Updated from original post: 25 July 2013

This is a guest blog by Lauren Glucina of Ascension Kitchen. She kindly shared her insights on homemade chai now the weather is cooling down. Lauren is a Sydney based Holistic Health & Wellness Coach & Certified Raw Chef. She is a strong believer in feeding your body and your mind with the purest, simplest foods, and the happiest, most positive thoughts. She advocates for an organic, whole, plant-based diet sprinkled with lots of vibrant raw foods.

 

Nothing is more comforting than a hot cup of homemade chai tea during winter time!

Traditionally Chai is made with a mix of masala spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black peppercorns. These traditional spices assist in digesting oils and fats, support you through any digestive issues and help you flatten out that belly. They are all considered detoxifying.

Ginger
is a natural remedy for digestive ailments such as gas, indigestion and nausea. It is warming and stimulates circulation. It is also anti-inflammatory.

Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, a carminative and eases gastrointestinal spasms, indigestion and flatulence. Continue reading




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Healthy Home Made Pizza Recipe

Our lovely friend and guest blogger, Georgia of Bare Bunny, is sharing with all of us just how EASY it is to whip up a delicious home made pizza using her Organic Pizza & Flat Bread Mix alongside real, fresh ingredients! This simple pizza recipe is sure to satisfy many bellies…!

Georgia Bamber (founder Bare Bunny):

Everyone should have a weekly pizza night.  It’s fun, everyone loves it and it’s easy.

But I am not talking about the kind where you reach for the phone to call your local delivery service. I am talking about a pizza night when the whole family gets together to have some fun making their own.

Now I know this sounds a bit more complicated than ordering a pizza over the phone.  But did you know that actually it only takes about 15 minutes of hands on prep time to make homemade pizza?!  It’s a quick, easy, much healthier dinner option and so much better than anything the delivery man will bring you!

Organic Pizza & Flat Bread Mix

Here’s what you will need to make a healthy home made pizza:

Healthy home made pizza recipe instructions:

  1. Prepare the pizza dough: Combine the pizza base mix with 350ml warm water in a large bowl. Bring dough together and kneed for 5 minutes on a flat surface.
  2. Leave the dough to rise back in the bowl for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into 4-5 pieces (for individual sized pizzas) or 2 pieces (for large pizzas), and shape them into balls.
  4. Roll out each portion of dough on a floured surface or on baking paper lined on a baking tray. Leave pizzas to rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Top the pizzas with the tomato passata/paste, cheese and toppings of your choice.
  6. Cook for 7-10 minutes, until crust is golden around the edges.
  7. Devour with good company!

 

 

 

(Photograph: @foodies_digest using Organic Pizza & Flatbread Mix)




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SimplyClean loves Hydrogen Peroxide!  If you didn’t already know, hydrogen peroxide is a fantastic germ & mould killer, super biodegradable and it’s earth-safe and used in two of our natural cleaning products.

Just to show you just how earth-safe and biodegradable this ingredient is, we’d like to take you back (way back for some of us!) to high school chemistry……. The formula for hydrogen peroxide is H2O2. When it biodegrades it breaks down to just water (H2O) and oxygen (O2).  That means it is 100% biodegradable and leaves nothing but the stuff we drink and the stuff we breathe. Wow!

The other great thing about using hydrogen peroxide in natural cleaning products is that it biodegrades really quickly – so once it’s killed the bacteria and mould, it breaks down to water and oxygen and doesn’t hang around as a residue.

Simplyclean has developed 2 spray products using the amazing hydrogen peroxide; Simply NO Mould® and PureClean®Bathroom & Shower.  Both of these products kill germs in your home.  Simply NO Mould also gets rid of mould in the shower and, unlike the big brand chlorine-based products you find in the supermarket, there are no dangerous fumes and no harmful residues.

When you use these products, look out for the “SimplyClean Fizz” as this tells you the hydrogen peroxide is killing germs, and oxygen is being released as the product biodegrades. The more the fizz, the more germs are being killed.  If you get lots of fizz when you use it around the toilet it does not mean you have a dirty house!  It just means your previous cleaning products weren’t doing a very good job!

