Le Cordon Bleu Master, Chef Samantha Gowing

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12Oct
2017
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The Kitchens honey cake with apricot cashew crème

Did you know that at Robina Town Centre there are 36 bee hives? Did you know that over a third of our global food supply relies on pollination by the honeybee? At The Kitchens our neighbourhood honey comes directly from the bees to you. If you’ve ever been to one of my cooking demonstrations (usually Thursday, […]

07Oct
2017
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Fragrant chicken curry

This easy fragrant curry is a great weekend recipe crowd pleaser and was a hit at this week’s catering for Sue’s 70th. Make yourself and great curry paste of buy a prepared one and boost all the flavours with additional Asian ingredients. Bruise the lemongrass stalks with the end of the knife and tie into […]

07Oct
2017
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Asian salad of poached chicken

2 small organic chicken fillets, skin on 1 spring onion, halved 2 slices ginger, about ½ cm thick ½ red chilli Sprig coriander 1 ½ cups cold water 2 tablespoons lime infused olive or macadamia oil 2 tablespoons vinegar Good pinch of salt Salad 100 grams green beans, stalks discarded, cut in half ½ cup […]

15Sep
2017
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Smoked trout salad with turmeric cashew dressing      

On a freezing Melbourne winter’s morning I popped into town to do a quick demo for GCBC, here’s what we prepared earlier. Smoked trout salad with turmeric cashew dressing             Serves: 4  Prep: 30 minutes For the salad 300 grams smoked trout, bones removed, shredded 100 grams assorted tomatoes, quartered ¼ cup macadamias, roughly chopped […]

01Sep
2017
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A Sample of Remy Tancred

Remy Tancred deserves a regional Oscar for amplifying awareness to unprecedented heights about the glorious bounty the Northern Rivers of NSW has to offer. Her extensive background in editorial and publication led her to Sample, a series of events that unite an entire region, feeds the community, and showcases the extraordinary diversity of growers, produce and people […]

30Aug
2017
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The hijacking of nutrition

A myriad of claims feed contemporary society that clean eating can make you live longer, decrease cancer risk, or boost energy. There is a long history of marketing products that capitalize on teaching people to eat right, which itself transcends the dietary advice itself. Teaching people to eat right can alleviate their morals, improve their […]

19Aug
2017
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Gravlax, minted pea, feta with mushrooms

This easy cafe style breakfast is just the ticket for your back pocket. Learn to make it in the comfort of your own home and save a few bob on breaky. For the mushrooms 1 tsp macadamia oil 1 tsp butter 1 clove garlic, sliced 4 Swiss brown mushrooms, sliced 2 sprigs thyme For the puree 100 […]

08Aug
2017
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The Top 10 Healthy Things to Do in Byron Bay

People always ask me for healing recommendations in Byron Bay so I thought I’d share my top 10 treatments, tips and tastes to stay tippity top. These are plates and places that are walking distance around town, affordable, and help to heal stress related symptoms. Nurture 1. Dolphins No matter the season, they’re always around […]

05Jul
2017
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Winter aduki, pumpkin & tamarind curry

Here’s a cracker of a winter warmer that will give your digestive fire a damn fine stoking. Believe it or not, this was the first recipe I ever created using food as medicine in the year 2000! The recipe is in my book The Healing Feeling but never made it to the website. So here […]

17Jun
2017
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Dragon fruit coconut crumble

Here’s a gorgeous dragon fruit coconut crumble dished up for Saturday brunch today at Australia’s epicurean epicentre The Kitchens! The brilliance of pink dragon fruit cactus – also known as Pitaya – stains so many an Instagram post, but this alternative to a breakfast bowl is just the ticket for winter. I hope you enjoy. Dragon […]

07Jun
2017
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The Breakfast Pizza

I know, I had you at pizza, and you’ll never leave once you’ve tasted this healthy take on an ol’ school favourite. My love for pizza started early, in 1971 to be precise. ‘What was this round flying salty saucer like bread thing?’ my five year old self wondered as I spat out an anchovy. […]

09May
2017
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The Meltdown. Why I practice Bikram yoga.

Surprisingly, it’s almost three years since I wrote this blog post, which means I have been a member of the melting set who thrive in the hot room for just as long. Time flies when you’re burning up. This morning I returned to the practice. Unlike many devotees, I cannot practice this form of yoga […]

12Apr
2017
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Vanilla poached pears in red wine

Here’s a lovely pear to warm your heart, ignite your agni and tickle your tummy with a whole lot of Byron Bay goodness. This photo shoot with Nelly le Comte was generated to capture the colours of autumn. 4 organic pears 250 ml water 250 ml red wine 100 g coconut sugar 1 vanilla pod, split and […]

10Apr
2017
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Easter fig and nut loaf

Here’s a healthy twist on Easter made easy with the Bakery Boss. This is a soft, fragrant, gluten free loaf, bursting with the scent of dried figs, vanilla and crunchy nuts. I served it with pink pepper and marinated feta. Makes 1 large loaf using an 18cm Le Creuset Rectangular Bakers Stoneware Dish Prep 20 […]

19Mar
2017
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Seven Byron Bay dishes you must try

GINGER TURMERIC BEER, ELIXIBA BOTANICAL BREWS Brewed in nearby Tweed Heads, this botanical brew is the perfect integration where healthy treats meet good times, sold at Byron Bay’s new Elixiba. A groundbreaking taste of things to come in plant-based cuisine. I was a publican for eight years in Melbourne and never did we have such […]

05Mar
2017
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Otherhood

 A road less travelled The old girl from Ongerup half-choked on a yabby at my confession. Wide eyed, jaw on the floor, she sat by the 40 gallon drum fire in outback Australia. Speechless. A silence so awkward that anyone would think I’d confessed to have been Charles Manson’s wing man. Her hubby shuffled up joyfully […]

22Feb
2017
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Garden Girl – Elisabeth Kingman

In the glorious greenhouse that is my life, there are a bounty of friendships that plant, bloom, harvest or go to seed, just like the cycle of life. I have had the great pleasure of fertilising many a laugh with my friend Elisabeth for plenty of apple seasons, and although we do not enjoy the fruit of our labour together as […]

22Feb
2017
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Raw almond feta salad

This pretty little salad requires up to 48 hours to prepare all of the components. Do not despair, make the raw feta and the activated spicy tamari, maple sunflower seeds and buckwheat in advance so you have them on hand to assemble a nourishing breakfast salad, a pretty work day lunch, a very special romantic […]

14Feb
2017
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Byron Bay Love Cake

This is the cake that doesn’t quit sugar. It’s always in full bloom and is as rich and sexy as it sounds. Nearly every visitor to my home over Easter or Christmas has had a jolly good dose of my love and now it’s your turn. This gluten-free indulgence has been such a crowd pleaser […]

13Feb
2017
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Chocolate fondants with minted raspberry salad

Chocolate fondant with Saucis Aucis’ Naranja Pedro Ximenez & Fino Sherry This recipe, inspired by Chef Matt Moran, and wine paring have been devised for an assignment as part of the final blog submission for the Le Cordon Bleu unit Food & Wine Technology as part of the Master of Gastronomic Tourism degree. The purpose of […]

02Feb
2017
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The science of detoxification

Back in my nutrition student days, circa 2000, I used to jest that it was all uptox-downtox, retox-detox. Primarily because I was still living in Melbourne and hanging with the nicest, if not the wildest people! Our late night antics seemed as though they went for days. A hangover from my former life as a publican desperately […]

01Feb
2017
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FebFast: Liver a little longer

Function, Fad or Fashion – How to turn your scepticism into belief when it comes to healthy eating. The thing about common sense is that it’s not very common. Take Michael Pollan’s healthy dose of wisdom, ”Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”, for example. It couldn’t be more straightforward yet year after year the […]

27Jan
2017
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Chinese New Year seafood dumplings

Kung Hei Fat Choi! It’s Chinese New Year and this year we celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster. “This year is special, full of expectation,” said Zhao Li, director of the China Culture Centre in Sydney. She said the rooster is proud and confident, hardworking and punctual. “Fire by its very nature is the element […]

19Jan
2017
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Glamingtons – Australia Day Lamingtons

Happy Australia Day! Margaret Fulton – who is our grand dame of cuisine Down Under – reckons that this popular Australian cake was thought to have first been made for a tea party for Lord Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901. Over the years Margaret judged a lot of lamington competitions […]

26Dec
2016
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Twice cured ocean trout & horseradish dressing

This festive favourite is always a hit. My recipe was inspired by this one by Jamie Oliver. I prefer ocean trout as flavour is more subtle than salmon, allowing the nuances of both cures to shine through. Allow up to 3 days to complete the process, and if you have more time, then keep curing for […]

09Dec
2016
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Raw & Wild Chrissy Puds

This raw and wild recipe was inspired by a Christmas post that you can find right here. I was stoked to find it online as I wanted to use up a few superfoods and dried fruit I have kicking around my fridge from the last few months of cooking classes, corporate events and recipe development. I have modified the […]

02Dec
2016
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Pomegranate, raspberry & wild orange chocolate bark

This is great snack to have on hand that shouldn’t have you reaching for too much more. A slither or two is usually enough to give you that bitter sweet feeling. With the extra punch of sour pomegranate and kick of cayenne, this one’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Makes about 450 grams. 250 […]

01Dec
2016
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Chicken quinoa san choi bao

Here’s a healthy take on a Chinese favourite. Perfect for a beach picnic on Christmas Day or to use up leftover turkey on Boxing Day.  Makes about 16 lettuce cups 700 grams organic chicken mince 300 grams quinoa, rinsed well 1 x 375 gram can water chestnuts, drained, roughly chopped 1 med-large knob ginger, peeled, […]

26Nov
2016
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Buckwheat, mushrooms & wakame

Did you know that buckwheat is actually a fruit kernel? Buckwheat (Fagopurum esculentum) comes from the common dock and rhubarb family, however it is often categorised as a grain. It belongs to the goosefoot species (Chenopodiaceae) that includes quinoa spinach, rhubarb, beets and sorrel. Most people would know the buckwheat flour used in American breakfast pancakes […]

26Nov
2016
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Baked fennel, ancient seeds, tahini mustard dressing

Healthy festive flavours with fennel and friends just in time for Christmas. For the salad 1 cup mixed quinoa & amaranth cooked in 2 cups water 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon orange zest 1 teaspoon grated turmeric Salt and pepper to taste For […]

25Nov
2016
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Open Garden Mawallok

Along the sprawling Golden Plains of Victoria rises the historic Western District property Mawallok. Resplendent with a 2.5-hectare garden designed by renowned landscape architect William Guilfoyle in 1909, the garden features serpentine paths, sweeping lawns and impressive vistas across the lake designed by Sir John Monash. When my ol’ school buddy of 41 years Zarby […]

17Nov
2016
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Sauces & Dressings

Here are a few favourite condiments, sauces and dressings from my spa food files. Macadamia satay sauce ½ cup macadamia nuts , ground to fine meal 1 cup coconut milk Juice of lime 1 tsp chilli puree ½ knob ginger, finely chopped 1 tablespoon tamari 1 tablespoon tamarind paste • Process in blender until smooth. […]

16Nov
2016
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Chef Sam Gowing’s luscious ruby red salad

The Beauty of the Beets. Jane Grigson referred to beets as a “bossy” vegetable, due to their powerful colour, which may permeate all corners of the kitchen.  Yet it’s not just the colour that holds power, their healing properties are mighty and when combined with culinary flair, may provide superb warming menu ideas. Beets have […]

