The Big Fat Fix – Film Review


The Big Fat Fix is a documentary about food, health and fitness. It is independently produced by British Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and former international athlete Donal O’Neill.

Donal has produced two other documentaries on the low carbohydrate and high-fat diet called ‘Cereal Killers’ and ‘Run on Fat’, but this one is my favourite of all of them.

The documentary begins in the Italian town of Pioppi where we hear about the Mediterranean diet and how it has been misconstrued by the media and Dr Ancel Keys. There is no Mediterranean Diet – the Greek word ‘diaita’ actually means ‘lifestyle’.


Dr Malhotra demonstrates clearly how inflammation impacts on the arteries and heart health. He then talks about his prescription for avoiding and turning around obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It is possible to turn around the disease process and become more heart healthy in just 21 days.

Donal addresses functional fitness and leds Aseem through some fitness activities in a natural park with logs, rocks and trees. (He calls in tabata but it looks more like movnat to me). They talk about the benefits of vitamin D, sleep, quality olive oil, fatty acids, local produce, avoiding sugar and the re-engineering of wheat.

The Big Fat Fix is a great introduction to the low-carb, high-fat lifestyle. You can download and stream the documentary from the website.

Bean Brewding Self-guided Coffee Tours


Bean Brewding have just released a self-guided Brisbane CBD coffee tour.  You can use their handy guide which includes a map and all the contact details of eight of the leading coffee spots. You’ll be able to explore some of Brisbane’s best independent coffee styles, roasters and café environments. You can use the guide in your own time with your friends or family, or during your breaks at work with your colleagues.

This exclusive guide will allow you to have one free coffee and give your 10% off your next Bean Brewding coffee tour.

Download your copy of Bean Brewding’s self-guided Brisbane CBD coffee tour here.

Kooee! Grass Fed Jerky


My husband is a huge fan of chilli and has been exploring how hot he can handle it. We were looking forward to trying the two spicy flavours of Kooee! Jerky.

We rated the Habenero chilli as 4.5 out 5 hot, while the smoked chipotle was rated a more moderate 2.5 out of 5 hot. This Tasmanian-based company makes beef jerky in other flavours, like classic sea salt and native mountain pepperberry. They use Tasmanian beef which is raised free-range and 100% grass-fed, which might explain why the beef jerky is so tasty.

The Kooee! beef jerky is a high protein, paleo-friendly and gluten free snack. It doesn’t contain soy, gluten, added sugar, preservatives or GMO products like some of the jerky you will find in the supermarket.


I love eating jerky and this one is definitely moreish. I found myself finishing a whole packet in one sitting! The slices of dehydrated beef offer a nice balance between the spicy chipotle, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar and sea salt.

The jerky is healthy and convenient to carry around with you, so you could put it in your backpack for bushwalking or take it to work. Each 30g packet contains 15g of protein. The meat is easy to chew through and bite off because it is cut against the grain. You won’t feel like you are chewing like a cow!

Kooee! Beef Jerky is produced in small amounts and is sold at the Hobart Farmers Markets and Launceston Farmers Markets. It’s lucky that you can order Kooee! Beef Jerky from their online shop at

Ekka Launch 2016


I had a blast at the Ekka Media Launch. I munched my way through freshly cooked beef sliders, a dagwood dog, chips and a strawberry sundae. While I was provided with a taste of the exciting entertainment and new things to do at the 2016 Ekka.

The Ekka 2016 will be held over ten days from Friday 5th to Sunday 14th August 2016. The Ekka show day falls on Wednesday 10th August 2016.


If you’d like to find out about what’s new at this year’s Ekka, head over to the article I wrote for Weekend Notes.

For more information and to purchase tickets head to the Ekka website.


In My Kitchen – July 2016

I’d love to introduce you to these new products that are In My Kitchen for July 2016. This is a food challenge is not on this month officially, but is usually coordinated by  The Orgasmic Chef .


