Month: June 2016

Chocolate Cake – Gluten and Dairy free, Paleo Friendly

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake?  Well, if you have intolerances or allergies it doesn’t mean you have to miss out either….You can have your cake and eat it too! I am one of ‘those’ people who can’t have certain foods, some are by choice because I know my body feels better without it eg; dairy, yeast etc but gluten for me is something my body does not react well too, like many today, so I avoid it completely. I am more a savoury kinda of girl but every now and then I enjoy a piece of cake and this one certainly hit the spot. It was my husbands birthday and it was school holidays, so my Daughter and I thought we would make a delicious chocolate cake to help celebrate this occasion. This one was certainly the bomb! Rich and Moist but not heavy or too sweet. When cooking, I use a variety of different types of sugar in my baking, like Rapadura or coconut sugar in granulated form or rice malt or maple syrup in liquid form. Why …

Tuna and Vegetable Fritters

My family love fritters/patties and I often cook them whenever I have bits and piece in the fridge that need to be used up. These little tuna and vegetable fritters are no exception. Such a great way to get a good dose of fish and vegetables into your little ones, who can be a little resistant to them. My daughter does love her veggies, but doesn’t like fish at all but she will devours these fritters. So winning all round! I will always make more than I need and have them with a poached egg for breakfast over the following day.   As you may gather from most of my recipes, I like to find ways to get a variety and as much vegetables in them as possible. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, only 5.5% of Australian adults have an adequate daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Nearly half of adult Australians were getting their daily recommended dose of fruit ( 2 per day)  while only a mere 8.2% usually ate 5 or more …

Moroccan Lamb Shank and Chickpea Soup

I had a very hectic weekend. I work every Saturday in my busy hairdressing salon and on Sunday, my Daughter and I had a girls day out. It was her early birthday present. We caught the bus into the city, did a little shopping, had lunch in at the Melbourne Emporium, then went to see Matilda the Musical and then a train ride home. A fun day out for an almost 9 year old! It was also a very wet, cold miserable winters weekend in Melbourne, so before we left on Sunday morning to go on our outing, I popped into the slow cooker some lamb shanks and more, tuned it on and to greet us when we came in the door  at 5 pm all damp, cold and exhausted was the aromatic smells of a comforting warming soup. There is something quite special when you been out and about all day, its dark and chilly, your damp from the misty rain and tired after walking and adventuring in the city ( or whatever you have …

Are you merely surviving? Or thriving?

Are you living a life where you feel that you are thriving? Or, do you feel your life is like living in constant ‘survival’ mode? Why is it that we often wait till we have that crisis moment in our lives before we take action? We feel constantly tired, worn out and we have that nagging health problem. You hear yourself saying, “oh I’m too busy to get that blood test or health check done…I simply can’t fit that in!”- all the while our bodies are sending us those messages…you know the ones…Fatigue, mood swings, digestive issues, hormonal issues, overwhelm, the list goes on. We keep telling ourselves that we are too busy to attend to the things that are actually going to make us feel better. So what if we, for example, scheduled that blood test and all we had to do is simply take a iron supplement, then I wouldn’t feel so tired? What if we just had to make a few simple tweaks to our diet? Sleep? lifestyle factors? Simple tweaks that may not require as …