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Spirit iPad sleeve and iCrib

Written by lee on . Posted in Uncategorized

My ipad loved this gorgeous Spirit Sleeve! It has the perfect padding for your ipad and computers when you want to carry them in your other bags or just by themselves. Great when you are carrying other things and you don’t want your tablet to get damaged.  The sizing is snug and just right for iPads, tablets and laptops.  The range comes in a number of fun patterns and colours so it’s really easy to mix and match and stay stylish at the same time.

This iCrib is perfect when you want to go hands free in the kitchen.  Just pop your iPad or tablet into it and then follow along your recipe with ease.

It’s also handy when you feel like watching a favourite movie as you can keep it steady and just relax and enjoy yourself without having to worry about the tablet flipping over or going sideways.

Perfect on the train or bus, in bed, on the couch in the car for the kids –  it even makes a handy pillow when you need a rest! Comes with a side pocket for your phone or earbuds too.

For more information visit the website.

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Creamy Spinach and Celery Soup

Written by lee on . Posted in Recipe Book, Soup, Uncategorized

Serves 6

  • 1 bunch celery with leaves sliced 
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1 bunch spinach chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 turnips peeled and cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large brown onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Celtic Sea Salt and freshly cracked pepper

Reserve a couple of celery leaves for garnish and refrigerate
Heat EV olive oil over medium heat and add onion, garlic, celery, thyme and cook for 20 mins until celery is softened
Add chicken stock, turnips and spinach and turn heat to high until it reaches boiling point
Reduce heat and cover and simmer for 10 minutes until turnips are tender
Turn off heat and let cool then ladle mixture into a food processor to puree in batches
Return mixture to saucepan add coconut milk and simmer for 10 minutes
Ladle into earthenware soup bowls, garnish with celery leaves and season to taste

Serve with crispy kale chips

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Ten Herbs for a Healing Kitchen

Written by lee on . Posted in Herbal Medicine, Uncategorized

Grow Your Own

Next time you are planning a trip down to the chemist for an over the counter drug, why not try a herbal alternative to bring relief to an everyday ailment?  Here are ten herbs that you can use in your kitchen everyday and incorporate into your menu planning...

Mint - Peppermint is both a stimulant and a relaxant and can be used to aid digestion, as it works to increase the flow of digestive juices in the stomach whilst at the same time relaxing the main muscles in the gut. It’s lovely and soothing for the lining and muscles of the colon, calming issues in this area as well as aiding diarrhea. The healing properties of peppermint are also prominent when using the herb in an oil form. Once processed into an oil, the antispasmodic properties work to soothe stomach and menstrual cramps. Due to the presence of thymol and eugenol in peppermint oil, it works effectively to balance oral and intestinal flora, reducing fermentation of undigested food and assisting in the treatment of colon issues and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Drinking fresh peppermint tea is a wonderful way to add the benefits of peppermint into your diet. Use in salads, vegetables and lamb dishes.

Sage contains rosmarinic acid which acts as an anti-inflammatory within the body. Sage is known to help women suffering from excessive sweating due to menopause, and sage tea is a good way to incorporate it into your diet. Sage can help to regulate menstruation and is good for all female gynaecological problems. It is often used by herbalists as a remedy for respiratory infections. The oils and tannins in Sage have astringent, antiseptic and irritant properties, helping to loosen up congestion, treat coughs and soothe sore throats. Flavour meats, roasts and vegetables with fresh sage.

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Tahini and Chocolate Mousse

Written by lee on . Posted in Uncategorized

Tahini and Choc Mousse

Dig in… It’s all good. 

What’s that word when you’re busting loose? Mousse Mousse.  There’s nothing like a little old school hip hop and chocolate to boost your mood. Hip hop and chocolate just seem to go together like Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

Speaking of chocolate, have you noticed how often it’s accompanied with bucket loads of the white stuff, sugar, it can be a real downer in the health department.

So, for all you hip hop fans and chocoholics out there, I’ve created a pop-locking recipe (a concoction of all-things-good-for-you), that tastes delicious so you and your crew can dig in guilt-free.

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Banana Ice Cream

Written by lee on . Posted in Uncategorized

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This is the easiest banana ice cream recipe you’ll ever make. Said me.

And because it’s so simple, why not rope the kids in to lend a hand. After all it’s an intrinsic part of their nature to learn and explore the world before them, so let’s begin their inauguration slap bang in the central hub of the home, the kitchen.

Empowering kids to make their own healthy choices and filling them with healthy, nutritional food, that will energise and revitalise them during such an important time of mental and physical growth, will benefit them not only now but also in the years to come.

The main element of this recipe is bananas; child friendly because of their lofty dose of potassium – an essential ingredient to keep pint-sized nervous systems in good shape. Without potassium, no new brain cells can be created.

The potassium and carbohydrates found in Australia’s number one selling fruit are the ideal brain food to help children stay alert. Potassium enables muscles to contract and expand efficiently during exercising, helping to prevent cramping. So don’t expect any Jungle Jim or rope swing misadventures any time soon.  Bananas contain plenty of essential nutrients like fibre, vitamin C and B6, as well as natural sugars glucose, fructose and sucrose, providing children with natural energy.

Cacao contains high levels of antioxidants and being rich in flavanol, it helps to boost brain function by enhancing blood flow to the brain, perfect for growing, active minds. The cocoa bean is especially high in magnesium converting into calcium and iron by the body, essential for growing strong, healthy bones.

My favourite benefit of this recipe is that the combination of banana and raw cacao allows children a natural sweet treat whilst ensuring they are still receiving essential nutrients that their growing bodies crave and are reliant upon.

Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients
2 bananas frozen and cut into chunks
1 TBS raw cacao powder
6 drops liquid stevia or sweetener of your choice
1 TBS almond butter

Method
Pre-peel bananas cut them into chunks and place in a freezer bag in the freezer
Once frozen, place them into a food processor with the cacao, stevia and almond butter
Puree until creamy stopping to scrape the sides when needed

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