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It’s A Good Time For Apple Pie

Apples are in season and it’s raining outside !  A perfect time for home made apple pie scented with just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla then encased in a purely delicious shortcrust made from organic spelt and rolled oats. The secret to my recipe is to firstly use sweet delicious apples – my favourites are pink lady and golden delicious. I don’t peel the apples so that the filling develops a lovely pink hue  that looks magnificent in your serving bowl. The... Read More

Healthy Lamingtons

Over the past few weeks I’ve been mixing and baking in my kitchen in an effort to create the perfect lamington just in time for Australia Day.  You will absolutely love my recipe – so simple, gluten free and made from fresh whipped organic eggs, coconut flour, vanilla and raspberry that make them purely delicious.  I’ve coated my lamingtons with a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache that I’ve made using a quality dark courveture 70 – 85 % mixed... Read More

Strawberries and Cream smoothie

Smoothies make a terrific quick breakfast or meal replacement any time of day. This is one of my favorite breakfast smoothies and it contains  antioxidants and protein to  nourish and support your immune system as well as keep me full all morning. SMOOTHIE BOOSTERS: OMEGA 3 Essential in your diet and will support your health in every way such as reduce inflammation, nourish the brain, help with fat loss and protect the heart. Add 1 teaspoon flaxseed, chia, walnut or their... Read More

Fruit Mince

The post comes in 2 parts. Today I give you my recipe for my fruit mince and then later this week I’ll show you how to put it all together with a variety of pastry options.  Every year I make my own fruit mince so that I can create my own delicious fruit mince pies over the Christmas Break. The fruit mince is  very simple to make yourself and so much lovelier and healthier than store bought versions from the supermarket. The secret is all in the apple you choose.  Make... Read More

Gingerbread Men

When I was working as a pastry chef, making gingerbread was part of our weekly production schedule.  We used to make the most amazing gingerbread houses glued together with chocolate or royal icing.  They were so big that you could almost walk through one of the doors and sit down inside them.  The cookie dough was pretty durable so it could hold up for about 4 weeks before the walls started caving in and it was made from a base of white flour, butter, eggs. spices and sugar. These... Read More

Healthy Christmas Cake

There is nothing more satisfying than baking your own cakes, puddings and biscuits for Christmas.  Around this time of year I’m in my kitchen a little bit more than usual baking cakes and cookies and packaging them up as presents for friends and family.  This is an extremely delicious and simple Christmas cake to make. It’s a part of my great Aunty’s recipe file along with other yummy healthy treats. This is a dense and moist fruit cake with a high ratio of fruit,... Read More

Red Velvet Cupcakes

This is my healthy take on the traditional red velvet chocolate cake.  It’s lovely and moist from the fresh grated beetroot that i’ve added into my cupcake batter and it replaces the traditional red food colouring found in traditional recipes. I’ve thrown in a handful of raisins to add a touch more sweetness and it marries well with the cocoa and cinnamon. You can also add prunes in place of the raisins that provide a lower glycemic response and suited for... Read More

Strawberry Crumble

  The secret to eating healthy is to keep it real, keep it simple and keep it fresh. The most important rule is to do a little strategic planning, having a rough idea on what you’ll be cooking up in the week ahead, you’ll be more likely to stick to eating at home and fuelling your body with the right ingredients it needs to shed a little bit of that pudding off your belly. I love making this strawberry crumble, it takes just a few minutes to create and can be served... Read More

Gluten Free Bread

Ok – here it is….my secret recipe to the yummiest gluten free bread you can eat ! This delicious bread is just one of many loaves I’ve been designing for my baking section on this web site and my new book.  The most important steps would be to soak and rinse your quinoa and chia seperately overnight before starting the recipe and mix it for at least 3 minutes in your food processor. Once you have that sorted, it’s smooth sailing from there. Don’t... Read More

Blueberry + Banana Pancakes

What’s good about them: These pancakes make a great breakfast after a hard exercise session. Your body needs protein for repair and quality carbs to replenish glycogen and electrolytes, so you need to choose foods rich in potassium that will help regulate fluid balance in the body and lower blood pressure.  Potassium is also necessary for nerve and muscle contraction. Studies show the blueberries contain antioxidants called polyphenols as well as  vitamin C which can... Read More

Peach + Raspberry Crumble

If you want a delicious, healthy dessert that’s quick to make and tastes totally amazing, then you just have to make my Peach + Raspberry Crumble.  The season for stone fruit here in OZ is almost over and now is the best time to buy fragrant free stone peaches from your local grocer. This dessert is just a matter of cutting them in half, removing the inside stone and arranging them onto a serving platter, then topping with smashed raspberries and a quick and healthy almond... Read More

