Saturday, January 25, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow...

It took me three hours yesterday to accomplish all the yard work around our neglected over the holidays house... I had a few epiphanies while working (off a caffeine buzz the size of Mt. Everest.) Most of which dissolved into thin air as I progressed from weeding to weed-whacking to mowing but there was one that stuck.   

I've decided in my all encompassing wisdom... cough-cough maybe dehydration and delirium ... ha! That when gardening we should use Mower units.  Not metres or feet or what-nots. Let me give you an example of what I mean.

Hey Honey,
Yes Babe.
Let's put the garden bed, here, a mower in front of the shed
That's good babe... great idea.

This is a mower unit. The width of a lawn mower.

The world is just that much better when I can just push the mower (lawn mower) in between things.

See... one mower between the shed and garden bed, hehe and Brinkley.

Boing, boing! He's loving chasing me and the mower around.

I love my gumboots ;-) they make me happy.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Little Christmas Surprise

I got the biggest shock of a life time leading up to christmas.....

"Be at home at 12pm" 

Was all the direction I got given from my husband. Okay, fair enough I can do that, I thought. But how do you prepare for such a surprise? No direction at all, as to what was happening, or who was coming or anything. So I washed my hair, shaved my legs, and got out of my PJ's... well it's a good start right??!!

To my utter delight at 12pm, the Thermomix demo lady {Fiona} who I had met a few weeks earlier walked in my door. I was briefly confused before finally picking my jaw off the ground... I had been gifted {by my wonderful fambam} for Christmas, my very own....


Oh. my.goodness! Let the squealing begin! eeek!! I am spoilt beyond spoilt! I couldn't be more grateful for this amazing appliance that has quickly become the most used item in my kitchen. 

The first thing I made was guacamole. yum. a couple days later I packed it back away in its box and Thermie came on holidays with us!! There was no way I was leaving my prize possession at home! Travelling with allergies is hard, but I knew that if I took Thermie I could at least have some more control {and fun} over food. 

{Thermie with the Blade removed... kids licking the icing out of the bowl}

So we made Gluten free/ Dairy free cupcakes at Grandma's house 
and lots and lots of GF Almond pancakes. 

Then packed up again a week later and travelled to Auntie Courtney's, unpacking Thermie on arrival to make Sorbet {obviously! it was 40+ degrees and we were melting}

More almond flour made on holidays. Not bad for 5 seconds right? ha! 
Phoenix eats it right out of the bowl.

This is a cafe we stopped at on the long drive home... yes we BYO bread and butter and spreads...
BUT check out what's behind their huge stack of condiments... yup on their bench, a random cafe by the beach, a Thermie! 

"Yes, it shall hence forth be known as Thermie, and it shall be my Thermie"
-Kellie, Newly Antique. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Eating out: Grill'd

Eating out tends to be one of our biggest challenges. I am always reserved to want to eat out because of how limited our options are, how little restaurants understand and how very unhelpful and sceptical seating hosts can be.

I am thinking that as part of training in the food industry, just like Responsible Alcohol Training and Serve Training, ALLERGY training should become standard and a mediatory procedure. Awareness is key. Anaphylactic reactions can kill in seconds due to one simple cross contamination from a seating host (not even the chef, just the person who delivers the food), and then there's the autoimmune reactions that are not happening on the outside and are so often dismissed because they are not seen.

Ordering a simple meal is met with frowns and confusion. And then meals are often made and delivered with haphazardness  Not fun. Anyways! 

So, to make my life a little easier, I thought I'd add some reviews of places we have eaten... as we find them.  First up:

We all love a good burger, like a real one, not a fake processed gluten-full, preservative-laden, with more filler products than real food. So here's a place that sells them!

Why I love them: 
1. Honesty. 
They have written on their menu what is gluten free, what is not- AND they clearly state that their gluten free bun is heated on the same plate as the regular buns, which, is unhelpful that we cant eat it now... BUT at least they clearly let you know about it, rather than you assuming its gluten free all the way to your plate.... I'm sure if we all ask this little hiccup will change. 

2. Grass fed meats and real food. Who doesn't love some fresh food. And I love love love Grass fed rather than grain fed meats, so much better for the animal and for you.

3. Gluten free Fries. Well, obviously! This is a must! The frier is used only for fries and corn tortillas (they are also GF, I checked) 

Here's their menu : MENU

Here's some of their Gluten free info: Gluten & Vegan 

I ordered a burger with no bun and fries. Was delicious!  Worth checking out if you pass one. 

Click here for their web page: Grill'd