SimplyClean is 100% Australian owned and made and they are experts in creating cleaning products with exceptional performance, based on the simple philosophy that less is more. They only use the purest, essential ingredients to give you the best results, so you get a healthy, green, outstanding clean.

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Easter is another busy time of year full of feasts, gatherings and entertaining! But don’t worry – we’ve got your healthy easter recipes covered! From raw chocolate eggs & spelt hot cross buns, to nutritious sides & salads, and more!  Take a look through our collection of a few delicious and  healthy ideas to help you cater for friends, family & guests over the Easter period:

Kale Ricotta Tart Recipe

SIDES & SALADS

Fill up the feasting table with a tasty and healthy range of options to get everyone feeling full and satisfied!

 

Apple Cranberry Muesli Bake RecipeBREAKFAST & BAKED GOODS

Baked goodness…including 3 different recipes for Hot Cross Buns!

 

Raw Chocolate EggCHOCOLATEY GOODNESS

What kind of Easter is complete without a bit of chocolate?! Except you can go without the refined sugar and added nasties when using these “raw”/no-bake chocolate recipes…

 

White Bean DipSNACKS & FINGER FOOD

A few yummy little numbers to tie you over in-between meals or before the main feast!

Don’t forget to pop over to our online organic store for all your ingredients: www.goodness.com.au

Happy Easter

 

 

 




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Non-Dairy Alternative Milks

There’s no question that non-dairy milks, ie. plant-based or “alternative” milks, are up on the rise! Whether it be for dietary requirements, health properties, ethical reasons and/or taste preference, alternative options to dairy milk are becoming increasingly more and more popular in both homes as well as cafes.

Non-dairy milks certainly bring a particular difference to your coffee experience, in both taste as well as texture. For those who have trouble in knowing what’s what, or who simply need help in the decision to make the switch, our great friends at Sacred Grounds have conducted an in-house test using three different alternative milk options with their delicious organic coffee!

The Sacred Grounds team selected three of the most popular non-dairy milks in the market to assess:

…their results are below…

 

SOY MILK

Pure Harvest Soy Milk

Taste Profile
Slightly sweet and nutty

Health Benefits
Soy is a great option for those wishing to avoid dairy and nuts, it also contains protein levels that are almost on par with regular milk. The Pureharvest Soy Milk is organic with no added sugars, pesticides or preservatives and is gluten-free.

Using with Coffee
Steaming soy milk can be hard but not impossible. It’s the most commonly served alternative milk in Australian cafes, so if your local barista can master soy, so can you!

Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well.

 

 

 

Milk Frothing

When steaming the milk, place the steam arm off centre and with the nozzle just below the surface so that you hear a slurping noise. If you hear a loud pitched scream then your nozzle isn’t getting enough air. It’s important to hold this position firmly while frothing the milk. This will help achieve a thick creamy texture.

Be careful not to overheat the milk as it will cause the soy milk to separate. Bang the jug on the counter a few times after frothing to help flatten out any bubbles.

 

 

 

ALMOND MILK

Pure Harvest Organic Almond Milk

Taste Profile
Slightly sweet, nutty

Health Properties
Almonds naturally contain vitamin E & B, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, and healthy fats.  Like soy, the Pureharvest Almond Milk is organic with no added sugars, pesticides or preservatives and is gluten-free. This one in particular is made from activated almonds.

Using with Coffee
Almond milk is quickly rising in popularity throughout the coffee world as an alternative to soy. Out of the three milks, we found that this almond milk textured the most similarly to milk; meaning that we were able to get some good latte art to form.

Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well. Similarly to soy milk, you have to be careful not to overheat Almond milk as it can separate. Bang the jug on the counter a few times after frothing to help flatten out any bubbles.

