my pretty little raw petit fours and it was my lemon curd experiment that gave me the impetus to invent bite-sized raw almond pastry cases. This version uses coconut sugar, which gives a distinctly toffee flavour – however, as I have discovered,…

After the party

I am happy to report that my business launch (aka “thank you party”) ran hitchfree on Thursday, 2 December. Thank you to the 100-ish people who were there to support me and enjoy an evening of world-class jazz. What it’s all about. A Foodly Affair‘s reason for being is conscious eating, and its services (food…

C is for Cruciferous

‘C’ was going to stand for cauliflower, then I got carried away and put cabbage and broccoli into the mix – and ended up with a superbly good-for-you cruciferous salad. Cruciferous vegetables, which also include bok choy, radishes and kale, are cancer busters; the phytochemicals in these vegetables stimulate the breakdown of potential carcinogens, as…