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July 18, 2018

This delectable spiced fresh ginger cake recipe has become a firm family favourite recently as it is just perfect for taking the edge off these chilly winter days.  It is lovely and moist, with a distinctively rich and spicy flavour, is actually pretty nutritious (for a cake!) and is easily made to be gluten free, vegan and low sugar.  I made a large one last month to celebrate the winter solstice at a Vic Herbs event, and every last crumb was gobbled up.

The key ingredient of...

June 7, 2017

Long before probiotics became a buzzword, lacto-fermented (lactic acid fermented) foods were producing beneficial bacteria to aid digestion, improve nutrient absorption and support immune function throughout the world. In fact it is difficult to find a culture on Earth that does not have its own fermented delicacy, whether it is fruit, grain, vegetable, legume, dairy, fish or meat based.

March 22, 2017

My rhubarb is loving all this warm rain. Rhubarb is a great plant to have in the garden as it flourishes all year round (well in Melbourne, Australia at least). It is a gentle cousin of Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus which has a strong laxative action), with a muchmilder laxative effect.  It makes a lovely gentle remedy (when stewed) for children, convalescence and the elderly. Rhubarb is a great source of dietary fibre, contains as much calcium as milk without the congestive and inflammatory effects and...

March 20, 2017

Mouldy half used tomato paste jars are thankfully a thing of the past at my place. I used to hate wasting this great stuff but could never use it fast enough. Now I avoid that problem entirely by freezing in easy to use small portions when fresh. I simply freeze it in ice cube trays, then store in a container in the freezer.
As I've said previously red tomatoes are a potent source of the carotenoid lycopene which is protective against pros...

February 9, 2017

"Eat your rainbows" 🌈 has become something of a mantra that I bang on about quite a bit in my consultations (and in life generally). I generally advise my patients to aim to eat at least one vegetable from each colour of the rainbow on a daily basis.

It is such a simple and visually appealing way to increase the intake of a wide variety of beneficial and protective phytonutrients. The beauty of this dietary approach is that it is entirely positive.

By increasing the quantity and variety of beautiful...

February 6, 2017

Cherry pip love! I've finally finished cleaning these little suckers so we can reuse them. Not only did we get to gorge ourselves silly on summer cherries, but now I can use the clean pips to make heat bags to ward off premenstrual cramps and winter chills.

Apparently this is a traditional use in Northern Europe as cherry stones can retain heat for a nice long while. I originally had grand visions of becoming a cherry stone heat bag mogul, but they take so long to clean properly that I'll save them f...

August 21, 2016

Any time the sun peeks out or the rain stops, head outside and go violet hunting. They are plentiful at the moment, and the more you pick them, the more they will grow! You can see some pics of my beautiful back yard harvest below. I had already picked my garden clean 2 weeks ago but they are back with a vengeance! Garnish your veggies, sprinkle them through your warm salads, pop them into tea, make a syrup, a medicinal paste or some delicious salad vinegar. Please see my post from last year for viol...

July 24, 2016

Thank goodness for this meal, it's been a life saver in my family lately. It takes about 20 minutes to make, meets kid approval and is nutritious - Hooray!! 

It also requires minimal ingredients and nothing fancy or hard to find.
I like to make a big batch because I'm a big fan of left overs, but adjust the quantities as you see fit. 

2-3 stalks of leek - sliced lengthwise, rinsed of grit and chopped finely.
Olive oil
1 head of broccoli and stalk chopped
2-3 large zuchini roughly chopped

July 11, 2016

This is one of my favourite bits of advice for improving digestive health. Mindful eating does not require any special equipment or supplements. It is thus free and accessible to anyone. 

Simply take the time to engage your senses when you eat.  Take notice of how your food looks, smells, sounds, feels and of course tastes. 

The digestive process begins in the mind, when we first see and smell our food. Taking a moment to stop and really savour your meal gets the digestive enzymes flowing, improve...

July 3, 2016

If you don't have the time or inclination to fiddle around with making syrups, then this super quick and handy kitchen cupboard remedy might be for you. The great thing is you will probably have all the ingredients at home already, or can easily source them from the local shops or supermarket.

Composition powder is used for preventing and healing colds, sore throats, flu, respiratory infections and congestion. It is full of heating spices that help to raise the body’s core temperature to kill off inva...

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