08Nov
2016
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A Cream Come True

In December 2014 Pam Burnett slipped through my front door with the style and grace of a catwalk model. This elegant woman with her subtle South African drawl was seeking my help. She had a big idea – Cream Workwear – and I immediately knew it would be a great success – in time. Like a well […]

05Oct
2016
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A Class Act

Each one should teach one When it comes to the new wave of health foods and associated activities available on the market, integrity can be as thinly spread as Nutella on a slither of sourdough in a Sunday surcharge saturated seaside cafe. If you lack the X factor – also known as a jolly good dose of […]

04Oct
2016
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Byron Bay Cooking School

Thinking Christmas Parties? Then think about a culinary corporate challenge! Our popular Byron Bay Cooking School is just the ticket for executive team building events and festive breakout sessions. Here’s a reminder of what we’re up to around the Byron Shire. MEDIA RELEASE Australia’s Leading Spa Chef Cooking for Corporate Wellness and Team building September […]

08Sep
2016
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Quinoa, olive & caramelised onion loaf

Baking healthy loaves for my friends and clients has become a much loved pastime. In the beginning of my healing cuisine journey c. 1999 it was such a challenge to work out how to make wheat free, yeast free or dairy free breads and cakes. I have been mucking around with what was once an unheard […]

06Aug
2016
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Freek Out! Trout, beluga lentil, freekeh, horseradish dressing

I promised the team at Breville a special recipe for their Food Thinkers website so here it is! This recipe is the perfect all year ’round hot salad that makes a fancy mid weekend dinner, a substantial entrée or a part for a great shared platter main course. I have used Woodbridge hot smoked ocean trout available from the […]

02Aug
2016
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Gut and Polish

In through the out door Finding the right mindset to write this little piece of peace has been a challenge until I found myself with a loose end. Be warned, the next few paragraphs might be filled with more bad jokes and a rare teaspoon of crass. Oh, and you will need to pass me a swear jar. […]

29Jul
2016
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Are the Hipsters hijacking your health?

Feature image credit The hijacking of nutrition There is a myriad of claims feeding contemporary society that superfoods can make you live longer, decrease cancer risk, or boost energy. There is a long history of marketing products that capitalize on teaching people to eat right, which itself transcends the dietary advise itself. In California, Chez […]

11Jul
2016
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Lemon, chickpea, spinach fettucine with parsley pesto

Cold winter nights call for quick and easy dinners. This simple supper is a great quick fix, comfort food for two. My friend Nelly le Comte shot this lovely photo for a shoot we did back in 2014 for Sunburst. I have used olive oil instead of Sunburst here, and you can use a tin […]

01Jul
2016
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Italian Chilli Fennel Steaks with Balsamic Relish

This is Geoff Jansz’ wonderful all-year-round recipe that I prepared earlier for a shoot. It is perfect for a glorious winter’s day in Byron Bay such as the one that is peeking through my window. On a recent trip to Melbourne it felt colder than Berlin and took a few extra days to acclimatise back to […]

19Jun
2016
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The Teff Word

Teff is a teeny tiny grain, smaller than a poppy seed yet a giant when it comes to nutritional superiority. Originating in Ethiopia, the homeland of the great Haile Selassie the last Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. A fun fact you might not know – but really should – is that Ras Tafari was Haile Selassie’s […]

16Jun
2016
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Why you should stop charging an hourly rate

If you’ve ever been self-employed in the healing arts or other creative health pursuit then you’ll probably agree that one of the biggest hurdles is knowing not what to charge, but how – and when. The path of the freelance health and wellness consultant is paved with good intentions, manifestation and hope, however hope does not pay the bills. If […]

14Jun
2016
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Sammy’s Lemon Aid

Using food as medicine to transition through the seasons Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) suggests that to keep the winter chill out we should enjoy an abundance of warming food. These ingredients have a healing effect on our bodies by heating our internals and keeping the cold at bay. Chestnuts, aduki beans, quinoa, pumpkin, lima beans, […]

12Jun
2016
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Miso Love You!

How to use miso. There are different kinds of miso including rice genmai, kome; barley mugi and soybean hatcho. The suffix refers to the grain that has been inoculated with koji before it is blended with the soybeans. Koji is a culture used as the catalyst in the traditional Japanese fermented foods. Hatcho miso has no grain added so takes longer […]

11Jun
2016
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How to make your own almond milk

Howabout making your own almond mylk this year? It’s super easy, ultra  delicious, cheap and best of all it’s an unprocessed wholefood. The commercial varieties contain harmful oils like sunflower and are packed in aluminum-lined tetra packs. Firstly 2 cup almonds 
- insecticide free or preferably organic, skin on 6-7 cups filtered water – more or […]

31May
2016
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Paleo wild orange & cacao jaffa loaf

It’s hard to believe that winter is on our doorstep here in Byron Bay. A glorious Sunday visit to my dear friend Alex in Coorabel who is just in from Peru – and me home from the Maldives – made for an enlightening catch up, and a bounty of citrus from the orchard that is her […]

14May
2016
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Maldivian Love Cake

Macadamias, coconut & lime = sublime! This beauty has been upscaled to her new five-star spa home at Six Senses Laamu, in the glorious Maldives right where she belongs. Although not a traditional Love Cake like this one, I could not help but name it after the love that is this incredible island. So this […]

13May
2016
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Six Senses Laamu’s Pumpkin Flatbread & Tropical Toppers!

Dolphins swim along the seashell dappled shores of Six Senses Laamu. True story! I have seen them with my own scuba diving eyes! There must have been at least 40 of these frolicking friends when I ascended from my first ocean dive in over a decade, thanks to the good folks at Ocean Dimensions here […]

10May
2016
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Graduating Gratitude

Here’s an extract from the Keynote Address for the Endeavour College of Natural Health – Melbourne ceremony May 6 2016. “It is with immense pleasure that I stand before you. Just six days ago I sat in anticipation just as you have waiting for my name to be called so I could officially graduate as […]

27Apr
2016
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Gland To Meet You

The Pineal Gland – The Glad Eye  The pineal gland has long been regarded as the location of the Third Eye and even has its own rods, cones and interior retina. It is thought to be a natural hyper-gate or trans-dimensional access point throughout the ages. The ‘third eye’ is considered by Indian mystics as […]

17Apr
2016
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Sunday frittata of bacon, tomato and basil

This dish is always a hit and great fodder before a morning in the surf or an even better protein boost afterwards or as a tasty snack throughout the day. Always better the next day it will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge. 1 tablespoon macadamia oil 2 onions, peeled, finely sliced 5 […]

06Apr
2016
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The White Lotus – Sarah Foley

Naturopath Sarah Foley the founder of White Lotus Cleansing Retreats, is a pioneer of detox retreat programs in Byron Bay. With over 20 years experience in the wellness spa industry, Sarah has co-directed Byron Bay Detox Retreats and was the resident naturopath at the award-winning Gaia Retreat and Spa. She now runs her own specialised retreats and workshops […]

05Apr
2016
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Zucchini flowers with turmeric cashew cheese

Zucchini flowers usually blossom in the late summer months in Australia. They used to be the domain of restaurant plates however with a little patience and a delicate hand, you can prepare them at home. The Greeks do a wonderful version stuffed with rice and spice, some chefs use a ricotta or other soft curd, but […]

02Apr
2016
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Salad of Ongerup yabbies, samphire & nam jim

A glorious road trip down south for the IGA Taste Great Southern festival last month took me to the tiny town of Ongerup via Albany proving that our great southern land is truly magnificent, resplendent with malleefowl, kangaroos and emus crossing deserted highways and winding roads up to the Stirling Ranges. Catching yabbies and marron for […]

01Apr
2016
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The Age of Vulnerability

Previously, when I was 49, the prospect of turning 50 was simply another excuse for a good time. Now don’t get me wrong, it sure has been that. Opening with a visit the Great Southern region of Western Australia to cook a long table lunch for 40 new best friends, followed by one helluva festival […]

10Mar
2016
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The Mighty Microbiome

An Introduction to the Human Microbiome by Elizabeth Bolam There has been a lot of talk recently about gut bacteria, intestinal flora and the microbiome, but what does it all mean and why is it now being acknowledged as a major contributor to our health? The human microbiome includes all of the microbes (bacteria, viruses, […]

25Feb
2016
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How to rate a restaurant

The ink had barely dried on food writer for The Australian John Lethlean’s review of Hill of Grace (or Hill of Disgrace as no doubt it’s been dubbed) when up popped MKR contestants-turned-restaurant-reviewers Chloe James and Kelly Ramsay in a fabricated furore over an unflattering review in the west. Closer to home and just up the street in Byron […]

14Feb
2016
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Karma Sutra beet, pomegranate & rosewater salad

O pure Earth, may that we utilise your soil well without causing you injury or harm and disturbing any vital element in you – Atharva Veda, Prithivi Sukta Cookery writer Jane Grigson once referred to beets as a “bossy” vegetable, due to their powerful colour, which may permeate all corners of the kitchen.  Yet it’s not […]

11Feb
2016
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What it takes to grow a wellness business

Guts! Both kinds. You’ll need the tenacity of a prize-fighter and the digestive constitution of an ox! Global wellness tourism is currently worth $474 billion a year. The wellness industry grew in Australia from barefoot beginnings as we transpired from wellbeing to wellness. In 1994, organic food on Smith Street, Collingwood was all blemishes and bumps. […]

10Feb
2016
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Frankie Cox

From Melbourne to Manhattan Chef Frankie Cox has been time-ripened and market-plucked just in time to open a 70-seat TriBeCa restaurant launching imminently in New York City. Being a woman in hospitality is hard enough, let me tell you. Being a young women appointed as Executive Chef in New York City is a whole new ball game. By the way, […]

02Feb
2016
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Paleo fig, berry and coconut muffins

Figs are one of the sexiest fruits on the planet. These plump, so , sweet, luscious beauties come from one variety of the Fichus tree, which probably originated in Asia Minor. It is one of the oldest, edible plants. Figs are a natural laxative and their tiny seeds assist the colon in processing toxic waste. Here’s […]

31Jan
2016
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Healthy Seafood Gumbo          

Here’s a healthy seafood gumbo recipe initially commissioned for Sunburst coconut spread. It’s a quick and easy Sunday lunch that is guaranteed to impress. Use only the freshest seafood you can find and avoid using frozen. Gorgeous pics by Nelly le Comte, food, style and flavours by me!  Serves 2 Seafood 6 large green king prawns, […]

28Jan
2016
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Baked whole snapper with tamari and ginger

Here’s an easy weekend favourite that can also be done on the BBQ. If using a Weber allow, an extra 10 minutes of cooking time. A great dish for an Chinese new Year, Easter celebration, birthday or any family get together. Our recent Byron Bay pop up cooking classes have been a ripsnorting success! The Chinese food as […]

20Jan
2016
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Rockin’ Women Wednesday – Terri-Anne Leske

Every so often Facebook dishes up a golden friendships just by making a comment – and that’s how the self publishing story of Terri-Anne (TA) and I was born. A quick quip about how we help our clients self publish here at Food Health Wealth and next thing there’s a steady stream of Byron-Singapore Skype sessions. […]

18Jan
2016
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Confit ocean trout

Ocean trout is my favourite farmed fish. I love the flavour, texture and the ease of which it cooks. So whenever I see a few shiny tails beaming at me from the window of Freckle’s Byron Bay Seafood Market I always grab a couple. I used to be terrified of cooking fish until I taught myself […]

16Jan
2016
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Why I broke up with the Paleo diet

Not since Nathan Pritikin and his skinny genes have we seen such polarization in the food fret set. I have been watching this unfold in the cyber wings for quite sometime now. I jest that Pete Evans ruined our Paleo party, and as the revelation that dumb Belle Gibson was a fraudster rocked the world, that […]

08Jan
2016
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Sesame crusted tuna with wasabi ponzu dressing

Our Byron Bay Cooking School popped up with a great summer school class yesterday focusing on Japanese food as medicine. Students were delighted to learn just how easy good, clean Japanese food can be to prepare. This hands-on class was the first of a series of food as medicine classes in Byron Bay over summer. […]

22Dec
2015
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Festive Jingle Balls

These luxuriously rich and healthy balls will have you zinging all the way to Christmas Day with bells on. Start out with the nuts, some dried fruit and then add a selection of your favourite powders such as mesquite, macqui or maca. Add a hint of premium food grade essential oil like peppermint or Christmas spirit […]

21Dec
2015
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Festive fig, pecan & wild orange loaf

Here’s a healthy twist on Christmas. A quick and easy loaf that will provide all of the flavour of a full blown pud, without the flour, sugar or long, hot cooking time. This is a soft, fragrant, gluten free loaf, bursting with the scent of dried figs, vanilla and wild orange. Serve with my lemon […]

04Dec
2015
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Top 10 Future Shifts in Wellness

Global Wellness Summit Identifies Top 10 Future Shifts in Wellness Experts at Mexico City conference forecast that wellness will become more mandatory in more nations soon – that breakthroughs in epigenetics, stem cells and integrative medicine are near – and that “programmatic” workplace wellness will disappear Media Contact: Beth McGroarty beth.mcgroarty@globalwellnesssummit.com • +1.213.300.0107 Miami, FL […]

02Dec
2015
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Luscious lemon curd

This quick and easy recipe will have your gang begging for more. Take the time to make it by hand in a heavy based copper pot and whisk gently, just like a culinary meditation for about 10 minutes until it is creamy and glossy. Transfer to sterilised jars and chill when cool. Serve with an orange and […]

24Nov
2015
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What Deepak taught me

When Deepak Chopra reckons that “You are a stardust being with self-awareness”, you listen and rise up to his cosmic thoughts. After all, it’s not every day you get to hang with the Guru. What I love most about the Doctor is his humour. Oh Boy, this guy is hilarious! When asked if he gets […]

28Oct
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Melissa Leong

It’s been a while since I gatecrashed a party. It’s been even longer since I crashed a fantastic one. In fact, it was the best party I have been to all year. I was in Sydney to say a few words about Clean Eating for the Talking Food stage at Fine Food Australia. Our Byron crew were there […]

23Oct
2015
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MEDIA RELEASE Who Makes Superfoods Super?

October 2015 – In a world of wellness information overload, fad eating trends and superfood confusion, cue Australia’s leading spa chef and award-winning clinical nutritionist Samantha Gowing.  In an exclusive Melbourne event on Saturday 31 October, Sam Gowing reveals the truth about who makes a super food super! And how to super proof your supper […]

06Oct
2015
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How to price yourself into your market

Now I’ve been mentoring health practitioners, cafe owners and chefs for over five years professionally. One of the biggest issues they collectively face is how to price their product effectively. In particular, health practitioners are a shy mob when it comes to billing and they find it challenging to charge their true worth. So let’s […]

27Sep
2015
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Sticky date pudding, coconut toffee

Here’s a new fashioned, old school flavour fave to lift the corners of your mouth and comfort your heart. Switch up the recipe with coconut flour if you want a more dense, Paleo-esque pudding. Pic above ©Nellylecomte 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted to grease timbale moulds 1 cup dried Medjool dates, pitted 1 cup water […]

23Sep
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Sarah Wheeler

What if you were told that eating 50 grams of 85% cacao was your cure? And you decided to create a remedy just because it felt like the right thing to do? And what if you felt that what you had created shouldn’t be yours alone but should be shared amongst everyone? This is the true […]

18Sep
2015
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Eggplant Bacon

Love bacon but think pigs are nice? These little rashers of sweet crispiness are a squealing good masquerade of that decadent piggy treat. Did you know that most conventional bacon contains gluten? Let alone all the other nasty nitrates and nitrites that preserve. You’ll need a dehydrator for this one but it’s a small price to pay if […]

11Sep
2015
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Spring chicken & mushroom casserole

Easy weekend entertaining featuring another great recipe from Geoff Jansz & recreated, styled and photographed by me for Eat Well magazine. Serves 4 9 organic boneless chicken thighs, diced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 medium brown onions, diced 4 celery sticks, peeled, roughly chopped 3 medium carrots, roughly chopped 1 cup white wine 1½ cups […]

10Sep
2015
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Geoff Jansz’ salmon filo parcels

This delicious recipe comes from Geoff Jansz, the man who put the celebrity into chef. I had the pleasure of recreating, styling and shooting it for a magazine earlier this year. So easy and a family favourite. You might also like to listen to The Happiness Show with Terry Robson, Geoff Jansz & myself for ABC local radio. We […]

02Sep
2015
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Dude Food – Charlie Arnott

Welcome to the inaugural Dude Food feature post – a tasty place that amplifies awareness around the great fellas who plant, pat, play and put good food on plates. Now there’s never been a better place to launch than with the farmer. Ol’ Mate Charlie Arnott burst on my radar serendipitously, just like a nexus point where destiny and opportunity collide. […]

31Aug
2015
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Oil Smoke Point Chart 2015

Download Our FHW Oil Smoke Point Chart Here Here’s a fabulous chart I prepared earlier for our cooking school guests. Be sure to note that coconut oil has a very low smoke point of 177 C, so it’s best kept for low heat and raw treats. I prefer macadamia oil for a rare fry up, and […]

23Aug
2015
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Slow cooked crispy chook

Now this fine feathered feast happened in my sleep. Best of all it wasn’t a dream, but a glorious awakening of  joy bursting with flavour on a crispy winter morning in Byron Bay. The most common cry I hear about food preparation is that “I don’t have time to cook”. Nonsense I say! If you’ve got time […]

12Aug
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Sarah Holloway

If only I had a Polaroid snapshot of my life in a kimono aged 19! Back in those days I used to shuffle around the wonderful Minami Japanese Restaurant in the swanky Melbourne suburb of South Yarra. Resplendent in traditional silk robes and the clickety-clack of geta on my feet, I would host tables and share the swish-swish […]

10Aug
2015
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New Spring Menu

Just dropped! Our new spring services menu has just arrived. Download PDF here Unsure about what to order? Then why not book in a free Skype session with Sam now!       Download PDF here

09Aug
2015
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Drink Smart. My Top Ten Hangover Hacks

As an award-winning publican, I know a thing or two about hangovers, how to create them and better still, how to fix them. Some folk wrongly assume that because I retrained as a clinical nutritionist and Pilates teacher that liquor wouldn’t pass my lips.  In fact, some are truly mortified when I reveal my past life in […]

05Aug
2015
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Gluten free coconut pancakes

Everyone loves a good pancake and the Balinese do the sweet ones the best. Second only to the almighty Peking duck panquacks that we know and love amongst our gang. If you do not find pandan leaves, why not add a few pinches of Matcha? NEXT COOKING CLASS Thursday 7th January 2016 12pm Byron Bay. Join a […]

05Aug
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Mary Pinzone

At the heart of every great town is a great market. And at the heart of that market is a great trader, someone who captures your attention with their verve, vigour and veracity. At the Byron Farmers’ Market I flocked to Mary “Pinny” Pinzone like a moth to a flame. No doubt it’s also her flaming […]

04Aug
2015
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Aduki potato soup with carrot whip

This isn’t the prettiest soup you’ll ever see but it sure is a healer! Aduki beans are a small red bean with a cream seam. They are the key ingredient in Japanese red bean paste. In my opinion they are magical beans because they have absorbing properties that help to drain excessive dampness in the […]

15Jul
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Steph Prem

Now, I met this bendy goodness goddess of the snow a while back when she was hosting a retreat at Cabarita. For a former Winter Olympian who spent ten years of her life as a professional athlete, Steph is one of the most grounded people I know that has lived much of her life going downhill fast. What inspires […]

06Jul
2015
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Green olive, fetta and watermelon salad

A simple summer salad. Add a pinch of Indian spice mix and toss gently in a pan to warm if you’re in a cooler climate so as to ignite your digestive fire to counteract the cooling nature of watermelon, You might also like to compare Nigella’s similar recipe which I just noticed online. A great warm […]

03Jul
2015
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Byron Bay Brain On Business Mastermind Club

LAUNCHING My exclusive Byron Bay Brain On Business Mastermind Club. Do you want to make the new financial year your best ever year? Do you need an enlightened, fabulous and take no prisoners kind of mentoring program to help you rocket into the stratosphere? Do you promise to be good, attentive, do your homework and […]

03Jul
2015
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Wellness Industry Standards

ANNOUNCEMENT In the interest of wellness industry standards I’m delighted to announce that my proposal for creating a certified benchmark research project for the accreditation for the wellness industry has just been approved. This means that wellness practitioners, healthy cafes, product and multimedia developers can apply for my Gowings quality assurance seal of approval for […]

01Jul
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Madeleine Marentette

Long before clean eating became a hashtag and when a spa was just a small bubbling pool, there was one woman who pioneered the boutique luxury wellbeing market in Canada single-handedly with vision, grace and gratitude. You may recall I flew to Berlin to speak at the Healing Summit in March. During this time I had the great fortune […]

01Jul
2015
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The Jewel of the Underground

If spice were to be a crown, then ginger would surely be its golden jewel. Native to Asia, the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) was one of the earliest commodities to be introduced to European colonies from the East Indies by the Spanish, consequently laying down the foundations of The Spice Trade. Once the Spaniards delivered […]

10Jun
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Linda Molloy

In the world of health retreats, you need three things: a glorious location that makes your guests’ jaw drop; a commitment to healing in every department; and a talented Head Chef with a vast knowledge of wholefoods, and kitchen systems. Chef Linda Molloy ticks all those boxes and also possesses a genuine desire to nurture and fulfil the […]

01Jun
2015
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A good quenelle is a remarkable thing – Rita Erlich

If you owned a restaurant in Melbourne anytime in the late part of the 20th century, there was one woman who counted more than anyone. It doesn’t matter whether we’re discussing the extravagant gastronomic boom days of the 1980s or economic downturn of the 1990s Rita Erlich was that woman. You only had to say […]

13May
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Dani Stevens

Meeting Dani Stevens was like coming home. A kindred spirit with a bigger smile than mine embraced me mid-chew from the table at Targa, a fave hang in Byron Bay. Within seconds I felt like I’d been hanging with this 40 something mum of two boys Noah, Oscar, and two girls Mietta and Zali, plus hubby Adrian – […]

06May
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Belinda Hughes

Belinda is a Natural Beauty Expert who is passionate about getting healthy skin by using toxic free products and eating healthy food. Understanding that women are extremely busy today convenience is important so our needs can be met quickly, often on the run. Eating healthy simple recipes is key along with finding the correct natural […]

