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What’s on my plate? July to September 2015

We started to get carried away taking photos of most of meals to the point where my son started to remark before dinner ‘Stop, wait…click’ as he pretended to take a photo of his meal. This was an aha moment for me to slow down and enjoy the company of my family at the dining table rather than attempt to share the moment with the world.

As we slowed down here is a taste of what we have been enjoying the past few months.

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Cooking dinner and a quiche for tomorrow’s lunch

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Changing Habits Slow Cooked Tomato Lamb Shanks

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Museli made up in bulk

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5kg Springhaven Meadows Queensland bananas delivered from Farm House Direct

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Banana Smoothies with added goodness of Changing Habits Supreme Green Blend, Probiotics and Colloidal Minerals.

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Changing Habits Creamy Cashew, Cauliflower and Chickpea Soup

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Our take on Pete Evan’s Raw Slaw

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Home made mustard

Poached salmon

Poached salmon

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Pete Evan’s meatloaf with purple carrots and mixed of dutch cream and midnight potato mash

Hummus

Sprouted hummus

Pumpkin bread

Changing Habits Pumpkin Bread

Recipe Changing Habits Pumpkin Emmer Wheat Bread

 

Changing Habits Supreme Green Blend

What’s on our plate? April 2015

April has flown by and I got experimenting this month with new challenges in the kitchen.

First challenge of the month was creating my first ever batch of sauerkraut! I followed the recipe for Changing Habits sauerkraut, minus the carrots, and adapting the method to blend by hand (good old fashioned way to create the brine). Tucked away in the back of the cupboard we let the fermentation process do its magic, only disturbing it to burp off the gases every couple of days. We allowed it ferment for 2-3 weeks and husband had the job of taste testing to check when it was ready for our taste buds. Sauerkraut makes a lovely addition to our meals.

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Sauerkraut

I started off the month with an explosion of cooking over the Easter long weekend. Borrowing mum’s thermomix I cooked up a storm. The challenge I had set myself was to cook up Alexx Stuart’s key lime pie, a tantalising dessert taking time to put together but oh so worth it!

Alexx Stuart Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

While the thermomix was in use I made a batch of spelt hot cross buns with cranberries in my KitchenAid. Nothing beats a hot cross bun freshly out of the oven with a lashing of Pepe butter. Yum!

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Hot cross buns

My sister stayed over on the long weekend and a treat for us is homemade spelt based pizza. My sister loved the ham and pineapple pizza and husband loves being in control of how much cheese he can pile on the pizza.

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Pizza

With mum’s thermomix I created my first ever batch of yoghurt. Following the recipe in the Thermomix EDC cookbook and leaving it to set for about 7 hours I was quite impressed with how easy it was to make yoghurt.

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Thermomix yoghurt

I also made Thermomix ricotta using apple cider vinegar. Ricotta is also a very easy thing to make; once you know how you think why have I been buying ricotta from the supermarket for this long?

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Thermomix ricotta

A throw together salad of roast lamb and veges, homemade ricotta and fresh avocados from the farmers markets.

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Lamb salad

I have been waiting for ‘I am Mightly’ to come in stock at my local health food store. I am not sure how I first found out about this product, however, it is a great substitute to Vegemite without the nasties like MSG. Husband and I were hesitant at first but we are quite impressed with the taste.

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I am Mighty spread

Picking up a bargain at the supermarket of grass fed veal schnitzel we cooked up Miguel’s beefoloni from The Living Room. I have missed pasta cannelloni since reducing eating wheat and this meal was fantastic substitute.

Beefoloni

Beefoloni

Loving fresh organic rainbow spinach from the farmers markets.

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Fresh rainbow spinach

I have been wanting to buy the River Cottage Everyday cookbook since watching the series a while ago, so I didn’t miss my chance during the Easter sales in bringing it home. First thing out of the cook book was wholemeal honey cake. An absolute perfect recipe to go with the jar of honey I picked up from the farmers markets.

Honey cake

Honey cake

Another bargain we picked up from the supermarket was reduced organic chicken mince. We cooked up Penne Primavera from Survival from the Fittest. Only one problem, I didn’t meal plan in advance for this meal and checking the cupboard for evaporated milk, well I had a slight problem, no can available. So luckily I had a few hours up my sleeve before dinner time and not wanting to venture to the shops for one can of evaporated milk I turned to my friend Google. I had in mind that making evaporated milk was difficult and some how complicated. Well the challenge with this meal was overcoming my perceptions on how to make evaporated milk. All you do is bring a saucepan of milk to the boil, reduce to low and simmer for about 30 minutes till you have reduced the milk by 60%. So simple! Bonus is that I get to avoid the nasty stabilizers and additives in canned evaporated milk.

