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.

In My Kitchen – April 2016

I’d love to introduce you to these new products that are In My Kitchen for April 2016. This is a food challenge coordinated by  The Orgasmic Chef.


When you look to buy coconut oil look out for cold-pressed and organic on the label. Some oils are more coconuty than others, so if you don’t like the first one you taste try another one. Coconut oil is the best oil for all your cooking needs. This one is by Coconut Gold.


Great eggs which are genuinely free range and pasture fed on green grass. This means the eggs have a better proportion of good fats. By Walker Farm Foods near Maleny in Queensland.


I have given up coffee (for a little while anyhow) and I am having Kintra Food‘s Dandy Chai. It is roasted dandelion root with spices. It tastes a bit like coffee, but not really. It’s the same as saying carob is like chocolate. It’s a nice taste and a change from tea.


I’ve enjoyed using coconut flour by Well and Good. There are heaps of recipes on their website if you need inspiration for your gluten-free cooking. You can buy quinoa flour, besan flour, sorghum flour, teff flour, millet flour, corn flour, brown rice flour and tapioca starch or potato starch. I want to try their chocolate mousse cake next!

Thanks to The Orgasmic Chef for organising this online monthly event. 



Taste Test: Well and Good Muffins


Well and Good are an allergy aware company which makes a number of products which are free from gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, tree nuts and peanuts. I decided to road test their muffin mix. It was easy to use and all you needed to add was some water, two eggs and some oil of your choice. I added some frozen blueberries for flavour, but you could use raisins, chocolate chips or another chopped fruit.

The muffins were easy to mix up and put into a medium muffin tray with liners. The muffins tasted divine just out of the oven and were still good a few days afterwards. There is an option on the box to make gluten free waffles.

Highly recommended.



Food Matters Live


We enjoyed the Food Matters live seminar held at South Bank in Brisbane.

We heard Jon Gabriel talk about healing the mind and body as a way to weight loss. He guided us through a relaxation exercise. The he asked us “why would your body want to be fat?”

James Colquhoun talked about the experience of healing his dad as the instigator of making the Food Matters documentary.


The second documentary the couple made was called “Hungry for Change”. It was the first documentary to première and launch for free online. How cool is that?

Then James talked about FMTV – which he fondly says ‘It’s like Netflix® for health’.


Dr Libby Weaver was bundle of positive energy. You can watch her TEDx talk to get a taste of what she is about The pace of modern life versus our cavewoman biochemistry.

Laurentine ten Bosch then chatted with James about the twelve steps to wellness. Lee Holmes and Kim Morrison also made enlightening presentations. There were cooking demonstrations and Wes Carr finished the day with some great tunes.

It was a great educational experience with a reminder that our health is in our hands.

Food Matters. It really does.


Nickel Kitchen and Bar opens


When you walk into the Nickel Kitchen and Bar you’ll be drawn to the amazing chandelier which is made from wine glasses. A nod to the owners’ famous Craggy Range winery in New Zealand.

The décor is opulent industrial meets art deco monochrome. The black and white photography on the walls are taken from their family owned and operated winery. There is a huge bookcase with wine bottles and off to the side is a massive bar.

The menu is inspired by New York and the owner TJ Peabody is aiming to bring the concept of the brunch trend to Brisbane. In America brunch isn’t just a meal between breakfast and lunch but an all-day affair.

The ingredients are sourced from among the best of Australian produce, including chickens are from the Barossa Valley and line caught fish of the day. The menu is designed to be egalitarian with a snack menu available all day.  There are classic dishes with a little bit of a modern twist. The classic Caesar salad is made at the table.

Nickel aims to bring back memories of dining out from your childhood, when you dressed up and went out with your parents for special occasions.

Nickel Kitchen and Bar is located at 757 Ann Street in the Fortitude Valley.


In My Kitchen – February 2016

I’d love to introduce you to these new products that are In My Kitchen for February 2016. This is a food challenge coordinated by the intriguingly titled food blog The Orgasmic Chef.