29Apr
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Adele McConnell

The Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne are steeped in tradition, heritage and old world charm, with more than a splash of colour, and a enough urban chic to validate the city fringe location. I have presented many a cooking demo within these hallowed halls, and on my last visit I was lucky enough to meet Vegie Head […]

22Apr
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Sam Beau Patrick

Meet Sam Beau Patrick, a mother of three, nutritionist, naturopath, and an author who believes food is the currency of love. A girl after my own heart and someone I have had the pleasure of meeting on too few occasions. Sam grew up in an Italian household and food was everything. Her family grew lots […]

15Apr
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Nina Hooper

With just three days to go, entrepreneur Nina Hooper has already managed to secure her goal of $15,000 in Kickstarter funds. All because she believes that you shouldn’t have to feel guilty for eating delicious chocolate cake so she has created one that’s guilt-free, no catches! If you reckon that’s pretty awesome, then consider this: Nina […]

08Apr
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Dani Valent

Dani Valent is an award-winning food writer, screenwriter and cookbook author. In 2007 she heard the word ‘Thermomix’ and had to find out more. All of a sudden she was on a ‘speed 10’ ride through Thermoland, bringing her special brand of empowered, tasty fun to Thermomix users around the world. Her feature articles and […]

05Apr
2015
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Slow cooked lamb shoulder with figs and olives

Easter Sunday calls for lazy lunches or shared table eating. Cool weather and lots of rain means slow cooked food and lots of Middle Eastern inspired salads and share plates. Think figs, pomegranate, sumac and eggplant. Autumn aphrodisiac food at its finest! Photography by Nelly le Comte as part of our autumn food styling sessions. […]

04Apr
2015
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There’s no place like Foam

What determines a great regional restaurant? Is it the location, produce, service or the food? Seaside dining in Australia is potentially anchored in trepidation or buoyed with optimism. An ocean of promise delivers hope that the food and service may match a breathtaking view is often dampened by shallow service or mediocre food. A bureaucracy […]

01Apr
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Dr. Bec

Now here is a sharp shooting, no bullshit talking nutritionist – and just look at that smile! A qualified ‘nut’ after my own heart, Dr. Rebecca Reynolds is a balanced nutritionist, lecturer at UNSW Australia and owner of Wholesomely. She counsels sufferers of eating disorders, and like my good self, gets almighty upset with all […]

25Mar
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Leilani Wolfenden

Leilani Wolfenden – Chef Cakes & Ale, Sorrento Leilani Wolfenden grew up in a village in New Zealand where her mum instilled a love for beautiful homegrown food and cooking. “My family lived on a small farm, mum made everything from scratch. I remember our garage was full of mum’s preserves. We never ate shop […]

22Mar
2015
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My Secret Life of Food – In the beginning

Butterflies My incredible journey into the secret life of food began in the 1970s growing up around the restaurant tables of Melbourne during the Australian gastronomic boom. These were the heady days of aristocratic establishments such as Maxims, Florentino, Fanny’s, Glo Glo’s, the old Southern Cross Hotel and The Haymarket at the Old Melbourne Motor […]

09Mar
2015
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The Second Brain

Ten years ago I wrote this essay for the inaugural Sleepers Almanac. Since then I have watched food trends come and go, yet what I find fascinating is the extensive rise of gluten free products that in turn, have paved the way for clean eating. Ever thought twice about crossing the street or trusting a […]

04Mar
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Hannah Miles

Hannah Miles established her brand Nourish To Health – a place that offers  guidance, and support for mothers who are the guiding, protective force in their family. Hannah is of the belief that before the family can heal – the mother needs feel that she’s supported, empowered and has access to the knowledge she needs to best care for […]

28Feb
2015
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A Tribute to The Wellness Warrior

Jess Ainscough wasn’t just The Wellness Warrior – she was a freedom fighter. She passionately fought for truth and justice in a maze of mandatory modern medicine. Her seven-year, well-documented journey with cancer propelled her into the much-needed space of leader, pathfinder and the authentic wellness voice of a generation that is reluctant to talk […]

25Feb
2015
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Berlin Bound

Dear Friends of FHW, Firstly, please accept my apologies if you are receiving this blog post twice. Now, I’m sitting here in the Kiaora Lounge of Melbourne airport awaiting my Abu Dhabi connection to take me to Berlin for the Healing Hotels of the World Summit March 3. As my flight is delayed, there’s never been […]

25Feb
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Belinda Norton-Smith

Two weeks ago on a starry Byron Bay night, I was lucky enough to meet the stunning Belinda Norton-Smith at the launch of Lisa Messinger’s inspiring new book, Life & Love – Creating the Dream. We shared 100 Mile food, swapped stories of health and wellness – and fell into a lovely new friendship that […]

18Feb
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Lisa Guy

The beautiful Lisa Guy came into my life years ago at a brief meeting in Sydney. I’ve always admired her style, writing and down to earth attitude when it comes to nutrition – and her honest to goodness approach to life. Lisa is a Sydney based naturopath, author, and passionate foodie, who runs a naturopathic clinic […]

16Feb
2015
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The Secret Life of Food

DUE TO CYCLONE MARCIA THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 🙂 Melbourne Masterclass is a fabulous event for the hip, happy and hungry who just love Clean Eating, Paleo, Raw food & Living Cuisine. So if you don’t know your cold press from your Coldplay or your maca from your mesquite, then this is the […]

14Feb
2015
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Valentines Day Special Offer

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY LOVERS! The Secret Life of Food Masterclass  Saturday 21st February 11am-3pm, Collingwood Here’s a special bit of love from Food Health Wealth. Bring a mate or a hot date for free! This is the quintessential clean eating, raw and Paleo demonstration cooking class for anybody who is serious about healthy food choices. The […]

12Feb
2015
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New event. Exceptional Food Health Wealth – March 28

Wanting to turn your life purpose and passion into a profit but not sure how or where to start? Overwhelmed by all your responsibility and struggling to balance and INTEGRATE them all into one fulfilling life?? Feel yourself succumbing to mediocrity or the status quo yet KNOW there’s something GREAT inside of you burning to […]

11Feb
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Simone Baldwin

Well here is a woman after my own heart. Imagine my joy when I stumbled across this goddess! Like a sister from another mister, Simone and I have found each other through our online newsletters. She’s been based in Jakarta for ten years and recently moved back to Melbourne. We are blessed to have mutual […]

04Feb
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Carrie Thomson Casey

Now back in September of 2014 I had the utmost pleasure of connecting with Carrie. She was in search of an organic food consultant who could help her Moree based organic store Three Apples Organics launch a range of grab ‘n’ go menu offerings. Little did I know that we would strike up a wonderful mentoring journey together – and being […]

28Jan
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Kay Richardson

In the world of polarised food messages for kids, Kay Richardson is a beacon of light and authenticity for parents who scratch their heads in confusion as they attempt to decipher the mixed media messages that surround children and nutrition. Kay is a champion of cutting the path and providing a conduit so kids can be […]

21Jan
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Keri Krieger

Now my friend Keri is a joy to behold. Truly! She’s an absolute cracker of a human being and one of the world’s great sweethearts. She has this knack of blinding you with her beauty and then dropping bombs of wildly intelligent conversation, punctuated with intense words of wisdom well beyond her young years. All […]

09Jan
2015
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Prawn and kiwi summer salad

Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit with its very high vitamin C guarantees that my recipes are bursting with flavour, antioxidants and all-important immune boosting activity while the low G.I. count ensures balanced energy throughout the day. This recipe was exclusively styled and developed for Zespri, photographed by Nelly le Comte. Like our work? Get more info on our food […]

08Jan
2015
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Fivelements Bali – Cuisine for Life™

At my feet laps the mighty Ayung River grounding my cosmic self and pacifying the psychological Disneyland that is having the ride of its life in my upstairs brain. Downstairs in second brain HQ my digestive fire has gone to lunch – and nowhere remotely flash either! I am a girl who is used to feeling her […]

07Jan
2015
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Pam Meyerowitz

The Internet’s a funny place don’t you think? As Matt Kleinschmit, SVP at Vision Critical once said: “It’s interesting that people are relying on what they see as an untrustworthy medium to communicate with folks they place a great degree of trust in.” And that’s precisely how I feel about Pam Meyerowitz – trust. Pam’s a Facebook […]

29Dec
2014
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Stock! In the name of love

If you haven’t reworked the Christmas turkey yet then today is the day to pluck up the courage and lay that ol’ bird to rest. After all it’s been four days and nobody really wants to go cold turkey any longer. I love a good Chrissy feast however this year I found myself having a […]

10Dec
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Jennie Murphy

Jennie Murphy is a pioneer in the world of raw food. Her thriving business Raw Pleasure is Australia’s leading online one stop shop – and the ultimate go to for gadgets, ingredients and living cuisine guidebooks. For those new to raw, a far diet or Living Cuisine as I prefer to call it, consists of […]

26Nov
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Jemma Gawned

Jemma Gawned’s contribution to the healing cuisines of the world deserves to be celebrated and well documented. Her homespun intention for distributing her original superfood balls across the gritty streets of Melbourne has blossomed into an important Mecca for the mindful and a respected authentic brand, well buoyed in a market that is drowning in imitation and mimic. When […]

20Nov
2014
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In Farm’s Way – A gift to our community

As the late spring sun bunkers down for the night, its final rays deliver a beacon of light radiating across fresh pastures of hope. Enthusiastically I join an authentic tribe of Byron Bay producers, locals, influencers and doers for a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit The Farm for a delightful pre opening tour, drinks […]

12Nov
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Sarah Murphy

You know I find it constantly fascinating how timing is everything when it comes to destiny. Take this babe, Sarah Murphy for instance. You’d reckon we would have been besties in Melbourne judging from that bio below, but the truth is we only met two years ago. We were both in Melbourne for SWB, which […]

10Nov
2014
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Spring Cleansing Carnival

All that racing been giving your gut grief? Well turn your fascinator upside down and lift the corners of your mouth with this little burst of bubbling goodness. Guaranteed to fix springtime coughs, colds and itchy holes – and especially bloating, flatulence, IBS – and also give candida a good run for its money. Make […]

01Nov
2014
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Crispy tempeh with cabbage & sprout slaw with macadamia satay

On Sunday 9th November Melbourne celebrates World Vegan Day with a fun-filled day at the Showgrounds featuring cooking demos, speed dating (love that bit!), over 80 stalls and so much more. Here’s one of our tasty vegan recipes to get you in the mood. Images by Nelly le Comte, recipes by FHW and lovingly styled by […]

30Oct
2014
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Dirty Feeds Done Dirt Cheap

I love getting stuff in the mail. It takes me back to my boarding school days when a random package of goodies would arrive from home. My school buddies from the country got regular doses of ‘tuck’ sent from the homestead, but every so often I would get a parcel too. Don’t feel too sorry for […]

29Oct
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Taren Hocking

Taren Hocking is a transformational agent for change and a powerful business leader in the realm of sustaining women in business, and entrepreneurial event management. When I first clapped my peepers on her, she was on stage opening the World Wellness Summit, a groundbreaking event I had the utmost pleasure of speaking at in Melbourne […]

22Oct
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Nelly le Comte

Today’s Rockin’ Woman is my creative collaborator, the beautiful and inspiring Nelly le Comte. A passionate food photographer and stylist with a great knowledge of produce and how to enhance food into mouthwatering images. Food styling and recipe development are some of my favourite services that we offer here at FHW – and working with a pro […]

