Pasta with creamy pumpkin sauce (vegan)

Pasta with creamy pumpkin sauce (vegan)

While making my usual winter pumpkin soup recently, it occurred to me that with a few tweaks, it would make a lovely, healthy sauce for pasta, so I gave it a go. Adding nutmeg, sage and a decent amount of full fat coconut cream, this turned pumpkin soup into a lush, creamy and flavoursome sauce which goes[read more…]

The Nordic diet

The Nordic diet

Finally!  A diet I can get my head around which is basically all my favourite foods.  The (new) Nordic diet is a regional way of eating food which encompasses clean, fresh, natural and local produce such as oily fish, lean meat, whole grains, root vegetables, almonds, greens and berries; studies are saying it decreases your risk of[read more…]

Savoury & spicy pumpkin loaf (vegan)

Savoury & spicy pumpkin loaf (vegan)

I often make sweet baked loaves, in fact, they’re a staple in our freezer for morning teas and things. But the other day I thought about making a savoury loaf, a type of quick bread, something spicy and warm to have on cold mornings with butter or with a bowl of steamy hot soup.  So because[read more…]

Bioglan Superfoods Project

Bioglan Superfoods Project

Oh hi! I entered a competition yesterday called the Bioglan Superfoods Project I thought some people might be interested in. Run by Bioglan, a company specialising in super food products and vitamins (you’ve probably seen the ad on TV), you have until 31 August to submit a superfood recipe or health conscious social media page to be in[read more…]

Broccoli with chilli, garlic, lemon & toasted walnuts

Broccoli with chilli, garlic, lemon & toasted walnuts

I mean I like broccoli; green, crunchy, good for you but it’s not exactly the most exciting food on the planet to prepare or eat, so finding a way to dress up ye olde steamed broccoli is always good.  The classic flavours of chilli, garlic and lemon go brilliantly with this rustic vegie and I’m[read more…]

Happy Friday and a quick calamari salad

Happy Friday and a quick calamari salad

I love these frozen crumbed calamari rings I’ve been buying lately.  If you want a quick and healthy salad, wash and dry some salad leaves, slice some radish, whip up a quick French dressing, toss in a bowl then scatter over some oven baked calamari rings with a drizzle of aioli. Happy Friday!    

How to store basil

How to store basil

I’m aware most people would know this by now but somehow I still throw my fresh basil into the fridge crisper with the other herbs, well the ones I’m not growing anyway, expecting a completely different result from the usual recriminations a day later when I go to get it out and it’s blackened and sad[read more…]

Maple spice walnut butter

Maple spice walnut butter

Walnuts are the untapped resource of the nut world; a lot of people find them bitter and perhaps not as enjoyable as other nuts which is a shame, because they’re a good source of omega 3 and heaps of other nutrients, and we should eat them a few times a week ultimately.  I’ve come to appreciate the slightly bitter[read more…]

Teriyaki salmon rice bowl with kale and avocado

Teriyaki salmon rice bowl with kale and avocado

I’m really getting into rice bowls lately, they’re such a perfect meal with all their little bits and pieces of crunchy vegies, luscious seafood and comforting rice.  Also, this marinade!  Teriyaki sauce is a perfect mixture of fragrant, spicy, sweet and salty and it goes brilliantly with salmon. This healthy, fresh dish goes well equally with earthy,[read more…]

Vegan breakfast bars

Vegan breakfast bars

I’ve heard a lot of negative remarks about the humble little muesli bar lately … too much sugar!  Additives!  You may as well drink a can of coke!  etc etc.  Poor muesli bars, being a child of the 80s I’ve always liked them and if you buy a brand which is quite healthy and lower[read more…]

Brown rice bowl with tuna, avocado & fried egg

Brown rice bowl with tuna, avocado & fried egg

Phew, I needed something to reset my body after a couple of days of eating basically empty (yet delicious) carbs.  This very tasty, healthy rice bowl full of protein and good fat was just the thing!  Nutty brown and wild rice, creamy avocado and fried egg, savoury tuna and some salty Tamari to top it off (and a little[read more…]

Smashed berry smoothie

Smashed berry smoothie

Summer to me is smoothie weather and since I posted a lovely green one recently, I thought I’d post this one before the weather gets too cool to really get into them.  I love this thick and creamy smoothie full of fresh flavour and good things which I whipped up a while back on a[read more…]

Swedish meatballs

Swedish meatballs

I don’t know how Swedish these actually are so if anybody from Sweden is reading, apologies!  They are, though, creamy and flavourful and pretty easy to make however I will say, you need to use a non-stick pan to sauté meatballs (I always forget and they stick like crazy).  You could use any type of[read more…]

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

I had grand ideas of making a chocolate Guinness cake for St Patrick’s Day but ran out of time.  Instead, I thought I’d go off the beaten track and offer this green smoothie I made recently which is such a lovely green colour, it seemed serendipitous, despite being devoid of butter, cream, potatoes or Guinness I’ve[read more…]

Walnut, parsley & lemon penne

Walnut, parsley & lemon penne

I made this lovely fresh pasta dish on a recent weekend.  It only requires a few ingredients which most people would have on hand and the flavours pack a punch; lemony, fragrant garlic, fresh herbs, crunchy walnuts, salty parmesan and a bit of heat.

