I am cold. Very cold.

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Water colour painting by Wayne Roberts 

So here I am writing from my cosy room in my aunts apartment in Neuchatel, Switzerland. It’s raining outside and very much icey cold, but hey that’s what you expect when you choose to come to Europe for the winter months. I spent my morning with the usual yoga and meditation followed by a coffee (Americano style) & avocado on wood fire fresh dark sourdough. This bread is next level good, I literally haven’t had a bread better than this one in a very long time. God I love you Europe.

Due to these cold winter months, I will be cooking meals that compliment the season. Of course I will be enjoying meals with my family most of the time however when I find myself alone Ill be experimenting in the kitchen trying to come up with some nourishing oatmeals, spiced rice, dahls, stews and soups. Many, many soups. Oh and can’t forget the chai lattes that Ill be brewing myself in my aunts tiny kitchen. So stay tuned kids because Ill be posting the recipes up here!


If you’re interested in Ayurvedic medicine than here are some ideas you could implement in your diet in order to feel your best if you’re feeling un-steady and disconnected:

– Spiced basmati rice with raisons, cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh grated ginger and ground turmeric. Add a teaspoon of ghee just prior to eating.

-Coconut and sesame oatmeal. Cook you oats in almond milk and coconut oil, then simply add some toasted coconut and sesame seeds on top. Sesame seeds are beneficial for female hormones, so if any of you ladies have any issues in this area get onto the sesame seeds!

-Morning Poha. Either savoury with carrot and zucchini or sweet with coconut milk.

-Vegetable Dahs with brown rice.

-Coconut milk curries.

-Golden Milk (ground turmeric with pepper and raw brown sugar). Drink before bed to ensure a restful nights sleep.

-Kitchari. If you’re feeling slougish than this is the perfect meal to give your digestive system a well deserved rest.

You can find varying recipes of each of these dishes online if you suss out some blogs or reliable websites. My go to woman is Jody VassalShe knows her stuff.

I find myself researching Ayurvedic principles for hours as to me it’s extrememly interesting and I can personally relate to most of it, but hey its not for everyone. But I assure you if you start researching you will most likely become hooked, like sarah & I. I also recommend seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner if you want to take it that next step further.

Much love from my little corner of the world. Its now time for more coffee.

 

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Green Yoghurt with Sweet Raisons

Left over dutch carrot leaves make for the perfect chunky dip/mash/side to any meal or nourish bowl! Do not throw them away!



Ingredients (serves four as a side dish)

The hairy leaves/stalks from a bunch of organic dutch carrots (roughly chopped)

3-4 heaped table spoons of organic thick Greek yoghurt (we use five.am organic yoghurt)

3 heaped tablespoons of organic raisons (roughly cut them in half)

Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1 pinch of himalayan salt

Half a lemon (optional)


All you need to do once you have chopped your carrot leaves and raisons is add all the ingredients together and mix thoroughly. If there is not enough yoghurt then simply add some more! You can really play around with this recipe, even adding some walnuts or toasted seeds. Just have fun with it!

You can see in the image below that we used ours in roasted root vegetable nourish bowls

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Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Cookies

Cookie Monsters

These bad boys definitely hit the spot if you’re after something sweet, a pick me up or a dessert. You could even have these for breakie! We absolutely love them, and being gluten free our bellies are left feeling super happy

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Ingredients

1.5 cups of almond meal

1 large organic egg

1/4 cup of cold pressed coconut oil (melted)

1 heaped tbsp of melted organic unsalted butter

1 tsp of baking powder

1/3 of a block of dark 85% Loving Earth chocolate

1 tsp of organic pure honey/raw honey


Method

  1. In one bowl mix all the dry ingredients together, leaving out the chocolate
  2. In another bowl add the wet ingredients
  3. Now you can add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
  4. Roughly chop the chocolate into small chucks. Add these in last, gently folding them through the mixture
  5. Okay so now you have made your cookie dough. Make it into a small ball and place in some glad wrap. Then place in the fridge for around 1 hour or so, whilst also pre heating your oven to 180 degrees celcius
  6. After an hour, remove the dough and set up a baking tray with some baking paper. Pull off tablespoon sized chucks from the dough and roll into balls using your hands. Place them on the tray and flatten them into nice neat cookie shapes. You should make around 9-11 cookies depending on how large you want them to be
  7. Place in the oven for around 10 minutes. 10 minutes will mean your cookies will be moist, if you want your cookies to be slightly crunchy simply leave in the oven for longer. However be aware you may burn them!

Crispy Skin Salmon with a Radish and Parmesan Salad

Spring Dinner Idea

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Ingredients 

As we always say, try and opt for as much organic produce as possible!

2 Salmon fillets

2-3 Radish heads plus leaves

Parmesan (we use Organic Dairy Farmers parmesan)

3 Parsnips (make sure they are small, if you can only find large parsnips then you only need one)

2 Carrots (medium)

Fresh Parsley (a few stems plus leaves)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 tbsp)

Coconut Oil (1 tsp)

Pepper

Himalayan Salt

*We also added some ByronBay sauerkraut. The Tasmanian seaweed flavour goes quite well with this dish!


Method

Preheat the oven to 180 d/c

Meanwhile, wash your vegetables thoroughly. Slice through the parsnips and carrots length ways. We did this by slicing the parsnips in half, then in quarters. We had small parsnips therefore our long pieces were relatively fine

Repeat with the carrots. If your carrots are rather long, chop in half horizontally first then slice down length ways

On a tray, place your vegetables and 1 tbsp of olive oil, pepper, and salt and give them a good mix. Place them in the oven for around 25 minutes (this will vary depending on how thick your vegetables pieces are)

Wash your radish, then cut off the leaves. Finely chop the leaves with the parsley creating a green salad. Then slice through your radish making fine circles. Grab a peeler, and peel fine strips off the parmesan. Once you have these three components done, you can gently mix them all together in a small bowl with the remainder of olive oil

Check on the parsnip and carrots, if you can easily place a knife through them you know they’re nearly done. This gives you the all clear to start your salmon. On a fry pan add one teaspoon of coconut oil and wait until pan is hot. Then place your salmon fillets with skin side down. Salmon generally takes around 5 minutes on each side. However this will depend on the thickness of your salmon and how cooked you prefer it

Once ready, take out the vegetables from the oven, and place on two plates or on a sharing board. Repeat this with your radish salad

Bring the salmons to the table and voila you have yourself a nourishing meal to share with your loved one! (or ones)


Spring Salad Series #6

Olive Oil Spelt Penne with Sautéed Greens 


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Who doesn’t love pasta? (no one…)

Spelt pasta teamed with organic greens and olive oil go perfectly together. This dish is super simple and takes only a few minutes to prepare, ideal for a mid week lunch or dinner

* Due to our gluten intolerance we tend to opt for spelt or buckwheat pasta as our bellies can tolerate these grains a lot better


Ingredients

Organic Spelt Penne (enough to serve two)

One small organic broccoli head

Three large organic leaves of silver beet

Half a cup of frozen organic garden peas

One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Pepper (to taste)

Himalayan salt (to taste)

Fresh organic parsley (to garnish)

One heaped teaspoon of nutritional yeast


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Method

Put on a put of water with some himalayan salt and bring to a boil

Once boiling add the pasta, we usually cook our pasta for around 10 minutes however this will vary on the type of pasta and how cooked you like your pasta to be. We prefer it more on the al dente side!

Meanwhile, break the broccoli head and finely chop the silver beet leaves. In a large wok add these vegetables and the garden peas with a dash of water. Sauté for around 3 minutes, our until the frozen peas are no longer frozen

Once the pasta is ready, drain out the water and put the pasta back into the pot. Add the olive oil, pepper, salt and nutritional yeast and mix all together. Then you can add the vegetables and give it another good mix

Separate into two bowls and top with parsley. It really is as easy as that kids! A simple, satisfying and beautiful dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day

Now were off to enjoy this spring sunshine, Ciao!

Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Vegetable, Grilled Eggplant and Charred Kale Salad

This dish was quite possibly one of the most satisfying meals we have made! (well most definitely in our top 5). It was rich in flavours and just really hit the spot. It doesn’t take much preparation so there are no excuses with this one!

We enjoyed this meal the day our mum came home from Europe. We spent the whole day chatting and catching up on the past two months. This dish with a glass of organic shiraz was the perfect end to the day

Enjoy this meal, and every other meal, with your loved ones. No one should ever eat alone

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Ingredients (Serves two as a main)

All our ingredients were organic. Try eat organic vegetables (especially leafy greens) where possible

– 1/2 a small eggplant

– 1/2 a sweet potato (or one small sweet potato)

– 2 handfuls of brussel sprouts

– 2 handfuls of curly kale (around three leaves)

– 2 wild salmon fillets

– 1/2 an avocado

– 2 tablespoons of pistachio kernels

– Sicilian olives (around six per person or how ever many you desire)

– 2 cloves of garlic

– Parsley (to garnish)

– Extra virgin olive oil

– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

– Himalayan salt and pepper

– 1 teaspoon of ground sage


Method (you will need an oven, grill, fry pan and wok)