First up is raw organic activated Buckinis made by one of my favourite companies Loving Earth. It contains buckwheat, nuts, berries, superfoods and other ingredients for a healthy breakfast.  The good thing is that it is gluten-free and grain-free. Buckwheat is not wheat but actually the seed of a fruit. The berry and cacao version is delicious and I can’t wait to try the other flavours.


Another one of my favourite companies is Planet Organic with their range of organic herbal teas. Spearmint is nice with some raw unprocessed honey. I’m keen to try their cinnamon tea next which is good for balance blood sugar levels.


Last up on my list of new products is The Chocolate Counter‘s Chocolate Brownie Crunch. It’s so delicious I’ll admit I ate the bar in one sitting. Surprisingly it’s lactose and gluten free with no added sugar. It’s sweetened by monk fruit juice.

Thanks to The Orgasmic Chef for organising this online monthly event. 




Free Paleo Food and Exercise Diary

Paleo Food and Exercise Diary

I’ve been looking everywhere for a free food and exercise diary which was customized towards the goals of the Paleo diet. Alas I couldn’t find anything.

I have trialed this template and found it works well for my needs. It is best if you print off three months worth and put it in a ring binder folder. It is well known that to develop a new habit it takes on average 90 days.

The left hand side is for recording your food and drink intake. The right hand side is a little more adaptable and can be used for your exercise and then doing your macronutrient sums. If you need more space to write down your calculations you can use the back of the page.

At the bottom of the page there is a summary. I write down how I feel that day and reflect on my overall health and fitness goals.

Please download the free A4 printable paleo-food-exercise-diary-template (PDF) and let me know if it works for you.

Review: Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo

Ilias the Greek

We spent a pleasant morning at the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo. It was great to see so many new brands that I haven’t come across before and there was a good variety of food, wine and travel on offer. There were just under 150 exhibitors.

The expo featured many well-known food celebrities such as Ben Milbourne, Georgia Barnes, Jessie Spiby, Carly and Tresne (all from Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules).

The 3 Bees Raw Honey

There were also a small number of food trucks, so you could have had lunch at the venue. These included Japanese pizza, Thunder Burgers, Greek, Mobile Mocktails and tempting plates of fresh oysters.


There was amazing truffles and Italian pasta, rice and tomato sauces at the Benfatti Fine Italian Foods. I wish that I wasn’t taking photos and could have purchased some of their tempting products.


I loved trying the LamHam by Silverwood Organics. It’s an artisan product which is cured and naturally woodsmoked using beechwood and fresh rosemary. Delicious.

There was plenty of red, white and rose wine options to try and you could purchase tasting glasses there.

The Really Stuffed Olive Co
The Really Stuffed Olive Co

Adults tickets cost $22 and you can park under the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for a tenner. I would like to see more stalls at future expos but the crowds were more than bearable.

The Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo was held over three days at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach.

Thank you to the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo for providing two free tickets for us to attend. 

Product Review: Naturally Nood bars

Naturally Nood bars

I am currently on the hunt for a good convenient healthy snack bar.

Naturally Nood bars are produced by the well-known Australian company Sanitarium.

I packed them in my lunchbox to have for a morning and afternoon snack. The reality is I ate them both at the same time because I was so hungry and they were too delicious!

The first one I tried was called Cocoa Lamington and it contained all natural ingredients like dates, cashews, coconut, raisins, and cocoa. It was all chocolate to me.

The second one was just as yummy and called  Cocoa-Orange-Tango. It was packed with ingredients such as cashews, dates, orange juice, cocoa, apple juice, apple fibre, and vegetable oil.

The good points about these bars are that they contain zero added sugar, they aren’t baked and there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

I bought mine from the local supermarket so they are easy to find. They contain a little under 20 carbs.

Just be a little careful of the hard nuts and eat mindfully. If you read the fine print you’ll discover they are made in Thailand.

Enjoy in moderation, as they like to say.


Product Review: Paleo Crunch bar

Paleo Crunch Raw Cacao bar

My local greengrocer stocks these new Paleo Crunch bars on their counter. They are made in the Czech Republic for a Swedish company. I bought one to try for under a fiver.

They contain 100 per cent raw organic dates, cacao, almonds, cashew, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, vanilla and Himalayan salt. The good thing is they are gluten-free and a healthier alternative to chocolate bars.