15Oct
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesday – Kris Abbey

Kris Abbey is a health and wellness advocate and has been pushing the barrow of good, clean, real food since she was 15 years old! She has studied science, exercise physiology, physical education and nutrition and now spends a lot of her time writing, speaking, consulting and sharing her passion for health and wellness. The […]

08Oct
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Jules Galloway

She’s my Cherry Pie! Appropriately, I first met Jules Galloway surfing. We were waiting for the intermediate group to gather at Belongil during the awesome Byron Surf Sirens event earlier this year. Somehow we struck up a conversation about wellness and next thing I’ve got her on board to help develop some recipe concepts and […]

01Oct
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Janet DeNeefe

The Gods must have been smiling on us that day in Ubud when I sat at a marble top table drinking jamu with my friend Noo Noo.  Twelve magical years later a friendship thrives that is as rich and funny as the day we met. I was so besotted with the healthy menu, unique style […]

24Sep
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Grace Darling

Today is such a special day for me – it commemorates the anniversary of the day I became a publican. I was 24 years old and it was the 24th September 1990 at 12pm – to be precise. Lock, Stock ‘n’ Barrel is how you bought and sold pubs back then and my dad had […]

11Sep
2014
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Eventing my enthusiasm

Oh the fun we had! The last four weeks have been a kaleidoscope of delicious events, tasty product development and mentoring our stellar clients with our bullet proof wellness business solutions. In fact, business has gone nuts – just the way we like it. We’ve even managed to squeeze in a fresh look to our masterbrand! […]

10Sep
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Lael Stone

This beautiful gift from spirit disguised as a young woman entered my life in the mid nineties. Lael joined our team of 25 staff at Gowings Grace Darling Hotel where she would carry plates, pull beers by day and night, then in between shifts examine our auras! Can you imagine that?! Long before we had […]

10Sep
2014
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Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit Smoothie

This awesome recipe and photo shoot was commissioned by Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit for the new season fruit. Together with photographer Nelly le Comte we create, develop and style unique recipes for your brand and prepare them for digital brochures and websites. See our great FHW Styling & Development Brochure. With its very high vitamin C […]

08Sep
2014
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The Happy Mondays – Second Loves

The Happy Mondays celebrates things that make us smile and uplift our spirit for the week ahead. For today’s post, I have asked my Byron Bay surfing mate Natalie Kiryk to share her story about the birth of Second Loves, her wonderful pre loved clothing online store. Meet Nat. I am a traveller, lover of […]

03Sep
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Dr. Rachel Wyndham

Dr Rach Medical Doctor and Naturopath joined our community crew at last month’s Rawing To Go wellness business event in Byron Bay. Unbeknown to me, she’d been stalking me for some time! That’s the bit I love the most – when my work has touched someone so prolifically that they leave their well-paying hospital job […]

30Aug
2014
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Orthorexia – is it the new Prada?

As the war on diet continues to rage, here’s an earlier debate I was commissioned to write in 2010. It still holds its own today – and is a precursor to how we view Paleo vs Raw vs a wholegrain diet. Fashion, fad or function? You be the judge! I would love to hear your […]

29Aug
2014
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Byron Bay Wellness Business Event

On a cold and wet Saturday a group of fabulous Byron Bay, Brisbane and Gold Coast food and wellness business folk gathered to learn more about how to increase their profit margins and build their wellness business. We talked about branding, building the audience, marketing and understanding their true worth as health practitioners and small […]

27Aug
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Candice Briggs

As a wellness professional you know that when life gets in the way of your fitness you either surrender and go pear-shaped or you suck it up, train hard and bend well. Just as every mentor needs a mentor, every active person needs a qualified motivational fitness expert to lead them out of rest pose […]

18Aug
2014
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The Happy Mondays – In Stitches

The Happy Mondays is an organic regular feature blog post that contemplates spiritual, motivational and entrepreneurial life. Sometimes I have an idea that grows and propagates over the weekend, but mostly it comes from early morning grinspiration on a Monday. The intention of my musings is to pave a motivational pathway for the reader to […]

13Aug
2014
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Mid winter asparagus risotto

Greetings from Tin Can Bay, just south of Fraser Island QLD. We’ve taken a break from Byron Bay life before things go nuts! Yep, Food Health Wealth has been on the precarious tip of expanding for a few months and we are thrilled to say that we now have so many projects going on that […]

08Aug
2014
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Byron Bay Wellness Business Event

How to build a successful wellness business MEDIA RELEASE August 2014 Passionate entrepreneur, wellness business expert and dedicated advocate of the organic industry Samantha Gowing is hosting a Byron Bay event for entrepreneurs, packed not only with inspiration but importantly lots of practical information to lead you to success. Book your place now for her […]

04Aug
2014
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The Happy Mondays – Guts & Glory

Many years ago I was commissioned to write a piece for the inaugural Sleepers Almanac, in fact 2014 marks the ninth edition of this perennial favourite. Oh how time flies. The first edition was called the Nervous System and I was lucky enough to scribe one of my favourite pieces of clinical nutrition, heavily punctuated with Gowisms […]

30Jul
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Sherry Strong

Return to food. That’s Sherry Strong’s motto. She is a visionary and pioneer in the world of nutrition and healthy food. Long before green smoothies ruled the wellness world – yikes – and gluten-free was a hashtag, Sherry was shouting from the rooftops her messages of health, real food and real women. We met in […]

28Jul
2014
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The Happy Mondays – Whole Happiness Academy Revealed

Announcing  The Whole Happiness Academy Almost a year since we founded our Whole Happiness™ initiative, I am overcome with joy to announce the Whole Happiness™ Academy. Building and expanding a business is all about systems. Attempting to distill my knowledge into a sustainable online program was completely daunting to me, not because of the content, […]

26Jul
2014
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Gowings Famous Beet Top Tea

This recipe is one of my staple food as medicine must haves. It is so easy to make and so very good for you. The rich, red colour of this tea helps to tonify the blood and cleanse the liver. Because beets have strong detoxifying properties, as they are high in chlorine, this little tonic will […]

23Jul
2014
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Rockin Women Wednesdays – Nikki Fisher

This week for RWW I am stoked to introduce my friend and wholefood colleague Nikki Fisher -The Wholefood Mama. We first me online or so to speak. Nikki wrote for The Age Epicure for 11 years since 2000 and was a restaurant reviewer for the Age Good Food Guide so she knows her stuff when […]

22Jul
2014
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Tasty Tuesday – Steamed winter vegetables with pepitas

Friends from the south don’t believe us when we tell them how cold it gets in Byron Bay. Last week it was 3 degrees C in Brisbane and around 6 degrees C overnight here. One of the reasons I left Melbourne was the bleak winter cold and the extreme dry heat in summer. So here’s […]

21Jul
2014
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The Happy Mondays – The Happiness Machine

People often ask why I named my signature cuisine ‘Surf Spa Food’. Well, years ago I had a vision that what the hungry healthy retreat going public were yearning for was something more robust than the brown rice, lentils and glorified coleslaw dished up at the wellness properties I had worked with. When I moved […]

16Jul
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Linda Bull

Running with the Bulls Back in the 80s we used to hang out at a nightclub in Melbourne called Inflation. It was ultra chic and set over three or four levels, each with a different theme. On the ground floor was a smaller cafe style bar with live music where we would gravitate toward. Our mates […]

15Jul
2014
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Tasty Tuesday – Dolce Olive Oil Cake

This cracker of a recipe was created for a new flavour of Kailis olive oil a while back. I’m sticking to the original recipe despite it being white sugar and flour, because this is how we created it for the brochure. Apologies that it is not a really healthy recipe per se, nor is it […]

14Jul
2014
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The Happy Mondays: Exciting news about Whole Happiness™

THIS!! I am bursting at the seams with joy because in the weeks to come I will be sharing with you developing news about the next phase of our Whole Happiness project. I can’t tell you much just yet, but what I can share is our intention for the incentive that you may not be […]

12Jul
2014
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Plato meets Paleo muffins

In a gospel loosely according to Plato and more recently Frank Zappa, ‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention’ – and that’s just how these winter warming Paleo muffins were born. For tonight at home in Byron Bay we are experiencing a very frosty winter’s night and the magnetic force of the July super moon is […]

07Jul
2014
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The Happy Mondays: The gift of the present

Good Morning Good Looking! This morning I’m so stoked to share with you a special gift I created. For many years I have worked with luxury health retreats and spas. Internationally I have been blessed to travel to far-flung places like Zanzibar, Tanzania and the beautiful sub-continent of Sri Lanka to spread the wellness word. […]

30Jun
2014
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The Happy Mondays: Dancing the Abundance

I love a new financial year. I love the fact that world does not shut down for four weeks and then take another four to get going – like it does over Christmas. I’m really looking forward to the next 12 months. I feel like I have been in recovery for the last six months […]

27Jun
2014
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Reboot Your Business Mentoring Program – Starts July 15

COMMENCING TUESDAY 15TH JULY  Bet you’re wondering if our 12 week online Reboot Your Business mentoring program is for you? Do you want to make the new financial year your best ever year? Do you need an enlightened, fabulous and take no prisoners kind of mentoring program to help you rocket into the stratosphere? Do […]

27Jun
2014
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Coconut Yoghurt – housemade and dairy free

I rarely eat dairy so I am forever devising concoctions that are dairy free for my clients who are dreaming of that cheesy feeling. With no cow or sheep’s milk yoghurt for breakfast, necessity and consumer demand led to my first trial batch of coconut yoghurt. Here’s how I made it… Coconut Yoghurt 2 young Thai coconuts, […]

26Jun
2014
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Zespri SunGold kiwi trifle

Did you know that gold kiwifruit is the richest source of vitamin C of all fruit? Gold kiwi fruit helps to enhance the integrity of the cell membranes, boost collagen production, and assists in the important absorption of iron. The fruit is high in soluble fibre making it an important ingredient for a healthy digestion […]

25Jun
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Cinzia Cozzolino

Stairway to unleaven. This post is dedicated to the loving memory of Kate Bentley. It gives me great pleasure to share the wonderful journey of my friend and fellow nutritionist Cinzia Cozzolino, Nutrition Darling. Like so many of the girls I feature on Rockin’ Women Wednesdays, Cinz and I go way back to our gritty […]

23Jun
2014
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The Happy Mondays: On the source

Putting the soul into the solstice. It’s fair to say that living on the most eastern tip of the Australian mainland that we get to see the sunshine first. With our vast open sky, no high-rise buildings and a bounty of ocean at our doorstep, there is a proliferation of natural light – even on […]

20Jun
2014
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Eat your way to better skin – Green Tea

The healing properties of green tea have been well documented.  It contains natural polyphenols, a powerful group of antioxidants known as catechins, whose major task is to scavenge pro-oxidants and free radicals, and fight against the production of skin tumors. The predominant and most active catechin in green tea is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG).  This catechin […]

20Jun
2014
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The Passion | Melbourne event wrap up

Oh my giddy Aunt did we have fun in Melbourne last Saturday?! There’s something about being in your hometown with your besties and working a room full of mostly locals that fills my heart with joy. Do you know what the most amazing thing was? That at least three people flew in from interstate. Andi […]

18Jun
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Vika Bull

Since she’s on the road again with At Last, I thought I’d do a wind-back-wednesday and share one of our most popular – and the first ever – Rockin’ Women Wednesday guest. So here’s my bestie VB. It is often said that food, music and friendship are synonymous, so  I asked my mate Vika Bull […]

