How to make carob balls with a twist -Carob Tahini Rice Puff balls

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how to make carob balls

How to make Carob Balls Back in 2009, when I first began writing this little ol’ blog, this was the very first recipe I posted. It’s the perfect children’s cooking experience for educators leading up to Christmas as they can be frozen in batches of 9 in individual zip lock bags. (So, each child makes ten of these balls –…

How to make a natural Rainbow Cake!

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how to make a natural rainbow cake

How to make a natural Rainbow Cake! I’ve been loving all these rainbow cakes I’ve been seeing for a year or so on Pinterest, and also on friends blogs and facebook pages. BUT even though I love the vibrant colours, I’m not too keen on EATING that stuff. Not for me, definitely not for my kids. So I’ve been wondering…

How to make a healthy eggnog smoothie that tastes divine!

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Healthy Eggnog Smoothie Recipe Perfect milky treat for the festive season   I’m not a huge fan of traditional eggnog but this healthy eggnog smoothie is to die for. Oh my. It is good. I’ve made it four days in a row now, and I’m making it again tomorrow. The key ingredient is the three dates. Don’t even think about…

Red Lentil Dhal With Coconut Milk Recipe

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Red Lentil Dhal With Coconut Milk Recipe

Red Lentil Dhal With Coconut Milk Recipe Brought to you by McKenzies Last Friday night, it was getting late and I hadn’t even thought of dinner. I was super-unprepared too as I hadn’t even taken any meat out of the freezer. What to do? Luckily I did have some red lentils for my Bean Challenge so a quick Friday night…

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe With Kidney Beans

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flourless chocolate cake with kidney beans

  Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe with Kidney Beans Otherwise known as ‘Magic Bean Cake’ Brought to you by McKenzies Last week it was Ned’s Spring Festival, and as we do for these events, everyone takes something to share. It just so happened that I had been given the challenge of using a selection of legumes and beans in a few…

Sugar-free Strawberry Tart Recipe

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Sweet (but sugar-free) Strawberry Tart Recipe I love a good strawberry tart.  Actually, any kind of fruit tart. But most recipes have quite a bit of sugar, so I thought I’d see if I could find a way to jiggle it a bit so I can eat them.  (Yes, I’ve been sugar-free again for just over 2 months and my…

White fish, zucchini, and corn chowder recipe

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white fish corn chowder pm

  Happy 1st day of Winter! (or Summer, should you be Northern Hemisphere bound)   As the weather begins to cool here in Northern NSW, and we head towards winter (oh, perhaps this year I’ll be able to wear those three new hand-knitted scarves I bought two years ago?), I start to crave warming foods such as soups and chowders….

Healthy Smoothie Recipe: Cacao and Banana

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healthy smoothie recipe

Healthy Smoothie Recipe I gave up sugar (for the 100th time) five days ago, but just before I did, I made this healthy smoothie recipe for Ned and I: delicious cacao and banana.  It’s our take on the smoothies our neighbour Glen makes for his juice business, but with a little bit more goodness! Here is the healthy smoothie recipe:…

Healthy and delicious Beef Stroganoff recipe

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beef stroganoff

  As the weather here begins to cool, I start to crave beef stroganoff. It is one of my favourite meals ever, and the fact I can eat it with rice is even better. I LOVE sticky white rice. I’m sure it is a throw-back to the months I spent in Japan as a teenager that I could happily eat…

21 delicious and easy-to-prepare healthy snacks

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fruit balls

Like you, I’m a busy mum.  Thankfully, I always begin my day with breakfast. But sometimes, when I am in the middle of a home-based project that is in full swing, I forget to eat. Or else, I only remember to eat when I’m so hungry I’m about to fall over.  In these moments, I often rely upon a midday…

Wholefood for Children by Jude Blereau

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Jude Blereau whole foods for children

I came across this book, Whole food for children by Jude Blereau (and its companion, Whole Food)  at my son’s kindergarten. This book has been a guiding light and wonderful resource for the past two years as they have created and prepared their whole food program for the children. (In a lovely twist, I’ve heard that Jude’s daughter attended Ned’s…

Valentine’s Day sweet biscuit LOVE bombs

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  Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and I always like to do a little something, simply to recognise and acknowledge ‘love’ in all the forms it comes.   For me, it’s not just about romantic love. (although of course, that is lovely.) I also like to give thanks for the ‘love’ that is present each day when…

Raw Chocolate Beetroot Cake

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raw chocolate beetroot cake

  Many years ago, I bought a cookbook with the most scrummy recipe, Raw Chocolate Beetroot Cake.  I loved it but since then, I’ve been playing with it and now the version I make is nothing like the original. But twice as good. I’m forever grateful to Suki for her inspiration because I never would have thought of adding beetroot…

Pan-fried chicken breast with pesto and brie recipe

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Last week, we visited the Brunswick Heads pub for dinner.  The pub is one of Australia’s best kept secrets.  (Shhh, I won’t tell if you won’t!) It’s a historic place but more than that, it’s got to be one of the best grub feeds you’ll ever have while enjoying the view of the Bruns river, listening to top local bands,…