Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

A Sweet Something for Valentine’s Day

{Images courtesy of Loren Ioppolo –  thanks Loren!)

Coeurs a la Crème with Strawberry, Rhubarb & Elderflower Compote

So, it’s been some time since i’ve posted here… but before I explain myself and outline our hopes and dreams for Équilibre in 2014,  I felt the need to share a recipe just to get things rolling again. After all, everyone needs more Sophie Zalokar recipes in their life, whether it be Valentine’s Day or not! Read the rest of this entry »

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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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 »

Celebrating with food (and wine!)

{Images above from Équilibre}

It was a special milestone birthday in our household last weekend. Pascal turned 40. Sounds old, doesn’t it? But then again, isn’t 40 the new 21? Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn Picnic Part 2

Autumn always makes me want to get back in the kitchen and start baking! Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn Picnic

There’s something special about autumn in Perth. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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Real muesli bars with a gourmet twist

In search of the perfect muesli bar recipe…

I know it’s popular to compare fat and sugar levels of shop bought muesli bars, and yes, despite their healthy image, in some cases you might as well be eating a chocolate bar! For me though, it’s the actual ingredient list that matters. Many popular brands have very low quality, highly refined ingredients, artificial additives and fruit that isn’t really fruit!

The only brand that I am happy to have in my pantry for snack time emergencies is Carman’s. With just a simple list of wholesome ingredients, there isn’t much to raise the alarm bells (and they don’t cost the earth in comparison to some upmarket gourmet brands).

Ideally, of course, it’s best to bake your own and take control of exactly what goes into them. Sadly though, not all of my muesli bar baking efforts have been successful, often ending up with a pile of muesli ‘rubble’ rather than nicely turned out bars!

My latest effort was inspired by Bill Granger’s recipe ‘Real Muesli Bars’ from Everyday Food. I took the liberty of adapting it somewhat, including the addition of extra flavourings like vanilla, cinnamon and orange rind – and the result was pretty good. Even Sophie tucked in to them with relish! Read the rest of this entry »