16Jun
2014
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Happy Mondays – 100 Happy Days

Can you be happy for 100 days in a row? ‘Yes’ says the 100 Happy Day Challenge which asks participants to pause just once a day and snap a photo of something that makes them happy. Participants then share their daily delights on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in order to spread the joy and hopefully make another person happy, […]

11Jun
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Nat Kringoudis

I first met Nat Kringoudis at my “How To Build A Successful Wellness Business” seminar in Melbourne in 2009. I asked the audience if they had an elevator pitch – a one sentence, non-salesy description of what they do. Nat’s little paw immediately shot up and she announced “I make babies”. Right answer! We’ve been […]

10Jun
2014
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Top 10 Reasons to Self Publish

Did you know that between 400,000 and 600,000 books are self-published each year? If you’re a writer, self-publishing is now a proven, credible, and viable path towards publication. Tara Alemany reports that as early as 2009, The New York Times reported that the financial crisis had battered an already-bruised publishing industry and was helping to create a tidal wave of […]

09Jun
2014
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The Happy Mondays | Happiness & Food with Geoff Jansz

Is your relationship with food a happy one? How do we as individuals and a society develop a happy relationship with this fundamental element of life? We chew it over with passionate chefs and all-round foodies Geoff Jansz and Samantha Gowing. The Happiness Show is a 12 episode series on ABC Local Radio exploring the notion […]

09Jun
2014
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All hail, it’s super kale. By Matt Preston

Before we hit ‘Peak Kale’, let’s pay homage to the dark green stuff. Long time friend Matt Preston and true believer in all I do came to visit me last year – and loved the citrus kale salad I prepared for him. Matt Preston reports. Source Its versatile nature means you can enjoy this leafy […]

04Jun
2014
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Eve von Bibra

Winter sees the return of our weekly Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – a regular blog spot that profiles the talents of Australian women in music, food and the arts. To celebrate the comeback, I’ve asked the beautiful Eve von Bibra to share her story and a few of her favourite flavours with us. The best thing […]

03Jun
2014
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A special offer for our faithful readers

Here’s your chance to to purchase a super, duper value packed one hour business boosting session. *Get answers to your most pressing business issues *Get help with your clinic service menu *Create a brand new wellness offering *Understand the power of your wordpress blog Buy a ONE HOUR phone, face or Skype session with Sam for […]

02Jun
2014
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The Happy Mondays: How to eat yourself happy

Winter’s blanket is slowly engulfing our friends in the south yet here in the Bay the 2nd of June brings another glorious morning of blue sky, crisp air and a slowly stirring tourist town that is aclimatising to the low season. This perpetual showering of sunlight brings even more vitamin D to our bones, enriching […]

01Jun
2014
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Best health retreats worldwide: The big chill

Expanding spa horizons Travel writer Kay O’Sullivan‘s first experience of a health retreat involved pre-dawn hikes, freezing water and a lot of beans. “Fortunately, the industry has changed now,” says Kay, who describes a health retreat as her ideal holiday. Global wellness tourism is worth $474 billion a year, and Australian spa holidays have come […]

01Jun
2014
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Are Organics the new Prada?

This article was commissioned for the Byron Bay Echo in 2011. It still holds true today. The natural procession of organic foods swelling our national shelves has given rise to a new breed of health-hungry consumers. 

Gone are the peace-loving hippy associations once hyper linked with healthy food. This neutralised carbon copy offsets the once […]

31May
2014
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Gowings Hazelnut, spelt and cacao cake

Spelt check – Hazelnut, spelt and cacao cake

We’ve been crafting new recipes and refining old ones for the new look website. Here’s one we whipped up a while back and it’s had a few tweaks since then. The chia seeds help make the cake so moist but the real secret is in the raw cacao nibs, so don’t even try to use anything else. […]

13May
2014
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The naked truth about coconut

The Grinning Face Back in the old days, this tropical fruit was known as cocoanut, a term derived from the 16th century Portuguese and Spanish word cocos, meaning, “grinning face” – because of the three small holes on its coconut shell. Approximately one third of the world’s population depends on the humble coconut with one […]

06May
2014
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NEW READER? START HERE…

Welcome to Food Health Wealth. Hi! I’m Sam! I founded my global wellness company Gowings Food Health Wealth way back in the year 2000.  Since then, I have been developing websites, blogging, mentoring, teaching, writing books and creating recipes for you to read, share and be aware. So I made this tasty little welcome post just for you, […]

05May
2014
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Our Byron Bay Cooking School Dishes Up Food for the Soul

We’re very thrilled to have our Byron Bay Cooking School featured in this month’s Country Australia Welcome to the ultimate lesson in health and wellness, as taught by chief chef and clinical nutritionist,Samantha Gowing. Based in the stunning beachside town of Byron Bay, Samantha teaches participants to embrace all things organic in her hands-on culinary workshop. With amateur chefs to […]

28Apr
2014
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A letter to my 47 year self

If I was a betting woman So barely a month has slipped by since you left age town eh? And yet we’re talking about this already. You warned me this could happen. You hinted that things were changing. And blow me down with a biodynamic goose feather if you didn’t say – albeit too bloody often – […]

24Apr
2014
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Gowings BAM nut butter with lemon myrtle

You’ll go nuts-o over my version of this goodness. I use macadamias instead of cashews as they’re rich in omega 7 and local to my region. It’s the bomb and so much better than the store stuff, I swear. Great on bread, if that’s your thing, and makes the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of steaming […]

23Apr
2014
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The Candida Cowboy

The Yeast Beast  Our digestive system houses reoccurring yeast called candida albicans which helps produce energy and facilitates digestion. It exists naturally on the skin and inside the digestive, respiratory and reproductive organs. However it can affect any organ in the body and is the most common cause of candidiasis often from prolonged of use […]

22Apr
2014
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Media Release|How to Self-Publish Your Passion

MEDIA RELEASE April 2014 MELBOURNE EVENT: How to Self-Publish your Passion  A seminar with self-published leaders in food, wellness and entertainment Getting a book published used to be as tough as writing one. Self-publishing has changed all that but there’s a few tricks to doing it well. Samantha Gowing, Dr. Nat Kringoudis and Andrew Watt […]

17Apr
2014
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The Truth about the Tooth | Patagonian Toothfish recipe

With a high fat and Omega 3 content, Glacier 51 Toothfish is well suited to both dry and moist heat preparations. Best of all, it tastes kinda like crab! On a recent visit to Fish House in Burleigh Heads I noticed that Ol’ Toothy was on the menu. On this sunny Sunday I happily dined […]

16Apr
2014
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Melbourne event | How to Self Publish Your Passion

Are you an aspiring writer, rock star, good cook, naturopath or artist? Join industry experts Andrew Watt, author of the recently self-published Welcome to the Jungle – Navigating the music business in Australia. Dr. Nat Kringoudis, author of 3 self-published books which include Fertilise Yourself, Eat Fat Be Thin and Eat Fat Be Lean and Samantha Gowing, chef, […]

10Apr
2014
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Book cooks for the soul

The Healing Feeling Book Review Candida Baker The Northern Star 10/4/14 “The need to thrive,” says internationally renowned Spa chef and local identity Samantha Gowing, “is beyond raw food, yoga moves and green smoothies.  It’s about finding our innate self, our essential nature and allowing all of these aspects to integrate.” Gowing, the daughter of restaurateur […]

05Apr
2014
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How Melbourne found my mojo

Have you ever lost your mojo? It’s the strangest thing. It feels like you’re a needle on a record but you can’t quite get into the groove. This makes for a bumpy ride, especially when you know how smooth it could be. Then something happens that elevates you, lifts you up, and resets you – […]

05Apr
2014
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Paleo pecan, apple and coconut slice

Here’s a ripper of a weekend wonder! So easy, you can whip this little beauty up in around 15 minutes plus baking time. It is another one of those great recipes with ingredients that you’ll probably already have kicking around your pantry. Try pears instead of apples if you prefer. Easy Peasy Pecaneasy! 1 cup pitted […]

29Mar
2014
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Reasons to be chia-full – Choc chip chia muffins

Never fear, chia is here! One thing you may not know about the Columbian superfood chia is that it belongs to the mint family and dates back to pre-Colombian Aztec times. Nutritionally, I use it as a natural thickening agent because it swells and becomes mucilaginous or slippery when liquid is added. This makes it a […]

18Mar
2014
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Steamed snapper with macadamia pesto

Here’s an extra healthy steamed fish dish that is quick and simple to prepare. Make a double batch of the pesto and enjoy with fresh vegetables or whisked with more oil and use as a dressing. You can also use snapper fillets or other white fish. The pesto is great with grilled chicken too. For […]

14Mar
2014
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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Source: Byron Bay Echo IWD 2014 was celebrated early with a lunch at Byron @ Byron with Belinda Jeffery, Samantha Gowing, Candida Baker, Trish Springsteen and Jennifer St George. Photo Eve Jeffery. Almost 100 women enjoyed lunch and a laugh with a panel of vibrant and talented women at yesterday’s International Women’s Day celebration at […]

23Feb
2014
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Superfood raw fudge hearts

The raw food diet maybe more than a trend, but is it good for everyone? Food fads come and go and diet books will always sell. The popular view among adherents is that enzymes in food are destroyed when the food is heated beyond 45 C. Supporters say the vital enzymes carry a life force […]

10Feb
2014
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Fad, fashion or function? Turning healthy scepticism into truth

The thing about common sense is that it’s not very common. Take Michael Pollan’s healthy dose of wisdom, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”, for example. It couldn’t be more straightforward yet year after year the pandemic of obesity and diabetes rises incrementally. The evidence is out there, but so too is the easy […]

31Jan
2014
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AfterSpa – How to survive FebFast & life after a Health Retreat

Download AfterSpa Today for FREE!  CLICK HERE!! Ever been to a health retreat and wondered how on earth you will maintain your new found virtuous ways when you get home? What if they could just take home the staff  or at least a handy program that will ensure you can stay on track so you […]

13Jan
2014
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Jazzy’s Wild Orange Truffles

These little beauties were such a hit at the recent Evolve yoga festival in Byron Bay. Sous chef Jazzy whipped them up and insisted that the Yogis could only have one if they signed up to our Now and Zen newsletter! Love that girl! 4 drops wild orange oil or 1 teaspoon orange zest ½ […]

09Jan
2014
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U.S. News Ranks Best And Worst Diets Of 2014

The U.S. News recently evaluated and ranked the 32 diets below with input from a panel of health experts. To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease. Source: Huffington Post Posted: 01/07/2014 8:41 am EST  |  Updated: 01/08/2014 9:15 am EST The government-endorsed Dietary Approaches […]

31Dec
2013
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Superfood Protein Smoothie

Here’s a favourite protein smoothie packed full of protein, fresh berries and abundant superfoods. This ol’ smoothie is always a hit anytime of the day. If you’re wanting to restore your gut health or lose weight in January, then I recommend you do not use frozen berries or add ice to your smoothie as it […]

19Dec
2013
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Activated Rawnola

Here’s a crunchy raw and Paleo activated rawnola recipe for summer. While everyone in the blogosphere is posting rich, sweet festive treats, I thought I’d take a healthier approach to arm you with a dietary defence to counteract the impending Christmas onslaught. So, gather the ingredients together over the weekend, make a batch then stash […]

24Nov
2013
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Byron Bay gets The Healing Feeling

