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Revitalizing Matcha Tea Face Mask

June 18, 2017
Happy Sunday!
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SUPER excited about this new recipe (below) I created for you - it's one you can eat AND wear!! Introducing... My Magical Matcha Tea Mask 
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Wait! Wha??
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Yes, that's right my friend, I created this mask to FEED YO' FACE - literally!
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Best worn for 10-15 minutes so the matcha has enough time to do its work which includes:
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Removing harmful toxins and fighting free radicals that damage cells needed to protect your skin.
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Decreasing excess oils that get trapped beneath the surface of your skin and become infested with bacteria - hello acne!
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Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays that encourage premature aging and hyper-pigmentation.
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Stimulating and rejuvenating your skin cells to keep you looking FRESH!
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Aside from all that goodness, I've combined it with full fat yoghurt, RICH in probiotics () and lactic acid that gently removes the top layer of your skin - where all the dead skin cells hang out  ewwwww!! Lactic acid will also help promote the growth of new skin cells - amazing what REAL food can do right?! 
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Quick note to my VEGAN brothers and sisters: replace the dairy yoghurt with coconut yoghurt, your skin will never know the difference... 
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And if any leftovers? Add a little maple syrup, maybe some dried coconut or just devour 'as is' - lick the bowl clean my friend and feel GOOD - inside and out! ‍♀️
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Magical Matcha Tea Mask
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You need:
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✨1 teaspoon full fat dairy yoghurt (sub with coconut  yoghurt if vegan)
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✨1.5 teaspoons matcha tea powder - I recommend @matchaful because it's high quality stuff - no second rate matcha allowed!
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You do:
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✨Mix, stir, combine, then paint onto your face and leave for 10-15 minutes to let the magic happen!
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✨Lick the bowl clean, then use a washcloth soaked in tepid water to remove.
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✨Look in the mirror, admire your beauty & tell yourself how much you love YOU - a critical step, seriously!
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✨Resume life with healthy, happy skin. Repeat once or twice a week for optimal results ✌

I am SUPER excited about this new recipe I created for you – it’s one you can eat AND wear!! Introducing… My Magical Matcha Tea Mask 

Wait! Wha??

Yes, that’s right my friend, I created this mask to FEED YO’ FACE – literally! Best worn for 10-15 minutes so the matcha has enough time to do its work which includes: Continue Reading…

Recipes

Super Simple Chocolate Bark

June 16, 2017
An ode to you (and chocolate)
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Because I love you...
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Because I care...
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Here's a choccie recipe to make, eat and share 
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But waitaminute! Why should you make it instead of buying it? 
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Because YOU get to control the ingredients (have you seen what's in most conventional, big-name brand chocolate bars? ☠️)
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Also because raw cacao is:
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✨one of the BEST sources of magnesium, essential for energy production, healthy brain function, happy nervous system and for strong muscles, bones and teeth 
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✨Packed with iron that helps build your blood and transport oxygen around your body 
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✨High in flavonoids that have super antioxidant powders that support optimal heart health benefits, eg, increasing good cholesterol in your blood, supporting the lowering of blood pressure and improving vascular function 
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✨Filled with 'phenylethylamine' (let's call it PEA for short) which helps elevate your mood and energy levels - PERFECT for welcoming in the weekend! 
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PLANT BASED CHOCCIE BARK
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YOU NEED:
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✨160g cacao butter, melted
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✨60g pure maple syrup
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✨60g organic cacao powder
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✨¼ tsp vanilla powder OR cinnamon
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✨Pinch sea salt
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✨Toppings of your choice - I used dried, organic, preservative-free jujube dates and raisins + activated and roasted pumpkin seeds, walnuts and sunflower seeds - all from @absolute_organic
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✨Food thermometer
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YOU DO:
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Melt cacao butter, keeping its temperature under 40-45°C/104-113°F.
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Add the rest of the ingredients - one by one - and whisk thoroughly until well combined and completely smooth.
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Let the temperature drop to 31°C/88°F, then pour straight onto a lined tray and top with all your favourite real food bits n' pieces.
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Pop tray in the fridge until set, then remove and crack up into pieces to devour joyfully and mindfully 
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Happy FriYAY!
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PS: shoutout to my girl @bellephotog for snapping this super profesh pic of my choccie bark babies

An ode to you (and chocolate):

Because I love you.. Because I care… Here’s a choccie recipe to make, eat and share!

But waitaminute! Why should you make it instead of buying it?  Because YOU get to control the ingredients (have you seen what’s in most conventional, big-name brand chocolate bars? ).

Also because raw cacao is:

  • One of the BEST sources of magnesium, essential for energy production, healthy brain function, happy nervous system and for strong muscles, bones and teeth.
  • Packed with iron that helps build your blood and transport oxygen around your body.
  • High in flavonoids that have super antioxidant powders that support optimal heart health benefits, eg, increasing good cholesterol in your blood, supporting the lowering of blood pressure and improving vascular function.
  • Filled with ‘phenylethylamine’ (let’s call it PEA for short) which helps elevate your mood and energy levels – PERFECT for welcoming in the weekend!

PLANT BASED CHOCCIE BARK

You need:

  • 160g cacao butter, melted
  • 60g pure maple syrup
  • 60g organic cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder OR cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salthttps://www.instagram.com/bellephotog/
  • Toppings of your choice – I used dried, organic, preservative-free jujube dates and raisins + activated and roasted pumpkin seeds, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
  • Food thermometer

You do: 

  1. Melt cacao butter, keeping its temperature under 40-45°C/104-113°F.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients – one by one – and whisk thoroughly until well combined and completely smooth.
  3. Let the temperature drop to 31°C/88°F, then pour straight onto a lined tray and top with all your favourite real food bits n’ pieces.
  4. Pop tray in the fridge until set, then remove and crack up into pieces to devour joyfully and mindfully.

PS: shoutout to my girl Belle Photography for snapping this super profesh pic of my choccie bark!

Recipes

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

June 9, 2017
Well hello there Friday, it's lovely to see you! 
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To celebrate, here's a yumtastic recipe I first created for a client wanting a healthy vegan version of the more traditional zucchini bread (minus the animal-based ingredients) to snack on.
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Aside from it being gluten and egg free, this lovely loaf is PACKED with all kinds of real food stars like zucchini, organic apple puree and flaxseed 
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All perfect poop-forming ingredients to keep your body in tip top shape 
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If you've never tried flaxseed before, do it, do it! It's filled with healthy fats and functions as an effective little vacuum cleaner as it moves through your digestive tract.
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This recipe is best enjoyed with someone you love because food and friendship = LIFE 
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Have a great weekend, and don't forget to cook with love because it's the best, most health-supportive ingredient!
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EASY PEASY PLANT BASED ZUCCHINI BREAD
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You need:
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4 tablespoons flaxseed + 12 tablespoons water - mixed and left to thicken
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4 cups packed zucchini, grated
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3 cups gluten free flour blend (see my insta for past recipes or use organic, store-bought kind).
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1.5 cups organic apple puree (or boil 1-2 small apples & puree)
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3/4 cup organic nut or seeds of choice - you can also sub for dried fruit
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1 cup raw, organic coconut, cane or maple crystals
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1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
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3 teaspoons aluminium-free baking powder
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1 teaspoon baking soda
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1 & 1/4 teaspoon true cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
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You do:
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✨Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line or grease one large loaf tin.
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✨In a large bowl, combine applesauce, crystals and vanilla. Stir in the flax “eggs” and shredded zucchini.
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✨In a second bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. .
✨Add dry ingredients into wet and stir well to combine. Lastly, fold in nuts/seed/dried fruit.
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✨Pour batter into loaf pan and smooth on top. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a cake/bbq skewer comes out clean and your loaf turns a nice golden brown colour.
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✨Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing (drooling) and enjoying! 
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BIG thanks to my girl (and pro photographer) @alisonmcwhirterphotography for the )

Well hello there Friday, it’s lovely to see you! To celebrate, here’s a yum-tastic recipe I first created for a client wanting a healthy vegan version of the more traditional zucchini bread (minus the animal-based ingredients) to snack on.

