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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
Meat – organic/grass-fed etc: P&O organic butchers, located in the city in the David Jones basement in Food Glorious Food, and also on Magill Road. The Magill Road one is far more useful if you are looking for the more ‘uncommon’ parts of meat.
Coconut Oil – available in several places in and around the Central Market, but for the best value/selection I go to Goodies and Grains in the Central Markets (Gouger St side).
Coconut Flour – order it through the health food store in Burnside Village.
Spices/nuts/dutch pressed cocoa/agave nectar – Goodies and Grains in Central Market
Brisbane and Queensland
Grass fed beef: Super Butchers have a wide selection of grass-fed beef.
Queensland Natural Beef at Toogoolawah have grass fed beef, lamb and pork
Gympie St Terrace Butchery is the place to go. You can even order nitrate free bacon before hand. It’s all grass fed and local meats.
My Butcher in Duke St also stock some pretty darned nice beef
Eumundi has an organic butcher as well
Canberra and Australian Capital Territory
Coconut flour: Healthy life, Woden Westfield. IGA Deakin
Griffith shops has an organic butcher
Mountain Creek Whole Foods
Nut Shoppe at the Fyshwick markets good for coconut flour and oils and nuts
Melbourne and Victoria
Supplements and stock Wicked Whey (choc) and Naked Whey (unflavoured), which are good, clean, locally-made, grass-fed whey protein products – Great Earth
Kefir – Polish deli at Vic Market
Rendina’s Butchery in Balwyn sell a huge range of organic, bd and free range meats, including home made smallgoods (and are lovely people).
The Vic Market is great with loads of super fresh organic veggies, nuts and spices, and the Chicken Pantry in the shop section sells free range and some organic poultry and game. McIntosh’s sell organic coffee beans.
Cherry Tree Organics in Beaconsfield are butchers selling their own organic/bd lamb and beef as well as pork, chicken and smallgoods. They also have vegies and some fruit and order bath milk for anyone who likes to take milk baths. They also stock True Organic butter and cheeses.
I get coconut flour, flakes, and a couple of different brands of oil from Go Vita Berwick
Perth and Western Australia
Free range eggs – Wanneroo markets, local IGAs have Kalbarri eggs
Pork Crackle- there’s a local brand called Alan’s Pork Crackle, based in Maddington, you have to hunt down which local IGAs or Farmer Jacks stock them!
Spices, alternative flours, chia seeds etc – Wanneroo markets,
Coconut flour – Health Kick stores have Nui brand, can ask them to order it in
Coconut oil – Health Kick stores, and some Friendlies Chemists have them too!
Cocoa powder Green and Blacks- Health Kick stores
Grass Fed Beef at Subiaco’s farmers markets and frozen raw cows milk
Sydney and New South Wales
Grassfed beef: Hudson meats in Surry Hills is almost exclusively grassfed. Additionally, I just asked my local butcher, Michael’s Meats (very well priced, in the Surry Hills shopping village) whether his meat was grassfed and he said that almost all of it is. Additionally, Eveleigh Markets near Sydney Uni on a Saturday has a grassfed beef stall (Greenhill Organic meat).