Monday, 8 July 2013

Creamy Celeriac Soup


I remember the first day I heard the word 'Celeriac'. I was in a first year Food as Medicine lecture and I remember thinking - "Did she mean to say celery?" It soon became evident that this was an entirely different food and my sheltered regional upbringing was obvious! When I was asked in the supermarket this week by the checkout assistant "What's THAT?", it brought back those memories. 
Celeriac is a root vegetable in the celery family which is bulbous and has a thick pale coloured skin - which you cut off. Inside is flesh that looks a bit like parsnip really. Being a root vegetable it is packed with minerals and fibre, and perfect for soups and roasting. Give it a go! 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Dehydrated Fruit Snacks


There's been such lovely sunshine the last few days! Nothing like a frost in the morning and then sun on your back during the day. I'm loving it! I've had my dehydrator out making some snacks - which are so easy. I've had a surplus of apples so I made what Elijah likes to call 'apple chips' as well as some apple and rhubarb fruit roll ups. 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Naturally Dyed Play Dough That Smells Good Too


Play dough. What a classic! It's so inexpensive and easy to make, why wouldn't you? I don't keep food colourings in my pantry so I needed an alternative. The thing is this play dough is coloured not by chemicals, but by food.  It can also be spiked with essential oils for different mood benefits like calming, energising or focussing. It also helps kids learn that colours are all around us in nature, and that we don't need chemicals to make things colourful. Not to mention all the creativity that playing with play dough encourages. What a great kids activity!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Iron Boosting Power Salad


It's a fairly well known medical fact that kids can get low in iron easily. It's actually the main reason that  iron fortified rice cereals like Farex are marketed as 'the best first food' for babies (obviously I have other ideas!). Aside from kids, iron is essential for everyone and in high demand when pregnant or breastfeeding. Iron is used to carry oxygen around the body in our red blood cells. This means that it is essential for balanced energy levels, motivation, concentration, learning and also helps to boost our immune system's defence against infection. An iron deficient child is usually pale, restless, lacks concentration, is learning slowly, has slumps in energy and frequently gets infections. Remind you of anyone? It is actually one of the most important nutritional factors in the prevention and management of attention and behavioural disorders like ADHD. Here's some ideas for helping your family eat and absorb more iron.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Homemade Natural Chest Rub


I don't know about you, but I find coughs unnerving. A bit of a snotty nose or a scratchy throat somehow seems less complicated than a cough. I certainly meet a lot of parents with concerns about what they can do for their children who are up all night coughing and spluttering. The concept of inhalation of herbs, oils and vapours is by no means a new one. All traditional cultures have plants used for smoking, steam inhalation, chest rubs or poultice for the management of symptoms of colds, flus and coughs. This is an easy home remedy which contains no petroleum based chemicals or additives like the widely used varieties you can buy from the pharmacy or supermarket.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Green Pasta


This is a meal that plays to all my cravings at once: pasta (even if it is buckwheat soba noodles), vegetable greens, eggs and a vinegary dressing. It's also one of those meals that Dada Avocado would politely eat without commenting much on...so it was lucky it was just the little one and I home for dinner! The recipe is a variation of this one from Naturally Ella - a truly inspiring collection of recipes. So healthy! And what's more, the joy of watching my toddler eat it.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A Bright Beanie


My latest knitting project is done! This great little beanie - which in our house is referred to as a helmet. All hats are helmets at the moment. It comes with the motorbike obsession my nineteen month old has. He is frequently seen with something on his head, a pair of rubber gloves covering his hands and his gumboots on his toes, delightfully pushing along on his trike. It's a great game!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Eating, Crafting and Growing Another Babe


I'm back. Not that I've been away. I've just been busy, or too tired, or too preoccupied. You know how it is. I'm very excited though, because in the Spring (in Australia) we will have a new family member! So my days are currently spent making the most of the day time sleep my darling toddler still has. This often involves napping myself. Today however it brings me the pleasure of getting a move on with this beanie I'm knitting Elijah for winter. More on that when it's done.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Lactation Cookies



It's approaching sixteen months since I started breastfeeding. I'm extremely proud of the achievement and the gift that I have given my baby (and now toddler). My milk has been changing lots lately after returning to two full days of work. I've been thinking lots about the pros and cons of actively weaning. I still haven't come to any revelations. What I do know is that my little boy has been sick - stopped eating for the last three days and relied almost entirely on breast milk. Thank goodness for still lactating! I actually made a batch of these cookies before this happened, as if I had some kind of foresight that I'd be needing more milk. They also make a great gift for a new Mother or to take to a baby shower/blessingway. 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Walking the Labyrinth


Better late than never to say Happy New Year everyone. Welcome 2013, may it be happiness and health filled. I wanted to share with you one of my favourite new year and meditation rituals. Walking the Labyrinth.