Aside from it being gluten and egg free, this lovely loaf is PACKED with all kinds of real food stars like zucchini, organic apple puree and flaxseed, YUM! All perfect poop-forming ingredients to keep your body in tip top shape  If you’ve never tried flaxseed before, do it, do it! It’s filled with healthy fats and functions as an effective little vacuum cleaner as it moves through your digestive tract. Continue Reading…

Recipes

Lean, Green Vegetable Juice

May 27, 2017
It's a HOT one here in Quiberon, France today  So much so I'm indulging in a couple of these refreshing green babies () lovingly created by moi, because you can take the Natural Foods Chef away from the kitchen, but you'll never take away the burning desire to create! ✨‍✨
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This simple mix is THE perfect combo to whip up at home when you feel a little sun-drunk, hot and bothered, or a little angry because it will cool you down in no time 
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To make a big ol' batch (about 1 litre) all you need is:
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✔️A juicer or blender
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✔️1 whole (large) celery, leaves and stems included
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✔️ About 6-8 medium cucumbers, skin on
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✔️ Juice from 1/4 lemon
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✔️2 teaspoons organic matcha (ceremonial grade is optimal but use what you can get your hands on/afford)
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Then you either: .
➕blend veggies and lemon, pouring the finished product through a fine mesh sieve or a nut milk bag to separate the juice from the pulp. Rinse the blender, then combine juice with matcha powder and blitz on high to combine 
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or
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Juice veggies and lemon, whisking the matcha in at the end - easy peasy!
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Aside from the deliciously crisp and refreshing taste, here's some more reasons why you should absolutely make this the next time you want to quench your thirst the natural, health supportive way...
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Celery:
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Houses vitamin A (leaves) and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C (stems)
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Rich in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.
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Cucumber:
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Contains a high % of vitamin A (skin) + alkaline-forming minerals, vitamin C, folate, manganese, potassium, silica, sulfur
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Lemon:
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Helps to reduce your body temperature, perfect for HOT summer days and women experiencing menopause hot flushes!
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Tricks your liver into producing extra bile to keeps your food happily moving along your digestive system
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Matcha:
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Contains high levels of chlorophyll which acts as a natural detoxifier to support removal of heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body

It’s a HOT one here in Quiberon today  So much so I’m indulging in a couple of these refreshing green vegetable juice babies lovingly created by moi, because you can take the Natural Foods Chef away from the kitchen, but you’ll never take away the burning desire to create!

This simple mix is THE perfect combo to whip up at home when you feel a little sun-drunk, hot and bothered, or a little angry because it will cool you down in no time. To make a big ol’ batch (about 1 litre).

You need: Continue Reading…

Recipes

Magical Matcha Chocolate Truffles

May 22, 2017
As promised in Friday's post (& with permission from @amylevin_ ) here is THE recipe of all recipes: Amy's (to-die-for) matcha chocolate truffles 
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Things to note:
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You can replace lemon juice with any citrus, eg: lime or orange.
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Using xylitol or honey will keep the recipe light & bright. If you use maple or coconut sugar, it’ll have a darker flavour to it & may not highlight the delicateness of the matcha as much.
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These don’t need to be enrobed, you can just roll them in matcha, cacao powder or ground pistachios.
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Amy used Matcha Gold from @lalaniandco, but just use the highest quality you can afford.
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You need:
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70g (¼ cup) coconut butter
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200g (1 cup) water, hot/warm
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150g (4 oz) cacao paste, baking chocolate or your favourite chocolate – shaved
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100g (½ cup) xylitol or coconut sugar
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2 tsp lemon juice
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1 tsp matcha powder
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½ tsp vanilla powder
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1 tsp tamari (optional for added depth)
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You do:
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It’s important water is warm/hot & chocolate is shaved before  starting beginning.
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The liquid being hot & the chocolate being shaved will mean the mixture melts very quickly & can properly emulsify in blender.
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Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender & process, starting on low-medium, then increase to full power until all ingredients are smooth & creamy.
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Pour contents into a large bowl so ganache sets quickly. If bowl is tall & narrow, it will take longer for the mix to set. Create as much surface area as possible for faster setting.
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Leave mix uncovered at room temp until completely cooled. Wrap with plastic wrap, or transfer to a container & place in fridge for a few hours to set completely.
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Once set, dust hands with a little cacao powder & roll mix into small balls.
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Don’t use too much cacao powder or chocolate won’t stick to them when you enrobe them. Alternatively, dust them in matcha & call it a day!
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To enrobe, place back in the fridge to set again while you get chocolate ready. Garnish with chopped pistachios nuts or simply roll in matcha powder.
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Amy has a brilliant video on her website demonstrating how to enrobe using cacao paste - The benefit of using paste? It's less expensive than chocolate and is 100% cacao