I love this smooth peanut butter by Pic’s. They use only Australian peanuts from Kingaroy and freshly roast them in Nelson, New Zealand. If your peanut butter is made from peanuts in another country than they may be sprayed with a toxic chemical mix, which is now thought to be a contributing factor in peanut allergies.


I’m keen to try out Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free brownie mix. This American company has a great reputation for producing allergy and intolerance friendly food, including the hard to find gluten-free oats. (Oats in Australia are usually cross-contaminated with gluten containing grains).


How insanely good is this cashew cheese? This jar of Peace, Love and Vegetables is a fantastic cheese substitute which doesn’t contain soy products or taste like rubber. It’s heavy on the garlic, but I adore it. In addition, it’s gluten free, organic, probiotic rich and vegan.


This paleo living superfood cereal is packed with goodness. It’s made by Pura Veda a company that makes all natural, allergen friendly, Australian made plant-based products. It contains buckwheat, sunflower seeds, linseed, millet, pepitas, poppy seeds, chia seeds, amaranth and quinoa. It’s best served soaked first.

Thanks to The Orgasmic Chef for organising this online monthly event – I hope you return soon. 



5 Things to Do in Germany with an Aussie Man


With Germany through to the next round at UEFA Euro Cup and hot favourites to win the football tournament you might be tempted to find out more about this beautiful European place. Germany is an amazing multicultural country which is steeped in history. The people are reserved but welcoming. If you need to convince your boyfriend or husband to travel to Germany on your next holiday, I’d like to tell you about the five best things to do which will appeal to an Aussie man:

  1. If your man is anything like mine, his first priority will be to unwind from his flight with a beer. Book a brewery tour with one of the many well-known German companies depending on what type of beer he prefers. Some of my personal favourites are Erdinger – the world’s largest wheat beer brewery, Holsten in Hamburg which is known for its pale larger, or Löwenbräu in Munich – a popular choice at Oktoberfest. German beer is strictly regulated and brewed based on a traditional recipe and fermentation technique which leads to a distinct aroma and taste you are sure to enjoy.
  2. While in Germany your man may want to hire a German car he’s always wanted to drive, like the latest model Audi, BMW, Porsche or Mercedes-Benz and test it to the limits on the Autobahn. Here you’ll find no federally mandated speed limits. Before you leave Australia he can practice his driving skills on the latest Need for Speed or Gran Turismo video games which are based on real autobahn tracks.
  3. Print off some Google maps and take a self-guided walk along the remains of the Berlin Wall. This famous concrete structure has mostly been torn down, but the trail remains popular with walkers and cyclists. You’ll find information panels along the way to highlight each area. The best place to start is at Checkpoint Charlie which was designated as the single crossing point for the Allied forces. Then follow the trail to see the Schlesischer Busch Command Post. Make sure you stop at the East Side Gallery where you can see over 100 murals, graffiti artworks, slogans and tags. This is the ideal place to practice your selfies. Then find out about the gristly history of Niederkirchnerstrasse and finally end your trek at Berauerstrasse.
  4. You may like to take a guided tour around the Olympiastadion in Berlin, which was originally built for the 1936 summer Olympics. It is Germany’s largest stadium and regularly hosts international football matches and rock concerts. Learn about it’s amazing history through a multimedia guide of the stadium and park. Usain Bolt broke the 100m and 200m world records at this stadium. It was here that Jesse Owns won the long jump in the Olympics and was the first male African American athlete to gain a sponsorship deal (with Adidas).
  5. Germany has the second most decorated Michelin star restaurants in the world. You will fall in love the hearty and healthy food. The country is well known for their traditional sausages with a phenomenal 1,500 different types which contain only the best meat as allowed by law. Eat your way through wursts of all kinds, pork knuckles, dumplings, spätzle and potato frites. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a slice of authentic Black Forest cake soaked in kirsch.

I hope you find some inspiration from these tourist activities which are unique to Germany. These ideas may help to persuade your better half to book some tickets.


