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Thinking Outside the Barrel: Alternative White Grapes

In Australia, we’re only used to a few different grape varieties. In the whites, we’re all pretty aware of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Riesling and Semillon (and blends of some of these), and in the reds, we tend to stick with Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In this series of articles, I’m […]

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Raw Chocolate-Coated Rice Cakes

I made these amazing raw chocolate-coated rice cakes for a children’s party last week and, since there wasn’t a crumb left, I decided it was worthy of sharing. This recipe is inspired by some dark chocolate-coated rice cakes that I found in the health food store recently. Because my children loved them, I thought I’d […]

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Golden Smoothie Bowl

Mango season is almost over for another year, so we need to make the most of these nutritious tropical treats however we can. I generally increase the mango quota in the latter part of the season by buying in bulk, peeling them and freezing the cheeks, and then whipping them out to savour when we […]

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Blanca Makes Its Mark

Established in January 2017 by legendary chefs Tomi Bjorck and Samuel Cole, Blanca, meaning ‘blank canvas’, has allowed these creative culinary craftsmen to cleverly combine Mediterranean flavours and fresh Australian ingredients with a traditional Japanese cooking style. My guest and I arrived at Blanca early on a balmy Wednesday evening, the space already humming with […]

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Half Bottles of Wine – A Great Way to Explore New Drops

Australians love to drink, but most of us aren’t very adventurous when it comes to our choice of beverage. Most of us will generally drink whatever is put in front of us, but when we’re buying we tend to stick to the same thing. Many of us won’t buy bubbles or dessert wine, for example, […]

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Easy Beef Brisket – Perfect for the Family or a Long Summer Lunch

One of the easiest ways to feed your family a nourishing meal is to use a slow-cooking cut of meat. Along with lamb shoulder, pork shoulder and beef short ribs, beef brisket has become a favourite – this Easy Beef Brisket recipe is no exception. Apart from being more affordable than your standard muscle-meat cuts, […]

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Peach, Asparagus and Mint Salad

Salads are such a lovely way to enjoy stone fruits and really up the impressive factor in a meal with zero fuss whatsoever. A personal fave of mine is to include asparagus in a salad because of the contrasting sweetness and crunch – it’s just so delicious! This gluten, dairy and sugar free peach, asparagus […]

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Bringing the Streets of Veracruz to Bondi

The last time I reviewed a Mexican joint for The Beast was way back in 2014. It was a fantastic restaurant called Mr Moustache, which unfortunately was only around for a year or so. When I discovered that my beloved Nando’s on Hall Street had shut down and was being renovated, I prayed for something […]

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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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