Friday, July 27, 2012

chickpea and leek soup recipe

chickpea + leek soup

I'm feeling way better than I did a few days ago. I've been drinking loads of my lemon rosemary tea and clearing my sinuses with this, but Si's still been complaining that I'm keeping him awake with my constant dry cough all night long. I've been so tired it hasn't even been waking me up, but the nudge usually comes in at around 2am, a short sharp pang to the ribs, followed by a somewhat grumpy get a damn cough lolly would ya. I awake in the morning with that lovely furry mouth-feel and wonder how it is that I can still have a teeny little bit of lozenge on my tongue after all those hours of sleep?

I don't know what it is but after hot lemon honey, like most people, I then crave soup when I'm sick. There's loads of studies that have been done to prove that chicken soup does actually speed up recovery of the common cold, but I don't reckon you need the chicken, just delete the en and add in pea and you have yourself a nourishing, warming, tasty chickpea and leek soup instead. 

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Monday, July 23, 2012

soothing lemon, honey + rosemary tea recipe

lemon, honey + ginger tea

Something's been trying to get me these past few days. It's been lurking at the back of my throat threatening to worsen. I had felt like I was managing to keep it at bay by overdosing on vitamin C, Olive leaf extract and Colloidal silver, but this morning I woke up feeling like crap. My nose is now slightly blocked and my head feels stuffy. Still it could be worse. There have been some real nasties doing the rounds these last few months and if I can manage to keep things at this stage, I should be feeling back to normal within the next few days. 

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Hot lemon honey drink has always been my go-to soother for sore throats, just like my mama used to make us as kids. I do all sorts of variations on the theme, sometimes adding in thin slices of fresh ginger, while other times adding in fresh herbs from the garden. Fresh peppermint, thyme, kawakawa leaves (found in NZ) and rosemary are all great and add wonderful flavours as well as healing medicinal properties
Friday, July 20, 2012

a few of my favourite things {july 2012}


Si dropped my Dad and Marie off at the airport in the early hours of this morning. When the kids awoke they found an empty space where their mattress had been pushed into the corner of our living room for the past four days. With such a small amount of time to spend with their Grandpa, the kids got every last second of play out of him and we've raced around showing them as much of this beautiful city as we could with just a few moments of quiet time in between site-seeing to chat, relax and reconnect. We would've loved to have had them here for 4 weeks, not days. But thankfully we will still get to have one last dinner with them as they pass back through Perth next week before heading up to Darwin and onto Timor and Indonesia, via boat. 
Friday, July 13, 2012

gluten + dairy-free mexican chocolate almond cookies recipe


So sorry things have been a little quiet around here the past week or so, it's just I've been a tad busy... school holidays, Ada's 6th birthday party to organise and execute and the general day-to-day chores of motherhood have kept me well and truly busy. I've still been cooking lots, as always; there was this radicchio pasta that I'm still working on, a few pots of lemon curd made with a big box of lemons picked up from the side of the road (post coming soon hopefully) and of course Ada's princess birthday cake that has now been requested two years in a row (I really wasn't complaining, it gave me an excuse to re-shoot the cake for my post from her last birthday, bonus!). Lastly there were these little chilli-spiked chocolate cookies, well a few batches in fact, a special request from a lovely blog reader Michelle.
Friday, July 6, 2012

celebrating two milestones with cupcakes...

gluten-free chocolate cupcake

Today is a pretty special day. Not only is my baby girl turning six, but the Dalai Lama is celebrating his 77th birthday and this here little blog is turning 2! I'm not going to get all sentimental... but lets just say it's been great. Better than great in fact. When I first started this blog, like motherhood, I had no clue of what I was doing. I had no idea that food would take over my life, my every thought, even more so than when I worked professionally as a chef and I really had no idea how cool it would be to meet so many other (slightly insane, lets admit) fellow food lovers! I've always thought of myself as kinda strange that I'd rather read a good cookbook than a novel, but it's reassuring to know that I am not alone :-)

Blogging (like motherhood) has taught me that I can survive on very little sleep and still function just fine, that a kind word from a stranger can make ya day and that food really does make everything better. Why else would we all be here eh?

It's been so lovely to have you guys here, truly
xx emm
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

jerk tempeh with coriander (cilantro) sauce recipe

jerk tempeh

It's all too easy in this day and age to focus on the bad, sad and ugly reality of life that faces so many around the world. Obesity, diabetes, cancer and disease as well as genetically modified foods, additives and chemicals are catch phrases we are all too familiar with in the 21st century. But amongst all this sadness there are many inspiring people shining the light of hope, teaching and sharing all that they know and love in a bid to educate people to see a better, brighter way. 

On a whim a few months back I bought The Inspired Vegan, by Bryant Terry after Heidi mentioned his newly published book in one of her posts. Being from the bottom of the world I'd never heard of Bryant before, sad I know. But I have a feeling many of you are in the same boat so I'd like to introduce you to my new food hero... Chef. Author. Activist, Bryant Terry.

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