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius

Wash all vegetables thoroughly

Roughly chop sweet potato and keep brussel sprouts whole. Place them on a tray with the garlic cloves (you can keep the cloves whole or chop them roughly)

Drizzle your vegetables with one tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with pepper and salt. Massage the oil into the vegetables and place in the oven to roast for around 30-40 minutes

Once your vegetables have been in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turn on your grill and slice 1/2 the eggplant in half again, making two quarters. Make a few slits in the eggplant (not on the skin side) and massage around one tablespoon (or slightly less) of olive oil, pepper, salt and ground sage all over and in between the slits of the eggplant. Place under the grill with the skin side facing down. The eggplant will take around 15 minutes (may take longer depending on how high you put your grill on – keep your eye on them)

Check your vegetables, if you can easily place a knife through the sweet potato thats the sign that you can start your salmon fillets!

On a fry pan, place the coconut oil and wait until the pan heats up. Then place your salmon fillets with a drizzle of lemon and pepper. Salmon usually takes around 5 minutes each side, however this will depend on your frypan and how cooked you like your fish

Slice 1/2 your avocado in half again, making two quarters. We then decided to grill our avocado for a few minutes (feel free to keep your avocado fresh – grilled and fresh avocado taste quite different and can change the taste of your dish. With this in mind, grilled avocado went perfectly with this dish)

Once your fish is nearly ready (or ready), roughly chop the kale and place on a wok with a dash of water. Sauté the kale for only 3 minutes

Now you will be ready to start serving. So! First place your sautéed kale on two plates. Then top with your sweet potato and brussel sprouts. Grab your eggplant and chop into thick chunks then place on plates. Grab your avocado and either slice or leave whole and place on plates. Grab your salmon fillets and roughly chop into thick chunks… then guess what… place them on the plates

Add your olives and pistachio kernels

Garnish with some fresh parsley!

Spring Salad Series #5

SPRING SALAD SERIES

Roasted Vegetables and Poached Chicken on a bed of herbs and Kamala Olives

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This salad is pretty simple but it incorporates basically all of our favourite foods so we’re pretty excited to share it with you guys! Who doesn’t love garlic-y roasted veggies, tender poached chicken, herbs, avocado, olives and olive oil?! We absolutely love all of these ingredients and make a version of this salad often at home. Grilled salmon or finely sliced lamb backstrap or even a nice eye fillet steak goes wonderfully.

It’s one of our staple dishes so make it with love and enjoy with close friends and family

Ingredients Opt for organic ingredients if possible

– 2 small to medium potatoes

– 1 fennel bulb

– 2 to 4 carrots

– 1 beetroot

– 1 leek

– 3 cups of finely chopped herbs and greens of choice. We used parsley, fennel leaves, rosemary, chives and spinach 

– 10 pitted Kamala Olives

– 2 organic chicken breasts

– Half an avocado

– 2 tbsp of Olive oil (the the dressing and for the roasting)

– 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

– 1 teaspoon of cumin

– Himalayan salt

– Pepper

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Method

1. Set your oven to about 175 degrees Celsius.

2. Cup on all your root veggies into generous sized chunks. Scatter onto an oven tray and drizzle with olive oil, himalayan salt, pepper and cumin. We also added a few  rosemary sprigs, a few a couple of cloves of garlic (leave the outer skin on) and some thyme from the garden.

3. Once oven is ready, place your veggies in. They will take about half an hour to get nicely roasted and golden. Thats you’re prep for your roasted veggies done, now you can work on your greens. You really can use any herbs that you may have on hand for this salad. We have heaps of parsley, chives, fennel leaves, spinach and rosemary so we roughly cut them all up and scattered them onto two plates.

4. As your veggies are roasting, bring a saucepan of water to the boil. As you are waiting for the water to boil, slice your two chicken breasts into about 2 centimetre pieces. You should be able to cut about 4 to 5 pieces per breast.

5. When the water is boiling, add your chicken. The pieces will be readily poached when they sort of start to float to the top. Around 5 to 10 minutes (its a bit of a guessing game to be honest! so keep checking them – you don’t want to ‘over poach’ them as that will make them dry and chewy!)

6. Your veggies and chicken should be done around the same time. Distribute the veggies evenly onto the two plates (with the already made greens) and top with your nicely poached chicken.

7. Now for the finishing touches. Add around 5 olives to each plate, plus a quarter of an avocado. We like to create an ‘avo slide’ by finely slicing the avocado and melding it into the shape of a ‘slide’ Refer to the photos

8. We keep our salad dressings simple with just olive oil, apple cider vinegar, himalayan salt and pepper.

9. Eat

M + S xx

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