As promised in Friday’s Instagram post (and with permission from my girl Amy Levin) here is THE recipe of all recipes: Amy’s (to-die-for) matcha chocolate truffles 👌🏻

Things to note:

  • You can replace lemon juice with any citrus, eg: lime or orange.
  • Using xylitol or honey will keep the recipe light & bright. If you use maple or coconut sugar, it’ll have a darker flavour to it & may not highlight the delicateness of the matcha as much.
  • These don’t need to be enrobed, you can just roll them in matcha, cacao powder or ground pistachios.
  • Amy used Matcha Gold from Lalani and Co, but just use the highest quality you can afford.

Continue Reading…

Recipes

Easy Peasy Tomato Crisps

May 19, 2017
Snacking on the go as I flit between multiple appointments before @benjaminshinestudio and I head to France next week 
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Whenever I'm out for a full day, I pack multiple provisions: green juices, seed crackers and real food treats like THIS: my delicious dried tomatoes first soaked in @hilbilbyculturedfood Fire Tonic before being dehydrated to a fine crisp 
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I stored them in a reusable tub used to house dehydrated tomatoes purchased during my visit to Byron Bay last month - they actually inspired me to start making my own again 
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BYW, I'm a HUGE fan of recycling plastics because: necessary evil when you're out and about!
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Whether you have a dehydrator or not, you can totally make these babies yourself - all you need is an oven on its lowest setting, door ajar. Sure, it takes a lot longer, but unless you're a foodie fanatic like me (and creating innovative food is part of your livelihood and passion) dehydrators aren't really classified as a necessary kitchen item.
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However, if you DO have a dehydrator, follow the simple steps below...
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You need:
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Firm tomatoes (I like to use Romas but any tomato will work)
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Dried basil, oregano and garlic
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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
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You do:
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Wash tomatoes & cut off tops. Slice into 1/4″ pieces.
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Place into a shallow bowl filled with Apple cider vinegar and soak for up to 3 hours - or overnight for full flavour.
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Place slices onto dehydrator trays and sprinkle with dried herbs.
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Dehydrate at 58-60C (135-140F) for at least 8-10 hours, or longer if you want them to be super duper crisp!
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Remove from trays and store in an air-tight container. These are great to snack on and/or thrown into salads and stir fries

Snacking on the go as I flit between multiple appointments before my beloved and I head to France next week. Whenever I’m out for a full day, I pack multiple provisions: green juices, seed crackers and real food treats like THIS: my delicious dried tomatoes first soaked in Hilbilby Fire Tonic before being dehydrated to a fine crisp 

I stored them in a reusable tub used to house dehydrated tomatoes purchased during my visit to Byron Bay last month – they actually inspired me to start making my own again. BTW, I’m a HUGE fan of recycling plastics because: necessary evil when you’re out and about!

