All posts tagged: fresh food

Wild Berry Coconut Bark

For someone who would rather eat a block of cheese than a block of chocolate it can be a little tricky finding a healthy snack to satisfy that sweet craving. There’s only so many banana and peanut butter bites one person should eat, so I think we’re onto a bit of a game changer with this one, Coconut Bark where have you been all my life. This sums up all the components that make a great recipe, it’s quick – like insanely quick, you can probably make this in an ad break (maybe? Try it) it’s the perfect healthy snack to grab after dinner or when you’re watching a film and need that snack, and it uses some of my favourite ingredients, especially The Wilds Muesli, yes yes yes. And the thing that makes a good recipe for me, is that you can play around with whatever ingredients you want to add in there, Nuts? Berries? Honey? Go wild… What you’ll need 55g Coconut butter 1 can of coconut cream The Wild Lime & Coconut …

Kale, Mushroom & Chickpea Soup

So this week has been the first week of Spring, one step closer to summer thank god, but I think someone forgot to let Melbourne know. It’s rained non stop and when it’s not been raining it’s been sulking about it, big miserable grey clouds, meaning there has literally been nothing else to do but hibernate under a blanket with a big bowl of soup, and not just any old soup… o no. It’s been a taste sensation of different recipes going down in our kitchen, but hands down the favourite so far has to be our Kale, Mushroom and Chickpea soup. If you are after a healthy tasty recipe, and I mean who isn’t? Then this is your man. Packed full of flavour and using the king the vegetable world right now, Kale, who’s not only low in calories but full of vitamins and essential nutrients like potassium and protein, this is the perfect dinner for when you need to cancel all your plans and just relax in front of the TV. Every time we make …

Citrus & Ginger Health Elixir

Maybe it’s because I’m sat here watching Harry Potter (the Deathly Hallows Part 2 if you’re wondering) but there is something about the word Elixir. I mean why bother calling this a tonic when it can be an Elixir, see just saying it makes it sound more important Elixir, Elixir, Elixir. And as drinks go this ones pretty powerful, (Apparently I have to tone down the Harry Potter vibe according to Jonny…kill joy. He’s probably sulking because he’d be in Hufflepuff) This little beast is packed full of antioxidants, if you’re looking for a kick up the ass in the morning to fire up your digestive system then look no further, it acts as a detox to give that withering body a much needed boost. We all know that ginger is a god send if you have a cold but did you know how it’s anti inflammatory qualities can help soothe sore muscles, bloating and digestive issues? Today it’s been my life saver, I feel pretty run down, nauseous and just pretty crap, I think the …

GF Pea & Mint Fritters

It has already been a week since we landed back in Melbourne, don’t know where the times gone. In between going straight back to work and trying to adjust to the freezing temperatures the time has literally flown. But I think our bodies are still in shock and refusing to get out of holiday mode, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so tired as I’ve been this week, I’ve been like an old woman so when it’s come to cooking I just wanted something quick, simple and above all tasty, thankfully this recipe has it all, the easiest meal to whip up, meaning more time to sit back and curl up on the sofa in front of Harry Potter. Perfect Sunday recipe. I’m not going to lie I’m having a bit of a fritter fetish right now, after 7 weeks on an Indonesian diet I am in no hurry to see another omelette or Nasi Goreng, I need variety and to cook all the things I spent the last weeks dreaming of. This recipe is …

Green Soup

What is it about soup that’s so comforting? It’s not even that I’m feeling sick, just a little bit tired, a little bit jet lagged, but all I want is something homely and soothing and what could be better than a decent bowl of soup? More importantly I’m in need of a big old health boost so earlier I grabbed all the green veg I could think of that would be bursting with vitamins, fibres, and plant proteins and ended up making the most incredibly tasty soup that blows our Roasted Tomato Soup recipe out the park. This is an amazing healthy meal, it’s full of anti-oxidants and anti inflammatories, as well as iron, vitamins and lots of nutrients. So not only does it taste great but it’s so good for you too. Think of it like a soup version of a Green Smoothie… What you’ll need – 1 courgette 1 head of broccoli 1 shallot 2 sticks of celery 4 cloves of garlic bag of spinach tin of cannellini beans tin of asparagus spears …

