Le Cordon Bleu Master, Chef Samantha Gowing

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

14Apr
2017
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Chocolate Frangipane Tart

With Bluesfest in town this festive almond based flan is just the ticket. A celebration cake not for everyday dining yet will be a sure fire hit for any special occasion. Rich in protein and a little too much sugar – even though I have modified it – so be careful if you have a hot electric […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

13Jul
2016
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Sustainable Seafood

Here’s a handy list of sustainable fish and seafood for Australian waters. Choose wisely and choose well. Snapper is very prominent in our local waters near Byron Bay, as are Tweed Heads’ prawns, so it’s a good idea to check with your local supplier or fishmonger what is happening near your home. Buyer beware: Blue-fin Tuna […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Seared sesame salmon, soba noodle salad with a ginger, wasabi dressing

When I was a 19 year old whippersnapper, I studied Japanese language and managed a Japanese Restaurant in Melbourne. I wore a traditional kimono everyday – can you imagine  – and learned  the tricks of the trade from my hilarious, sake infused Japanese colleagues. 2 x 120 gram salmon fillets 1 teaspoon macadamia oil for coating 1 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

08Mar
2015
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Feeling Hot Hot Hot – Sammy’s Red Hot Chilli Jam

Want to speed up your metabolism so you burn more fat? Eating chilli is a well known tactic in the fight against unwanted body fat and a spoon or two of killer chill jam is just the ticket to boost your digestive fire. All hot chillies contain capsaicinoids, natural substances that produce a burning sensation. This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

06Jul
2014
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Very berry tartlet – Berry Manilow

This recipe was originally created for one of our famous Easter Bluesfest birthday parties. But it’s not just for Easter, it’s a great Paleo desert anytime of the year. Enjoy. For the base 1 cup almonds 1 cup macadamia nuts ½ cup currants ½ cup Medjool dates, pitted 2 tablespoons raw cacao ½ cup cacao […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

31May
2014
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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

24Jan
2014
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Gowings Peppermint Slice

At the time of writing this post early 2014, I was becoming more and more intrigued by the Paleo way of life. The more I read, the more it maked sense, especially from an unprocessed, wholefoods point of view. Essentially it’s about minimising your grain intake and upping the ante on premium organic meat and enjoying […]

22Jan
2014
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Citrus Polenta Pancakes

Corn is the most prolific grain in America and is used from petrol pumps (ethanol) to party pies. Native to Central America, corn was barely used until the end of the 15th century when it would become the most utilised crop on the planet to this day. Here’s a little piece from my book The […]

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 […]

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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The Little Red Book That Could

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 local media, radio and the Byron Bay book launch at St. Elmo last week.  Stock up […]

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 […]

19Nov
2013
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Superfood Cacao Paleo Smoothie

I can’t take all the credit for this little ripper ‘cos my super smooth chef Jasmine (a.k.a. Jazzy Pops) did all the work, but she insisted I call it this so here it is. We have one of these every morning to break the Paleo Intermittent Fasting 16 hour fast. It’s packed full of everything a […]

05Nov
2013
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The Princess and the Pauper

As it’s Melbourne Cup day in Australia, I thought I’d trot this wonderful story out to my readers whom may not know this lovely tale. The Day before the running of the 1985 Melbourne Cup we were at Gowings Restaurant. The torrential rain began around lunchtime and continued throughout the night. With every downpour, came […]

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 […]

18Sep
2013
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Australia’s leading spa chef hangs up her apron to find Whole Happiness™

Media Release: September 2013 Australia’s leading spa chef Samantha Gowing has worked for the past 15 years with people all over the world on improving their health and wellbeing. This year Samantha is thrilled to launch her first book ‘The Healing Feeling’, it represents her life work and passion for spreading the health and wellness word in a […]

04Sep
2013
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Green Superfood Smoothie

Everyone seems to love a green smoothie these days. Years ago all we had was a banana vibe but now it’s supergreen kale to the rescue and anything else you can get your hands on. This recipe has been formally published in the brand spanking new Byron Bay Cookbook launched this week. The gorgeous pic is […]

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 […]

