Saturday, March 24, 2018

Megalong Valley

Autumn is here.

Sort of.

I mean, its Sydney, so its kind of  here. More wind. Cooler days. Then hot again. Almost here let's say. Well, either way I'm looking forward to cosy times and remembering this moment in Megalong Valley in the Blue Mountains. Wandering with our little girl, both of us rugged up random winter clothes enjoying nature.

 Kin by Love Note (Love Note Photography)


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Hemp, Flax, Pea

Just a quick post with links to some of the products I use in my baking etc. For THE BEST hemp products including hemp flour I use Lariese purely organic. Hemp products contain amino acids and omegas that the body cannot produce as well as being high in Protein, folate, chlorophyll and photonutrients. I feel immediately nourished whenever I eat Lariese's hemp seeds and oil and unlike most hemp products they are certified for human consumption within Australia. 

This is my favorite Protein Powder. I prefer pea protein as it is zero carb and is soy and dairy free.

I love to use flaxseed flour in breads but find that the results can differ hugely depending on the brand you use. Waltanna Farms pure golden flaxseed flour is the finest one I have found yet.

Stay tuned for a bread recipe using these 3 ingredients. It is seriously the cat's pajamas.

~Love E xo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lemon and zuccchini cake

I have been experimenting in the kitchen lately trying to get cakes and other baked goodies as low carb as possible and I gotta say this one is a winner! Not only is it very low carb but it is sugar free, dairy free and gluten free while also being light, moist and devilishly moreish. Getting your ingredients together is rather pricey but once you've stocked up a little goes a long way.

Lemon and Zucchini Cake

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a round cake tin

1/2 Cup Hemp flour (if you have trouble finding this you could use pepitas ground until very, very fine)
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup pea protein powder sifted (or protein powder of choice)
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bi carb soda sifted
1 tsp vanilla powder
Pinch of salt

Whisk these ingredients together well.
In a food processor buzz together-

4 xl egg yolks
2/3 cup Natvia or Norbu sweetener (I also added 1 tsp stevia liquid for extra sweetness)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil

Mix into dry ingredients then mix in

1 cup grated zucchini
2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest

Whisk 4 eggwhites still stiff peaks form then gently fold into cake mixture.
Next gently fold in 1/3 cup almond milk til combined.

Gently pour into tin and bake for 1 hour 15 min or until skewer comes out clean. If you are short on time, instead of whisking egg whites just add the whole egg in with sweetener and oil. You will get a denser cake that needs 45 min baking time.

The cake is yummy as is but is extra yummy topped with Marscapone, chopped pistachios and a drizzle of honey. Or if you wanna get really fancy you can make Lemon Avocado Frosting. I just kept adding stuff til I was happy with the taste and texture but here is a rough approximation of the recipe-

Lemon Avocado Frosting

1 large, ripe avocado
3 tbsp rice malt syrup 
2 tbsp Natvia or Norbu sweetener
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
finely grated rind of 2 lemons
juice of 1 1/2 lemons

Buzz all ingredients in food processor til super duper smooth then put in fridge to chill and set for at least 2 hours. Spread it on like frosting immediately before serving and top with chopped pistachios.

                                                                       ~ Love E xo

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Healthy Nom Nom-ness.

Snack/Breakfast Ideas


Boiled egg (however you like it, but a bit runny allows for yummy saucy-ness)
a really quick "salad" of finely sliced celery, diced cherry tomatoes, capers, olive oil, S&P.
Yup that's it and it's yum!
Would work with a variety of ingredients I imagine, but as far as quick crunchy, saucy, healthy goes - this works!
I guess we sort of all know this one - Chia seeds soaked in Coconut Milk - dash of cinnamon can be used as flavour! Also Max loved this frozen into ice block moulds with some avocado to "get it into him" ! .. next step on the feeding-a-toddler-super-healthy-stuff monitor is to try frozen green smoothie/juice. Muhahahaha!
This was an AWESOME idea. I admit I ate it rather quickly. Dip made from roasted (though for quickness I browned them up in a fry pan) cauliflower and zucchini, dash of lemon, small amount of garlic, salt and pepper and olive oil. Blend, blend, blend. YUM.
Fry up some bacon for crackers and Voila!
Feels fancy shmancy.


Chicken, beans (okay so carb count not spot on for this dish... but they were purple beans from our garden), green olives, pickled lemons sliced, one small leek, parsley, thyme, water. Slow and Low heat to melt it to delicious perfection. The preserved/pickled lemon was a real star here (okay so this dish wasn't fully detox food but awfully close in terms of what it didn't include). Oh and mind the white beans in the photos - some of the purple beans were better to use the insides.

Yes, there are meatballs under the tomato sauce! Egg, herb, leek and mince fried then plopped into a sauce with veg. More garden herbs added - rocket adds zest!

Hope there is a little inspiration there for you :-)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

~ *Eclectic Inspiration* ~





Inspiration from our trip to Melbourne - Still looking at every photo from different angles and see new colours and arrangements. Feeling somewhat refreshed mentally. Hope you do too...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Moments In Melbourne

titles as presented:
goats play
love of child
the chick hunt
as they always shall be
puddle play
funny face off
a playful laneway
hey looky what I found here
step in
a zennan at the door
do they even know how beautiful they are
melbourne or paris?
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