{ R E C I P E } Simple Autumn Lunch

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[ RECIPE: SIMPLE AUTUMN LUNCH ]

Vegetarian…and delicious!


Who can resist the heady combination of tomatoes, fresh bread and fetta – not me!

I found some amazing Rye Sourdough and an assortment of tomatoes locally, so I had to buy them…and create some tasty magic.

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My friend Danni came to visit so I whipped up this number and it was deeeeelicious!

[ THE INGREDIENTS ]

  • 1 x loaf of fresh bread, sliced toasted and rubbed with garlic when pipping hot
  • 1 x clove garlic
  • a selection of tomatoes – red, green and yellow, thinly sliced
  • 100g x soft fetta
  • 2 x tablespoons of good quality mayonnaise
  • 1/4 x lemon, zest
  • 1 x dessert spoon lemon, juiced
  • 2 x tablespoons chopped chives
  • pepper to taste
  • lemon oil
  • fresh herbs for garnishing – thyme, lemon thyme & chives

[ THE METHOD ]

Slice the bread and toast it. Straight from the toaster/grill, rub the toast lightly with a clove of garlic and set aside on a serving plate.

Next mix the fetta, mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice and pepper in a small bowl. Once mixed add the chopped chives.

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Combine the mixture well.

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Next using the prepared toast, spread a heaped teaspoon of the fetta mixture onto the toast. With the back of the spoon roughly spread the mixture. If your bread is larger – add more of the mixture, it’s meant to be generous.

Next layer the fetta mixture with the colourful tomatoes, ensure the colours are arranged beautifully.

Next drizzle with oil, sprinkle with fresh herbs and cracked pepper.

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I serve two per person which makes a perfect Simple Autumn Lunch…

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Enjoy!

Remember food is YOUR fuel.

Love Jess x

{ R E C I P E } Seafood Paella for Mark

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[ RECIPE: SEAFOOD PAELLA FOR MARK ]

Gluten Free, Dairy Free with lots of vegies and seafood!


There’s a quaint little joint by the beach…nestled up in the second storey of a corner building that looks over the ocean and is eclectic, filled with gastronomic delights and they serve my favourite drink – Hugo Sparkling Elderberry with ice & mint…its Mr Curtis of course…

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On special occasions they do a killer Paella…the smell dances around the room and then meanders between people sitting on the veranda overlooking the bay – it’s divine. Everyone gathers for a rustic plate of this deliciousness. Served piping hot, with a mound of parsley on top, a juicy wedge of lemon and a prawns proudly balancing on top. Heaven.

Inspired by a recent visit and with the weather taking a cool dive in the last couple of weeks as we hit Autumn – I decided to make a Seafood version for my long suffering husband Mark, who is forced to eat vegetarian food most days. Occasionally I eat seafood – so technically I’m a Pescatarian…tonight was one of those nights.

With my new Paella pan in hand I decided to create some magic…I gathered what I had and remembered what I knew and created a new little ditty!

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[ THE INGREDIENTS ]

  • 1.3 litres x good quality fish stock
  • 1/2 x tablespoon saffron
  • 1 x tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 x cup oil (of your choice)
  • 3 x garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 x brown onions, chopped
  • 10 x sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 x capsicums, sliced
  • 1 x cup peas
  • 1 x 400g can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 x teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 400g x Paella rice  – I used ‘Carnaroli’ from local gourmet food store
  • 350g x fresh calamari, sliced thinly
  • 400g x barramundi fish – or any other fish of your choice, cut into small chunks
  • 250g x fresh prawns, tails on
  • 1 x bunch fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 x lemon, cut into quarters
  • Salt & Pepper

[ THE METHOD ]

Firstly, pour the stock into a saucepan and heat gently. Add the saffron.

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Next add the tomato paste and stir well to combine. Heat the liquid until it begins to boil and then take off the heat and set aside.

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The fun part now starts…to a Paella pan heat the oil, add the garlic, onion and thyme sprigs. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.

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Next add the capsicum and cook for a further 5 minutes.

