Ginger Lemon Cold and Flu Tonic

I arrived home to California, was visiting a friend in Ojai, and had a severe allergic reaction to the pollen. I had a sore throat that invited an aggressive frog suffering from ADD into my throat! This pesky little beast wouldn’t stop scratching and tap dancing on my vocal cords, until I lost my voice and was coughing up green slime that would offend even the most seasoned doctor. I find myself being a very good listener this week. This lemon honey ginger tonic has been a soothing…

Burwood Heights Primary School’s Organic Kitchen

I love volunteering in my mum’s school kitchen. My mum is a teacher, and her school, Burwood Heights Primary School is a proud member of The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen and Garden program. For those of you who do not know Stephanie Alexander, she is one of the most famous cooks in Australia. Her book, The Cook’s Companion takes pride of place in the majority of busy Australian kitchens. It is widely regarded as the Australian culinary bible, and is endorsed by self-respecting cooks and…

Cauliflower Millet Mash

This is another gem I got from Tony Chiodo. I've been making this cauliflower millet mash for about twenty years since my macrobiotic days. It's super easy, alkaline, loaded with nutrients, and super delicious. I make a batch of this every few weeks, and enjoy it as a side dish or as a nourishing savory breakfast porridge topped with steamed or stir-fried veggies, and sea vegetables. It's also really delicious on top of toast. In the macrobiotic world, this dish is used as a more…

Vegan Creamy Carrot Soup

I love carrots. They're powerful health-promoting foods and blend well with both sweet and savory flavors. Loaded up with beta-carotene and an army of other antioxidants and fiber carrots fight free radicals to cleanse the liver and colon. These orange avengers are also rich in vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus to build the blood, regulate cholesterol, and support our heart, bones, and nerves. But, here's what's really awesome: Unlike many other antioxidant-rich foods,…

Gluten Free Muhammara Dip

I first tasted Muhammara dip when I took a cooking class with Kurma Dasa years ago in Melbourne. Kurma's version used yellow asafoetida powder in place of the traditional cumin. But, seeing as that ground vegetable powder (a popular flavor enhancer in Southern Indian cuisine) is not widely available in mainstream grocery stores, I decided to share a more traditional version. Muhammara is a Syrian roasted red pepper and walnut dip that is bursting with so much flavor it will make you…

Vegan Minty Green Pea Soup

I'm in Melbourne, and the weather has turned. As much as mourn the loss of the warmer weather, I do look forward to “bug-in-a-rug” soup season in front of the fire! Soup is the ultimate comfort food, and a simple soup is so easy to throw together. The classic combo of mint and peas rocks the pot! For the ultimate spoonful, boost with the sour cream, parsley, and lemon juice. Souperb hot or cold, this blend serves up nicely as a starter, a main, or in shot glasses as an appetizer. Low…

Gluten Free Vegan Anzac Biscuits

Like most Australians, I grew up eating Anzac Biscuits. For those of you in other countries, these are cookies made with oats, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and boiling water. They're in the baking repertoire of every self-respecting Aussie. The origin of these biscuits is a subject of some debate. The most commonly accepted story is that they were sweet treats made by army wives to send to their husbands at war as they needed to make something that would survive the…

Homemade LSA

Since I posted the raw nut and seed bars, I've received numerous emails about where to get LSA. In Australia, LSA is widely recognized and available at mainstream grocery stores. Dr Sandra Cabot 's book, The Liver Cleansing Diet made this magical mix famous. LSA stands for a blend of ground linseeds (flax seeds), sunflower seeds, and almonds. This mix is an amazing source of dietary fiber, protein, omega fatty acids, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus,…

No-Bake Nut and Seed Bars

One of my all-time favorite cooking shows in Australia was The Cook and The Chef. Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant celebrated fresh Australian produce, and entertained people in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. This show centered around the power of food to bring people together in community. This recipe was one of Simon’s favorites. When I contacted the ABC network to gain permission to post Simon’s recipe, they kindly forwarded me onto his agent who forwarding my request to Simon, who…

Creamy Vegan Polenta Bake

I got a version of this macrobiotic-inspired vegetable polenta bake from my friend, Tony Chiodo at a cooking class in Melbourne about 20 years ago. Tony's recipe are so delightfully simple, and always loaded with nutrients. I've substituted the tofu in the original recipe with raw cashews, and infused the sauce with cooked onions. I've also added nutritional yeast and garlic powder to the base for an extra burst of flavor, and added some green veggies. I've used spinach and broccoli,…

Brilliant Broccoli Salad

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mums out there. It was my sister's first mothers day as a new mum; so mum, Kara and I cooked together to celebrate. I also started my day having breakfast with my dear friend Lyn, who has been like a second mother to me. So, I decided to come home and honor Lyn at our family lunch by serving up a version of one of her fabulous recipes. This brilliant broccoli salad is a delicious way to enjoy raw broccoli. I admit, I'm not a fan of raw broccoli. But,…

Raw Macadamia & Semi-Dried Tomato Pesto

I got this fantastic semi-dried and macadamia pesto dip from The Australian Macadamia Society. This pesto is so easy to throw together in less than 10 minutes in your food processor. You just will not believe something so easy can have so much flavor. This pesto is sensational served with veggie sticks, crackers, or tortilla chips, it's delicious tossed through pasta or zucchini noodles, and makes a wonderful spread for sandwiches and wraps. Semi-dried tomatoes packed with olive oil…

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