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Spring offerings in Sydney and Perth and a Summer cleanse retreat

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Since I returned to Australia work has taken me hither and yon. I have reacquainted myself with the splendour of this land and given thanks for being at ‘home’. I so enjoyed teaching to full houses in Darwin and found my new collaboration with Bells at Killcare a total delight, thankfully it seems that so did all attendees. I return to Bells in November for a Summer Cleanse workshop, see details here and book with Bells here.

To those wanting the Capturing Cultures classes in Sydney my apologies for a very long wait.  I am teaching a Capturing Cultures class at  ‘Earth Food Store’ in Gould Street at Bondi Beach on Tuesday September 17th. Earth Food Store and Food By Holly Davis are offering this as, a payment by donation class, to make it accessible to anyone keen for the information. For details and booking click here. THIS CLASS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

From October 9th to November 18th I shall be in Perth to teach a series of cooking classes, click here for details and bookings. I go to Perth to teach: Sourdough Baking, Lacto Fermentation, Meat Cookery, Duck and Poultry and Fish Cookery; these are all units of the Natural Chef Training Program run by Jude Blereau.  Next year’s program is well worth consideration if you are a hungry would-be wholefood chef, cafe owner, restaurateur, writer, nutritionist and more.


Recipes I presented at the MINDD foundation conference May 17th

Oxtail goodness

Following are recipes for the dishes those that attended the MINDD Foundation conference ate.  Thank you to the 200 who came and all who have requested this information.

Slow cooked Chinese style oxtail soup

2 tablespoons duck fat or ghee

1.5 kilos organic oxtail, dried well

6 eschallots peeled and cut in half

6 garlic cloves peeled and cut in half

2 leeks, cut in 3cm lengths,washed and drained very well

6 large slices ginger

6 carrots wedge cut

2 dried organic mandarin skins (dry your own in a sunny place or warm spot in the kitchen)

100mls tamari – wheat free, naturally fermented soy sauce Spiral is my preferred brand in Australia, Clearspring in the UK

200 mls Chinese rice wine or sake

Gelatinous home made beef or chicken stock, and water, to well cover

Heat the duck fat and brown each piece of meat well all over

Place meat into a deep, heavy baking dish or heavy casserole

Add the eschalots and garlic and soften and brown them

Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer

Season and pour this over the oxtails

Cover with a sheet of unbleached baking paper and then cover with a lid or foil

Place in oven preheated to 140˚C

Bake for 3-4 hours or until the meat collapses off the bones

Serve with lots of dark green vegetables, if you eat grains you can and half a cup of pearled barley or whole spelt along with the meat. This will make it more unctuous.

The overall deliciousness is determined by the quality of your stock

Labne – strained yoghurt and whey

Vegetarian, Gluten free

1 kilo yoghurt makes approximately 400gms and plenty of whey

 1 kilo thick kefir product or Yoghurt from Goat, Sheep or Cow’s milk (no added milk solids)

Take a large conical sieve and a bowl that this will sit across in the fridge

Line the sieve with a double layer of muslin or a very clean cloth

Pour the yoghurt into the lined strainer and cover

Place in the fridge and leave to drain for 6-12 hours, the longer you leave it the thicker the end product

You can serve the labne as is, or you can add freshly chopped herbs and garlic to it then smother it in plenty of your favourite Extra Virgin Olive Oil or

You could drizzle the labne with some delicious raw honey or maple syrup or add cultured fruit or berries and crispy nuts to it for a great breakfast or dessert option.

Contain the whey in an airtight jar to drink or  use a tablespoon in grain and bean soaking water or add to culturing veg, you can wash wounds with whey. The beneficial bacteria reside in plentiful numbers in the whey. it keeps well for a few weeks, in the fridge

Fish Stock

Makes approximately 4 litres

3 or 4 whole frames from white fish

2 tablespoons ghee

2 leeks, cut in fine strips and washed well

2 carrots, rough cut

1 bunch thyme

1 bunch parsley

1 bay leaf

6 black peppercorns

1 cup dry white wine

¼  cup white wine vinegar

4 litres cold filtered water

Heat a large stainless steel pot

Add the ghee and all the vegetables

Cook gently 10 minutes to soften the vegetables

Add the wine and bring to a boil

Add the fish frames and cover with cold water

Add the vinegar

Bring to a boil and skim all scum that rises to the surface

Add the herbs to the pot

Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1-2 hours

Top up the water as necessary

Strain and discard the solids

Allow the stock to cool and then cover and put it in the fridge

Portion into freezeable containers and label with the date made

Freeze for up to 3 months

Coriander Fish balls in, or out, of broth

 600 gms wild bream fillets, check no bones and cut in chunks

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2  bunch shallots chopped

2cm chunk ginger chopped

80 mls coconut cream

1/2  bunch coriander well washed and chopped

Combine the first 7 ingredients in the food processor in batches and whiz until firm (as shown)