 

COCONUT MILK

Pure Harvest Coco Quench Coconut Milk

Taste Profile
Subtle coconut flavour, rich, slightly sweet and creamy

Health Properties
Coco Quench is made from a delicious balance of organic coconut milk and rice milk. Coconut milk is high in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that is easily absorbed and used by the body for energy. The fats from coconut milk complement the sweetness of rice milk, while the complex carbohydrates in brown rice reduce the richness and high saturated fat that is typical of pure coconut milk. The Pureharvest Coco Quench, is organic and is gluten, cholesterol and lactose-free.

Using with Coffee
While coconut milk is the least commonly found alternative milk in your local café, that doesn’t make this any less favourable.  In fact, out of the three milks, we found the coconut milk to be the creamiest.

Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well. When steaming, try to get as much air as you can in first 5 – 15 seconds. This will help to froth up the coconut milk to get a thick creamy texture. Pound the jug on the counter after frothing to flatten out any bubbles.

 

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Non Dairy Alternative Milks

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Pancake Day 2016

Every day is a great day to eat pancakes.

But there is one day in the year that surpasses them all, PANCAKE DAY! (or Shrove Tuesday as it is more traditionally known.)

Shrove Tuesday might not appear big on the holiday calendar but for over 1000 years people have been making, eating, and even racing through the streets with pancakes, to celebrate the last day before the beginning of Lent. This year, Pancake Day lands on Tuesday, 9th February 2016.

Why pancakes?  Well, of course they are delicious, and what better food for a feast than a huge pile of hot golden pancakes?  But the real reason behind the tradition is that Shrove Tuesday was the last chance for households to use up all the perishables in the larder before the 40 days of Lenten fasting in the lead up to Easter.

Turns out, pancakes were the perfect dish to use up all the eggs, fat and milk.  And so lucky us, PANCAKE DAY was born.

Now we might not all be about to embark on a 40 day period of fasting and penance, but we can take the chance to take stock of our lives and to nod politely to traditions of the past by EATING PANCAKES!

Who doesn’t love a holiday that gives you an excuse to eat one of your favourite foods? (Easter anyone?)

Now we want to make the most of this pancakefest, so what is the best way to eat them?

Do you like them the more traditional way – thin crepe-like pancakes squirted with lemon juice and sprinkled with sugar?  Or do you prefer them American style -fluffy and dripping with maple syrup?  There are so many different toppings, flavours and add-ins to choose from.  Get creative and have some fun.

In the Bare Bunny kitchen we have tried a lot of different ways to eat pancakes and our favourite pancake recipe is, hands down pancakes with banana and chocolate chips…. Or was it the pancakes with the cinnamon swirl?  Both so yummy it is hard to decide.

Here are both the recipes, so you can decide for yourself.  (for these recipes and more visit www.barebunny.com.au)

PANCAKE RECIPE with BANANA & CHOC CHIPS

Bare Bunny Choc Chip Pancakes

Ingredients

Method:

  1. Mix together the milk, egg and banana in a bowl
  2. Add the pancake mix and gently stir until just combined
  3. Carefully stir in the chocolate chips, and you are ready to go
  4. Heat a pan over medium heat and lightly grease with butter or oil
  5. Dollop spoonfuls of batter in the pan to make pancakes of desired size
  6. Leave to cook for 1-2 minutes until they begin to bubble and the underside becomes golden
  7. Gently flip and cook for another minute
  8. Devour!
CINNAMON SWIRL PANCAKES

Bare Bunny Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

Ingredients:

For pancakes

for Cinnamon swirl:

Method:

  1. First make the cinnamon swirl mix by combining the butter/oil, sugar and cinnamon. Place in a small zip lock bag ready to pipe and set aside
  2. Thoroughly mix the egg and milk in a bowl.
  3. Add the pancake mix and stir gently until combined
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and lightly grease.
  5. Spoon pancake batter into pan
  6. Snip the corner of the ziplock bag containing the cinnamon mixture and make a swirling pattern on the top of the pancake
  7. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the pancake begins to bubble and pop
  8. Flip the pancake gently and cook for a minute or so more
  9. Turn the pancake out onto a plate
  10. Eat… I can’t tell you how good these are!

Bare Bunny Pancake Mix

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