50 Reasons to Not Own a Smartphone


I love my current Nokia dumb phone with its week-long battery life and inexpensive pre-paid plan. But I’m lucky that I only use my mobile phone to make emergency phone calls and to send the occasional text.

Over the last month, I’ve considered buying a smartphone with a new phone plan. I’ve been absolutely bamboozled by what’s the best brand to buy, what features I want and trying to work out the best value plan to be on. I weighed up all the pros and cons of buying an unlocked phone outright and going prepaid, or going on an expensive two-year plan.

In the end, I decided I was better off staying with my trustworthy ‘dumbphone’ Nokia for a little while longer anyhow.

Here are my reasons to not own a smartphone:

  1. I can go out to lunch and pay full attention to the taste of my food and authentically listen to my dining companions.
  2. I don’t wear an ugly plastic fitness tracker.
  3. My watch doesn’t need weekly charging.
  4. I don’t get a nasty surprise or dread when I open my phone bill.
  5. I’m not bothered by how many virtual ‘friends’ I have or worried when they leave my Facebook or Instagram account.
  6. I can’t take a bad selfie and regret posting it online.
  7. I have never missed a train stop because I was distracted.
  8. I can’t look at work email after work hours.
  9. I don’t have the hassle of working out the complexities of the right settings to sync my phone with my home computer to back up all the data.
  10. My eyesight hasn’t deteriorated from reading tiny size text.
  11. I didn’t get RSI before I turned twenty or have niggling phone injuries like a crinked neck (also known as text neck, mobile phone elbow or cubital tunnel syndrome).
  12. I don’t regret wasting hours playing candy crush, bejeweled or angry birds.
  13. I don’t have random dreams about people from high school because the day before I saw a photo of them on Facebook but haven’t seen them in real life since I graduated.
  14. Sometimes the mysteries of the world will remain like that because I can’t Google it straight away.
  15. I have no idea what Kendall Jenner wore yesterday.
  16. I don’t mind where I sit in a restaurant and if the lighting is good enough to take photo.
  17. I’ve never dropped my phone in the toilet and had to ring the phone company embarrassed to ask for a replacement phone.
  18. I don’t worry about how much storage space I have left and which photos or songs I’ll have to delete.
  19. I’ve never lost my entire digital music collection by accident.
  20. I don’t wrestle with tangled ear phone cords every morning.
  21. I’m not worried about being busted for illegally downloading the latest season of Game of Thrones.
  22. I honestly couldn’t care less if I lost my phone.
  23. My phone fits in all of my pockets and handbags.
  24. I don’t waste money accessorising my phone case with what I am wearing.
  25. I don’t have to search the house for the right cord to back up my data.
  26. I charge my phone once a week on the weekend.
  27. I don’t need tweezers and a magnifying glass to put my sim card in.
  28. I don’t have to update my apps every second week.
  29. I’m not worried about my ex-tracking me down through GPS location settings or being robbed when I am on holidays because a criminal could work out that I’m not at home.
  30. I don’t need to go on a digital detox, I’m already on one.
  31. I’ve never had that sinking feeling of dropping my phone on a hard floor and picking it up to see if it still works.
  32. I’ve never had to get a cracked screen fixed at a dodgy outlet.
  33. I don’t worry about my phone’s camera accidently being on or butt dialing my boss.
  34. I don’t meet creeps through dating apps and I don’t get woken up in the middle of the night when those said creeps want a booty call.
  35. I can see where I am walking and don’t bump into random strangers.
  36. I don’t have a pile of unread eBooks which I downloaded because they were a good price.
  37. I don’t have greasy finger marks on my screen.
  38. I can go to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.
  39. I don’t spend inane amounts of time pinning pretty images to Pinterest to never use them again, and I don’t care if I pronounce Pinterest correctly.
  40. I never get interrupted watching a movie I was streaming because the Internet dropped out.
  41. I don’t have to worry about my co-workers finding out about my eclectic taste in music or obsession with Crusoe the Dachshund.
  42. I don’t have to hide what I am doing when sitting next to strangers on the train.
  43. I don’t have second thoughts about whether I used the right emoji for the context.
  44. I can hand my Nokia dumb phone to my nieces and laugh as they try to swipe the screen.
  45. I’ve never been embarrassed about skype videoing someone on the other side of the world.
  46. I’ve never split coffee on my phone.
  47. I can go to work and not check my phone obsessively between breaks and meetings.
  48. I don’t have to remember mundane passwords to all my apps.
  49. I don’t have an app which measures how much time I spend on my phone and tells me when I need to take a break.
  50. I’ll never get caught texting while driving.