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Next add the tomatoes and the smoked paprika – cook for a further 5 minutes.

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Next add the rice. Stir well to combine and heat gently for 5 minutes.

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Put the stock mixture back on the heat. Once nearly boiling, add half of the liquid to the pan ensuring that the rice mixture is spread across the Paella pan so that cooking is even.

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Cook the rice until it is nearly tender and the liquid has almost absorbed. Add additional 1/2 cups of the stock liquid when needed – but wait till it absorbs.

Next add the peas, calamari and fish. Also add the remainder of the liquid.

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Continue the cooking process until the liquid has been absorbed. Test the rice to make sure it is cooked. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Next add the fresh parsley, prawns and cover the Paella for 5 minutes to cook the prawns. After 5 minutes, turn the Paella off and leave the dish for a further 10 minutes.

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Serve the Paella on a plate, with more fresh parsley to garnish and a wedge of lemon on the side. The lemon is essential and makes the dish sing!

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I hope you enjoy this dish – my husband sure did. He had to two large servings and said ‘It was one of my best creations’…that’s why I love him!!!! Bless his cotton socks x

Remember food is your fuel…

Love J x

{ R E C I P E } Tasmanian Devil Nutella Bliss Balls

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[ RECIPE: TASMANIAN DEVIL NUTELLA BLISS BALLS ]

Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free…and damn delicious!


We went to Tasmania for the weekend with 9 other ‘funsters’ – and it was lovely. We celebrated our business partner – Graham’s, auspicious 40th birthday in Launceston – where he is currently working and has been for the last 5 months. He’s building the Launceston Seaport Boardwalk – its massive and we were keen to see what he had done in person. It’s an amazing part of the world – so steeped in history. Everywhere you look is a historic building or a picture perfect outcrop. Tassie really is a treat for the eyes. Only 45 minutes from the mainland and with countryside that could rival England – it’s breathtaking.

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We did an unexpected road trip from Hobart to Launceston…it was the only way we could get there as all the flights had been cancelled. We hired a minibus and then in record time made it to Launceston where our birthday boy excitedly waited for the weekend celebrations! He just beamed with excitement (that’s him in the last photo)! We meandered through hills, drove up and down dales, visited wineries, ate exquisite food, were inspired by sommeliers, wandered along the newly built Launceston Seaport Boardwalk, drank coffee, feasted on Mexican delighhts, devoured hearty breakfasts and did a hell of a lot of laughing. It was a fabulous weekend celebrating with old and new friends.

I was very good though. My normal sugary-sweet intake was almost non existent and by the time we arrived home I was CRAVING a little sweet treat. So with beautiful Tasmania on my mind I made these Tasmanian Devil Nutella Bliss Balls that are deeeeelicious! Quick, easy and consisting of only 4 ingredients – they’re a fabulous ‘healthy’ treat.

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[ THE INGREDIENTS ]

  • 1 x cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 x cup fresh medjool dates – stones removed
  • 1/4 x cup cocoa
  • 1/4 x cup maple syrup
  • Extra cocoa, hazelnuts and other toppings

[ THE METHOD ]

Place all the ingredients into a blender or Thermomix and mix until well combined. I try and ensure there is a ‘texture’ to the mixture.

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Once combined well – take large teaspoons of the mixture and roll into balls. Once rolled – then decide on your toppings.

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For some, I used whole hazelnuts pushed into the top, others I rolled in extra cocoa and lastly – the rest had a dollop of Pure Harvest Coco2 Original – Coconut & Cocoa Spread. How decedent and wonderful – just what the sugar Doctor ordered!!! Such a pretty and delicious treat for whenever you need a healthy sugar fix! Marky & I will absolutely devour these little morsels tonight…YUM

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Remember food is your fuel…

Love J x

{ R E C I P E } Happy Lunch

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[ RECIPE: HAPPY LUNCH ]


Close to the beach, a short walk from the ocean is a wonderful new café that I frequent often. It’s filled to the brim with raw food delights, brightly coloured smoothies, house-made nut ‘mylk’, gorgeous treats and sublime coffee. Their juices to go and made in clear jars with black lids – the straw attached to the jar by a sticker of their logo – clever dicks I say!

