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 guilt-racked minds of inner urban supermarket mother as they wade through a sea of processed, nutrient enriched consumables with magical claims. … [Read more...] about Are Organics the new Prada?
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 radio 3RRR ON DEMAND and get The Healing Feeling and some spring detox tips! You can download the Byron Shire News review here: Read Byron Shire News -The Healing … [Read more...] about Byron Bay gets The Healing Feeling
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. Feature Photo: Steven Stewart. Obviously, I want to be healthy. If I'm sick, how am I going to get to restaurants, sit up straight for hours and heave the dessert spoon to my mouth? But I don't believe healthy eating should be too complicated. I don't want to count anything, weigh stuff (especially myself) or … [Read more...] about The sceptic’s guide to healthy eating
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 so many of us Sam has had her fair share of twists and turns in her journey. With over 30 years in hospitality, she started out changing ashtrays and pouring water in her family’s … [Read more...] about The 80/20 Rule and other break throughs to Whole Happiness™
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 Naked Truth about Raw Food - Samantha Gowing Dip. Hlth. Sci. - Nut; ATMS; MGT The Raw Food diet maybe more than a trend but is it good for everyone? Food fads come and go … [Read more...] about The Naked Truth About Raw Food
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 reassurance of familiar culinary comfort to guarantee their enjoyment. (Cohen, E & … [Read more...] about Authentic Tourism
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 I discovered back then that it lends itself well as a salad ingredient, a warm accompaniment and is delicious as a warm pudding in winter with quince or … [Read more...] about Quinoa – The Queen of Seeds
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 into the cuisines of a number of countries.”[i] Origins The art of stuffed noodles dates back to the days of Marco Polo and his family, who were Venetian … [Read more...] about To Dot the Heart: The importance of the Chinese teahouse and dim sum
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 inner urban supermarket mums as they wade through a sea of processed, nutrient enriched consumables with magical … [Read more...] about Are Organics the New Prada?