Blackberry lime muffins (vegan)

Blackberry lime muffins (vegan)

I make muffins quite often to freeze for morning teas and such, so thought I’d use some blackberries I had in the freezer and a few limes left over from gin and tonics on a recent weekend to bake some summer inspired, vegan little cakes. There really isn’t any difference between these and muffins using eggs and dairy; they[read more…]

Australian made – Organic Road

Australian made – Organic Road

I’ve been buying from Organic Road, an online company based in Rosebank, northern NSW (down the road from where I grew up incidentally), for a couple of years now. I really like this company; they have quite speedy customer service (although I don’t recommend using Fastway Couriers when choosing the delivery method FYI), offer all number of delicious, healthy[read more…]

Potato, bean and tomato salad

Potato, bean and tomato salad

I’m really fond of this tasty salad with only a few ingredients.  Simple, fresh and seasonal, with a lot of lemon, just how I like it.  

Jamaican style chicken skewers with lime chilli black bean rice

Jamaican style chicken skewers with lime chilli black bean rice

Along with the lovely cinnamon sugar and vanilla cinnamon shakes I received a couple of weeks ago, Jonathan also sent me the Red Ape Organic Rasta Shake which is a delicious Jamaican spice mix perfect for chicken and rice dishes.  This spice mix includes garlic, onion, thyme, ginger, allspice, red chili pepper, black pepper, salt,[read more…]

Fig, apple and watercress salad for one

Fig, apple and watercress salad for one

I’ve always said I love salads with fruit in them, not actual fruit salads so much, they remind me of school, but salads with slightly bitter greens and luscious, sweet fruit. So it’s fig season here in Australia and as I always do, I ran out and picked up a whole heap of juicy, plump figs. [read more…]

Chai spiced cherry coconut granola and Red Ape organic cinnamon review

Chai spiced cherry coconut granola and Red Ape organic cinnamon review

Jonathan from TBD Imports very kindly sent me some more goodies to review recently, the new Red Ape organic cinnamon shake range; Rasta Shake, a sweet and spicy Jamaican style mix for meat or rice dishes Vanilla Cinnamon Shake, a spice mix for hot drinks, desserts and baking The classic Cinnamon Sugar shake, perfect for cinnamon[read more…]

Miso vegetable soup with ginger and chilli

Miso vegetable soup with ginger and chilli

I’ve always loved the salty flavour and lightness of miso soup, in fact, Japanese food in general is a cuisine I really enjoy for the taste and health benefits.  When I was younger, at uni and a bit broke, I’d just have miso soup on it’s own, sort of like a really healthy cup-a-soup, but over[read more…]

Quinoa, cherry tomato, tuna and feta salad

Quinoa, cherry tomato, tuna and feta salad

It’s that time of year when I start getting into clean and healthy salads.  This pretty salad might look light but is really substantial with a decent amount of protein and is packed with grainy quinoa, fresh, sweet tomatoes, crisp spicy radish, smoky tuna and salty feta.  I also added a creamy lemon dressing which topped off an[read more…]

Super easy tomato pasta sauce

Super easy tomato pasta sauce

I love marinara sauce and I make it regularly for freezing but sometimes, to be perfectly honest, all I want is these ingredients: Start cooking your pasta in boiling, salted water (I always cook too much, every time) and then thinly slice garlic and throw into a decent splash of extra virgin olive oil in a[read more…]

Christmas snacks: spicy tamari nuts

Christmas snacks: spicy tamari nuts

I’ve discovered tamari recently, a type of soy sauce, which is said to be quite nutritious.  It’s slightly darker and thicker than the sauce you might use in your fried rice or whatever and it tastes much more flavourful and rich.  I plan on using it instead of my usual soy sauce although, because they are[read more…]

Biome Christmas guide

Biome Christmas guide

I’ve put together a list of Christmas gift ideas from Biome, a local eco store who advertise on my site sidebar.  It’s wonderful to give and receive gifts however knowing your gifts are environmentally friendly and healthy is even better.  This isn’t a sponsored post or anything like that; I genuinely love this store and wanted to share[read more…]

Atlantic salmon with summer mango salsa

Atlantic salmon with summer mango salsa

  Although I love fruit (not a fan of the no sugar/fruit trend currently), I’m not overly keen on fruit with savoury meals although certain fruit works really well; apricots, figs and currants in Moroccan cooking, for example and our lovely Queensland mangoes which go perfectly tossed through salsa.  So for a lovely warm weather meal today,[read more…]

French inspired ham baguette

French inspired ham baguette

One of my favourite things to eat on the weekend is a sandwich or roll made with fresh, seasonal ingredients (and is there anything much better than fresh bread?).  So we usually go down to the grocery store and bakery and pick up some nice stuff, come home and put it together.  Of course, this often means we[read more…]

Spring pea and potato salad

Spring pea and potato salad

It’s funny how I hate frozen peas but love fresh ones.  Shelling peas always reminds me of being a kid and I’d eat more peas than would go in the bowl for mum.  Sweet, crisp and light, they were perfect in this spring inspired salad with spicy radish, creamy potato, rich buttery leeks and a creamy, zingy,[read more…]