19Jul
2013
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Choko Chanel

In all honesty, some of the best ingredients I’ve ever found are right on my doorstep – take the local produce offerings nestling in the Honesty Boxes of the Northern Rivers for example. Here they are, just crying out for a home and hopefully, a tasty recipe to showcase their loyalty to the season. So […]

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 […]

20May
2013
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How to make cashew cheese

Ever wondered how the food at raw food cafes tastes so good? On most occasions it is due to a high volume of raw cashews. These kidney shaped nuts grow at the end of the cashew apple and their rich creamy texture when processed creates the perfect texture for the sweet and healthier alternatives  that raw […]

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 […]

30Apr
2013
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Gowings raw cauliflower couscous with macadamia nuts and cranberries

Here’s a favourite spring salad that’s so quick and easy and full of liver friendly cauliflower, with a hint of sweetness form cranberries and a kiss of mint. Raw cauliflower couscous with macadamia nuts and cranberries 1/2 head cauliflower, roughly chopped 1 cup macadamia nuts ½ cup parsley, finely chopped ½ cup mint, finely chopped […]

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, […]

14Apr
2013
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First Aid Foods

Bugger. I’ve got the lergy. Although it’s not a completely debilitating one, it’s enough to keep me out of the kitchen – ‘cos nobody wants to see a sick chef – especially in a health retreat. So I’ve been tucked up in bed for a few days, just crawling out to absorb some vitamin D […]

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. […]

08Apr
2013
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Exclusive Raw and Paleo Masterclass – April 27th Melbourne

Just pulled this one out from my hat as the planets have aligned to bring me to Melbourne at the end of the month so there’s never been a better time to host an exclusive masterclass in two of the most talked about diets to date – Raw Food and Paleo. I’ll be sharing my knowledge of both […]

06Apr
2013
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More Heathtalks Quinoa

Since it’s quinoa week on Healthtalks TV here’s another recipe that Jess and I have thrown together for you. Click the image below to watch A quick and healthy alkalising quinoa recipe 1 cup cooked white quinoa 3 fresh shitake, finely sliced 2 stalks celery, finely sliced 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 tablespoon Brookfarm macadamia nut […]

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 […]

02Apr
2013
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Healthtalks – Quinoa, pea, sesame and shiso salad

In today’s episode of Healthtalks TV Mel and I get green and seedy with quinoa. You can read the full quinoa story here and watch the clip by clicking the image below. _____________ Botanically, quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is derived from the Chenopodium or goosefoot family – as is spinach, chard and beets.  It is native to […]

27Mar
2013
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Jacqui Wilson

Meet our mate Jacqui Wilson. A very funny lady with a BA degree in PR to boot. She has clocked up about eight year’s experience in music and entertainment publicity, artist management, and corporate PR. During this time she has worked on a variety of projects from major artist album releases and tours and national […]

19Mar
2013
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Turkey San Choi Bao, quinoa, zucchini, avocado terrine

I reckon that turkey is one of the underestimated sources of protein packed, lean meat. I’ve always loved Christmas for the big bird feast, so when I met Ewart and Suzanne Sylvester from the Darling Downs, owners of Green Ag Turkey at a trade show a while back, I was instantly smitten with their product and hired […]

09Mar
2013
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Best Spa Food

A stay at this boutique, ocean-side, health-spa retreat is almost worth it for the cuisine alone: who knew food could be so seriously delicious and healthy? In today’s Age and Sydney Morning Herald my Surf Spa Food was chosen as Australia’s best Spa Food destination. Food Cabarita Ocean Health Retreat, NSW A stay at this boutique, ocean-side, health-spa […]

06Mar
2013
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Amanthi Lynch

Now you’ve gotta love a gal who also loves to bake bits ‘n’ bobs as well as rock out a tune or two as part of the band Skipping Girl Vinegar. Not only does the gorgeous Amanthi Lynch posses enviable qualities that make her a prime candidate for RWW but get this…drumroll … she can […]

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 […]

27Feb
2013
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Carmen Smith

The Mischief Maker Dishing up the Healing Feeling for Rockin’ Women Wednesdays  today is Carmen Smith – a self proclaimed “freckle faced, red haired mischief maker who sings her little heart out” who has been an underground force in the music industry for some time. Now we love a good mischief maker at Food Health […]

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 […]

13Feb
2013
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Tracy Kingman

From little things big things grow – so Paul Kelly tells us – and it sure is true when it comes to my little friend Tracy Kingman (TK) who was a whippersnapper of a thang when we met. I was 16 and she’s a good deal younger. Over our very long friendship we have had […]

06Feb
2013
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Kerri Simpson

The best thing about putting Rockin’ Women Wednesdays together is that I get to hook up with my mates who I haven’t touched base with in yonks. Meet Kerri Simpson, one of Australia’s original rock chicks with a heart as big as the moon. I love ‘Simpsoni’ – she’s the real deal with a dry wit […]

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 […]

27Jan
2013
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Rockin’ Women Wednesdays

Once upon a time before I became an organic chef and devotee to all things healthy, I was the licensee of the historic Grace Darling Hotel, on Smith Street in the gritty, inner city Melbourne suburb of Collingwood from 1990-1998. My brother Chris and I owned and operated the famous old bluestone pub. We proudly […]

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 […]

22Jan
2013
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The Accidental Smoothie – Healthtalks TV

A funny thing happened on the way to the market to make this smoothie for today’s Healthtalks TV epsidsode…. Ok, so it’s not that funny. In fact, it was quite frightening. I’d just had a cuppa with my buddy Carram, Byron Bay’s best Personal Trainer, then popped into the Green Garage – a cavernous gourmet joint […]

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 […]

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 […]

18Dec
2012
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Healthtalks Totes Amazeballs

Here’s our final segment for 2012 and what a hoot it is! 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 […]

04Dec
2012
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What the experts really eat – Healthtalks

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. Checkout the final episode for our pilot season – it’s an absolute cracker!

13Nov
2012
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Heathtalks TV Ep. 6 – Outing the Sprout

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 over cooked […]

08Nov
2012
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Raw zucchini noodle salad of sea vegetables, nuts and seeds

This living salad is one of the highlights of my Surf Spa Food menu. Best to buy activated nuts and seeds for this if you don’t have a dehydrator to do it yourself. In this episode of HealthtalksTVs Nat Kringoudis and I talk about the healing properties of sea vegetables. Here’s a excerpt from my book The Healing Feeling […]

05Nov
2012
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Byron Bay Superfood Bliss Balls

These little beauties are the ultimate bliss ball packed full of superfoods, most of which come from our friends at Maretai. I love this company because they work in close relationship with local farmers and producers in Mexico, so they’re are able to supply wild crafted products at a competitive price while supporting the sustainable growth […]

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 […]

23Oct
2012
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Healthtalks TV – The Beauty of the Beets

We had an absolute ball shooting this episode of Healthtalks TV in Melbourne.  This uplifting recipe is inspired by a Middle Eastern version from Dani Valent’s Thermomix book called In the Mix that you can buy here. Beetroot, pepita, rosewater and pomegranate salad   Serves 8 *Please note, this recipe works best if you use a Thermomix […]

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, […]

22Sep
2012
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Lymphatic Tisane

A tisane is a herbal infusion usually consisting of leaves and flowers, steeped for a few minutes so as to release the essential oils. I have created this fragrant, subtle blend of lymphagogues, to help clear my lymphatic system after enjoying Naked Treaties‘ energising spring liquid cleanse of juices, smoothies and vegetable broths. I have noticed […]

03Sep
2012
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Raw Brussels sprouts slaw with prune dressing

I’ve been in Melbourne over the weekend teaching my Organic Superfoods Masterclass and shooting an amazing new wellness project for TV with my good friend Nat Kringoudis (gorgeous in gold) and two new BFFs, Jess Ainscough (in red) and Melissa Ambrosini (next to me). The show is called HealthTALKS and I invite you all to like our Facebook page […]

23Aug
2012
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Superfoods Masterclass Sept. 1st

There’s a couple of seats left for next weekend’s Melbourne Masterclass. This is the last Melbourne class for the year. Can you come? Hope so, here’s the details. __________________________ Organic Superfoods Masterclass NEXT CLASS: 1st September  2012 12pm HURRY! LIMITED AVAILABILITY $250 inclusive of HANDS ON class, lunch and nutrition handbook Register or call 0411 852 […]

07Aug
2012
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Raw pecan cacao brownies

Who would have ever believed that something so healthy could taste so damn fine?! I guarantee that you will just love these sweet rich treats. But go easy, one a day is more than enough! 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted 2 cups pecans 2½ cups Medjool dates, pitted 1 cup raw cacao 1 cup activated […]

21May
2012
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FODMAP friendly cacao, coconut and banana muffins

FODMAPs are Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols – a collection of molecules found in food that are poorly absorbed by some digestive systems. which in turn may present with Irritable Bowel Syndrome like symptoms including abdominal pain and bloating. The usual food suspects are most dried fruit, onions, garlic, artichokes, asparagus, honey – and […]

10Mar
2012
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Figs with coconut yoghurt

4 fresh ripe figs, trimmed and cut into quarters 2 tablespoons coconut yoghurt Cut figs and serve alongside coconut yoghurt I am forever devising concoctions that are dairy free for my readers who are dreaming of that cheesy feeling. So if there’s no cow or sheep’s milk yoghurt for breakfast, his means that necessity and consumer […]

18Feb
2012
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Coconut Paleo Cake

 This tropical celebration cake is entirely gluten free and comprising of coconut flour for the starch, this is the healthiest guilt free cake I have ever made and perfect if you are avoiding processed grains and flours. You can even grind your own coconut in a Thermomix if you have one. 50 grams/½ cup goji […]

25Jan
2012
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Australia Blaze

                    Australia Day strikes a bittersweet note on our calendar signalling the end of long summer holidays and heralding the return to work and school. Many Aussies honour the landing of white man onto this great southern land, while others prefer to label it Invasion Day. […]

17Jan
2012
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The Power of the Pav

Australia Day strikes a bittersweet note on our calendar signalling the end of long summer holidays and heralding the return to work and school. Many Aussies honour the landing of white man onto this great southern land while others prefer to label it Invasion Day, not to mention the New Zealand versus Australia for the ownership […]

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 […]

23Dec
2011
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Rockin’ Road

There’s a huge swell mounting off the coast here in Byron Bay, with waves of up to 4.5 metres predicted for Christmas Day due to the remnants of tropical cyclone Fina meeting the low that might swing up from the Great Australian Bight. So here’s another great Australian bite – not traditional, but certainly a ripper […]

03Dec
2011
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Sticky Black Rice Pudding

Thanks to our Balinese Cosmic Sister Janet DeNeefe from Casa Luna Cooking School and her Honeymoon Guesthouse  for the recipe. This highly nutritious,  famous pudding is mainly eaten in Indonesia as an afternoon snack. It’s great topped with fresh fruit, toasted coconut and, of course, a liberal amount of coconut milk. Next time you’re in Bali, head up […]

27Nov
2011
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Quinoa, minted pea and truffle salad

This tasty summer salad is a sure-fire winner this Christmas and would even be great as the turkey stuffing, perhaps with a bit of orange zest and juice. Give it a test run at your next BBQ with some Bangalow pork belly, seared kingfish or spicy chicken. I’ve used truffle oil which gives it such a festive […]

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 […]

01Nov
2011
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The Princess and the Pauper

As it’s Melbourne Cup day in Australia, I thought I’d re-post a traditional racing recipe that is all about celebration and not so healthy. There’s still time to make these snappy little sangas – recipe below –  before you head out to the track. Before you go racing to the market, I want to trot […]

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 […]

26Oct
2011
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Open Sesame!

