Posts Tagged ‘cooking at home’

Spring Farmers Market: Week 2

Last Saturday’s burst of Spring sunshine and warmth brought the Subi Farmers Market shoppers out of their Saturday morning hibernation in droves! Pascal had a great morning handing out samples and recipes for our Fig & Rose Muesli Bars and chatting to shoppers about Fitness for Foodies. You still have until the end of this coming Saturday’s market (31st Aug) to enter the draw to win one of 2 spots in the program!

By the time I arrived late morning with kids in tow, many of the stallholders had sold out of much of their produce – a sure sign that it had been a busy and successful day.

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Inspired by Spring Farmers Market

Spiced Roast Lamb Rump with Mint Salsa Verde and Tahini Yoghurt, Lemon Potatoes & Baby Carrots.

Fresh Strawberries with Brown Sugar Crème Fraiche.

Spring Fitness for Foodies is fast approaching, and we’re excited to be partnering with Subi Farmers Market to give away 2 complimentary passes to join us for the 8-Week Program, which commences September 2nd. What better way to start your weekend than with an energising exercise session with us, followed by a visit to the markets to get inspired and stock up on provisions for the week ahead? Be sure to stop by and say hello next weekend (24th August) when we’ll have our own stand just in front of the Info stall on the upper level!

In celebration, my plan is to create some market-inspired recipes each week for the next month, showcasing our favourite stalls and products. However, my excitement, was nearly stopped in its tracks this past weekend as i’ve been suffering from the most atrocious of winter colds and there was no way that I was going to be able to make it in to Subi.

Luckily Pascal came to my rescue and without any prompting, decided to make a few purchases while he was there bright and early to drop off the competition stand. He picked up a lovely rump roast from Macabee Dorper Lamb (and had a nice chat to Anthea about her Avon Valley Farm and sustainable farming methods) as well as some gorgeous fresh produce like baby carrots, kale, avocados and new season strawberries. It was enough to inspire me to shake my sniffles and put together a little ‘end of winter’ Sunday family dinner, full of lots of fresh flavours and a VERY simple, but sweet ending! When Sophie saw me taking photos she commented that it must be a ‘pretty good dinner, then’! Here’s the result…

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{Real} Life in Balance: The Real Food Caterer

Those who know me well would be aware that I have often had day-dreams about creating my own little catering business (especially during the years I was ‘pretending’ to work at a corporate job!) So it was with a slight pang of envy that I first heard about Wendy Marinich and her gorgeous little business Me & Mabel – a picnic basket and gift box catering company, utilising food lovingly made from scratch with wholesome ingredients, and served with a vintage garden party feel (captured beautifully by our mutual photographer friend, Jessica Shaver.)

I’m also quite enamoured by Wendy’s ‘New Parent Meal Boxes’ where vouchers can be purchased for fresh, nutritious meals and baked goods to be delivered to the door within the first few weeks of returning home with a new baby. What an amazingly thoughtful gift that would make – and another of those, ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ moments!

I’m inspired by Wendy and her approach to food and life. It resonates very much with what we do at Équilibre. So much so, that we have asked Wendy to collaborate with us on an extra special project that we have been working on for some time, and will be revealing very soon. If you’re at all interested in bringing the joy back to eating and exercise, you’ll want to watch out for more details!

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Wendy. I really appreciate your honesty and insight. You are a true Équilibrian!… Read the rest of this entry »

{Real} Life in Balance: The Journalist

I hope you’ve been enjoying this little series of interviews with real life women about their unique approaches to food, cooking, exercise, body image and lifestyle in general. You can read my own responses to the questions here and all about my Swedish friend My, here. I have more amazing women who have agreed to contribute their thoughts and am excited to share their interviews and images over the coming weeks…

I’m also keen to ensure that I present some diverse points of view from women in different circumstances and phases of life. Which is why this week, i’m delighted to present Laura Tomlinson – a young newspaper reporter who is busy making the most of her 20’s by enjoying life and building a career – but at the same time, having to learn to juggle her lifestyle while her husband works away for much of the time.

Laura first came to my attention via Facebook when I noticed that she was hanging out in many of the same ‘foodie’ oriented businesses and places that I was attracted to. Her excellent taste was only confirmed when she decided to bring her lovely Mum along to our Équilibre Retreat at Foragers last month as a Mother’s Day surprise! It was such a pleasure to meet Laura and experience her passion for good food (and wine!) firsthand. It’s quite refreshing to see someone so young take such an interest in what she eats and how it’s prepared, and no doubt she’ll go on to have a great influence on her peers (and readers). I also like her nicely ‘balanced’ attitude, perhaps it’s because she doesn’t stress out about getting the balance perfect and instead focuses on what makes her happy!

She reminds me a little of me in my mid to late twenties (long before kids) particularly her cooking style and ability to spend the day coming up with just the thing to satisfy a craving for dinner that evening. And yes, i’ve been known to read a cookbook or two in bed and oh, the food pilgrimages! I will say that there was a definite pang of envy on my part, after reading some of Laura’s responses (or shall we just call it nostalgia?)

I love, love, love the quote in the image further down below about food not being meant to be stressful, just good for the soul. No, I could never be a chef either, Laura!

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Sweet & Wholesome – a winning combination

There must be hundreds of recipes and variations for granola bars on the internet. Thousands even. Do we really need another? Most likely not… But then again, there is something about this enticing combination of simply good ingredients that deserves the opportunity to shine whenever possible, and i’m proud to have it here in my little space on the internet! Read the rest of this entry »