Sweet Potato Pie Base – Boom!

Following on from our focus to transition slowly (the 20% rule) to healthier alternatives for the traditional ingredients we love … Here is a pastry-free crust for quiches or savoury tarts that really works a treat. You can prepare this sweet potato crust in the pie dish or tin and freeze it so you always have it on hand when you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner. Especially good when you’re wanting the whole family to eat just a little bit healthier. Enjoy!

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Branch Weaving

Last year I had the joy of a experiencing a real slow living creative retreat in the hinterland of Byron Bay organised by an incredible team from Australia and abroad. This Local Milk Retreat was a mindfully created and curated 3 days photographic, styling, cooking and collaborative experience which provided the opportunity and luxury of slowing down and reconnecting with your creative passions.

It was such a treat to take time out to inhale the minutia of moments, the dappled light on a window, the texture of plate and linen, the color of fresh picked produce, the alchemy of a well crafted meal … in order to “speed up” your craftsmanship.

A highlight for me was learning branch weaving with Rebekah Seale from The Camellia Fiber Company in Tennessee. Follow the instructions and create your own.

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Little Tips for a Healthier Life

It’s often the case that when come away from a retreat, a seminar or a book you are fired up to make major changes to our life. We approach the pantry and the fridge with evangelical zeal throwing out the bad food, restocking with new ingredients you’ve never used before. You then announce to the family the new regime only to find they are resentful, the change is confronting and ultimately we retreat feeling like a failure.

Take a tip from the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda: The 25% rule – the secret to making changes to your lifestyle that “stick” and try this simple Ayurvedic recipe for the perfect rice and learn about “the 6 Tastes” to make every meal satisfying and nourishing.

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A healthier version of Grandma’s Recipes

Our diets have changed a bit since the 1950’s and one thing that strikes you is how much refined white sugar there is in these recipes. So I’ve begun to tweak the recipes and transition them to healthy versions of the ingredient. It’s not a full abandonment of the original ingredients so there’s not a big change in the chemistry or experience of the final cake or slice or dessert.

Here is a delicious, chewy and easy-to-make Canadian Walnut Slice. Perfect for a cup of tea. It’s just a transition recipe so we gradually get used to a warmer kind of sweetness not so sharp and we replace the grains with one that’s a little better for our digestion.

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Easy-as Boho Earring Hanger

It’s a big thing to move house, especially when you’ve been in the one place for a while. There are phases you go through as you move through the packing and moving process and there are levels you move through too, depending on how organized and energized you (or your friends) are.

It’s always a mystery to me that that there’s always a bottom draw with crappy little things in it that you can’t throw away and that don’t really belong anywhere. And in that draw there always seems to be a single earring or two. That’s because earrings are one of the most fiddly bits of jewellery to display. So here’s my “easy-as” DIY solution to this problem, a Boho Earring Hanger.

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DIY Almond Milk … Pear & Almond Tart

Almond meal is easy to make and a great alternative to soy or dairy milk. Once you’ve made your jug of sweet almond milk there’s a delicious and healthy recipe, “No Pastry … Pear and Almond Meal Tart”, to use up the almond meal left over from the process. You can also use the left over almond meal to thicken soups and casseroles.

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Easy-As Hessian Floor Cushion

I hate to see things go to waste so a leftover hessian bag and hessian webbing inspired me to make a much needed cushion for my new Moroccan day bed that could double as a floor cushion if more people came around.

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Morrocan Nibbles For Drinks

These delicious Moroccan-inspired nibbles are my new go-to distraction strategy for early arriving guests or to keep everyone occupied while you get the finishing touches to the rest of the meal. Perfect for the entertaining season. Easy to prepare beforehand and it won’t ruin their appetite.

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Make It A Fancy Dress Christmas

A few years ago my family began this crazy tradition of fancy dress for Christmas lunch and it worked a treat. After all it’s hard to argue with someone dressed as a pirate! Of course I go a little “all out” and create movie-poster style invites, theme up the table decoration and yes the music too. Our family christmas photos are a real (embarrassment) hoot.

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No Bake Raw Chocolate Bites

This simple no-bake Quick and Easy Raw Chocolate Bites recipe uses just three ingredients. Each ingredient has a traditional or healthier alternative depending on your lifestyle.

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