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Rocky Road With Edge

I’m all for indulging in moderation, but I’m even more for finding simple swaps to create delicious treats that are nourishing and also help to make the more indulgent cravings melt away, like a rocky road pumped full of whole food ingredients that looks and tastes like the real deal, without the guilt that often […]

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Super Food Caramel Tart

This Super Food Caramel Tart is guaranteed to win the hearts of health nuts and not-so-health nuts alike. The baked crunchy base of desiccated coconut and almond meal is sweetened with maple syrup, while the filling boasts a smooth caramel-like mixture of dates, coconut cream, coconut oil, and macadamia nuts. The top comprises deliciously dark […]

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What Do You Serve a Quest Who Hasn’t Tasted Much Australian Wine?

Last week, I was talking to a British academic at a conference dinner. He’s very used to French and Italian wines and hadn’t had much exposure to Australian wine until that trip. At conference dinners the wines are generally okay, without being outstanding. I wanted to show him some decent drops, so we headed out […]

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A Little More Café Delivers So Much More

One of my favourite things about doing café and restaurant reviews for The Beast is the opportunity to meet cool, enthusiastic people who have taken a risk by opening up a new place amongst a ton of competition. That kind of passion and determination to succeed is a beautiful thing to see in action, and […]

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ALEX’S CHRISTMAS WINE BUYING GUIDE

It’s that time of year again: buying presents for everyone. It’s always bloody stressful trying to find the right present, so here are a few tips to help you along your way… FIND OUT WHAT THEY LIKE Sure, we love to surprise someone with a gift that they weren’t expecting. But, if you’re buying someone […]

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BAKED BARRAMUNDI WITH OLIVES, TOMATO, AND SOURDOUGH

You know the feeling; you embark on a cooking mission, only to find it doesn’t stack up to what you had imagined. Then other times you keep things chilled with the ‘I’m just gonna throw this in and that in and see how it goes’ approach, and it turns out the best. Well, this baked […]

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TROPICAL MANGO BLISS BALLS – A FESTIVE VEGAN AND PALEO TREAT

I make these tropical mango bliss balls once a week throughout December, but the truth is they barely last that long. They are made with my favourite tropical fruits: mango and coconut. They are sweet, thanks to some nutritious Natural Delights Medjool dates (not to be confused with dried dates). Natural Delights Medjool dates are […]

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THE BELLEVUE DOES DINING, AND DOES IT VERY WELL

I really like Paddington. The terraces and old world vibe appeal to my sensibilities, and an evening there is something I always look forward to. The Bellevue has been standing in Paddo since 1880, and recently received a refit and revamped menu in both the restaurant and the pub. We came in with great anticipation […]

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Rum & Raisin Cheesecake – The Healthiest Boozy Dessert Ever

This is the easiest and healthiest Rum and Raisin Cheesecake recipe on the planet. Decadent and full of flavour, one slice is never enough! The firm, chewy base is made from almonds, coconut, dates, and coconut oil. The creamy filling is made with raw cashew nuts, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, rum, and raisins. This […]

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OPENING YOUR MIND AND PALATE TO ONLINE WINE CLUBS

I sold wine for around 10 years and during that time I observed the majority of customers sticking to what they know. They would buy the exact same wine each time they visited, or stick to the same variety without being willing to explore new stuff. I get it, though. There’s so much to learn […]

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