A few weeks back I posted on Facebook all the things I love to make with beetroot and one of them was ravioli. One of the followers asked for the ravioli recipe and I told them I would post it in a blog post soon. I had the recipe but needed time to make it to get a photo to put with the blog post.
If you have coeliac disease or gluten intolerance you will understand the relief you feel when you don't have to ask if something is gluten free. It is the same for all sorts of other dietary requirements including being vegan. I was at a vegan picnic recently and there were a lot of children. One of the children asked if the food was vegan then they realised they were at a vegan picnic and didn't need to worry. Watching them help themselves knowing they could eat everything was an awesome experience.
It feels like an eternity ago since we celebrated the turning of the new year. For new years eve and new years day dinner Makrand and I enjoyed a lush antipasto platter and I did promise recipes from the platter on social media. We had garlic bread, dips and cheeses, silverbeet dolmades and pan fried mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, artichokes olives and veggie sticks. Since new year it has been so hot that no silverbeet has been growing so I can't share that recipe with you yet as I do need a photo for that and forgot to take one on new years eve.
How often do you eat salad? Is it just a summer time food for you or are you like me and need a salad no matter what the weather holds. I always have a salad every lunch even throughout winter and then something more cooked for dinner. However recently I have been enjoying these balmy summer nights eating a deliciously prepared salad. The other night we opted for a cooked salad with lots of protein. It’s not really a photogenic salad but it is delicious. Also packed with calcium and magnesium as collard greens boast a healthy supply of those two minerals.
Growing up in a small town in the Northern Territory I remember very well the times my mum would come home with an exciting new fruit or vegetable. She would describe what she thought they tasted like before giving them to us and then my brother and I would decide if we agreed or not, we were like miniature connoisseurs. Mandarins, kiwi fruit, eggplant, silver beet, rambutans and snow peas were the ones I remembered well. It is snow peas that I dedicate this blog post to this week.
Fifteen years ago quinoa first appeared in my life, my then housemate Bodhitara introduced it to me. I had never eaten anything quite like it and was instantly in love. In those days local produce wasn't a concept I really considered and ate it regularly not realising it had flown thousands of kilometers to reach my plate.
This is an extra blog post this week to give you some wonderful ideas for Christmas and keep you from reaching for a packet salmon. I am not entirely sure why but in the last few weeks it has been bought to my attention how much salmon is being consumed these days.This led me to look into why people are eating salmon and how it is farmed. Alarmingly salmon is grown with very few ethics and in my opinion eating a piece of salmon is no different from eating caged eggs. Many people are under the illusion that salmon grown in Tasmania is ecologically sound and free of antibiotics but a few studies show that this is often not the case. You can check out some information in the following article.
Last Monday unbeknown to one another, Makrand (my partner) and I had been into Mullumbimby and visited the local herbal dispensary, Mullum Herbals. Both of us for different ailments and both within minutes of each other. My inquiry was not an ailment as such but a question on what herbs to take for anxiety and at the end of the conversation the lovely naturopath said that anxiety can be caused from lack of iron. The alarm bells rang, last week I had been feeling quite anxious and also was feeling rather low in iron at the same time.