Posts Tagged ‘seasonal eating’

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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Retreat to the country for fun, food & fitness

We’re super excited about our first retreat weekend for 2013!

It’s happening again at the exquisite Foragers, Pemberton in the Southern Forests region of WA, from the 10th-12th May (Mother’s Day weekend). You can find all the details on our Retreats page, and if you’d like to join us, get in touch quickly, as places are filling up. We’re especially delighted that several of our guests from last year had such a fabulous time that they’ve re-booked to come again – we think that says it all!

It’s probably timely to share some photos and insights from last year’s Spring Retreat – but don’t just take our word for it – have a peek at the deliciously foodie blog, Carolanne’s Kitchen for a review from one of our guests (she’s also kindly agreed to share some gorgeous pics of the weekend in this space, so thank you to Carolanne – currently cooking up a storm back in Ireland!)

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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 »

Spring Quinoa Salad

Quinoa…have you tried it? Do you know what to do with it? High in protein and gluten free, this grain (that isn’t actually a grain at all) is the perfect way to add variety, as well as a powerhouse of nutrition to your diet.

Despite having a few so-so attempts at quinoa based meals in the past, i’ve recently been refining this wonderful salad and just can’t get enough of it! Read the rest of this entry »

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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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 »

Shared celebrations

Things have been a little quiet here at Équilibre as we await the birth of our second child… due to arrive any day now!

As this means that social festivities in the lead up to Christmas will be significantly curtailed for me this year, my girlfriends and I took the opportunity to organise a lovely lunch a couple of weeks ago to take time out to celebrate our friendship and the year that has been, as well as a couple of expected new arrivals! It was so delightful to share in some delicious, seasonal food on a lovely warm, sunny Sunday afternoon in the company of close friends.

I’ll have the recipes for the homemade cordials on a future blog post – everyone received a little ‘take home’ bottle as a memento of the afternoon!

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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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Food by Design

I simply adore these whimsical food designs by Brooklyn illustrator Claudia Pearson.

A beautiful way to spread the message about buying and eating fresh, local and seasonal produce…

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