Gluten-Free Sourdough Hot Cross Buns Recipe

This year I’m not that bothered about chocolate for Easter, but I really wanted to give gluten free hot cross buns a go as my little treat to have with a cuppa over this lovely long weekend.

Gluten-free baking is still very new to me (I’ve never really been much of a baker in the first place), so I trawled through google to get an idea of the sorts of flours to blend together to make gluten-free buns that aren’t dense, heavy and rock-like.

This recipe was an experiment that turned out pretty bloody deliciously. Although the texture is similar to a scone, they are still a lot fluffier than the pre-baked GF equivalents I’ve tried in the past.  Continue reading

It’s not Miri’s… it’s mine! Miri’s Chocolate Orange Smoothie Recipe

I’m happy to admit, when I make a recipe I love, I always want to brag about it. Case in point, not only is this smoothie recipe delicious, if you can’t be bothered making it yourself, you can head down to Sun & Earth Organics, New Farm (my work), and I can make it for you, because I made such a big deal about it that we put it on the menu.

This recipe is great because the only thing sweetening it is the fruit and the tiniest bit of stevia in the protein powder, and the jaffa flavour comes from fresh orange zest, orange juice, and beautiful, raw cacao powder.

I have proudly converted choc-orange non-believers to this smoothie and surprised many a sweet-tooth by how yummy this is, with absolutely no additional sugar.

Best of all, you get to watch me make the recipe instead of reading it – it’s super easy, I promise!

So here it is, in all it’s jaffa glory;

Miri’s Chocolate Orange

Detox without doing a ‘detox’

At this time of year I often notice that the ads for detoxes and cleanses really ramp up as we all start our New Year’s Resolutions to be healthier and happier. Ads that promise you’ll have more energy, lose weight and all you have to do is drink a tea, take a pill or a powder – doesn’t that sound great?

Now, while not all detoxes are as effective at helping your body to detoxify as others, if you really feel like you want to (or need to) detox, instead of just boosting the function of your detoxifying organs, why not look at why you need a detox in the first place?

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4 Tips to Shake Yourself out of a Winter Food-Rut

To my own complete annoyance, I have a tendency of getting into a food-rut from time-to-time. Either I find a few dishes and make them every few days or so for weeks on end, or things just get so busy that it’s easier to just stick to the one dish each lunchtime than spend time being creative to come up with something new. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m eating toast every day, but I’m certainly not getting the wide variety of foods that I know would be of more benefit to me health-wise, as well as keeping life interesting. The reality is, really, I just get into a headspace where everything seems ‘too hard’, or takes ‘too long’ to be worth the effort.

It’s funny, because while all this is going on, I’m annoyed because I actually don’t enjoy eating the same thing day-in, day-out. That’s why the whole ‘Sunday cook-up’ ‘meal-prep’ thing just doesn’t work for me. I know that some of you couldn’t survive without that ritual, but my food habits and tastes are much more spontaneous than that, so having the same meal for every lunch and dinner each week is by far the last thing I could do on purpose.

The wider variety of foods that you eat, the wider array of nutrients you eat. It’s a food mantra that (for the most part) inspires me to try new things, be creative and be mindful of the food I have in my kitchen. So when it hit me that I’ve been having the same gluten-free instant noodles with soup and mackerel for lunch every day at work for the past six weeks, I knew I had to snap out of it, be purposefully aware of my habits and find inspiration to shake things up. Continue reading

Cook Like a Pro! (aka. Flavour Bases That Will Make Anyone Think You’ve Got Your Shit Together)

The thing about being a grown-up, is that, even if you aren’t the sort of person who cooks, you may find yourself in a position where you need to cook for others. It might be for some friends after a sunny Saturday at the markets, some in-laws, or for a sexy date you’ve been seeing lately, but, every now and then, it happens. Now, I’m not saying that you need to “impress” people (it’s just not my bag to think that way), but when it comes to food, I want to enjoy all of my meals and for those I share with to enjoy them too. There’s something uniquely satisfying about sharing love with your food and magically silencing an entire table in a unison of gratification.


But, sometimes that can seem like a daunting task of endless dirty dishes – and nobody like dishes! While, I am known to use every pot and pan in the kitchen occasionally, in my experience, you can make some incredibly impressive food that does just that with hardly any effort or mess at all. Continue reading

Homeostasis: Finding the Balance

Originally posted on Kaleidoscope Blog

One of my favourite things about science and nature, is that everything strives for balance. This balance is called ‘homeostasis’ and it describes the process that finds the “happy medium” in all things, almost as though nature itself is aiming for moderation.

