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Brownie Balls

I’ve just returned from a week at Eden Health Retreat in the beautiful Currumbin Valley. Apart from the pristine environment, plethora of activities and fantastic facilities, one of the highlights was the food.  There was no going hungry in this health retreat as we were spoilt with breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner each day – all nourishing and balanced, lovingly prepared and definitely delicious. Creating nutritious food that tastes amazing is one of my favourite challenges, and with this in mind this week I share with you my recipe for Brownie Balls. If you are endeavouring to clean up your diet and fill your body with healthy foods, these scrumptious little morsels will hit the spot if you have a chocolate craving.

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No-Knead Rosemary and Olive Bread

Who doesn’t love homemade bread, but really – how many people have the time, energy or inclination to knead the dough or the patience to wait for it to rise? You will fall in love with this recipe, in which the dough is mixed up in a matter of minutes, requires zero muscle-power and happily rises overnight in the fridge.  I teach this recipe in my Modern Australian Christmas Feast cooking class, as it is the ideal bread to bake on for Christmas Day where you are hard pressed finding a baker open. All you need is a little organisation (ie 5 minutes of your time to mix the ingredients the night before) and lashings of good butter or olive oil to serve.

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Asparagus with Fresh Herbs, Lemon & Cheese

You know spring is here when asparagus starts appearing in the shops. In this dish, asparagus sings with fresh herbs, olive oil, lemon and cheese with just a hint of chilli. A chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect match.

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Pineapple with Lime & Cayenne

Who doesn’t love a sweet, perfectly ripe pineapple? The Sunshine Coast is pineapple country and whilst us locals are lucky enough to enjoy them year round, at this time of the year pineapples are at their best.

This ridiculously simple dish can be served as an appetiser, snack or dessert, as well as being ideal picnic food. The sweetness of the pineapple marries perfectly with the cayenne pepper, lime little salt – a classic sweet-sour-spicy-salty combination.

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