Posts Tagged ‘food’

What’s your food personality?

What kind of eater are you?

We’ve identified a number of common categories that define different people’s attitudes and behaviour around food.

Do you see yourself (or your friends and family) in any of the following personalities? Read the rest of this entry »

Eating as an art

{Image by Jessica Shaver Photography for Équilibre}

I read an interesting opinion piece recently on how food has replaced art as high culture. While I agree that food should not replace art altogether, I don’t believe that the whole ‘foodie’ movement has necessarily been a bad thing. 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 »

Menu Planning 101

{Image: Rose & Crown}

Planning meals  for enjoyment, nutrition and ease

I’ve mentioned previously that meal ‘planning’ is a big deal in our household (or at least for me, it is!) My weekly routine looks a little like this:

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On being a Foodie and why it can be good for you

It always saddens me to hear about people with weight struggles resigning themselves to a rigid diet that denies them all the food they love, in order to lose their excess kilos.

Case in point, is the recent series in the Sunday Times, Body & Soul section about a woman in her early 30’s (having always been a yo-yo dieter) taking on a ‘body challenge’ and writing about her experiences for all to read. Katie admits to exposing herself to public ridicule as a form of motivation! She has the help of a nutritionist and a personal trainer and feels that this is her last chance to finally lose weight and start feeling good about herself.

I was dismayed when I read her plan – an extreme regime of 2 hours walking per day plus an hour in the gym. Her diet is protein heavy, including 9 egg whites and 2 egg yolks per day (yikes!), with no carbs other than a single early morning weetbix or banana, and no additional fats other than fish oil supplements. But oh yes, she’s allowed diet soft drink and sugar free chewing gum! Her comment on the food she is eating… “well, it’s not so much about flavour anymore. Food is fuel, plain and simple.” How very sad. Read the rest of this entry »

Foundations for Future Foodies

{Image: from Raising Foodies}

Our Top Tips for Cultivating Future Foodies:

  • Be a good role model for your baby in their first 6 months of life – even though they are only drinking milk, they are still absorbing everything that goes on around them. If they don’t see you eating plenty of fruit and veges, then how can you expect them to do the same, when their time comes? Read the rest of this entry »

Helping your baby to love good food

{Images: Sophie’s first ever meal at 6 mths; tucking in to some summer fruit at 8 mths}

Our little girl is due to celebrate her second birthday in just a few short months, but somehow, i’m not ready to let go of the ‘new mum’ tag. Just when you think you’ve got it sussed, around every corner is something new and unknown to tackle, but I guess thats what parenthood is all about – you never really get to take your training wheels off! Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Menu Planner

Its taken a while, but the Summer Menu Planner has arrived (just in time for the late summer heat)…

Its no secret that I love food – i’m always in search of new recipes, enjoy reading the latest foodie magazines and daresay my cookbook collection is somewhat larger than average.

When it comes to incorporating all these wonderful dishes and ideas in to daily life, its not always easy. For most of us, it can be a big ask to put together a variety of practical recipes to create meal plans with good nutrition and balance on a consistent weekly basis. It becomes far too easy to rely on old favourites or resort to impromptu take-away on the way home. I can certainly empathise with the recurring daily dilemma of what’s for dinner? Read the rest of this entry »

A new food manifesto?

This image from indecor found via Pinterest (thanks Leah) is originally from Country Living UK.

What’s interesting to me is that the featured poster was originally put out by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1914 as part of its food conservation effort for the war (WWI).

Nearly 100 years on, not only is the design timeless enough to be used in a current decor magazine spread, but the simple message of the words in the poster are completely and utterly relevant to our world today…if not more so. Read the rest of this entry »

Spencer’s Brook Farm

Michael Pollan’s Food Rule No 27 states ‘Eat animals that have themselves eaten well’…

This brings me to a fantastic foodie find that Sophie and I discovered on our Farmer’s Market visits last year. Spencer’s Brook Farm is approximately 90 km east of Perth and specialises in free range Berkshire pigs, organic Long Horned Wiltshire sheep and Dexter cattle – all raised to the highest standards of animal welfare. You can read all about the animals and how Annie Kavanagh and her family operate their farm in an organic and sustainable manner, on their website. It certainly makes for interesting and enlightening reading!

It has been a delight for me to cook with all the produce we have purchased from SBF… delicious pork sausages, spicy chorizo, bacon, pork hocks, dry aged beef and hogget…all preservative/nitrate and gluten free, carefully butchered and dry aged where appropriate, to ensure premium, tender meat. You can truly taste the difference between this and standard supermarket fare. It also tastes that much better knowing how good it is for your health, the health of the environment and our four legged friends. Read the rest of this entry »