COOKBOOK: Eat Right for Your Shape!

COOKBOOK:  Eat Right for Your Shape!

Cookbooks, like men, come in and out of your life.  Some excite you at first, but leave you totally underwhelmed within minutes.  Some, those special few, can quite simply change your life.

The new cookbook by Lee Holmes, Eat Right for Your Shape , is just one such book.

This book takes a fresh look at the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda.  A holistic approach to feeling well, balanced and living in harmony with yourself and your surroundings.  A union of the mind, body, senses and soul to help achieve balance and good health.

Listening !

Listening !


Full fat organic dairy milk.  Such a simple thing, yet one I found hard to find during my recent holiday in New York.  Just one choice in one market sitting amongst hundreds of varieties of skim, 0% fat, 2% fat, low-fat and long-life.

At first I was a little horrified, then it got me thinking about diets.  About how we've been brought up my our parents and what the experts taught us back then, and even today.  It got me thinking how no one person is the same, and no one body is the same, which then leads to the inevitable conclusion that no diet or way of eating should be the same for everyone.

Avocado + Sweet Potato

Avocado + Sweet Potato


December 30, 2015 



It's no secret that I'm a fan of the cookbook Love Bake Nourish by Amber Rose, so when she released her new book Nourish, in collaboration with 2 of her talented friends, I was first in line.

Nourish is not your typical cookbook as it's split into 3 sections.  The first section (I'm being honest) is my favourite as it's filled with gorgeous fresh recipes by Amber.  The other 2 sections cover health and nourishment for the mind, body and soul.  This book gives tips, tricks, solutions and answers for getting your health back into shape, stilling your mind and just simply maintaining a positive and happy outlook.  It's simply stunning.


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My Home For The Holidays !

December 27, 2015


Christmas + the countryside = one very happy girl!

It really is pretty simple.  A house surrounded by bushland (no neighbours please!), Bing Crosby, twinkling Christmas lights and a big bowl of fresh prawns.  That's all it takes to make me forget about the working year that's been, allowing my shoulders to drop and the biggest smile to appear permanently on my face.

This is my perfect Christmas, all wrapped up with a big red bow.


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My Christmas Tart !

December 23, 2015 



3 simple words that when said apart, make me smile, but when said together, make me swoon .... Fruit.  Mince.  Tart.

In my old life, these 3 simple little single syllable words would conjure up so many good memories, making me feel comforted, happy and oh so "Christmassy".

Now, having run away from gluten and sugar, these words when said together do (if I'm being honest) bring up a little feeling of deprivation, but more so bring up feelings of sugar highs and slumps, sleepiness and foggy brain.  Not to mention a swollen thyroid!  I’m not one to say “never”, but with the knowledge I now have of how sugar affects my body, I just can’t imaging EVER consuming these little tarts that I once held in such high esteem, again.


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Christmas Cake !

December 20, 2015 



Plump, boozy dried fruit, glace cherries and nuts.  All the things I loved in the Christmas cakes of my past.  The denser and the darker the better.  Cake that would (and could) last for months (if I didn't eat it sooner).  And cake that stayed moist without the need for refrigeration.

My body and taste buds may no longer be able to tolerate these sweet fruit cakes of my youth, but I still have a need (and a desperate want) for a boozy, spicy and dense sliver of cake to sit proudly and lovingly alongside my cup of tea on Christmas day.


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Avocado + Sweet Potato

December 16, 2015

Do you ever get a food fetish where all you think, dream and eat is a particular food? 

I get it ALL the time, and at the moment my fetish is avocado.

I’m eating it like a machine. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner - there’s no stopping me, and my favourite way of eating it is in this most delightfully, fluffy, light and zingy way….

Egg + Toast Tarts

Egg + Toast Tarts


Say hello to Nicole.

Nicole is a  freelance writer hailing all the way from St Louis Missouri, where she raises 5 teenagers (yes you heard me…5 teenagers), all whilst sharing her love of home cooked, feel good family food on her blog Daily Dish Recipes.

Daily Dish Recipes was born in 2005 with the goal to provide her readers with easy, made from scratch, recipes they could cook at home.  God, I love this goal Nicole, as I’m a huge fan of people getting back into the kitchen, ditching the junk food and cooking from scratch. 

So in honour of Nicole’s style of cooking and in honour of my grumbling tummy and in honour of my need for tote-able picnic food (now that Summer has hit Melbourne), my Secret Recipe Club recipe for this month is……

IN SEASON: Asparagus

IN SEASON:  Asparagus

No other vegetable signifies the arrival of Spring like asparagus.

In season in Australia from  September to March, this little gem of a vegetable is loaded with nutrients from fiber, folate and vitamins A, C, E and K.

It's also packed with antioxidants, ranking it amongst some of the top vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals, potentially helping to slow the aging process. 

Not bad, huh?