These rootin’, tootin’ gluten free numbers are just the ticket when you feel like a cheesy snack ‘cos they taste just like those commercial bickies you get from the shops! I’ve  altered Jody Vassallo‘s recipe from her great book “Wheat and gluten free”. Allow the dough to rest a little as it will help the […]

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 […]

03Oct
2011
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Fly Ly

When I was growing up, bean sprouts were the only Asian ingredient you could get and you could tell a good fried rice by the peas! Since moving to Byron Bay, it’s the flavours of Melbourne’s Chinatown and Victoria Street that I miss the most as the local offerings just don’t stand up. Sometimes you […]

30Sep
2011
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Basil, Lemon & Olive Gremolata

This is my variation of a classic Milanese gremolata; a chopped herb condiment originating in Milan, which always includes grated lemon peel.  Many recipes include parsley, mint and garlic.  It’s great with most things especially lightly seared kingfish, bream or gold band snapper, and not too shabby with a well brought up roast chook. Good as […]

23Sep
2011
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Beauty and the beets

Just knocked their socks off at our trial week for the new retreat. This little charmer proved to be the best friend to the sensational organic sirloin from Jack Spratt’s butcher in Tweed Heads. Do yourself a flavour this weekend and whip it up. Perfect with fish, chicken or red meat and even better with […]

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 […]

14Sep
2011
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Chia up muffins

We made our own almond meal today in the whiz bang Thermomix – love that bit – and you can do it in your food processor too. It’s much cheaper and fresher than buying store bought stuff. You can substitute apricots for any dried fruit, just watch out for the sweet factor. Apricot, almond and chia […]

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 […]

27Aug
2011
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Prawns with turmeric aioli

You know passionfruit, turmeric and eggs are not normally ingredients who play together, however turmeric and passionfruit are kinda yellow so I reckoned they’d blend up well with a few egg yolks and make a cracker of an accompaniment to a handful of local grilled prawns. Passionfruit, an obvious aphrodisiac, also has powerful healing properties […]

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 […]

04Aug
2011
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Ume-sho-kuzu

Ume-sho-kuzu is one of the most widely prescribed Japanese macrobiotic home remedies. It is made from kuzu, umeboshi, a pickled sour plum and shoyu. Kuzu is the root of a Japanese plant like arrowroot, which grows wild in mountainous regions. This tonic helps to strengthen the blood, improve circulation, restore energy and promote good digestion. Great […]

28Jul
2011
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The Beauty of the Beets

The peach blossom is blooming heralding the approach of spring here in the Northern Rivers. This means that the root vegetables of winter will not be as full bodied shortly, so best get onto those beets you’ve been waiting to pickle asap! They’ll be ready in a few weeks if you do them now and are […]

21Jul
2011
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Hail Kale

The King of all things green and a mighty member of the Brassicaceae family (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower), kale is possibly the oldest known of them all. Preferring a cool climate, it grows well by the sea and is closely related to the collards, which have much straighter, smoother leaves. Kale is renowned for […]

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 […]

15Jul
2011
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Beet leaves and buckwheat noodles

Happily inspired by Nigella’s recipe from her important book, “How to Eat”, I have reworked it a little, but you can use parsley instead of sprouts if you like. I am so thrilled to find her writing healthier recipes amongst her lushness of lashings of butter. I’ve been celebrating beets for years, especially the stems […]

14Jul
2011
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Parsnip, pear, pecans & pomegranate

Put the 4 P’s into a winter warming salad this season for a sweet, nutty and nourishing accompaniment to any slow cooking, braise or roast. Also good with baked fish or just on its own as a light lunch. Crumble some fetta, blue or goats’ cheese through it if that’s your thing. 4 parsnips, scraped and cut […]

10Jul
2011
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From the Archives

Hello to my Bitter Sweet Sour subscribers. I want you all to be the first to know that I’ve just relaunched www.samanthagowing.com and now you can read a raft of articles, reviews and recipes that I’ve been archiving for the past few days – you probably noticed a few random post notifications that accidentally landed in your […]

07Jul
2011
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Katie’s Apple Cider Slaw

1 cup white and red cabbage, shredded very finely 1 cup orange and purple (if avail) carrot, finely cut into strips with a vegie peeler 1 cup radish, spliced paper-thin (best to use a mandolin if you have one) 2 large salad onions, sliced super thinly Dressing 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup red […]

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, […]

23Jun
2011
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Cauliflower, cashew and cumin crunch