Chocolate Cupcakes

FEEL LIKE A LITTLE CHOCOLATE THERAPY ? Well here it is. Delicious one bowl chocolate cupcakes that take a few minutes to make with just a few basic healthy ingredients. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that cocoa which comes in the form of cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve heart health, lower blood pressure and reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. When choosing cocoa powder or chocolate to eat, make sure to  choose the dark variety as it has... Read More

Retro Trifle

My food mantra is to cook not only for taste, but for the sake of your health and  remember that no matter what you’re cooking, it is possible to make every thing you make healthier and better for your body. This is a YUM recipe of mine that featured in last weeks Sun Herald Newspaper. When I designed this georgeous retro trifle my first thought was fresh fruit – pick what’s in season, fresh and sweet.  This time of year I love a strawberry mango or peach combo. Secondly;... Read More

How to make the Perfect Custard

When I first started working as a chef, a good custard was the foundation of many of our restaurant desserts. We called it crème anglaise and it was a velvety, smooth sauce made from egg yolks, whole milk, cream, vanilla bean and sugar. You can flavour it with anything you like such as cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, citrus, coffee or pistachio. Poured over a warm Christmas pudding or fresh strawberry trifle, or served as egg nog with an added touch of brandy a dusting of nutmeg.... Read More

WIN A VITAMIX COMPETITION – Winners Announced !

I’m happy to announce the WINNERS of the second ‘WIN A VITAMIX COMPETITON” for this year.  Perfect timing for Christmas ! We had hundreds of entries ! Thank you so much to every body who entered their ultimate healthy smoothie. FIRST PRIZE WINNER:  NICOLE VALENTIC – for her creation called “THE HULK“ a delicious healthy smoothie made for her twin boys. Congratulations Nicole, you are now the proud owner of the amazing VITAMIX. THE WINNING SMOOTHIE... Read More

Paleo Apple Pie With Almond + Vanilla Shortcrust

There is nothing better than a warm slice of apple pie straight from the oven – topped with a dollop of thick yoghurt and a little honey. The pastry is made purely from ground almonds. Almonds also add a lovely flavour and texture to the pie which I really love and give the added bonus of being high in protein, low in cholesterol and a great source of vitamin E that research suggests can slow premature cellular ageing.  The apples have been briefly cooked in a little... Read More

Detox Cookies

I’m writing this post from my favorite health and wellness retreat Kamalaya in Koh Samui Thailand. I’m there for a glorious 2 weeks of rejuvenation and Thai Kickboxing whilst I finish writing my new cookbook. These Detox Cookies are so delicious and make a terrific healthy snack if you’re craving something a little sweet. They are just a few of the delicious recipes I’ll be posting here from the resort over the next few weeks. These yum cookies are... Read More

Honey + Almond Banana Fritters

Below is the article I wrote for the Sun Herald a few weeks ago on comfort food and healthy ways to enjoy warm foods this winter. Followed by one of my favorite comfort food recipes oven baked banana fritters coated in a honey and almond crumble. I cycled past my local bakery last week and was almost pulled into the queue by the irresistable smell of warm sourdough, brioche and buttery croissants. As the weather gets colder, it’s natural for us to crave warming stodgy comfort... Read More

Really Good Chocolate Cake

I’m the first to admit that i really have a sweet tooth – especially when it comes to Chocolate !  I have fond memories of when I used to work as a pastry chef – making chocolate truffles, cookies, tarts and the most wonderful chocolate cakes.  Recipes and knowledge  handed down from the French Sous chefs Michelle + Eves  in charge of the very first  pastry kitchen – to Bert and Brett  who inspired  me how to become a better chef and allowing me... Read More

Macadamias for health + well-being

The Australian macadamia industry is undergoing a major brand transformation, launching Australia’s famous native food as the World’s Finest Nut, unrivalled in taste and quality. Australia already leads the world in research and development, farming practices and commitment to clean, green production from seedling to serving, producing more than 30% of the world’s crop. As part of the new brand launch, the macadamia industry has teamed up with another Aussie hero, Olympic... Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chocolate chip cookie is one of the most requested recipes I get…  So here it is…Enjoy ! What’s good about them: Almonds + macadamias are a fantastic are  a good source of heart healthy anti-inflamatory  fats and antioxidants such as vitamin E.  Cocoa is high in minerals and antioxidants. When using cocoa or chocolate the darker the better.  I’ve used Green + Blacks organic 85 % dark chocolate in this recipe. 150 g (1 1/2 cups / 5  1/4 oz) almond... Read More

buckwheat pancakes

I’ve been experimenting  with buckwheat pancake recipes for about 10 years now and have never been too excited about the results until this very moment.  To me a pancake needs to be light and delicate – the perfect canvas for fresh fruit toppings and organic syrups to soak up into the tiny air pockets, ready to be devoured.  This is the one you’ve been waiting for and I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. Makes 6 What it’s good for: Buckwheat is... Read More

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