Could you live without your smartphone or is it time you had a digital detox?


Book Review: One Pot Favourites by Pete Evans


I own a few of Pete Evan’s paleo cookbooks and I love them all. I was keen to see if his latest cookbook ‘One Pot Favourites’ lived up to my expectations.

The cookbook features one hundred meals to roast, braise and slow cook. You can adapt the recipes, but you may like to invest in a slow cooker or pressure cooker.

All of the recipes are paleo friendly, so they don’t contain dairy, legumes, grains or refined sugar.


We tried the tikka masala recipe, but swapped the chicken for lamb. The instructions were easy to follow and dinner was delicious. We served it with steamed rice, but to keep it paleo you could use cauliflower rice.

There are chapters devoted to vegetables, seafood, poultry, pork, lamb, goat, game and beef. You’ll be tempted by recipes for creamy cauliflower and coconut curry, whole roasted salmon with lemon and herbs, congee, Jewish penicillin (chicken soup), duck vindaloo, and porchetta with crispy crackling. The recipes come from all around the world from Bali, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia, France, Ethiopia, Peru, South Africa, Jamaica and the Middle East.

I’ve bookmarked a few recipes for dinner next week and I can’t wait to try another hearty meal from this cookbook.

Highly recommended.

One Pot Favourites by Pete Evans is available to purchase from Dymocks online or in one of their book stores.

Coconut Pancakes


We enjoyed these coconut pancakes for breakfast with coconut yoghurt, real Canadian maple syrup, and lady finger bananas. It was  a delicious way to start our holiday.

Coconut Pancakes

1/2 cup Well and Good coconut flour
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/4 desiccated coconut
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup coconut milk
3 eggs, at room temperature, lightly whisked
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus extra to serve
coconut oil, for cooking
sliced banana, to serve

  1. Preheat a non-stick pan over a medium-low heat.
  2. Place the coconut flour, arrowroot, coconut, baking powder and vanilla essence together in a bowl and whisk by hand until well combined.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add all the remaining ingredients except the coconut oil and banana.
  4. Slowly whisk them together until well combined and smooth, then let the mixture stand for five minutes, or until it thickens.
  5. Melt the coconut oil in the frying pan and then pour some of the batter onto the pan making pancakes the desired size.
  6. Cook pancakes in batches for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and golden.
  7. Serve the coconut pancakes with sliced banana, coconut yoghurt and maple syrup.

Thank you to Well and Good for allowing us to try the coconut flour. 




Design your own chocolate with Chocolab


Who doesn’t love chocolate?

Well imagine being able to create the chocolate bar of your dreams. It’s true, you can do it with Chocolab! You really can be just like Willy Wonka.

To start with you select the type of Belguim chocolate base you want to use – milk, white or dark. Then you can select from hundreds of ingredients to create your own unique personalised bar. You can create your decadent chocolate bar with up to five ingredients like spices, fruit, biscuits, nuts and all your favourite sweets from childhood.

I went with a dark chocolate base, and added cinnamon, passionfruit powder, Ovalteenies, raspberries, and candied orange peel.


My customised chocolate bar arrived in the post and I couldn’t wait to try it.

It was super delicious. The chocolate was first class and smooth. I was happy with my selection – the flavours married together well.

You could create a chocolate bar for Mother’s day, give them out as Wedding favours, or simply buy one for yourself.

Design your own chocolate and have it delivered direct to your door by express post. Head over to and create the bar of your dreams.