This crunchy winter warming bake is quick and easy and can be put together very quickly with existing pantry items. Substitute cashews for almonds if preferred. You can also dry bake with no oil at all if using baking paper – I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised with the flavour! Alternatively, you could add a […]

13Jun
2011
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Mackerel Escabeche

This quick and easy fish dish is a highlight of many a cooking class. Simple to prepare and usually requires just a quick visit to your favourite fishmonger. Best with an oily white fish such as spotted or Spanish mackerel. Can be served warm or cold, as an appetiser, entree or mixed through a warm […]

24May
2011
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Sri Lankan muesli

This comes from the sub-continental paradise of Sri Lanka where I tailor made a range of menus and wellness programs for Kahanda Kanda in Galle. KK offers deliciously healthy food including Cleansing, Alkalising and Macrobiotic menus. All incorporate elements of traditional and contemporary nutritional medicine, combined with local and seasonal produce. This muesli is wheat free, not gluten free and showcases the […]

12May
2011
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Laughing buddha lunch

Aduki bean with black jasmine rice, red slaw and crunchy pepitas This colourful, crunchy combo will help to dry out any damp conditions such as excess mucous, phlegm and digestive stuff! The cabbage helps to cleanse the liver and the black rice will support the kidney Qi. Great for acute coughs and head colds. The […]

08May
2011
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Fig, pistachio & ginger muffins

Just stepped out of the Byron Bay surf in time to create this rich and slightly creamy muffin recipe just in time for Mothers’ Day. It’s not too late to whip up a batch if you’ve already got the ingredients in your gluten free pantry. Figs are believed to have been Cleopatra’s favourite fruit and possess powerful […]

27Apr
2011
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Wheat grass Beetini

This nutritious tonic has cleansing and rejuvenating properties.  The medicinal use of grasses and chlorophyll date back to the Bible and have been used widely ever since. Grass poultices have been used for their cooling properties to treat inflammation, burns, itchiness and eyestrain.  Nutritionally, wheat grass possesses high protein levels similar to most meats, and also […]

07Apr
2011
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The Ultimate Organic Masterclass

This is the quintessential organic cooking class for anybody who is serious about healthy food choices. The knowledge you walk away with will give you the edge and the power to start effecting positive change in your health with organic whole foods. Learn the latest facts about fats, figures and a whole lot of wholefood fun with […]

28Mar
2011
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Salad of smoked trout with quinoa

This recipe was originally created for a segment on What’s Up Down Under TV with Frankie J Holden, which you can watch here. The shoot was at Hastings Point, about 25 minutes north of Byron Bay on a very windy weekend morning. Frankie J was just hilarious and we had a ball together! I’ve swapped […]

05Mar
2011
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Red quinoa breakfast with goji & macadamias

This recipe is one of our most popular and originally featured in Sarah Wilson’s Tuesday’s Eats 1 cup red quinoa, rinsed 2 cups water 1⁄4 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped 1⁄4 cup goji berries 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped 2 teaspoon chia seeds 1 teaspoon ground ginger Pinch cinnamon ½ lime juice only […]

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 […]

18Feb
2011
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Spicy Coconut Fishcakes

1/2 red capsicum 1cm piece fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 long red chilli ½  bunch coriander 2 limes, juice and zest 3 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce 6 spring onions, chopped 500 grams white fish, minced 100 ml coconut cream 1 egg Pinch salt Coconut oil for gently frying       […]

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 […]

04Jan
2011
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Soba So Good

This is the kind of dish you can throw together when there’s nothing in the fridge, especially if you’ve been travelling and take away is just not an option. Providing you have a few Japanese staples kicking around the pantry, you’ll have a quick, nutritious and gluten free fix in no time. 125 grams (½ […]

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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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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

05Jul
2008
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Gowings Turmeric Tonic

This special tonic is the perfect pick-me-up to keep your immunity in tiptop shape before a cold or flu unfolds. Its rich golden yellow hue comes from beta-carotene. Inspired by the great Jamu kunyit at Bali Janet’s Casa Luna, this is my version with the fresh stuff created for the cooking school in 2005. Like its […]

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. […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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”.  […]

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 […]