It’s not often that I buy into supermarket shelf marketing. I find treats and snacks so easy to make at home and honestly, I’m a control freak that likes to manage the ingredients I’m eating. That said I recently came across The Bar Counter.Read more
I really like that the ingredients are ‘real’. I tried the Portuguese chicken that was made with 97% chicken, lemon, paprika, chilli, and oregano. No artificial mumbo jumbo additives. Tick. I guess that’s one of the benefits of buying from a local market versus a big supermarket chain where often products are packed full of additives to help achieve a longer shelf life (more money, but bad for our health).Read more
This is the story of Mario Minichilli and Vincent Conti who have been friends since the age of four. Mario a chef, and Vincent having a background in hospitality, travelled the world for a few years and visited Nepal where they experienced some life changing chai. It happens.Read more
I love tea, lots of it. I drink lemon and warm water throughout the day and then alternate with herbal teas, but sometimes I want something a little more comforting. A girlfriend of mine offered me a cup of Dilmah’s almond tea one night after dinner and it’s so yummy that I wanted to share it with you. This nutty brew tastes gorgeous with some milk and I personally don’t think it needs any sweetening.
Dilmah Italian almond tea is available at most Coles and Safeway (Woolworths) supermarkets.
I am not an advocate for protein bars as I always think you can get your protein from food however, that said there’s been a lot of hype about Quest Bars from the US. They are gluten-free with no added sugar, high in fibre and depending on which flavour you try, they are under 200 calories and they provide 20g of protein.Read more
The Loving Earth brand carries a whole host of healthy and organic products and I use their organic raw cocoa powder in most of my desserts because it’s Australian Certified Organic and readily available. This cocoa powder is packed with antioxidants and magnesium and it works beautifully when you add a natural sweetener like honey in recipes to give it that touch of sweetness because unlike processed chocolate, cocoa has a naturally bitter taste. Loving Earth organic raw cocoa powder is low GI, gluten free and also suitable for vegans. It’s a must in my pantry and you’ll regularly see it featured in many recipes on my site.
Brown rice malt syrup is gluten free, suitable for vegans, and it’s made from brown rice and is therefore a complex carbohydrate that is low GI and provides energy over a slow and consistent period of time. It’s a great alternative to honey and it has a delicious natural caramel flavour. The best bit is that rice malt syrup has an amazing ability to make ingredients become crunchy when baked. This ingredient is one of my favourite baking discoveries and it’s available in the health food aisles at Coles and Safeway (Woolworths) supermarkets.
I love a good hot chocolate but I don’t like the extra calories you get from café versions of this winter comfort drink. I came across T2’s White White Cocoa when I was waiting for a friend in the city and it was pouring with rain. T2 had just released this product and had taste samples in store and needless to say it won me over. This loose-leaf white tea is flavoured with cocoa and coconut pieces and you don’t need to add any extra sweeteners. It’s simply perfect with a dash of milk and because it’s on the pricier side, it really is a nice wintery indulgence and a great alternative to hot chocolate as you know it.
Slim Pasta spaghetti is 11 calories per serve (100g), it’s low carb, low GI, gluten free, egg free, soy free, high in fibre and it’s made from a vegetable called Konjac which has been consumed in Asia for centuries.Read more
I love the multitude of flavour that can be extracted from a vast variety of chillies. You get the hot punch of a birds eye chilli that is so different from the smokiness derived from chipotles.Read more