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Blissfully Pure Goodness – Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Balls

This month’s recipe is for Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Balls, which are a very healthy and nourishing snack for young and old. I’ve included numerous ingredient options, which should make finding the appropriate ingredients in your pantry and the supermarket a lot easier and far more cost effective. Cranberries are the star ingredients here. This was […]

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Café de France – A Touch of Normandy, In Coogee

French food is not everyone’s cup of cognac. Some see it as a bit pretentious, compared to Mexican or Italian cuisine for example, and it can be a bit heavy with all its creams and cheeses. But passion and a neighbourhood approach can make this world cuisine far more palatable, and that is exactly what […]

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Young Guns of Wine – Part 2

Welcome to part two of my five part series on the Young Guns of Wine Awards (younggunsofwine.com), which highlights some of the best young winemakers coming through the ranks in the Aussie wine industry. Alex Head (Head Wines) ‘Heady’ burst onto the scene in about 2007, quickly gaining incredible reviews for his ‘Blonde’ and ‘Brunette’ […]

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Perfect Pork Crackling + Cooking Lard

Did you known that you can derive good quality cooking fat from just one batch of perfect pork crackling? There’s no other fat easier to derive for your average home-cook than animal fat. Yes, there are lots of healthy fats out there, but can you pick your own olives or coconuts and make oil from […]

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Bondi Harvest – Detox By Day, Retox By Night

Are you living the Bondi lifestyle? If not, but you’d like to, a new café based on locally sourced produce, seasonal cooking and healthy eating is here to help you get there, one way or another. Created by Jo & Willy’s Depot owner/chef Guy Turland and his creatively minded business partner Mark Alston, Bondi Harvest […]

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The Young Guns of Wine – Part 1

Since 2007, the Young Guns of Wine Awards (younggunsofwine.com) has highlighted some impressive winemakers coming through the ranks. If you follow this column, you will have seen me mention some of them in the past. This article is part one of a five part series about these so-called ‘young guns’. Franco d’Anna (Hoddles Creek) If […]

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Choc Coconut Slice

Due to the cost and fluctuating availability of Medjool dates, I made this recipe using dried dates, which are also natural but much cheaper, and as an added bonus they’re already pitted for you. Due to the economical value of dried dates, they’re also especially good for use in big batch cooking. When it comes […]

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Little Jack Horner, Sat On The Corner

What does a little English boy sitting in a corner, messily eating a Christmas pie and partaking in a bit of self-aggrandisement have to do with a hip, new bar/restaurant in Coogee, right off the beach? Apart from a bit of rhyming slang, absolutely nothing, and thank goodness for that. Little Jack Horner is so […]

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Viognier – A Very Versatile Grape

Viognier (vee-ohn-yay) is a very versatile grape. It pops up in a lot of interesting wines, yet not many people drink much of it. Viognier is a white grape. Its hallmark flavour as a white wine is a subtle apricot. Depending on how it is made, it can be aged for a few years and […]

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Raw Cacao Workout Bar

I know there are a lot of ‘healthy’ chocolate bars out there these days, but let’s face it, they’re bloody expensive. These babies, on the other hand, don’t only provide long-lasting energy, they’re tasty as all hell and they and they won’t breqk the bank. This recipe is dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and fruit-free, with no […]

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