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Penne Primavera

A quick pumpkin and feta frittata for lunch.

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Pumpkin and feta frittata

My son thought all his wishes had come at once with nachos for dinner using Keys to Fine Food Mexican Taco mix. Mince, cheese and sour cream plus organic corn chips, my son didn’t know what to eat first. The best part of nachos is that the mix makes up 4 batches so great to freeze up for another time.

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Nachos

Blitzed up Twenty8 Paleo ANZAC Cookies using my Vitamix over the ANZAC weekend. So delicious!

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Twenty8 Paleo ANZACs

Baked snapper on a bed of veges for a quick dinner.

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Baked snapper

Yeah! My Changing Habits order arrived. I ordered the new Organic Emmer Wheat Flour and Organic Chia Seeds and received the complimentary All Natural Seaweed Salt! Plus I added the All Natural Probiotics. Can’t wait to try the Emmer Wheat for my baking. Just in time too as I had run out of Chia seeds and they are great to add to the curry for dinner.

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Changing Habits order

Recalling watching Hugh on River Cottage making yoghurt I flicked through my new River Cottage Every Day cookbook to find the recipe. The first batch I made was quite runny. The second batch set perfectly after I warmed the milk up to 90 degrees from looking at Rhonda’s recipe from Down to Earth. After buying a thermometer, yoghurt is so achievable to make and so cheap to. We pay between $5 for a supermarket organic yoghurt to $9 for a biodynamic yoghurt from the farmers markets, so make a batch for $1 for 500g certainly helps stretch the budget.

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Homemade yoghurt

What have you challenged yourself to cook this month?

Changing Habits Chia Seeds

What’s on our plate? March 2015

Where did March disappear to? And we already flying through April. Here is a snap shot of what was on our plates during March.

Husband came home from work with this stash from the local Health Food shop. Kombucha and ACV to help us recover from being sick. Plus a sneaky treat of coconut water and vodka, yum!

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Health Food shopping!

Cooking up another batch of Changing Habits Chicken Broth, this time with the addition of Keys to Fine Food broth spice mix. The aromas wafting from the pot were divine!

Chicken Broth Spice

Chicken Broth

Date night to see That Sugar Film at Dendy Newtown. Salmon Choo Chee curry for dinner at one of the many Thai restaurants. Some snacks for the movie from the newly open Naked Foods, what an eye opener this was, so many things to look at.  Absolutely loved the documentary That Sugar Film, a must see for everyone!

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Night out at Newtown

Grilling up some pork chops that my son chose from Wootton Valley Meats at the farmers markets. It was so funny to see my son gnaw on the bone getting every last morsel, he loved them!

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Pork Chops

Husband threw together a quick quinoa salad after I remembered to soak the beans the night before.

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Quinoa Salad

Lunches for us during the week tend to be a quick and easy frittata which whatever we have on hand or in this case frozen vegetables and left over ham. Whisk 5-6 eggs with a dash of cream or milk, tumeric, salt and herbs, pour over vegetables/fillings, and bake for 25 minutes in 180 degrees oven.

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Frittata

It was the first time I roasted peanuts, so thought this would be hard. How wrong was I! Drizzle with a bit of coconut oil, cook for 15 minutes in the oven at 160 degrees and they are done. Don’t cook any longer as they continue to cook whilst they are cooling on the bench. Then blitz them up with a dash of Changing Habits Seaweed Salt, and you have peanut butter. Nothing beats fresh home made peanut butter.

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

While I was on a roll soaking beans over night I soaked some chickpeas to make hummus.

Hummus

Hummus

Creative meal planning turned the leftover quinoa salad into a different meal. Add some mince and spice and you are done. Easy as!

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Quinoa Mince

It had been a while since I had made a batch of bliss balls. Found Natural New Age Mum’s list of amaze balls recipes and loved the look of the Strawberry Ripe Balls from Jane at Marinya Cottage Kitchen. So easy to make and a nice change from bliss balls made with dates. Warning these are highly addictive particularly if you are a fan of Cherry Ripe bars.