Form the mix into balls 4-5 per person

For the broth

2 litres fish stock, see accompanying recipe

80 mls coconut cream

1/2  bunch garlic chives

1/2 cup sugar snaps tailed

lots of fresh leafy herbs, to taste

Pour the fish stock and coconut cream into a pot

Bring to a gentle simmer

Place the fish balls in the broth

Simmer gently for 5-8 minutes or until cooked through

Taste and re season as needed

Add the sugar snaps and cook for 2 minutes

Blanch the chives and tie 3 at a time in small knots to

garnish each bowl or simply chop them finely

Serve with freshly picked herbs

Click the photo below to see the recipe that transforms quince from yellow to glorious red. It is on The Food Coach website, a great recipe and information resource. Maple and rooibos baked quince

Maple and rooibos baked quince

Exciting things afoot. Pop up classes with The Real Food Project July 10 and 16

Cultured vegetablesBe very quick to book, these will go like hot kim chi! The interest in lacto fermented, probiotic, cultured foods is on the rise, come and help me spread the good bugs. They will be fun and informative evenings and you get a jar of culturing vegetables to take home. All for just $55!

Click to BOOK@Real Food Projects

I am teaching in Darwin June 29 and 30. Please spread the news but if you know her, please don’t share where my daughter India might see

Cultured vegetablesMy baby, India, turns 20 in June. Having been parted for so long we are going bush together; to celebrate our reunion and her birthday, but where remains a surprise I hope, until June 13th. This is the best time of year to visit Darwin and a long hard winter in London finds me desperate for warmer climes. French canadian Carole Baillargeon worked at Iku in the early 90’s, she left to for Darwin and established ‘Darwin Yoga Space’. Carole is keen for me to teach a few classes while I am there and so the weekend of June 29 and 30 will be dedicated to that and India will be my beautiful young assistant (I am assuming!). If you have contacts you think might benefit from coming to these classes please pass on this link, all the information is there and bookings can be made through the Yoga School I am excited to be travelling north and in such good company, there will be tales to tell and we are likely to be keeping instagram busy whilst we are there. My Instagram page is – wholefoodee

Wholefood – easy when you know how and what and why can only help. Come to class where it suits you best. February and March classes booking now…

Care of the soil and respect for produce
 simple fresh food to savour and share

Start the year with a class in Balmoral, Bondi, Bilgola or Brisbane. By the by the garlic was grown in Bowral, isn’t it beautiful!

My blog is being transformed into a more informative and user friendly place to visit.

The upgrade is underway, there will be calendars and booking forms for those who like to pay online, for the rest I will be available by email and the phone. Other dates and details of classes in Rozelle, Melbourne and Perth, coming soon. Once done the blog will be the blog and I can continue to wax lyrical about all things foody. I hope to see you around my table this year; to make and break bread together.

The little black dress of wholefood eating class has been so popular we are doing it a third time.

November 29th Class just opened

November 30th fully booked

More Quick spring into summer

delights at Balmoral Beach.

Spring is the season of renewal, the colour green abounds. It is the perfect time to consider our selves and to cleanse while enjoying a wide variety of exquisite tastes, colours and textures; that raise our spirit and lighten the load on our digestive system.

A cooking class at ‘A Healthy View’ Balmoral Beach Mosman

Nutrient-dense wholefood meals to nourish you well; without being calorie-rich. Learn to make quick, cost effective and delicious meals to suit the season and satisfy those you feed. This class provides you with a comprehensive guide for stocking your fridge, freezer and pantry and outlines how to make eating well an accessible option on a daily basis hence the reference to the little black dress.

The classes I teach at nutritionist Michele Hedges home and business, ‘A Healthy View’ have the added benefit of her valuable input. Together we are an informative team and these classes are always a lot of fun.

10am-2pm November 29th $125
Be quick to contact Michele; numbers are strictly limited.

This class demonstrates the dietary principles that traditional societies have used for millennia; using the least refined local and organic ingredients.

The benefits of eating this way include: ease, reduced sugar cravings, an improvement in behavioural issues, natural weight loss, increased satisfaction and hormone regulation