Each time I go there with my trusty friend Danni – we feast on food that makes us go silent…that in itself is a feat as we are both yappers!!! We always go back for our favourite – a half serve of avocado smash…

The combination of the flavours will always be a winner – seeded sour dough, fresh avocado, crumbling fresh fetta, dukkah, oil and some chilli…bloody amazing.

So yesterday, whilst tapping away on my computer I had a hankering for this exact little dish but this little café is closed on Mondays so I went down the street purchased the ingredients and made my  own as I often do.

For a quick, nutritious lunch that will always make you happy – try this little dish… you’ll soon be in heaven.

[THE INGREDIENTS]

  • a loaf of your favourite fresh bread, cut into thick slices
  • 1 x perfectly ripe avocado
  • Lemon olive oil
  • crumbling fetta
  • your favourite herb, nut and spiced dukkah
  • 1 x fresh tomato, sliced
  • a wedge of lemon

[THE METHOD]

Toast the bread and place it on your serving plate.

Scoop out 1/4 of an avocado for each piece of toast, mash this onto the bread roughly and drizzle with the lemon oil. The oil softens the bread and has a party with the avocado!

Next add the tomato slices, sprinkle with your favourite dukkah and crumble the fetta over the top.

Season generously with salt and pepper. Serve with a wedge of fresh lemon.

DEVOUR!

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Every time I made this, my puppies gather around…they always know I drop morsels of this deliciousness…

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No sooner do you make and serve this and it’ gone!

Have a wonderful day…and try and have this Happy Lunch whenever you need it most

Love J x

{ H E A L T H & W E L L B E I N G } Bacteria Buster Blend

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[ HEALTH & WELLBEING: BACTERIA BUSTER BLEND ]


As the days begin to cool, we’re spending more time indoors.

However I do like my house to smell clean and ‘outdoors-ey’, so I tend to burn essential oil blends in my beautiful Moroccan inspired oil burner that I used in my clinic. I use to love to watch the candle dance through the intricate pattern carved into the ceramic form. It was hypnotic as it cast moving shadows across the wall when the lights were dimmed.

These days, I leave my oil burner near a slightly opened window, so that the gentle Autumn breeze  can carry the scent throughout my home.

I’ve used this blend often – being predominantly top notes,  these oils are also uplifting as well as being anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. For an energetic pick-me-up as well as a wonderful deodoriser – this Bacteria Buster Blend is a winner.

[ THE RECIPE ]

  • 4 x Lemon essential oil
  • 4 x Bergamot essential oil
  • 2 x Tea Tree essential oil

Simply drop the oils into your burner – then add the water. Light the candle and you’re done. Make sure you extinguish the candle when you’re finished.

Whilst flicking through my product recipe archives, I came a cross an old email I had sent some friends back in 2005, with one of my favourite quotes attached…so I thought I’d send it on again!

‘Happy thoughts create happy molecules and healthy thoughts create healthy molecules’

– Deepak Chopra

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Enjoy the blend…

Love j x

{ H E A L T H & W E L L B E I N G } Healthy Washing Powder

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[ HEALTH & WELLBEING – HEALTHY WASHING POWDER ]

Jump on board – its amazing and it works!


When I was younger I always wanted to ‘play house’…and it dawned on me the other day as I was doing my washing – I got my dream!

I can’t remember when the dream turned to reality, but all of a sudden I felt all grown up! Being responsible, making choices and doing what grown-ups do seemed so exciting when I was a small human and now I’m doing it. I smiled at my naivety and the fact that I was HAPPILY doing washing…

I was happy for a reason. One single little reason – I found a non toxic, inexpensive product that actually works!!! I totally love the smell of it – it permeates my laundry and leaves a faint smell on my clean freshly dried clothes…its wonderful!