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Strawberry Ripe Bliss Balls

Sunday afternoon baking muffins and bread with my son getting ready for the week.

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Afternoon Baking

My first attempt at Changing Habits Bone Broth.

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Preparing bone broth

Adding some vegetables to simmer in the broth.

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Adding vegetables to bone broth

A successful broth should form jelly and a good layer of fat. My first bone broth did both so much so it was solid.

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Bone broth jelly!

A very nutritious dinner of broth and vegetables. Yum!

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Bone broth for dinner

Lunch out at Circular Quay with my son and mum after we enjoyed the Babies Prom at the Sydney Opera House. Great value salads whilst enjoying the harbour views.

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Lunch at Circular Quay

Some of my haul from the local farmers markets. Hard to beat 6 avocados for $5!

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Fresh from the markets

Using the scrumptious bone broth into a mushroom risotto.

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Mushroom Risotto

Picked up some great chuck steak from Wootton Valley Meats at the markets and turned it into a amazing beef and beer pie. I was doing a massive cook up this weekend and even cooked a pumpkin and bean curry on the same night, this made the week night meals a lot easier.

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Beef pie and a curry

What have you been up to in the kitchen? Did you see That Sugar Film? Any creative meal planning?

Changing Habits Seaweed Salt

Beautiful Bread

The other day I was out shopping and overheard a mother say to her young son of similar age to mine “Let’s go get some beautiful bread”. The mother and son then walked into Subway. I cringed at their choice of ‘beautiful bread’.

One the first changes we made as a family was our bread. I started to look into other bread options as a way to be eco-friendly. I had started to explore the local farmers markets and other local retailers as a way to break up with the supermarkets. I was also looking into ways to reduce the amount of plastic our family consumes and had the bread bag in my sights. To me it was better to reduce rather than recycle bread bags.

I started off buying bread from local bakeries rather than the supermarket as these local loves would be fresher having not contained the preservatives to be able to be transported from factory to store and to be able to sit on the shelf longer. When we could we would indulge in artisan spelt bread from the local farmers markets. There was such a difference in taste with the fresh local bread as well as my tummy felt not as bloated. Cutting down on the additives and preservatives had to be a good thing.

After researching options into how I could make home-made bread and looking at various bread making machines we decided a Kitchen Aid would be a worthy investment on our real food journey. Having never made bread in my life and armed with a dough hook I set about baking my first loaf. The first few months we used a store bought packet of bread flour. It was great as the quantities were already measured out and the instructions on the box were easy to follow. Once I got my confidence up we progressed to a bulk bag of the same bread flour and I was able to adapt the quantities of flour to the size of the loaf I wished to bake. We found smaller loaves were easier to bake and less wastage as bread only stays fresh a couple of days.

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Fresh home made bread

I discovered this little image that really resonated with me 10 signs You’re Gluten Intolerant. Bloating – Yes; Keratosis Pilaris – Yes; Feeling tired after gluten meal – Yes; Hormone imbalances – Yes; Migraines – Yes; Inflammation – Yes; Mood issues – Yes = 8/10. I never had considered that my fatty acid deficiency be secondary to a gluten intolerance. As I learned more and more about real food and how the food industry has manipulated our food, I started looking alternatives to the refined wheat flour. I got my hands on books like Grain Brain by Dr Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr Davis; they were a game changer for me.

Gluten intolerance - JERF

(via Just Eat Real Food Facebook)

Reading the Changing Habits, Changing Lives Book made me question how often was I really eating this refined wheat flour? It turns out that most of my diet was wheat, breakfast, lunch and dinner. So change was needed and I slowly transitioned from refined wheat to ancient grains like spelt and Einkorn, I choose foods that didn’t contain wheat like rice pasta or gluten-free pasta, and I became conscious as to how often I was eating refined wheat.

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Changing Habits Einkorn Flour

We continue to eat bread in our household, however it is no longer two loaves or more a week from the supermarket. I will bake a small loaf of either spelt or Einkorn bread as a treat for the weekend. I didn’t think I would be able to live without bread as a staple in my diet but I don’t miss the 2 hour food cravings and upset tummy from eating refined wheat. My chicken skin is improving and I rarely have a migraine. I am grateful to enjoy the freshly baked beautiful bread made with love in my kitchen.

