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Barley, Cranberry, Cashew and Feta Salad

Barley, Cranberry, Cashew and Feta Salad

I love getting a hold of old-fashioned, not very utilised ingredients and then making something from them. In my mind, pearl barley fits the category. When was the last time you had barley? And how did you have it? I’ll wager that it was just a filler in a soup and that you ate said soup over a decade ago. Am I right? Barley is trying to make a quiet comeback but if you look … Read entire article »

Filed under: Healthy, Multicultural, Vegan, Vegetarian

How to Make Almond Butter

How to Make Almond Butter

Although I spent my childhood in the United States, it wasn’t until I lived in England that I learned to eat peanut butter and jam/jelly. It is OK to admit that my undergraduate days consisted of a wee bit of overindulgence in a certain amber nectar? And, is it OK to admit that those particular overindulgences occasionally left me feeling a bit worse for wear in the morning? Yes? Whew! I thought you might bail … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Condiments, Healthy, United States, Vegan, Vegetarian

In Defence of Food: Book review

In Defence of Food: Book review

“The U.N. recently announced that the number of people suffering from the problems of “overnutrition” has for the first time exceeded the number suffering from undernutrition” (Pollan 2008:xiv) As the book sits here accruing library fines (Naughty blogger!) I am finally getting round to reading and reviewing In Defence of Food by Michael Pollan. Well, I loved it. It says all the things I have always believed about the food industry and how it affects what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Healthy

Caveman Biscuits

Caveman Biscuits

While I’m not going to pretend that I have any sort of deep understanding of the Paleo Diet, I am interested in how people are trying to regain healthy lives by looking to what is or has been natural for our bodies. I am always searching for naturally sweetened desserts and snacks for my son so he feels like he is getting a treat and I feel happy he will not be doped up on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, United States, Vegetarian

Kim-chee, Bean and Peanut Salad

Kim-chee, Bean and Peanut Salad

I am starting a new category on Five Flavours called “Inspired by” because so much of what I eat is inspired by the amazing ingredients I’ve learnt about from all over the world, but doesn’t exactly fit under any authenticity labels. This salad is inspired by Korean kim-chee, a wonderful probiotic, and Indian bean salads. This is the kind of salad I discover by accident when I am searching the kitchen for something I can make … Read entire article »

Filed under: Healthy, Inspired by..., Vegan, Vegetarian

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Smoothies are meant to be healthy, but there is nothing to say that they can’t be chocolate is there? I don’t think there is a rule book anywhere. Whatever. I’ll chance it. Not only is this smoothie chocolate AND good for you, it has also been made with Fair Trade ingredients. You may not be aware, but it is Fair Trade Fortnight which I think is a great time for us to take stock of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuits

Spring is well and truly underway here in New Zealand. The sun is shining, the cabbage trees are blooming, and the peas and beans I’ve put in are starting to wind their way up the canes. It all makes you feel like getting out there and playing in the sunshine. It also makes me want to eat fresh healthy things. On one of my ‘That’s-it!-No-more-sugar’  kicks (meh, they come and go) I found a great … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian