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Homemade limoncello, the traditional Italian way

Peeling lemon rind to make limoncello

When life gives you lemons, throat-searingly strong home-distilled moonshine and a real live Italian imported direct from the motherland, you just have to make limoncello.

And preferably the traditional way.

Carmelo, who shall henceforth be known as The Italian, had popped Down Under for a quick Christmas visit. He’s from Milan but his family’s Sicilian, which is important because southern Italy’s where this grand liqueur originally hails from.

The Italian offered up his family recipe, the one they make each year to ensure their own never-ending supply of Sicily’s best limoncello. Yes, please. Continue Reading →

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 →

Easy homemade ABC nut butter (almonds, Brazil nuts + cashews)

Homemade almond, Brasil nut and cashew nut butter

Okay. So last week I whizzed up my first ever homemade nut butter and it is possibly the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. How has it taken me so long to get on board this trend?

The stars of this show are almonds, Brazil nuts and cashews, hence we shall call it ABC nut butter. With a touch of salt and olive oil, the result is so good it should be criminal. Continue Reading →

Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap

Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap

If you’re a coffee lover of the fancy kind – y’know, the kind that requires ground coffee made up in a plunger or machine, also known as the most freakin’ excellent kind – you’ll be well acquainted with the pain in the ass that is the leftover ground coffee.

Not only does it have a sneaky way of making a gritty mess everywhere, unless you’re a master composter it pretty much always ends up in the bin. Which doesn’t feel great for us folk trying to live a lower impact life.

I love coffee and I also love making my own all-natural homemade soap. So I put the two together and came up with a rather rad way to recycle used coffee while creating a marvellous invigorating and exfoliating shower scrub. Continue Reading →

The best ever homemade Indian spiced chai

Homemade vegan Indian spiced chai

Okay, so we all know this is the best ever spiced chai.

But I live in Spain and posting even small and light things like tea from Australia is akin to throwing $50 notes down the toilet like you just don’t care. Except that I do care.

So I went on a months-long hunt to create something that tasted even remotely similar and came up with this spectacular homemade seven-spice chai. Continue Reading →