Raw ‘Choc’ orange slice

This very healthy and delicious (a perfect combo in my humble opinion) recipe comes courtesy of Bekah Carran – artist, budding raw foodist and conveniently partner of my desk buddy Matt.  Last week Matt brought in some treats Bekah had made and we just had to get her to share the recipe with us:

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Chorizo and Leek Cassoulet with Poached Eggs

Eating from a pre-prepared lunchbox never sat well with me as a child. I couldn’t seem to trust that the food going in would be the food coming out, and often it wasn’t. It is no surprise then that I find myself cooking the majority of my lunches.

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Olive oil and honey cake

It would seem there are two camps when it comes to olive oil cakes.  Those who prefer to use a mild flavoured oil and let it lend the cake a beautiful moist texture without a strong flavour, and those who prefer to use a good extra virgin olive oil to lend the cake a distinct fruity flavour.

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Walnut Drink

In January I made my second trip up to Qingdao in China’s Shandong province. It was a short trip but we packed in plenty of good food!  Over the course of the week, our gracious hosts took us to a variety of restaurants around the city, ordering up plate upon plate of local dishes.  I had amazing tofu, lots of delicious seafood and zingy, garlicky vegetable dishes.

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Avocado ice creams

I spent Saturday with three friends and we talked food. One had purchased a juicer and was giving us a run-down on her latest concoction – pineapple, lime and watermelon.  One had cut out dairy and eggs and was talking about a plant-based diet. And one was contemplating going vegan for a period of time in order to find out first hand its effect on the mind and body

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Date and almond guilt-free slice

You’ve indulged a little too much at Christmas right?  Me too.  What I find is that you can’t go cold-turkey on the sugar, you still crave that sweet hit mid-morning or mid-afternoon.  This sweet treat is guilt-free and will trick your mind, leaving you sat-is-fied

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Pumpkin, Kumara and Lime Soup

It has been pointed out to me, in a very light hearted way that my recent recipes have been based around pumpkin. It is true, I am a little bit pumpkin obsessed at the moment. I just can’t seem to walk past the piles of them in the supermarket without one ‘accidentally’ falling into my basket and, in the case of the weekend just gone, several accidentally falling onto the floor too, thanks to my supreme effort at trying to pick the perfect gourd for our family. Alas, I digress.

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Salted Almond and Orange Blossom Water Meringues

It seems to fitting to pair meringues with almonds and the flavour of orange blossom flowers; they all share the similarities of being pale and delicate. Because of the  nature of the orange blossom, and the belief that they symbolise purity, these tiny flowers are seen as a traditional bridal flower in many countries and therefore, their presence at these auspicious occasions comes in many forms; including the traditional way to flavour to wedding cakes – what a romantic notion.

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Layered vegetarian couscous salad

Two days ago it was Waitangi Day here in NZ; a public holiday to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The weather was beautiful and so we thought what better way to spend a public holiday than at our local beach

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