So I’ve taken a few days off social media since leaving New York and arriving in London – I usually post daily on my instagram site, but I’ve been feeling a little technologically-fatigued lately… I want to be spending more time in the kitchen and less time on my phone, so I’ve decided to post less Continue Reading…
What do I love most about flying from country to country? Reading amazing new books recommended by amazing new friends (👌😘@breakfastcriminals) and snacking on delicious, healthy treats!
Bye for now New York, it’s been a fun, awakening ride! See you soon London,@benjaminshinestudio and I can’t wait to enjoy a white Christmas! ❄️🎄🎁
In between studying, cooking and studying here in New York City, I have been working on a series of fun n’ yum videos to share with you. It’s part of a delicious collaboration between my school, the Natural Gourmet Institute and my favourite magazine of all time, Yoga Journal – exciting stuff for this enthusiastic Natural Foods Chef-slash-Yogini! All too often we get so busy with life that food takes a backseat. It’s so much easier to grab something from the shelves of the supermarket that looks remotely healthy (or maybe not) to sustain us until the next time our tummy grumbles. I totally get it. I’ve been there, done that for way too long than I’d like to admit. There was a time in my life when Continue Reading…
And that’s exactly what I made for my final cook technical exam: tempeh and brown rice vegetable collard wraps on a bed of steamed, seasoned leeks with a spicy tomato sauce, shiitake bacon and roasted, crushed cashews. YUM! I am beyond thrilled to report I nailed it! The feedback from my Chef Instructor (and all ’round NGI legend) Chef Rich almost brought (happy) tears to my eyes because I know I deserved the high score I received. I put so much thought, love and positive energy into this dish. I practiced it several times over the last couple of weeks (my husband has never eaten so much tempeh in his life!). Continue Reading…
It’s been a while since I filmed a yoga video – I’ve been a busy little chef! But I felt inspired to record this flow the other morning… I was on the rooftop and it was a beautiful day, so I ran downstairs to grab my camera and tripod and et voila! I hope you enjoy this 17 minute yoga flow that will help you stretch and and open your beauitful body.
This week is FULL ON. Wait! I feel like I’ve typed that before…probably because becoming a Natural Foods Chef is FULL ON! This is my second-last week at school, the time has flown by and I am still pinching myself that this chapter is almost over! Today, we had our improvisational practice – the actual exam is next week, so I was grateful to have some time to experiment. In pairs, I made this sun-dried tomato, basil infused polenta and tempeh ‘cake’ with a roasted red pepper sauce – the sauce was the brainchild of my partner along with the caramelised onion, spinach and roasted carrots. I created the pretty lil’ pieces of shiitake bacon you see on the plate – THE highlight of the dish for me because I love a little salt, a little crunch… Once of my favourite chef instructors always talks about the importance of incorporating a little crunch on the plate, otherwise she says “…everything feels like babyfood”. Too true!
When was the last time you bought your fresh veg from a local market? When I’m back in Australia, it’s the only way I shop for food – I love the connection between farmer and food, I know where everything has come from and what’s used to cultivate whatever it is I’m feeding my friends, family and myself. At my home in London, I make an effort to venture to new food markets each week, and here in NYC I shop at the Union Square Green Market on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
My journey to becoming a Natural Foods Chef has made me hyper aware of the importance of buying produce as fresh as possible – today this is my haul… The purple carrots called me to a particular stall that also had these radish (a great detoxifier for the blood), bok choy (a brilliant source of calcium) and zucchini (a great source of dietary fibre!). Oh my YUM!
Time to cook these for my dinner, happy Tuesday!
Sometimes, when life gets a little cray cray, preventing me to to get out amongst nature, I feel an overwhelming urge to place my bare feet on real grass! This is me and my girl, Marisa – in Central Park, getting grounded. We sat, talked, laughed and soaked up the last of the summer sun… When was the last time you placed your bare feet on grass? Maybe a few minutes ago? Maybe a few months ago? Might sound a little hippy dippy, but I really do believe this earth has healing properties… And now there seems to be more and more awareness of this concept around the world – often referred to as ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’.
I always feel more energised after coming into contact with nature. If you’ve never tried it, or thought about it before, give it a go – the least you’ll experience is soft grass beneath your feet. Turn off your phone, take a book or a friend and go get grounded – you and your body deserve some downtime.
Spotted these in Whole Foods today and I am EXCITED! It means we’re coming into fall here, the most picturesque, magical time to be living in New York City, lucky me! I’m also excited to spend Halloween here with good friends, living it up in the city. Now all I need is an outfit… Any suggestions? After my exams next week, I’ll be heading out to find the perfect Halloween outfit – stay tuned!