I’ve been asked many times before, in my clinic – could I recommend a non toxic, cost effective washing powder and I always struggled. That was until 2 months ago when I discovered this little ditty…

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The Australian Eucalyptus Company – Laundry Powder…1KG for $10.00

It’s a natural mineral based powder. It contains no fillers, no enzymes, no phosphorous, no whitening agents or synthetic fragrances – just 100% Pure Australian Eucalyptus Oil. It cost effective and it bloody well works. I TOTALLY love it.

My lovely friend Jac (who is a lot like me) visited us recently and I subjected her to my sales pitch on this amazing product – she ended up buying a whole heap of products in the range and she now loves them too…Your vibe does attract your tribe!

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For all of their amazing products – jump on The Australian Eucalyptus Company website for more information on other products in their range.

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Happy washing folks – if you’re anything like me, making better choices as an adult sure is more fun than I ever expected!!!

Make better choices for you and your family & love our planet

Jess x

{ R E C I P E } Easter Lemon Verbena Syrup

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 [ RECIPE – EASTER LEMON VERBENA SYRUP ]

Vegan, Dairy Free but NOT sugar free – sorry!


Autumn is my favourite time of year. It used to be Summer – when I was younger…

The colours, the dreaminess of it all and the slowing down of nature before the cold Winter sets in.
I love those typical Autumnal sleepy days , with warm long rays of sunlight that touch the earth just long enough to keep it warm before the cold of night creeps in. We now have our open fire crackling away. I love waking when it’s slightly chilled, enjoying the warmth of the sun on my skin during the day and then retiring at night as the cooler temperatures prepare us for the months ahead.

We went ‘home’ for Easter to see my mummy…she’s 75 and going strong!

I love going ‘home’ to the bush – it’s where I feel most alive, most relaxed and peaceful. The puppies just love it. They can roam free, bark and smell all day long – until they fall into their beds at night exhausted from their adventures!!! Mum has a large garden – so many hours are spent in its upkeep –  lawns, hedges, paths and weeding are never ending. It’s very therapeutic gardening…I love it. I love seeing the fruits of my labour at the end of the day. I think sometimes that I almost hear the garden say ‘thank you’ for all the love that we give it…

One of my favourite bushes in her garden, is the Lemon Verbena. It’s wild, free, unkempt, fruitful and produces a plethora of juicy green fragrant leaves for harvest. Every time I go back home, I take branches with me when I leave.

Once home, I have the delightful task of stripping the branches. My whole house and hands smell of glorious Lemon Verbena – it’s sublime. I strip and pick the leaves and leave them on a baking tray to air dry. Once completely dry (about 4 days), I pack them in an air tight container to be used for teas and tisanes for the months ahead. I use these leaves for a myriad of other magical recipes too – it’s like I have a little piece of my ‘bush home’ – right here by the ocean.

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Having just arrived back…I decided that I’d make some Lemon Verbena Syrup with my fresh leaves before they dried.

It’s a super easy recipe and very delicious.

[ THE INGREDIENTS ]

  • 1  x cup sugar
  • 1 x cup water
  • 1/2 x cup bruised and chopped fresh Lemon Verbena leaves

[ THE METHOD ]

Place the sugar and water into a saucepan and gently dissolve the sugar. Bring the ingredients to a gentle boil.

Add the chopped Lemon Verbena and TURN THE HEAT OFF.

Stir the leaves into the hot syrup and allow them to steep for 20 minutes. Pour the mixture into a jug and place in the fridge to cool completely. I usually leave mine overnight to ensure the flavour is deep.

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The next day, in a clean jug – strain the leaves from the liquid.

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I love the pale colour that the leaves impart…and the gentle Lemon Verbena flavour that is so delicate. Nature is amazing. Once separated you can then use this golden liquid as a base for all our delicious drinks.

In a pretty glass I add ice, pour over the syrup, add spring water, a wedge of lime and a spring of lavender (if available)…its heaven!

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I hope you enjoyed your Easter and that in the dreamy Autumnal afternoons ahead of us, you’ll sip on this beautiful drink and be in heaven like me!

Remember food is your fuel…

Love Jess x