Hulk soup

It’s quick to make — around 20 minutes from start to finish. And it’s green. That’s why it’s called Hulk soup, after the Incredible Hulk. Until I named my broccoli soup after a superhero, my little people wouldn’t eat it. Previously untouchable foods become suddenly fashionable when named after, or eaten by, a cartoon character….

Strawberry sauce.

This post could equally have been called: How I retrieved something utterly delectable from a grievous culinary error. It was meant to be jam. With nearly 4kg of just-picked strawberries at my disposal, I followed The Gourmet Farmer’s recipe to a T [or so I thought] only to discover that even my unripest fruit was…

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…

Sweet cherry pie

I hope your festive season has been wonderful, and that the new year is treating you well. I have a great feeling from 2015 already. I’m starting my 2015 with a recipe post–a dessert designed to use up my leftover sweet cherries from Christmas day. This sweet cherry pie was quite the hit after last…

Guest Post 8: Salted Caramel Slice, by Angie Ching

I am so excited to bring you this fabulous salted caramel slice, as adapted by the effervescent Angie Ching: I met Angie at one of my uncooking classes in 2011, and we’ve been sharing foodly adventures ever since. Angie’s recipe post arrives in perfect timing for the festive season [thanks, Angie!]. As well as being…

Uncooked is alive!

Welcome to World Food Day! This day has been established to raise awareness of world hunger–and to do something about it. There are so many ways that we can contribute to efforts around World Food Day, including: participation in formal events around Eat Local Feed Global; pledging money to a hunger-busting cause (such as The…

How to make your own capers, and would you like some coffee?

It has been a while. Thanks for sticking with me; I hope you have been very well. I have good reasons for staying away — which make for poor excuses, I know — including work, family, writing stories, compiling my next ebook… As excited as I am about Uncooked, that’s not what this post is…

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…

Guest Post 7: A mindful business, a retreat & a recipe

When Nicole van Kan from Équilibre told me about their upcoming retreat, I thought it sounded fabulous enough to warrant its very own post. Thankfully, Nicole thought so too! One of the great joys in my life is the fact that I can pop out my back door and gather together a variety of edible…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…