I really connect with the process of homeostasis. Our body is a fantastic example of homeostasis in action; all it wants is balance. Our body temperature, for example, has dire consequences if it gets too hot or too cold, so there are safeguards in place that cause us to sweat when we get too hot – as the air around us will feel cooler on wet skin – and shiver if we are too cold – the involuntary action creates heat as our muscles move. It’s an innate function of the body to fine tune this balance because it protects our cells from damage, keeping us alive. Personally, I think that alone is incredibly cool.

It is the same for other processes in our body; our blood sugar, our hydration levels and the strength of our bones are some more, incredibly important and impressive, examples of nature being aware of and striving for balance, helping every function occur at peak efficiency.

I think of homeostasis like those old-fashioned scales, tipping back and forth gently until they hit the “sweet spot” which tells you how much the item weighs. It doesn’t take much to unbalance the scales, but there is always a way to bring it back to the middle.

The thing with health these days, is that we get so caught up in the superficial things that we give ourselves unrealistic goals and expectations, which in the end, cause us more grief and hinders our health even further.

Especially as someone who has studied nutrition and writes a wellness blog, I have felt an overwhelming pressure that I had to look, eat and be a certain way in order to be respected and relevant; to be “healthy”. I didn’t (and still don’t) have a perfectly toned body, and I rarely drink smoothies, let alone load them full of superfoods and eat them from a bowl, so I worried that I didn’t have anything inspiring to contribute – I wasn’t like everyone else. But when I truly thought about it, I realised that my expectations for myself were completely out of line with what is right for my body. They were unrealistic and unattainable without me causing myself a lot of psychological turmoil.

This is how homeostasis helped me.


On one side of the spectrum, there are the food and lifestyle habits that are clearly unhealthy; emotional eating, avoiding exercise, eating processed foods, not eating enough fruit and vegetables and being unaware of your body’s needs. We all know that these behaviours can have a negative effect on our overall health. On the other side, we have the strict rules and restrictions of diets, “clean eating” and movements like paleo and raw vegan. Of course, there are a wide array of benefits and ethical considerations to a lot of “diets” out there, but for some people, imposing strict rules can be incredibly detrimental, and lead to a psychological condition called Orthorexia Nervosa; an excessive preoccupation with healthy eating and behaviours.

I split these two sides into their extremes because that is exactly what they are. When we live at either extreme, we are at a high risk of harming ourselves, even when one extreme seems healthier than the other. There is a tiny percentage of people who can happily live their life at these extremes and be healthy, but they are a rarity. For most of us, extreme behaviours can harm us, which is why homeostasis is so important. Understanding that you and your body are different to other people is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, because it highlights the individuality that is so often forgotten with blanket terms and rules created by each “diet”.


There are a few things that are a must as far as I am concerned, but as you’ll be able to see, they aren’t hard and fast rules. Instead, they can easily be adapted to your life, and so they should be.


A minimum of five serves to be exact. I’d happily say that this is my most strict rule, but it truly is important to ensure you’re getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.


Yes, even if you’re vegan or vegetarian. Nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains are great protein-foods to add to your vegetables no matter what your diet is. They are full of fibre, vitamins and minerals too!


At least 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes at a time. Find stuff that you love to do and make the time to do it. It will break down your stress hormone, cortisol, and increase your happiness and motivation by increasing your endorphins.


2-3 litres a day is a great benchmark for water intake, and isn’t hard to achieve if you put your mind to it. Our bodies are made of 60% water after all!


Whether it’s eating food that isn’t healthy, being lazy, eating too fast, abusing drugs and alcohol, spending time with negative people or just criticising yourself too much, find a way to change the habits that you know aren’t serving you into ones that do. It’s hard to break habits, but it is possible, and who knows, you might find something to replace it with that you enjoy even more than the short rush you initially get with your bad habit.


Having said that, there are some circumstances where sometimes the healthiest thing you can do is to eat something for the sake of eating (because there is no other option) and accept the circumstances and the poor quality of what you ate. The stress you put on yourself worrying about whether or not it is “healthy” or what you “should” be eating can often exacerbate the effect of the poor food choice itself, and if your only other choice is to not eat for several hours, I’d prefer that you eat.

We often forget that our psychological health is just as important as our physical health, and the energy surrounding our food choices contribute just as much to our health as the nutrients we are consuming. If we take our health choices too seriously, the guilt associated with breaking rules not only contributes to the overall levels of stress in our bodies, but allows our emotions to be ruled by food, often encouraging emotional eating.

Being not only ok, but content with the person you are, the body you have and what works best for you is the best move you can make with your health. In the end, it is your body, so if you can become attune to what it needs, you are truly nurturing your own homeostasis and the person you are meant to be, which to me is what health should be.