After a whirlwind book tour that took us to Bali, Melbourne (twice!) onto Sydney and home to Byron, “The little red book that could” has been well received across land and sea. Here’s a few snaps and snippets of media, radio and the Byron Bay book launch at St. Elmo last week. Tune into Melbourne […]

24Sep
2013
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The sceptic’s guide to healthy eating

Can healthy food be fun? Great to chat with Dani Valent who rounded up fellow food-lovers to find the fun side of eating well for The Age, Epicure 24/9/13. Original article here. Top photo: Steven Stewart. Obviously, I want to be healthy. If I’m sick, how am I going to get to restaurants, sit up straight […]

19Sep
2013
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The 80/20 Rule and other break throughs to Whole Happiness™

SWB 2013 SPEAKERS’ PODCAST SERIES SWB 2013 CONFERENCE 30-31 October, Sydney. Known as the Dr Seuss of Health and Nutrition Sam Gowing is an award winning Chef and passionate socialpreneur, with a journey that’s taken her from a Front Bar on the gritty streets of Collingwood to the Sand and Surf of Byron Bay. Like […]

03Aug
2013
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Becoming a Woman of Influence

It feels as though I have barely had an original motivating thought or idea for about a month and this is certainly reflected in my blogging life. In hindsight however, this is not really true as my focus has been on birth the Whole Happiness™ initiative which I will launch at the forthcoming Sustaining Women […]

25Jun
2013
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The Naked Truth About Raw Food

RAW FOOD: Is it an emerging cuisine, or should it be seen as another diet fad? Here’s a snippet of the paper delivered about Raw Food as a trend. The paper was placed amongst the session entitled “Food Fads”. It drew great interest from the discerning esteemed academia panel. Take a look at POPCAANZ 2013 for yourself The […]

25Jun
2013
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The Japanese Fun Guy

In the New York Times, Craig Claiborne shares the romantic notion that ‘The ancients believed that mushrooms were created by thunderbolts, possibly because they flourished after rain.’ French horticulturalists pioneered mushroom reproduction and today mushroom cultivation stands as a thriving industry, offering an abundance of species available in autumn and throughout the year.   The Japanese […]

16Jun
2013
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Authentic Tourism

Authentic Tourism The authenticity of a tourism destination relies on multifaceted elements including the landscape, historical magnetism of the area, socio-economic, environmental and cultural or spiritual experiences on offer. Tourists are motivated by their independent travel styles, attitudes and behaviour (Hjalager 2004). The pursuit of novelty and strangeness motivates the tourist, yet they desire the […]

16May
2013
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WH’s 101 Best Nutrition Tips – Expert Panel

WH’s 101 Best Nutrition Tips – Expert Panel Recently Women’s Health magazine asked me for my best nutrition tips. Here’s my absolute go to guide. Energy Alkalise, Alkalise, Alkalise, Alkalise! Sea vegetables have been used as food and medicine for thousands of years for their therapeutic qualities and rich mineral source.  Some are salty, mild, […]

07May
2013
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Healthtalks Double Date

Hi there Healthtalkers! Hope you will enjoy the final episode of Healthtalks TV for series two where Mel and I double date in the kitchen with some of our favourite superfood smoothie ingredients. You’ll find a variation on the recipe that we made here Thanks to all the viewers who have loyally tuned into Healthtalks TV each week. This […]

30Apr
2013
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It’s a Miracle!

Unlocking your Miracle Magnet. This week on healthtalks Mel sits down with Nat to talk about how to become a Miracle Magnet! The girls demonstrate just how much your mindset and attitude create reality in our lives and how simple changes can start to make dramatic change in your life. Because really, who doesn’t want […]

16Apr
2013
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Don’t Panic, I’m still Organic….

I’ve been running my global organic cooking school for over thirteen years and have witnessed the rise of organics and also the trends that follow. I’ve been eating organic food since the mid nineties and would average around 75% of my dietary intake being made up of organic produce. I’m not orthoplexic about it though, […]

09Apr
2013
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Eat Clay Love

According to Elson M. Haas, MD my number two go to guy when it comes to nutrition (Paul Pitchford being my number one), colon cleansing is one of the most important parts of detoxification. He reckons that much toxicity comes out of the large intestine, and sluggish functioning of this organ can rapidly produce general toxicity. […]

02Apr
2013
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Quinoa – The Queen of Seeds

I was first introduced to quinoa when I commenced my nutritional studies at the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine (now Endeavour College) in 1999. It was terribly hard to source then and even harder to pronounce! I was fascinated by its health claims and spent many a month experimenting with it. Much to my delight […]

03Mar
2013
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To Dot the Heart: The importance of the Chinese teahouse and dim sum

A look at the cultural and historical importance of the Chinese teahouse and dim sum. Submitted as an essay for Principles of Gastronomy, Master of Gastronomic Tourism degree, Le Cordon Bleu March 1st 2013. “The stuffed dumpling, humble as it may seem, is a dish with a fascinating history going back many centuries and interwoven […]

28Feb
2013
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From Wagon to Flagon – Farewell Febfast

Whether you’re counting down to Friday March 1st or febfasting until the early Easter break, you’re going to need a little hand holding and some gentle reminders about the power of the potent stuff. Here’s my Top 10 remedies and restorations 1. Beet top, lemon and ginger tea – to cleanse blood and liver, soothe […]

26Feb
2013
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The Brush Off

From your feet to heart Mel and Jess will show you just where to start when it comes to body brushing. Imagine how good you’re gonna feel with a little bit of self love and a whole lotta massage to minimise cellulite, promote circulation and stimulate the lymph nodes to clear and eliminate debris. The […]

05Feb
2013
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Healthtalks goes coconuts over Indah

On Healthtalks TV today the girls chat with Australian entrepreneur Teisha Lowry founder of Indah about her deluxe range of all natural and purely organic body care, fragrances and virgin coconut oil. Aromachology and Ayurvedic healing products which have been meticulously designed to feed and balance the skin using certified organic ingredients. Now Teisha is a girl after my own heart, […]

01Feb
2013
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Why I am a Wellness Warrior?

So my great mate Jess aka The Wellness Warrior and co-host at Healthtalks TV asked me, well a few poignant and heavy questions the other day. One is so hardcore I had to share it with you and I’m sure she won’t mind me re-posting them. You can read more of the “WHY” as I just […]

29Jan
2013
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Coming Up Trupps

A few weeks ago we aired the first probiotic segment Love Your Guts which catapulted up the YouTube charts faster than you can acidophilus. Well this week we bring you more gore from the Trupp Cooking School – and a little bit of Walter Wizardry too – check him out below conjuring up the magic! Now Walter […]

22Jan
2013
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Smooth Operator

It’s been said that we’re a bunch of clowns at HealthTALKS TV, so here’s our first cartoon strip! Today’s post will focus on Morning Routines. Apart from all our tips, Mel was eager to show us how to make a Green Smoothie, a part of her routine – and wow was it good? So good, she surprised […]

15Jan
2013
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Probiotics – Love Your Guts

In today’s episode of Healthtalks we become digestive detectives and talk all things tummy with our friends from the Trupp Cooking School in Prahran, Melbourne, just behind the market – my old backyard! Ever thought twice about crossing the street or trusting a new neighbour or colleague? Maybe you had the sense that something unusual […]

08Jan
2013
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Bringing healthtalks Back!

Stoked to be back on air with the new series of Healthtalks for 2013. You’re going to love what we have in store for you! So here’s the first clip and you can click here for the recipe It’s been nearly five months since we first launched this healthtalks Facebook Page and starting as we […]

05Jan
2013
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The critical rise of Australian cuisine

As part of her Master of Gastronomic tourism degree, Sam critically discusses the growth of food tourism in Australia and the world Introduction Sustainable tourism relies on a continuing positive relationship with environmental, economic and social components that also support the carefully thought out ecological aspects of the destination. Long-term equilibrium between these contributing factors […]

18Dec
2012
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Healthtalks TV Happy Christmas

We had a cracker of a time shooting season two of HeathtalksTV in Melbourne this month. Graciously hosted by organically minded friends (whom I have known since my Collingwood days) Walter and Dorota Trupp from Trupp Cooking School who let us use their fab kitchen located near the Prahran Market in Melbourne. Here’s our final segment for 2012 […]

30Oct
2012
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Healthtalks TV Episode 4

In this week’s episode of Healthtalks TV Nat serves up the sunny side of fertility. Fertility certainly isn’t just about the babies.  Fertility is the ability to conceive.  I like you to think of it as an extension of your health.  It sums up overall wellness, because if you are fertile, you can be your […]

01Oct
2012
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healthtalks TV

The wait is over,  here’s the healthiest thing you’ll see all day! Welcome to healthtalks TV Since we first mentioned our plans a few weeks back, on all of our blogs and on the Face Book page, there’s been a lot of speculation and comment from many of you about where we might be seen, […]

16Jan
2012
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Organic Cooking Classes

We’ve been teaching Food as Medicine in our popular cooking school for more than twelve years so it’s no wonder that our individually tailored private classes and public Masterclasses are sought after worldwide. Exclusive private classes are available Australia wide.  Masterclasses happen every few months in capital cities around Australia, so keep an eye out […]

13Nov
2011
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Healthtalks TV

______________________________________ In this week’s episode of Healthtalks TV, I’m rocking an awesome Brussels sprout salad just in time for a post Spring Carnival cleanse. These mini cabbages are jam packed full of sulphurous compounds which help to cleanse the liver and purify the blood. If you hated Brussels sprouts as a kid because your mother […]

30Oct
2011
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A Vue to Wholefoods

Friend and joint venture partner in our luxury home delivery health boxes,  Shannon Bennett knows better than most about the temptations of eating badly. Every day at his Melbourne restaurant, Vue de Monde, he is surrounded by food – much of it healthy, some of it not. To deal with the temptation of overeating and work […]

29Oct
2011
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Bali? The word on the street is that it’s no bother, really

The final word on Bali, straight from the Queen of Ubud herself – Cosmic sister Janet DeNeefe. The Age . Opinion . 29 October 2011 See also Casa Luna & Ubud Writers Festival The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is over for another year and I am gloating at our success. With an audience increase of more than […]

07Oct
2011
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October Unprocessed

Thrilled to find this great initiative to keep the dry month of OcSober interesting! Just hooked up online with Andrew and this is what he has to say: In October of 2009, I was struck by a simple idea: What would happen if I went for an entire month without eating any processed foods? Read more […]

20Sep
2011
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Palm Oil labelling Bill snubbed by politicians

AFN  September 20, 2011 Matt Paish The Australian House of Representatives’ Economics Committee has made a recommendation that a proposed Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling Palm Oil) Bill 2011 should not proceed. The Private Member’s Bill was rejected by the Economics Committee on the basis that the legislation would require the active sponsorship and facilitation […]

05Sep
2011
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For the Good of Your Health

By Kay O’Sullivan, SMH Traveller Read more about Cabarita Ocean Retreat  Australia is to get a new health retreat with the opening of the Cabarita Ocean Retreat at Casuarina in northern NSW scheduled for the end of September. Overseeing operations is Brook Ramage, who was the general manager of Queensland’s Golden Door Health Retreat for 17 years. Ramage […]

30Aug
2011
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The Problem with Palm oil

IT’S a phrase that’s been popularised in advertising for a motoring product. But when it comes to the use of palm oil in food manufacturing, Australian Orangutan Project president Leif Cocks says the same message applies: oils ain’t oils. ”It’s estimated 300 football fields of rainforest per hour are being destroyed,” Cocks says of the […]