Smashed Avocado

There are two types of people in this world…those who always pay to add guacamole and then those other ones. Which are you? If you’re even considering this predicament then I suggest you stop reading now and go away and have a long talk with yourself. For everyone else this recipe is going to change your mornings (*lunches, dinners, snacks, we aren’t prejudice). Introducing my new obsession, Smashed Avocado. I stole this idea from the breakfast menu of practically every cafe in Australia, god knows why we’ve never seen it back home. A crime I tell you, this is the stuff brunch dreams are made of. Even more importantly it’s healthy, its fresh and it tastes so unbelievably yummy, I cannot and will not ever find a fault, apart from there can never be enough. It’s a pretty fool proof recipe, we end up with a different version every time depending on what I can find in the fridge but it’s always essentially the same key players: I challenge you to find a better way to start your morning, plus with all the …

Aubergine Parmigiana

Ever have one of those moments where you’ve just been asked what you fancy for dinner and for the first time in your life you actually don’t have an answer, not even a tiny feeling, you just don’t know what you fancy? And this is what I’m good at, I rule this part of the relationship, this is my domain, I am committed to embracing every craving I have – I always have a feeling when it comes to food so when I don’t… pure horror. I mean this is a big question, it carries a lot of responsibility, are you up to making the final decision on what’s on the menu for tonight? If ever I fail on pinning down a decision then this is my go to, my dream dish, Aubergine Parmigana. Or to simply describe it, this big hot mess of melted cheese, layers of grilled Aubergine drowning in rich tomato sauce. Did you ever play that game where you have to list your final death row meal? I’m talking your dream starter, main, side and desert? Well this …

The Lawson Grove Shop

Listen carefully because we are about to let you in on a little secret and introduce you to the cutest little cafe in Melbourne that is going to change your Sunday mornings for ever. When you find somewhere like The Lawson Grove Shop you’re torn between telling every person you meet and taking the treasured location to your grave, lucky for you we are feeling generous. Just don’t tell too many people… When we escaped the rat infested delights of our first ‘home’ in Melbourne and found our new flat we didn’t think it could get any better. For one thing the walls didn’t shake whenever someone coughed and we didn’t have to dodge around the mushrooms growing on the bathroom floor every time we wanted to shower. So imagine how much sweeter the move was when Jonny reported back that there was a little coffee shop next door. (Hello morning latte in bed?) But not just any old coffee shop, imagine you could build a café next to your house what would it be like? Fresh home made food? …

Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup

Its so cold back home right now Facebook is drowning in photos of the embarrassing attempt at snow by England and too many status’ moaning about severe frostbite from people de-icing the cars, obviously leaving us no choice but to respond with a picture of our day at the beach. Cruel huh? So it’s kind of ironic now that all I have been craving this week is a big hot bowl of soup, no fuss no crazy concoctions I’m talking about a good old tomato special. We needed to jazz it up from your classic tin of Heinz, so we started by roasting the tomatoes and garlic, hands down my favourite way to cook anything. You roast it and I’m there fork in hand, drooling. It’s easy to forget quite how simple making a soup from scratch can be, and the taste well this one was pretty delicious, we have made it the last four nights. Don’t forget it’s also healthy and nutritious and a bowl of soup will fill you up without making you feel bloated and …

Sea-Salad. Make Salad.

A few weeks ago we finally ticked off the Great Ocean Road. 5 people, 1 hippy-looking van, a few surfboards and for some strangely convenient reason someone brought soy sauce? On the second day whilst us girls were sunbathing away the lads being lads got bored and had gone for a stroll down the beach when they saw a man walking back from the rocks with a huge armful of seaweed. He intended to cook and eat what he’d found, “good with beer” he said. That was good enough for us. After the guys pulled a few large ribbons of seaweed fresh from the rocks we attempted to recreate our own masterpiece out the back of the van. We blanched the huge green like tentacles in a saucepan then they were thinly diced and seasoned with olive oil and the soy sauce before dinner was served for the night. Simple but effective. So next time you’re at the beach you need to try this, how much more authentic and fresh can you get. And yeah …