And there is so much more delicious food out there to eat other than refined wheat!

 

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What’s on our plate? January 2015

Here is a snap shot (or few) of what we have been cooking, baking and eating over the past month. I have always enjoyed baking, especially as a stress reliever. Husband is a chef so a photo is a good record of what we have cooked as its normally a throw together meal, making it difficult to replicate.

Grass-fed scotch steak and pumpkin feta walnut salad with macadamia oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Enjoyed with a Rose we picked up at the Exo Xpo.

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Simple dinner

Banana and chocolate spelt cake (recipe adapted from Women’s Weekly Bake Cookbook)

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Banana and Chocolate Cake

Apple and leftover museli muffins (based on recipe in Women’s Weekly Bake Cookbook, inspired by Lisa Corduff’s porridge muffins)

Apple Muffins

Apple and leftover muesli muffins

Chocolate mousse (recipe from IQuitSugar)

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Chocolate Mousse

Meals from Blackbird Cafe, Cockle Bay Sydney as we enjoyed a night out on the weekend seeing 2Cellos in concert.

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Dinner at Blackbird Cafe

Paleo Parfait (recipe as seen on Pete Evan’s The Paleo Way)

Paleo Parfait

Paleo Parfait

Osso bucco (a first time meal for the family, inspired by recipes on Taste, tasted so good!)

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Osso Bucco

Stone fruit pudding (recipe adapted from Women’s Weekly Bake Cookbook)

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Stone fruit pudding

Roast pork shoulder (meal got eaten before photos, mmm crackling!)

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Cooking up a storm on a Friday night!

Changing Habits Einkorn bread (recipe from Changing Habits Recipe Book)

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Einkorn Bread

I love the variety of meals we eat of real food made from scratch. What have you cooked up lately?

 

Changing Habits Emmer Wheat Flour

Winning Streak

Last year I was was on a winning streak. Competitions pop up on Facebook all the time and I usually just ignore them. But I thought to myself ‘What have a got to lose?’. Writing 25 words or less is not going to hurt me and liking a post/page is simple. And guess what! I won, not just once but four times. I had an amazing year scattered with unexpected prizes.

From KitchenAid I won a double pass to Cake Bake Sweets Sydney Show in March 2014. I got to spend an amazing day out with my close girl friend exploring everything baking and so many cakes! We got to meet the amazing Jo Richardson from KitchenAid, try a Alcohol Infused Breakfast Shot Cake Pop (think bacon, gatorade, maple syrup and whiskey mixed together) from the Pick your Poison Girls  and see Adriano Zumbo from a distance throwing macaroons to the crowd.

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Macarons

In August 2014 I won a $50 voucher for Intimo Lingerie thanks to Carren’s Couch  podcast Episode 18.  I got this beautiful bra, the colour is exquisite and it is a perfect fit despite not having tried it on. I had been wanting to give Intimo a try since listening to the Up For a Chat podcast about Cathy’s story. I can’t wait till I next need to purchase a bra!

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Intimo Bra

From TriNature Lifestyle I won a double pass to Better Home and Gardens Show Sydney in September 2014. I was grateful for a simple day out with the family and my son enjoyed a train ride. Thinking it was a renovation style expo we were pleasantly surprised with the show and spent a lot longer than planned not even making it to all the stalls. We found many things that had been on our wish list like a salt lamp, Amazing Oils Magnesium oils, my long lost favourite strawberry and apple jam, and new sun glasses. We also reacquainted ourselves with our favourite wine man Gordo who now is with Tamburlane Organic Wines!

Recently in December 2014 I won a Headspace Meditation 3 month subscription from Postpartum Progress. I first heard about Headspace through the Up for a Chat podcast with Tim and Ness and the relationship with self. After listening to the podcast I downloaded the app (look for white background with an orange circle) and it sat in my phone. Whilst I was away at Awaken the Change Within Retreat, my sister borrowed a book from the library, loved it and passed it on to me. It was Headspace by Andy Puddicombe. A few weeks later I was reading Postpartum Progress and there was Headspace calling out to me. Over the next three months I will embark on path to mindfulness, I will keep you posted how it goes.

Thanks to competitions my life has been enriched though great days out, trying out amazing products and now I am learning about mindfulness. So next time you see a competition pop up in your news-feed, give it a go, you never know where it may lead you!

 

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