16Aug
2011
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Ita Tells Me So

The smash hit ‘Paper Giants’ ABC TV drama triggered a tsunami of interest in the life and times of journalist and publisher Ita Buttrose. Here’s the link to Australian Story and a few kind words she offered since our last meeting… “I thought I knew fair bit, but Samantha Gowing showed me a few things I didn’t […]

13Aug
2011
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Food Trends for 2012

Top Tip: How to use Food as Medicine  In 2012, look out for: 1. Artisan Foods Leave the discounting to the supermarkets – fresh food retailers in 2011 will benefit by focussing on the growth in high quality home cooking spurred by the many TV shows. Carrying artisan, locally crafted products with unique flavour profiles […]

15Jul
2011
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Tsangalow

In the Melbourne neighbourhood where I grew up there was a local Chinese restaurant. In fact there were two. One was magical and delicious, and the other was poor man’s China. The first was called The Mandarin and was owned and operated by the very affable Peter – a mainland native who clearly did not […]

06Jul
2011
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Food is the new medicine

Replacing nature’s produce with processed food is asking for health problems, writes Lisa Mitchell for the Melbourne Age. Former restaurateur turned food and health consultant Samantha Gowing says about 75% of her clients present with general malaise. “They have this cycle of erratic nutritional intake – they’re not getting enough sleep, drinking too much coffee, […]

14Jun
2011
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Clare Bowditch Sings Sam’s Praises

“I had the good fortune of stumbling across Sam Gowing back in 2002, when she gave me a jolly-good dose of both Pilates and “food as medicine” advice. Since then, whenever I’m run down, flat out, over-roasted, or in need to some professional “energy support”, she is the one I call. She always sets me […]

03Mar
2011
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Food Health Wealth

Gowings Food Health Wealth is a fabulously global wellness company based in Byron Bay. Our Organic Cooking School specialises in creating our signature Surf Spa Food for luxury health retreats worldwide. We also create dynamic, fun and interactive Corporate Chef experiences for Workplace Wellness and Executive Team Building incentives. With our Online Marketing and Social Media Seminars […]

17Feb
2011
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Bitter Sweet Sour

Sam’s recipe blog Bitter Sweet Sour celebrates her best organic and mostly gluten free recipes showcasing food as medicine using Zen and Chinese nutritional principles with a modern culinary twist. The name comes from the “Six Tastes” which include bitter, sweet, sour, salty, pungent and astringent. She’ll be explaining which is best for what, so […]

23Jan
2011
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Death of a legendary salesman

Dennis Gowing, a.k.a. Kevin Dennis, sponsor of one-time Channel 9 hit New Faces and multi-faceted entrepreneur. The Briton who rose from humble beginnings — he arrived in Australia in 1949 as a 10 pound migrant — to become one of Australia’s best-known identities, died in 1991 at the age of 62, but remains a daily inspiration to his only […]

18Dec
2010
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Healthtalks TV Merry Christmas

Here’s our final segment for 2012 and what a hoot it is! Get the superfood deluxe Totes Amazeballs recipe here We had a cracker of a time shooting season two of HeathtalksTV in Melbourne this month. Graciously hosted by organically minded friends (whom I have known since my Collingwood days) Walter and Dorota Trupp from Trupp […]

04Dec
2010
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Healthtalks TV Ep. 9 – Food for Thought

Checkout the final episode for our pilot season – it’s an absolute cracker! At Healthtalks TV we dish you up the naked truth on all things raw, skinny, good fats and bad. It’s the only online TV show where you’ll get the ins and outs on all that’s well and truly. Healthtalks TV. an entirely new way to […]

08Apr
2010
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The Pantry Pervert

Still got that old spice from the 90’s? Our Pantry Pervert service is part of the 12 week regenerative health plan that we offer and includes an on site visit to your home where together we detox your pantry and start a fresh, filling it with organic wholefoods, the right spices and grains for your […]

03Apr
2010
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Turning Health Into Wealth

“It is my pleasure to introduce Samantha Gowing.   A talented woman, Sam has proven skills and expertise as a Nutritionist she is a wonderful Chef and is an excellent business woman.  She is rare talent who will tantalise your tastebuds, educate your mind, develop your business acumen and delight your clients.  Enjoy!” Sharon Kolkka, […]

27Mar
2010
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Mind Your Mindset

My favourite part of the coaching process is watching the “A-ha” face light up! It is often preceded by a squeamish look of discomfort, hand rolling and the occasional head scratch in an attempt to mask the doubt, fear and confusion. Then the illumination kicks in. Have you ever had a moment like this? What […]

27Mar
2010
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Sam Shares About Mindset

My favourite part of the coaching process is watching the “A Ha” face light up! It is often preceded by a squeamish look of discomfort, hand rolling and the occasional head scratch in an attempt to mask the doubt, fear and confusion. Then the illumination kicks in. Have you ever had a moment like this? […]

20Mar
2010
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Paving A New Paradigm

What an incredible year it’s been! I found myself in transition more often than not this year and now that the end is nigh I can sit back and reflect on the good the bad and the not so ugly. What I have learned the most is how our own ‘story’ in our head dictates […]

04Nov
2008
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Are Organics the New Prada?

This article was first published in the Byron Bay Echo, November 2008 ©2012SamanthaGowing The natural procession of organic foods swelling our national shelves has given rise to a new breed of health-hungry consumers. Gone are the peace-loving hippy associations once hyper linked with healthy food. This neutralised carbon copy offsets the once guilt-racked minds of […]

04Nov
2008
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Sam then and now

The Byron Bay Echo by Victoria Cosford Samantha Gowing was 20 years old when her father’s horse won the Melbourne Cup. His hand gripping hers, she watched as What A Nuisance came hurtling over the finish line – and even, later on, meeting the Prince and Princess of Wales could not compete with that entrancing […]

09Nov
2006
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A Leaf of Relief

“Teahouses are as important to the Sichuanese as pubs are to the British” Jung Chang, “Wild Swans” Chinese legend has it that tea originated in the Sichuan Province as early as prehistoric times. It is believed that the fifth reincarnation of Buddha, Ta Mo had been meditating for years on when he eventually fell asleep. […]

10Jul
2005
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Beggars, Banquets and Sustainable Feasts

“Let the order of service be from the more substantial dishes to the lighter, and the simpler wines to the most perfumed”  Brillat – Savarin  The celebration of the feast marks a day of unusual solemnity and joy to commemorate a special event.  Festive cookery was traditionally a part of historic, religious and cultural events on […]

11Aug
2004
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Dahl Inc.

The burly bloke behind the bain-marie baulked when we inquired how we would identify the organic dishes. Reluctantly, he backstepped to his culinary colleague who gestured that she too, was not so sure. He returned to the counter citing that if they were to use organic produce, the costs would be much higher and what […]

10May
2004
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You can’t Milk a Soybean

Whilst the imminent peril of international biological war surrounds us daily, another, almost silent, biochemical warfare has been bubbling for some time. The threat of genetically modified foods has prompted many a good citizen to lobby for G.E. free items in this country. But is the awareness permeating the social consciousness effectively? Is the nervous […]

13Apr
2003
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Lillies & Chillies

“If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily” Chinese Proverb Throughout history, both the East and the West have embraced the healing properties of the Allilium species. Garlic and onions have long been associated with the common cold as a natural antibiotic.  Combining garlic with the dried pepper from the cayenne […]

09Apr
2003
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The Mung & The Stressless

IMAGE SOURCE: AMA While the mere mention of a mung bean usually conjures up images of a peace, love and lentil lifestyle, the history of the mung transcends way back to the antique diets of the East.   Certainly, these spheres of jade did enjoy celebrity status during the 70s by providing a vehicle for […]

14Feb
2003
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Counter Culture

On September 24th 1990 I became a publican. I was 24 years old and the new licensee of the historic Grace Darling hotel on Smith Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s Collingwood. One week later the Collingwood Football Team won the Grand Final. History had been made. Read more about restaurants and pubs By Kay O’Sullivan, […]

20Aug
2002
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Sympathy for the Devil

The Dracula Factor “The honest flavour of fresh garlic is something I can never have enough of” James Beard  The classic macabre tale of the sinister life of a Romanian Prince known as Count Dracula has frightened us for over a century.  His overall disdain for the pungent garlic clove, nocturnal search for haemoglobin and […]

09Jul
2002
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The Wealth of Wheatgrass

Jocund juice joints across the land are bountiful with spiky trays of wheatgrass, gently waving their nutritious blades.  Whilst it may seem that this is a new fad, wheatgrass and its juice have been available for some time.   Many a Manhattan juicery has been dealing in the commodity of wheat grass since the 1980’s, […]

15Feb
2002
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Mare’s eat oats, doe’s eat oats,

“Mare’s eat oats, doe’s eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy.”   Milton Drake, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston  The renowned British cook, Mrs. Beeton, who was the authority on good housekeeping, circa.1900, described oatmeal as being “…one of our most valuable meals, this is rich in flesh forming quality, heat givers and nourishing properties, yet […]

15Feb
2002
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Hustle, Bustle & Muscle

Degenerative joint diseases, such as Osteoarthritis (rheumatism), typically target specific areas of the body like the hips, knees, fingers, big toes, and the spine.  Characterised by deep, aching pain with stiffness, Osteoarthritis is usually caused by inflammation of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bone that surround the damaged cartilage.  Most cartilage degeneration is due to […]

04Sep
2001
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Yin Yang & the Tao thing

The Eastern Feast Our modern Australian cuisine has evolved from the availability of produce introduced by the immigrants that the land has welcomed. However the practice of combining Japanese foods with other national fare be it Italian, Australian or Greek cam be detrimental to the distinctive taste and purity of Japanese food. Antipasto platters that […]

26Jun
2001
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A Time for Lime

Indigenous to the South East of Asia, this warm climate fruit is most famous for keeping the British Navy alive on their voyages to the tropics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  The rich vitamin C content of limes provided essential nutrients to ward off the deficiency disease, Scurvy.  Thus the sailors were nicknamed “Limeys”.  […]

09Jan
2001
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Eastern Grill Meets Western Girl

Travels through Asia and the USA have played an important part in my culinary inspiration. Of greatest significance has been the age-old Eastern schools of thought including the traditional and macrobiotic cuisine of Japan, the ceremonial banquets of the Balinese and regional Indonesian food, the Chinese dietetics of the Yin and Yang, and the Ayurvedic wisdom […]

10May
2000
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Death of a Salesman

My father thoroughly his enjoyed life…. until he realized that it was causing his death. After his cancer diagnosis, he endeavoured to give up cigarettes, food, wine, women, fast cars, bars … and cigars! It was too late, and by the time he died in 1991, at the age of 62, nearly every cell in […]

16Mar
2000
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Mother Ware’s Collard Greens

Jacqueline Ware was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York in 1935. One of seven sisters and a brother, Jackie learnt to cook watching her Mother and Grandmother in the kitchen. All the sisters in her family specialise in one or two particular dishes. Jackie’s is renown for her potato salad, collard greens and fried […]

03Nov
1998
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Hinch remembers Dennis

Recently, I was asked to recall and record some thoughts about a genuine, almost (we thought) indestructible, Melbourne identity. Kevin Dennis. AKA, Dennis Gowing. He was a man who once (as Kevin Dennis) bought more TV advertising on more TV programmes than any person then or since. And I thought: Aah, Dennis, you frustrating old […]