Whether you have a dehydrator or not, you can Continue Reading…

Recipes

Healthy Fried Rice – Paleo and Vegan

May 13, 2017
Ta daaaaaaaaaa ✨
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I proudly present my yummy cauliflower fried 'rice'  created two ways for a private cooking class I taught today to a health-conscious yummy mummy (who follows a paleo diet) and her beautiful daughter (who follows a vegan diet) 
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Instead of allowing their different food choices to come between them, these two wonderful women decided to enlist the services of a professional chef (moi ) to teach them several different dishes they can create and enjoy together whilst still honouring their individual food choices 
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It always makes me so proud to teach others to make healthier tweaks that are simple and so affordable. It's always so much fun to see my clients have fun with their food 
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The differences in these two dishes is quite minor, so if you're ever faced with a situation where you need to cater to both vegan and non vegan diners, this dish is a definite contender ✔️
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Start by creating cauli rice by pulsing chopped cauliflower in a food processor until it becomes rice-like. Combine with frozen organic peas and small diced carrots (with skin on because: nutrients!).
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Sauté in a little sesame oil (I recommend @absolute_organic cold pressed roasted sesame oil ) and once cooked, divide into two bowls.
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For the vegan version: crumble organic tofu into a bowl and mix with a little turmeric powder, pepper, nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Combine well, then sauté in extra virgin olive oil. Add to one of the bowls of cauli fried rice, toss to combine and and top with sliced shallots 
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For the paleo version: shred and sauté organic chicken tenders and/or scramble a pasture-raised eggs in a little extra virgin olive oil. Add to the other bowl of cauli fried rice and toss to combine. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt and shredded shallots ✔️
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Enjoy! And here's 'cheers' to accepting each other's individual choices!
Ta daaaaaaaaaa! I proudly present my yummy cauliflower fried ‘rice’, created two ways for a private cooking class I taught today to a health-conscious yummy mummy who follows a paleo diet, and her beautiful daughter who follows a vegan diet. Instead of allowing their different food choices to come between them, these two wonderful women decided to enlist the services of a professional chef (moi ) to teach them several different dishes they can create and enjoy together whilst still honouring their individual food choices.
It always makes me so proud to Continue Reading…

BRUSSELS AND ‘BACON’

April 30, 2017
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Ahhhh!! I’m SO excited to share this yummy plant based recipe after receiving RAVE reviews from one of my beautiful celebrity (vegan) clients who just called me all the way from LA to tell me how much she & her children are loving it, hooray! Apparently – at their request – she has Continue Reading…

HEALTHY ANZAC COOKIES

April 25, 2017
Lest We Forget 
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Taking a moment on this very important day (known as 'ANZAC Day' here in Oz) to share a ridiculously tasty, healthy version of a traditional Aussie recipe: ANZAC biscuits 
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Most Aussies buy or make these biscuits to celebrate the bravery of the ANZACs - countless Aussie soldiers who died defending this wonderful sunburnt country during WW1 
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Today, the whole nation stops to take a minute of silence to remember. A lot of returned servicemen (including my dad) march in unison all over Australia to commemorate this sacred day ✨
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I always make my dad & his mates a big ol' batch of these biscuits - it's my small way of saying 'thank you for being so damn brave!' 
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ANZAC biscuits were THE army biscuit, essentially because the traditional recipe made from ingredients including white sugar, butter and treacle allowed a very long shelf-life.
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ANZAC biscuits were one of the foods sent to the soldiers to sustain them as they fought. According to the @awmemorial, a lot of soldiers would grind them up into porridge because they were too rock-solid to eat as biscuits.
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But my recipe isn't so tough, so no need to break them up into porridge unless you want to! You can also crumble them & top porridge & smoothie bowls - they work really well as nourishing crumble topping for stewed fruit.
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Today, for my family and friends they're simply ANZAC biscuits filled with love and gratitude. I hope you enjoy them in good spirits too.
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HEALTHY ANZAC BISCUITS
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1 cup oats
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¾ cup dessicated coconut
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1 cup of my gluten free flour (shared on insta a few weeks ago)
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1&1/2 tsp bicarb/baking soda
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2 tbs boiling water
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1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
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125g virgin coconut oil
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1 tbs unsulphured molasses
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Pre-heat oven to 130C/265F
In a bowl combine oats, flour, sugar & coconut.
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In a small saucepan, combine coconut oil & golden syrup. Stir over low heat until melted.
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Mix soda & boiling water & add to saucepan. Pour in dry ingredients, stir to combine
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Take spoonfuls of mixture and roll into balls to place on lined baking trays. Allow room for spreading.
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Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, then remove & let cool completely on trays to harden

Lest We Forget

I’m taking a moment on this very important day (known as ‘ANZAC Day’ here in Oz) to share a ridiculously tasty, healthy version of a traditional Aussie recipe: ANZAC biscuits  Most Aussies buy or make these biscuits to celebrate the bravery of the ANZACs – countless Aussie soldiers who died defending this wonderful sunburnt country during WW1

Today, the whole nation stops to take a minute of silence to remember. A lot of returned servicemen (including my dad whose medals feature in the pic below) march in unison all over Australia to commemorate this sacred day  I always make my dad & his mates a big ol’ batch of

Continue Reading…