Spicy African-style sprouted lentil dip

Vegan sprouted lentil dip

If you’d popped past my little kitchen over the past few weeks, you’d probably have noticed a bunch of lentils quietly sprouting away in one corner.

I tried sprouting once, developed an obsession and soon began germinating legumes at such speed that the creation of multiple yum recipes was needed quick smart to use them all up, lest our house collapse beneath an ever-expanding sprout mountain.

Which is how this pretty spectacular (if I do say so myself) sprouted lentil dip came into being.

Before I get to the recipe, a quick word on sprouting. The process is super easy (exact steps are detailed below) but it does take a couple days. So why bother?

Well, sprouting seeds, grains and nuts makes them heaps more digestible and ensures your body can access all their nutrients. Continue Reading →

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{Podcast 005} Alana Deukett: ethical shoe designer and Luludu founder

Alana Deukett Luludu

Deeply compassionate. Extraordinarily self-aware. Courageous and determined. A master at following her heart. A visionary fuelled by the desire to make the world a better place.

This is how I would describe Alana Deukett, founder of Luludu, a business dedicated to creating beautiful, ethical shoes and home-wares.

I love Alana’s story because it’s one of bravery, strength and trust. Stuck in a passion-less job, frustrated and confused by the current system, Alana decided her world needed to change.

Not knowing why, just knowing that she had to, she packed up her bags and moved to Byron Bay, trusting that the answers would come if she just stayed true to her heart. Continue Reading →

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Three-ingredient whipped organic chocolate body butter

homemade chocolate body butter

Coconut oil. What’s your opinion?

As a food, I love it. As a moisturiser, I hate it.

I’ve used it on my face, only to break out in pimples. I’ve used it on my body, only to experience an uncomfortable itchy, dry rash. Can anyone else relate?

I’ve wanted to make my own body butter for quite some time but most recipes contain coconut oil.

So here I’ve created my own intensely moisturising whipped chocolate body butter. It uses only three ingredients and it’s coconut oil-free. Continue Reading →

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{Podcast 004} Alex Olsen: jewellery designer and Violet Gray Design founder

Alex Olsen Podcast

Meet Alex Olsen. She’s a travel-obsessed gypsy, a talented jewellery designer and the founder and co-owner of Violet Gray Design, an intentional jewellery label from Gold Coast, Australia.

If you’re a lover of crystals I hazard a guess that you’ve probably stumbled across this beauty’s creations long before now.

I can honestly say I have never spoken with anyone quite like Alex. She is a rare combination of positivity, beauty, authenticity and tell-it-like-it-is raw honesty. I walked away from this interview floating on air.

Alex’s story begins in the world of broadcast media, a far cry from her creative pursuits of today. She openly admits that her desire to work in journalism stemmed from the need to appear successful and attractive, to obtain external validation. She soon realised journalism was not for her and, after a brief moment of soul-searching, she rekindled her life-long passion for creating jewellery.

From humble beginnings at jewellery market stalls, to launching a business with less than $800 in her bank account and nothing more than a box of beads and crystals, to building a unique and mind-blowingly popular jewellery brand based on honesty, integrity, purpose and passion, this woman’s story is a shining example of the power behind heart-based, passion-fuelled living. Continue Reading →

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{Podcast 003} Chantelle Baxter: entrepreneur and One Girl co-founder

Chantelle Baxter, One Girl co-founder and CEO

Rewind seven years and Chantelle Baxter was locked in a passionless nine-to-five grind. She felt stuck on repeat: slogging through her working week and hanging out for the weekend, only to lose her days off to a blur of partying and booze. Life, she says, began to feel empty and meaningless.

Then Chantelle went to Sierra Leone — and what she saw there changed everything.

Sierra Leone is one of the worst places in the world to be born a woman. Shockingly, girls born in the poverty-stricken West African country are more likely to be raped than to go to high school.

After returning home to Melbourne, Chantelle jumped into action. She dramatically changed her life, quitting her job and dumping her old party-girl persona, before co-launching One Girl, one of Australia’s fastest growing non-profit organisations.

Chantelle has now set One Girl the astonishingly ambitious target of educating 1 million African girls by 2020 — and with big names like Oprah behind the cause, she looks on track to make it happen.

If you’ve ever felt like your dreams are too crazy-huge to become a reality, you absolutely cannot miss this podcast. Chantelle shares a bunch of really practical tried-and-tested strategies for working through the inevitable challenges and she’s also just an incredibly inspiring example of how to truly live large. Continue Reading →

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