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Winter inspirations

As winter draws to a close, we’d like to share what we’ve been up to and what’s tickled our fancy of late… Read the rest of this entry »

Équilibre Christmas Gift Guide – For Foodies

I think Christmas gift giving should be all about that little something special. It doesn’t have to be expensive,  just thoughtful, unique and something the receiver wouldn’t usually buy for themselves. New tastes and gourmet treats are a good choice and can be truly savoured and enjoyed over the holidays – a chance to slow down and really appreciate the good things in life. Homemade goodies fit the bill nicely, but when you don’t have time to cook or create, here are some favourite local picks to satisfy and surprise the foodies in your life…

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Équilibre Christmas Gift Guide – Cookbooks

Christmas has crept up on us once again (as it tends to do these days) and I thought it might be fun to put together a few gift ideas that resonate with our food and fitness ethos. Cookbooks today, followed by foodie and fitness ideas, finishing with some homemade gift inspiration. (Don’t let anyone stress you out with the term ‘last minute’, there’s still plenty of time!)

I love cookbooks, and over the years they have become my all time favourite thing to give (and receive!) I like to think that not only am I gifting something aesthetically lovely to look at, it can also be used to provide culinary inspiration for the recipient and may even help them to create new memories and food experiences with their loved ones.

These days, there are so many beautiful cookbooks from all over the world that would be worthy additions to any collection, however, I wanted to focus on a couple of new local publications that I have a soft spot for…

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A new twist on menu planning

We are of the belief that one of the best things you can do to take control of your health and wellbeing is to start cooking at home and get in the habit of shopping and planning your meals. Forget the magic pills and potions that promise quick and easy results, this simple back-to-basics practice, done consistently, will provide fantastic long term benefits for you and your family. Anything you cook at home, regardless of whether it has the ‘perfect’ nutritional make-up, will be so much better for you than a packaged freezer meal, take-away or meal replacement (no matter how healthy the label claims it to be!)

We’re not saying this way of cooking and eating is easy all the time, especially if you’re not a natural cook or organisation isn’t your strong point. I’m the first to admit that finding the time to select recipes, put together a balanced menu plan for the week, create a shopping list, do the shopping and then have everything ready to cook at the right time – even if your recipes are simple – can be somewhat overwhelming at times (especially if you have very young children, have had very little sleep and are trying to grow a business!)

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Foragers – Pemberton

When planning our business, we envisaged being able to offer a series of special events including a weekend retreat, and we’re delighted to announce that it’s about to become a reality this spring…

When we say retreat, we’re not talking weight loss camp or gruelling military boot camp, or even spa weekend. What we had in mind was a relaxed gathering of like-minded people learning about and sharing in good food and wine – fresh, seasonal and locally sourced. Exercise would play a part, but mostly in combination with exploring the natural environment (so you don’t actually notice it) and to build a hearty appetite that makes good food taste even better! The idea is for guests to come away feeling energised and inspired to maintain that same feeling at home.

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We’re on Pinterest!

I’m largely a visual person, so when Pinterest first came to my attention earlier last year, I decided to embrace it. Yes, it’s another form of social media (and one that has the potential to chew up a lot of time!) but I like to think of it as my online ‘vision board’ – a place to collate images and articles that inspire me, represent who I am at this point in time and where I want to be in future. I also appreciate the fact that it is largely a very supportive and positive community – there is even a pinterest etiquette in place, and you have to wait for an ‘invitation’ to join – very civilised indeed!

Recently, I recognised the value of Pinterest as an inspirational resource that we can use to share with our Équilbre friends. In effect, becoming a practical representation of what we stand for…

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Homemade and from the Heart

My husband happens to be a non-believer in Valentine’s Day. So, much to my dismay, I have never been the recipient of chocolates or roses on the 14th February. Secretly though, I happen to agree with him, particularly as it has all become so commercialised – simply a chance for shops to push multitudes of kitschy overseas made trinkets and restaurants to fill seats with overpriced set menus.

It is, however, refreshing to see a groundswell of good folk who are seeking to redefine Valentine’s Day as a day not just about romantic love (and expensive gifts), but also one of  friendship love and self love. And others who are simply pushing for a more traditional, homemade version of the day.

For my part in this mini revolution, i’ve decided to put together a list of inspirations for celebrating Valentine’s Day truly from the heart instead of the hip pocket! And of course, they all just happen to be food related, as in my mind, there’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a beautiful, home cooked meal… Read the rest of this entry »

Foodie Links to inspire and delight

{Images above: Mother-daughter tea by Kjrsten Madsen for Kinfolk Blog (top); Food Glorious Food art print from Ellis Benson (middle); Picnic spread by Katie Quinn Davies for Real Living Magazine (bottom)}

Although i’ve been pre-occupied of late with all the preparations that come with welcoming a new baby in to the Équilibre family, I have managed to put together some links from the ‘world of food’ that have recently caught my attention and felt worthy of sharing… Read the rest of this entry »

My dream foodie destination

Allow me a little self indulgence, if you will…

Being 6 months pregnant and in the midst of establishing a business, a trip overseas is not an option anytime in the near future. The only travels I am partaking in at the moment are ‘flights of fancy’ from the comfort of my living room…

I’m dreaming of… the smell of a freshly baked Parisian baguette (with oozy, ripe cheese) and a visit to Laduree for authentic, jewel coloured macarons; lying on an exotic beach somewhere with fish wrapped in banana leaves over an open fire for dinner and a coconut infused fruit cocktail in hand; the heady scent of spices from a Moroccan market – tasting the street food and taking in the vibrant colours and all the hustle and bustle…

If I had to pick a destination based purely on foodie inspiration, i’d have to say Brooklyn, New York. Why? Well, for a borough of New York once known only for it’s foot long hot dogs and cheesecake (!), Brooklyn has established itself as the centre for many artisanal food producers, all of whom share a passion for the sustainably grown and homespun.  Time and time again I come across examples of interesting little Brooklyn businesses focused on quality food and services – all with a little touch of creativity, innovation and passion for what they do. It appeals to my sense of aesthetic and makes my heart sing to find such a true celebration of all that is good about food.

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Fabulous Foodie Giveaway!

At Équilibre we like to embrace new technology to the extent that it can help us with our business and ease of everyday life. But when it comes down to it, we are really traditionalists at heart and love nothing more than a beautiful leather journal to record our hand written notes, doodlings or pictures of what inspire us – things that we love, our hopes and dreams for the future. Read the rest of this entry »